Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Thu, Oct 4: A Way Out of the “Dead-End ” of Feminism vs. Islam : The Potential and Promise of Feminist Voices in Islam

In case anyone is interested.

http://bcrw.barnard.edu/event/the-potential-an-promise-of-feminist-voices-in-islam/

A Way Out of the "Dead-End " of Feminism vs. Islam : The Potential and Promise of Feminist Voices in Islam

Ziba Mir-Hosseini

In the last two decades of the twentieth century, a growing confrontation between political Islam and feminism made links between theology, law, and politics transparent. The Islamist agenda of policing women's presence and gender relations in public space has led to the emergence of forms of activism that have challenged patriarchal interpretations of the Shari'a from within the Muslim tradition, a movement that has come to be known as "Islamic feminism."

This lecture will explore the movement's potential for changing the terms of debates over Islam and gender, arguing that the real battle is between patriarchy and despotism on the one hand, and gender equality and democracy on the other.

Dr. Ziba Mir-Hosseini is a legal anthropologist specializing in Islamic law, gender, and development. She is currently Professorial Research Associate at the Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Law, University of London.


NOW News: 2012 Elections, Medicaid, NNT, Love Your Body Day, One Billion Rising



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SEPTEMBER 25, 2012

IN THIS ISSUE:


The Romney-Ryan Budget: Who Are the Real Moochers in Their Medicaid Scheme?

NOW President Terry O'Neill writes for the Huffington Post discussing Medicaid as the fourth topic in her series on the Romney-Ryan budget. O'Neill says, "the more the GOP candidates talk about their plans for the economic future of this country and its people, the more anxious -- and angry -- I grow. . . Sounds like the real moochers in this scenario are the ones looting Medicaid." Read more.



National NOW Times - Fall 2012

The national publication of NOW is hot off the press and on the web. This issue includes: what's at stake for women in the 2012 elections and why we must vote, the politicization of VAWA, threats to women's economic security, the growing momentum for marriage equality, and much much more. Read more.


National Voter Registration Day

Today, Sept. 25, is National Voter Registration Day. Join the celebration by registering to vote and helping to register your friends, neighbors and family members. The impact is driven by you -- register in September so we can make it count in November! To find an event in your local area and how you can get involved, check out the National Voter Registration Day website - NationalVoterRegistrationDay.org. And don't forget to join the event on Facebook and tweet using the hashtag #925NVRD.


2012 Elections: NOW/PAC Endorsed Candidates

Visit the NOW/PAC website to see which candidates we've endorsed for the 2012 election cycle. Learn more.

As the right wing continues to wage its War on Women, the NOW/PAC is fighting back! Please show your support for our endorsed candidates running for the Senate or the House in tight races across the country.


2012 Love Your Body Day on Oct. 17

2012 Love Your Body Poster

Join NOW Foundation in celebrating Love Your Body Day with us. Get in the spirit by ordering the 2012 poster (and other products). Supplies are limited, so order NOW!

Get excited and Like us on Facebook because we're counting down to Love Your Body Day with 30 days of infographics, poster designs and fun memes!


Eve Ensler's One Billion Rising Campaign

One Billion Rising 2.13.13

NOW is excited to parter with V-Day and Eve Ensler on the One Billion Rising campaign as part of the anti-violence movement sweeping the globe. Join us as we take a stand, dance in the streets (or in our hearts) and demand an end to sexual and domestic violence on Valentine's Day 2013. For more information, visit OneBillionRising.org.


PBS Documentary: Half the Sky

Half the Sky travels to 10 different countries where sex trafficking, prostitution, gender-based violence and maternal mortality are everyday realities for women and girls. The film explores how these forms of oppression are being confronted and combated through health care, education and economic empowerment. Half the Sky will air on PBS Oct. 1 and 2, at 9:00 pm Eastern. Read more.

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Grassroot Spotlight

Virginia NOW Activists Speak Out Against Bullying and Clinic Closing

Virginia NOW members, activists and allies turned out in force for the Board of Health meeting on 9/14 regarding Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's clinic-closing regulations. The video includes activists Kobby Hoffman (4:45 and again at 5:04) and Tannis Fuller (at 5:05) of Charlottesville, as well as VA NOW President Marj Signer (at 4:01). Read more.



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Sat, Oct 6th: Young feminist conference in MD

Alas, I cannot attend the following due to prior commitments.  However, I hope you will.  I know one of the organizers, a fellow National NOW Board member, Elisabeth Crum.  Hope you can join this exciting conference. 

Stronger, Higher, Farther:

Younger Women Empowered – Preparing To Lead

 

                                                Gen Y? 
                                             Gen Next? 
                                              Millennial?

This conference is for YOU!  Political Issues will be highlighted, and current young leaders will offer

the next generation tips about building your resume, campaigning against the War on Women and

how YOU can Make a Difference  - TODAY! 


Info about public service jobs and why more women - including YOU - should run for office.

Cosponsored and hosted by University of Baltimore Students Supporting the Women's Law Center.

 

Register on our website:

https://www.facebook.com/events/358874817527918/

 

Conference Registration:

http://marylandnow.org/page.php?id=270#register

Monday, September 24, 2012

From Women's eNews: Banning Muslim Veil Denies Women a Choice, Too

By Judith Sunderland

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Forcing Muslim women to cover up can be a huge human rights violation; banning them from wearing the veil is problematic too, says Judith Sunderland in the collection of essays, "The Unfinished Revolution." In this excerpt, she explains why.

(WOMENSENEWS)--On April 11, 2011, Kenza Drider, a 32-year-old mother of four, broke the law in Paris: she wore the niqab in public. She had traveled by train from her home in Avignon to protest a new law banning the full-face Muslim veil in all public spaces throughout France.

In June 2010, 25-year-old Louiza (not her real name) was shot at close range with a paintball gun as she walked down the street in Grozny because she wasn't wearing a headscarf. That summer many women in the Russian republic of Chechnya fell victim to attacks and harassment during a "virtue campaign" to force women to cover themselves.

What these two incidents have in common is interference--sometimes brutal, always wrong--with the fundamental human rights of women in the name of religion, tradition or misguided protectionism.

In Indonesia's Aceh province, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Afghanistan under the Taliban, as well as parts of Somalia, Gaza and Chechnya, women are forced to cover up. At the same time, local and national governments in Europe have moved to prohibit women and girls from wearing the veil in schools and public service. In April 2011, France enacted a national law banning the wearing of full-face veils anywhere in public; Belgium enacted a similar law in July 2011, and comparable nationwide bans have been proposed in a number of other European countries. Several cities in Belgium, Spain and Italy already have local bans in place.

A Sad Irony

The sad irony is that whether they are being forced to cover up or to uncover, these women are being discriminated against. Banned from wearing the hijab--a traditional Muslim headscarf--or forced to veil themselves, women around the world are being stripped of their basic rights to personal autonomy; to freedom of expression; and to freedom of religion, thought and conscience.

Though men are also subject to religious and traditional practices, including dress codes that impinge on their freedoms, women around the world are far more likely to see their decisions dictated, their options curtailed, even their physical integrity and lives threatened, by official and societal norms about propriety.

Women's rights activists, both within and outside Muslim communities, have long argued that veiling, and full veiling of the face and body in particular, is a powerful symbol of the oppression and subjugation of women. The burka, a full face and body covering, is commonly associated with the Taliban, who systematically violate the fundamental rights and freedoms of women in Afghanistan, a country with the lowest life expectancy in the region and some of the highest rates of maternal death.

The Right to Choose

Given the evidence that forced veiling constitutes a serious women's rights issue in so many parts of the world, it is perhaps not surprising that proponents of bans on veils in Europe see them as a way to liberate women and protect women and girls from societal pressure to veil themselves. Bans on students and teachers wearing headscarves in schools, on civil servants wearing any kind of religious symbol and on full-face coverings are also variously justified by the need to ensure secularism in state institutions, as well as on security grounds. Though some (but not all) bans are crafted in neutral terms, the political debate around them in Europe is infused with discomfort with an increasingly visible Muslim minority population, and concerns about integrating newer Europeans while preserving so-called European values.

Pro-ban arguments relating to women's rights have the greatest resonance. Yet denying women the right to cover themselves is as wrong as forcing them to do so. Muslim women, like all women, should have the right to dress as they choose and to make decisions about their lives and how to express their faith, identity and moral values. And they should not be forced to choose between their beliefs and their chosen profession.

Generalizations about women's oppression do a disservice to one of the basic tenets of gender equality: the right to self-determination and autonomy, the right a woman has to make decisions about her life and her body without interference from the state or others. There are undoubtedly women who are forced to wear the veil or feel tremendous pressure to do so against their own convictions. But there are also Muslim women in Europe, some of them converts, who have spoken out to say that veiling was their own decision, citing motivations such as an expression of their faith and a desire to assert their identity.

As alien as it may seem to some Europeans, veiling can be a choice, in the same way that other convictions or conduct that have been shaped by societal, family or religious influences are experienced by the individual as an expression of their identity.

Judith Sunderland is the senior Western Europe researcher with the Europe and Central Asia division at Human Rights Watch. She works on issues related to discrimination and intolerance, migration and asylum policy and counterterrorism. Minky Worden is the editor of "Unfinished Revolution." As media director of Human Rights Watch, she monitors crises, wars, human rights abuses and political developments in more than 70 countries worldwide.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Iranian Woman Beats the Crap Out of Cleric for Telling Her to Cover Up

I don't agree with violence, but I especially like her telling the cleric to cover his eyes.  The fact that Iran has these bogus "modesty laws" don't make me angry only from a secular point of view.  It's BS from a Muslim, feminist point of view, also.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Violence against Americans in the Middle East linked to anti-choice terrorist

First of all, I want to say how sad I am that the name of my religion is being used again to incite violence, and for the innocent lives lost.  There is NO justification for it.  I hate the terrorists.

Once again, my point is proven that oppression is interrelated, and we must work against it together. 
http://www.goupstate.com/article/20120913/WIRE/120919847?p=4&tc=pg
Steve Klein, who worked on the anti Islam film that is instigating riots, "is a former Marine and longtime religious-right activist who has helped train paramilitary militias at a California church. (He is) the founder of Courageous Christians United, which conducts protests outside abortion clinics, Mormon temples and mosques."

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Join Us at Fighting Bob Fest in Madison

Join Us at Fighting Bob Fest in Madison

September 12, 2012

Join NOW President Terry O'Neill to discuss the war on women in Madison, Wisc.

Fighting Bob Fest is an annual event featuring progressive speakers and coalition-building opportunities. This year's speakers will include powerful feminists Terry O'Neill, Representative Gwen Moore and U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin. Please join us for this exciting event.

Details:

What: Fighting Bob Fest
 
Who: National Organization for Women and allies
 
When: Saturday, Sept. 15
 
Time: 8:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Terry will address the conference at 3:00 p.m and will participate in a War on Women breakout panel from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
 
Where: Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center
1919 Alliant Energy Center Way
Madison, WI 53713
 

For more information, check out: http://fightingbobfest.org.

 

 
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NOW News: Terry on Romney-Ryan, Love Your Body, Elections, Support NOW Get Ms


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SEPTEMBER 11, 2012

IN THIS ISSUE:


The Romney-Ryan Budget: Turning Medicare Into a Boon for the Insurance Industry and a Bust for Seniors

A lot of confusing, contradictory information on the future of Medicare is being lobbed at us right now. NOW President Terry O'Neill gets to the heart of the matter, to what women and their families will experience if Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan get their way. Read more.



Love Your Body Day Coming Soon!

2012 Love Your Body Poster

Join NOW Foundation in celebrating Love Your Body Day on Oct. 17. Get in the spirit by ordering the 2012 poster (and other products). Supplies are limited, so order NOW!

Get excited and Like us on Facebook because starting on Sept. 17 we will be counting down to Love Your Body Day!


2012 Elections: NOW/PAC Endorsed Candidates

Visit the NOW/PAC website to see which candidates we've endorsed for the 2012 election cycle. Learn more.

As the right wing continues to wage its War on Women, the NOW/PAC is fighting back! Please show your support for our endorsed candidates running for the Senate or the House in tight races across the country.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

SAVE THE DATE: NOV 17 & 18, NOW-NYS ANNUAL CONVENTION, ALBANY, NEW YORK

National Organization for Women-New York State Annual Convention
Albany, New York
2012
 
Equality, Power, Justice!
Location: 155 Washington Avenue, (SEIU Union Building) Albany, NY
 
Proposed Agenda for NOW NYS Convention
 
SATURDAY: November 17, 2012
9:00 am – 5:00 pm - Registration and Credentialing (closed for lunch)
9:00 am – 10:00 am - Film Presentation
10:00 am – 10:30 am - Opening Plenary Session I
Call to Order
Adoption of the Agenda
Adoption of the Convention Rules
Adoption of the Election Rules
Welcome to Albany
10:30 - 12:00 pm - Plenary II - NOW-NYS Young Feminist Task Force
12:00 - 1:15 Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm - President's farewell
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Plenary III - Speakers
Bill Baird, Reproductive Rights Pioneer
Anita Finlay, Author on Dirty Words on Clean Skin  (watch Anita on You Tube)
4:00 pm-4:30 pm - Candidate speeches
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm - voting
 
SUNDAY, November 18, 2012
9:30: am - 11:00 am - Breakfast with Terry O'Neill, National NOW President
11:00 - 12:00 pm - Closing Plenary
Election Results, Vote for 2013 convention location, Resolutions
12:00 pm – Adjourn
 
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12:00 pm – Council meeting (this council meeting is brief and held strictly to elect a new Chair of the NOW-NYS Council) See bylaws at www.nownys.org
 
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