Equal Terms

Thank you! 2013

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—by Susan Eisenberg

2013 was an especially productive year for the On Equal Terms Project, grounded in a national network of activists. Thanks to the many people and groups who made that possible. Some highlights:

We gained the ability to receive not only grants, but also tax-deductible individual and corporate donations through our Brandeis University affiliation.

A radio panel in St. Paul, MN, built on new Midwest connections from 2012. Testimony was contributed to a winning discrimination case for the first female hired in the electrical maintenance department at Massport — a workplace shamefully now without female employees.

Grants and the generous hands-on support of NYC tradeswomen, their family & friends, made an On Equal Terms exhibition at the Clemente possible. Bathroom shack walls, a gangbox, Stella — everything! — had to be unloaded and carried by hand up to the 2nd floor gallery, installed, de-installed, packed up, and carried back down. Thanks also to everyone who came to see and consider the work, especially those who gave feedback, left comments and remembrances. These conversations keep the installation growing. A personal highlight was the chance to read new work poems, incubated on Whidbey Island, WA, to construction workers in NYC, at a closing event for On Equal Terms at the Clemente Center. — Susan

2013 DONORS and PROJECT FUNDERS
Berger-Marks Foundation
Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center
Estelle Disch
21st Century ILGWU Heritage Fund
J.& M. Brown Company
National Electrical Contractors Association, Boston Chapter
New York Labor History Association
Poets & Writers
Tyre Fund
Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University

STELLA’s CREW for ON EQUAL TERMS — NYC
Melinda Hernandez, Miguel Trelles, Jack Fahey, Harlo Holmes, Gayann Wilkinson, Deb Gilcoine, Sara Driscoll, Brigid O’Farrell, Lisa Narducci, Cynthia Long, Veronica Session, Laura Kelber, Rudy Mulligan, Odessa Thomas, Vanessa Salazar, Caridad Castro, Chris Levesque, Sinade Wadsworth, Scott Havelka, Brenda Berkman, Sandra Dunn-Yules, Eileen Macdonald, Devin Lindow, Cora Cofield, Cecelia Baez Raymond, Sinade Wadsworth, Anda Clark, Michael Hernandez, Justin Hernandez-Pinero, Eric Hernandez-Pinero, Stevie Weinstein-Foner, Eileen Sullivan, and Jennifer, Zach & Jack Kocienda

MEDIA
Colorlines, review of On Equal Terms by Von Diaz
Labor/Arts virtual On Equal Terms exhibit
McClatchy Op Ed, 3 April
Truth to Tell, KFAI radio, St. Paul, MN hosted by Andy Driscoll “Women in the Trades”: Mary DesJarlais, Susan Eisenberg, Rasheda Pettiford & Heidi Wagner
Stanley’s Girl poems in The Progressive (“Power”) and
On the Issues (“Code”)

RADICAL HOSPITALITY
Hedgebrook, Whidbey Island, WA, writing residency
Melinda Hernandez
Nancy Mason

COURAGEOUS STAND for JUSTICE
Kelly Harrigan
Theresa Waldo

BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY STUDENT PARTNERS
Spring term: Zuri Gordon
Fall term: Rose Wallace
Blog Design: Julie Shih

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