Resisting the End of Roe v. Wade: Kansas Senator Dinah Sykes and Douglas County DA Susan Valdez

Join us at the Raven for a very special event celebrating the new book Fighting Mad: Resisting the end of Roe V. Wade with contributors Douglas County DA Suzanne Valdez and Kansas Senate Minority Leader Dinah Sykes. Books will be available for sale and signing. 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A fierce and galvanizing reminder that resistance is everywhere in the fight for abortion and reproductive justice in the United States.

Fighting Mad is a book about what "reproductive justice" means and what it looks like to fight for it. Editors Krystale E. Littlejohn and Rickie Solinger bring together many of the strongest, most resistant voices in the country to describe the impacts of the Supreme Court's Dobbs decision on abortion access and care.

The essayists and change agents gathered in Fighting Mad represent a remarkable breadth of expertise: activists and artists, academics and abortion storytellers, health care professionals and legislators, clinic directors and lawyers, and so many more. They discuss abortion restrictions and strategies to provide care, the impacts of criminalization, efforts to protect the targeted, shortcomings of the past, and visions for the next generation. Fighting Mad captures for the social and historical record the vigorous resistance happening in the early post-Roe moment to show that there are millions on the ground fighting to secure a better future.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: 

Senator Dinah Sykes is serving her second term in the Kansas Senate and her first as Senate Democratic Leader. She is the ranking member on the Senate Committee on Education and is the Vice-Chair on the Senate Committee on Confirmation Oversight. Prior to her election in 2016, she ran her own business as a personal chef and worked as a development officer in higher education. Dinah is active in her community and has a passion for serving others. She has served as PTA treasurer, PTA president, on the Kansas Children’s Cabinet, and is a member of the KC2026 Board to lead the city’s preparations for the 2026 World Cup. Dinah lives in Lenexa with her husband, Jeffrey.

Douglas County District Attorney Suzanne Valdez has been an attorney for 25 years. She has served as a special prosecutor for seven years in Wyandotte County, Kansas, handling several high level felony prosecutions. She is the co-author of the book Prosecutorial Ethics Third Edition. Valdez chaired the Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board for nine years, a position to which she was appointed by two different Kansas Attorneys General and twice confirmed by the Kansas Senate. In that role, she participated in providing funds to assist the survivors of violent crimes, observing firsthand the often devastating impacts of such violence inflicted by perpetrators on the lives of victims and their families. In 2013-2018, Valdez served on the Douglas County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) Board. In 1996 after graduating from the KU School of Law, Valdez began her legal career with Kansas Legal Services in Kansas City, Kansas, representing clients in divorce, protection from abuse cases, and minor criminal defense matters. When she joined the KU School of Law faculty in 1999, she supervised legal interns in the Douglas County Legal Society, representing clients in family law and landlord-tenant disputes, and defending juvenile and criminal cases. In 2008, Suzanne served as a Pro Tem District Judge in Douglas County, presiding over the county’s juvenile offender docket and post-divorce motions docket for approximately seven months. Suzanne Valdez and her family are long-time residents of Douglas County and live in Lawrence. Valdez is originally from Arizona, where her parents still reside.

Event date: 
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
809 Massachusetts St
Lawrence, KS 66044
Fighting Mad: Resisting the End of Roe v. Wade (Reproductive Justice: A New Vision for the 21st Century #8) By Krystale E. Littlejohn (Editor), Rickie Solinger (Editor) Cover Image
By Krystale E. Littlejohn (Editor), Rickie Solinger (Editor)
$24.95
ISBN: 9780520396777
Availability: In stock at our distributor’s warehouse; will be at the Raven in 3-10 bus. days! More at ravenbookstore.com/ordering-faqs
Published: University of California Press - March 19th, 2024

A fierce and galvanizing reminder that resistance is everywhere in the fight for abortion and reproductive justice in the United States.
 
Fighting Mad is a book about what "reproductive justice" means and what it looks like to fight for it. Editors Krystale E.


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