Sitting with Our Suffragette Ancestors
A Writing Circle Collaboration of Holy Shift, LLC and Women Writing for (a) Change, Central Ohio
This year marks the Centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment! Shall we gather by this River?
Join a writing circle to encounter the wisdom of suffragette ancestors in poetry and word, to deepen your own citizenship in the practices of community in today’s fragile democracy, ultimately to open our hearts to one another in the civic struggles we are facing today. Open to womxn and men, ages 16 and older.
When: September 16th, 7-9 p.m.,
Where: A quiet, confidential space in your own home, Zoom link sent to those registered
How: Reserve your chair in the circle by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call 937-269-3024 (leaving your name and email address)
Cost: $20 (or writer’s choice, sliding scale $10-$30) –
If new to Zoom, name that when you register, so we can insure technological specifics before the circle. It is easier than you'd think!! Try it! You might like it!
Payment options include Venmo, CashApp, GooglePay, PayPal, and good old-fashioned check, made out to WWfaC, COH, and mailed to 3977 Turnberry Way Dayton OH 45430.
Once your reservation is complete--email communication and tuition payment--you will be added to the circle list, to receive the security-protected Zoom invite 24 hours before that circle begins.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Women’s League of Voters
Note also a Commemorative gathering—festival, really—is in the works through Harmony Creek Church and Holy Shift, Dayton LLC. Date to be confirmed soon--see https://www.facebook.com/events/2109960702461982/ Text below paraphrased and offered from that event’s page:
Unable to vote for this right themselves, women suffragists waged the battle for equality over 70 years and amid great obstacles. In the end, it came down to one vote in the state of Tennessee, by 24 year old legislator Henry Burn, who changed his vote from “no” to “yes” at the insistence of his elderly mother. Decades more would pass before this right would be readily available to African-American women (and men). Modern-day voting suppression remains in the form of gerrymandering today (the manipulation of an electoral constituency’s boundaries so as to favor one party or class).
Let us gather as We the People, remembering once again how to hold the potentially creative tensions in our one Heart of Democracy together.
“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”
Bi-Weekly Writing Circle (in association with Short North)
Gather with new and seasoned writers, artists, activists in the Short North (here on Zoom!).
Second and Fourth Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Facilitators: Kelly Cantwell & Bonnie Weaver-Miller (Wellstreams)