A FLASHLIGHT MOVIE SCREENiNG in honor of Domestic Violence Action Month
For Domestic Violence Action Month (DVAM), Lumina Alliance will be hosting a private screening of the classic film, Dirty Dancing (1987) in celebration of its 35th anniversary. The film will be followed by a 45-minute discussion panel of local experts in the field of sexual and intimate partner violence and healthcare. Enjoy wine and appetizers as we dance into the past and explore themes of relationships, class, gender, sexuality, and abortion in this coming-of-age film.
Join us at The Palm Theatre on Saturday, October 22nd, from 3 to 6 pm.
"Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama dance film written by Eleanor Bergstein, produced by Linda Gottlieb, and directed by Emile Ardolino. Starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, it tells the story of Frances "Baby" Houseman, a young woman who falls in love with dance instructor Johnny Castle (Swayze) at a vacation resort." Wikipedia
Where: The Palm Theater, 817 Palm St., San Luis Obispo, CA
When: Saturday, October 22nd, 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Movie screening is to be followed by a panel discussion of experts in the fields of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and healthcare.
Christina Kaviani, Ph.D (she/her/hers)
Lecturer, Communications Studies Department & Women, Gender & Queer Studies at California Polytechnic State University
Christina Kaviani is a Lecturer at Cal Poly in the Communications and Women, Gender, and Queer Studies departments. She started her career in 2007 in gender-based violence at the SARP Center volunteering as a crisis line advocate. She also worked at Lumina Alliance in the Prevention and Education department until recently. Christina also served as the Director of Cal Poly Safer and Men and Masculinity Programs for almost a decade. In 2019, Christina received her doctorate in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University. She also holds a Master's degree in K-12 School Counseling from Cal Poly and a Bachelor's in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz. Previous to her time in the non-profit sector and higher education, she worked with gang-affiliated youth at the Juvenile Service Center. She has been helping survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence since 2007 and is passionate about creating fun and empowering education concerning healthy intimacy and relationships. Christina enjoys bike riding, listening to music, music festivals, swimming in the ocean, and dancing by herself and with her family and friends.
Jatzibe Sandoval (she/her/hers)
Detention Facilities Program Manager
Jatzibe Sandoval, is a fierce advocate for human rights, voting rights, and mental health. Having participated in her first protest at the age of 13, she witnessed the power of community organizing. With love for her community, she answered the call for education around human rights.
As a first responder, she provided psychological first aid to survivors of natural disasters, gun violence, and suicide. Currently, she manages the detention facilities program at Lumina Alliance providing services to survivors that are incarcerated. She is also an instructor for Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid where she is able to educate communities about mental health. She started her work in the anti-violence movement as an educator for people who harm. Jatzibe is a firm believer that change is possible.
Lola White-Sanborn (she/her/hers)
Content Curator for the Gala Pride & Diversity Center
Lola’s personal mission is to combat the stigma around difficult but necessary topics such as mental illness, sexuality, gender, and much more. By refusing to give the taboos power, she hopes to make it that much safer for those who come after her. Lola is a transfeminine, polyamorous, neurodivergent pagan. Her work for the Gala Pride & Diversity Center focuses on raising up voices that might otherwise go unheard. She leaves here a thought from her literary hero, Rod Serling: “…Any ideology which fails to recognize the worth, the dignity, the rights of Man… is obsolete.”
Miriam Shah (she/her/hers)
Community Organizer for Planned Parenthood
Mariam Shah was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She always wanted a life in public service, but after law school at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC student loans dictated otherwise. Mariam spent the next seven years working as a corporate litigator at law firms in New York, Cleveland and Akron, OH. In 2008, she and her husband drove up HWY 1 and immediately decided the Central Coast was a great place to escape midwestern winters and to raise a family. After staying at home with her children for a few years, she ran for Grover Beach City Council (unopposed) in 2014. She ran for re-election in 2018, and won a seat on the council for her second term.
In 2021, Mariam moved to Arroyo Grande after finding a home that would accommodate her aging parents along with her family. Since leaving office in Grover Beach, she joined the board of the Five Cities Homeless Coalition and was appointed to the Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Community Engagement Panel. She also runs a political action committee called Shatter PAC that supports female candidates that shatter glass ceilings and open doors. She is forever grateful to Planned Parenthood for hiring her to work as a community organizer and giving her the opportunity to support an amazing organization at a crucial time.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACTION MONTH
October is Domestic Violence Action Month, and we have a full calendar of events with various opportunities to engage, learn, and take action. Visit our DVAM website to learn about other ways to get engaged this October.
ABOUT LUMINA ALLIANCE
As of July 1, 2021, San Luis Obispo County’s two most trusted organizations dedicated to ending sexual assault and intimate partner violence merged into one larger organization, Lumina Alliance.
Our mission is to empower those impacted by sexual and intimate partner violence through innovative advocacy, healing, and prevention programs. Services include 24/7 crisis and information line, case management, restraining order assistance, legal assistance, accompaniment and advocacy, emergency shelters, transitional housing, individual and group therapy, and robust prevention education. You can contribute to our mission and have a great time by supporting our events as an attendee, sponsor, or volunteer.