Saturday, October 31, 2009

Sex Education in the City, Election 09 & Monserrate Must Go

October 2009

   From the desk of
    Kelli Conlin:

Kelli Conlin
It's hard to believe it's almost November. This time last year we were on the edge of our seats awaiting the results of an election that would forever change the trajectory of the nation. This month we find ourselves in another election season that will determine who will be the next New York City mayor, NY State member of Congress, and local leaders from across the state. Tuesday's election is a vital one for our state, so be sure to VOTE! Turn out is predicted to be low, so please remember how important your vote is in making sure our issues are heard.
This month we asserted the pro-woman priorities we think New York State politics should embody by calling for the ouster of Senator Hiram Monserrate, who was found guilty of assault for dragging his girlfriend through the lobby of his apartment building. Our message to the Senate was urgent and clear: if you do not remove this individual from office, we will. Behavior like Monserrate's has no place in New York State public office, and we will work to ensure that Monserrate does not return to the Senate.
We thank you for your continued support of the work we do to ensure that New York State remains pro-woman and pro-choice. We couldn't do it without you.
For Choice,
Kelli Conlin
Kelli Conlin

 Election '09
It might not be the most exciting presidential election in a generation, but there are vital races this election year from Brooklyn to Buffalo. New York City mayor, New York City Council, congressional seats, and local government seats across the state are up for grabs on Tuesday.
Don't forget to check out our voter guide, find volunteer opportunities, and VOTE on Tuesday, November 3, 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
    Monserrate Must Go
NY monserrateEarlier this month Senator Hiram Monserrate was found guilty of misdemeanor assault for forcibly dragging his girlfriend through the lobby of his apartment building, an act caught on surveillance videotape. Monserrate was found not guilty of felony assault charges for allegedly slashing his girlfriend's face with a broken glass. Immediately following the ruling, NARAL Pro-Choice New York called for Monserrate's ouster, saying, "The New York State Democratic party has a proud history of supporting and defending women and women's issues; this stain on the party cannot stand or the Democrats will no longer be seen as the party that protects women's health and rights. Our message to the Senate is urgent and clear: if you do not remove this individual from office, we will."
Read more.

    Upcoming Events – Choices: Adoption
NARAL Pro-Choice New York's groundbreaking speaker series "Choices" is back this November. Looking beyond legislation that protects our right to abortion, "Choices" explores other facets of reproductive choice, such as the ability to access contraception, make parenting decisions, live free from institutionalized discrimination, and access the resources, support, and services necessary to make informed and empowered decisions.
The next installment will explore the barriers and benefits of adoption.
Choices: Adoption
November 18
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Location TBD

    Sex Ed in the City
NY Sex Ed in the CityThis month, we, along with the Sex Ed Alliance of New York City (SEANYC) hosted "Sex Education in the City," a community forum on the lack of comprehensive sex education in NYC. In the middle of Sex Education Awareness Month and just couple weeks after the Senate Finance Committee voted to restore $50 million in federal funding of "abstinence-only" programs, the forum couldn't have come at a better time.
NARAL Pro-Choice New York's Myra Batchelder addressed the policy and funding challenges of getting mandated comprehensive sex education in the state. Darryl Rascoe, principal of Bedford Stuyvesant Preparatory in Brooklyn, shared his experiences speaking to teens in his school. Justin Toro, an HIV-positive youth speaker with the AIDS-awareness program Love Heals, lamented the poor sex education he received growing up. Jodi Kaltner, a social worker at the Performance Conservatory High School in the Bronx, described the obstacles and lack of resources that health teachers and counselors face every day.
The speakers, and the many passionate audience members who asked questions and shared their own experiences, argued that we are failing the young people of New York City by not giving them the education they need to stay safe and healthy.
    Happy Halloween!
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