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A love-ly week for social justice

Girls (and guys) just wanna have fun

What: Valentine’s Day ’80s Prom

When: Thursday, Feb. 14, 8 p.m.

Where: Talbott Street, 2145 N. Talbott St.

Whether you’re coupled up or going it alone these days, come celebrate Valentine’s Day, National Condom Awareness Week and all things ’80s at Planned Parenthood Young Leaders’ Safe Sex in the City ’80s Prom.

The event will be held on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14, at Talbott Street from 8 p.m.-midnight. Prizes will be awarded for best ’80s hair, best ’80s style and best ’80s dance moves. Tickets are $15. For more information, contact Hannah Day at hannah.day@ppin.org or 317-637-4350.

Planned Parenthood Young Leaders’ mission is to empower young professionals to serve as protectors of reproductive health and choice for the next generation. NUVO is a sponsor of the PPYL ’80s Prom.

Tree-love on Valentine’s Day

What:  Rally to regulate utility company tree-trimming

When: Thursday, Feb. 14, 12:30 p.m.

Where: Indiana Statehouse, second floor

Charlie Goodman feels that he’s in a David versus Goliath fight against Indianapolis Power and Light, and, “I don’t even have a slingshot!” he says.

Goodman is still seeking resolution to a 2006 IPL pruning of a 60-foot maple on his property. IPL first told him that the electric lines near the tree weren’t live, so his tree wasn’t at risk of trimming. Goodman told IPL that if it became an issue, he’d do the trimming himself. He arrived home one evening to find a large, unsightly wedge cut out of his tree. The damage was so severe that Goodman had the rest of the tree leveled on the advice of arborists.

In an effort to get the attention of lawmakers, Goodman invites anyone interested in reforming a system in which property owners have no recourse except the expense of a lawsuit when utility companies cripple or remove trees counter to their wishes or efforts to negotiate an alternative to join him at a Statehouse rally this Thursday.

Currently, the Indiana Utilities Regulatory Commission, which oversees power companies throughout the state, has no provisions for resolving situations like Goodman’s.

But, with the help of some similarly affected friends in high places — Northern Indiana Public Service Company recently surprised Rep. David Wolkins with some severe trimming of trees on his property in Winona Lake — Goodman is hoping to find a vehicle for legislation that would add provisions to IURC regulations to set clear steps for notification, procedures for negotiating mutually acceptable solutions and mediating disputes.

As Pat Andrews of the Meridian-Kessler Alliance of Neighborhood Associations says, “While everyone fully understands the need to keep a clear space around the wires, there is much disagreement with the methods currently employed and the manner in which the property owner is treated in the process.” Goodman hopes that the Valentine’s Day rally is the start to a better relationship between power companies and their tree-loving consumers.

Equality as a Hoosier value

What: Indiana Equality lobbying training

When: Monday, Feb. 18, 9:30 a.m.

Where: Christ Church Cathedral, 125 Monument Circle

Indiana Equality will offer “Lobbying Your Legislator 101 Training” next Monday, as part of its ongoing effort to inform citizens and lawmakers about the implications of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in Indiana, as well as bias crimes and civil rights. 

The session will include ways to communicate effectively with elected officials on issues pertaining to equality and will be followed by a rally in the North Atrium of the Indiana Statehouse. For more information or to sign up for the lobbying training, visit www.indianaequality.org.

Civil rights hero tells her story

What: Speaker Minnijean Brown Trickey

When: Thursday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m.

Where: Orchard School, 615 W. 64th St.

Minnijean Brown Trickey, one of the nine black teenagers who first desegregated all-white Little Rock Central High School 50 years ago, will present her very personal account of the events that forever changed the course of education in America.

In 1957, the Little Rock Nine — as they came to be known — were blocked from entering high school by Arkansas National Guard troops, in violation of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on desegregation. These nine teenagers, foisted into the center of a national storm over racial segregation, were eventually escorted through spitting and jeering white crowds by over 1,000 armed guards into the school.

Trickey has remained a civil rights activist throughout her life and has an autobiography soon to be released, Mixed Blessing: Living Black in North America. She was also the focus of the recent HBO documentary Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later.

The event is free, but a ticket is required for admission. Tickets are available at The Orchard School, Big Hat Books, Global Gifts and the Indianapolis Urban League. For more information, contact Denise Reiter at dreiter@orchard.org.

‘Vagina Monologues’ to benefit Julian Center

What: Benefit for Julian Center

When: Friday, Feb. 22, 6 p.m.

Where: Wheeler Arts Building, 1035 Sanders St.

A group of great events to benefit the Julian Center of Indianapolis are planned in Fountain Square for next weekend. Friday night, an art auction featuring the work of 25 local female artists will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a performance of the Vagina Monologues at 8 p.m. The next night, Saturday, Feb. 23, the play will be preformed again followed by a benefit concert at Radio Radio. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at any Luna Music location for $10. For more information, contact Katie Burk at katieburk@katieburk.com.

The Julian Center is a nonprofit agency providing counseling, safe shelter and education for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and other life crises. Through outreach and consultation, the center also seeks to educate the community about the issue of domestic violence and its impact on all our lives.

Reporter Kathleen Dobie contributed to this roundup.

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