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A Conversation with Jimmie Briggs, Joe Ehrmann, Tony Porter, Dave Zirin. Special Introduction by Peter Buffett, Moderated by Eve Ensler

On Tuesday, March 26th, V-Day and The Nation presented a one night only panel discussion entitled Breaking The Male Code: After Steubenville, A Call To Action.

This passionate and timely discussion featured Journalist and Teacher Jimmie Briggs; Emmy Award-winning musician and Co-Chair of the NoVo Foundation Peter Buffett; President of Coach for America and former football player Joe Ehrmann, A Call to Men Co-Founder Tony Porter; and Sports Editor at The Nation Dave Zirin, and moderated by Eve Ensler.

Jimmie Briggs
Jimmie Briggs is an award-winning human rights activist, journalist and author.
Briggs is the founder of the Man Up Campaign, a global initiative to mobilize young people to stop violence against women and girls in their communities through music, sports and technology. Through extensive travels in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, he has produced seminal reporting on the lives of war-affected youth and children soldiers, as well as survivors of sexual violence. Briggs' work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, LIFE, El Pais, The Village Voice, Fortune, and scores of other publications.

Joe Ehrmann
Joe Ehrmann has been an educator, Author and activist addressing issues of poverty, systemic racism and social justice. Joe played professional football for 13 years. He was named the Colts “Man of the Year” and was the NFL’s first Ed Block Courage Award winner. Joe was named the Frederick Douglas National Man of the Year for empowering youth to prevent rape and male violence. A survivor himself, as written in his book InSideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives, he reveals his revolutionary concepts of leadership, coaching and mentoring. Joe’s vision is to transform community values and public policies to create a society where every man, woman and child can reach his or her greatest human potential.

Tony Porter
Tony Porter is the visionary and co-founder behind the nonprofit A Call to Men: The Next Generation of Manhood. Porter’s message of engagement and self-examination has connected powerfully with numerous domestic and sexual violence programs for such high-profile groups as the National Football League and the National Basketball Association, and colleges and universities around the country, including the US Military Academy at West Point and the US Naval Academy at Annapolis. Porter is also an international lecturer for the U.S. State Department, having done extensive work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Dave Zirin
Named one of UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World”, Dave Zirin writes about the politics of sports for the Nation Magazine. He is their first sports writer in 150 years of existence. Winner of Sport in Society and Northeastern University School of Journalism's 2011 'Excellence in Sports Journalism' Award, Zirin is also the host of Sirius XM Radio’s popular weekly show, Edge of Sports Radio. He has been called “the best sportswriter in the United States,” by Robert Lipsyte. 

He is the author of seven books on the intersection of sports and politics, most recently most recently the acclaimed Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down (The New Press.) which Christine Brennan of USA Today called "the perfect book for our time in sports."

About Peter Buffett
Peter Buffett is a well-established musician, composer, and producer, as well as Co-Chair of NoVo Foundation. His Emmy-winning album, titled Ojibwe, was released on his own label, BisonHead. Highlights of his film and television work include the fire dance scene in the Oscar-winning film Dances With Wolves and the entire score for 500 Nations, the 8-hour miniseries produced by Kevin Costner for CBS. Peter’s recently released book, Life Is What You Make It, debuted at No. 4 on the New York Times Best Seller Hardcover Advice list and is a companion to his live “Concert & Conversation” performances. As Co-Chair of NoVo Foundation with his wife Jennifer, Peter helps guide the strategic mission of the Foundation.

About Eve Ensler
Eve Ensler is a Tony award winning playwright, performer and activist. She is the author of international phenomenon, The Vagina Monologues, which won an Obie and has been published in 48 languages and performed in over 140 countries. Eve wrote the New York Times Bestseller, I Am An Emotional Creature: The Secret Life Of Girls Around The World. She then adapted it as a play which ran to critical acclaim in South Africa, Paris, Berkeley and Off-Broadway. She is the founder of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, which has raised over 100 million dollars for grassroots organizations around the world. On V-Day's 15th Anniversary, it launched it's most ambitious campaign One Billion Rising which inspired one billion people in 207 countries to Strike Dance and Rise on Feb 14, 2013 for the freedom, safety and equality of women.  Her newest book In The Body of the World will be published by Holt.

About V-Day
V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler's award winning play The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $100 million; educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it; crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns; reopened shelters; and funded over 13,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. V-Day has received numerous acknowledgements and awards and is, one of the Top-Rated organizations on both Charity Navigator and Guidestar.  V-Day’s most recent global campaign, ONE BILLION RISING, galvanized over one billion women and men on a global day of action towards ending violence against women and girls.  Visit

About The Nation
The Nation, America's widest read journal of news and political thought, is America's oldest weekly magazine and delivers breaking news and analysis on politics, social justice, culture, film and the arts.

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