Sunday, November 11, 2018
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Meet Susan Sipprelle, Director of the LWVT-sponsored film for TIFF Nov. 3: Soldier On: Life After Deployment
Nov. 3, 3 pm. Puffin Foundation, DOCUMENTARY - 80 minutes
Over the ensuing years, as our family grew in size – we have five children -- I did some articles for local Bergen County papers. A friend, who noticed that I greatly enjoyed reporting, suggested I might want to take a journalism class. An AHA moment! I discovered that Columbia Graduate School of Journalism offered a part-time program, to which I applied and was accepted. At that time, my youngest child was 3 and my oldest was 17. I concentrated in multimedia and graduated in 2008.
By the late 2000s, the Great Recession had been declared officially over, although its impact remained severe. I, with the help of a recent film school graduate, began a multimedia project called Over Fifty and Out of Work that documented the stories of older workers who lost their jobs due to the downturn. We were asked to testify about our work before the Senate Health, Labor, Education and Pension Committee in June 2011, and we went on to make the documentary Set for Life based on the multimedia project. The film won several film festivals and was chosen by American Public Television for distribution. It has now been shown more than 4,000 times on public television nationwide.
These questions led me to make Soldier On: Life After Deployment. Both Senator Patty Murray and Congresswoman Annie Kuster sponsored screenings of my documentary on Capitol Hill. The film, also distributed by American Public Television, premiered on Channel 13 in March 2017, during Women’s History Month and has now been shown more than 2,000 times on public television nationwide. Screenings, sponsored by various organizations, have also been held in many states.
I learned a great deal about why women volunteer to join the military:
Post 9-11 female veterans joined the military for the same reasons as men: serve country, receive education benefits, see more of the world, learn skills for civilian jobs, because jobs were hard to find. (Pew Research Center)
81 to 93 percent of female veterans were exposed to some type of trauma prior to enlistment compared with much lower rates of 51 to 69 percent for the civilian population. (Zinzow et al, 2007) Traumatic experiences include childhood abuse and neglect and domestic violence, which have a significant impact on mental and physical health, family relationships, housing and job stability.
Another big discovery for me: almost three quarters of American youth are not eligible for military service because they are physically unfit, lack sufficient education, have a criminal record or have a tattoo that is visible while in uniform. Women in the military are not a social experiment, as often described. They are an absolute necessity to our armed forces in terms of numbers (not even considering the benefits of diversity): The military could not meet its enlistment quotas without women volunteers.
Monday, October 22, 2018
Photos: Barbara Ostroth. Top: Candidates Shaharaz Arjumand, Lisa Dash-Grimes, Victoria Fisher. and Gerald Reiner with Moderator Minna Greenberg of the Bergen County ILO ( Inter League Organization)
Bottom: Attentive audience who participated vigorously in Q & A with the candidates. Questions from the audience were read by the moderator to the candidates, who had a set time to respond.
Monday, October 15, 2018
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Bergenfield:New Bridge Farmer’s Market, Sept.29. Barbara Ostroth with voter.
Middle picture: several voter registrants at Stop & Shop, including Arlene Gartenberg, Susan Sipprelle, Karen Bartholomew and Paula Rogovin, evaded rain torrents on Sept. 25 ( Rain Day).and conducted the registration. Shoppers at Stop & Shop Stopped..
Wed. Sept. 26 Teaneck high school students flocking to the registration table with Barbara.
Look at the October dates if you missed thi, to either register --or volunteer to register.