Women’s History Month Tea 2020

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Women’s History Month Tea 2020

March 7, 2020 @ 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Elgin Community College, Business Center
1700 Spartan Drive
IL 60123

You Are Invited to Attend the 28th Celebration of Women’s

History Month

Join us on March 7th from 11 am to 1:30 pm at the Elgin Community College Business Center for the 28th annual Women’s History Month Brunch!

Enjoy a delicious lunch while learning all about artist Jane Peterson, as presented by Linda Rock.

Jane Peterson, born and raised in Elgin, was once considered one of America’s most original and influential artists. Critically and popularly acclaimed, her paintings hang in museums across the country, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum.

Peterson’s popularity, however, waned as the innovative painting techniques reflected in her works were eclipsed by abstract art. Though all but forgotten at the time of her death, a 2018 retrospective of her oeuvre has brought her back into the public eye. Linda Rock’s presentation will showcase not only Peterson’s paintings but also the life of a most remarkable woman.

Sponsored by: AAUW Elgin Area Branch, Altrusa International Club of Elgin, Elgin Community College, Elgin Historical Society, Gamma Xi Chapter IL, and YWCA Elgin.

YWCA Elgin’s Statement on the Murder of George Floyd

We are mourning the cold-hearted and cruel killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police Department Officer as three fellow officers watched. Mr. Floyd’s killing reminds us that for far too long African Americans are much more likely to die at the hands of the police. Mr. Floyd is the latest and most vivid example of how black lives continue to be discarded.

Protesters are marching in the streets across the United States, in the greatest numbers since the 1960’s. It sends a strong message we must make changes now and end this cycle. It is imperative to end the institutional racism that infects our society.

The YWCA Elgin stands with Alejandra Castillo, CEO, YWCA USA, who states, “We are outraged by the callous killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police Officer – and similarly appalled by the inaction of three other officers who stood by watching as George Floyd endured unspeakable suffering, but addressing this specific incident alone won’t be enough to prevent future incidents of police violence against Black people, and people of color in America. Our country’s failure to address institutional racism is costing lives. Racism is why coronavirus is killing more people of color than white people. Racism is why police shootings are a leading cause of death for young Black men. Racism is why Black mothers die more frequently in childbirth. Racism has no place in the America we all deserve.”

We call on our national, state, and local leaders to immediately acknowledge the institutional racism in our society and to immediately implement change. The YWCA Elgin, along with the YWCA USA, is committed to racial justice, and we stand united in the fight for all for a fair and just society.

The Board of Directors, YWCA Elgin