Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tell President Obama and Minority Leader Pelosi to Stand Firm Against Cuts


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Leader Pelosi to Stand Firm Against Cuts

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Finally - Nancy Pelosi is meeting with President Obama on Thursday. It's time for them to stand up together for women, children and struggling families - and don't let this be our "last stand."

Please call AND email both President Barack Obama and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and urge them to stand firm and united AGAINST slashing the heart out of community services and human needs programs -- programs that disproportionately serve and employ women - and FOR fair taxes on corporations and multi-millionaires, and FOR a jobs program that puts women as well as men back to work.

It's crunch time for the federal budget negotiations, as President Obama personally heads into meetings with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), whose signals thus far suggest he thinks the president will throw women under the bus if that's what it takes to get a budget deal. We can't let that happen -- women's economic security and lives are on the line.

How can the richest nation in the world defund programs that keep less fortunate women, children and seniors from hunger, help them go to school, heat their homes and give them a hand-up when they need it most? Promoting the general welfare does not mean padding the pockets of the wealthiest and hoping they do the right thing by creating more jobs, paying decent wages and obeying the laws. We know better.

We are thrilled that Leader Pelosi is going to have a seat at the table. We're only sorry that she wasn't included from the very beginning. Your message to the president and House leader: please work together to ensure that multi-millionaires and corporations pay their fair share of taxes, and that the federal budget is not balanced on the backs of hard-working women who need shelters and after-school programs to stay open and good jobs to support their families.

The White House comment line is 202-456-1111
Minority Leader Pelosi's phone is 202-225-4965.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tell Congress to give all students the safe campus that they deserve!

SAFER helped me and one other student propose and create the CUNY-wide-sexual-assault policy for all 480,000 students.  Hope you will sign the petition below.  Thanks.

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)

 

It's finally happening. For over 10 years SAFER has been speaking out against the rampant sexual violence on our college campuses and members of Congress are starting to listen. 

The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, S.834, H.R. 2016 (Campus SaVE Act) will require universities to take crimes such as rape, stalking, and intimate partner violence seriously. Urge your senators and representatives to co-sponsor this long-needed act!

 

Tell Congress students deserve a rape free campus.

 

Campus SaVe will improve the safety of students and their communities by requiring campus authorities to inform and assist with filing reports to local law enforcement and obtaining no-contact orders. It will also increase accountability through equal rights for all parties in the complaint, evidentiary standards, and hearing decisions. It also provides more transparency in reporting domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking incidents.

 

Help make the Campus SaVE act a reality and end campus sexual violence.

 

Universities will be required to provide vital education about sexual violence, domestic violence, and stalking throughout the school year. A new, innovative collaboration will be established between the U.S. Departments of Justice, Education, and Health & Human Services to develop best practices for campuses seeking to prevent violence.

 

Help us SaVE our campuses from violence


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Monday, June 27, 2011

NOW Conference Condemns War on Women, Calls for Better Social Security Benefits and "Medicare for All"

NOW Press Release

For Immediate Release
Contact: Latoya Veal, 202-628-8669, ext. 116

NOW Conference Condemns War on Women,
Calls for Better Social Security Benefits and "Medicare for All"

June 27, 2011

The National Organization for Women wrapped up its 45th National Conference in Tampa, Fla. on Sunday, June 26, setting NOW's policy and agenda for the coming year and looking toward the 2012 elections and beyond. Topping NOW's policy agenda are improved Social Security benefits for women and a "Medicare for All" single-payer health care system as the solution to our health and fiscal crisis, including supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders' American Health Security Act of 2011 (S 915).

"Women need jobs, not cuts," said NOW President Terry O'Neill. "We oppose any cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and any health benefits derived from the Social Security Act. And candidates who want women's support need to stand with us in support of single-payer healthcare legislation on the state and federal levels."

Celebrations erupted throughout the conference when the New York state senate passed the marriage equality bill by a 33-29 vote. "This was a historic moment," said O'Neill, "New York is the largest state to recognize same-sex marriage and we want other states to follow suit quickly. I'm proud of NOW's long-standing support for LGBT rights and even prouder that the conference passed a resolution calling for stepped-up activism for marriage equality."

Other resolutions passed on the final day of the conference included pressing for reproductive civil rights legislation, using Title IX action networks to help end sex discrimination in education, ensuring inclusion of women and girls with disabilities in the U.S. Department of State programming and more.

The conference presenters, speakers and honorees, who included influential women in politics, groundbreaking activists and leaders in the medical field, were inspiring and motivating to the hundreds of NOW leaders gathered in Tampa.

O'Neill concluded: "The energy of the women that filled the rooms made this year's NOW conference one to remember. I'm thrilled by the success of our gathering, and re-energized to win women's longtime struggle for equality."

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Reflections from a male feminist: NOW Conference 2011

The following is a post from Ken Gruberman, six-time-Grammy-award winner, Huffington Post author, and male feminist.  I was honored to moderate a panel on male feminists, where he was one of three panelists. 

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)


Right now I'm sitting in what passes as the "Business Center" here at the Embassy Suites hotel in Tampa. In a half-hour I leave for the airport, and a couple of flights back to my home in Altadena, CA — a lovely community a few minutes north of Pasadena (home of the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl) made up of artists, activists, street people, malcontents, studio musicians, environmentalists and JPL scientists. No wonder Ellen and I fit right in.

I'm reflecting on my experiences over the past few days. This was my first-ever National NOW convention, and the first time I ever presented a workshop and participated in the convention itself. My co-presenters, Micah Bochart and Ben Atherton-Zeman, along with our amazing and gracious moderator N. Jerin Arifa, have a lot more combined experience at this than I did.

As the "new kid on the block," I was amazed at the wide range of topics presented, the incredible diversity of those in the audiences (such as ethnicity, age, religious affiliation and yes, even gender!), and the intensity of emotions, thoughts and feelings from all involved. Nobody was "loafing" or just getting by at this event!

Of course I was nervous at how our workshop would be received, "Raising The Bar For Feminist Men: Promoting Equality In Relationships". I needn't have worried. We were warmly received, and everyone in our audience was attentive and "with us." As feminist men, one of the reasons we were doing the workshop was to acknowledge that the track record of feminist men hasn't always been so great. We sometimes have created more problems than not, just by being clueless as to what is really needed and wanted by women in the cause of equality, justice and recognition.

So, we took that on right at the start. We wanted people to know that they had every right to be leery about our participation, and even question our motives for being there. All 3 of us panelists had admitted, when meeting for the first time a day before the convention started, that we all had known or observed other men whose motivations was not always admirable. We were here to question, to be in an inquiry, as to why more men don't identify as feminists, what forces keep them from becoming one, and what problems arise even for those who say they are. And finally, how to distinguish the pitfalls in personal and/or romantic relationships men have with strong, self-expressed feminist women… pitfalls that can easily magnify themselves when brought into the workplace, the world at large, and "the cause." Or as I put it, "Feminism starts at home."

It was an honor and a privilege to be in the company of such amazing, talented and indefatigable women. And there were many high points for me, but one in particular stands out.

On Saturday evening, after we had finished our workshop that morning, I was in the hotel restaurant having dinner alone (yes, I know — it IS sad!), when I overheard a rather loud man sitting at the next table. He appeared to be in his mid-30s and was sitting with what appeared to be his family: wife, daughter, and mother and father. The guy was pontificating, "what IS it with these NOW people anyway? Don't they know how great women have it in this country? Why don't they just go home!"

One of the things we emphasized in our workshop was that, as feminist men, we cannot and should not stay silent when other men say stupid things. Optimally those are degrading or harassing things about women, or to women… but I felt this also qualified as a really stupid thing. So, after I paid the bill, I walked over to his table and said "pardon me for interrupting, but I couldn't help but overhear what you said about NOW a little while ago. Would you like to know just why all these people are here, including me?" (I then flashed my NOW Convention badge.) He said "sure, you tell me," and swung a little in his chair to face me, with a classic "show me what you've got" look on his face.

It wasn't hard. I reeled off the stats: how 1 in 4 women are sexually assaulted in their lifetime, how we still have less than 20 percent female representation in government, how only 15 percent of women in the entertainment industry (my field) work in writing, directing, producing jobs etc., how less than 15 percent of women comprise political commentators (and most of them are conservative), both on TV and in print, and on and on. The guy's eyes glazed over. I said "do you want me to go on?" And he said, "no, thanks, I think I get it."

And then he SHOOK MY HAND and said "thank you for explaining that to me." You should have seen the look of gratitude on his wife's face; that said it all. He then asked "when do you think the work of NOW will be done?" I said, "interesting question. I guess when there is true gender equality in the world. When 50 percent of the population is truly represented in all fields, and when gender violence is totally eliminated … then I think NOW's mission would be accomplished. I just hope I live to see that day." And I walked away.

As you might imagine, I can't wait to come back to next year's convention! And I already know what workshop I want to produce: "How to give convincing and effective PowerPoint presentations."

Ken Gruberman
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The Tech Daddy™

Marriage Equality Legislation Finds a Home in New York State

I was watching a feminist play at the National Organization for Women (NOW) National Conference http://www.now.org/organization/conference/2011/index.html when the announcement came through.  We all stood up and started cheering.

In Solidarity,
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)

June 25, 2011
 
National Organization for Women-NYS
1500 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12205
 
Press Release
 
Contact; Marcia A. Pappas, President (518-469-2661)
Marriage Equality Legislation Finds a Home in New York
Last night, the New York State Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo (D)took a giant leap forward towards equality for all by voting in favor of same-sex marriage.
National Organization for Women - New York State President Marcia Pappas explained: "NOW-NYS is proud to be part of this historic moment. This bipartisan passage of the Marriage Equality Act will make New York the sixth and largest state where same-sex couples can legally marry. The decades-long lobbying efforts of NOW and a host of other civil rights organizations has eventually paid off.  Same-sex marriage is finally a fact in New York. We rejoice for the vote and we stand proud with our Governor, Cuomo, who has advocated tirelessly for this legislation ."
Pappas added that "the timing was superb, this weekend being the big NYC Pride Parade, and for many events around the State celebrating the 42nd anniversary of Manhattan's 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, now accepted around the world as the official start of the GLBT Civil Rights movement."
Pappas summed up: "Today NOW-NYS looks forward to working with our Governor and State legislators on measures for further equality. And this long-awaited decision will set the tone for more states to follow, giving all people the ability to join in rights, responsibilities and privileges of heterosexual couples."

Action Alert: 125 chemicals before you walk out the door

Talk about unsafe!  Women use an average of 12 beauty products containing more than 125 unique chemicals every morning before they walk out the door, every day. (1) Even worse: Only 11% of chemicals in personal care products in the U.S. have been assessed for safety. 

It's so frustrating. You do everything you can to protect your family from toxic chemicals. Yet every time you wash your hair, or brush your teeth, the products you use may expose you to chemicals linked to cancer, learning disabilities, and infertility. Even products that claim to be "Natural," "Herbal," or "Organic" can't be trusted, since there is no legal definition for any of these terms. (2)

Enough is enough! It's time to give the cosmetics industry a much needed makeover. 

*Urge your U.S. House members to support the Safe Cosmetics Act now! 

http://action.momsrising.org/go/1011?akid=2804.1914546.GUlF2B&t=4

Today, Congressional leaders reintroduced the federal Safe Cosmetics Act in the House of Representatives. This bill (H.R.2359) would give the FDA the authority it needs to ensure that personal care products are free of harmful substances like lead, 1,4-dioxane and chemicals linked to cancer.

Of the 12,000 ingredients used in personal care products, only 8 have been banned since cosmetics legislation first passed in 1938. "Companies say, 'We do a lot of testing.' But they're looking for short-term effects like a rash," said Stacy Malkan, co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. "They're not looking at long-term health effects like cancer risk."(3)

The existing law, which has not been updated in 70 years, allows companies to use toxic chemicals in products we use on our bodies every day. We know that the U.S. can do better to protect our families and to remain a world leader in the marketplace!

Urge your U.S. House members to co-sponsor the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011.  

http://action.momsrising.org/go/1011?akid=2804.1914546.GUlF2B&t=6

*And, please forward this email far and wide to friends and family so they can take action too.

Together we are a powerful force for families,

---Claire, Sarah, Kristin, and the whole MomsRising Team

P.S. Wondering how to reduce your family's exposure to this type of toxic chemicals? Check out our top six safer beauty tips: http://action.momsrising.org/go/1012?akid=2804.1914546.GUlF2B&t=8.

P.P.S. To learn more about the cosmetics industry, here's "The Story of Cosmetics," a fantastic video by our friends at the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

[1] Smith, Rick and Lourie, Bruce. Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Dangers of Everyday Things. Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint, 2010. 

[2] Campaign for Safe Cosmetics: http://action.momsrising.org/go/579?akid=2804.1914546.GUlF2B&t=11

[3] The Dark Side of Beauty: http://action.momsrising.org/go/581?akid=2804.1914546.GUlF2B&t=13

Wed, July 6: NOT DEAD YET Screening Discussion

PARADIGM SHIFT: NYC'S FEMINIST COMMUNITY Proudly Presents

A Film Screening & Discussion to Unite the Generations:
NOT DEAD YET
A dramedy about life, hot flashes, and profound re-awakenings!

Featuring
SUSAN HESS LOGEAIS, Writer/Producer/Star
JENNIFER L. POZNER, Founder of Women In Media & News

NOT DEAD YET brings a dramatic new perspective to a range of women's issues rarely embraced by American cinema. 

Three women join forces to revive their acting careers, only to find themselves on a quest for something far more important.  Frustrated by the lack of roles for women over 40, they decide to create their own film, starring themselves.  As the project spins out of control, so do their lives.

Best Feature - Rhode Island International Film Festival
Best Narrative Feature - Baltimore Women's Film Festival

View the trailer!

Wednesday, July 6th
6:30 PM
Just outside the Feminist District
Roy Arias Studio - Stage IV
300 W. 43rd. St. Ste. 402 (corner of 8th Ave), NYC
Subway: A,C,E to 42nd Street/Times Square

FACEBOOK INVITE: http://on.fb.me/jMoZGB

$15 pre-paid, $20 at door
BUY TICKETS / LIMITED SEATING

PARTNERS INCLUDE:
Amy Mitten Photography 
The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership 
Women In Media and News
National Organization for Women (NOW) NY State Young Feminist Task Force

PARTNERS WELCOME:
Join as a supporting organization
Subject Line: 7/6/11 Partner

SUSAN HESS LOGEAIS
Prior to leaving the entertainment industry in 1990, Logeais had accomplished in 15 years what few people achieve in a lifetime. Beginning at the age of 17, the classically-trained ballerina spent a year performing with the Santa Francisco Ballet under Artistic Director Michael Smuin. 

Then, in 1978, the teen began a seven-year stint during which she graced over a dozen magazine covers.  In 1984, Logeais scaled back her modeling to pursue her passion: acting. During the years that followed, she co-starred in four network television movies, a Sidney Sheldon mini-series for CBS, and episodes of "Miami Vice," "Knightwatch," "Spencer: For Hire," and "Christine Cromwell."

Finally, after years of being in front of audiences and the camera, Logeais decided to step behind the lens, and began learning the craft of screenplay writing. At the same time, she formed her own production company, Two Chicks with Cameras, and co-directed and produced a series of short films. 

Then in 1992, her body rejected the breast implants she had gotten 8 ½ years earlier. Realizing how she had unwittingly inspired other women to follow her example, she convinced Allure magazine to chronicle her surgery and recovery. In addition, she appeared on a local LA television program to share her story.

Teaming up with local talent and crew, she produced her screenplay "Not Dead Yet".  Her goal in producing the film was threefold; to see one of her screenplays produced; to star in a feature film; and to produce a story that would encourage women over 40 to embrace themselves and the wisdom their age represents. 

"Not Dead Yet" was completed in early 2009 and has since screened at numerous film festivals, winning Best Feature at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and at the Baltimore Women's Film Festival.  Subsequent projects include a short documentary entitled "Nerves of Steel, a year with The Portland Ballet," which she recently completed; "Clay In Their Hands," a documentary focusing on the importance of valuing women and children that is in production; and "The Emerald Tree," an illustrated short story that is in development.  

JENNIFER L. POZNER
Jennifer L. Pozner is founder and executive director of Women In Media & News (WIMN), a media analysis, education and advocacy group. She is also managing editor of WIMN's Voices, the popular group blog on women and the media. Her book, Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV (Seal Press, Nov. 1, 2010), grew out of WIMN's media analysis program.

A widely published journalist, Jennifer serves on the board of editors of In These Times magazine. Her work has appeared in corporate media outlets such as Newsday, Chicago Tribune and the Boston Phoenix, independent magazines such as Ms. magazine, The American Prospect, and Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, and online media such as WomensEnews, AlterNet, and Salon, among others. Her essays have appeared in numerous anthologies. Additionally, she has served as an adviser for and has been featured in several documentary films, including "I Was a Teenage Feminist" and "Miss Representation."

Jennifer has appeared as a media commentator on NBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC News Now, GRITtv, Democracy Now!, National Public Radio, and Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." And, because she's a sucker for punishment, she's gone head to head with some of the most blustery boys of cable news, including Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and Joe Scarborough.

A noted lecturer, Jennifer has spoken on women, media, politics and pop culture at more than eighty colleges across the country, on topics ranging from portrayals of women in reality television, to gender and race biases in journalistic coverage of elections, to media coverage of war, poverty and natural disasters. She conducts media literacy workshops and media trainings for women's groups, youth, and social justice organizations.

In 2009, she was recognized as one of the New Leaders Council "40 Under 40" progressive leaders in America. In 2007, Soroptimist International of NYC honored her with their "Making A Difference for Women" Award. Still, her favorite award remains her 2006 inclusion "The Real Hot 100," a Girls In Government project honoring young women leaders making change in their communities. Forbes named Jennifer one of "20 Inspiring Women To Follow On Twitter" in 2010. Later that year, she was amused to find her non-profit activist self alongside Tyra Banks, Martha Stewart and Vera Wang on BizTech Day's list of "25 Influential Business Women in New York City You Should Follow on Twitter."

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tue, 6/28: Rally for Justice on Ex-NYPD Cops' Sentencing Day

Rally with NOW-NYC & Connect the Dots Coalition

Moreno & Mata Sentencing Day - Tuesday, June 28

9 AM, Foley Square, NYC    

 

Sign the petition TODAY to Justice Gregory Carro to ask that he sentence ex-NYPD Cops Ken Moreno and Frank Mata to the maximum of two years for their official misconduct charges. We need 1,000 signatures by this Friday, June 24, when we will deliver the petition to Justice Carro at the Manhattan Supreme Court.  

 

Found guilty of official misconduct but acquitted of rape, these ex-cops made 3 unauthorized return trips to a woman's apartment whom they had been called to help. They even placed a fake 911 call to buy themselves more time inside her apartment.  Read more



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Rally to Demand:

  • The Maximum Sentence for ex-NYPD Cops Moreno and Mata.
  • NO MORE Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment and Disrespectful Behavior by the NYPD.
  • Full Funding for Programs to End Violence Against Women!
  • Safe Homes, Safe Streets, Safe Communities & a Safe City! 

Learn more about the Rally | See the Facebook Invite! 

Subway: 4, 5, 6 to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall | J, Z to Chambers St. |  N, R to City Hall

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Learn more about this case:

 

RSVP & Join the Coalition: nycconnectthedots@gmail.com   

Connect the Dots is a coalition comprised of the National Organization for Women (NOW-NYC), CONNECT, Crime Victims Treatment Center, Feministing.com, The Healing Center, New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault and Service Women's Action Network (SWAN).

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I will present at National NOW conference this weekend

I am so excited to leave NY today for FL, for the National Organization for Women (NOW) National Conference this weekend.  http://www.now.org/organization/conference/2011/

Although the conference begins Friday, I will arrive earlier for the
National NOW Board of Directors meeting Thursday.  I am excited to see the board members, most of whom I have not seen since the last in-person meeting in October, 2010.  I am constantly impressed and inspired by the talented members, with diverse backgrounds and skills.

Micah Bochart, my husband and fellow NOW
NY State Young Feminist Task Force member, will join me not only for the feminist fun, but also on two of the workshops I will present on.  I am excited and nervous about presenting on FOUR separate workshops.  There were many workshop proposals submitted; I am honored the conference organizers accepted four of mine.  They are below. 

I will be live tweeting from the conference, using my Twitter handle @JerinNOW, as well as updating on Facebook.  I will post all the photos when I return. 

I wish all of you could be there with me, to connect to and be inspired by the hundreds of activists from across the nation.  Speaking of inspiration, I cannot wait to meet Sonia Pressman Fuentes in person on Saturday, when she receives an award for being one of the NOW founders.  Sonia has been kindly mentoring me the last few months; I am going to give her the biggest hug ever.


Workshops I will present on:
http://www.now.org/organization/conference/2011/workshops.html

Breakout Session I: Friday, 11:00am - 12:30pm
[ORGANIZING TRACK] Engaging and Mentoring a New Generation of Feminists
Citrus Room
The most important challenge facing feminists is to assure that our movement continues in future generations. Young feminists across the nation are doing great work in attracting fresh faces and new energy. This workshop will share tips, tactics and insights in educating and mobilizing new activists, specifically from the experiences of the National and New York State Young Feminist Task Forces. Suggestions on types of campaigns, actions and issues that appeal to the next generations will be covered. In addition, panelists will talk about the NOW feminist mentorship pilot program intended to bridge generational gaps, share knowledge and provide mutual support. Accomplishments of YFTF leaders, such as passing ground-breaking legislation about phony crisis pregnancy centers and promotion of better campus sexual assault policies, will be highlighted.
Erin Matson and N. Jerin Arifa (Co-Moderators), Elisabeth Crum, Micah Bochart, Dominique Gelen

Breakout Session II: Friday, 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Anti-Immigrant Sentiment, Domestic Violence, and Families: A Narrative of Liberation
Salon B
This multi-faceted workshop will address a series of urgent problems confronting women immigrants and their feminist allies. Panelists will review the extent of anti-immigrant sentiment in the U.S. and related laws, such as the harsh new Arizona law, SB 1070. They will also comment on the DREAM Act, Violence Against Women Act and the U Visa for battered immigrant women. Panelists will then discuss barriers that battered immigrant women face with abusers' threats, language differences and fears of deportation. Additional topics will cover stressors affecting Latinas and counseling strategies for empowerment. Finally, speakers will describe Project Speak Out being used by Asian-American agencies in New York to prevent domestic violence.
Maria del C. Rodriquez (Moderator), Jeanette Ocasio, Jessica Moreno, N. Jerin Arifa

Breakout Session III: Saturday, 9:00am - 10:30am
Raising the Bar for Feminist Men: How to Promote Equality in Relationships
Salon C
Being a productive member of the feminist movement often requires more conscious effort from men than it does from women. Our male allies get enormous credit for simply showing up, and while that's nice, they sometimes create problems while trying to be helpful. The urge to rescue a "damsel in distress" is still deeply ingrained in our male-dominated culture. The idea of male feminism still remains, at best, a novelty. This multi-media workshop will cover several distinctions: the best ways to live with, support and nurture a powerful woman; identifying the "box" men are in and enabling them to finally think outside of it; and using "partnership" instead of "domination" techniques in a relationship. Come join this interactive and stimulating workshop.
N. Jerin Arifa (Moderator) Ken Gruberman, Ben Atherton-Zeman, Micah Bochart

Breakout Session IV: Saturday, 10:45am - 12:15pm
Behind the Veil: Islam and Women's Rights
Salon B
With the recent burqa ban in France, there has been much talk about the role of women in Islam. Is Islam inherently sexist? Can a woman actually choose to cover herself? As feminists, should we have a goal of helping to liberate Muslim women? What is the role of women in the recent Arab Spring? Workshop panelists include a human rights activist who has traveled extensively in conflict regions; an American of Palestinian and Egyptian descent outspoken on feminism and the Middle East and North African uprisings; and a civil rights legal fellow at the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Tampa. Come to an honest and eye-opening dialogue about the role of women in Islam, and learn how both Muslim and non-Muslim feminists can work together to further feminism.
N. Jerin Arifa (Moderator), Amala M. Abdur-Rahman, Neveen Nawawy, Laila Abdelaziz

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)
Twitter: JerinNOW

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

NOW News & Action Summary: Supreme Court riles up NOW right before national conference


NOW News and Action Summary

National Organization for Women:
News & Action Summary

JUNE 21, 2011

IN THIS ISSUE:


Supreme Court to Women of Wal-Mart: You're on Your Own

Wal-Mart Always Discrminates NOW round

A Supreme Court majority ruled against women by siding with the country's largest employment discriminator, saying Wal-Mart, essentially, is too big to sue. Read more »



NOW Declares Emergency Rally for Women in the 2012 Budget Outside Senator Rubio's Tampa Office Friday

As a part of the 2011 National NOW Conference, NOW will hold an emergency rally on Friday, June 24, to protest proposed cuts in the 2012 budget. Hundreds of grassroots feminist activists from around the country will participate in this action. Read more »


Webinar: The Federal Budget is a Feminist Issue

A special session open to NOW leaders, activists, & supporters. NOW President Terry O'Neill will discuss how the budget discussion affects women in a 15-minute presentation, followed by questions.

Date: Thursday, June 30, 2011
Time: 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. EDT

NOW must fight to ensure that women are not sold out in this deal. Register NOW »


Here They Go Again — AARP Undermining Seniors' Benefits

According to a story in the Wall Street Journal, AARP is ready to accept cuts to Social Security benefits — just as budget negotiations reach a critical tipping point. Since this story ran, AARP's CEO has issued a non-denial denial; NOW was not impressed. Read more »


Sexist, Racist Video Gives Presidential Candidates Opportunity to Take Action Against Bigoted Campaign Tactics

As if right on cue, the 'Give us your cash, B--ch!' video popped up this week to prove that sexism and racism are alive and kicking this election season. Read more »


NOW to Address Ongoing War on Women at National Conference in Tampa, Fla.

When the National NOW Conference opens on June 24, hundreds of NOW leaders, members and activists will turn a spotlight on the right-wing war against women. They will spend the next three days strategizing and organizing to stop the ongoing attacks by extremist politicians. Read more »


Radical Budget Proposals Will Harm Economy and Hurt Women & Families

Take Action!

Please tell your House member that: 1) Funding for vital social programs that help women and their families must be protected; and 2) Such measures as the balanced-budget amendment, across-the-board spending caps, and reduction in the cost-of-living allowance will be harmful to the economy and to millions of working women and their families. Take action!


For-Profit College Practices Predatory for Women

For-profit colleges and universities exist to make profits, and they do so by the simple mechanism of selling less value at a much higher cost. Examining both sides of that equation makes clear that taxpayers are supporting an educational-bankruptcy industrial complex that, in the absence of regulation, will continue to force more women and families into the debt horror of a lifetime. Read more »

Conference Spotlight

We hope you'll be joining us this weekend in Tampa at the 2011 National NOW Conference! Remember, it's not too late to attend. Although online registration has closed, you may register on site.

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National NOW stands in solidarity with the women of Wal-Mart

National NOW and allies protesting in D.C. the day after the Supreme Court released its decision siding with Wal-Mart and against women workers.

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NOW PRESIDENT TERRY O'NEILL ON RACHEL MADDOW

On June 8, Terry O'Neill was on The Rachel Maddow Show talking about reproductive rights and the war on women. Watch the video online »


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WHITE HOUSE RALLY FOR
DC DEMOCRACY

Call on President Obama to stand with the 600,000 residents of the District of Columbia who demand democracy, full equality and full citizenship!

Where: Lafayette Square Park
Date: Sat., June 25, 2011
Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm

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