"Yvonne Simmons (1946-2022) A Life of Loving Activism"
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Yvonne Simmons (1946-2022) A Life of Loving Activism

Former Flying Focus associate and producer, activist, musician and friend of animals Yvonne Simmons died on July 2, 2022. At a virtual memorial held on September 25, friends and colleagues remembered Yvonne through her music, photos, videos, and stories shared by participants. On these two half-hour programs, viewers will get a sense of Yvonne's eclectic life, dedicated to ending violence against women, rescuing animals, teaching children peace, and supporting nonviolent struggles worldwide.

Clips from some of the 25 or so programs Yvonne made with Flying Focus illustrate the survivor-empowering Clothesline Project, people opposing a US spy base in Yvonne's native England, Yvonne's work to bring aid to war-torn Yugoslavia, the movement Women in Black, and assisting people living on a garbage dump outside Lima, Peru.

The memorial was hosted by KBOO producer Desiree Hellegers and Flying Focus co-founder Dan Handelman. Three speakers were members of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, including the current and past presidents of WILPF USA and a local member. Yvonne's spirited personality continued through her last ten years of life as she struggled with dementia.

Video for the virtual event was provided by Open Signal/Portland Community Media's Production Services, and the show was produced by Dan Handelman. Streaming made possible by Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group.

Part 1 (28:28):

For your information, the chapter breaks we assigned for this video are:

Part 1:

  1. 0:00: Opening Credits
  2. 1:15: Listen to the Women & photos
  3. 2:24: Welcome, and Yvonne's amazing life - Desiree Hellegers
  4. 9:18: Memories of Yvonne - Dan Handelman
  5. 13:51: Clips: "The Clothesline Project"
  6. 15:16: Women's International League for Peace & Freedom - Darien DeLu
  7. 17:52: The protest against Menwith Hill spy base - Dan
  8. 18:46: Clips: "Womenwith Hill Women's Peace Camp: Menwith Hill II"
  9. 19:53: Yvonne's sense of humor - Desiree
    / Overflowin' Catbox Blues & photos
  10. 23:52: Adventures growing up in England - Jan
  11. 26:52: End credits, part 1
You can use these times to find a particular section if you want to jump to a certain portion of the show.

Part 2 (28:28):

For your information, the chapter breaks we assigned for this video are:

Part 2:

  1. 0:00: Opening Credits
  2. 1:15: Yvonne in Yugoslavia - Dan
    / Clips from "Back from Bosnia '98: Yvonne Simmons' 4th Peace Journey")
  3. 3:39: Yvonne's last days - Desiree
  4. 4:09: My work as a Guardian changed with Yvonne - Kristin
  5. 5:16: Thank you and about Women in Black - Dan
    / Clips from "Let's Dare Make Peace: Report on Women in Black's 2003 Conference"
  6. 8:33: Succeeding House - Lela
      / More about WILPF & Yvonne - Regina Birchem
  7. 10:56: Black Santa - Shez
  8. 12:23: Yvonne pushed us in Portland WILPF - Karen
  9. 15:14: Caring in memory care - Desiree
      / Yvonne in my life- Shelda
  10. 17:10: Local vigils and Peru - Dan
      / Clips from "Working for Human Rights in Peru"
  11. 21:06: Beware of men - Kathleen
  12. 23:15: Good songs - Desiree
      / Sisters & photos
  13. 26:45: Love is Something if You Give it Away / End credits

The whole show (VB #125.11&12) is available for a donation of $11 (DVD/VHS) plus $4 postage and is streaming on line at our full shows You Tube channel. Add $3 for the show on a USB Flash Drive.

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