From Annie Esposito
3/6/09 Ukiah, North California
This year the Annual Women’s History Celebration takes place on International Women’s Day, March 8th. The theme is “Women Taking the Lead to Save the Planet” and will be dedicated to Judi Bari. Alicia Littletree will open the gathering with a little talk about Bari and a song by or about her.
The featured speaker will be Rachel Binah, who initiated an environmental caucus for the Democratic Party and worked against offshore oil drilling when she ran a bed and breakfast on the coast.
Honorees include Ellen Drell, co-founder of the Willits Environmental Center and Jenny Burnstad, a mainstay of the Mendocino Environmental Center in Ukiah. Burnstad will share the stage with daughter Alida – the two of them oversee the Cloudforest Institute. Another mother-daughter pair will be Karen Bates and Sally Schmidt of the organic Philo Apple Farm, pioneering ecological agri-tourism. Phyllis Curtis will be honored for her work on the Mendocino County Land Trust. Poet Mary Norbert Korte and musician Kitty Rose will add cultural touches to the environmental theme.
This year the Women’s History Gala will be at the Saturday Afternoon Clubhouse, 107 North Oak Street, Sunday, March 8, from 12:30 to 3:30. The event is sponsored by The American Association of University Women, Soroptimist International of Yokayo Sunrise, the Saturday afternoon Club and the National Women’s Political Caucus. Local radio KMEC will live-cast the celebration at 105.1 fm.
Image credit: Judi Bari by Xiang Xing Zhou, San Francisco 1995