Monday, February 28, 2011

Wed, 3/2: Feminist Award Ceremony to benefit Hollaback! I am receiving award!

Please join me at a fundraiser for Hollaback!, http://ihollaback.org, which has been revolutionizing the way we look at and deal with street harassment - a form of sexual violence. 

5th Annual Women's Awards
Wednesday, March 2 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Stonewall Inn: 53 Christopher Street, NY, NY 10014, (at 7th Ave South)
Take the 1 train to Christopher Street stop or take the A,B,C,D,E,F or M to West 4th. 
Phone:  212-488-2705
Sliding-scale-suggested Donation: $25, $50, $75 or $100. 
Proceeds to benefit HollaBackNYC http://nyc.ihollaback.org/ 


I really hope this doesn't seem like shameless self promotion, since I truly believe in Hollaback and hope you will support this great cause.  Here is a recent article on the organization, which Ms. Magazine wrote in collaboration with The Ms. Foundation.
http://foundation.org/resources/multimedia/voices-from-the-field-hollaback

I am originally from Bangladesh, where my cousins cannot leave the house unescorted by a man because of the severity of street harassment.  I cannot imagine living in such entrapment.  Hollaback! has done amazing work in NY and is continuing their work throughout the world - including in Egypt!  Another reason I love Hollaback! - I learned of the organization through Kate Mikuliak, a past President of the Hunter College Women's Rights Coalition, who mentored me when I became president of the student club.  The Women's Rights Coalition helped me channel my anger against sexism through positive means, and helped foster my life-long love of feminist activism. 

Sincerely,
N. Jerin Arifa
National NOW Board of Directors
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force, Chair
NOW – NYS Young Feminist Task Force, Chair
National Organization for Women (NOW)
www.now.org

Board Member
Bella Abzug Leadership Institute
www.abzuginstitute.org


From the organizer, Yetta Kurland:

This year the Women's Awards will be honoring some very incredible women.  They include Eileen Dunn who has been a staunch champion for the fight for St. Vincent's, Natasha Dillon: a fearless leader in our community, Dr. Barbara Bowen: a role model who has paved the way for many of us, Jeanne Wilcke: an inspiration and true leader for downtown Manhattan, and N. Jerin Arifa: a rising start in the National Organization for Women.

As we head into Women's History Month, I hope you will join me and our entire host committee, The Women's Democratic Club of NYC, The Jim Owles Democratic Club, GO Magazine and several celebrities including Alan Cumming, Justin Bond and many more this Wednesday, March 2nd at 7pm at the Stonewall Inn to celebrate these incredible women and our greater feminist community.

The suggested donation for the event is $25 to $100 depending on what you can pay, and will include free hors d'oeuvres, and a year's membership to the Women's Democratic Club of New York City!

To RSVP and/or buy tickets please e-mail Toni at zosherafatain@kurlandassociates.com

Please spread this around and invite others.  I look forward to having a great night with you all!

Can't see invite? http://www.yettakurland.com/mailings/womensawards2011.jpg

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