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NOW, 11/5, 7pmEST/4pmPST, national, interactive Feminist Town Forum online and in Boston

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

November 5th, 2008

REAL TIME UPDATE, 7:15pm: CNW is dealing with technical difficulties with the live feminist town hall forum. Right now, the video playing below is previously recorded video from various public forums prior to the election. There is a live chat going on that you can take part in via Mogulus, but stay tuned and hang tight, CNW assures us that the live feed for tonight’s event will be available soon.

UPDATE: RIGHT NOW, JOIN IN THIS INTERACTIVE ONLINE FORUM. TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FEMINIST TOWN HALL FORUM, JOIN THE CONVERSATION BY USING THE “CHAT” FEATURE IN THE VIDEO FEED BELOW — THE LIVE CHAT WILL BE HOSTED ON “MOGULUS.” FEEL FREE TO POST COMMENTS HERE, BUT IF YOU WANT YOUR COMMENTS AND/OR QUESTIONS TO BE READ BY THE BROADER NATIONAL COMMUNITY, THAT WILL HAPPEN ONLY VIA THE MOGULUS CHAT.

Excited about the amazing, historic moment we’re experiencing today, as our nation elected the first African American — and the first former progressive community organizer — to the Oval Office? Frustrated about anti-gay losses, wondering about the state of pro-choice victories, and interested in learning about slight gains in women’s leadership at the local and state level? Or, overwhelmed about the work ahead, understanding that we can’t afford to go to sleep and believe that “change” will simply happen without accountability?

Well, if you’re feeling exhilarated, hopeful, cynical, tired, energetic or simply bursting with questions, come share it all with a fantastic panel of progressive women in a national Feminist Town Forum either online (here at WIMN’s Voices or at approx. dozen feminist blogs), or live in the greater Boston area, at Lesley University. (NOTE: For those who plan on attending in person, Center For New Words, organizers of this town forum, announced a last minute venue change that was required because of tech issues. The new location is: Lesley University Amphitheater, 1815 Mass. Ave in Cambridge.)

As I wrote yesterday, democracy entails more than one civic action every four (or two) years. This national feminist town hall event brings together some of the sharpest minds in feminist activism and organizing to discuss what comes next. CNW’s announcement (below the following video feed) explains the goal of this exciting event.

To participate, just log back in to WIMN’s Voices TODAY, 7pm EST/4pmPST, check out the event via live video, and come prepared not only to listen but to add your own voice into the mix. Bring your questions, your comments and your energy. The discussion will be stronger with you involved — and that means every one of the many thousands of you reading this…

The Day After: A Feminist Town Forum
Wednesday, November 5 @ 7:00PM

PARTICIPATE IN PERSON: Cambridge Family YMCA, UPDATE: VENUE CHANGE: Lesley University Ampitheater, 1815 Mass. Ave in Cambridge, MA

PARTICIPATE ONLINE IN REAL TIME: Participate by logging on 11/5 at 7PM EST to any of our participating blogs, including Feministe, Feministing, Girl with Pen, CrossLeft, WIMN’s Voices, No Cookies for Me, Viva La Feminista, Writes Like She Talks, Heartfeldt Politics, TakePart, The Sanctuary, The Real Deal, or at our mogulus channel.

It’s been a long election season, and now it’s time to come together to figure out what it all means and what’s next.

At this culmination of our This Is What Women Want election project, join us, our panel of national leaders, and feminists around the country to discuss what happened on Election Day, and what we should be thinking about and doing now to fight for equality and justice for all.

This is a first of its kind event convening feminists from around the country live via the blogosphere! Watch live, converse with other audience members around the country and submit your comments and questions in real time.

Panelists will include:

BYLLYE AVERY
Founder of the National Black Women’s Health Project and MacArthur Genius Award Recipient

MICHELLE GOLDBERG
Journalist and author of Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism

ANNE ELIZABETH MOORE
Critic, activist, artist, journalist and author

PAULA RAYMAN
Founding Director of the Radcliffe Public Policy Center

LORETTA ROSS
National Coordinator, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective

ANDREA BATISTA SCHLESINGER
Executive Director, Drum Major Institute for Public Policy

Come optimistic, disgruntled, angry, or just exhausted. Come in person or online. But come. We need to hear every voice and idea!

(Facebook users: Click here to RSVP and invite your friends!)

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