YearlyKos and Feminism

May 8, 2006

If you haven’t already seen her post, Fabooj gave us all the details regarding YearlyKos, June 8 to June 11 in Las Vegas. Get cracking on your travel plans!

As Ari and I will be there, I hope to meet as many of you as possible. I also wanted to extend a personal invitation to a couple of sessions I will be leading:

The MotherTalkers Caucus, Thursday, June 8, 5:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Fathers and children are welcome! If you plan to come, please let me know how many people in your party and the ages of your children. I plan to bring snacks, books and toys. If you have your own age-appropriate toys, bring them! This is more of a family-friendly icebreaker, although, I am sure political discussions related to children and parenthood will seep in. 🙂

The Feminism Roundtable, Friday, June 10, 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
I am also opening up this discussion to men and children (as I am not sure what my own childcare situation will be!) But I would like your advice as to what I should discuss since “feminism” is such a broad topic.

Just off the top of my head: I am digging what Joan Blades is doing with MomsRising.org. I like the idea of emphasizing that feminists stand for something — after school programs, paid maternity and paternity leaves, quality and affordable childcare and healthcare — as opposed to being against something like some wingnut’s anti-abortion bill. Yes, reproduction rights have a place in our agenda, but we shouldn’t let this issue dominate all else.

I would like to discuss coalition building with single people and childless folks and what we parents can do to help elect progressive candidates who are friendly to passing children-centered laws. Any tips? What else should be in my talking points?