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Eve Named Best Leader 2009!, Gov Schwarzenegger Restores Funding


Eve named one of U.S. News & World Report's Best Leaders 2009!

U.S. News Media Group, in association with the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard Kennedy School, today released the 2009 edition of America's Best Leaders, available online at and featured in the November, 2009, issue of U.S. News & World Report magazine, on newsstands Tuesday, October 27.

V-Day Founder Eve Ensler has been named Best Leader 2009 along with 22 of the country's most exemplary individuals, including Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Operation Smile founders Bill and Kathy Magee, Artist Twyla Tharp, and Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin.

According to U.S. News press release, the fifth annual Best Leaders issue honors a select group of men and women from a variety of fields including business, public service, education, and arts. These inspiring professionals have contributed to industry advancements with their innovation and achievements, and through their advocacy, service, activism, and philanthropy, have dedicated their careers to improving the everyday lives of people across the globe. "The country has faced exceptional challenges in the past year," said Brian Kelly, editor of U.S.News & World Report. "With our Best Leaders issue, we focused on individuals from a range of industries who have demonstrated unwavering leadership and a commitment to finding solutions in this difficult time."

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation to Restore Funding to State's Domestic Violence Shelters

Do to the incredible efforts and support by activists such as yourselves, V-Day is pleased to announce that Gov. Schwarzenegger today signed SBX3 13, by Senator Elaine Alquist (D-San Jose) to restore $16.3 million of state funding to support California domestic violence shelters.

SBX3 13 provides for a one-time $16.3 million loan from the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund to fund domestic violence shelters statewide for the 2009-10 fiscal year. The loan will be repaid with interest at the rate earned by the Pooled Money Investment Account by June 30, 2013.

Therefore, V-Day will NOT have a protest this Friday, as previously announced.

Though this is a great V-Victory, our work on this is not complete. V-Day will begin dialoguing and researching what actions will help make this funding permanent - as this bill is a one-time measure.

We'd like to thank you all for jumping in on this effort and for all the work you are doing! Stay tuned to V-Mail for further ways you can help bring permanent funding for DV groups in CA.

WATCH Eve on GRITtv with Laura Flanders Talking about Rape in Congo

Yesterday Eve joined Rose Mapendo of Mapendo International on GRITtv with Laura Flanders to discuss the way rape is used as a war crime in the Congo.

GRITtv with Laura Flanders brings participatory democracy onto your computer screen and into your living room, bridging the gap between audience and advocates.

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