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ARE YOU IN CHICAGO THIS SUMMER? Get your activism going this weekend!!

Blame the System | Not the Victim – A March to End Rape Culture–march and speak out against rape culture in downtown Chicago this weekend. Students in Chicago for the summer! Here is the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/485100938309046/

Events This Week @ Women’s Resources Center:

Monday—July 20 @ 12noon @ Women’s Resources Center—Dish It Up Summer Brown Bag Series | “The Power of Arts-based Healing with Survivors of Violence” Kelly Fritz and Charity Benefield, Interns, Women’s Resources Center. It’s a “brown bag” so bring your own lunch but we’ll have chips, lemonade & iced tea and maybe some dessert—free, of course!!

Monday—July 20 @ 4pm @ Women’s Resources Center—Our Women on the Move | Belly Fit/Belly Dance! We provide an instructor and the “scarves” and music! It’s free, it’s fun, it will keep you moving!

Wednesday July 22 @ 4pm @ WRC—Sex & Gender Film Series | SAY MY NAME. In a hip hop and R&B world dominated by men and noted for misogyny, the unstoppable female lyricists of SAY MY NAME speak candidly about class, race, and gender in pursuing their passions as female MCs. This worldwide documentary takes viewers on a vibrant tour of urban culture and musical movement, from hip hop’s birthplace in the Bronx, to grime on London’s Eastside, to Philly, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, and L.A., and points in between. Featuring interviews and musical performances from a diverse cast of women that includes Remy Ma, Rah Digga, Jean Grae, Erykah Badu, Estelle, as well as newcomers Chocolate Thai, Invincible and Miz Korona, this powerful documentary delves into the amazing personal stories of women balancing professional dreams with the stark realities of poor urban communities, race, sexism, and motherhood. The more than 18 artists featured in SAY MY NAME battle for a place in a society that creates few chances for women. From emerging artists filled with new creativity, to true pioneers like MC Lyte, Roxxanne Shante, and Monie Love, these are women turning adversity into art. Featuring interviews and musical performances from a diverse cast of women that includes Remy Ma, Rah Digga, Jean Grae, Erykah Badu, Estelle, as well as newcomers Chocolate Thai, Invincible and Miz Korona, this powerful documentary delves into the amazing personal stories of women balancing professional dreams with the stark realities of poor urban communities, race, sexism, and motherhood. The more than 18 artists featured in SAY MY NAME battle for a place in a society that creates few chances for women. From emerging artists filled with new creativity, to true pioneers like MC Lyte, Roxxanne Shante, and Monie Love, these are women turning adversity into art. points in between. Featuring interviews and musical performances from a diverse cast of women that includes Remy Ma, Rah Digga, Jean Grae, Erykah Badu, Estelle, as well as newcomers Chocolate Thai, Invincible and Miz Korona, this powerful documentary delves into the amazing personal stories of women balancing professional dreams with the stark realities of poor urban communities, race, sexism, and motherhood. The more than 18 artists featured in SAY MY NAME battle for a place in a society that creates few chances for women. From emerging artists filled with new creativity, to true pioneers like MC Lyte, Roxxanne Shante, and Monie Love, these are women turning adversity into art.Come enjoy another great film about women and art, munch on popcorn and sip on lemonade!! FREE!

Thursday—July 23 @ 4pm @ Women’s Resources Center—Women on the Move | Yoga for Healing Series! A perfect way to de-stress after a long week! We will provide yoga mats and blocks as well as the instructors. Free!

Events This Week @ OIIR Cultural Centers/Units:

Tuesday—July 21 @ 12-1 pm @ Asian American Cultural Center—Food for Thought | “Small Acts, Big Difference: What We All Can Do for International Students featuring Ga-Young Jin, AACC Graduate Intern and M.S.W. student. Food for Thought is a weekly discussion series that is focused on topics relevant to the Asian American community. Presentations will take place at the Asian American Cultural Center from 12-1pm. Free cup-of-noodles and snacks will be provided! Everyone welcome!

Out & About on Campus and the CU Community:

Thursday—July 23 @ 9pm @ Main Quad of the Illini Union– Summer Quad Cinema Series: Avengers: Age of Ultron! Come for a free screening of this VERY popular film!

@ YWCA of the University of Illinois

#BLACKLIVESMATTER SIGNS—Get in on the action! Help us show our community that we believe that black lives do, indeed matter! Get a sign of your very own for your yard or window. We are asking people to pitch in on the cost, at $6.50 per sign, but we aren’t turning down requests as long as we have signs in the office. Please reply to this email to get one! This summer, the YWCA is teaming up with Showing Up for Racial Justice in the effort to grow a national, outspoken, multi-racial majority for justice. Specifically to encourage white folks to stand up and voice support for racial justice, local SURJ people will be planting #BLACKLIVESMATTER yard signs around town to encourage everyone to show their support for eliminating racism.

YWCA WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP 15-16—Leadership Development Internships. For UIUC undergraduates- we are currently accepting applications for our 2015-2016 run of the Women In Leadership internship! Please visit https://ywcauofi.wufoo.com/forms/women-in-leadership-program-20152016/ in order to fill out an application online. You can also visit our website for more information on the program. Spaces are filling up fast, so if you would like to reserve your spot for the Fall, do not hesitate to fill out an application now. Please email domonique@ywcauofi.org if you have further questions.

YWCA—2015 RACE AGAINST RACISM—Sunday, September 27, 1pm at the Arboretum. One of the main goals of the YWCA is to eliminate racism, and our annual 5K aims support this mission and to promote equality in an active and creative way. This year, the YWCA will be hosting its 11th annual Race Against Racism. Whether you are someone who competes on a professional team or an individual who enjoys being active during your leisure time – all are welcome to take part in running for social change, one step at a time.

Date: Sunday, September 27 @ 1:00 PM @ The Arboretum on the UIUC campus (2001 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana IL 61802). Early Bird Tickets: $15.00 per participant until Sept. 1. Buy your tickets http://tinyurl.com/ywcauofi-RAR2015

Art @ the Y presents | INDIVISIBLE: African-Native American Lives in the Americas

Smithsonian exhibition on display for summer viewing: June 18-August 14, 2015 from 9am to 4pm weekdays. All Art @ the Y events are free and open to the public. Developed, produced, and circulated by the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. INDIVISIBLE received financial support from Akaloa Resource Foundation and from the Smithsonian’s Latino Initiatives Pool. Sponsored by the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, the Committee on Race and Ethnicity (CORE), and the Native American House.

Farm Stand on the Quad Open Thursdays. The Sustainable Student Farm, a program of the Department of Crop Sciences, and in cooperation with the Illini Union and the Student Sustainability Committee, has begun its weekly Farm Stand on the Quad. The Farm Stand is open every Thursday from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., selling fresh produce grown on campus. The Farm Stand is located on the south side of the Illini Union.

Women on Top: Celebrating Women Behind the Camera @ The Art Theatre Co-op in Downtown Champaign. “Hollywood is supposedly a community of forward thinking and progressive people, yet this horrific situation for women directors persists. Gender discrimination stigmatizes our entire industry. Change is essential.”

— Kathryn Bigelow

The Art Theater Co-op is proud to present a summer-long series celebrating women feature film directors. Bringing together an eclectic mix of films representing the breadth and depth of women’s filmmaking, WOMEN ON TOP: CELEBRATING WOMEN BEHIND THE CAMERA is focused on honoring the vision and artistry of women directors while simultaneously highlighting the serious lack of women in film production. Women have directed only 6% of studio feature films in the last year, and in the past five years only one woman has directed more than one studio feature. By celebrating the groundbreaking work of women directors, WOMEN ON TOP aims to stimulate conversation about the overwhelming gender disparity in feature film direction while shining a spotlight on women directors working against all odds. Films include Born in Flames (Lizzie Borden 1983; June 3rd at 9:00pm), Daisies (Vera Chytilová, 1966; July 15th at 9:00pm); Tank Girl (Rachel Talalay, 1995; August 12th at 9:00pm), and Love & Basketball (Gina Prince-Bythewood, 2000; September 16th at 9:00pm)

Wednesday—August 12 @ 9:00pm—Tank Girl (Rachel Talalay, 1995). Loosely based on the comic book series of the same name, Tank Girl is a Crayola-colored, sun-soaked, fight for survival in a futuristic, drought-riddled world. Battling an evil corporation bent on controlling the world’s population through its last water reserves, androgynous punk heroine Rebecca (Lori Petty as the eponymous Tank Girl) and a band of misfit warriors fight to protect the last free water supply and their own independence. Director Rachel Talalay cut her teeth working for John Waters, and skillfully directs an eclectic cast including Petty, Ice-T, Naomi Watts, Iggy Pop, and Malcolm McDowell in this wild, surreal, art-pop film. Bolstered by a soundtrack curated by Courtney Love and featuring the likes of Bjork, Devo, Hole, and Portishead, Tank Girl embodies 1990’s Riot Grrl style, independence, and wit. “Tank Girl’s” screen assault has a “no prisoners” attitude…dazzling pyrotechnics, state-of-the-art makeup, a lavish song-and-dance production, nifty animation reflecting its comic book origins and a thumping rock soundtrack.” Variety

Wednesday—September 16 @ 9:00pm—Love & Basketball (Gina Prince-Bythewood, 2000). The directorial debut of screenwriter Gina Prince-Bythewood (director of 2014’s highly-praised Beyond The Lights), Love & Basketball is a heady combination of sport, sexual politics, female alienation, and the desire for emotional attachments. Childhood friends Quincy (Omar Epps) and Monica (Sanaa Lathan) have always wanted the same thing: to play professional basketball. Following their friendship and professional aspirations over the course of thirteen years, the film is a quiet but forceful reminder that all is not fair in love and sports–especially for women who want to play on the court and not cheer on the sidelines. A poignant and sympathetic film carried by marvelous performances from Epps and Lathan, Love & Basketball heralded Prince-Bythewood as a contemporary female director to watch–a pronouncement she has been making good on over the last 15 years. “Stylishly shot and bursting with visual and sexual energy, this is confident black women’s film-making and an eloquent tribute to the girl with the permanently grazed knees – and about time too.” Time Out “A startling debut full of emotional depth and political punch.” Film.com

The Art Theater Co-op is the country’s only cooperatively owned art house theater. As a community-driven organization, the Art Theater is dedicated to being a vibrant and welcoming space where audiences old and new can enjoy a classic cinema experience. The Art Theater’s mission is to cultivate an engaged audience for art house, independent, and foreign films while promoting local filmmakers and strengthening the art house cooperative movement. CONTACT: Austin McCann, General Manager the.art.theater@gmail.com

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