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Activist Enola Aird to speak in GR Saturday

April 15, 2010

Stop Targeting Our Kids (STOK) welcomes
Activist Enola Aird
of Mothers for a Human Future
Fighting the Commercialization and
Commodification of Children
5-6:30 pm, Saturday April 17, 2010
Institute for Global Education,
1118 Wealthy SE GR
(next to the Wealthy Theater)

Stop Targeting Our Kids (STOK) will host activist mother Enola G. Aird for a presentation at IGE this Saturday, April 17 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.  Aird is the founder and director of Mothers for a Human Future, a new initiative focused on fighting the forces promoting the commercialization of childhood and the commodification of children.

Mothers for a Human Future is the successor to the Motherhood Project, a mothers’ campaign that convened a national symposium of mothers who worked to stem the media-generated “mommy wars” and conducted a national motherhood study that pointed to key elements of a mothers’ agenda for social change. Aird currently works to help bring mothers’ voices into the public conversation about new technologies that could fundamentally alter the genetic make-up of future human beings.

STOK member Mindy Holohan arranged for Aird’s visit “I recently returned from attending the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood summit in Boston,” she said. “One exciting development that grew from the trip was the opportunity to connect with activist Enola Aird who just so happened to be headed to Grand Rapids this coming weekend.”

Born in the Republic of Panama, Aird is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Barnard College and received her J.D.from Yale Law School. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and has worked for the Children’s Defense Fund as well as a variety of media organizations, including the predecessor entities of Time Warner and Viacom. She and her husband, Stephen L. Carter, are the parents of two adult children.

For information, email stokaction@gmail.com

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