[pjw] UPDATES on Yvonne: Friday concert, where to give, other activism
Peace and Justice Works
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Tue Jul 5 17:24:32 EDT 2022
Hello again friends and community
Thanks to the roughly 20 people who have called, emailed or otherwise
connected with PJW or Flying Focus about Yvonne's death. People shared
lovely remembrances and expressed appreciation for the memoriam.
In terms of a memorial event, plans for a large gathering are uncertain
due to COVID, but this Friday July 8 at 1 PM there will be a sing-along
outside of a private residence in SE Portland conducted by Yvonne's
singing partner Mary Rose. Write back to get more information.
One question that came up was where to donate. If you want to make a
donation to honor Yvonne's memory, donate to an organization (or
--support women's empowerment and/or work to end violence against women
--promote adoption and/or spaying/neutering of animals
--work for peace and/or the delivery of humanitarian aid
--give youth opportunity to create art, music and/or peace initiatives
--use grassroots reporting to get the word out about any of the above.
Many organizations have an "in memory of" checkbox where you can say the
money is to honor Yvonne Simmons.
I can't believe that in the biography of Yvonne I left off that she
co-organized weekly vigils for Women in Black for many years, usually
across the street or in front of the Federal Building downtown. While
highlighting the situation of women in Palestine, Women in Black focuses
on women in all areas subjected to violence.
It's also notable that Yvonne often appeared on KBOO-FM and promoted the
radio station remaining a grassroots, non-corporate outlet, produced her
own shows on cable access TV for years before joining Flying Focus when it
started in 1991, and wrote articles on occasion for the Portland Alliance
newspaper (now defunct except for a website).
But with Yvonne, no one email or list could really capture her many
interests and adventures.
If you're curious about her video work, for those of you not on the
Flying Focus email list, I added this info when sending the in memoriam
out to that group:
Unfortunately none of her full shows are online but clips are in several
"Busiversaries." You can see most of the programs listed in these
sections of our catalog:
Organizing for Change
https://flyingfocus.org/ffvc24.html (see "Las Lomas Project")
That is all for now.
peace and justice works
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