Monday, October 5, 2009

Paradigm Shift Newsletter & Buy Bus Tickets to National Equality March in DC THIS SUNDAY

National Equality March
for LGBT rights

MARCH WITH PARADIGM SHIFT, part of NYC National Equality March Mobilization Coalition

Paradigm Shifters will be on the Chelsea/West Village Bus with New York City Council speaker, Christine Quinn!

October 11th, Sunday
Bus NYC departure time: 7:00 am
16 West 22nd Street (between 5th and 6th Ave)
Bus DC departure time: 6:00 pm - arriving in NYC no later than 11:00 pm
Tickets cost $33.34 and are available at
* Buses leaving from other locations available at this link as well *

This bus is organized by National Equality March

* INCLUDE full name, email, cell, method of transportation *

March info:

Compose our new theme song, save some cash,
and get free promotion & boost cd sales!

Song must have the below words & be upbeat:
Paradigm Shift: New York City's Feminist Community
Use the "F" word.
Discuss. Evolve. Grow with Us.
Change NYC. Change the World.

Deadline: November 30th

- Free admission to PS events for one year!
- Promotion- Song will be played at every PS event, on PShift TV, and promoted to over 1,700 on our mailing list, and 80 organizations and media outlets
- CD sales at events

Please send mp3 to
Three films on physical perfection by Jesse Epstein
DVD is available now through New Day Films

Promo code for Paradigm Shifters!
$10 discount on the DVD, plus a $15 donation to Paradigm Shift with each purchase.

Promo code: K44HLF

Direct link:

The offer is good till December 1st.

Jesse Epstein, received an MA in documentary film and gender studies from NYU. She has directed and produced documentary projects both nationally and internationally. Her Public Service Announcement about body image has been shown in the Media That Matters Film Festival in conjunction with the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival and on the Oxygen Media Channel. She is also the founder of a youth video program in Manhattan's Lower East Side, and an instructor for Reel Stories: Sundance's youth documentary lab. Jesse recently received a grant from the Chicken and Egg Fund and the Fledgling Fund to produce a fourth segment of "Body Typed".
Clinic Defense Needed!!
Dr. Emily's clinic in the South Bronx has been the target of anti-abortion protesters. These protesters offer free sonograms (administered by unqualified people outside the medical field) and anti-abortion pamphlets and display plastic fetuses in order to try to convince women seeking abortions to change their minds.

Worse, the protesters plan to begin a 40-day vigil in late September, see Since June the NYCACD, in collaboration with the staff of the clinic, has launched a weekly clinic defense, effectively preventing these anti-choice protesters from intimidating and harassing people seeking services there. "40 days for life" is organizing for a massive 40-day "prayer and fasting" vigil outside the clinic starting SEPTEMBER 23. Two years ago, with a similar campaign, they thronged the sidewalk and were able to physically block staff and clients from entering the clinic.

This year, our goal is to OUT-NUMBER THEM; to provide safe escort for staff and patients into the clinic, and to let the anti-choice bigots know THEY CANNOT GET AWAY WITH THIS. If they had their way, not only would abortion be illegal, so would homosexuality and non-procreative sex. We would like to invite pro-choice and pro-abortion organizations to join our cause. Whether you are coming as an individual or as part of an organization, please RSVP. If you have questions, do not hesitate to ask them with your RSVP. Or, if you email us your phone number, we will call to talk more about what we have planned, get your input and ideas, and answer any questions.

Saturday, October 10, 17, 24, 31st

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Dr. Emily's Women's Health Center 560 Southern Blvd Bronx, New York

Directions: Take the 6 train to 149th Street

RSVP: New York Coalition for Abortion Clinic Defense

National Eating Disorders Association
1st Annual BENEFIT WALK in NYC
Sunday October 11, 2009
11am- 1pm
Riverside Park at West 83rd Street
Register Today at
"Sex Education in the City"
Tuesday, October 13th
6:30-8:30 pm
National Council of Jewish Women offices
820 Second Avenue, between 43rd and 44th in NYC

Facebook invite:

Please join NARAL Pro-Choice New York, the National Institute for Reproductive Health and The Sex Ed Alliance of New York City at "Sex Education in the City", a community forum and panel discussion to address the lack of comprehensive sexuality education in New York City. Presenters will share their experiences and offer ways that you can take action today!

Presenters include:

Darryl Rascoe: Principal, Bedford Stuyvesant Preparatory
Jodi Kaltner: Social Worker, Performance Conservatory High School ion the Bronx
Justin Toro: Youth Speaker, Love Heals Speakers Bureau
Myra Batchelder: Director of the Low Income Access Program and Sex Education Project, National Institute for Reproductive Health and NARAL Pro-Choice New York

Hadiyah Charles: Community Organizer, HIV Law Project

**"Sex Education in the City" is free and open to all. The space is wheel chair accessible and photo ID (driver's license, school ID, gym membership) will be required to enter building**

Please contact our Community Organizer at or 646-520-3506 for more information and to RSVP.
The Woodhull Institute's 2009 Calendar

2009 Young Women's Retreat
November 6-8, 2009; Ancramdale, NY


2009 Intensive Non-Fiction Writing Retreats
October 16-18, 2009; Ancramdale, NY

2009 Intensive Fiction Writing Retreats
November 14-15, 2009; Ancramdale, NY

All info:
•with authors•
Shira Tarrant, Audacia Ray, Sinclair Sexsmith, and Abiola Abrams

Friday, October 16th
Bluestockings Books
172 Allen Street
New York, NY 10002

Are feminist sex wars a thing of the past? And what is feminist sex, anyway? Join Shira Tarrant, Audacia Ray, Sinclair Sexsmith, and Abiola Abrams for an evening of Feminist Sex. Reading from their latest work, these authors explore what it means to be both anti-sexist and sex-positive.
Weekend of Prayerful Affirmation and Action for the
Safety of Clinic Workers
An Initiative of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

OCTOBER 16-18th

Sign up today-

Join with congregations and communities of faith throughout the nation in spiritually or prayerfully affirming the work of doctors, nurses, administrators, counselors, and all other abortion clinic workers. They willingly put themselves in danger of harassment or violence so that women have access to abortion and other reproductive services. Without these courageous clinic workers, safe, legal abortion would be an unfulfilled promise.

Email RCRC's National Coordinator of Field Services, Rev. Matthew Westfox at with questions or to let him know what your congregation or community of faith is planning.

Most importantly, we want to know about every congregation that takes part in this event so we can document just how powerful a voice has been raised throughout the country! So please be sure to sign up at!
1st National Conference for Campus Based Men's Gender Equality and
Anti-violence Groups
November 6-7, 2009
St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota

All invited!
Register or submit proposal

Speakers Include:
Michael Kimmel, Author of Guyland, Men Confront Pornography & Men's Lives (also Paradigm Shift's "Feminist Men: Increasing Visibility" panelist)
Pat McGann, Men Can Stop Rape Communications Director
Pat Eng, VP of Ms. Foundation
Shira Tarrant, Author of Men Speak Out and Men & Feminism
Courtney Martin, Author of Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How The Quest for Perfection is Harming Young Women
Michael Kaufman, Founder of the White Ribbon Campaign
Students Active for Ending Rape
is currently looking for new Board members (we have an all volunteer org).
application procedures are outlined:
"The Age of Stupid"

'The Age of Stupid' is the new cinema documentary from the Director of 'McLibel' and the Producer of the Oscar-winning 'One Day in September'. This enormously ambitious drama-documentary-animation hybrid stars Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite as an old man living in the devastated world of 2055, watching 'archive' footage from 2008 and asking: why didn't we stop climate change while we had the chance?

Calling all Young Feminists from around the state
Please join the newly formed taskforce in NOW – NYS, the Young Feminist Task Force (YFTF).

If you are a young feminist who wants to enact change all around New York State, and have the dedication and passion, please contact:
Jerin Alam and Ben Siegel
NOW – NYS Young Feminist Task Force
New York State (NYS) Chapter

National Organization for Women (NOW)


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