Activism

Activists and reformers in the United States have long recognized the harm of domestic violence and sought to improve the lives of women who were battered. The Menlo Park Library’s temporary exhibition, Confronting Violence, Improving Women’s Lives, explores the developments during latter half of the 20th century, when nurses took up the call.

Beginning in the late 1970s, nurses were in the vanguard as they pushed the larger medical community to identify victims, adequately respond to their needs, and work towards the prevention of domestic violence. Visit the Main Library to experience the interactive exhibition panels and come for a series of related programming.

The National Library of Medicine produced this exhibition.

FILM SCREENING: NO! THE RAPE DOCUMENTARY
Monday, July 8, 6:00-8:30 pm

Since its release in 2006, this award-winning documentary has been used in the global movement to end violence against women and children. The screening will be followed by a discussion with representatives from Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA).

FILM SCREENING: THE BYSTANDER MOMENT: TRANSFORMING RAPE CULTURE AT ITS ROOTS
Monday, July 15, 6:30-7:30 pm

How did we get to #MeToo? This film explores the role of friends, teammates, classmates, and co-workers in perpetuating sexual harassment, assault, and other forms of gender violence.

DARE TO BE POWERFUL
Wednesday, July 24, 6:30-7:30 pm

As the largest network of domestic violence service providers in the U.S., YWCA creates practical solutions to protect survivors, empower advocates, and eradicate all forms of gender-based violence. Their Director of Social Change will share how to be part of those solutions.

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 101
Tuesday, July 30, 6:00-7:00 pm

Join us to talk about the specific tactics of power and control used to perpetuate domestic violence (DV). Through interactive activities and discussion, we will work together to gain a deeper understanding of DV and learn some key ways we can all support the survivors in our lives.

BOYS ’N’ GUNS: MASCULINITY IN A CULTURE OF VIOLENCE
Saturday, August 10, 11:00 am – Noon: City Council Chambers

Siavash Zohoori was a near victim of a mass shooting at UCSB in 2014. He transformed that traumatic experience into a mission to help to instill values of respect for women, emotional expression and connection with others, and empathy for fellow human beings.

WINNING THE VOTE: THE FIGHT CONTINUES
Wednesday, August 14, 7:00-8:00 pm

In 1920, the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote. The League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County will explore the suffrage movement, including the birth of the League as a “mighty political experiment

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Spotted: Demonstrators protesting children’s detention camps

Menlo Park resident Judy Adams (pictured center with mic) was among the hundreds who took part in a sidewalk demonstration on the corner of Embarcadero and El Camino yesterday in protest of children’s detention camps for asylum seekers. Judy thanked people for coming, talked about the issue of the children’s detention camps, and invited participants to the […]

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Windrider Bay Area Film Forum celebrates its 10th anniversary this June

The Windrider Bay Area Film Forum returns this month, celebrating 10 years of bringing thoughtful films followed by Q & A sessions to the Peninsula. New this year is series of receptions before and after each evening’s program with the goal of linking the issues covered on screen with local organizations taking action on the same issues. […]

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Weekly vigil focuses on National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 7

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) will be hosting it regular Friday vigil/demonstration this Friday, June 7, noon to 1:00 pm in Palo Alto at the corner of El Camino and Embarcadero. “Our special focus will be to commemorate National Gun Violence Awareness Day,” said organizer   Judy Adams.  “We will have […]

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Music Festival followed by a talk about carbon offsets

Who says science and religion can’t mix? They’ll do so nicely at Trinity Church in Menlo Park on May 19 when a Festival of Music is followed by a talk on carbon offsets. “We offer the Festival of Music to celebrate our many musicians and singers at Trinity, and the wide variety of sacred music […]

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Service Learning Center debuts at Menlo-Atherton High School

With the goal of getting more M-A students involved in volunteer efforts, the Service Learning Center (SLC) debuted at Menlo-Atherton High School last week. “We want to make service available to any student of any background,” explained Christiana Kalotihos (pictured), a junior who’s been involved in getting the center launched. “A student who’s interest in […]

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Group gathers to protest the removal of Redwood trees in Menlo Park

A small group that included the Raging Grannies gathered near the corner of El Camino and Ravenswood today to protest the removal of seven Redwood trees in that area. They passed out flyers to inform fellow residents what they can do to help save the trees. Another protest is planned for tomorrow, March 24, from […]

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Local non-profit takes on “Oily Wells” with a planned March for Fossil Fuel Freedom

Menlo Park resident Nicole Kemeny has a long history as an activist/advocate, initially around affordable housing and lending discrimination when she lived in Chicago. Now as president of 350 Silicon Valley, she is taking on “Oily Wells” in an effort to have Wells Fargo Bank be the first major bank in the U.S. to go […]

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Art Ventures Gallery’s series on Stanford’s Climate-Energy Investment kicks off with artist Michael Killen

Dr. Katharina Powers has announced the Art Ventures Gallery Speaker Series: Stanford’s Climate-Energy Investment In Perspective: Art, Politics, and Science. This nine-day art and speaker series helps the general public, climate action now and clean energy advocates, along with  investors, to deepen their understanding of Stanford’s half-billion dollar energy-solution investment. It enables attendees to see […]

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In conversation with Parkland survivor turned gun control activist David Hogg

On Thursday, February 14, we celebrate Valentines Day. Tragically, this year, it also marks the one-year anniversary of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 students and staff members and injured 17 others. Out of that tragedy rose a group of students turned gun control activists, including […]

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Remembering Menlo Park’s hippie past – and the Whole Earth Truck Store

Have you heard about the famed counter culture publication from the 60s and 70s called the Whole Earth Catalog? The Whole Earth Truck Store (WETS) was a 1963 Dodge truck that was not simply a store on wheels but also an alternative lending library with a mobile micro-education service. A catalog was developed to explain […]

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