Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Join me and other young feminists at the NOW National Conference this weekend

Please join me, my husband and NOW – NYS Young Feminist Task Force member Micah Bochart, member Talia, and co-chair Esty Stein at the national conference below.  Three of us are presenting on the following panels.  It should be fun!
Breakout Session I: Friday, 10:00am - 11:15am
How to Fight Hate Crimes and Other Forms of Racism
Recently, there has been an increased focus on hate crimes, with the recent murders of Trayvon Martin and Shaima Alawadi. The racism experienced by different minority groups is interrelated: racists often hate more than just one minority group and tend to be misogynists as well. Racism is learned and taught in families and in communities. Communication and education are key to ending racism and stopping hate crimes. Panelists will report on hate crimes being committed against several minority groups and offer possible solutions, including proposed legislation and a list of resources.
Jerin Arifa - Moderator
, Jocelyn Morris, Kathleen Sloan, Laila Abdelaziz
Breakout Session III: Friday, 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Faith and Feminism - Can a Religious or Spiritual Woman be Feminist . . . and an Activist for Reproductive Rights?
How does your religion or spirituality affect or inspire your work with reproductive health, rights or justice? Given the broad spectrum of belief, in what ways does your faith influence your beliefs or passion about the important social justice themes of our time? We will discuss the intersection of race/class and religion and learn how to engage feminists of diverse faiths to work together towards our common goals. We will break down myths and misconceptions among allies about feminists of faith in order to become better advocates in our communities.
Allendra Letsome, Marissa Valeri - Moderators, Jerin Arifa, Kathleen Sloan, Jacqueline Steingold, Mona Lisa Wallace
Just For Fun Sessions: Saturday, 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Using Interactive Theater to Educate About Domestic Violence - The Jen and Steve Skit
This skit, adapted from the Spruce Run domestic violence project in Bangor, Maine, uses the audience as community members interacting with an abused woman and her abusive husband. The actors will then dispel some of the common myths relating to domestic violence. Participants can adapt and perform the skit for their own communities. This skit includes cursing and simulated violence; it is not recommended for small children and adults may leave during the performance if necessary.
Ben Atherton-Zeman, Jerin Arifa, Micah Bochart
Breakout Session V: Saturday, 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Skills Building Roundup - A series of three shorter workshops in one session, all in the same room
Concourse B  
1) How to Make Every Day Love Your Body Day
At NOW, we understand better than anyone the problems of self-image concerns among women. We will discuss how negative body image issues can go beyond eating disorders to engulf our entire beings and how they can harmfully affect women of different races in unique ways. NOW's Love Your Body Day (LYBD) campaign will be introduced so we can discuss tips on how to love yourself more and increase your self-esteem every day.
Erin Matson - Moderator, Chitra Panjabi, Esty Stein, Jerin Arifa

While it's not too late to register on site for our National Conference in Baltimore this weekend, we're also streaming two of our Saturday plenary sessions live for the very first time! Go to to watch Plenary V (beginning at 2:00 p.m. eastern) and Plenary VI (beginning at 3:30 p.m. eastern).

We hope you enjoy the amazing lineups we have planned!

Plenary V (2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. eastern)
Singing Introduction by Fortissima

Young Feminists Organizing

  » Host: Erin Matson, NOW Action Vice President

  » Sandra Fluke - Woman of Courage Award
  » Tamika D. Mallory
  » Krystal Ball

Plenary VI (3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. eastern)
Singing Introduction by Fortissima


» Host: Bonnie Grabenhofer, NOW Executive Vice President

» Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D. - Woman of Vision Award
» Dr. Vivian Pinn - NOW Foundation Victoria J. Mastrobuono Women's Health Award
» Terry O'Neill, NOW President

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