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Friday, April 13, 2012
from 6:30pm until 9:30pm

in St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at 1131 SE Oak St, Portland, OR 97214-1344  >  You are invited to join Desiree Hellegers--and Arnette Adams, Anitra Freeman, Mona Joyner, Deb Martinson, Jessie Pedro, Anna Tailfeathers and Delores Winston, whose stories are collected in the book, No Room of Her Own: Women's Stories of Homelessness, Life, Death, and Resistance.
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The book focuses particular attention on violence against women, the lethal consequences of homelessness, and the work of Seattle's Women in Black, which since 2000 has vigiled for some of the hundreds of people who've died homeless in the city that spawned Microsoft, Starbucks and the 1999 WTO protest.

Music and refreshments will be provided. The event is FREE and open to the public. For more information please call 503.927.1709.


Several of the narrators will be reading poems anthologized in Beloved Community: The Sisterhood of Homeless Women in Poetry (Whit Press, 2008).

Advance Reviews for No Room of Her Own:

Cornel West, Princeton University:
"Some of my deepest conversations have been with wise homeless sisters of all colors on the underside of America--yet they have a rich understanding of America! Don't miss this book!"

MItchell Duneier, Princeton University, author of Sidewalk:
"No Room of Her Own will take its place next to Liebow's Tell them Who I Am as a definitive human document on the lives of homeless women."

David Barsamian, founder and director of Alternative Radio:
"Heartbreaking and inspiring stories of courageous women enduring and triumphing over adversity few of us can imagine...No Room of Her Own Breaks the silences surrounding the national disgrace of homelessness. These women must be heard."

Cynthia Cockburn, Women in Black London, author of From Where We stand: War, Women's Activism, and Feminist Analysis:
"No Room of Her Own will be an inspiration to activist women, both homeless and housed."

Israel Bayer: Executive Director of Street Roots:
"A sobering reminder that women who experience homelessness in the United States face many of the same horrid injustices as their sisters around the globe. By recording and presenting the voices of women who have struggled through the trauma of the streets, we can better understand the beautiful and tragic story of the human experience. It¹s also a call to action, and a reminder we all have a part to play."

Stephen Bezruchka M.D., M.P.H., School of Public Health, University of Washington:
"After reading No Room of Her Own, I'm more convinced than ever that unless we bend toward justice, years hence, our children will look back upon current policies that are producing poverty and homelessness alongside peopleless homes - as a societal experiment that is far worse than the Tuskeegee study, in which the ravages of syphilis were studied while the individuals were left untreated."

DESIREE HELLEGERS is Co-Director of the Center for Social and Environmental Justice, and Associate Professor of English at Washington State University, Vancouver, Canada. She is an active member of various advocacy organizations and her writing has appeared in such publications as Counterpunch.

St Francis of Assisi Catholic
1131 SE Oak St, Portland, OR 97214-1344

The Independent: A Publication for Alumni and FriendsFEBRUARY 23, 2012 // VOLUME 2 // ISSUE 2

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Edythe Scott Bagley ’47 gives special look into life of Coretta Scott King

The late Edythe Scott Bagley ’47, education pioneer, activist, and sister of Coretta Scott King, has authored a book, Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King. The book details Coretta Scott King’s upbringing in a family of proud, land-owning African Americans with a profound devotion to the ideals of social equality and the values of education, as well as her later role as her husband’s most trusted confidant and advisor.

Although Bagley passed away in June of 2011, her dream of having her sister’s story published is being carried on through her niece, Bernice A. King, and son, Arturo S. Bagley. Desert Rose is scheduled to be released on April 27, 2012, which would have been Coretta’s 85th birthday. >> FULL STORY

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