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SUPERLOVE SCHEDULE: SATURDAY, APRIL 12th
***SUPERLOVE ENTRY IS FREE ***
V TO THE TENTH SUPERLOVE PARADE
Saturday’s festivities kick off with a V TO THE TENTH SUPERLOVE PARADE lead by women of New Orleans and the Gulf South and Dr. Denis Mukwege from the Panzi Hospital in Congo. The starting point will be Congo Square (the place where Jazz began and a site where slaves would historically gather to preserve their culture) and the procession, with African drumming, will lead to SUPERLOVE. The parade is about the right to return, as many of the women of the Diaspora participating in the parade were thrown out of public housing, while others left New Orleans during and after the storm and have never returned.
Doors Open at 9:30 AM
NEW ORLEANS PROCESSION
A procession of 250 local New Orleans girls and their female leaders will enter the Superdome to begin the girls’ portion of the morning’s activities.
Colleen Saidman and Rodney Yee will give morning salutations.
Eve Ensler will then usher in a new generation of V-Girls with opening remarks. Eve will be joined by young activists, including Danijela Dugandzic from Bosnia and Sandra Ljubinkovic from Belgrade, and Elan Stahl, Hannah Levinson, and Megan Reback from New York.
DAUGHTERS OF HOPE RITES OF PASSAGE CEREMONY
A beautiful Rite of Passage/Initiation into V-Day Ceremony will then take place for 250 local girls from the LifeShop program, lead by Carol Bebelle and Asia Rainey. Nancy Redd, author of Body Drama, will present each of the girls with a copy of her book and a gift of an additional book will be given by First Books.
Rha Goddess, hip-hop artist and playwright, will then perform.
COMING INTO YOUR BODY, YOUR VOICE, YOUR POWER
Acclaimed actress Kerry Washington will then host a conversation with actresses Rosario Dawson, Amber Tamblyn, Ali Larter, and others about finding their voices and power as young women.
FINDING YOUR LEG UP
11:50 AM-12:00 PM
Sara Blakely, founder and owner of Spanx, will share inspirational tips on how women can succeed as entrepreneurs.
Suze Orman, the world’s most listened to personal financial advisor today , will speak on women's financial empowerment.
WHAT GIRLS KNOW
What Girls Know, in collaboration with the Contemporary Arts Center, presents an excerpt from IN OUR BONES, an original play created by teenage girls from New Orleans parishes. Partnering with What Girls Know is Zion Trinity, who bring the music, rhythm and soul of African countries to the telling of the girls' story. Zion Trinity will lead the girls in a warrior chant of the Yoruba people from Nigeria. The chant teaches us to how to reclaim a fighting spirit from the devilish delusion of "I Just Don't Care", how to cut through our own defeatism and escort in the light of healing and life force. .
STOP RAPING OUR GREATEST RESOURCE: POWER TO THE WOMEN AND GIRLS OF THE DRC
Eve Ensler and Ann Veneman, Executive Director of UNICEF, will welcome Christine Schuler Deschryver and Dr. Denis Mukwege, Congolese activists. Together, they will formally launch V-Day’s 2009 Spotlight Campaign on the Women and Girls of the Congo.
DR. MUKWEGE: HEALER ACTIVIST
Eve Ensler will interview Dr. Denis Mukwege, founding Physician of the Panzi Hospital in Buakvu, DRC who is doing life-saving work in the midst of devastating sexual violence.
Lenelle Moïse, poet, will perform.
BLUE GRIT: MAKING IMPOSSIBLE, IMPROBABLE CHANGE IN AMERICA
Laura Flanders, radio personality and author, will speak on politics and media.
DISASTER CAPITALISM AND NEW ORLEANS
Naomi Klein, author of Shock Doctrine will speak on disaster capitalism and New Orleans.
A MEDITATION ON PEACE
Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder of the Omega Institute, will offer a meditation on peace.
CC Carter, slam-poet, will perform.
Kim Rosen, a holistic healer and poet, will read a poem.
SAFETY & EMPOWERMENT OF NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN
Native American Activists Charon Asetoyer, Brenda Dardar Roubichaux and Karen Artichoker will speak about violence against women in the Native American community and the work they are doing to end it. Introduced by V-Day activist Suzanne Blue Star Boy.
SOLIDARITY FROM THE WOMEN’S MOVEMENT
Cecile Richards, President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Sara Gould, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, will bring messages of solidarity for the women of the Gulf South and beyond.
VOICES OF KARAMA
Hibaaq Osman, V-Day Special Representative to the Middle East, and Pat Mitchell, V-Board member, will co-moderate a panel of Karama women’s activist from across the Middle East with Amal Mahmoud Fayed from Cairo, Egypt, Afaf Al Mala from Amman, Jordan and Nadine Abou Zaki from Dubai, UAE.
Poet Suheir Hammad will perform.
WHY ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IS THAT IMPORTANT
Stephen Lewis, Co-director AIDS-Free World and former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, will speak about why ending violence against women is essential in our time.
NOLA poet, John O'Neal, will perform.
V-Day’s managing directors, Cecile Lipworth and Susan Swan, will be in conversation with V-Day activists from around the world, including LeTonia Jones from Kentucky, Thorey Vilhjalmsdottir from Iceland, Cynthia Trejo, who works with the Hispanic community in Texas and Marily Mondejar,who works with the Philipino community in San Francisco, from the United States, Agnes Pareyio from Kenya, Marsha Lopez from Guatemala, Nighat Rizvi from Pakistan and Esther Chávez from Juárez.
Poet Alix Olson will perform the closing poem.
ART AS ACTIVISM
Jane Fonda will end the day on how art and activism has and can change the world.
Young Guardians of the Flame, a Mardi Gras Indian youth group, will close SUPERLOVE. The group will include: Flame Keeper Dondriel Thompson, Princess Irviyell Bright, Princess, Shaudè Jackson, Princess Malon McKee, Princess Asia Sylvester, Princess Dariyell Thompson, Spy Boy Dondrell Cage, Jr. - 11, Percussionist Jalen Gray, Irving "Honey" Banister, Jr., Big Chief Markeith Tero, Master Percussionist Baba Luther Gray - Djembe Drum, Jimbe and Herreast J. Harrison, Director Of the Guardians Institute.