#LivingLoudDC a Success!

From the Lost Daughters website…

Living Loud DC readers, emcee Kevin Haebeom Vollmers, and Amb. Susan Jacobs.  Photo from Amb. Jacobs.

Last night, a spirited collective of artists gathered together to bring the Living Loud DC event to life. And bring it to life they did. Nine incredible authors, 8 from lost daughters, delivered pieces from four different works (some published some never before read/heard) against the backdrop of the gorgeous Busboys and Poets (5th & K location) surrounded by the energizing sounds of Superior Cling, woven and connected by emcee Kevin Haebeom Vollmers, and powerfully introduced by Ambassador Susan Jacobs. We wanted to take a moment to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who brought this event together–and to provide links for anyone wanting to learn more about someone or something they saw at Living Loud DC.

Thank you to Kevin Haebeom Vollmers who initiated, connected, and planned this event, and for lending his humorous and captivating emcee skills.
Thank you to our partners for making the event possible, the Barker Foundation, Korean Focus, and Land of Gazillion Adoptees.
Thank you to Ambassador Susan Jacobs for your powerful introduction to this event and for valuing and supporting adoptee voices. Thank you to Kathy Sacco, Special Assistant to Special Advisor for Children’s Issues, for your help and support.

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Thank You for Attending Unfolding the Adoption Experience: Exploring Racial Identity!

In honor of National Social Work Month, the Undergraduate Social Work Department at West Chester University proudly hosted “Unfolding the Adoption Experience: Exploring Racial Identity” in Sykes Theater on the West Chester University of Pennsylvania Campus. The event was held on March 24th from 2PM to 4PM. The event was sponsored by the undergraduate social work department and co-planned by Amanda H.L. Transue-Woolston, MSS, LSW and Dr. Greg Tully.

The event featured Dr. Joseph Crumbley, a noted educator, speaker, expert on transracial adoption, and author of Relatives Raising Children: An Overview of Kinship Care and Transracial Adoption and Foster Care: Practice issues for Professionals. The event also featured: Susan Harris O’Connor social worker, performance artist, racial identity theory pioneer, and author of the book The Harris Narratives: An Introspective Study of a Transracial Adoptee.

O’Connor delivered one of her world-famous narrative performances that invited the audience to explore the experience of being transracially adopted and the intersectionality of adoption and race.

Susan Harris O’Connor, MSW

Transracial Adoption Event at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, March 24, 2014

Unfolding the Adoption Experience: Exploring Racial Identity

In honor of National Social Work Month, the Undergraduate Social Work Department at West Chester University proudly hosts this important event.

Featured speaker: Dr. Joseph Crumbley noted educator, speaker, expert on transracial adoption, and author of Relatives Raising Children: An Overview of Kinship Care and Transracial Adoption and Foster Care: Practice issues for Professionals.

Featured Speaker: Susan Harris O’Connor social worker, performance artist, racial identity theory pioneer, and author of the book The Harris Narratives: An Introspective Study of a Transracial Adoptee.

The event will also feature a performance by O’Connor that invites the audience to explore the experience of being transracially adopted and the intersectionality of adoption and race.

The event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is necessary.  Sykes Theater on the West Chester University campus, March 24th from 2PM to 4PM.

Amanda Transue-Woolston is co-planning this event.  Please contact her with any event questions aw655801 [at] wcupa.edu

Up-Coming Presentation at the 2013 Civil Liberties and Public Policy Conference, Hampshire College

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2013
Contact: Lucy Trainor, Assistant Director
Civil Liberties and Public Policy, Hampshire College
CLPP Hosts 27thAnnual Reproductive Justice Conference
The Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program at Hampshire College (http://clpp.hampshire.edu) will hold its 27th annual activist conference, From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom, on April 12-14, 2013. The conference focuses on broadening the fight for reproductive health and rights by making connections to a diverse range of social issues, including racial, economic, and disability justice; LGBTQ rights; and environmental justice. Approximately 1,000 community activists, students, and national and international leaders and organizers are expected to attend this event, described by past attendees as “motivating, informative, and nourishing” and “overwhelmingly inspiring!”
More than 150 speakers and over 70 conference workshops will highlight local and national activist work from direct service to policy-making. Topics of workshops include Abortion Coverage, Immigration, State Violence, and Transfeminism. Conference attendees walk away with practical knowledge around the issues and are empowered to continue their work. As conference co-coordinator and Hampshire student Lauren Casey puts it, “the CLPP conference has given me hands-on tools and resources to better my own work, and provided me with a community of individuals who are right there behind me fighting this good fight.”
The three-day conference begins Friday afternoon, April 12, in Franklin Patterson Hall at Hampshire College. Friday workshops will run from 4 to 6 p.m. Workshops and plenaries continue on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon. For a list of conference speakers and workshops, or to register, visit http://clpp.hampshire.edu/conference. Conference registration is offered on a sliding scale, and no one is turned away for lack of funds.
CLPP strives to make the conference an accessible space. There will be ASL interpretation available at both the Saturday and Sunday plenaries, and Spanish translation available by request as part of the pre-registration process. The buildings used for the conference are accessible, and space will be reserved in workshops and plenaries for people using wheelchairs. Space will be reserved in plenaries for people looking to reduce their exposure to fragrances. Childcare is available free of charge during the conference.
Student conference co-coordinators are available for interviews: contact Lauren Casey or Zaynah Shaikh at 413-559-6168 or clpp@hampshire.edu.  Conference speakers are also available for interviews upon request. Speakers include activists working in diverse communities and on a range of campaigns from across the U.S. as well as internationally, including issues that have traditionally been excluded from a reproductive rights framework.