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Oct
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Women’s Film Series : HOME TRUTH
Oct 24 @ 5:30 pm – 8:15 pm

We invite you to join us for a screening and discussion of the documentary HOME TRUTH on October 24th at the Wilmette Theater. Schedule for the evening:

  • 5:30-6:20 pm – Check-in, wine and light appetizers at YWCA Shop for Good, 1107 Central Ave., Wilmette
  • 6:30-7:45 pm – Film screening
  • 7:45-8:15 – Post film discussion

Synopsis

In 1999, Colorado mother Jessica Gonzales experiences every parent’s worst nightmare when her three young daughters are killed after being abducted by their father in violation of a restraining order. Devastated, Jessica files a lawsuit against the police, claiming they did not adequately enforce her restraining order despite her repeated calls for help that night. Determined to make sure her daughters did not die in vain, Jessica pursues her case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and an international human rights tribunal, seeking to strengthen legal rights for domestic violence victims. Meanwhile, her relationship with her one-surviving child, her son Jessie, suffers, as he struggles with the tragedy in his own way. Filmed over the course of nine years, HOME TRUTH chronicles one family’s pursuit of justice, shedding light on how our society responds to domestic violence and how the trauma from domestic violence tragedies can linger throughout generations.

Two (2.0) Continuing Education Credits are available. Contact Wendy Dickson if you are requesting credit.

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Nov
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YWomen: A Celebration of Women’s Leadership
Nov 9 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Tickets will be available online by September  30!

 

Mar
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Women’s Film Series : THE HEAT
Mar 5 @ 5:30 pm – 8:15 pm

We invite you to join us for a screening and discussion of the documentary THE HEAT: A KITCHEN (R)EVOLUTION on Thursday, March 5, 2020. Details to come in early 2020!

Synopsis

Restaurant kitchens are a pressurized stew of brutal hours, high stress and sleep deprivation. Acting out goes with the territory and anyone lower in the hierarchy is fair game. But the familiar macho posturing of celebrity chefs has reached a tipping point.

Now with an influx of women at the helm of restaurants, and a younger generation unwilling to submit to the brutal conditions once considered the norm, the rules of “kitchen culture” as we know it are being rewritten.

The Heat takes viewers behind-the-scenes to meet pioneers who broke through the glass ceiling, including Anne Sophie Pic of Maison Pic in Valence, France – the only three-Michelin starred female chef in France and one of only a handful in the world, she has been dubbed “the “Queen of French Cuisine”; Angela Hartnett of Murano in London – a beloved UK star and two-Michelin starred chef who survived Gordon Ramsay’s kitchens to become his first female protége; Iron Chef and Top Chef Master Anita Lo, – she led the first all female team to beat an Iron Chef in the U.S. and closes her beloved Greenwich Village restaurant Annisa, after 17 years.

We’ll also meet the hungry talents of a new generation, including award-winning chef and media darling Amanda Cohen of the trendy vegetarian restaurant, Dirt Candy in New York’s Lower East Side; rising star Victoria Blamey, who received critical accolades for her culinary skills at the famed Greenwich Village Chumley’s in New York; Toronto favourite Suzanne Barr of Saturday Dinette, The Gladstone and Kid Chocolate, who is diversifying kitchens one restaurant at a time; renegade Toronto chef Charlotte Langley, who has done away with traditional brick and mortar to host elaborate dinners off the grid, as well as Toronto writer/former line cook Ivy Knight on why she left the industry.

From grass roots to haute cuisine, The Heat is a compelling and illuminating journey into the culinary world.

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Mar
19
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YWCA Equity Institute Summit
Mar 19 all-day
YWCA Equity Institute Summit

Registration for the annual YWCA Equity Summit will open in January 2020. Please contact us if you have any questions. Thanks!

Apr
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Stand Against Racism in Skokie
Apr 23 @ 10:30 am – 10:50 am

Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities.

The 2020 Stand Against Racism in Skokie will take place on Thursday, April 23 from 10:30 – 10:50 am at various sites: On Oakton Street in front of Village Hall and the Skokie Public Library; on Gross Point Road and Church Street (near Weber Center); and at various D73.5 and D69 Schools. We invite you to join the Stand as an organization, school, business or individual. Although it’s not required, you can register your group’s participation  at www.standagainstracism.org.  In Skokie, we will all read this pledge at 10:45 am.  Feel free to make copies for your participants.

We know that these 20 minutes will not eliminate racism.  But standing together in this work for equity is the ONLY way we can actually achieve the systemic changes necessary for transformation of our institutions.

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Women’s Film Series : COOKED, SURVIVAL BY ZIP CODE
Apr 23 @ 5:30 pm – 8:15 pm

We invite you to join us for a screening and discussion of the documentary “COOKED: SURVIVAL BY ZIP CODE” on Thursday, April 23, 2020. Details to come in early 2020!

Synopsis

In her signature serious-yet-quirky connect-the-dots style, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand takes audiences from the deadly 1995 Chicago heat disaster deep into one of our nation’s biggest growth industries – Disaster Preparedness. Along the way she forges inextricable links between extreme weather, extreme disparity and the politics of ‘disaster’; daring to ask: what if a zip code was just a routing number, and not a life-or-death sentence?

Inspired by Eric Klinenberg’s ground-breaking book HEAT WAVE: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago.

The film is funded in part by the MacArthur Foundation and the Sundance Documentary Fund.

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Apr
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Stand Against Racism in Evanston
Apr 24 @ 10:30 am – 10:50 am

Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities.

The 2020 Stand Against Racism in Evanston will take place on Friday, April 24 from 10:30 – 10:50 am at various sites along Ridge. We invite you to join the Stand as an organization, school, business or individual. Although it’s not required, you can register your group’s participation at www.standagainstracism.org.  In Evanston, we will all read this pledge at 10:45 pm.

We know that these 20 minutes will not eliminate racism.  But standing together in this work for equity is the ONLY way we can actually achieve the systemic changes necessary for transformation of our institutions.