“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” Film Screening and Discussion
Join the Sheff Movement and Women’s March CT for a community film screening and discussion featuring “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry,” the critically-acclaimed film that resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. The film examines controversies over race, sexual preference and leadership that arose in the women’s movement, and the stories and struggles captured in “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” still resonate today as we face new challenges around issues of intersectionality, reproductive rights, sexual violence, and more.
Following the film, a diverse panel of community leaders and activists from throughout Connecticut will discuss new and ongoing obstacles faced in the continued fight for equality and their own experiences working towards social justice in various spaces.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts/Learning Corridor
15 Vernon Street, Hartford
Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m., film will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m.
Rev. Dr. Damaris Whittaker (moderator)
The Reverend Dr. Damaris D. Whittaker is United Church of Christ minister who joined the church staff in September, 2012. She previously served as the Director of Marketing and Development at the Christian Activities Council of the UCC, and as the co-pastor at Iglesia Cristiana Nueva Esperanza. Rev. Damaris has been an active speaker and advocate on issues of domestic violence, women’s leadership, and health care, and has worked in grassroots organizations that have provided pastoral and substance abuse counseling. She holds a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) from New York Theological Seminary. Originally from Humacao, Puerto Rico, and now residing in Marlborough, Rev. Damaris is married to Sabas Whittaker.
Joseline Tlacomulco, Connecticut Students for a Dream
I’m Joseline Tlacomulco. I am an undocumented student at UConn, Storrs majoring in Political Science and Human Rights. Although I live on campus during the school year, my permanent home is in New Haven where I grew up and lived since I came to this country from Mexico at 8 months old. I am a campaign organizer for CT Students for a Dream, an organization fighting for the rights of undocumented youth and families.
Samia Hussein, President, Muslim Coalition of Connecticut
Samia has earned her Masters in Public Health from UConn and her Bachelors in Biology from CCSU. She is currently employed at Hartford Hospital as a Community Health Liaison for the Mobile Mammography outreach program and teaches Science and Public Speaking at Madina Academy. Samia is a certified EMT and CPR Instructor. She was one of a million women who marched in DC for women’s rights. During her free time, you can find her speaking at rallies for social justice and equality. Her passion is to help her community be better today than it was yesterday. Samia is a member of the Delta Omega Public Health Honors Society, CT Public Health Association, UConn MPH Advisory Committee & Alumni Board. She is a board member of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut, MSA-CT Council & Hartford’s Interval House. She lives with her family in Windsor Locks and enjoys traveling and outdoor activities during her spare time.
Kamora Herrington, True Colors
Kamora Le’Ella Herrington is the Director of Youth Programs at True Colors, Inc., a support and advocacy organization for sexual minority youth based in Hartford, Connecticut. Herrington, who holds a BS in Human Services from Springfield College has over 20 years of experience in the human services field and has become a vocal advocate for LGBT youth.
In 2009, Herrington appeared on the Tyra Show titled “Hell to Pay: Gay Teen Exorcism” after one of the youth in her program was videotaped being exorcised. In 2010, Herrington was featured on the CNN special report titled “Gay Teens Talk Their Truth.” She is a 2010 Faith Works Fellow with the Conference of Churches based in Hartford and is committed to bringing understanding to the intersectionalities of identity.
In 2010 and 2011, Herrington, a member of the National Black Justice Coalition’s (NBJC) Leadership Advisory Council, participated as an activist leader at the “OUT on the Hill Black LGBT Leadership Summit” in Washington, D.C. to organize with other thought leaders, faith leaders, philanthropists and activists who are organizing to empower their communities while educating Congressional leaders, the Obama Administration and federal agencies about Black LGBT public policy concerns.
Currently, Kamora is the Vice Chairperson for the City of Hartford Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues. She is a Cultural Competence trainer for the City of Hartford’s Youth Development Practitioners Academy and Middle Management Institute as well as a consultant for the State of Connecticut’s Safe Harbors Program, which ensures the safety and well-being of LGBT youth in out-of-home care. Ms. Herrington is a sought out public speaker who regularly lectures at the University of Connecticut Rainbow Center’s Out To Lunch series as well as other colleges and universities. She has keynoted for regional and local organizations including Pride@Work and Connecticut Public Allies.
Arvia Walker, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England
Arvia Walker, MSW is a political and social justice organizer, visual storyteller/photographer and social worker with a focus on dismantling systems of oppression that impact the Black and African American community. Through her work she seeks to center the voices and stories of ALL Black and African American people across the state. Currently, she works as the Public Policy and Strategic Engagement Specialist at Planned Parenthood of Southern New England where she focuses on the intersections of race and reproductive health and rights. Using the intersection of art and community organizing, she seeks to create a platform that will activate and mobilize people to action through the power of storytelling.