Sunday, 21 Feb 2016 12:30 PM
Riverside City Library
Join us when we host firebrand Jane Roberts of FAR (Freethinkers Around Redlands) as she speaks about her activism in women’s big issues when religion got in the way. She reminds us that women’s issues impact all of us in ways we may not be aware. She shows us how critical the world’s need for women’s health and reproductive care is.
Nobel Peace Prize nominated (2005) Jane Roberts was awarded the 2008 Purpose Prize Fellow through Civic Ventures which encourages older Americans to have socially useful “encore” careers (www.encore.org) for her work as co-founder of 34 Million Friends of Women. In 2009,Jane received the Global Citizenship Award from the United Nations Association, Southern California Division. She was named one of the Women of the Year for MS Magazine in 2003. She has spoken at venues and conferences around the world. The retired French professor and tennis instructor lives in Redlands, CA and is a member of our allied group, FAR (Freethinkers Around Redlands) through their membership in IECoR (Inland Empire Coalition of Reason).
In 2002, 34 Million Friends of Women was started as a protest against the withdrawing of $34 million dollars approved funding from UNFPA (United Nations Family Planning Association) by George W Bush for seemingly personal, religious reasons to appease his political base (Berkley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice, Volume 18 /Issue 1). In response, Jane Roberts and Lois Abraham independently came up with the idea of asking 34 million Americans to reach out to the world’s women with one dollar. This has become 34 Million Friends, a grassroots effort which has garnered more than $2.7 million, saved lives, lessened misery and sent a wonderful message to the world from the American people.
“My ultimate goal is a worldwide grassroots movement dedicated to ensuring the full humanity and individual rights of women and girls. This is too important an issue to leave to governments alone.”
What happens when the world decides to ignore gender-based violence, or out of control population growth? What happens to the existing problems when global warming is added to the mix? Jane likes to quote the former Ambassador to Africa for HIV/Aids, the Canadian lion Stephen Lewis: “I challenge you to enter the fray against gender inequality. There is no more honorable or productive calling. There is nothing of greater import in this world. All roads lead from women to social change.”
Enjoy a catered entrée and a vegetarian dish, fresh bread, and dessert from “All Catering Services – Latin/European Cuisine” chef Reynaldo Velasquez. Coffee, iced tea, sodas and lemonade will be on hand. Please be sure to RSVP about staying for the luncheon. You will be prompted to reply about lunch when you RSVP on line – not on the mobile APP.
12:10 PM– 12:30 PM—Coffee* and conversation in Those Skeptical Kids” space (the adjacent foyer) while we set up** See the new items available for sale, or sign up to volunteer, read the new bulletin board.
12:30 – 12:45 PM—Doors open, come on in, find your seat, chat with friends
12:45—Welcome – Rebecca Kitchings
A call for Those Skeptical Kids to be excused to their space for fun and activities – Kathy and Lauren
Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful – Joel
Redlands Group FAR- Jill
Women’s Secular Group – Charlene
Pub Quiz – Joey
Outreach and Fundraising – Greg
Skeptics Forum – Reb
Humanists of the Inland Empire – Reb
$2 For “Lunch at the Library” during Summer Reading – Reb
Second Thoughts – Reb
1:00 – 1:45 PM— Lecture
1:44 – 2:00 PM—-Q&A
2:00 – 3:00 PM— “Luncheon buffet is ready” announcement
3:25 – 4:00 PM —Breakdown, clean-up, put away, carry back, load up, head out, library closes. Help us anyone? You’ll make friends with this part!
* Coffee is ready as soon as the library opens and we get there with fresh, rich, hot, homemade coffee and decaf. Also, cold bottled water is ready to be had. Want to help us unpack it and set it up? Just look for the roller bag marked “Coffee” and the blue tote marked “coffee service”.
**Volunteer to set up/break down
If you can come at 11:55 and help set up and/or stay after to knock down you will be deeply cherished for the rest of your life.
Prices are as follows:
$5 Lecture only
$8 Lecture and beverage bar
$18 Lecture, catered luncheon, and beverages
FREE Catered luncheon for Those Skeptical Kids (for kids 15 and under with their parent – please advise numbers/ages when you RSVP.) and special kids activities.
Lecture, Luncheon, beverages, and a $2 “Help Feed Riverside’s Hungry” donation – $20
Note: Only your lecture costs and donations are tax deductible. Food and beverages are not because those fees cover only the costs of the items. Donation receipts are available for your convenience.
Parking can fill up at the library, but parking at downtown structures is free on Sundays (excluding the Mission Inn). There is a structure across from the library at 3750 Orange St. that we recommend:
And remember, “Skipping Church” Luncheons always take place on the Third Sunday, so mark your calendars!
We hope to see you there!