Friday, April 13, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
This weekend I’ll be leading the workshop MAU Now: The Joy of Activism—Mobilizing the Mamas. You can see below for a full on description of my workshop and a number of other wonderful workshops and events of the Tennessee Alliance for Progress annual Compass Conference. Nashville's Mothers Acting Up community organizers will be providing childcare w/ snacks and activities for the smalls so mamas and papas can do some activating. Childcare will be available from 9 AM – 2:30 PM with the understanding that parents will check in and take their children during breaks and mealtime. If you require childcare or intend to take my workshop, please holler at me, as it will allow better planning on my part.
More on Mothers Acting Up: www.mothersactingup.org
More on Nashville Mothers Acting Up: www.nashvillemau.blogspot.com
I hope to see some of y’all this weekend!!
Paige La Grone Babcock
How would you like to spend this Saturday day listening to inspired speakers, networking with like-minded people, engaging in passionate discussion about pressing social issues, watching informative documentary films, grooving to great music and browsing a unique bookshop with hard-to-find books you've been looking for?
If this is your cup of tea, you need to attend the Compass IV Conference this Saturday, April 14, 9 am to 4 pm at
Here's the agenda for Saturday.
Compass IV Workshops – Saturday, April 14, 2007,
Registration: 8 AM to 9 AM
Welcome and Report from Friday’s Strategy Session: 9 AM - AUDITORIUM – Dan Joranko, Tennessee Alliance for Progress Board Chair
Keynote Address: 9:15 AM – AUDITORIUM – Paul Waldman, of Media Matters for America, author of Being Right Is Not Enough: What Progressives Must Learn From Conservative Success.
Break and Paul Waldman Booksigning: 10:15 AM
Morning Workshops: 10:30 to 11:50 AM
Doing Justly – LIBRARY – a workshop on faith, spirituality, morality and politics organized by TAP’s Doing Justly Project: Integrating Our Deepest Spiritual Beliefs Into Our Professional and Public Lives. Presenters: Dan Joranko, Tamara Ambar Losel, Ted Parks, Melissa Spas, and Harmon Wray.
Reducing Poverty and Inequality in
Activism 101 - ROOM 201. Want to get active and make a difference but don’t know where to start? This workshop is for you. Presenters: Keith Caldwell, Coordinator, Nashville Peace and Justice Center, Jen Cartwright, former Education Director, Nashville Peace and Justice Center, and Megan Mecaraeg, Organizer, Jobs with Justice.
MAU Now: The Joy of Activism— Mobilizing the Mamas – ROOM – tbd.
(Fathers and all others who care about & for children are warmly welcome).
Mothers Acting Up will facilitate a conversation about parental activism: where are we on our current journey? What are the barriers and obstacles to parental activism? How can we overcome them? We will view Mothers Acting Up, the movie and participants will receive a copy of the Mothers Acting Up 2007 Mother Leadership Handbook and Engagement calendar. The Mother Agenda will be addressed and issues of the workshop include community building, Mother’s Day Reclamation, tabling, and advocacy for children in the offices of our representatives. Children’s activities and daycare provided.
Please contact nellrose@earthlink.
Media Reform – ROOM 203- Learn what’s wrong with the corporate media and how you can become a media activist. Presenters: Ginny Welsch of Radio Free Nashville, Mary Mancini of Liberadio(!) and Elliott Mitchell is of Metropolitan Educational Access Corporation.
How to Write Op-Eds That Get Published - ROOM 204. - Get read! Get heard! Get blogged! Learn how to bring your activism onto the opinion pages of
Lunch: Noon to 1 PM – DOWNSTAIRS CAFETERIA
Films: 12:10 PM to 1:00 PM – DOWNSTAIRS CAFETERIA.
Collateral Damage: Bad Medicine in
Scenes from Eternal Vigilance: The Fight To Save Our Election System, Q&A with filmmaker David Earnhardt.
Afternoon Workshops: 1:00 to 2:30 PM
Global Climate Change – AUDITORIUM - A Powerpoint presentation based on Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. Presenters: Jennifer Tlumak, a graduate of Al Gore’s Climate Project and Rev. Jim Deming of Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light and Northwest Earth Institute. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Part of the Step-It-Up April 14 Campaign.
Afternoon Workshops: 1:10 to 2:30 PM
Passing the Torch: Youth Activism – LIBRARY - This workshop will be led by youth and adult staff working with Oasis Community IMPACT (OCI). OCI works with young people from two
Progressive Blogging – ROOM 121 - Sandy Smith Madsen of the award-winning blog, Tennessee Guerilla Women will bring together bloggers to share the secrets of their craft. Presenters: Chiara at Thoughts of an Average Woman, Callie at
Election 2008 – ROOM 203. Discussion of local, state and national candidates, voter suppression, paper-trail ballot boxes and other issues. Presenters: Dr. Sekou Franklin, MTSU Political Science Department, Jim Grinstead, Democracy for
Tennesseee’s Health Care Crisis – ROOM 201 - Discussion of uninsured problem, TennCare, single payer proposals and other options. Presenters: Dr. Jim Powers of Vanderbilt Medical Center, with Lori Smith of Tennessee Health Care Campaign, Jim Hudson of Physicians NAT Health Plan and Dr. Richard Braun.
The Politics of Crime and Punishment in
Break: 2:30 to 2:45 PM
Music: 2:45 PM - AUDITORIUM - Renown Songwriter/Artist Robert Ellis Orrall will perform his hit “Al Gore” and other selections.
Keynote Address: 3:00 PM – AUDITORIUM – Activist and Media Commentator David Sirota, author of Hostile Takeover: How Big Money & Corruption Conquered Our Government – and How We Take It Back.
David Sirota Book Signing: 4:00 – 4:20 PM
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
I'll be the guest on Mothering magazine's online chat schedule Wednesday April 11 at Noon Central, representing Mothers Acting Up. This is the first of monthly scheduled visits to chat about MAU & mama activism. This month I expect to address building community, reclaiming Mother’s Day, and the Mother Agenda.
More here, including chat instructions.
If you’re up to it, stop by to lend some support and ask a question or make a comment, and please DO pass this reminder along to folks you suspect might be interested.
Conference on World Affairs Concurrent Events
Education, Microcredit, & Global Health Series
Presented by RESULTS, Mothers Acting Up, Boulder Friends of UNICEF & Engineers without Borders (CU Chapter)
April 10 - 12, 2007
On the CU-Boulder Campus
Tuesday, April 10, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. (Clare Small 207)
Can Microcredit End Poverty?
Panel: Bob Sample, RESULTS; Sue Dorsey, Executive Director, Friendship Bridge; Kerston Hostetter, Executive Director, Microbusiness Development Corporation
Wednesday, April 11, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (UMC 457)
AIDS, TB & Malaria: the Three Diseases of Poverty
Moderator: Christopher Smith, Executive Director, Boulder County AIDS Project
Panel: Dr. David Cohn, University of Colorado, Dr. Robert Belknap, University of Colorado; Jennifer Braun, International Midwife Assistance
Thursday, April 12, 11:15 - 12:00 noon (Norlin Quad – at the front of the library)
JOIN UP! To Send Children to School Around the World
Honorary Join-Up Leader: Magdaleno (Leno) Rose-Avila
(PS Harry Bellefonte will be presenting at Macky at 1pm on Thursday)
Thursday, April 12, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. (Clare Small 207)
Health Care for All: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?
Moderator: Howie Wolf, MD
Panel: Dr. Elinor Christiansen, President, Health Care for All Colorado (HCAC); Barry Keene, Business Consultant, HCAC; John Brackney, President, South Metro Denver Chamber & former Arapahoe County Commissioner
More Information: http://www.resultscolorado.org
Adhering to the MAU principle of following the money and affirming with support, I look for ways to throw my monetary and ethical weight behind the Mother Agenda, looking away from Kleenex and toward products that are kind on my wallet, my baby's nose, and ancient forests.
For forest friendly tissue products, when cloth just won't do, I'll be printing this list for handy fridge reference where it can nestle up to my running grocery and household list. I encourage you mamas to do same.