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November 8, 2018 by

When Election Night Isn’t A Victory

While women broke many a glass ceiling this week, not every story had a happy ending. We were on the scene with Florida candidate Lauren Baer who ran a tough race in Florida, as the disappointing results came in.

“My campaign started with a sense of duty to defend the rights of my very sick mother and with a dream that I could help create a better world for my very young daughter,” she said in her concession speech. “But from the very start this campaign was about more than my mother and my daughter. It’s been about a dream that we all share…that children can be born into this world safe and wanted, that they can learn in good public schools and play in clean water and live free from senseless gun violence… Although our campaign must end tonight, our movement to restore faith in democracy will live on ….”

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November 6, 2018 by

A Jeffersonville Rally with Congress Hopeful Liz Watson

At the Jeffersonville neighborhood rally, the atmosphere was infused with enthusiasm, not only for Liz Watson, Democratic candidate for Indiana congresswoman, but with candidates running for local and state offices. The rally was a home-grown Indiana Democratic event, hosted by the party for volunteers willing to take time out of their own schedules to hit door after door after door in North Jeffersonville.

A motivator, discussing the stakes in this election, quotes Martin Luther King: “An individual cannot start living until he/she rises above the narrow confines of individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

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October 25, 2018 by

On the Road With Susan Wild in Pennsylvania

L1550398Lilith photographer Joan Roth and her granddaughter, Lilith writer Shira Gorelick, visited the congressional campaign of Susan Wild in Pennsylvania’s 7th district and documented what they found. Shira’s account is accompanied by Joan’s photos below.

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October 22, 2018 by

On the Trail With Nevada Senate Hopeful Jacky Rosen

Nevada’s Senate race is one of the most hotly contested in the country—pitting former Synagogue president and current Democratic congresswoman Jacky Rosen against incumbent Dean Heller. It’s such an important race, and in such a dead heat, that President Trump himself is coming to town to stump for Rosen’s opponent.

Lilith’s photographer Joan Roth went out to Nevada to document Jacky Rosen’s campaign, watching up close as she met voters, shook hands, talked issues— and of course posed for selfies. Rosen, who has been her district’s House representative, has been making an effort to connect with Nevada voters from all walks of life.

A selection of images follow below.


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November 3, 2017 by

Photographer’s Journal: Looking Back on the Women’s Convention in Detroit

Tamika Mallory, co-president of the Women's March Board, speaking at the opening session, “Reclaiming Our Time: Setting the Agenda Together.”

Tamika Mallory, co-president of the Women’s March Board, speaking at the opening session, “Reclaiming Our Time: Setting the Agenda Together.”

 

Actress Rose McGowan, left, and Tarana Burke who founded #metoo ten years ago, standing together at opening session of the Women's Convention.

Actress Rose McGowan (left) and Tarana Burke (right) who founded #metoo ten years ago, standing together at opening session of the Women’s Convention.

 

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) ran a session on the importance of the courts to women at the convention.

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) ran a session on the importance of the courts to women at the convention.

 

Emily Jane Steinberg took people's words and creatively placed them on paper.

Emily Jane Steinberg took people’s words and creatively placed them on paper.

 

Cobo Hall was where the  welcome reception "Art of the Resistance" was held. It also contained the Woman’s Market, an art gallery, social justice city, and Oxfam refugee road.

Cobo Hall was where the welcome reception “Art of the Resistance” was held. It also contained the Woman’s Market, an art gallery, social justice city, and Oxfam refugee road.

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October 30, 2017 by

Photographer’s Journal: Shabbat at the Women’s Convention in Detroit

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The views and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of Lilith Magazine. 

 

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February 21, 2017 by

Artistic Uprising Against the Exploitation of Women

nobannowallActivists including Eve Ensler, Rosario Dawson, Dr. Debbie Almontaser, and others gathered last Tuesday as part of 1 Billion Rising Revolution against the exploitation of women.

The organization’s website provided the following information: “Tuesday, February 14, women and men throughout the US and in 200 countries worldwide [came] together [to] RISE to end violence against all women and girls (cis, transgender and gender non-conforming) as part of V-Day’s massive annual One Billion Rising campaign, including this just-announced rally – ‘Artistic Uprising – A Call for Revolutionary Love’ – [and took] place in Washington Square Park. The rally [featured] performances and speeches by artists and activists.”

Lilith photographer Joan Roth was there to document the event. See her photos below.

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July 23, 2012 by

Talking with Bel Kaufman

Photo by Joan Roth

Often during lunchtime, at the unbelievably delicious Italian restaurant Centolire, Bel Kaufman can be found regaling guests with stories. On May 11th, 2012, elegant friends gathered at the Madison Avenue eatery to celebrate her 101 birthday. “When I turned 100,” she told us, “Everyone called to say “oh how wonderful. G-d bless you. Oh, are you really 100. Can I make a party? There were parties and honoring events galore. Everywhere I went, people wished me a Mazel Tov, and on and on. Now, when I tell people I am 101 – they say, Oh, really.”

At lunch, Bel went around the table telling each one what she thought of us. For those seated nearby, she shouted, so they could hear her. Of course, I had brought my little camera with me and could not resist snapping this powerful moment – filled with the love, joy and exuberance with which Bel always lived life.

She says, the photograph reminds her that she is an anomaly. “I am not the average 101-year-old woman. Few live to be this old in as good as shape as I am,” she says.

Weeks later, Bel and I met for our own private lunch. This time at Demarchelier, another Bel French favorite. With Centolire closing and Demarchelier sold to new owners, Bel surpasses us all, exclaims the maître d’.

Bel’s wearing an unmistakable pair of oversized multicolored Pucci sunglasses, recently found in her drawer, “They’re older than I am,” she quips. I compliment her, saying she looks great, “If I don’t look good at 101, when will I look good?” she answers back with
effervescent charm and humor.

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