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Jack & Jill: the other side of the hill

Hey all,

Jack & Jill, our annual art, music, and spoken-word show, is coming up this THURSDAY, March 31st from 7-9pm in the Michigan Union’s Pendleton room. We will have lots of great art on display, as well as some amazing performances. Scheduled performances will start around 7:20 and go until 8:30 or so. Afterwards, we’ll have open mic for anybody who’d like to share. We’ll have some goodies at the show, too.

We’ll be featuring art by Gabrielle Pescador, Emma Martin, Caitlin Murphy, Jackie Alson, Anji Reynolds, Andrew Cadotte, Jill Wagner and more. Also expect to see some amazing performances by Annie Sajid, Gahl Liberzon, Spense Feller, Carolyn Racine, The Compulsive Lyres, Lauren Rink, Lauren Jordan, and more!

You can RSVP to the Facebook event page and invite more friends. Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=163098580409910&index=1.

We hope to see you there!

 

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Walk for Choice: Ann Arbor

In response to recent cuts to federal funding for Planned Parenthood, cities all over the country are holding Walks for Choice (http://walkforchoice.tumblr.com/). Get excited, because there will be a walk in Ann Arbor this Saturday, March 26th! Hopefully a lot of people will come out, meet, make connections, and join forces to make change.

At noon, Planned Parenthood’s Truth Tour will be making a stop at Ingalls Mall on the UofM campus. It’s the space in front of Rackham, between the MLB and the Michigan League. Check out the event page on Facebook for more information at https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=100920576658124&ref=ts.

After the tour stop, probably around 1pm, the Ann Arbor Walk for Choice will take off on its route and serve as a positive and peaceful demonstration to show our representatives that we want them to represent us by advocating for reproductive rights, choice, and funding for Planned Parenthood. See the facebook ’cause’ page for the walk at https://www.facebook.com/WalkForChoiceAnnArbor.

I’ll be at both of these events and I hope to see you all there. Lets join forces and make our voices heard!

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Billboard in Ann Arbor promotes stalking of women?

Running along Main St. the other day I literally stopped in my tracks when I saw the new bulletin board posted above Main Street Liquor Store. Usually, these ads are for AnnArbor.com and/or local restaurants; they create a nice community space for local happenings. Not this one. Affixed with a photo of a blonde, pony-tailed 20-some year old woman with glasses and a goofy smile were the words “Before REACHEMOL, I only had one stalker!”

At first, I was confused. Then shocked, appalled, disgusted, pissed, outraged, and clenching my fists. I’m wondering if anybody else saw these ads, and, if so, what are your reactions?

I found a news article about the same bulletin board in a different location (http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110315/NEWS/103150321/-1/rss01) and saw in the comments that people have mixed reactions. The advertisement is a campaign for a fake drug, REACHEMOL, which cures social awkwardness. The point of the campaign is to attract business owners and demonstrate to them that this company has attractive and fun ways of advertising. Some said the board did in fact attract their attention, that they like it, and that people are overly sensitive or have no sense of humor.  Others had reactions more like mine where they were both confused and upset that a business would advertise making light of stalking. My feelings are directed both at the advertisers but also at the city of Ann Arbor for putting this billboard up in the first place.

I also found what I believe to be the website of the business behind the ads (http://www.thehangline.com/creative-examples/reachemol-billboards-claim-to-make-you-famous/). Some people commented on the stalker advertisement at the bottom, including myself (madweis825).

The third time I passed by the billboard, I saw that “stalker” has been changed to “groupie.” I’m relieved, though I still think the whole idea behind the advertising is weird. In the end, though, I’m appreciative that at least one business is listening to its consumers. I’m also outraged that a conscious society is something of which I have to be appreciative. With all of the things businesses and our fucked up legislators are getting away with for businesses, I feel as if a glimmer of humanity and agency live on.

"REACHEMOL" advertisement identical to the one seen on Main Street in Ann Arbor.

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Planned Parenthood Rally and Lobby Day in D.C. – April 7th (FREE!!)

Check out the message from Planned Parenthood below:

 

Come to Washington D.C. with us in April!!! 

Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Michigan was presented with an amazing opportunity last week.  We have the chance to travel to Washington, D.C. via chartered bus at no cost (other than personal food on the trip) to attend the April 7th Planned Parenthood National Lobby Day.  It is our opportunity to tell Senator Stabenow and Levin thank YOU for standing up for the rights of women and for being such amazing champions for women’s health care.

Hundreds of Planned Parenthood staff and board (and youth attending the youth summit) will be in Washington for a National Conference and will be heading to Capitol Hill to rally with Congress on Planned Parenthood’s behalf – let’s make it a sea of supporters wearing pink shirts from Michigan on April 7th.

We need to get solid confirmations from at least 45 supporters.  If we cannot fill a bus we cannot go.  If we can get 90 int erested we can bring two busses! The first round of RSVP’s will be on a first come first served basis.  We are targeting campus leaders, Students for Choice, and young professionals throughout Michigan, if you and your group are available, SIGN UP TODAY!  Once the first 45 slots get filled we may open up another opportunity for another round of 45, don’t take the chance!

 

 

Please copy and paste this link into your web browser http://www.ppaction.org/site/Calendar?id=100595&view=DetailIf you are signing up multiple people be sure to have their contact info ready for us when we follow up – we will not “hold” seats.  RSVP’s are on a first come first served basis.  

Please email megan.zapinski@ppmchoice.org if you have any questions or if you miss the “bus” and all 45 slots are spoken for, we will add you to our stand by list (for the second bus).

The bus will be leaving in the evening of April 6th from Grand Rapids, making a stop in Lansing, and then Ann Arbor before heading east to DC.  We expect to arrive back in Michigan early Friday morning.

 

 

Again, please contact us immedietely if you have any issues or questions regarding the registration process.  We will follow up with you with more information and logistics regardind the Planned Parenthood Rally and Lobby Day soon!

 

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