The Performance of Their Lives
The members of Teatro Familias Unidas, all women of the Mayfair neighborhood in East San Jose, rehearse. The theater troupe is a creation of Somos Mayfair, a community organization that uses it to help new immigrants explore personal and civic problems.
Seven women in white peasant blouses and pleated pastel skirts gather at the front of an East San Jose meeting hall and begin to speak. They speak of domestic violence, of the wounded souls of their men, and of a conspiracy of silence. Tears stream down one woman’s face.
“We want dignity, equality, and respect!” says one.
“We are powerful!” says another.
“We are triumphant!” says a third.
“We are women, we are life!” they all say together.
The ten-minute performance ends in a standing ovation. The women blush and beam.
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"Foundations" – A Q&A with Peggy Duxbury, Environment Program Officer
Peggy Duxbury is a program officer with the Foundation's Environment Program. She makes grants to minimize damage from fossil fuel development in the West, promote renewable energy sources, and encourage energy efficiency.
Here she discusses energy policy and combating global warming in the wake of the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.
What happened at the global summit on climate change in Copenhagen last December, and what does it mean for energy policy?
Early on, the expectations for Copenhagen were fairly ambitious. Those who follow the issues thought that there would be a strong global agreement to follow up the Kyoto Protocol, the international agreement to reduce greenhouse gases, and that the United States would be a major participant. Experts also thought that the participating countries would find a way to bridge the most challenging gap: the differing views between the wealthier countries – those of Europe, the United States, and Japan, on the one hand – and the large, fast-growing ones – China, India, and Brazil, on the other – about how to fund the effort. It didn't happen.
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Too often family violence and reproductive health are separate concerns in the public mind and in public policy. But that’s not the way it works in real life.
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