All posts in March 2010

Spring Reminder

It’s a beautiful day today and I spent the morning at an awesome dog park with my very small (but very tough) dog, Spike. There are various trails to follow throughout a massive stretch of land. Of course, everyone else was out enjoying the day as well so it was a little crowded. When we go during the week we often have empty trails to ourselves. It reminded me of all the questions I got this semester about being safe while  jogging alone. I imagine, most of which came from the tragic Chelsea King murder.

Now that the weather is getting nice and we’re all spending more time outside, maybe getting in shape for summer -I figured I would throw out some reminders:

TRUST YOUR INTUITION

If you arrive to the park , trail or other location and feel that something is “off”, then choose a back-up plan. Maybe your local high school track or the gym.

BE AWARE

Take a look at your surroundings. Are you the only one there? If not, who is there- families, other joggers, creepy weirdos?

Stay aware. It’s hard not to get in “the jogging zone” but be sure to stop and check your surroundings every so often.

BE A BAD VICTIM

Make sure someone knows where you are going and when to expect you back.

Choose public areas and jog during daylight hours.

Use the buddy system. Jog with friends or teammates when you can.

Leave your IPOD at home. You’re ahead of the game if you can hear what’s going on around you.

Now…go out and enjoy this great weather!

Wild Times in Wisconsin

At first I thought it was a little weird that the only lactose intolerant speaker was being sent to University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, which is firmly situated in the land famous for its cheese. Several friends told me that I “simply have to try the cheese curds,” which painted a picture in my head that I would be surrounded by only cheese all the time, which is pretty much my worst nightmare. Luckily, while Wisconsin seems to be famous for its cheese, I was at no time fully surrounded.

Getting to the important stuff, the ladies at UWisconsin Eau Claire were phenomenal and we had a great Girls Fight Back! program. The crowd had a great energy and everyone was so eager to become their best protectors . . . Basically, it was awesome! I always love a program where I get feedback saying we need to bring our program to Oprah and Colbert! To this awesome anonymous feedback giver, I thank you! Oprah and Colbert, please put yourselves on notice that we would love to grace your stages. Big thanks to the events committee for bringing Girls Fight Back to their awesome university! You were a stellar crowd.

Making it Our Business

On January 28, 2010 Aiesha Steward-Baker was attacked in the Seattle tunnel. She was punched, stomped, and kicked by another 15 year old girl acting with a larger group. These facts alone are scary enough. However, the story gets worse. Aiesha was shopping in Macy’s when a boy from the group moved closer to her with his fists balled. She asked the Seattle police for help several times before leaving the store. The police told the boy and the rest of the group to leave the store but ignored Aiesha when she insisted they would be waiting outside the store for her. In an interview, Aiesha stated that “I was trying to explain that the kids were following and threatening me, which both officers witnessed, but the police officer just wasn’t listening.”

Aiesha was attacked after exiting the store into the Seattle tunnel. She was attacked in front of three security guards and multiple other citizens. You’re probably wondering how many people helped her. The answer is zero. Nobody helped Aiesha. Apparently there is a policy for security personnel in the tunnel that they can call for help but cannot intervene. This makes me wonder about some things. At what point does the gravity of the situation unfolding in front of you trump the policy at your job? At what point did policymakers feel it was a good idea to enact such a policy?

Unfortunately, nobody can change what happened to Aiesha. What we can do is focus on what we will do going forward, how we will live our lives, and how we will treat other people. I genuinely believe that we are all here to look out for each other and that should be reflected in our behavior and policies. Think how much safer we would all be if everyone decided to have each other’s backs. Think of Aiesha and how different her situation could have been if the policies in the Seattle tunnel reflected that attitude. Going forward, when we see a serious situation that could benefit from our intervention, I say we make that situation our business and lend a helping hand to keep each other safe.

To view the full story, including video follow this link.

GFB at the YWCA of Warren Saves My Weekend!

The Warrior Women of Warren.

A few of the Warrior Women of Warren.

The first half of my Saturday was excellent. I laughed and talked self-defense with an incredible crowd of young women at the YWCA of Warren, Ohio. The event was completely seamless, the crowd was pumped and my Scary Bad Guy, Cory, might have been the best SBG on record. All in all, a fantastic morning.

But all good things must come to an end. A three-hour flight delay in Cleveland Saturday afternoon caused this road warrior to miss her connecting flight from Baltimore to Nashville. After being informed by a less than sympathetic airline desk agent that “it is not airline policy to put passengers up in hotels, even when airline error causes them to miss the last flight home of the day,” I came about as close to a complete nervous breakdown in BWI airport as I ever want to. I mean, have you ever tried to sleep on those airport chairs? Not exactly an appealing option.

Luckily for my back and my nerves, the passengers on my flight quickly turned into an angry mob (not really – but close!). Heated words were exchanged (not by me!), supervisors were called and, to make a long story short (too late!), hotel vouchers were reluctantly issued.

The aloft hotel turned out to be charming, even if there was a BUMPIN’ party in the lobby. My sixth-floor room offered reasonable quiet (except for the part when the birthday girl stumbled out of the hotel screaming, and I could hear her and her posse through the window), which was crucial since I had roughly five hours before it was time to rise and shine for the flight home. A quick sleep, to be sure, but it beat stretching out in front of the Cinnabon. Hands down.

The moral of the story, friends, is that travel is an adventure. BUT my time in Warren with those wonderful girls made everything worth it. I want to thank Toni and the rest of the staff for putting on a completely enjoyable event. Cory – you really were a wonderful (and memorable) Scary Bad Guy. And to everyone who came out on a Saturday morning, laughed at my jokes and opened your very own can of whoop-ass: thank YOU for being the absolute highlight of my weekend. I wouldn’t have wanted to spend it any other way!

Midwest Madness!

I’m finally winding down after an awesome week in Indiana and Illinois. Again, I would like to give mother nature a shout out for keeping the snow and ice away for the duration of my visit- much appreciated!

I started my tour of this area in Mattoon, Illinois. As you might have guessed, it’s a smaller town- which I’m growing to love because with smaller towns seem to come nicer people. I spent some quality time at the “McCafe” – coffee, free internet- what more could one need? Now, I don’t normally hang out at McDonald’s- quit frankly because most people just use the drive through or run in to use the restroom after long car trips. Not in Mattoon. This was the place to be, with families, friends and a super nice lady who picked up everyone’s tray once they were settled and talked to them about their day. How nice is that!? Don’t ever change Mattoon.

Just down the street from the uber friendly McDonald’s is Lake Land College. Girls Fight Back was the end program after a week of projects to promote campus safety. We had a great group of students come out and even members of the community, including local martial arts instructors who wanted to learn more about our mission. I had such a fun time with these students – thank you to Lori for bringing GFB to Lake Land.

My next stop was Center Grove High School in Indiana…but I had a few days in between so I took the opportunity to explore Chicago since I had never been. I found the coolest hotel close to downtown and the airport and it was super cheap( which is always good), so if you’re ever in the area I recommend this place.

I met up with Sam, a friend of GFB. We had dinner and did some major damage at Sephora on the Magnificent Mile. I should not be allowed to go there- seriously. I don’t need $30 lipstick! I barely ever wear lipstick! But guess who is the proud owner of this…oh and this.

After Chicago I drove out to Greenwood IN and Center Grove High School. This town reminded me of where I grew up and it was a nice place to end my week. I was ridiculously excited (and a little nervous) as this program was for the junior and senior girls- all 600 of them!! As soon as I was introduced they were screaming, cheering and ready to go- nerves went out the door and I had such an amazing time!

I challenged these students to tell at least 3 other people about trusting their intuition, being bad victims and fighting back….scary bad guys of Indiana- you’ve been warned!

Now, after a great time with exceptional people like those I mentioned above there is NOTHING more heartbreaking than to realize I forgot to take pictures!! It’s my weak point. I get so into the program that it sometimes slips my mind. Therefore, I’ve included an artist’s rendering of these wonderful individuals.

 

 

Online Privacy? Not as Much as You Might Think.

Your name is not on your Twitter account. Your Facebook profile is set to private. And you would never, ever give out your social security number online. You’re safely anonymous online, right? Not so much.

I read an article today in the New York Times about increasing concerns over online privacy – how people compromise it, whether it exists at all. For the safety-savvy woman, the Internet presents a host of challenges that cannot afford to be breezed over.

The article contended that researchers were able to piece together individuals’ identities – sometimes down to their social security numbers – based on information gathered from their often-anonymous social profiles and those of their cyberfriends. To be more specific, by examining statistical correlations, scientists were able to identify 30 percent of Twitter and Flickr users and accurately predict the social security numbers of an estimated 8.5 percent of people born in the U.S. between 1989 and 2003.

Let that sink in for a minute.

Now let’s put this in perspective. Am I advocating that you remove all trace of yourself from the Internet to protect your privacy and your safety? No. You couldn’t do that if you wanted to. What I am saying is that as technology evolves, we inevitably become more vulnerable. Rather than blame technology or blame the scientists or blame our loud-mouth friends, we need to step up our own game and take what steps we can to stay safe online.

Someone who scours your profile and your friends’ profiles may be able to piece together information about your life, but that certainly doesn’t mean that we should just lay it all out there. What we’re trying to do here is be a “bad victim” or a “hard target” online. If a criminal is going to stalk someone or steal someone’s identity, chances are, they’re going after the easy prey. Most criminals aren’t trying to make life hard for themselves! So if you are discriminating about what you post, and you pay attention to where you show up on other people’s profiles, you will make the would-be cyberattacker’s life just that much harder. Chances are, when they realize they can’t find much information on you, they’ll move on to an easier victim.

I’m talking about things like posting online where you work, what time you leave at night, where you live, whether you’re alone. What kinds of pictures of you can people find online? When you’re considering posting a tidbit of information or a photo to your Facebook page or your Twitter account, stop and ask yourself three questions:

1. Would I want my mom to see this?
2. Would I want my boss to see this?
3. Would I want a serial killer to see this?

Because, like it or not, all of those people are looking. When it comes to protecting your privacy online, follow one simple rule: Avoid TMI (too much information).

I’m not saying you shouldn’t “play” online. But I am saying that you can’t hide behind anonymity when you do. You should always act like you’re being watched because, well, you are. As Cornell computer science professor Jon Kleinberg told the New York Times,

“When you’re doing stuff online, you should behave as if you’re doing it in public — because increasingly, it is.”

Scottsdale Community College Fights Back!

I just finished bringing Girls Fight Back! to Scottsdale Community College. Everything was great from the crowd to the weather. I have to confess that I was a little nervous about being the most ghostly pale person in Arizona so I did some extra preparation for this gig. I am, of course, referring the airbrushed tan I am currently sporting. This was a first for me but I decided to just make my appointment and cross my fingers I didn’t come out looking like Snooki from Jersey Shore when all was said and done. FYI- I am thankfully sporting a nice bronze glow.

This seminar was so interactive and fun that I wish I could do it all over again. The crowd had really great, insightful questions and comments. Thanks for proving my job rocks!

Gettin’ Crazy at Clover

My trip to Clover Park Technical School was much easier than my previous South Dakota excursion as it is only about an 90 minutes from my house! I love traveling, but wow is it nice to drive to a program and be able to drive back home after.

This school had a really cool student center and the set up was awesome! CPTS is a commuter school and I was really impressed with the group that turned out. They also laughed at my jokes, so that helps 🙂

The students had participated in an anti-violence campaign and committed that “These Hands Don’t Hurt”. I thought that was really great and a very welcome sight. I’m on the road again and forgot the connector to get my pics off my camera and onto the computer, but they’ll be coming soon…

Thank you to Gwendolyn for your efforts to bring GFB to Clover Park and to  Sean for being an awesome “Scary Bad Guy”.  Thank you also to the amazing students who spoke to me after the program- I’m sure you’ll do great things…

St. Charles Community College Fights Back!

Let’s just say the lunch hour at St. Charles Community College went a few steps beyond PB&J yesterday. I brought Students Fight Back! to a great group of men and women, and they were fierce. By the end of the program, they were setting boundaries, throwing knees and kicking ass all around. Just another day in the life, right?

I want to thank Kelley and Mandi from Student Activities for hosting a great event, as well as my fearless Scary Bad Guy volunteer, Tyler, and our excellent tech guru, Jason. Everyone came together to make the event a huge success – I just hope the crowd had as much fun as I did! (I’m pretty sure they did. Or else they’re good at faking it…which usually ends up being more of a hassle than it’s worth, if you ask me.)

On a side note, yesterday’s event marked my 10th FBP program. I shed a small tear as I thought about how lucky I am to be involved in such an incredible organization. Truly, the men and women behind Fight Back Productions are world changers. To all of you – and you know who you are – let’s keep kicking ass, at SCC and beyond!

PS. If we ever offer Girls Fight Back anywhere in the Caribbean, Western Europe, Hawaii or Australia, I’ll take one for the team and BRING IT (in the most beautiful places on earth).

Fierceness in Fargo

First things first. People in Fargo have sweet accents. OK, that just had to be said and now we can move on. Yesterday, I was lucky enough to bring Students Fight Back to North Dakota State University and it was all kinds of awesome! I have to give a quick a quick shout out to Jordan from Campus Attractions for bringing me and Andy for being my Scary Bad Guy even though he was afraid I would go Miss Congeniality on him.

As an added bonus, the people in Fargo are some of the nicest and most welcoming people I have ever met. Even the gentleman at Hertz was very nice and accommodating when I absolutely insisted I get something other than a minivan for a rental. Yes, Hertz really tried to give me a minivan. I would have been fine with a creepy, windowless cargo van but a minivan is absolutely out of the question. 🙂

Thanks for having me NDSU!

SUNY Plattsburgh and My Bucket List

Well, it almost happened last week. I ALMOST achieved one of my life’s goals: to visit Canada. I’ve been to Central America, I’ve been to the Mediterranean, but the land of the Canuck remains elusive.

Last Thursday, I came the closest I’ve ever been when I presented Girls Fight Back! at SUNY Plattsburgh. The city is outside beautiful (and surprisingly un-snowy) Adirondack Park, just about 60 miles south of Montreal. SO close.

American soil notwithstanding, the event was fantastic. A BIG thank you goes out to Kelsey for all the planning and effort she put into a great event. I’d also like to thank my scary bad guys – all four of them. Dave, Mike, Roger, Eric: you guys were the best. Seriously.

Stay tuned for more of my (domestic) travel adventures. Up next: St. Louis/Imo’s Pizza, here I come.

Self-Defense in High Schools, It’s Time for a Change

Chelsea King was by all accounts a beautiful, smart, and talented young lady still growing up in San Diego. Tragically, her life full of promise was cut short and the man arrested in connection with this horrible crime is a registered sex offender, released against the advice of a psychiatrist.

This has made think about predominately two questions. First, why is self-defense not a mandatory part of middle school and high school curriculums? There has been a lot of buzz about sex-offender law reform in the wake this tragedy. I fully support harsher punishment for sex-offenders and more stringent restrictions once released. However, I am convinced that this is not enough because the bottom line is that, no matter what the law says, we cannot control the actions of others but we can control what we do about it. That is why it is so important that each and every person on this planet knows how to protect themselves. I think we need to start focusing more on what we can control, which is our actions and our knowledge.

The second question that is currently nagging me is this: Why am I not doing anything to make self-defense mandatory? The answer is that I have no idea but I do know that I am going to change that. We, as a society, need to be proactive about our own safety and the safety of the people we care about. It is time to call on our legislators and tell them what we need to happen to be safe and what we need to prevent senseless tragedies such as what happened to Chelsea. Why was I forced to play kickball and soccer in high school gym class but never once learned how to set a boundary, how to trust my intuition, or how to defend myself if those things didn’t work? It is time to change that.

I am going to start in Oregon, my home state, and I invite everyone to join me.

“Be the change you want to see in this world.” Mahatma Gandhi

Monmouth = Awesome!

Yesterday, I got to bring Students Fight Back! to Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL. To put it simply, they were awesome. The campus was adorable and the building they had me speaking in was absolutely gorgeous. To put the icing on an already delicious cake, I had the best scary bad guy ever . . . EVER!

Big thanks to my “Scary Bad Guy,” Matthew . Matthew, I think you have a future in drama if you want it. To top it off, I got to meet with Weed for lunch before taking for Seattle/Portland. Thanks to Danielle Tucker from ASAP who organized a great student event and to all the students who made it rock.

Stay Dangerous. 😛

Foggy Situation

I was super excited to speak at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology for many reasons. The first being, it is NOT snowing there. I repeat. It is lovely and sunny in South Dakota right now. Second- the school is only like 45 minutes from Mt. Rushmore – awesome side trip and I would have plenty of time. Third- SDSMT is an engineering school and the population overwhelmingly male. The school is really working to bring great programs to the women on campus and I was so glad to have GFB be part of that. And finally…it was a super easy, quick trip that was going to have me away from home for all of 24 hours. Trust me, this is rare.

I arrived at Seattle airport at 5am on Tuesday ready to go! Got to Denver on time and patiently waited to board my flight to Rapid City, SD. And then…it happened. The worst fear of business travelers, parents with tired children and people who just want to sleep in their own bed…”Ladies and Gentlemen, your flight has been cancelled.”

“Cancelled!!!? There’s no snow- what do you MEAN?!!!” came out of my mouth. Luckily the locals next to me explained the notorious fog situation in Rapid City and I was assured that they were quite serious (and rightly so) about the cancellation decision.  And so my journey began.

I booked it to the Frontier Airline counter but was beaten out my at least a dozen people, only to find that an earlier flight had also been cancelled and those people had beaten all of us to the next flight. So, I got on my phone and started making some calls. United had a flight leaving in a couple of hours- still plenty of time for me to make it to Rapid City for the program.  I was greeted by a ridiculous line when I got to the United counter so I whipped out my laptop and attempted to book a seat on the flight before the throngs of people in front of me (hey, all is fair in love and war) but no luck.

I started to realize there was no way I was going to get to SD by plane anytime before 9:00pm and was assured this was the case by the United rep. I went back to Frontier to check my options- very dismal.  Ok…Think. Think. Think.

After a quick call to Erin at “GFB Headquarters” and Mike at SDSMT I made my decision…time for a road trip!

Twenty five  minutes later I was on my way, driving down the highway in my fancy car.

Don’t judge me- I needed navigation and that was the only option! The school had agreed to push back the program one hour. I didn’t love having to do that- but I was 2 states and 6.5 hours away.  I finally started to relax about an hour in, knowing I was just going to have to do my best to get there. My Escalade also came equipped with XM satellite- which turned out to be a crucial part of this trip’s success. I drove through Colorado, Nebraska and into South Dakota. It was truly just me and the open road- a  few cars here and there,  a small town every once in while

but mainly just nothing but open sky and road.  I went over the program, had a few dance parties with myself, got inspired by this song ( changing the lyrics to “don’t need to fight” of course) and cleared my head.

I got to the school with 0 minutes to spare and was greeted by a room of awesome girls who had patiently waited for me. I liked them right away and even though I didn’t have my usual set up or start up routine- it turned out to be a great program.  I kind of love when there isn’t a fully packed ballroom of hundreds and I can talk to the students more one on one like they’re my sister or my friend – so that’s what we did for the next 90 minutes. AND to top it off..the ladies gave me a pink “miners” headband. Kinda like this one (only cooler)!

I got back to my hotel room and worked on a plan for getting home. I was quoted close to $700 to return Tom (my Escalade- we bonded) to the local airport and fly from there so instead I decided to take the drive back to Denver and take a later flight out of there the next day.

Something about the beautiful drive, the random situation and time to myself made this seem not as crazy as it sounds and taught me the very valuable lesson that sometimes we’re faced with less than perfect challenges that might just end up being exactly what we need.

 

Guerillas and Girl Fights!

Let it never be said that Everett Community College does not think outside the box when publicizing events. When I arrived on campus, I saw dozens of absolutely adorable posters publicizing the Girls Fight Back! seminar. Now, I know what you are thinking . . . that sounds awesome but not necessarily innovative. Well, let me tell you what else EVCC did. First, they wrote the words “Girls Fight” and drew arrows leading all the way to the seminar room. They also had a dancing guerilla directing student traffic to the seminar. This is what I call creative advertising and I LOVE it!

The crowd at EVCC was awesome and pretty much completely fierce. I had a blast and want to give a big thanks to Kelsey Burke for bringing me to EVCC and coordinating such an amazing event. You rock, ladies.

Exciting Events in NC

March is already starting out to be an exciting month for me.  I’ll be doing Fight Back Productions gigs in Georgia, Ohio, Wisconsin, South Carolina, and Florida.  Crazy!

But in between the out of town excursions, there are some exciting things going on right here in town that I want to share with you.  I hope that if you are in NC you’ll come and join me!

First up, at 3pm on Saturday, March 13th, I’ll be presenting a free Girls Fight Back! seminar at Advanced World Martial Arts Systems in Kernersville.  The program is appropriate for ages 13 and up and will last about 90 minutes with plenty of time after to answer any questions you may have.  I’ll be talking about ways to avoid becoming the target of a violent crime by trusting your intuition and behaving like a bad victim and I’ll finish up with some simple fight techniques that you can use if you ever find yourself confronted by an attacker.  The program is presented with tons of humor and you’ll leave feeling like a stronger, more empowered person.  Pete Andrews of AWMAS has graciously agreed to let me use his studio for free and while there is no charge for the seminar itself, we will be collecting donations for Heroes Serving Humanity.  For more information about the workshop check out: http://www.awmas1.com/page_latestnews.htm. And call 336-992-5223 to sign-up.  Call ASAP – space is limited.

Also in the realm of violence prevention, from March 12th thru March 27th; V-Day Greensboro will be presenting staged readings of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues and A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer at Open Space Café Theatre in Greensboro, NC.  These very adult oriented productions explore how our society affects the way women view their bodies and the way that violence impacts the lives of women around the globe.  I’ll be performing in A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer, so come check it out and say hi to me afterwards! The Vagina Monologues performs March 11, 13, and 26 at 8pm. A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, A Prayer performs March 12, 25, and 27 at 8pm.  Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the door or make reservations by calling (336) 687-1319.  All proceeds go to The Sherri Denese Jackson Foundation in Greensboro NC.

If you aren’t in North Carolina, you can find out more about the V-day campaign and look for events in your area by checking out www.vday.org.  And be sure to check out our FBP calendar at www.fightbackproductions.com/calendar to when we’ll be in your neck of the woods!

WAM!

I’m so jazzed after presenting Girls Fight Back! at Georgia Tech tonight that I simply had to come share this fierce picture right away!

Thanks to all the ladies who came out and especially to Lorin who put this amazing event together.  I love my WAM swag!  BTW – WAM stands for Women’s Awareness Month and I was thrilled to be the kick-off event for what promises to be an incredible month of programming at GA Tech.  If you are in the Atlanta area, check out their website at cyberbuzz.gatech.edu/wam for info on their upcoming events!

Exciting Events in NC

March is already starting out to be an exciting month for me.  I’ll be doing Fight Back Productions gigs in Georgia, Ohio, Wisconsin, South Carolina, and Florida.  Crazy!

But in between the out of town excursions, there are some exciting things going on right here in town that I want to share with you.  I hope that if you are in NC you’ll come and join me!

First up, at 3pm on Saturday, March 13th, I’ll be presenting a free Girls Fight Back! seminar at Advanced World Martial Arts Systems in Kernersville.  The program is appropriate for ages 13 and up and will last about 90 minutes with plenty of time after to answer any questions you may have.  I’ll be talking about ways to avoid becoming the target of a violent crime by trusting your intuition and behaving like a bad victim and I’ll finish up with some simple fight techniques that you can use if you ever find yourself confronted by an attacker.  The program is presented with tons of humor and you’ll leave feeling like a stronger, more empowered person.  Pete Andrews of AWMAS has graciously agreed to let me use his studio for free and while there is no charge for the seminar itself, we will be collecting donations for Heroes Serving Humanity.  For more information about the workshop check out: http://www.awmas1.com/page_latestnews.htm. And call 336-992-5223 to sign-up.  Call ASAP – space is limited.

Also in the realm of violence prevention, from March 12th thru March 27th; V-Day Greensboro will be presenting staged readings of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues and A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer at Open Space Café Theatre in Greensboro, NC.  These very adult oriented productions explore how our society affects the way women view their bodies and the way that violence impacts the lives of women around the globe.  I’ll be performing in A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer, so come check it out and say hi to me afterwards! The Vagina Monologues performs March 11, 13, and 26 at 8pm. A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, A Prayer performs March 12, 25, and 27 at 8pm.  Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the door or make reservations by calling (336) 687-1319.  All proceeds go to The Sherri Denese Jackson Foundation in Greensboro NC.

If you aren’t in North Carolina, you can find out more about the V-day campaign and look for events in your area by checking out www.vday.org.  And be sure to check out our FBP calendar at www.fightbackproductions.com/calendar to when we’ll be in your neck of the woods!