At harvest time, Dr. Ann López asks why don’t farmworkers matter? Come learn about the hidden exploitation and consequent poor health of workers in nearby farming communities as well as the exposure of workers, crops, and land to toxic pesticides that contaminate our food, sterilize soils, and diminish food nutrients. Turning towards hopeful action, we'll also learn about efforts to alleviate the suffering and damage and how we can support them.
Dr. Ann López is the executive director of the Center for Farmworker Families. A San José City College emerita professor, Dr. López taught courses in biology, environmental science, ecology, and botany and earned her environmental science Ph.D. from UCSC, studying the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement on the farms of west-central Mexico. Her book The Farmworkers’ Journey summarizes her research results, arguments, and conclusions and was published by UC Press. The US Congress and many organizations have recognized her work. Dr. López found the results of her research fundamentally disturbing, and it transformed her life. As a result, she is creating awareness about the human rights abuses that are endemic to every juncture of the migrant circuit. She has also initiated many projects on both sides of the border, designed to alleviate some of the daily suffering endured by migrant farmworker families in Mexico.
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Children & Youth Religious Exploration (CYRE) – We provide supervised activities for children from 10:45 to 12:15. Youth are welcome to participate in a variety of roles around the Fellowship.
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Board game enthusiasts from both the Los Gatos and Sunnyvale UU fellowships meet monthly, alternating locations. This month, Game Night will be in Los Gatos. We'll have a variety of table games on hand that appeal to both adults and children–or bring along one of your own. Feel free to share in potluck snacks as well.
November 12, Sunday, 11am-12pm
Drag Is Art
By many measures, drag is more popular than ever. At the same time, there’s a growing number of states passing or debating laws to restrict or ban the art form. But what is drag? And what does it represent to those who create it? From beginning to end, drag is an art. Drag performers think about the colors and the textures–they tell a story on stage. Some performers dance, others lip-sync or sing live. Some performers tell stories or jokes. There's also artistry in each performer's appearance. Performers paint their faces like a painting, and design costumes that go beyond contemporary fashion.
Renowned drag performer Sasha Velour shares, "Drag is heightened performances of gender. So we take all the ideas that make characters in this world, which are always gendered ideas, and we twist them around, exaggerate them, invert expectations, and create something new in the mixing of seeming opposites." Join local drag artist Tori Tia as she presents a brief history of drag, the current state of drag, and her own history with drag and drag culture.
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