2018 Georgia Women’s Movement Spring Event: “March Into the Archives”

The Georgia Women’s Movement Project Spring Event is held annually to highlight collections in the Georgia State University Library Women and Gender Collections, and to celebrate the lives of the unsung heroines of the women’s movement in Georgia.

The 2018 event will bring together Janel Green, Amanda Hollowell, and Kate Van Cantfort, three outstanding women who have organized protest activities in Atlanta, Savannah and Athens, GA.

Thursday, April 19, 5:00-7:00 pm
Special Collections And Archives
University Library South, 8th Floor
100 Decatur St. SE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Register for event
or RSVP to mgerrard@gsu.edu / (404) 413-2888

 

Janel Green was a co-organizer of the Atlanta March for Social Justice and Women. She is now the Executive Director of the Georgia Alliance for Social Justice. Through this volunteer work, Janel seeks to strengthen our communities by advocating for justice and equity for underrepresented communities and women in Georgia.  Janel has lived in Dekalb County for 12 years. She co-founded the Lindmoor Woods Civic Association. Janel is actively involved in the Dekalb County Democratic Party and serves as the Chair of House District 86 and the co-chair of the Policy and Legislative Committee.

Janel works as the Director of Supportive Services at Lutheran Towers, a 203 unit high-rise affordable housing community located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta. She is a leader in the development of programs and services for persons living in public and affordable housing.  For over a decade, Janel has worked to change the traditional model of services from a reactive model to a proactive, person centered model using the 7 Elements of Whole Person Wellness and The Eden Alternative principles.  Janel has been a featured speaker at major conferences on housing and aging such as the American Society on Aging, The American Association of Service Coordinators, and the Illinois Governor’s Conference on Aging. Prior to her work with elders, Janel worked as an advocate for children’s mental health and criminal justice reform.

Janel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Her other credentials include being a Certified Aging Services Professional (CASP) and a Certified Eden Alternative Associate.  Janel is married and the proud mother of an 11 year old.

Amanda Hollowell is an advocate and entrepreneur in the Savannah, Georgia community. Amanda Hollowell graduated from University of California at Berkeley where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Communication. Amanda has extensive years of experience in entrepreneurship, social media/marketing, event planning and community outreach. She is originally from California and has made Savannah, Georgia her home for the past nine years. She is an active advocate for organ donation and women’s rights; she also is a business owner, owning an event planning business and urban marketing startup company.

She has an extensive volunteer career, she is on the Board of Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation and the Technology Chair, she is a standing member of the Savannah Black Heritage Festival Committee and Health Fair Coordinator, Board Member for Girls On The Run – Savannah, Member of the Savannah (GA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and Technology Chair, Board member of Georgia Shift, Graduate of the Georgia WIN List Leadership Academy 2015, Social Media Manager for Women Must Vote a grassroots organization in Savannah, GA and volunteer for Planned Parenthood of Coastal Georgia.

Amanda currently in a part time role Communications Director for Georgia’s WIN List and her full time job is an Education Specialist for LifeLink of Georgia. To date her greatest accomplishment is being the mother of her son, Joah Cash.

 

Kate Van Cantfort is originally from Milledgeville, Ga and currently calls the Athens, GA area her home. She is the owner of a new business in Athens, Lotta Mae’s Supply Company. The brick and mortar store is a modern day homestead mercantile – selling everything from organic chicken feed, high quality garden tools, seeds, canning supplies, and kitchen tools to locally crafted pottery, wood working, and metal work. The shop has a strong social justice ethic which is reflected in their purchasing and hiring practices and their contributions back to the community. Kate is a non-profit professional by training and experience. She is a co-founder of the GIVE Center for student service at GC&SU and is a Mercer University alumnus. Some of her earliest work was in training college students to be active citizens – engaging them in all aspects of civic life, from volunteering and voting to political education and organizing and civil disobedience training. She has attended training sessions at the fabled Highlander School in High Market, TN. She has trained activists in UT, CO, WY, VT, KS, and Georgia, and she has advocated/protested for anti-poverty issues, anti-war, LBGTQ rights, breastfeeding rights, environmental issues in the national parks, renewable energy, child and elder care protections, Black Lives Matter, and the Poor People’s Campaign, in addition to the Women’s March. She is currently actively supporting the Chalis Montgomery for Congress campaign.

As a single mother to a 10 year old girl and a female business owner Kate feels this time is particularly important for women to step up in ALL aspects of public and civic life to change to course of our nation.

 

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