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Live Program & DVD on Life,Heart & Activism of Alice Paul~ Founder of US Non-Violent Direct Action, militant suffragist & author of ERA
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TEA with ALICE and ME  
The Intersecting Lives of Two Militant Visionaries
Written and Presented by Zoe Nicholson
A Wild West Women Production

We always had a little tearoom, always at our headquarters.    Miss Alice Paul.  

Nothing Alice Paul did was quite as innocent as this remark implies.  More to the point,
...The Grated Door, the Woman's Party tearoom in Washington, where the militants, under Alice Paul, met daily to plan the next move in the campaign for suffrage.
Boston Post, Sunday, Jul 24, 1921 – Page 24

14 Jackson Place, Washington DC (used with permission)
14 Jackson Place, Washington DC (used with permission)

14 Jackson Place, The Woman’s Party Headquarters 1917 – 1922 had full view of Mr. Wilson’s White House, just across Lafayette Square. As the Silent Sentinels guarded the many White House gates, they took rest and planned a revolution over a cup of tea. Sewing torn banners, warming feet, drying off and taking a short respite; more than tea was being served. It was the birthplace of Non-Violent Direct Action in the United States.

Forward out of Darkness, Forward into Light
Forward out of Darkness, Forward into Light

TEA with ALICE and ME
Presentation and Production

This multi-media stage presentation is a TED talk on steroids. It is both historic and current. It is the astounding story of one woman’s life and how she was intentionally redacted into obscurity by jealous and disapproving moderates. It is a story about a small Quaker woman who carried a fire for Equality that could not be extinguished - no matter the defeats, the rise and fall of public opinion or her declining age.

March, 4, 1913 - as the first person to create a march to the White House, the architect of the successful radical suffrage campaign and the woman whom so few could identify from a photo; knowing her is not merely gift but a call to action.

A true strategic genius and strident leader. She did not suffer fools but women were drawn to her for one simple reason, she knew what had to be done.

Finally, after studying, writing and speaking about Miss Alice Paul for almost 40 years, Zoe Nicholson, standing in Alice’s shadow, proclaims our legacy and lights a newcomer’s torch. Zoe believes that this intentional invisibility needs to end, Alice needs to be brought into stark relief, with all her faults, all her cultural limitations and elevated to her proper status. The loss of Alice’s imprint has robbed us of this true American hero.

The program features, the master story-teller, Zoe and the hundreds of photos she has collected over the years demonstrating Non-Violent Direct Action.

A Lifetime of Activism
A Lifetime of Activism

 I am in love with equality and you are too.
It is just that simple.
Because, in fact, there is no place else to be.

From: Martha Wheelock, ED Wild West Women Inc.
Wild West Women. We make films. Films about women.

The Centennial of the 19th Amendment and all the various events that led up to August 26, 1920 are now being celebrated across the country. Most recently we marked the death of Inez Milholland and on this Christmas Day, it will be 100 years since the Suffragists marched into Statuary Hall for Inez’s national memorial; a significant first for women. Inspired by the 1,000 women carrying banners up the steps and under the leadership of Alice Paul, the National Woman’s Party began standing in silence, holding suffrage banners, around the White House, January 10, 1917.

Wild West Women, Inc. is proud to produce a new and innovative program, Tea with Alice and Me; written and presented by Alice Paul scholar, Zoe Nicholson. This multi-media stage production, narrated by Zoe is personal, political, insightful and inspiring. She not only illustrates the 9 decades of Alice’s activist life but establishes direct parallels to current protests, demonstrations and strategies. Now, more than ever, we need to embrace our legacy as activists. We need to treasure and exercise the VOTE. We need to bring our radical political women into national prominence. Women and girls will find leadership and strength in the great Alice Paul.

Examining her 92 years, we raise her astounding life out of obscurity,
declare her strategic genius and arm ourselves with relentless courage.
We need Alice Paul’s legacy in these times.

Two years ago, assistant producer on the film, Inez Milholland ~ Forward into Light, Zoe Nicholson began work on a script for a full stage presentation about Alice Paul. Zoe, herself, (and we as eavesdroppers), is the interlocutor with “Alice Paul.” Zoe has been researching and “living” with Alice Paul over several decades. Zoe is more than a scholar and academic; she is imbued, absorbed and obsessed, the way one has to be to get at the heart and head of Alice Paul.

Since 1980, Zoe has been more than studying Alice Paul, she has been using her tactics and teaching others about Non-Violent Direct Action. 1982, for 37 days, Zoe herself fasted at the Illinois State House for the ERA, as Alice Paul did for Suffrage. I have attended four presentations by Zoe on Alice Paul and Zoe holds an audience mesmerized while delivering profound understanding not only of Alice Paul but also of inspired activism. Zoe lifts her audience from any chronological biography to the application of activism, drawing parallels from what is practiced today to its point of origin, Alice Paul. Stories draw us in as she tells us about the scheming, the long commitment and Alice’s resolute demand for Equality.

Not only will this Kickstarter Campaign provide the resources to mount the program, Tea with Alice and Me, it will be used for the professional multi camera filming, with professional sound recording the presentation. This will be used to promote the live presentation, guarantee that this rich history lives in public record and lift Alice Paul to her rightful status as the Founder of US Non-Violent Direct Action, militant suffragist and author of the ERA.  It will be available for schools, colleges, libraries and public television.

Miss Alice Paul
Miss Alice Paul

From: Zoe Nicholson, Writer, Speaker, Activist
The Hungry Heart, A Woman’s Fast for Justice

NOW more than ever, we need to embrace women activists. Americans need to know that Alice Paul founded Non-Violent Direct Action to the U.S.

Every day Americans turn to study the tactics of Gandhi when we could be listening to our very own Alice Paul. From Tar Sands to Charleston, from North Dakota to Ferguson, from Reproductive Justice to Immigration, there is no doubt that understanding and interpreting the methods and heart of Miss Alice Paul would raise the conversation and inspire women and girls, men and boys, all those who seek to create change through peaceful Non-Violent Direct Action.

One day Alice Paul will be recognized as the first American to use Non-Violent Direct Action, Civil Disobedience and political protest within a political movement and I hope I will be one of the instruments of that righteous occasion.

Visit Miss Alice Paul Website
Visit Miss Alice Paul Website

Miss Alice Paul Website
Zoe Nicholson has created a website about Miss Alice Paul that demonstrates her depth of appreciation and devotion to Alice. There are hundreds of photos. The bibliography is comprehensive and current. She has engaged artists to create their personal interpretations of classic photos and offers these images on products at The Miss Alice Paul Shop on café press. 

Most of all, you can read several chapters of her book, Alice Paul ~ The Heart of an Activist and see that she has stepped beyond the tedium of chronological biography and drawn the parallels of Alice’s genius and how it is used today. From grandeur, spectacle, and silence, from endurance and message, modern activists draw from her whether they know it or not.

Zoe has gone beyond reading and talked to women who knew Alice, who worked for Alice, who loved and feared Alice. What is so extraordinary is Zoe knew the questions to ask which made the women dig deep into motivation, personal feelings and say more than any classical interviewer would discover. One visit through her website, MissAlicePaul.com and you will see it is a labor of love with detail, intelligence and hard-earned respect.

Original Interpretations of Miss Paul
Original Interpretations of Miss Paul
FILMMAKER

Martha Wheelock, director, producer, writer, and educator.
Martha is passionate about women’s history and the need to bring women out of obscurity in order to inspire and empower others.
All of her award-winning films have aired on public television channels.
• Creating films about women and women’s history for over 40 years.
• Her films are all cataloged at Ishtar Films
• Co-founder of Wild West Women, Inc. a non-profit, educational film and media company, whose mission is to increase public awareness of women's achievements and their role models in history and to provide positive public images of women and girls.  

• Among her films are; 
Inez Milholland ~ Forward into Light
California Women Win the Vote
Votes for Women
One Fine Day and Take the Power
Berenice Abbott: A View of the Twentieth Century
World of Light: A Portrait of May Sarton
Madeleine L’Engle- Star*Gazer

THE BUDGET
Kickstarter Budget of $16,000
At its core, the mission is to create, film, distribute and document the life of Alice Paul and her direct legacy to American Activism. Additionally it is to highlight the importance of women voting, women being explicitly included in the US Constitution and include Alice Paul in the national celebration of the Centennial of the 19th Amendment, 2020.

Not only will this Kickstarter Campaign provide the resources to mount the program, Tea with Alice and Me, it will be used for the professional multi camera filming, with professional sound recording the presentation. This will be used to promote the live presentation, guarantee that this rich history lives in public record and lift Alice Paul to her rightful status as the Founder of US Non-Violent Direct Action, militant suffragist and author of the ERA. It will be available for schools, colleges, libraries and public television.

THE BUDGET INCLUDES :
• Resources to mount this multi-media production
• Professional multi-camera & professional sound filming of the program
• Music and sound mix
• Promote the live presentation
• DVD design, production, distribution
• Creation of designs and products to enhance the national distribution of information about Alice Paul
• Promote Non-Violent Direct Action, the value of the VOTE and the ERA.
• DVDs will be available with Spanish subtitles
• DVDs will be available with English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.

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Risks and challenges

This project is well on its way, as Zoe Nicholson has been speaking and writing about Miss Alice Paul for many years. The challenge is collating, mounting and sharing the decades of her image collection.

The filming itself is in the hands of an experienced filmmaker who has 40 years of documentary filmmaking and distribution, this film will be finished and sent out widely. Wild West Women is passionate about spreading women’s history, the important of the Vote and the ERA.

Without the slightest sarcasm, the highest risk is that Alice Paul and her legacy not be filmed, distributed and archived. Women and girls need to know about this true American hero and her direct application to their lives in this 21st Century.

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