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Programs    (second Thursday of every month)


- To identify, research and discuss critical issues
- To mobilize, energize and inspire ourselves and others to action
- To work as individuals and in community for social justice

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Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Rd, 63117- Directions
Coffee and conversation at 6:30 p.m. - Program at 7 p.m.

All Women's Voices programs are open to the public, free of charge.

Upcoming Programs

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Stolen Childhoods: The Emotional Toll of Gun Violence

Speakers: Valerie Carter-Thomas, principal, Northwest Academy of Law
Duru L Sakhrani, MD, Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist, Mercy Hospital

A teacher who works in an inner-city school has said: "Most middle-class Americans have no idea about the trauma these kids experience living in their neighborhoods." This program will help educate us about what violence, especially gun violence, is doing to children who don't feel safe. The goal will be to give us a better understanding of these children, so that we may develop some empathy and work to eliminate the criminalization of black youth.

This program is a follow-up to the Women's Voices "Safe and Sound: Smart Strategies to Protect Children from Gun Violence" forum held in April, 2014, and is coordinated by members of the Campaign for Common-Sense Gun Solutions committee.

Dulu Sakhrani

Valerie Carter-Thomas
DURU L. SAKHRANI, M.D., specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. She received her medical degree from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines, and completed post-graduate training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore. She has received a number of honors and awards for her work with children and adolescents, including an award from NAMI in St. Louis in 2012.

VALERIE CARTER-THOMAS has been principal of Northwest Academy of Law for 11 years. She is a graduate of Alcorn State University, Harris-Stowe State University, and St. Louis University. She has worked as an advocate for children in St. Louis for more than 20 years, and under her guidance Northwest Academy has been recognized for improvements in attendance, academics, and percentage of college-bound students. In 2010 Northwest was selected by the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis to receive the Spirit of Justice Award for the school's work to promote law and social justice in the St. Louis area.

Related Reading - Articles from the February 26, 2015 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine:
Guns, Society, and Medicine
In Memory of David: Reviving Research to Prevent Gun Violence

April 16, 2015

Eight Months Post-Ferguson: The Journey from Recovery to Rebuilding
Seeking Sustainable Solutions to Economic and Racial Disparities

Reverend Starsky Wilson, President & CEO, Deaconess Foundation; Co-chair, Ferguson Commission
Todd Swanstrom, PhD, Des lee Professor of Community Collaboration and Public Policy, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Gregory Carr, Sr., Professor, Harris-Stowe State University

The recent deaths of young African-American teens and men killed by police(Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice) has generated abundant responses nationwide and in St. Louis. Rallies, forums, dialogues and most notably the Ferguson Commission are addressing not only racial profiling by police but the numerous and complex issues our country has been dealing with for decades. Poverty, injustice in the justice system, economic disparities, lack of quality public education for all students and many more social justice issues that continue to plague our society.

This program will address "where we are" eight months after Ferguson. Through a panel presentation and audience Q & A, we'll learn what has been done and where we need to go in seeking sustainable approaches/solutions. How can we as a community work together to understanding and responding in meaningful ways? What specific steps can our organizations and as individuals take in the months ahead?

In partnership with:
National Council of Jewish Women-St. Louis Section
Community Against Poverty (CAP) a program of Jewish Community Relations Council

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Decade of Making A Difference!
Celebrating Women's Voices 10h Anniversary

The first Womens Voices meeting was held in May, 2005 at the University City library. As we begin our 10th birthday year, we're ready to celebrate! We're planning a party and you are invited.

We'll have:
  • food and drink to enjoy
  • a chance to mingle with old and new WV members
  • live professional music to make your heart sing!
So bring a friend, spouse, or partner and party with us. Place to be announced at a later date.

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