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THIS MONDAY! Vaginas Take Back Michigan Capitol! JOIN Eve   Ensler & Michigan Senators & Representatives!

On Monday, June 18th, Eve Ensler and   Michigan Senators and Representatives will join local activists and actors   for a special performance of The Vagina Monologues on the Michigan   Capitol Steps!

The performance is part of an organized response to   the recent banning of Michigan State Rep. Lisa Brown from publicly speaking   in the House. On June 14th, Rep. Brown was banned by Majority Floor Leader   Jim Stamas and House Republicans for using the word “vagina” during a debate   on a bill that puts new restrictions on abortion providers. Brown, who voted   against the legislation, told supporters of the bill, “I’m flattered you’re   all so concerned about my vagina. But no means no.”

“For   14 years at V-Day, we’ve seen the power of saying the word ‘vagina.’ We’ve   seen how it’s freed women from their shame and empowered them to break the   silence and become leaders in their communities. By saying the word ‘vagina’   and making it okay to say the word ‘vagina,’ we take away the humiliation,   and fear, and myths that often surround it,” stated Ensler.   “Censoring a woman for saying a word that is a body part that 51% of   their constituents have is a repression that we have not and should not ever   witness in this country.”

JOIN Eve,   Senators & Representatives on MONDAY and tell the Michigan House   Republicans that banning ‘vagina’ is not acceptable!

“They   banned me from speaking because I dared say vagina, the correct, medical name   of apart of a woman’s anatomy these lawmakers are trying to regulate,” added   Representative Brown. “I’m outraged that there are Michigan legislators that   not only want to dictate what women can do, but what we can say.”

WHO: Eve Ensler, Michigan Senators & Representatives   & YOU!
  WHAT:   Reading of The Vagina Monologues & public outcry against the attack on   ‘vagina’
  WHEN:   Monday, June 18, 5pm 8pm
  WHERE:   Michigan Capitol Building – 100 North Capitol Ave (btw.West Allegean &   West Ottawa)

Activists who would like to get involved can   contact Valerie Keefe who will provide further information. Valerie can be   reached at vkeefe@senatedems.org   or by phone at (517) 316-6420.

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