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Lady Parts Justice Launches Second Annual V to Shining V

Thursday Sep 24, 2015

On Saturday, September 26, get your girls together to drink, laugh, and help remove politicians from office who support anti-abortion legislation. Lady Parts Justice -- a collaborative team of comedians, cultural influencers, technologists and activists who are using humor and outrage to expose, remove and replace anti-choice zealots with pro-choice, pro-women politicians -- have announced The Second Annual V To Shining V.
"The 2014 debut of V To Shining V mobilized people all across the country to continue this spark of activism with their friends, proving that we can incorporate fighting for reproductive justice in our social lives and begin to shatter the fucked up notion that a feminist is a buzz kill," wrote organizers.

For its sophomore year, Lady Parts Justice have some amazing public parties planned. They will host parties in NYC, DC, Austin, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis, Portland, and Madison. Events will feature Lady Parts Justice's fearless leader and Co-Creator of "The Daily Show," Lizz Winstead and Former Candidate for Lieutenant Governor and Michigan House of Representative Lisa Brown.
Other guests include Ted Leo, The Citizens Band, Leah Bonnema, Janeane Garofalo, Comedians Katrina Coleman, Amy Sulam, Mike Brown, Lisa Michaels, and Lila Bear, Musical Comedy Duo Reformed Whores, All-Female Hip Hop Collective The Foundation and more!
 All of the upcoming events on September 26 have a common thread: combining party games, hilarious videos, music, comedians, unapologetic straight-talks and more, in order to spread awareness and educate people about the eroding access to abortion and voting rights in their communities.
"Join us for the second annual V To Shining V, however you can, and help prevent politicians from sneaking harmful anti-abortion legislation into law," write organizers. "Together we can incorporate feminism and activism into our everyday lives. If there isn't an event planned near you, then host a house party, a pub crawl, picnic, or something fun to bring even more folks together to learn what's at stake politically and become their own agents of change."

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Scheduled Events

Washington, DC
LPJ DC Presents V to Shining V: Dance for Choice
The LPJ ladies in DC are out front with the first event of the national series, kicking off well before midnight on September 25V2V. The enormous dance party will set the tone for V to Shining V. Guest performance by Kiran Gandhi (former M.I.A. drummer). #LPJDC swag will be available at the event!
Venue: Tropicalia, 2001 14th Street NW (corner of 14th and U - enter on U street downstairs), Sept. 25 at 9 p.m.
Cost: $12 advance tickets, $15 at the door
New York, NY
Lady Parts Justice and the Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP) present V To Shining V, a night of great music, comedy, and activism to celebrate RHAP's 10 year anniversary. The evening will highlight the work of RHAP clinicians integrating abortion, contraception, and miscarriage into primary care across the country. Performers Include: Janeane Garofalo, Ted Leo, The Citizens Band, Naomi Ekperigin and Leah Bonnema. All proceeds will support RHAP's work
Venue: [le] poisson rouge, 158 Bleecker St., New York
Sept. 25 VIP Reception at 6 p.m. Event from 7-10 p.m.

Detroit, MI
LPJ is putting on a party combining music, comedy and storytelling, plus inspiring words from former candidate for Lieutenant Governor and Michigan House of Representative, Lisa Brown, who will welcome everyone. Alex English (comedian), Renee Chelian (Northland Family Planning Clinics), and Dr. Mira Krishnan (a behavioral health leader and passionate advocate for children's, women's and LGBT issues). Singer/songwriter Carmel Liburdi, Performances from the all-female hip hop collective The Foundation
Venue:  PJ's Lager House, 1254 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, September 25 3-6:30 p.m.
FREE - donations accepted!
Memphis, TN
Women's pride meets gay Pride at this LPJ concert and silent art auction, serving as an after party for the all-day gay Pride celebration that will be taking place that day. It will feature a voter registration drive, offering an admission discount or free drink to anybody who registers to vote or shows their voter registration card at the door. Once inside, attendees will learn all about Memphis' and Tennessee's Top 10 über conservative, anti-woman politicians. Their pictures and idiotic quotes will be posted on the walls, and the performers will inform the audience in fun, clever ways about how damaging these representatives have been while in office and how to kick them out. Attendees will have a chance to interact with area nonprofits focused on equality and reproductive justice and learn about issues and activism opportunities that interest them. Politics don't have to be boring, so we're serving ours with a generous helping of music, comedy, liquor and Soul Burgers. Event sponsors are Healthy & Free TN, Planned Parenthood of the Greater Memphis Region, Choices Memphis, and Memphis Comedy Festival. Singer/Songwriter Marcella Rene Simien, Rock Duo The Heels, Singer/Songwriter Michaela Caitlin
Comedians Katrina Coleman, Amy Sulam, Mike Brown, Lisa Michaels, and Lila Bear
Venue:  Earnestine & Hazel, 531 S. Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103, Sept. 25, 6 p.m.
Madison, WI
Come laugh, sing, hoot and holler with LPJ at this Wild (mid) West hoedown themed VTSV event! Learn about all of Wisconsin's reproductive rights public enemies on collectible Wanted posters while our amazing musicians Reformed Whores and comedians like Sharron Paul will bring you music and hilarity plus drop some knowledge about these Neanderthal representatives in office and all up in your business.
Venue: High Noon Saloon, 701A E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53703, Sept. 25, 12-3 p.m.
Austin, TX
LPJFREE EVENT! Donations/sponsorships will be accepted and will benefit Shift, working to strategically shift the stigma around abortion in our culture. It is committed to fostering open and honest conversations, lifting up all communities, and advocating for reproductive freedom. Emcee Julie Gillis (co-founder of Austin's bedpost Confessions) brings to the stage Elizabeth McQueen, The Blue Bonnets, Sweet Spirit, Charity Ann and Loyce Gayo
Venue: Jo's Coffee, 1300 South Congress Ave. Austin, TX 78704
Sept. 25, 4-7 p.m.
Minneapolis, MN
Playing off of the success of the Grown Ass Carnival in NYC, Lady Parts Justice's fearless leader and co-creator of "The Daily Show" and Minnesota native, Lizz Winstead is bringing the LPJ fun to Minneapolis! The adult carnival offers salacious twists on traditional carnival games, such as Dunk a Twitter Troll, a D-bag toss and "Dirty Bingo." There will be awesome prizes, sideshow acts, food, booze, and special celebrity guests. $5 at the door
Venue: The Lutz at Loring, 1359 Willow St, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Sept. 25, 2 p.m.
Celebrity Karaoke: Bid on singing a karaoke duet with your fav local celebrities including Lizz Winstead, Chan Poling (Suburbs, New Standards), Nancy Lyons (Clockwork, Family Equality Council), Robyn Robinson (Director, Arts at MSP), Danny Murphy (Soul Asylum, Golden Smog), Janey Winterbower (Wits and The New Standards Holiday Show), and Joan Vorderbruggen (Cultural District Arts Coordinator at Hennepin Theatre Trust and Arts Coordinator at Artists In Storefronts). Tables will be available for purchase for the karaoke auction at the Grown Ass Carnival
Venue: The Third Bird, 1612 Harmon Pl., Minneapolis, MN, Sept. 25, 5:30 p.m.
Portland, OR
An evening of comedy with some of Portland's best comics and will include laughs, drinks and raffle prizes. Event will be held at Curious Comedy Theater, Portland's only 501(c)(3) non-profit theater devoted to improve the lives of kids, adults and seniors through the art of comedy. Free! Donations will be accepted! Host Bri Pruett brings to the stage comedians Barbara Holm, Coor Cohen, Whitney Streed, joann Schinderle, Andie Main, and Belinda Carroll
Venue: Curious Comedy Theater, 5525 NE Martin Luther King Blvd., Portland, OR 97211 Sept. 25 9:30 p.m.


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