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Salon #21 - October 9, 2021

Jodie Evans (CODEPINK) and Sonali Kolhatkar

October 9, 2021

Jodie Evans

Jodie Evans is a life-long peace and social justice activist and co-founder of CODEPINK: Women for Peace. She was in Jerry Brown’s cabinet when he served as Governor of California in the 1970's, ran his Senate campaign in 1982, and his revolutionary 1992 campaign for President. She has led citizen diplomacy delegations to Iran, the Gaza Strip, Yemen and Afghanistan and has published two books Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Terrorism and Twilight of Empire. She founded a campaign at CODEPINK: Cultivating a Local Peace economy to address the need to change culture from a war economy culture to a peace economy culture if we want to achieve peace and justice. To a giving, sharing, caring, thriving relational economy from an extractive, destructive and oppressive economy.

Sonali Kolhatkar

Journalist, activist, and artist, Sonali is the founder, host, and executive producer of Pacifica’s popular drive time program Rising Up With Sonali which airs on KPFK and KPFA and also as a TV show on Free Speech TV.

She is a Writing Fellow with Independent Media Institute and was formerly a weekly columnist at Truthdig. Sonali is also the founding Co-Director of the Afghan Women’s Mission, a US-based non-profit solidarity organization that funds the work of RAWA.

She is the author of Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence (2006, Seven Stories). She lives in Pasadena with her husband and co-author James Ingalls and two sons.

In addition to her journalistic and political work, Sonali is also an accomplished artist and has won awards for her work and displayed her pieces at many exhibits. Her favorite medium is acrylic on canvas but she also dabbles in lino cut printing, wood burning, sewing, crochet, papier mache, soap making. She is also an avid baker and chocolatier.

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