Year-Long 100th Birthday Celebration
Includes Weekly Cultural Offering for Women's History Month
To start its celebration of the 100th birthday of this international group, the local branch of the
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) hosts a series of FREE Thursday evening programs during the March Women's "Her"story Month. The programs run from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Colonial Heights Library, 4799 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, every Thursday evening in March.
The free programs on the theme of the influential role of women consist of film showings with discussions for the first three Thursdays in March, culminating on Thursday, March 26, with a performance telling illustrating the life and art of the great Isadora Duncan--a "Living History Dance Performance"
The Sacramento-Sierra Foothills WILPF also offers an Auburn event on Saturday, March 14, at the Auburn Library, 350 Nevada Street. The special event book reading for Kids’ Craft Time at 1:00 pm features two prize-winning children's books: We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song and Brave Girl. Both books won the 2014 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award (more information at http://www.janeaddamspeace.org/jacba/). Please contact 530/887-1775 for more information on the Auburn reading.
WILPF started in 1915 as an innovative women's effort to prevent World War I, with an international peace conference in the Hague, Netherlands. Although the war started even before the conference began, the organization continues in its work to halt wars and support actions and structures to support global social justice, environmental sustainability, and peace.
The 100th birthday activities in Sacramento continue through a year of special programming and follow-up. Other activities later this year feature programs every other month, including a presentation by local members about their experience at the April 100th anniversary WILPF conference in the Netherlands. In June the local group initiates an economics study group emphasizing corporations' role in catastrophic climate change.
WILPF also sponsors the ongoing activities of the Sacramento area chapter of the Raging Grannies. Throughout the year, the Raging Grannies, a group of male and female volunteers, engage with satirical songs at numerous social action and peace rallies and other events. For more information on the Raging Grannies email joan.kelly "at" att.net.
The March WILPF presentations include the following:
• March 5: An introduction to WILPF followed by two short films on women's history ("History Revisited" and "The Role of American Women in the Work of the Nation", followed by discussion.
• March 12: A film showing of "Femme: Women Healing the World" (part 1) and discussion of women's approach to solutions to the multiple crises we face.
• March 19: Continuation of "Femme: Women Healing the World" (part 2) and discussion.
• March 26: Lois Flood, founder of Diablo Dance Theatre and Ballet Petite of Danville, ballet master, dance teacher and peace activist will tell the story of Isadora Duncan, a revolutionary dancer and writer, through the arts of dance and poetry. Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) is world renowned as a dancer, a symbol of revolution and women’s emancipation.
The nearest cross street for the Colonial Heights Library is 21st Ave. The nearest transit stop is Stockton Blvd. and 21st Ave. The meeting room is substantially wheel chair accessible.
For further information, please call 916/456-1282.