Panelist Liz Rees referred to the Jackson Clinic at a recent screening of "Vessel" and one of the doctors on the panel who provides abortion said "Willie Parker is my hero." Dr. Willie Parker is the doctor who provides abortions at the Jackson Reproductive Health Center. This sentiment was echoed by several people affiliated with Planned Parenthood Hawaii who personally knew Dr. Parker when he was a professor at UH's John Burns School of Medicine.
Today abortion providers are under increasing attacks in the wake of the vicious campaign against Planned Parenthood and access to abortion everywhere. This makes it even more important to support Stop Patriarchy's campaign to "Take Patriarchy by Storm" in Jackson, Mississippi. There will be actions. There will be a livestream testimony from Jackson (including with the owner of the Jackson Clinic), and there will be support actions at the clinic itself. What happens in Jackson will affect what happens to abortion rights nationwide!
Another comment we heard a lot at the film screening was "Where are the young people?" While the film screening did attract some young people, the crowd was overwhelmingly older - veterans who have carried on the battle for abortion rights for decades. So where are the young people? We urge you to check out the Stop Patriarchy blogsite! There ARE young people -- and they are looking for an organization that speaks to them, and allows them to speak!
This campaign needs your support! No donation is too small!
More than 70 people filled the
auditorium at The ARTS at Marks Garage for the Hawai’i premier screening of “Vessel:Past Land, Past Law, Past Permission” this
past Tuesday (July 14th).The
screening, was co-sponsored by Revolution Books, World Can't Wait-Hawai`i, Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking,
the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, Planned Parenthood of the Great
Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands, Planned Parenthood Young Leaders, and the
ARTS at Marks Garage, brought together veteran pro-choice activists and
supporters from a variety of organizations, as well as some who were new to the
The film documents the efforts of a young doctor, Rebecca Gomperts, who is horrified by the realities
created by anti-abortion laws around the world, and feels compelled to
“Vessel” takes you onboard as the Women on Waves project takes to the
seas to bring women the knowledge and tools to help them exercise the “most
basic right” to control when and if they have children. Their methods are bold and audacious, and constantly
evolve to meet the needs and possibilities the project faces as it goes to different
communities and countries.
This is not a boring documentary!The women are audacious, determined, and daring.As the film was screened you could feel the
audience responding as people clapped, laughed and sometimes commented to their
neighbors and many stayed to ask an excellent panel questions relating to the
film. This is a film that should be
seen by everyone!Vessel has just been
made available on Netflix.If you don’t
have Netflix call Revolution Books (944-3106) and arrange to borrow a copy for
private viewings.An interview with the film director is also available here..