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The Women's Group
Meets every Sunday at 10:45am
First Unitarian Universalist Church
5200 Fannin @ Southmore, Room 302 Website

Friday, October 4, 2002 at 2:30PM
"The Woman's Voice in Islam: Fatima and Aishah"
Presented by Olga Merck Davidson, professor of Women's Studies at Brandeis Univ. Event hosted by the UH-Women's Studies Program. Location: UH Science Center, room 102. For more info: 713-743-3214.

Sunday, October 6, 2002
Decadent Dessert Extravaganza 2002 at Meteor.
Oh sure, there will be awesome sweets from Houston's premier caterers and restaurants, but did you know that you can also get a go-bag of treats to take home to your four-legged family members? Be sure to visit the Three Dog Bakery booth for doggie bag. And of course, this event is for a good cause - AssistHers, so I hope to see you all there. 4:00 p.m. - 7:00p.m. - $20 in advance, $25 at the door. To order tickets: call AssistHers @ 713-521-4628

Sunday, October 6, 2002 ~ 1:00-6:00PM
B.I.R.T.H. Fair 2002 is this SUNDAY!!!
Houston Arboretum and Nature Center off of Woodway near Memorial Park.
There will be Midwives, ObGYN, Doula's, lactation consultants, Attatchment Parenters, LaLeche League, and much more! Come for all kinds of info and hear speakers on all things related to birth and children!!
I will be there manning my midwive's booth as she is the generator of this blessed event! Look for me at Women's Health and Birth Care booth and we can meet and chat!

Sunday, October 6, 2002. 7:00PM
Council Member Ada Edwards Hosts Town Hall Meeting on Iraq
“Iraq … War or Peace?” - The District D Town Hall Meeting will provide a forum for community members to learn more about the situation in Iraq, as well as offer an opportunity to voice their concerns and opinions.
Speakers: Ada Edwards, City Council Member, District D, and an Invited Panel of Speakers, including Congress Member Sheila Jackson Lee, Min. Robert Muhammad, TSU Professor Franklin Jones, TSU Professor Sanders Anderson, Cardinal Chimba Chui, Shrine of The Black Madonna
Shrine of the Black Madonna Bookstore and Cultural Center, 5309 Martin Luther King Blvd.
There is a continuing need to distribute and publicize up-to-date information about Iraq in order to educate the public. It is also critical to provide spaces where community members and local residents can express their views on the actions of their government.
[In addition, Mayor Lee P. Brown recently appointed Council Member Ada Edwards as Chair of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee for Houston City Council. This Town Hall is the first in a series of forums and events that will explore these issues and solicit community involvement.]

Thursday, October 10, 2002
7-10pm in the Social Work Building, Room 102. Judy Gorman performs and lectures on the "Multiculturall History of Women and Music". Hosted by Sisterhood is Global-UH and UH-Women's Studies.

Saturday, October 12th - RESCHEDULED
The Amazon Xociety
Meeting in the upstairs conference room of the Montrose Library from 12pm-1:30pm. Please note the date change. For more info, call 713-731-0251 or E-mail / Website

Saturday, October 12, 2002
4:00-6:00 pm The next general meeting of Corpus Justice will be held at 4-6pm at the Montrose Library, 4100 Montrose
Please mark your calendars. ..and plan to attend.

October 13, 2002 10:45AM
The Women's Group
Transition..It's a Permanent Condition - J. Byrd Hosch is a past member of the Women's Group and an accomplished recording artist (J. Byrd Hosch and the Kountry Kays). J.Byrd will share her journey from Sunday school teacher in Texas to lesbian singer/songwriter in San Francisco, CA. AND give us a personalized performance. This is a Sunday NOT TO MISS!
First Unitarian Universalist Church at 5200 Fannin @Southmore.
We will meet at Butera's afterwards for lunch (4621 Montrose @ Chelsea).

October 13, 2002 7:00PM
"Tragedy in the Holy Land: The Second Uprising"
To be shown at Rice Media Center
This provocative documentary addresses the core issues of land and identity. It probes the evolution of the seemingly incurable conflict in Palestinine from a historical perspective that is typically unknown to American audiences. Using rarely seen archival footage and interviews with various experts and scholars, "Tragedy in the Holy Land" offers vital information about the roots of the current conflict and the ongoing struggle for survival and dignity.
A Denis Mueler Film. After Jenin The tension is almost unbearable. In the opening scene of After Jenin, an Israeli academic notes that Israelis aren¹t taking responsibility for the plight of the Palestinians. Filmed after Israeli forces had withdrawn from the Palestinian refugee camp, After Jenin gives a voice to Israeli refuseniks, Palestinian negotiators, and common people who speaking of the loss of their loved ones, their land, the curfews, the snipers, and the unbearable life under Israeli occupation. (Five out of five stars)
Panel with lively discussion between and afterwards sponsored by Houston Coalition for Justice Not War & Houston Indy Media Center

Tuesday, October 15, 2002
"Teen Alert" Program will be held at the Montrose Library, 4100 Montrose, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. It is sponsored by the Montrose Library and open to the public.

Wednesday, October 15, 2002 ~ 7:30PM
The Rothko Chapel at 1409 Sul Ross At Yupon
Readings from and discussion from “To Mend the World: Women Reflect on 9/11”

The Rothko Chapel, Asia Society Texas, and Inprint invite you to “To Mend the World: Women Reflect on 9/11," edited by Betty Jean Craige and Marjorie Agosín, renowned authors Toni Morrison, Julia Alvarez, Bapsi Sidhwa, Margaret Randall, Mahnaz Afkhami, Aviva Chomsky, and others offer their unique and thoughtful voices to the dialogue surrounding the events of September 11. When Agosín's keynote address for a series of lectures was postponed due to September 11, the impetus for this collection was contained in the theme of her cancelled talk: the transference of hope through women's literature. The editors’ goal is to provide healing through the voices and creative energies of 28 women from a myriad of cultures and points of view.

Marjorie Agosín is professor of Spanish at Wellesley College. A native of Chile, she has published more than 20 books of poetry, eight volumes of memoir, and six books of fiction in Spanish and English. Among her many honors, she has received the Latino Literature Prize and the United Nations Leadership Award in Human Rights.
Bapsi Sidhwa is an American citizen born in Karachi, Pakistan, reared in Lahore, and now living in Houston. Her novels include “The Crow Eaters,” “The Bride,” “An American Brat,” which will soon premiere in a stage adaptation written by Sidhwa, and “Cracking India,” which was a New York Times Notable Book for 1991 and was made into the film, “Earth,” by Deepa Mehta.
Although no books will be sold at The Rothko Chapel, the authors will be available for signing them. “To Mend the World” can be purchased through Asia Society Texas (713-439-0051).

The program is free of charge, but seating is limited. To reserve your space or for more information, please call 713-524-9839 or email

October 16, 2002 at 3:30pm
UH-Women's Studies Program presents "To Mend the World: The Construction of a Text", a talk by Prof. Majorie Agosin on "To Mend the World" which is a collection of women writer's responses to attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Roy Cullen Building, Room 104. For more info: 713-743-3214.

Wednesday, October 16, 2002
"Menopause Naturally" presented by Lucia
Class is $35 at Lucia's Garden, 2216 Portsmouth. 713-532-6494

Thursday, October 17, 2002
Women’s Book Group: Meets 3rd Thurs. each month, 6:45 pm,
2nd Floor Conference Room, Montrose Library. Contact Pat at
713-524-6494 or at

Friday, October 18th, 2002 presents GoGirlsRock!, a monthly showcase series featuring great women in music.
Rhythm Room - 1815 Washington Ave. Doors open at 8pm, cover is $5
Featured Performers:
Sarah Golden – “Singer, songwriter, guitarist, Sarah Golden is a fresh-faced young talent who has been making a big impression everywhere she performs.”
The Googe – “Feisty, alternative rock crunch”
Mandy Smith Group – “Southern psychedelic rock at its finest”
Matson Belle – “Electronic groove singer/songwriter from Austin”

For more information, log on to
Based out of Houston, Texas, – the oldest online community of independent women artists – was started in 1996 to promote women in music. It's run by women musicians, for women musicians. It produces the GoGirlsMusicFest and GoGirlsRock! events as well as the GoGirlsMusic Hour radio show which airs weekly at

Sunday, October 20th - 10:45AM
The Women's Group presents:
City Councilwoman Annise Parker and her vision for the future.
First Unitarian Universalist at 5200 Fannin @ Southmore.
(Please Be Prompt)

October 18-20, 2002

Perspectives on Peacemaking Conference

I want all of you to know about a conference taking place in Boulder, CO, onit is called Perspectives on Peacemaking. Supported by Colorado Jews for a Just Peace, the Tikkun Community, and the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center, among others, it brings together many individuals and organizations who are working for peace--with a focus on the Middle East.

Our intention is to inspire those working for peace with the knowledge that they are part of a huge "peace force," that there are many, many efforts and that each one is a valuable contribution. We hope to invite those who are depressed and discouraged and feel the situation is hopeless, to find among all the perspectives available something they feel they can relate to and participate in. We point out that if we listen only to the voices of governments and politicians, it is easy to feel powerless, but if we listen to the voices of individuals and NGO's, it is clear that advocates of dialogue, nonviolence and compassion are doing potent, meaningful work. You will note that we have many women speaking, as it is our strong belief that the feminine perspective and way of being in the world are essential components of the global transformation we seek. Please look at the website (still undergoing revision, but you will get a good sense of the conference) and please spread the word!

Saturday, October 19, 2002 ~ 9:00am-12:30pm
Daya Inc. and the Rice University Women’s Resource Center invites you to attend a FREE seminar on:

Rice Media Center at Rice University
(University Blvd. at Stockton ­ Entrance 8)

This educational seminar will address women’s mental health and well-being across the lifespan, with a focus on depression. The topics will include factors that affect mental health, the various options available for treating and maintaining mental health, and information on services and resources available for women to improve or to maintain their mental health and well-being. Experts in the field will speak and serve on a panel to answer your questions. For more information, call 713-981-7645
Visit the Daya website at
Email Daya at
Daya Inc. is the first Houston-based non-profit organization serving families with South Asian roots, striving to empower women and children affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.
Rice University’s Women’s Resource Center is to increase awareness of and sensitivity to issues facing women. To provide opportunities for Rice University community members, the Women’s Resource Center coordinates educational and social activities and programs.

October 21, 2002 at 11:00AM
From Courtney Kresha (host) This Monday (tomorrow) at 11 am will be a unique opportunity to hear Pat Jones, Certified Nurse Midwife, speak about how babies' first hours of life are different in the homebirth setting from the hospital. Find out how their cries are different and the answer to the longstanding myth that babies are "supposed" to cry when they exit the womb. Pat Jones is the most experienced midwife in Houston with 1,300 births she has attended! Also learn the facts about infant mortality at home versus the hospital. Pat's infant mortality is under 1% and that is far better than any hospital in America? Could homebirth, in fact, be safer?

Monday, October 21, 2002, 7:30-9:30PM
Full Moon Meditation for Women.
Class is $10 at Lucia's Garden at 2216 Portsmouth, 713-523-6494

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2002, 10am-2pm
NOW speaks out against George W. Bush and his war on Iraq!
Place: University Center Arbor

Friday, October 23, 2002, 7:30-9:30PM
UH Sankofa presents "WAR, WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR?"
PLACE: Univeristy Center-Bluebonnet Room

Friday, October 25, 2002, 7:30-9:30PM
Full Moon Meditation for Women.
Class is $30 at Lucia's Garden at 2216 Portsmouth, 713-523-6494

Sunday, October. 27
The Women's Group Presents:
Dr. Jeraine Root will speak to us on "Recognizing and Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace." She will have a PowerPoint presentation and handouts that will outline the legal history of sexual harassment. Also, the two different types of harassment will be explained plus statistics provided on its prevalence. We'll also learn how to deal with an harasser and how to file a complaint when it happens.
First Unitarian Universalist Church at 5200 Fannin @Southmore.