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Salon #67 – Responding to the Need for Solidarity

Jennifer Long and Helen, discussing Casa Marianela, Austin, TX and Genevieve Vaughan discussing Riace, Italy and its Mayor, Domenico Lucano

Moderated by Letecia Layson.

June 29, 2024

Genevieve Vaughan is an independent researcher who lives part time in Italy and part in Texas. She created the multicultural all-woman activist Foundation for a Compassionate Society (1987-2005) and the Temple of Sekhmet in the Nevada desert (1992 – ongoing) and she co-created the network: International Feminists for a Gift Economy (2001 – ongoing). Her books are For-Giving, a Feminist Criticism of Exchange (1997), Homo Donans (2006) and The Gift in the Heart of Language: the Maternal Source of Meaning (2015). She has edited Il Dono/The Gift (2004), Women and the Gift Economy (2007) and The Maternal Roots of the Gift Economy (2019). A volume of the Canadian Women’s Studies Journal dedicated to the maternal gift economy has just appeared (2020). More information @

Jennifer Long is the Co- Executive Director of Casa Marianella and Program Director of Casa Marianella’s Adult Shelter since 1998. She oversees all programs, administration, and development for the organization. Jennifer first got interested in working with immigrants and refugees while working with groups who opposed US military aid to Central America in the early 1980s. She was drawn to directly help the people impacted by US policy and other forms of injustice. She enjoys the close personal connection that working at a shelter provides. She also enjoys working with the young people who commit to doing a year of service at Casa Marianella. Jennifer has a BA in Social Philosophy from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She has an MA in ESL from the University of Texas at Austin.

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