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Title: "Katrina Warriors" featuring Eve Ensler, Represent
START DATE: 5/20/2006
Duration: 2 Hours
Location: Uptown
Location Details:
Parking is free on the Tulane campus on weekends.

Tulane campus map:


For mapping purposes, the approximate address of McAlister Auditorium is 60 McAlister Drive, New Orleans, LA 70118.
Event Topic: War/Militarization
Event Type: Rally
Contact Name: Crystal Kile
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 504 865 5238
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All are invited to





(Louisiana State Representative, District 99, Lower Ninth Ward)





Sunday 21 May 2006

6-8 p.m.
McAlister Auditorium
Tulane University

There is no charge for admission.

Donations will be accepted at the door, but are not required.

Doors open at 5 p.m.

All are welcome. Parking is free on the Tulane campus on weekends.

Tulane campus map:


For mapping purposes, the approximate address of McAlister Auditorium is 60 McAlister Drive, New Orleans, LA 70118.

For additional information about the May 21 Katrina Warriors event in McAlister Auditorium, you may contact the Newcomb College Center for Research on Women. The phone number is 504 865 5238. The web address is

Katrina Warriors dedicate themselves to raising awareness and generating funds to end violence against women and girls in post-Katrina Greater New Orleans. Katrina Warriors define violence against women broadly, and work from the position that respect for the feminine is fundamental to rebuilding our city as a healthier, safer, happier, and saner space for us all.
Special guest Katrina Warrior on May 21 is Eve Ensler, founder of V-Day and author of "The Vagina Monologues," "Necessary Targets," and "The Good Body." Her forthcoming book is _Insecure at Last: Losing it in Our Security-Obsessed World_. Since 1998, V-Day projects worldwide have raised over $30 million to fund projects to end violence against women and girls. To learn about V-Day and Ensler's work, visit

At the invitation of Katrina Warriors, Eve Ensler spent several days in New Orleans in early April 2006 talking with women in their homes and on their porches about their lives in our aftermath city. She listened as they shared their feelings of exhaustion and alienation; shared stories of survival, outrage, compassion and kindness; shared stories about the loss of family members, friends, property, and possessions; and shared concerns about safety and security, and the lack of resources and access to services for women in desperate need in Greater New Orleans right now.

During this trip, Ensler met with a roomful of New Orleans women representing many community organizations, including member organizations of the newly emerging New Orleans Regional Alliance Against Abuse. NORAAA member organizations serve, counsel, assist, and educate people in abusive and/or violent domestic situations, and/or who have been sexually assaulted. The discussion focused on ways that Ensler can help bring attention to security problems faced by women in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, on the critical needs of women and girls in the Greater New Orleans area right now, and on creative ideas for meeting those needs.

The May 21 event in McAlister Auditorium on the Tulane Uptown campus is an outreach to and ingathering of Katrina Warriors all over the Greater New Orleans area and the New Orleans Diaspora, as well as to friends of the women and girls of New Orleans all over the planet. Katrina Warriors are everywhere.

Rep. Marchand (District 99, which includes the Lower Ninth Ward) will emcee the event. Ms. Ensler will interview Ms. Neville and Dr. Ruth Beggren to elicit the powerful, emblematic stories of how they reached out to help others in dire need. Ms. Ensler will address how our community’s issues are linked to those of women around the world and share successful means for educational, protective, and legislative endeavors that can empower women to create and thrive rather than survive and deal with more terrible atrocities.

The May 21 event is the first in a series that will activate a regional, national and international network to support the safety of women and girls moving back and attempting to move back to their homes in New Orleans. We are specifically interested in keeping our dialogue focused, too, on issues of social justice that affect women and children. Tulane University and Loyola University are developing curricular programs that will educate students and provide opportunities for service to women in our community.

The event on May 21 is free. Donations are welcome. Contributions by check should be made out to the “Metropolitan Battered Women’s Program” (Memo: Katrina Warriors) and mailed to: Katrina Warriors, c/o Bess Carrick, 706 Lowerline Street, New Orleans, LA 70118. All donors by check will receive an acknowledgment of their tax-deductible contributions. Funds raised by Katrina Warriors events will benefit member organizations of the New Orleans Regional Alliance Against Abuse.

To join the roll of Katrina Warriors and help shape what happens after May 21, visit or phone 504 865 5238.

Please repost this invitation widely.

A handbill advertising the event (please print, copy, and distribute):

Press contact: Crystal Kile, 504 865 5238 or

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