healthcare, War on Women, Women — September 8, 2014 at 11:50 am

Lisa Brown to headline Michigan V to Shining V party on Sept. 27


An all-star lineup of speakers and entertainers will engage and energize women’s advocates and voters at free event.

On Saturday, September 27, Lady Parts Justice is hosting a nationwide celebration of women, with official events and house parties in every state. The V to Shining V celebration will mobilize pro-women advocates — and send a clear message to elected officials that we’re united in voting out those who trample on women’s rights.

Michigan’s party will be extra-special, thanks to the presence of our own Lisa Brown, whose being silenced for using the word “vagina” on the state House floor was a catalyst for the creation of Lady Parts Justice.

Brown, the Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor, will speak at the event at The Park Bar in Detroit that’s being held from 2-5 p.m.

The local activists putting together the Michigan event are delighted to announce the lineup of speakers and entertainers who will make this a day to remember:


  • Lisa Brown, reproductive rights hero
  • Rashida Tlaib, state Representative
  • Renee Chelian, founder and executive director, Northland Family Planning Centers
  • Dr. Mira Krishnan, behavioral health leader and LGBT/women’s/children’s advocate
  • Amy Lynn Smith, writer and healthcare advocate


  • Lianna Carrera, comedian and host
  • Holly Miranda
  • Amy Gore
  • Ambrosia Parsley
  • Insite the Riot
  • ‘Nique Love Rhodes
  • Jaci Caprice

The last three performers are members of the all-female Detroit hip-hop collective “The Foundation,” and other special guests may just make an appearance, too. I’m honored to be among such distinguished company. A representative of Right to Health will be on-hand with information and voter registration, and there will be plenty of other fun in store.

Michigan women’s rights activist Lacey Story is heading up the team of volunteers coordinating the event. A special treat will be Eunice cookies designed by Marna Nemon. Not only do the cookies celebrate Lady Parts Justice’s Eunice the Uterus puppet mascot, they are made from the recipe of Nemon’s grandmother, Adele, who was among the first women to receive a Pap test when it was being tested before it was introduced.

Best of all, the event is FREE. That’s right: FREE! Donations are welcome to Lady Parts Justice, a 501(c)(4) organization. Food and drink will be available for purchase. It’s going to be a great time — and a great opportunity to celebrate women, raise awareness of the anti-women laws on the books or on deck in Michigan, and get people engaged and mobilized to get out the vote in November to elect pro-women candidates.

The event organizers are still looking for volunteers, so if you want to help please email Emily Clancy. Get more info at the Lady Parts Justice website and stay updated by RSVP’ing at the Facebook event for the Michigan party.

Can’t make it to Detroit? Or are you younger than 18? (Sorry, that’s the age limit for admission to the bash.) Host your own party or attend one near you! Get details HERE. Wherever you are, join in the fun online and post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #V2V14 and #LPJ927.

Remember: The official party is Saturday, September 27 from 2-5 p.m. at The Park Bar in Detroit. Let’s make some noise and make some change!

Read my interview with LPJ co-founder Lizz Winstead for a deeper dive into what’s behind Lady Parts Justice.

[Image credits: Poster designed by Rick Radomski. Eunice cookies photo by Lacey Story.]