Today I'm dragging David off to the woods. I'm finally going to go see the really big trees, the ones I thought were redwoods but which Kevin firmly informs me are in fact giant sequoias. We're going to Muir Woods, which doesn't have the biggest ones, but the ones they have will do me just fine, I think. 12 feet in diameter! Refrain from the phallic jokes please, my darlings. Muir Woods has the advantage of only being about 45 minutes away, but sometime I do want to get down to Yellowstone.
I hope it doesn't rain. I guess we can sit in the car and look at the trees, but...well, maybe I'll just get drenched.
This is very late notice, but I just heard about it. In case any of you are interested -- I'm afraid I'm already committed for that day:
ECONOMIC JUSTICE FOR SEX WORKERS Saturday, March 28, 1998, 8:30 am Hastings College of Law Alumni Reception Center 200 McAllister Street San Francisco, CA 94102 The Hastings Women's Law Journal invites you to attend our 1998 Symposium. This event promises to be a dynamic and insightful look at some of the complex and pressing issues surrounding sex work from various feminist perspectives. Join attorneys, sex workers, activists, and scholars in exploring and discussing feminist theory -- its limitations and possibilities, decriminalization of prostitution, and effective strategies for empowering and organizing sex workers. Tentative Schedule 8:30 -- 9:00 Bagels and Coffee 9:00 -- 9:15 Introductory Remarks 9:15 -- 10:45 First Panel, "Sexual Labor and Feminist Theory" Cynthia Chandler, J.D., Director, Women's Positive Legal Action Network Elizabeth Burnstein, UC Berkeley, Dept. of Sociology Melanie Simmons, Florida State University, Dept. of Sociology Rebecca Eisenberg, J.D., Free Lance Writer Moderator: Eileen Scallen, Academic Dean, UC Hastings 11:00 -- 12:30 Second Panel, "Decriminalization and Prositution as Work" Carol Leigh, Activist, Videographer, COYOTE (SF) Norma Jean Almadover, Executive Director, COYOTE (LA); Co-Chair, for the Organizing Committee for the 1997 International Conference on Prostitution Susal Breall, San Francisco Deputy District Attorney Moderator: To be Confirmed 12:30 -- 2:00 Lunch 2:00 -- 3:30 Third Panel, "Sex Workers and the Labor Movement" Margo St. James, Founder COYOTE (SF) Johanna Bryer, Co-Founder, Exotic Dancers Alliance; Graduate Student, UC Berkeley Miles Locher, State Labor Commission Attorney Moderator: Reuel Schiller, Prof. of Law, UC Hastings 3:45 Reception for Panelists, Attendees, and HWLJ Alumni PHOTO EXHIBIT, Dawn Passar, Exotic Dancers Alliance Registration Fee: $10 (fee wived for Hastings Faculty, all students with valid ID, EDA and COYOTE memebers, and fellow workers) Lunch: $10 MCLE (certification pending): $50 For more details about the Symposium, please contact Minal Shah, Symposium Editor, at (415) 551-4160.