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Newsletter | Jan/Feb 2018

Volume 46:1
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In this issue:
2018 PROGRAMS - Maryam Moayery NIa

As previously decided, this first newsletter of the year will be the print issue for the year while all others will be digital only. Please check your mailbox in the next couple weeks for it. You can find Extra copies at OWA+DP events.

OWA+DP at Women's March in OAKLAND

by Bridget Basham    |    Share #1247

On Saturday June 20th, a small group of OWA+ DP members and friends gathered in front of the Oakland Museum of California. The Museum entrance on 10th was chosen precisely because it is the landmark mid-way between Lake Merrit BART and the lakeside Amphitheater - the official starting point of the Women's March.
We prepared our placards, more careful than others to remain bi-partisan. We all gawked at the predominantly pink, passing parade, with many boasting new (often political) associations and affiliations. There was a sense, especially as we met one another and chatted, that we had found our community, in a community that while smaller than
last year, was still an impressive 50,000.
Our group couldn't hear the PA and peeled off the route immediately before congregating with the masses on Frank H Ogawa Plaza, given the late hour we finally arrived there. None of this seemed to bother us.
I personally had the treat of walking alongside long-time OWA member Spring Friedlander and thoroughly enjoyed our conversation which kept us
constantly falling behind the other OWA Marchers Rachel Slonicki, Bridget Basham, Spring Friedlander, Caroline Soo-hoo, Cameron White, Allison Kinst and Allison's cousin from Australia.
A beautiful and sunny day for an event that I overheard was criticized for black and brown peoples being underrepresented and coordinated. A reminder to constantly demand, "Justice for All" as one OWA + DP placard had put it.

OWADP at Women�s March in Okaland, Photo by: Rachel Slonicki From left : Spring Friedlander, Bridget Basham, Allison Kinst, Cameron White


by Maryam Moayery NIa    |    Share #1251

On December 19th, 2017 the old and new steering committee members met at Bridge’s home in Oakland for the annual Steering Committee transition meeting. We discussed the various Steering Committee positions and responsibilities for the new members and each person chose her
new or continuing role.
The new steering committee chairs are as follows:
Policies & Procedures: Chatham, Hannah
Programs: Basham, Bridget, Friedlander, Spring
Public Relations: Chan, Conyee
Membership: Vasquez, Helen
Newsletter: Moayery Nia, Maryam
Information Administrator: Vasquez, Helen, Moayery Nia, Maryam

We also said a heartfelt thank you and sad goodbye to those members rotating off the steering committee: Cynthia Bathgate, Rebecca Friedberg, Carol Mancke and Aziza Zare. We’ll miss them at the meetings but will see you soon at an upcoming OWA event.
We then reviewed the goals from the 2017 Visioning Retreat and gave updates on progress. We discussed membership strategies and
potential upcoming programs. (See Programs)
Finally, we set the Steering Committee meeting dates and locations for the 2018 calendar year. As usual, we will alternate between San Francisco
and East Bay. As a reminder, OWA members are always welcome at any Steering Committee meeting.
Logged-in members may always view complete, approved meeting minutes on the OWA+DP website at


by Maryam Moayery NIa    |    Share #1262

We have a variety of events, talks and tours in the works for 2018. See below for some of the events already set up. Stay tuned and check the calendar for more to be added!


Tuesday May 29th, 6:30-8:30
Somatic Design, UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design, Wurster hall #172

Thursday June 21th, 7pm
Book Talk with Christie Coffin, Laurel Bookstore
1423 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

Tuesday July 10th - 7pm
Steering Committee Meeting - 1267 Union St,
San Francisco

Saturday July 14th - time TBD
#METOO Curated Conversations, Location TBD

Saturday August 4th - time TBD
Sufism Reoriented Picnic, 11 White Horse Ct, Walnut Creek, CA 94595

Tuesday August 21th - time TBD
Film ‘Sista in the Brotherhood’ with OCA, Location TBD

Friday September 21th - Sunday 23th
Annual Member Retreat in Sonoma

Tuesday October 16th, 7-9pm
Annual Business Meeting, location tbd

Sunday December 9th, 4-7pm
OWA+DP Holiday Party, San Francisco

OWADP Every Last Wednesday Women Designer Mixer, 6-8pm

May 30: Octopus Literary Salon, Oakland, 6-8pm
June 27: Ginto Izakaya, San Francisco, 6-8pm
July 25: Octopus Literary Salon, Oakland, 6-8pm
August 29: Ginto Izakaya, San Francisco, 6-8pm


 Share #1263

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