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Sunday September 30th, 2012

Posted at 12:30pm

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Jessie Fuerth (Left) and Sarah Morris, hosts of Milk and Vodka

A local feminist radio program teamed up with musicians on Wednesday night at Phog Lounge to raise money for Planned Parenthood Detroit.

“We’re being very blunt with what we’re talking about. We’re talking about accessible, safe, legal abortion, and we really want people to think about it,” says Sarah Morris, who, along with Jessie Fuerth, hosts Milk and Vodka, a radio program that airs Monday nights at 4 pm on CJAM 99.1 FM. CJAM is the campus-community radio station for Windsor and Detroit, which broadcasts from the basement of the CAW Centre at the University of Windsor.

Their benefit was held as part of the September 28th Campaign, a global movement whose website claims “pregnancy-related deaths and unsafe abortion remain a major public health problem in large parts of the world”. Through different projects across the globe, they are looking to help change this fact, and Windsor is joining in the fight as the only Canadian event.

The night’s aim was to raise awareness for the issue and provide a place of open discussion, as well as to support Planned Parenthood, an American organization that helps women make informed and responsible choices about their health and bodies.

The issue itself was as much of a draw as the musical talent, featuring Tara Watts from Windsor, and Allison Hanna (AKA ‘The Gator’) and two members of punk-rock band Due North, all of whom are from Detroit.  The music was diverse, but the artists were all participating for their belief in the same cause.

One hundred percent of the proceeds were donated, along with those that came from a similar event held in Detroit on Monday night at the Toepfer House, which featured a rare performance by The Suicide Machines. Altogether, Milk and Vodka will be donating six hundred and fifty dollars to help make abortion possible for women in the Detroit area. But more than that, they are looking to engage the people of Windsor in discussion about an important topic. As Sarah put it, “Whether you agree with it or not, whether you’re feminist or not, we want people to think about it, because apathy is definitely the most dangerous…If you’re not paying attention, if you’re not thinking, that’s when your rights can get taken away”.

Allison Hanna AKA The Gator

Jordan of Due North

Eric of Due North

Tara Watts

Find more photos from the event here.  

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