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This description was last updated in 1997. The Foundation closed in 1998 with the exception of Stonehaven Ranch, Casa De Colores, FIRE, And the Temple of Sekhmet. All of the Foundation projects, with the exception of FIRE and the Temple of Sekhmet will close by the end of 2005. Wings continues independently.


Stonehaven Ranch was  begun in 1984, and since then has provided a beautiful free or low cost women-led conference space to  hundreds of groups working on peace and justice, feminism, alternative spirituality, environmental and health issues. This 170 acre  ranch has also been the site of many free Foundation-sponsored conferences and events over the years. Margie First provides material and spiritual nurturing.


This project consists of a farm and historic Victorian house on the border at the southmost point of Texas, near Brownsville. The house offers a multicultural museum and a resource center for issues of environmental racism and economic justice from indigenous women’s perspective. Located next door to the Audubon Society’s Wildlife Sanctuary, Casa cooperates in the protection of endangered species even as the dangerous pollution of the Rio Grande river  and   the so-called free trade zone cause grievous problems. 

Tourists, school children, indigenous people and environmental groups visit Casa regularly. Helga García-Garza manages this project with a lot of spiritual energy. Meetings of traditional healers, youth, elders and indigenous spiritual leaders take place in this space which was formerly a plantation headquarters.


Media beyond the mainstream is necessary to break down the barriers of disinformation and the monolithic commercial viewpoint which takes power away from people and leadership away from women, causing isolation and hopelessness. For 10 years the Foundation has sponsored hour-long weekly programs of interviews with activists from many areas, involved with a variety of issues, using Austin, Texas public access television. The programs have been broadcast not only in Austin,  but in other communities. Video coverage of conferences and special events put on by the Foundation and by other organizations has also been provided. Live series of one-hour programs are  being produced on ACAC by various staff members weekly and bi-weekly. These include "Feminist Values," "The Women's News Hour" and "Arts and Activism." Copies of many of these programs are available upon request.


The Feminist International Radio Endeavor is a two-hour daily shortwave radio program on Radio for Peace International in  Costa Rica. This program provides a forum for women's voices to be heard on all issues, one hour in English and one in Spanish. Begun in 1991, FIRE has made waves in Central America and has developed a broad international following. The team of Latin American women who produce Fire also travel to conferences giving women's voices a wider audience and demonstrating the usefulness of shortwave technology. Women everywhere are urged not only to tune in and listen, but also to contribute programs they tape themselves.

Puerto Rican María Suarez and Chilean Katarina Anfossi create the programs. Debra Latham of RFPI provides much support. Listen  daily at: 1600 (Spanish) , 1700 (English) 0000, 0100, 0800 and 0900 UTC (Universal Coordinated Time). Frequencies •15.030 (AM) in

the 19 meter band •9.400 Mhz(USB) 24 hours  in the

31 meter band •7.375 (AM) in the 41 meter band 2100-0800 •21.465 MHz (USB) in the 13 meter band 1200-0400. 

Visit the website: www.fire.or.cr


WATER is a residential property at in Austin which serves as a media training center for and by women, where communication skills such as video and audio production and editing as well as computer on-line services can be learned in a comfortable, relaxed environment. In this project,  technology is no longer overwhelming to novices and skills are not taught in an authoritarian manner so the technology term "user-friendly" takes on new meaning.

This is a program worthy of wide replication and attention because it offers women skills for the 21st century. 

These projects  are the brainchild of video professor Fern Hill. Radio technology and interviewing are taught by Frieda Werden. Lisa Hayes teaches video and radio.  Computer training and  networking are also provided.

WEBB: Women's Electronic Bed and Breakfast. This delightful little house near WATER provides space for guests, archives for Foundation videos, and community meetings.


REGION: This organization was initiated by Yana Bland and holds annual meetings on the island of Malta. These meetings address common problems of women in the area and oppose militarization and environmental pollution. They have been largely supported by the Foundation for a Compassionate Society with the help of the

Dougherty Foundation. Yana Bland is currently working for the Foundation as an environmental activist specializing in military toxics and health problems.


In 1993 the Foundation sponsored a visit to Austin by Dr. Ernest Sternglass in which he presented research demonstrating how exposure to "low-level" radiation affects the development of breast cancer and pointed out that 80% of all kind of cancer is environmentally-induced and therefore preventable. Moved by this information, the Foundation organized a conference in February of 1994 entitled "The Breast Cancer Epidemic and Nuclear Radiation". There were some 50 presenters and 300 participants at the event.  The conference was followed by a hearing with Texas state officials as a collaborative effort with WEDO organized by the Foundation. The profit  motive and the exchange economy attack and discredit the nurturing way;  it should therefore not surprise us that since the beginning of the nuclear age, the incidence of breast cancer in the U.S.  has increased more than 60%. The "low level" radiation from transport and "disposal" of nuclear waste poses serious threats not only to the health of people at  the proposed dump site in the West Texas town of Sierra Blanca, a poor Chicano community, but around the world as well, to communities near uranium mines, nuclear power and weapons plants and test sites.

Given the long term goal of creating a pollution-free environment, this project's short term goal is to broaden its working base by involving ethnic communities and all people who, to date, remain unaware of the dimensions of this problem. A multi-media slide show focuses  on stories of communities fighting the Sierra Blanca nuclear waste dump site, interspersed

with the stories of women breast cancer survivors, in order to educate a new, broad group of women and men from all walks of life about Sierra Blanca.

A video: Peligro! has recently been produced by Options 2000, with the Feminists for a Compassionate Society support.The Foundation and Feminists for a Compassionate Society have a long term collaboration with the Sierra Blanca Legal Defense Fund. This project is coordinated by Erin Rogers, Susan Lee, Suze Kemper and María Limón.


Medicines and medical supplies have been collected over the years and distributed to several groups in the former Yugoslavia.  Our efforts have been focused on medical supplies, baby formula, vitamins and new thermal underclothing. The public can help us by donating any of these items. Sally Jacques' devotion and commitment made this project a reality.


Women's International News Gathering Service established in 1986, syndicates 52 news and current affairs programs a year, by and about women around the world, on radio via various networks including, on occasion, National Public Radio as well as approximately 160 radio stations worldwide. WINGS has correspondents in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and the Pacific, covering politics, labor, economics, law, and other issues as they affect women and their communities.

Since 1992 its producer Frieda Werden has been employed by the Foundation, lending her expertise to WATER and covering many Foundation events and issues.


"Earth and Sky Women's Peace Caravan" for a Compassionate Soci

ety  is  centered around a traveling solar equipped, multi-media "Museum to End the Nuclear Age" with exhibits on the history and legacy of the nuclear age. Visitors can learn about uranium mining and processing, nuclear  power reactors, bomb making/testing, transport and waste management.

The museum includes environmental and health studies associated with each phase of successful grassroots resistance activities. The van travels from community to community around the country, coordinating its trips and exhibits to coincide with timely issues and events. It provides information and face-to-face contact between peace and justice activists, women's groups, breast cancer survivors, midwives, and other health care providers, researchers, young people, community organizers and radiation-injury survivors. The caravan  is now a project of Feminists for a Compassionate Society.


Throughout the Foundation's projects, art and spirituality are indivisibly intertwined with activism in the belief that our lives are integrally connected with all creatures and with Mother Earth . The linking together of the mental, spiritual, artistic and political elements heightens our life experience, our ability to change and grow and transcend the cruelty of our social systems.  In 1987 the Foundation commissioned sculptor Marsha Gómez to create an archetypal replicable statue, "Madre del Mundo," which is now located at several significant places: the Nuclear test site in Nevada, the border between Texas and Mexico, on the Rio Grande near Casa de Colores, and the Peace Farm directly across from Pantex, the nuclear assembly plant near Amarillo, Texas.


In 1992, Genevieve and her daughters gave a gift of 20 acres of land near the Nevada test site, back to the Western Shoshone to whom that whole area originally belonged. The Foundation has built a small, environmentally appropriate temple there in honor of the lion-headed Egyptian goddess of birth, fertility and rage, Sekhmet, her statue also created by Marsha Gómez, is located in the temple, across from the Madre statue. This beautiful meditation space in the Nevada desert serves the peace and spirituality community as a place  for centering and meditation. The U.S. government begun nuclear testing again in July 1997-- the so-called "sub-criticals." The temple  provides a calm space of refuge for opponents of nuclear weapons tests of any sort . A second statue of Sekhmet is located at Stonehaven Ranch in the Moon tower. CLICK HERE for a bibliography.


Since 1984, meetings, workshops and conferences of women spiritual leaders have been held at Stonehaven Ranch. A woman based eco-spiritual approach is expressed in the Stonehaven Goddess Program. Many  other spiritually-centered groups use Stonehaven's welcoming space. Pat Cuney coordinates this program.


Performance Art is a specialty of Foundation staff member Sally Jacques with partial Foundation support. These performances are made up of large dance, music, visual and human statements , one of the best known being 64 Beds, highlighting the plight of the homeless. Other issues addressed have been environmental destruction, AIDS and opposition to the Gulf War.


Chilean artist Liliana Wilson has created the striking graphics for the Foundation literature.


San Juanita  Alcalá  is the administrative Comptroller. She is assisted by Rose Corrales who also provides assistance for Genevieve Vaughan.

The Foundation produces a newsletter at least twice a year called "Voices for a Compassionate Society" which is distributed internationally to a mailing list of 5200. Poet María Limón is newsletter producer and works on insurance and Foundation coordination.


This 20-acres green space is being developed as an environmental demonstration project. Nancy Wilson is our receptionist, Doll Mathis promotes Foundation literature. A large open air meeting space is being planned.


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