Be a part of 16 days of ARTivism

From November 25th to december 10th, 2009, community organizations, artists, curators, educators, healers and all those who care, are asked to organize, to hold space for the most important work of our generation;  healing the violence.
This is the list of events taking shape in San Francisco and abroad.

Wed.   November 25th  12 noon- 2PM

Press conference
steps of city hall

  Join us to delcare our solidarity with women across the globe, our committment to heal from violence.


Friday Nov 27th 
Mission and 26th st, for more information go to
Film and forum  with Juan cuba men and women of the Bay Area discuss their experiences with healing violence.
November 28th
teach in, Music, Poetry, Healing, Altar, Dance
6 to 10 PM
November 28th
teach in, Music, Poetry, Healing, Altar, Dance
6 to 9 PM
Dance MIssion
corner of 24th street and Mission
6-7PM  Max Dashu  the orgins of patriarchy and violence against women
7-8PM  Altar and healing Session  Maya Hegre, Maria Claudia Guerrero and Luis Vazquez Gomez
8PM  Show
Para bailar...  MAKRU!
MC  MamaCoAtl
This space is available for an activity
Dance Mission Theater
3 to 6 PM
more details to come
Tuesday, December 1st 
Newsroom: 6:00 pm 
Po Poets Performance 8:00pm

POOR Magazine 
2940 16th street #301
San FRancisco, Ca 94103
1 blk below 16th st BART in the Mission
Community Newsroom/Sala Communitaria- POOR Magazine's Bi-lingual Indigenous News-making Circle will dedicate its December 1st Newsroom meeting to the 16 days of Artivism: Healing the Violence- Community Newsroom is a community news-making circle creating non-heriarchal news from silenced communities of migrant, poverty, disability, youth, elder and indigenous scholars, poets and cultural workers on issues of poverty, po'lice brutality, gentrification, incarceration, migration and systems abuse that affect us everyday- we will invite special guests to speak as well as generate stories on this topic for future multi-media production - appearing on PNN-TV, PNN-radio , the SF Bayview Newspaper, STREET SHEET, Street SPIRIT, KPFA radio and many more!

As well, directly following Newsroom the Po Poets Project/Poetas POBRES of POOR Magazine/Prensa POBRE- the bi-lingual spoken word and poetry performance grupo will perform poetry on the theme of violence, healing, and community consciousness for our children and our families impacted by globalization, violence and death. 


Tuesday, December 1st, 12 noon2 PM, PST

Writers’ Sanctuary is sponsored by the Moe Green Poetry Hour



Writers’ Sanctuary Presents

Elimination of Violence towards Women and Girls: “They are all our daughters!”

Hosted by  Kim McMillon


(Oakland, CA), November 26, 2009  --- On November 25, 2009, the UN kicked-off 16 days of action for the elimination of violence towards women and girls, globally. Bay Area musician and healer MamaCoAtl, an “Artivist” has gathered a collation of local arts and human rights groups to take part in this global project.  Mama CoAtl, who first initiated this observance in the USA five years ago, said, “This significant day has been marked internationally since 1999.  But, in 2004 in San Francisco, a few friends and myself first began the commemoration with simple prayers at the Mission St, BART station for a societal healing of violence.”


On Tuesday, December 1st from 12 PM2PM, Writers’ Sanctuary host Kim


McMillon will interview MamaCoAtl, Maria Ochoa, the editor of the anthology, Shout Out: Women Of Color Against Violence, and two of the contributors, Teresa Pedrizco Romero, and Jackie Joice.


MamaCoAtl has a varied stage persona, from revolutionary to Earth Mother, a performer unafraid to sing and speak about turbulent times. Comfortable in the art of performance, she curates “happenings” to bring beauty and a sense of sacredness to theaters, public spaces, and the heart. She sings for those humans rendered invisible in dominator culture; for the campesinas, the maquiladoras, and the silenced majorities. Her art is an invitation to healing our earth, to renewing our human spirit. Her album Border Crossing Diosa is a historical document of poetry, prayer and protest.  MamaCoAtl, is a healer, and holds an MFA in Creative Inquiry from New College of San Francisco.


María Ochoa, PhD, is a writer who teaches at San José State University in the Department of Social Science/Women’s Studies Program. Recent publications include the books Voices of Russell City: An Oral History About a Town and its People and Creative Collectives: Chicana Artists Working in Community, as well as poetry in the anthology Oakland Out Loud. She is the producer/director of the video Voices of Russell City: The Annual Reunion Picnic. In 1999 the California State Assembly honored her as a Woman of the Year for her contributions to the arts.


Teresa Pedrizco Romero wrote a personal essay about her experience in a violent relationship and eventual departure. Teresa is the producer of the second only Spanish language version of the Vagina Monologues. She produced the first this year in San Francisco and the second will be staged in 2010 in San José. She has produced three other stagings of the V-Day drama. In addition,

she works for First Five in SF counseling low-income families in healthy child rearing practices.


Jackie Joice's hybrid piece (essay and poem) was about her journey to the border of Mexico / U.S. and the murder of the hundreds, probably thousands, of women. In addition to being a writer, she is a photographer, creates stationery products, and sells a beauty product line. She is also expecting her first child.

For a full schedule of Elimination of Violence towards Women and Girls,  events please check the website:


For listeners interested in asking questions of the program guests, please call (718) 508-9717.  To learn more about Writers’ Sanctuary, go to or call Kim McMillon at (510) 681-5652.






DEC 4th  10 am
Good Samaritan Family resource Center hosts
Max Dashu
Origen del Patriarcado y la Historia del Movimiento  de Mujeres
en Espaniol
1294 Potrero Ave
San Francisco Ca
EL Camino de la ABuela/ The Grandmother's Wisdom Way
 KPFA  Radio premiere,   3pm KPFA 94.1fm.  
   Bay Area Elders speak about healing violence
16th st @ Valencia
9 PM
 En solidaridad con los 16 dias de ARTivismo por la eliminacion de la violencia hacia las mujeres y las ninas
Ti Couz PRESENTA:   noche de artistas LGBT y sus aliados!!!!
Rosa Los Santos, Maria Machetes, Nora Roman a la Vocalista del Grupo Sang Matiz, Trilce Santana, Joel Molina y TUrururu.
2649 Folsom St
The Mission 

 Suzanne Savage RN Shamanic Practitioner  has been studying, practicing and teaching shamanism for over 10 years. This includes shamanic training with the Foundation of Shamanic Studies and individual studies under Michael Harner, Ph.D. and Sandra Ingerman, MFT, Betsy Bergstrom, Flordemaya (one of the indigenous grandmothers) and Iranian Master Healer, Berooz Danadoost and Tom Cowan

MAPP  8 tp midnight
Mission Area Artists create a street installation piece TAKING BACK THE NIGHT
La Casa De Los Sentidos
Red Poppy Art House
Many artists invited 
Dec 6
Sunrise Cafe
24th St bet. Shotwell and Folsom
el grupo de mujeres salvadoreñas, proyecto miramundo presenta:
homenaje a las hermanas maryknoll
para nunca olvidar y decir no a la violenica hacia toda mujer!

On December 2, 1980, Maryknoll Sisters Maura Clarke and Ita Ford, Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel and lay missioner Jean Donovan were raped, murdered and buried in a shallow grave in El Salvador. All had devoted their lives in service to the poor and oppressed in that country during the brutal civil war that claimed the lives of more than 75,000 Salvadorans at the hands of their own government.

habra un video sobre el brutal asesinato de estas mujeres de dios.
tambien poesia y lectura/testimonios.

Dec 7th
Film night at The Revolution
22 & Bartlett
El Camino que Se Abre



@ 16th st and Mission  Hummingbird Plaza
2 to 6 PM  public ART, Performance, Healings,
bring flowers, bring drums, a desire for common ground.
Join MamaCoAtl, Mark Estrada, Jorge Molina,RENE YANEZ, Women Spirituality program at ITP, Joan Cerquerios, Cantautor Venezolano, and many other artist who are signing on daily to be a part of this ceremony of claiming public space for healing and for recognizing each other as part of the human family.