Monday, August 31, 2009

Volunteer Opportunity: Social Justice Writing Intern


Job Title:
Social Justice Writing Intern

Organization:
Students Active for Ending Rape

Description:
Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER) provides community organizing, training and ongoing support for college and university students working to improve their schools’ sexual assault prevention and response activities. By offering students leadership training, resources and education in how sexual violence intersects with race, class, culture and gender, SAFER empowers student activists to mobilize their communities and push school administrations to take action.  Through these efforts, students across the country can begin to build a larger movement that will have widespread effects on the perception and response to sexual violence on a societal level. SAFER is looking for high energy, dependable, organized and team-oriented interns for for the fall semester. These internships are 14 weeks long, from early September through early December; however, exact start and end dates are flexible.

SAFER is an all-volunteer run organization. Students of color, LGBTQ students, low income students and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Passionate applicants only.

Social Justice Writing Intern

Responsibilities:

  * Develop written materials (Research, Draft and Edit) for the Info Shop, a free online pool of resources for activists, these can include but are not limited to: 


  * The intersections of oppressions and anti-violence work


  * How to deal with internal conflict in movement building


  * Defining consent, with best practices pulled from our Policies Database


  * Identifying useful tactics and strategy in historical social movements and applying them to movements for sexual assault policy reform

  * Develop (Research, Draft and Edit) for discreet campaign projects for anti-violence campus activists for the online Info Shop. These can include but are not limited to:


  * Availability of Emergency Contraception campaign


  * Reliability of Emergency Blue Lights campaign


  * Advertisement/Communication of existing services for sexual assault survivors on campus campaign

  * Create tutorial and script materials online short videos in collobration with the Video Production Intern

  * Propose and create additional materials throughout the semester in collaboration with the Student Outreach Coordinators and rest of the board as necessary

Qualifications:

  * Current or recently graduated student (within the past year).

  * Part-time commitment of 10 hours per week.

  * Detail-oriented, able to take instruction, take initiative and work with minimal supervision.

  * Strong research capabilities.

  * Strong writing and editing skills.

  * Strong background or interest in social justice issues, particularly in its connection to anti-violence work.

  * Creativity and flexibility.

  * Outgoing and friendly personality.

  * Knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Office.

  * Knowledge or willingness to learn basic html to upload finished content to website.

  * Must be able to work some evenings, including one face-to-face weekly meeting with a Student Outreach Coordinator (date and time to be determined).

  * Majority of work will be done remotely, reliable internet access a must.

This internship is unpaid but we do offer one need-based scholarship for $600 available for qualified students. If you're interested in the Founders' Scholarship, please note this in your cover letter and we will send you the scholarship application. 


Please also let us know if you will be seeking school credit for this internship.


To apply please send a cover letter, telling us about yourself and why you're interested in joining SAFER, with a resume to:
christine@safercampus.org.

Posted by: Jerin

Volunteer Opportunity: Video Production Internship


Job Title:
Video Production Internship

Organization:
Students Active for Ending Rape

Description:
Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER) provides community organizing, training and ongoing support for college and university students working to improve their schools’ sexual assault prevention and response activities. By offering students leadership training, resources and education in how sexual violence intersects with race, class, culture and gender, SAFER empowers student activists to mobilize their communities and push school administrations to take action.  Through these efforts, students across the country can begin to build a larger movement that will have widespread effects on the perception and response to sexual violence on a societal level. SAFER is looking for high energy, dependable, organized and team-oriented interns for for the fall semester. These internships are 14 weeks long, from early September through early December; however, exact start and end dates are flexible.

SAFER is an all-volunteer run organization. Students of color, LGBTQ students, low income students and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Passionate applicants only.

Video Production Internship

Responsibilities:

  * Collaborate with Social Justice Writing Intern to develop storyboards and scripts for videos.

  * Shoot footage for several purposes (i.e., students' stories, policy changes and tips to run successful campaigns).

  * Film SAFER events and trainings.

  * Edit existing footage and new footage and sounds into short videos to serve as training teasers.

  * Meet an agreed-upon goal of the number of videos to be produced for the semester (for example, 5 complete 3-5 minute videos, to be determined).

  * Improve upon SAFER’s YouTube channel.

  * Collaborate with both Student Outreach Coordinators, other interns and volunteers and rest of Board of Directors as necessary

Qualifications:

  * Current or recently graduated student (within the past year).

  * Part-time commitment of 10 hours per week.

  * Detail-oriented, able to take instruction, take initiative and work with minimal supervision.

  * Strong background or interest in social justice issues, particularly in its connection to anti-violence work.

  * Strong research capabilities.

  * Creativity and flexibility.

  * Outgoing and friendly personality.

  * Must have experience and knowledge of editing film and sound.

  * Must have access to film editing software either at home or at school.

  * Knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Office, and social networking sites including Facebook, YouTube and MySpace.

  * Knowledge or willingness to learn basic HTML to upload finished content to website.

  * Must be able to work some evenings, including one face-to-face weekly meeting with a Student Outreach Coordinator (date and time to be determined).

  * Majority of work will be done remotely, reliable internet access a must.

This internship is unpaid but we do offer one need-based scholarship for $600 available for qualified students. If you're interested in the Founders' Scholarship, please note this in your cover letter and we will send you the scholarship application. 


Please also let us know if you will be seeking school credit for this internship.


To apply please send a cover letter, telling us about yourself and why you're interested in joining SAFER, with a resume to:
christine@safercampus.org.

Posted by: Jerin

Volunteer Opportunity: The Ashley Burczak Organizing Internship


Job Title:
The Ashley Burczak Organizing Internship

Organization:
Students Active for Ending Rape

Description:
Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER) provides community organizing, training and ongoing support for college and university students working to improve their schools’ sexual assault prevention and response activities. By offering students leadership training, resources and education in how sexual violence intersects with race, class, culture and gender, SAFER empowers student activists to mobilize their communities and push school administrations to take action.  Through these efforts, students across the country can begin to build a larger movement that will have widespread effects on the perception and response to sexual violence on a societal level. SAFER is looking for high energy, dependable, organized and team-oriented interns for for the fall semester. These internships are 14 weeks long, from early September through early December; however, exact start and end dates are flexible.

SAFER is an all-volunteer run organization. Students of color, LGBTQ students, low income students and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Passionate applicants only.

The Ashley Burczak Organizing Internship

Responsibilities:

  * Conducting student outreach in the following ways:

  *  Responding to student inquiries.

  *  Reaching out to campuses who have had a recent sexual assault related incident covered by the press.

  *  Following up on ongoing campaigns.

  *  Ensuring that contacts are accurately uploaded in our database.

  * Developing new marketing (online and in print) materials to promote our programming (brochures, stickers and t-shirts for example)

  * Assisting one of the Student Outreach Coordinators in organizing SAFER’s activist mentoring program

  * Representing SAFER at community events and assisting with event planning

  * Contributing to SAFER’s blog as a source of information for student activists (Commitment of one blog post per week)

  * Propose and create additional projects and materials throughout the semester in collaboration with the Student Outreach Coordinators and rest of the board as necessary

Qualifications:

  * Current or recently graduated student (within the past year).

  * Part-time commitment of 10 hours per week.

  * Detail-oriented, able to take instruction, take initiative and work with minimal supervision.

  * Strong research capabilities.

  * Strong writing and editing skills.

  * Strong background or interest in social justice issues, particularly in its connection to anti-violence work.

  * Creativity and flexibility.

  * Outgoing and friendly personality.

  * Knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Office.

  * Knowledge or willingness to learn basic HTML to upload finished content to website.

  * Must be able to work some evenings, including one face-to-face weekly meeting with a Student Outreach Coordinator (date and time to be determined).

  * Majority of work will be done remotely, reliable internet access a must.

This internship is unpaid but we do offer one need-based scholarship for $600 available for qualified students. If you're interested in the Founders' Scholarship, please note this in your cover letter and we will send you the scholarship application. 


Please also let us know if you will be seeking school credit for this internship.


To apply please send a cover letter, telling us about yourself and why you're interested in joining SAFER, with a resume to:
christine@safercampus.org.

Posted by: Jerin

From Twitter 08-30-2009



RT @HappyFeminist & on the 7th day, the HF rested. But was awakened by a strange call at 8am. Resting til I hand keys back to cat owner...
@sassbutt So glad you had fun. Wish she stayed :(
RT @sassbutt Republicans keep bitching: Dems will use Kennedy's death to push health care reform. They won't 'use' it - it's what he wanted!
Smells of NYC - Jason Logan maps a variety of odors in Manhattan, from its northernmost end to its southern tip. http://tiny.cc/9MFLw
Thu, 9/3, 6:30pm: Crimes Against Women & the Race for Manhattan DA: Join the National Organization for Women-New.. http://bit.ly/39kWf2


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Sunday, August 30, 2009

From Twitter 08-29-2009



@TheUndomestic Ah...just saw it. Plz feel free to call me next time. Can''t always check Twitter. Hope you feel better :)
@reprodocs Thank you so much for the Fri love. Sorry I was at work until 9pm & just writing back now :(
had wonderful meeting w/ Korean feminist who video taped conversation w/ me & other US feminists to take back to Korea http://tiny.cc/llYBE
@HappyFeminist Grab a woman & go to the men's room. I've done it many times
@desifeminista Oh, no! Hope you feel better soon
3,000 NYers raised their voices in Times Square today for health care reform http://tiny.cc/cqn6U (via Naral NY)
Feminist Majority Foundation Defends Targeted Nebraska Abortion Provider: Feminist Majority Foundation Defends T.. http://bit.ly/3FF4Al
@ClinicEscort You are all of our hero!
Rt @ClinicEscort Almost as sick as terrorists taking her photo. RT @operationrescue: sick when proaborts cheer when mom goes in 2 kill baby


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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Feminist Majority Foundation Defends Targeted Nebraska Abortion Provider


Feminist Majority Foundation Defends Targeted Nebraska Abortion Provider
 
The Feminist Majority Foundation joined pro-choice supporters nationwide in announcing their full support of Dr. Leroy Carhart and the Abortion and Contraception Clinic of Nebraska at a press conference in Omaha, Nebraska today. Pro-choice supporters from 16 states are defending the clinic. Dr. Carhart had traveled to Wichita each month to work with Dr. Tiller, who was assassinated in May.
Katherine Spillar, Executive Vice President of the Feminist Majority Foundation, joined Dr. Carhart and national pro-choice leaders including Terry O'Neill, National President of the National Organization for Women, at the Omaha press conference today. NARAL Pro-Choice America, the National Abortion Federation, and Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health also joined in support. "Anti-abortion extremists are trying to win on the streets what they have lost at the ballot box," said Spillar. "The Feminist Majority Foundation and its thousands of supporters nationwide are determined to defend Dr. Carhart and his courageous staff to keep this clinic safe and open."
The pro-choice press conference today in Omaha was in direct response to Operation Rescue of Wichita initiating targeted demonstrations and so-called "street counseling" in Omaha and at Dr. Carhart's Bellevue clinic this weekend. Troy Newman of Operation Rescue has announced a new multi-group campaign called "Keep it Closed," which aims to ensure Dr. Carhart does not open a late abortion clinic in Wichita, any other place in Kansas, or nearby Nebraska. And Newman hoped "through the use of peaceful, legal means" that Dr. Carhart "will soon be out of the abortion business for good."
 
The Nebraska State Health Department has confirmed that a complaint was filed by several anti-abortion groups, including Operation Rescue, against Dr. Carhart on many of the same allegations previously used to investigate Dr. Tiller. All such complaints filed against Dr. Tiller ultimately failed.
 
Dr. Carhart stated emphatically at the press conference that all patients will be seen today. Wearing a "Trust Women" button, he asserted he would not be intimidated and knows he provides a vital medical service.
 
Katherine Spillar continued, "In this country, we must not settle political differences of opinion by what amounts to a campaign of intimidation."
"Since the election of President Barack Obama, and now even more so since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller at his church in Wichita, Kansas, threats are escalating against abortion clinics in some 14 states," said Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation. "For example, in Colorado, Donald Hertz has just been indicted for threatening Dr. Hern and his family. The constant vilifying of reproductive health providers as murderers is not only inflammatory, but is also contrary to established medical practices that save women's lives. Worse yet, it emboldens potential assassins."
 


 
The Feminist Majority Foundation conducts the largest project in the United States to reduce violence and intimidation against abortion providers and to keep clinics safe and open.
 

From Twitter 08-28-2009



@HappyFeminist Join the insomnia club
@TheUndomestic Yes, I love NYC
Kidnapped woman hidden in CA backyard for 18 years. Married couple charged w/ #SexualAssault, among other charges http://tiny.cc/Y9fTW
RT @WomensRights Behind Bars: Human Trafficking Survivor Serves Life Without Parole http://bit.ly/2ibJBS (Care2.com)
Still up. Darn this insomnia!
RT @CTrouper Women three times more likely to be arrested for domestic violence http://bit.ly/IU11d women arrested 3/10 incidents, men 1/10
@niche You must know this, but just in case: The Original Cuppycake Video http://bit.ly/dCsnh
RT @ShelbyKnox TRUST WOMEN. Stand against anti-choice extremism. http://git.to/u #prochoice (Join the virtual vigil for Dr. Carhart!)
The NYC Women's Resource Network: Cool resource for New York City Dwellers:"The NYC Women's Resource Network, pr.. http://bit.ly/FcPlP
@sassbutt Last one was just your subconscious. Your mom wouldn't say that.
@sassbutt Believe your grandma
Planned Parenthood Newsletter: Planned Parenthood E-Newsletter - August 2009 Trouble viewing images? Read our e-.. http://bit.ly/4ta8T2
RT @erintothemax From CNN: Operation Rescue scales back at Dr. Carhart's clinic because of NOW activists. http://tinyurl.com/mc4sw9
RT @reprodocs Facebookers standing wi Dr #Carhart against anti-choice protesters. Help us get 150 http://bit.ly/nlU7o #p2 #fem2 #prochoice
press conference to support Dr #Carhart happening now. live tweets frm @rhrealitycheck #FollowFriday #p2 #fem2 #prochoice #topprog
RT @ClinicEscort met Terry O'Neill & Katherine Spillar at Dr #Carhart's this morn. So great to have national leaders standing tall with us!
RT @WomensRights Nebraska Attorney General Lambasts Carhart, Supports Aim of Extremist Anti-choicers http://bit.ly/3QLu4b
NOW Stands with Dr. Carhart in Nebraska, Calls for Protection for Clinics Across U.S.: For Immediate Re.. http://bit.ly/12ieqU


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Friday, August 28, 2009

The NYC Women's Resource Network

Cool resource for New York City Dwellers:

"The NYC Women's Resource Network, previously known as the NYC Directory of Women's Resources, is a free, user-friendly database of over 1,000 nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies that work to advance and benefit women and families in New York City.

You can tailor your search by keyword, category, and/or borough to receive a customized listing of organizations that address your needs."

Posted by: Jerin

Action Alert: Virtual Rally to Support Pro-Choice Dr. Leroy Carhart

NARAL Pro-Choice America is having a virtual rally in support of Dr. Carhart against violent anti-choice protesters. Check out simple things you can do.

Posted by: Jerin

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

NOW Launches Action-Oriented Blog on Women's Equality Day



The National Organization for Women
NOW Launches Action-Oriented Blog on Women's Equality Day
"These splendid people are hungry, hungry. Oh, for more power to give out the truth!"
— Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1875

The National Organization for Women is proud to celebrate Women's Equality Day this year by launching Say It, Sister! — a new blog designed to inform, inspire and instigate feminist activism.
Women's Equality Day marks the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote. For more than 70 years, the foremothers of feminism campaigned for women's equality at the polls, and they finally achieved victory in 1920.
Nearly a century later, the ballot box remains vital to protecting and advancing women's rights, but the way we educate voters and petition our government has changed dramatically. The Internet has brought us unprecedented organizing power, and there's little doubt that suffragists like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth would have welcomed this tremendous opportunity to amplify their voices and reach out to women across the country and around the globe.
In the tradition of those great feminists, Say It, Sister! will bring women's rights supporters together to motivate and strengthen each other in our mission to end all forms of sex discrimination. The blog will serve as a place where NOW leaders speak their minds, call women and men to action, encourage feedback and facilitate a lively (no doubt) dialogue.
"I am thrilled to launch NOW's blog, Say It, Sister!, on Women's Equality Day," said NOW Action Vice President Erin Matson. "As Elizabeth Cady Stanton said so long ago, there are many hungry people out there. Well, now we have this incredible power to nourish them and point them in the right direction to make change, and that's just what we plan to do!"
The NOW blog is located at www.now.org/blog





August 26 is Women's Equality Day: Instituted by Bella Abzug & first established in 1971

Happy Women's Equality Day!
Bella Abzug
August 26 is Women's Equality Day.
Instituted by Bella Abzug and first established in 1971, the date commemorates the August 26, 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women in the United States the right to vote.
Bella is a Hunter alumna, and started her political career as the undergraduate student government president of Hunter College.

Posted by, Jerin Alam, National NOW Young Feminist Task Force, NOW – NYS Young Feminist Task Force Chair, National Organization for Women (NOW)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Action Alert: Fri, 8/28: Help Support Free CUNY Tuition This Friday!


Although I'm not making any formal endorsement for any mayoral candidates yet, I love the idea of a FREE CUNY again.


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This is James Trimarco, Communications Director for Tony Avella's

campaign for Mayor of New York City. I wanted to make sure you

know that Councilman Avella supports working towards

the reinstatement of free tuition at CUNY.

No other Mayoral candidate this year comes close to

Tony in terms of supporting CUNY.

As Friday is the first day of classes, we'd like to have Tony stand

outside Hunter College—his alma mater—with a group of CUNY

students who support free CUNY Tuition, and talk about the history

and importance of this issue. This event will get media attention

and help raise awareness about CUNY issues.

Do you think you could come out and join us at Hunter College

this Friday at 11:00 am? We are looking for many students to stand

with us, and also for one or two who'd like to speak about their

struggles with rising tuition costs.

If you would like to be involved, please write me at

james@tonyavellaformayor.com.

You can learn more about our campaign at http://cts.vresp.com/c/?TonyAvellaForMayor/1d1f4f821c/b8316e9d67/779bad278d.

Let's Stand Together,

James Trimarco
Communications Director
Tony Avella 2009

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This is Equality?


National Organization for Women
Ridicule. Ostracism. Abuse. Imprisonment.
It took women 72 years of ceaseless campaigning to finally win the right to vote in 1920.
This Wednesday, August 26, Women's Equality Day, marks that anniversary. But I don't have to tell you that we have a long haul before women are truly equal.
Sign me up for the Feminist Action Network
Celebrate women's right to vote by becoming a Feminist Action Network member. With a small monthly donation of just $10 or $15, you can support our work toward the next landmark in equal rights and opportunities for women.
So, what do we have to work on? Well, to start:

This is Equality?
  • Women only make $.78 to a man's dollar. Could you use the extra 22 cents?
  • The U.S. has no guaranteed medical leave for childbirth; we're trailing 168 countries in the company of only Lesotho, Liberia, Papua New Guinea and Swaziland.
  • The U.S. is near the bottom of the list -- again -- in our public support for quality childcare for children of working parents.
  • Women only make up 16% of our representatives in Congress.
  • And our right to safe, accessible, legal abortion is threatened by hostile state legislators as well as by domestic terrorists who intimidate, harass and even kill health care providers.
If you can't become a monthly partner, please consider a one-time donation to support our work. Every contribution, large or small, puts us a step closer to the resources we need to keep up the fight.
Our network of grassroots activists is holding our allies in Congress accountable for their campaign promises, but we need to keep the pressure on to remedy the losses of the past eight years.
donate today
I can't guarantee it will be easy, but with members and supporters like you, we will be here for that long haul.
For equality,
Terry
Terry O'Neill
NOW President

NOW President Terry O'Neill to Stand with Reproductive Health Care Providers, Defenders in Nebraska

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Lisa Bennett, 202-628-8669, ext. 123;

NOW President Terry O'Neill to Stand with
Reproductive Health Care Providers, Defenders in

Nebraska

"Since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in May,

anti-abortion forces have set their sights on Dr. LeRoy

Carhart. Operation Rescue plans to besiege

Dr. Carhart's Nebraska clinic this weekend in an

attempt to terrorize the clinic workers and

their patients, with the ultimate goal of closing down

the facility," said NOW President Terry O'Neill.

"Because NOW believes that it is every woman's right

to have access to the full range of reproductive

health care, I will be there to stand with leaders

and activists from NOW and other organizations

to help defend these brave providers."

What: Clinic Defense and Counter-Protest of

Anti-Abortion Demonstrations

Who:
Dr. LeRoy Carhart, Owner and Provider,

Abortion & Contraception Clinic of Nebraska
Terry O'Neill, President, National Organization

for Women
Katherine Spillar, Executive Vice President,

Feminist Majority Foundation
Debra Sweet, National Director, World Can't Wait

When:
Press Conference: Fri, Aug. 28, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Clinic Defense and Counter-Demonstration:

Fri-Sat, Aug. 28-29, 7:00 a.m. - closing

Where:
Abortion & Contraception Clinic of Nebraska
1002 W. Mission Avenue, Bellevue, Nebraska

"Clinic violence and harassment are domestic terrorism,

plain and simple. The hateful rhetoric and attacks have

grown bolder this year. As we prepare to stand in

peaceful support of women's rights in Nebraska,

we know that every clinic in the United States is a

potential target," said O'Neill. "I call on the Obama

administration to respond to this threat using

the strongest means possible, to prosecute

the criminals, their funders and their co-conspirators,

and to protect every provider, worker and patient across

this nation."

Learn more about NOW's efforts to

defend Dr. Carhart's clinic.



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Jerin Alam
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force
NOW – NYS Young Feminist Task Force Chair
National Organization for Women (NOW)

Action Alert: Urgent: Dr. Carhart new target of Operation Rescue

Dear Jerin,

Urgent Action is Needed Now!

Make a special, tax-deductible contribution

Keep this Clinic Open Protest Image

Half of your contribution will go toward Dr. Carhart's clinic security, and the other half will support the Feminist Majority Foundation's efforts to help keep targeted and embattled clinics nationwide safe and open.

Operation Rescue of Wichita, Kansas has a new target: Dr. Leroy Carhart and his clinic in Bellevue, Nebraska. Dr. Carhart had traveled to Wichita each month to work with Dr. Tiller, who was murdered in May. Dr. Carhart needs our help now. The situation is urgent.

Troy Newman of Operation Rescue has announced a new multi-group campaign called "Keep it Closed," which aims to make sure Dr. Carhart does not open a late abortion clinic in Wichita, any other place in Kansas, or nearby Nebraska. And Newman hoped "through the use of peaceful, legal means" that Dr. Carhart "will soon be out of the abortion business for good." Operation Rescue is initiating targeted demonstrations and so-called "street counseling" in Omaha and at Carhart's Bellevue clinic August 28-29.

We must do all we can to keep Dr. Carhart and his staff safe and his clinic safe and open.

You can help Dr. Carhart and his embattled clinic by making an emergency, tax-deductible contribution today. Half of your contribution will go directly to Dr. Carhart's clinic to defray the increased legal and skyrocketing security costs - a new metal detector to screen everyone entering the clinic, more security cameras, and other enhanced security measures.

And the other half of your emergency contribution will support our efforts to help keep this clinic and other targeted and embattled clinics nationwide safe and open. Since Dr. Tiller's murder, hostile activities towards clinics are increasing in more than 10 states against abortion providers.

We are working closely with Dr. Carhart, his clinic staff, federal and local law enforcement, and pro-choice community volunteers to prepare for the Operation Rescue-led demonstrations.

Escalating activities targeting Dr. Carhart and his staff eerily resemble the harassment of Dr. Tiller. Operation Rescue has posted photos of Dr. Carhart on their website and has submitted a formal request to Nebraska's Attorney General to investigate Dr. Carhart on many of the same allegations previously used to investigate Dr. Tiller.

Dr. Carhart needs our help. Without clinics, there can be no choice for women. Please make a special tax-deductible emergency contribution now.

Together, we can make a difference.

For Women's Lives,

Eleanor Smeal

Eleanor Smeal
President

P.S. Dr. Carhart needs our help now. Keep this doctor and his staff safe and his clinic open - and help clinics nationwide.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Action Alert: Afghan Women and Girls Need Our Help

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Continued Threats to Afghan Women Require Support in U.S. and Worldwide

Afghan Women and Girls Need Our Help
After taking action, please support our work!
If there is a hell on earth for women and girls, it surely must be found in Afghanistan. Desperate poverty persists and gender-based violence is increasing. Nearly 200 schools have been bombed or set on fire and school girls have had acid thrown in their faces. Illiteracy is over 80 percent among women, and the country has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. Many women are still forced to wear the total body cover of the burka and may not leave home without a male escort. There is an epidemic of suicide among young women who set themselves on fire to escape the severe repression and poverty that they face. A new law, criticized as a trade for votes from the Shia religious minority in the presidential campaign, strips away Shia women's recently guaranteed constitutional rights.
Action Needed:
The Afghan Women Empowerment Act, S. 229, sponsored by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), would give Afghan women and girls a chance at a better life with more opportunities. Please send a message to your senators asking them to co-sponsor and take a leadership role on passing S. 229. Use our formatted message or write one of your own.
Background:
Despite the various efforts made by the United Nations and the U.S. government to improve the lives of women and girls in war-torn Afghanistan, little progress has been made. Hospitals and clinics are scarce, poorly staffed and dramatically under-equipped. Women, especially those in the rural areas, do not have access to even the most basic health care services. Currently, Afghanistan has a very high maternal and infant mortality rate; for every six births, one mother will die as a result of inadequate access to medical attention.
Even though women were granted certain rights in a new national constitution, Afghan women face violence and intimidation in their everyday lives. Oppression of women has increased recently as a result of the resurgence of the Taliban and other religious extremists. These groups have been responsible for scores of attacks against school girls and teachers to prevent them from obtaining an education. In certain parts of Afghanistan, women must still wear the head-to-toe burka and are constrained from participating in public life.
Take action NOW!
Bowing to pressure from religious extremists, President Hamid Karzai has backed the Personal Status Law permitting Shia men to deny their wives food and sustenance if they refuse to obey their husbands' sexual demands. The final version of the legislation also grants guardianship of children exclusively to fathers and grandfathers and requires women to get permission from their husbands to work. Further, the law allows rapists to avoid prosecution by paying victims who are injured while being raped! International public outrage as well as an outcry from Afghan women's rights leaders earlier this year caused Karzai to reconsider this barbaric set of proposals. Karzai was criticized for backing the regressive Personal Status Law as being a trade for votes from the Shia minority, which constitutes about 20 percent of the country's 33 million population. But the new law quietly took effect on July 27, with little improvement, according to Human Rights Watch.
Other news is somewhat more positive. Thanks to continuing pressure from women's rights activists in Afghanistan and abroad, there has been a positive action in the Parliament that suggests there is some hope for Afghan women. In mid-July, President Karzai signed a bill which would punish those who perpetrate violence against women. Under this bill, men who have prevented women from getting an education, working, or obtaining healthcare can be punished for up to six months in prison. This is a commendable act by the Afghan government, but it is not nearly enough. And, as we have seen in other countries, laws to protect women are often ignored.
Passage of the Afghan Women Empowerment Act (S. 229) is crucial. This bill will fully commit the U.S. government in helping advance the rights and well-being of Afghan women. It will provide necessary equipment, medical supplies, and other healthcare assistance in order to reduce maternal and infant mortality. Women and children will have greater access to life-saving immunizations. Constant exposure to violence can have detrimental effects on the mental health of women; this bill will establish programs to provide mental health services.
In addition, S. 229 would establish primary and secondary schools for girls that will offer mathematics, sciences, and languages as well as expand technical and vocational training for women to develop skills needed to support their families. Funding would be provided for programs to protect women and girls against various forms of violence such as sexual assault, physical abuse, trafficking, abduction, and exploitation. This includes developing emergency shelters for women and girls who are facing danger and violence.
We have an opportunity to make a substantial difference in the lives of Afghan women and girls. Contact your senators and ask them to co-sponsor and help pass the Afghan Women Empowerment Act (S. 229) that will help offer millions of women a chance to live a better life.
Read more about the status of Afghan women


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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sat, 9/26: Imagine a World without Sexual Violence: Come Celebrate With Project ENVISION

Date: Saturday, September 26,2009
Time: 11am - 3pm
Location: McCarren Park at the Field House, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Organization:
Project ENVISION Williamsburg Coalition

Topic:
Come Celebrate With Project ENVISION

Description:
Imagine a World without Sexual Violence


Come welcome us to the neighborhood and enjoy food, speakers, a raffle and fun!

48% of the Williamsburg residents surveyed experienced sexual violence after the age of 15.

Project ENVISION is dedicated to sexual violence prevention through community involvement. We are community members invested in creating a safe and inclusive environment free from violence.


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Posted by,
Jerin Alam
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force
NOW – NYS Young Feminist Task Force Chair
National Organization for Women (NOW)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Action Alert: Defend Dr. Carhart's Clinic Next Weekend!

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Defend Dr. Carhart's Clinic Next Weekend!
Women need you in Nebraska!
After taking action, please support our work!
Action Needed:
1. Join NOW President Terry O'Neill in Nebraska to defend Dr. LeRoy Carhart's women's health clinic on Friday and Saturday, August 28-29, with Kansas and Nebraska NOW.
2. Send your thanks to Dr. Carhart for his steadfast commitment to trusting women.
3. Sign NOW's Pledge for Reproductive Freedom.

"Dr. Carhart saves women's lives, and we need to stand with abortion providers like Dr. Carhart to say that his life is precious, too," says NOW President Terry O'Neill. "Please join me in Nebraska to stand with a man whose compassion and dedication make it possible for women to own their lives."
Background:
Defend Abortion Rights at Dr. Carhart's Clinic August 28-29
Lies, intimidation and threats further a climate of violence and murderous terrorism against women's fundamental reproductive rights -- and women need you to join NOW's grassroots activists in Nebraska. Defend Dr. Carhart's clinic with NOW President Terry O'Neill on August 28 and 29.

Kansas NOW and Nebraska NOW are organizing a peaceful clinic defense to counter a demonstration by Operation Rescue. Roll up the map, start packing up your car and get details for how you can help at the Kansas NOW website.
Send Your Thanks to Dr. Carhart
Less than three months after the cold-blooded murder of Dr. George Tiller in his own church, violent anti-abortion extremists have intensified focus on Dr. LeRoy Carhart, an abortion provider and ardent defender of women's fundamental right to the full range of reproductive health services.

Dr. Carhart has continuously stood up for women. We must not only stand up for him, but also thank him for his continued commitment to all women, including women whose lives depend on having a late-term abortion. Send your thanks to Dr. Carhart now.
Sign NOW's Pledge for Reproductive Freedom
If you haven't done so already, take a moment to sign NOW's Pledge for Reproductive Freedom. As activists, we must redouble our efforts to maintain safe and legal access to abortion and birth control.

Signing the pledge affirms you will not let women be intimidated by a right-wing movement perpetuating and condoning terrorism against women's clinics and health care professionals across the country. Sign NOW's Pledge for Reproductive Freedom.



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GirlPower~Voices of a Generation: Teen Feminist Play

I just wanted to share with you information about a play which just made it into the Fringe Festival. It's an off-broadway play happening for the next few days. It's a monologue play called GirlPower: Voices of a Generation where girls in the play range from young teen to young twenties write and perform their own material. The play is about empowering females, especially teenage girls.  It addresses many social issues such as media and the effects on females and all of the good and bad that comes with becoming a young woman. 
 
Since then the play has became so popular it has made it into the Fringe Festival (similar to the Tribeca Film Festival, but for plays). If the show is a huge success, the actresses will get more subsequent, bigger roles as a result.  What better way to be entertained than to do it while helping these aspiring actresses?  If you're not interested, but know of someone who might be please spread the word.  It's really worth while. 
 
So here are the details:
 
Performances will take place at:
 The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center
  107 Suffolk St .
  New York , NY 10002
 
Showtimes:
            Sunday 8/23 at 5:00pm
            Monday 8/24 at 5:00pm
 
Tickets: $15 which can be purchased at the door, but if you'd like you can visit www.FringeNYC.org for tickets and venue info.
 
Actual show description: Bold, smart, fresh.  For teens, by teens.  GirlPower: Voices of a Generation is an empowering, ensemble- driven collection of words written and performed by teenagers, struggling with issues they face growing up in today's world.  Through monologues and spoken word, the young women share their perspectives on love, relationships, the future, creating social change and finding power through theatre.
 
P.S.  guys found it funny too!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Conference: Oct 4-5, 2009, Women, Money, Power Summit

Please register today for what will be a cutting-edge feminist summit long overdue. We are bringing together a great combination of feminist leaders, thinkers, speakers, and activists. You won't want to miss it -- I promise!
For Equality,
Feminist Majority, Women, Money & Power Summit on October 4 - 5, 2009
Posted by,
Jerin Alam
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force
NOW – NYS Young Feminist Task Force Chair
National Organization for Women (NOW)

Volunteer: NYC Grassroots Media Coalition: Call for Volunteer Organizers

Looking to get involved with a local media justice organization or know someone who calls media justice their jam?

Please spread the word...

CALL FOR VOLUNTEER ORGANIZERS: NYC Grassroots Media Coalition

Who: A growing alliance of media makers, artists, independent media organizations and community-based organizations who are interested in working towards a more democratic media in NYC.
What: The NYC Grassroots Media Coalition operates as a volunteer collective. Decisions are made based on the consensus model.

When:  We will have a big meeting for all current and potential organizers on Wednesday, September 23rd, at 7pm (location TBD). Our meetings and activities are ongoing, and our big annual conference will be in March 2010.
Come out and help organize important media gatherings in NYC! Get to know grassroots media makers and social justice organizers from around the city while working to change our city's media landscape. Network, learn about media and make friends!

We're looking for people to join our core organizing team. Starting in late September, you'll work closely with other organizers to make this the most diverse and exciting GMC yet. So come & learn about the organizing process and meet the rest of the group.

The NYC Grassroots Media Conference organizing committee actively seeks participation from different ethnic and racial backgrounds, sexual orientations, classes and physical abilities.

If interested in joining the collective, please email: volunteer@nycgrassrootsmedia.org
Posted by,
Jerin Alam
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force
NOW – NYS Young Feminist Task Force Chair
National Organization for Women (NOW)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Laughter is the reason for RAPE?

I just read the following definition of Lulz on urbandictionary.com and I feel sick.

Beginning as a plural variant of lol, Lulz was originally an exclamation but is now often used as a noun meaning interesting or funny internet content.
Lol -> lul; lols -> luls; lolz -> lulz.

Lulz is the one good reason to do anything, from trolling to rape.

Tell Urban Dictionary
how you feel about this definition. This is what I wrote:

I find this definition extremely offensive. With 1/4 women & 1/6 men in college being sexually assaulted, it is insensitive, to say the least.

Posted by,
Jerin Alam
National NOW YFTF
NOW-NYS YFTF Chair

Action Alert: Sign the Petition to Support Reproductive Health Care

http://prch.org/petitionforhealthcarereform

Sign the Petition to Support Reproductive Health Care
Sign the Petition to Support Reproductive Health Care
Your members of Congress are home for August, and they are under attack from those who want to destroy health care reform.

We need to speak up for reproductive health now, or our voices will be drowned out.

Sign PRCH's petition calling for the inclusion of reproductive health care in health reform. We will hand-deliver the petition to senators and representatives at their home offices this August. Can you add your name?

Tell Congress that patients need reform that covers reproductive health care. We can't let women's health get left behind.

Want to do more? After you sign the petition, you can sign up to help deliver it in person and meet with your members of Congress.

Thank you for lending your name to this crucial effort. Please forward this petition widely.

Sincerely,

Suzanne T. Poppema, MD
Chair, Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health


Sign this petition
Sign this petition and notify:
Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health
Women and families depend on comprehensive reproductive health care to stay healthy and safe. Under health care reform, every patient -- in any private or public plan -- must have affordable coverage for all reproductive health services. To ensure that patients receive the reproductive health care they need, health reform must enable physicians to provide coordinated, integrated, patient-centered, primary health care. Without these changes and coverage for reproductive health care, health reform will leave millions of women behind.
Sign this petition
Sign this Petition!
Instructions:
 
Tell-A-Friend:
Visit the web address below to tell your friends about this.
 Tell-a-Friend!
 
What's At Stake:
Four committees in the House and Senate have voted on health care reform bills and amendments to the bills so far. Numerous amendments would have restricted access to abortion, contraception, and other reproductive health services.
Many PRCH members and supporters called their senators and representatives to urge them to vote against the amendments. All but the most inconsequential of these amendments were defeated.
Physicians' voices have made a difference, but the fight is not over.
Members of Congress go home in August to hear from their constituents. We must keep up the pressure to enact health reform that protects and expands reproductive health care.
Sign the petition, share it with your colleagues, and help us deliver the signatures.
With your help, health care reform can succeed!
 
Campaign Expiration Date:
October 26, 2009
 


 
If you received this message from a friend, you can sign up for PRCH.
 
 
Posted by,
Jerin Alam
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force
NOW – NYS Young Feminist Task Force Chair
National Organization for Women (NOW)