SUPERLOVE SCHEDULE: Friday, April 11
Doors Open at 10 AM
***SUPERLOVE ENTRY IS FREE ***
FROM SUPERDOME TO SUPERLOVE
The event will begin with a greeting from New Orleans leaders, including Carol Bebelle and Karel Sloane-Boekbinder, two founding members of the Katrina Warrior Network. A Cleansing and Blessing Ritual will then open SUPERLOVE, where we will gather and hold a vision of transformation, for the Superdome, for the people of New Orleans, for the people of the world. Dr. Johnnetta Cole, former President of Spelman College, Buddhist leader Roshi Joan Halifax, Native American tribal leader Brenda Dardar Roubichaux and Denese Shevrington of New Orleans will lead this ritual, which will end with a performance lead by New Orleans’ Rev. Lois Dejean and the Mahalia Jackson Choir.
Eve Ensler will then welcome everybody
FROM NEW ORLEANS TO THE WORLD: WOMEN IN CONFLICT ZONES
Eve will facilitate a discussion about women in Conflict Zones and Disaster sites: including Carol Bebelle of New Orleans, Rada Boric of the former Yugoslavia, Christine Schuler Deschryver of Congo, Zoya of Afghanistan, Yanar Mohammed of Iraq, Monique Wilson from the Philippines.
Asali Devan, a local NOLA artist will then perform.
ONE EARTH, ONE BODY
Majora Carter of Sustainable South Bronx, Matt Peterson of Global Green and Pam Dashiell, civic and environmental activist in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward employed by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, will then discuss the connections and parallels between our treatment of the earth and our treatment of women’s bodies. V-Board member Pat Mitchell will moderate.
Doria Roberts will then perform one of her songs.
CHANGING THE STORY OF WOMEN: MOVING FROM RESCUE TO TRANSFORMATION
Cecile Lipworth, V-Day Managing Director will then lead a discussion about different strategies to end violence against women with Rita Smith of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Shana Griffin of New Orleans Women’s Health Clinic, Ritu Sharma Fox of Women Thrive Worldwide, Esta Soler of Family Violence Prevention Fund, and Taina Bien-Aimé from Equality Now.
Red Summer, an artist with NOLA-roots, will then perform.
Author Jimmie Briggs will read a piece about men’s involvement in the movement to end violence against women and girls.
V-MEN: BUILDING A MEN’S MOVEMENT
A critical discussion about feminist men lead by author Mark Matousek and including anti-violence activist Quentin Walcott, Stephen Glaude of Men Can Stop Rape, NFL player Bart Scott, Devon Carbado, UCLA Professor of Law, NOLA-based activist Wayne Barnes, and V-Day's Tony Montenieri will follow.
Singer/songwriter Chris Garneau will then perform a song.
KIMBERLÉ CRENSHAW: ON INTERSECTIONALITY
Kimberlé Crenshaw, world-renowned race scholar, will speak on intersectionality and the New Orleans experience.
REBUILDING ATLANTIS: A DISCUSSION ON GENDER, RACE, CLASS AND POVERTY IN THE GULF COAST RECOVERY POST-KATRINA
A discussion on gender, race, class and poverty in the post-Katrina Gulf South will then be facilitated by activist Colette Battle Pichon of Moving Forward Gulf Coast, with Alice Craft-Kerney, healthcare activist of the Lower 9th Ward Clinic, Monique Harden of Advocates for Environmental Human Rights, Chester Hartman of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, Rebecca Chaison of the Institute for the study of Race and Poverty at Tulane.
FROM THE BIG APPLE TO THE BIG EASY: ADDRESSING PEOPLE NOT JUST DRESSING THEM
Donna Karan isn’t just hugging curves on the people she dresses but is embracing the needs of others through her newly formed Urban Zen Foundation. After all, it’s not what we wear but that we are aware which is the mission of the Urban Zen Foundation to raise awareness and inspire change. Through the tragic death of her husband, Stephan, to cancer, Donna Karan was deeply inspired to make a difference. She will talk about her desire to change the paradigm of well-being, preserve cultures threatened by globalization and empower children.
POWER TO THE WOMEN OF HAITI
Haitian V-Day activists Elvire Eugene, Myriam Merlet, and Ann Valérie Timothee Milfort will talk about their work to empower women. Introduced by Nikki Noto and Laura Seydel, leaders in V-Day Atlanta, which has been a huge supporter of V-Day’s safe house in Haiti.
ORDINARY PEOPLE DOING EXTRAORDINARY THINGS
Progressive journalist and Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman will then moderate a discussion about everyday activists doing extraordinary things: Jodie Evans, co-founder of CODE PINK, Oraia Reid, co-founder of RightRides for Women’s Safety, and Sunni Patterson, NOLA-based activist.
DANCING: A GRIEVING AND A HEALING
Gabrielle Roth will lead an ecstatic dancing experience for all attendees.
7:30PM tentative time
Swimming Upstream will premiere on the stage on the floor of the Superdome. The original theater piece is produced by 15 local artists and singers who are partnering with the Ashé Cultural Arts Center and Eve Ensler to ensure there is an artistic record of the experiences of New Orleanians. The cast, directed by Kenny Leon, will include New Orleans’ Troi Bechet, Asali Njeri DeVan, Anne-Liese Juge Fox and Karen-kaia Livers, V-Board member and actress Kerry Washington, and playwright and actress Anna Deavere-Smith.