Straight Out Scribes Honored by the
Coalition of Labor Union Women

SACRAMENTO – On Sunday, August 21 at 1 p.m., mother/daughter poets, Staajabu and V.S. Chochezi will be one of the honorees at the Coalition of Labor Union Women’s Annual Awards Reception. The poetic duo, known by many as the award winning poetry team, Straight Out Scribes, will also perform their dynamic thought-provoking poetry as CLUW celebrates the 85th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the USA. The event will be held at the Sacramento Central Labor Council Hall, 2840 El Centro Road,

Not only are The Scribes one of the most sought after poetry teams in the area, they are also community activists and union members. Staajabu is a member of Coalition of University Employees (CUE) at UC Davis, and V.S. is a member of Sierra College Faculty Association (SCFA. They have been instrumental in the campaign to save the life of death row political prisoner, Mumia Abu-Jamal, who before his incarceration was the president of the Association of Black Journalists, in Philadelphia.

The keynote speaker will be Kim Salter, the state president of the National Organization of Women (NOW). Other honorees will include: Leisa Faulkner, Carolyn Negrete, and Teresa Villasenor. Refreshments will be provided. The public is invited and a $25 donation is requested. For directions, or more information about the reception, 916-552-8874 or

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