We are thrilled to host our first installment of The Freya Project in Los Angeles on Monday, September 25th at 7:00 pm to support SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW.
SPARK is a multifaceted organization working toward building new leadership, changing culture, and advancing knowledge in Georgia and the South to ensure individuals and communities have resources and power to make sustainable and liberatory decisions about their bodies, gender, sexualities, and lives. SPARK reproductive justice is working in the South, which has a powerful history of resistance and organizing for power and change and a legacy of slavery and oppression that, in many ways, has set the context of how we understand bodies, politics, labor, and reproduction in the US. The South is ground zero for dangerous and restrictive legislative policies, but is also home to a number of fierce communities that intersect gender justice and LGBTQI sexual and health rights with racial justice and immigrants’ rights. SPARK knows what it means to build with community; centralizing the voices of the most marginalized and underrepresented.
Through their Trans Leadership Initiative (TLI), the Fierce Youth Reclaiming & Empowering (FYRE) program, and the Speak Justice Take Action (SJTA) programming SPARK works to continuously cultivate intersectional communities where everyone can make sustainable and liberatory decisions about their bodies, genders, sexualities, families, and lives holistically and without shame or fear of policing.
SPARK is working to create a world where young people are free to be who they want to be regardless of the political climate where they live, and helping these young people find their voices to stand up not only for themselves but for those in their communities who have not yet been able to do so.
Please help us support this amazing organization.
These five talented readers will share an essay about a time a stranger helped them. All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW.
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Jerrika Hinton has been performing since the age of three. She studied both playwriting and directing at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University and was awarded their Rosenfield Award for Playwriting. Hinton is most known for her five seasons of #blackgirlmagic on Grey’s Anatomy as Dr. Stephanie Edwards. She is currently working on a new HBO series entitled Here, Now which will premiere in 2018. When not working, Hinton loves exploring photography, lock-picking, and forgetting to return texts.
Photo: Cindy Lin
Swan Huntley is the author of The Goddesses and We Could Be Beautiful. She earned her MFA at Columbia University and has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Ragdale Foundation. Her shorter writings have appeared on Salon, The Rumpus and McSweeney's Internet Tendency, among others. She lives in California and Hawaii.
Zoe Jarman is an actor and writer. As an actor she has appeared on Modern Family, The Office, and played Betsy Putch on the The Mindy Project. She has written on Workaholics, Master of None, and One Mississippi. Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Duke, and their dog, Melon.
Melissa Lo is a historian of science, medicine, and visual culture. She is finishing a book about the pictures with which Descartes transformed seventeenth-century natural philosophy. Her writing has appeared in the Journal of the History of Ideas, FlashArt, and LA Weekly. She teaches at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, serves on the board of the Women’s Center for Creative Work, and is a founding faculty member of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Program in History and Philosophy of Medicine.
Hailing from Chicago’s South Side, writer, producer, and actor Lena Waithe is currently at the helm of Showtime’s new drama series The Chi. She was named one of Variety's 2014 "Top 10 Comics to Watch", and The Hollywood Reporters’ 2015 "Ten TV Breakout Stars." Lena also has Twenties, a half-hour comedic pilot in vein of Insecure and Atlanta. Lena wrapped shooting on Steven Spielberg’s Readty Player One and is a series regular on Netflix's Master of None. She has also appeared in Transparent and The Comeback. Lena is a producer on Step Sisters, and also produced the Sundance darling Dear White People.
Please join us on Monday, September 25th, 2017 at 7pm. This is an invitation only event! Please request an invitation below for more information.
Freya Project events are $20, 100% of which goes to our chosen charity for that event. Our inaugural LA event admission includes an additional $10 charge for food provided by Botanica.