Thursday, November 19, 2009

Feminist Events in NYC

Paradigm Shift: NYC's Feminist Community & SAFER Proudly Present
Film, Conversation, & Community

When: Tuesday, DEC. 1st
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: In the heart of the Feminist District
Gallery Bar
120 Orchard Street, bet. Delancey St. & Rivington St.
Subway: Delancey-Essex Sts (F, J, M, Z), Grand St (B, D), 2nd Ave-Houston St (F, V)
Cost: $7 if you RSVP before Dec. 1st, 12:00 noon / Students FREE / $10 at door

THE LINE, documentary screening
see trailer & Panel discussion featuring:


Students Active For Ending Rape

Men Can Stop Rape, Campus Strength Coordinator

Sex educator, Organizer & Performance Artist

Join our special honored guests including former Paradigm Shift event speakers, feminist authors, activists, and thought leaders

Support by Identity House & Amy Mitten Photography

Attendees are welcome to discuss & document their thoughts on consent for the "Where is Your Line?" campaign

Promote this event and we'll promote your organization, service, or event!
Supporting each other only strengthens the community.

THE LINE Synopsis:
A one night stand far from home goes terribly wrong. As the filmmaker unravels her experience, she decides to confront her attacker. Told through a "sex-positive" lens, THE LINE is a 24 minute documentary about a young woman - the filmmaker- who is raped, but her story isn't cut and dry. Not a "perfect victim," the filmmaker confronts her attacker, recording the conversation with a hidden camera. Sex workers, survivors and activists discuss justice, accountability and today's "rape culture." The film asks the question: where is the line defining consent? THE LINE was completed in July 2009.
Nancy Schwartzman is a filmmaker, writer and activist working for over thirteen years to create community solutions to combat sexual violence and promote public debate. THE LINE is a personal documentary that explores consent from a sex-positive point of view. With an emphasis on interactivity and dialogue, she launched the accompanying "where is your line?" campaign. Prior to THE LINE, she produced the award-winning short film OCEAN AVENUE.

Nancy is the founder of an online initiative noted by The New York Times, Gawker, The Village Voice and The Daily News to engage community organizations and businesses to create safer routes for pedestrians, especially women. From 2002- 2005 she was a founding editor and Creative Director of HEEB Magazine. For six years Nancy was the Program Officer at the Fund for Jewish Documentary Film. She has curated short film festivals at the Pioneer Theater, Berlin, London and Tel Aviv. Her essays have been featured in The Independent, HEEB, Sh'ma and Plenty Magazine.

Nancy lectures extensively on college campuses on the topic of consent and healthy sexual boundaries. She is a graduate of Columbia University with a degree in Art History and Film. She has lived in Paris and Jerusalem, and currently resides in Brooklyn. She recently married Isaac Mathes, her cameraman.
Erin Burrows, M.A., completed her Fifth Year MA in Women's History at Sarah Lawrence in 2009. She was a leader in the successful campaign at Sarah Lawrence College to rewrite the Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Policy and improve sexual assault services on campus. Erin was heavily involved with feminist and queer organizing on campus, leading to numerous changes in programming and policy including mandatory anti-oppression training for student senators. Erin was awarded the Senior Appreciation Award for recognition of her undergraduate leadership in 2008. She has been working for SAFER since August, 2008 and joined the board in May, 2009. She currently works as a Community Educator in the Domestic Violence Education and Prevention Program at My Sisters' Place, based in Yonkers, NY.

Prior to joining Men Can Stop Rape, Joseph was co-president of Columbia University's men's group, Columbia Men Against Violence. He has been working on rape prevention and anti-violence work with young men in New York and other areas for 15 years.

Ignacio Rivera is a Queer, gender fluid, Trans- Entity, Black Boricua performance artist, currently performing skits, spoken word, one-person shows and story-telling internationally. Ignacio is a lecturer/trainer, activist, new filmmaker and self-proclaimed sex educator. As a lecturer/ trainer, Ignacio has spoken at home and abroad on such topics of racism, sexism, homo/transphobia, transgender issues, sexual liberation, anti-oppression, anti-violence, multi-issue organizing and more. Ignacio currently consultants with various organizations in New York City conducting professional development trainings for NYC high school staff.
Started by Columbia University students in 2000, Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER) is the only organization that fights sexual violence and rape culture by empowering student-led campaigns to reform college sexual assault policies. An all-volunteer collective, SAFER facilitates student organizing through a comprehensive training manual; in-person workshops and trainings; free follow-up mentoring; our Campus Sexual Assault Policies Database; and a growing online resource library and network for student organizers. SAFER firmly believes that sexual violence is both influenced by and contributes to multiple forms of oppression, including racism, sexism, and homo/transphobia, and view our anti-sexual violence work through a broader anti-oppression lens.

Three films on physical perfection by Jesse Epstein

DVD Discount for Paradigm Shifters available now through New Day Films
$10 discount on the DVD, plus a $15 donation to Paradigm Shift with each purchase.

Buy DVD at discount:

Paradigm Shift Promo code: K44HLF
The offer is good till December 1st.

Paradigm Shift Seeking Volunteers!
- cover events
- promotion on site, newsletter, facebook, twitter & at events
- perk- gain contacts and get more work!



Theme Song Contest!
Compose our new theme song, save some cash, get free promotion & boost cd sales!
Song must have the below words & be upbeat:
Paradigm Shift: New York City's Feminist Community
Use the "F" word.
Discuss. Evolve. Grow with Us.
Change NYC. Change the World.

Dec 15th extended deadline

- Free admission to PS events for one year!
- Promotion- Song will be played at every PS event, on PShift TV, and promoted to over 1,700 on our mailing list, and 80 organizations and media outlets
- CD sales at events
Please send mp3 to

Online Chat with Carol Adams, Author of The Sexual Politics of Meat
sponsored by Feminists For Choice
Logs into the online chat can ask her questions and participate in the discussion.

November 21st at 12:00 PST, 3:00 EST
More information Click here


Stop Stupak-Pitts Lobby Day & Rally
Dec. 2nd, WED
Capitol Hill, Washington DC

Join pro-choice activists and allies from around the country for a massive grassroots Capitol Hill lobby day and rally to protest the Stupak-Pitts Amendment and demand comprehensive health care for ALL Americans.
Make appointments with your members of Congress to demand they stand up for womens' right to safe, accessible, and legal abortion.

11:30-1pm at Upper Senate Park, at Constitution Ave. & Delaware Ave NE. Metro: Union Station (Red Line) or Capitol South (Orange/Blue Line).
Can't come to Washington on Wednesday? Take action in your community and on your campus on December 2! Hold a letter writing party, a rally, a call-in day, visit your member's district or state office, write an op-ed--get the word out! Stupak-Pitts is not okay.
Call the Feminist Majority Foundation at 703-522-2214 for more information. Cosponsors include Planned Parenthood, NOW, NARAL, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, ACLU, SEIU, Advocates for Youth, Campus Progress, Choice USA, and many more!
Please invite all your friends!


Tell Your Senators: Stop the Abortion-Coverage Ban!

If the Stupak-Pitts amendment passed by the House of Representatives becomes law, women will be denied the right to use their own personal, private funds to purchase an insurance plan with abortion coverage in the new health system.

It's effectively an abortion-coverage ban, and we must ensure the Senate does not include it in its bill.

But anti-choice senators are trying to insert the Stupak-Pitts abortion-coverage ban language in the Senate bill, and Rep. Stupak from Michigan is backing them up: "We are in contact with senators to make sure our language holds. The other side is playing with fire."

Tell your senators to stand firm against a ban on abortion coverage for women in the new health system.

Sponsored by NARAL Pro-Choice America


sponsored by Planned Parenthood Action Fund

SIGN PETITION going to President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, and Speaker Pelosi click here


New York Younger Women's Task Force
What: General Membership Meeting
When: December 3, 2009 7:00 PM
Where:Legal Momentum
395 Hudson St, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10014
(212) 925-6635

Everyone is welcome to join us as we plan upcoming programs, particularly continuing work around the Equal Rights Amendment, and continue our winter programming. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Learn more here:

Some of The Girls PARTY
a women's online and in-person community
Wednesday, December 16, 6:00P
Madame X
94 W Houston Street, NYC
More info click here
Female only for a couple of hours, then be co-ed at 7:30 PM.
The 6 Year Anniversary Theme is "I Want Candy". Bring candy to share (definitely edible, and either eye candy to share or your own arm candy for 7:30 PM). Dress up and be someone else's candy for the evening. ;)
As of right now, we'll have 2 contests (prizes TBD)
1) A Bubble Gum Blowing Contest (largest bubble wins)
2) Lascivious Lollipop Licking Contest (loudest applause wins)
Free raffle (1 ticket to each female attendee)

The Woodhull Institute

Women's Ethical Leadership Retreat
March 12-14, 2010 in NY
Non Fiction Writers' Retreat
April 9-11, 2010 in NY

College Women's Retreat (for ages 18 to 26)
April, 2010

All info:


SEE YOU Dec. 1st- Sex Consent Power Pleasure, STUPAK actions in NYC & DC, & partner events!

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