Monday, December 2, 2013

American Retailers Refuse To Contribute To Compensation Funds For Bangladeshi Workers

Please send out to your networks. Thanks.

Shame on @Sears Refusing to pay for 1,132 Bangladeshi Workers who died & more injured @ Rana Plaza
DO NOT shop at @Walmart @childrensplace @Sears Won't pay for 1,132 dead Wrkrs @ Rana Plaza #CyberMonday #fem2
Shame on @Walmart Refusing to pay for 1,132 Bangladeshi Workers who died & more injured @ Rana Plaza
Shame on @childrensplace Refusing to pay for 1,132 Bangladeshi Workers who died & more injured @ Rana Plaza

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Thu, Dec 5: Watch my friend & mentor in feminist film

Feminist: Stories From Women's Liberation

Presented by Salted Scarletry

Thursday, December 05 7:30pm - 9:05pm

in New York, NY at AMC Loews Village 7 $12.00 General

Friday, November 8, 2013

URGE SENATORS TO SUPPORT the Military Justice Improvement Act! - on Senate floor next week

Call your Senators and Ask Them to Vote for the Military Justice Improvement Act!
November 7, 2013
Please forward widely!
The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence supports Senator Gillibrand's efforts to add the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA) as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which is expected to be on the Senate Floor as early as next Wednesday, November 13.  S. 967 (MJIA) has 38 bipartisan sponsors and 47 Senate supporters but we need 13 more votes to ensure that there is no filibuster and to pass this amendment for survivors.   We have less than a week to make our calls and tweets.
Take Action NOW!

Urge Senate to pass Military Justice Improvement Act

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Open Letter to Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists

Posted by: Rachel Piazza

Originally posted on

Dear Radical Feminists in attendance at the Shulamith Firestone Women’s Liberation Memorial Conference on What is to be Done,

I too, was gathered with you for this conference in New York City. I was excited to be involved in a consciousness raising session, and interested to hear your collective thoughts on what is to be done. I had heard the criticisms of transphobia within your movement, but naively hoped such sentiment came from a small, removed faction. As I sat among you, and your notable speakers, I realized I couldn’t have been more wrong. Transphobia and transmisogyny are alive and well within your walls. The disdain with which you referred to trans women and your collective refusal to accept them as women was shocking and horrifying. This letter is to voice what I did not have the courage, or the words to say when I was in your presence. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Respect Albuquerque Women: Phone Bank for Reproductive Rights

Thu, Nov 7: I am speaking at Hunter College during the Careers in Advocacy panel

Rapist caught on video acquitted, supporters call local anti-rape advocate "whore"

Matthew Maldonado and Nicholas Schultz, two male schoolmates of a female martial studio student, offered to take her home because she was too drunk to drive. Instead, they repeatedly raped her as she slipped in and out of consciousness. This is caught on tape. However, one of the rapists was just acquitted and is free to continue winning martial arts tournaments (and raping other women). His supporters even called a local anti-rape activist "a whore" who is trying to get martial arts schools not to allow him to compete.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Tue, 7pm: Laughter and Light: A Night of Comedy to benefit Sexual Assault victims

[TOMORROW] Come Out to Laughter & Light: A Night of Comedy!

Are you ready for the Laughter & Light" Comedy Night tomorrow at Gotham Comedy Club? If you have not bought your tickets, buy them TODAY! 

Tomorrow, we will shine the light on survivors of sexual violence and the Alliance's critical work to prevent sexual violence while having fun! The Alliance's mission is to prevent sexual violence and reduce the harm it causes through education, research and advocacy. 

Please come out and enjoy the rape-joke free comedy show and support the Alliance's work. 100% ticket proceeds will go towards supporting the Alliance's core programs including prevention, training, survivor assistance, policy advocacy, and research. (2 drink min.)

Here is a sneak peak at our raffle prizes on our Facebook Page

If you are unable to attend, please consider making a donation to make a difference at

Purchase Tickets NOW!

$30: General  l  $25 Rape Crisis Professionals & Students (2 drinks min) 

The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault envisions a city free from sexual violence. The Alliance leads New York City's efforts to prevent sexual violence and ensures that survivors of sexual violence have access to the best care. 

12-year-old feminist in NC, NARAL's President & ME???

I am honored to be mentioned alongside a 12-year-old feminist and NARAL's President in the post below, along with other incredible women:

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Petition to stop University from taking away Freedom of Speech rights


If not for the ability to protest and organize at Hunter College, CUNY, I would have never engaged in feminism in America. I would have never proposed and helped create the sexual-assault policy for half-a-million students. I would have never had the opportunity to help students who came to me about their assault. Please stop this terrible proposed policy. Thank you.

This is a petition at asking the CUNY Board of Trustees to dismiss the proposed "CUNY Policy on Expressive Activity" that would severely restrict the rights of students, faculty and staff to leaflet, table, post flyers and hold demonstrations:

Calling all NYC Feminists: Join us at the Village Halloween Parade

Are you sick of all the unimaginative sexy fill-in-the-blank costumes for women for Halloween? Then join us at the NYC Village Halloween Parade to show everyone how to have fun while making a feminist statement. 

The parade starts at 7 pm on Sixth Avenue. We will need to line-up in costume on 6th Avenue South of Spring Street and North of Canal between 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Please let us know if you want to join us. 

Here are some of my ideas for feminist costumes. What are some of yours? If yours are better, we will choose those. Thanks!

  1. Gender Wage Gap. It's super easy. Get sunglasses with money on them and black out one of your teeth. Here is the video. Go to 01:20
  2. Pussy Riot. All we have to do is just put on colorful ski masks with whatever we are wearing. 
  3. Our favorite sheroes. Here are some ideas.
  4. A pro-choice group with various costumes. 

Feminist Halloween Costumes

2016 update:

For 2013:
  1. I printed out a map of Virginia and taped it to my shirt. Then, I used black eyeliner to create Wolf makeup, so I was Virginia Woolf. 
  2. My feminist husband had bells around his neck, secured to hooks. Also a copy of bell hooks' Feminism is for Everybody.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Petition: Dismiss the Anti-Freedom-of-Speech Proposed "CUNY Policy on Expressive Activity"

Please Sign the petition:

We, the undersigned students, faculty, and staff of the City University of New York, are concerned by the recent broadly-worded proposal to regulate and limit "expressive activity" on CUNY campuses. The draft policy is nothing short of a draconian curtailing of CUNY community members' rights to assemble, express, discuss, and debate, and has no business being part of the governing structure of any university. We demand its immediate dismissal as we note the following:
We agree that CUNY is "committed to the free exchange of ideas and expression of all points of view for members of the University community, including students, faculty, and staff." Our response to this proposed policy comes from this ethos and commitment.
We refuse the framework that "freedom of expression and assembly" are "subject to the need to maintain order." Subordinating free expression and assembly to the need for order does not reflect the environment of intellectual experimentation critical to education that we seek and maintain in our classrooms, hallways, and shared spaces. This false relationship is regularly used to police people of color and transgender people in particular and comes out of a long history of targeting and preventing unpopular speech.
We object to the oversight of "time, place, and manner" of the freedom of expression by any CUNY administrative entities and testify that this act cannot be done in a "non-discriminatory" manner, as suggested by the proposed policy.  
The trope of "safety" that is being employed by the university administration in an effort to curtail both speech and assembly is unconstitutional, representing a direct affront to our First Amendment rights. We assert that the public university has a public obligation to ensure the protection of free speech, expression, and assembly on its premises.  
We are further alarmed at the attempts to limit or regulate leafleting, tabling, and posting.  CUNY campuses are shared public spaces. Effectively designating only parts of these institutions as "free speech zones" sets a dangerous example to students about what engagement with their community means.
Finally, we are appalled by the full-scale criminalization of "prohibited conduct," in which students and employees are "subject to disciplinary action" both within the University and the "external" law-enforcement apparatus. We have seen numerous condemnable examples of this criminalizing scheme, such as most recently the expulsion of two City College organizers on October 28, 2013; the arrests of a City College alumnus and a Hunter College student at City College on October 24, 2013; the closure of the Morales/Shakur Student and Community Center by the City College administration on October 20, 2013; and the violent arrests of six students outside Macaulay Honors College on September 17, 2013. We condemn this proposed policy on "expressive activity" which we see as directly correlated to these instances of physical repression.  
Indeed, this policy would codify such repression, and we demand that it be immediately dismissed.  We strongly recommend that assurances regarding the right to assemble, disseminate information, and physically protest be made in its stead.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Nominations open for Feminists You Should Know contest!

Please let me know if any of you want to be nominated.

From Feminist Majority:

We're so excited to announce the launch of our first-ever Feminist You Should Know campaign.

We're on the lookout for amazing college feminists across the country. People who are dedicated and passionate about social justice. People who wear the word "feminist" proudly on their sleeves. People who are creating real change on their campuses and in their communities.

Does this sound like a friend? Does this sound like you? If so, you just might be a contender for our contest and could win a fabulous feminist prize package.

Nominations open today! Our National Campus Organizers will pick the finalists, and then our readers will pick the winners.

Check out all the details and nominate yourself or a friend for #FYSK2013.

For equality,

FMF Campus Team
Adriana, Brooke, Carmen, Edwith, Kristy, Maddie and duVergne

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Love Your Body Day Round Up, Grassroots Spotlight, Illinois and more!

NOW News and Action Summary

News: Love Your Body Day Round Up, Grassroots Spotlight, Illinois and more!

October 24, 2013


Love Your Body Day 2013

Watch in full our Love Your Body Day hangout with Heidi Lewis and Tamura Lomax. Hosted by Membership Vice President Chitra Panjabi, our panel discussed beauty norms and body acceptance.
A YWCA in Michigan hosted a Love Your Body Day themed poetry night.

Planned Parenthood of the Rochester/Syracuse Region staff took pictures with signs telling the world why they love their bodies!

Students at Brown University — in conjunction with a number of organizations, including Rhode Island NOW — also celebrated Love Your Body Day with button-making, art projects, Zumba, massages and Yoga!

Grassroots Spotlight

Many NOW chapters and CANs planned Love Your Body Day events!

Madison NOW handed out LYBD-themed care packages to students at the University of Minnesota.

NOW at UCF planned an entire week of Love Your Body activities! Don't forget to check out pictures of their events!

(See above for more on Rhode Island NOW's participation at events at Brown University!)

Women and Children First — Thrown Overboard by the Government Shutdown

"Anyone who's seen a disaster movie set at sea is familiar with the phrase, 'women and children first,' meaning they are the first to be put in lifeboats. But in the real-life disaster that in the Republican Tea Party's government shutdown, 'women and children first' is the order in which victims of the shutdown are selected."

Read more of NOW president Terry O'Neill's piece at The Huffington Post.

NOW Joins Illinois Rally for Marriage Equality

"Our activists are proud to work with our allies in Illinois — and across the country — so that all loving couples can have the recognition and protections that only marriage can provide." Read more of Action Vice President Bonnie Grabenhofer's statement here.

NOW Applauds the End of the Government Shutdown

"It may be too much to hope that the radical fringe in control of the Republican Party has learned its lesson. One thing is certain: women voters are watching, and will hold them accountable in next year's elections." President Terry O'Neill's statement is available in full here.

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We can't let the Government Shutdown happen again

When you hear "women and children first" in a disaster movie set at sea, you immediately think they're the first to be put in lifeboats.

In the real-life disaster that was the Republican Tea Party's government shutdown, "women and children first" was the order in which victims of the shutdown were selected.

For example, programs that support women and children with nutrition assistance were suspended. Women who suffered domestic violence couldn't access services funded by the Violence Against Women Act. The list goes on and on...

The majority of voters opposed the shutdown and especially its disruption of vital social and health services. And you may have felt helpless in the face of this outrageous governance-by-hostage-taking.

But there is something we can do. We can make sure this never happens again. It's time we seize the moment to ensure we're represented by a new, progressive majority in Congress in 2014! Please donate to NOW today and make sure women and their families do come first, reversing decades of attacks on our economic security, our access to reproductive health services, and even our ability to be protected against sexual assault and domestic violence.

Your donation today will help us identify pro-woman candidates, get the word out about what's at stake for women in next year's elections, register and educate voters on where the candidates stand, and fuel our grassroots organizing power in battleground states.

Together we can ensure that in next year's elections, "women and children first" won't mean we're the first ones to suffer — we'll be leading the way to a better future. I hope you'll show your support for this brighter future with a donation to NOW today.

For women's lives and rights,

Terry O'Neill

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

NOW Joins Illinois Rally for Marriage Equality

My Interview with Eve Ensler on TV

I was honored to be interviewed alongside Eve Ensler on Daniel Pinchbeck's Mindshift. As always, I was moved to tears by Eve's words and energy. You can see the interview below. I welcome your feedback.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday, September 27, 2013

Study Connects Pornography & Brain Chemistry in Men

Neuropsychiatrists at Cambridge University have discovered that repeated exposure to pornography changes brain chemistry.

Tue, 10/15: EVE ENSLER at HUNTER

the Hunter College MFA PROGRAM in ENGLISH has invited
read from and discuss her latest book


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Fri, Oct 18: Arab Spring and the fall of the Iron Curtain

For this year's installment of the CUNY BA Academic Conference Series, we are partnering with the Consulate of the Republic of Poland to bring a conference comparing the Arab Spring and the fall of the Iron Curtain. The event will take the form of a panel discussion between Eastern European specialists and Middle East scholars.

The Violence Policy Center's annual report: When Men Murder Women

From Pat Reuss of NOW, Godmother of the Violence Against Women Act.

The Violence Policy Center has released their annual report, When Men Murder Women, in advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The study reports the statistics for females murdered by males, and includes a list of the top ten states with the highest homicide rates.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

NOW Stands with Activist Calling for Removal of Montana Judge

Thu, 9/26: Brides' March in NY against domestic violence

Handbook for Legislation on Violence Against Women

Direct Link to Full 68-Page 2012 Handbook:

This Handbook for Legislation on Violence Against Women intends to provide all stakeholders with detailed guidance to support the adoption

and effective implementation of legislation which prevents violence against women, punishes perpetrators, and ensures the rights of survivors

everywhere. It is specifically hoped that the Handbook will be of use to government officials, parliamentarians, civil society, staff of United Nations

entities and other actors in their efforts at ensuring that a solid legal basis is in place for tackling the scourge of violence against women.

"I think cars should go extinct, not polar bears!" - My Journey to Eco-Feminism

I have to admit, I was not always an eco-feminist. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

ONLINE ACTIVISM WORKS: MT & PA NOW File Judicial Conduct Complaint Against rape-culture Judge Baugh

Please see below a note and blog post from my sister NOW National Board member Joanne. This is another example of how online activism, paired with offline activism, can work so well - another example of why I am so excited about our virtual chapter.

Over the last 3 weeks or so, Montana NOW and PA NOW, with the assistance of the Women's Law Project and Legal Momentum, worked on a complaint that was filed today at noon MDT with the Montana Judicial Standards Commission. The complaint focuses on Judge G. Todd Baugh's mishandling, statements, and failure to follow state law in sentencing a man found guilty of raping a 14-year old Hispanic girl who later committed suicide. This is a blog posting discussing the complaint that we filed; it includes a copy of the complaint for you to see.

Joanne Tosti-Vasey
Member, National NOW Board of Directors-Mid-Atlantic Region
At-Large Executive Member, Pennsylvania NOW, Inc.
President Emerita, Pennsylvania NOW, Inc.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Tue, Sept 17: Join march for Robin Hood Tax
Join Robin in NYC for the upcoming action:

New York Deserves Better!


Breaking News: Civil Disobedience, Janet Yellen, Grassroots Spotlights and more!

So grateful and proud of Terry for the below.


Civil Disobedience for Fair Immigration Reform

On September 12, 2013, NOW President Terry O'Neill was arrested for participating in an act of civil disobedience for fair immigration reform. Around 115 women were arrested — almost two dozen undocumented. You can read more about the action via The New York Times, and read Terry's explanation for her participation at CNN.

NOW on Larry Summers Withdrawing his Name from Consideration for Chair of the Federal Reserve Board

Friday, September 6, 2013

Thu, Sept 5th: 8pm CST: A Call for a Public Conversation

Update: 9/3/13
#solidarityisforwhitewomen creator Mikki Kendall has kindly agreed to join our Google Video Hangout on Thursday, September 5th, 8pm CST. We are using Google Hangout since it's free, allows video chat, live streaming and the ability to record and view later. Unfortunately, the free platform allows only 10 people to participate in the chat. We can still take in questions via Twitter using the #solidarityisforwhitewomen hashtag. Since we can only have 10 attendees this time, we are going to give preference to women of color and LGBTQAI feminists. We hope to make this a regular chat and can invite others next time.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The man who made Femen: New film outs Victor Svyatski as the mastermind behind the protest group and its breast-baring stunts

Keep in mind, these same women-er-man started the "Jihad" for Muslim women's rights. The same man who screams at the Femen women and calls them "bitches."

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

My Reluctant Texan Pride

By: Molly Wadzeck Kraus

I spent my formative years in the Lone Star State, from birth until 18.  When I think about my past, fond memories of the scorching summer days, bluebonnets in the field across the street, and cotton candy at the State Fair play like a slideshow loop in my head.  My Texas heritage runs deep.  I still have my flag; I know how to properly fold it.  I still cook my favorite versions of Tex Mex.  I’ve always taken pride in being a Texan first, American second.  When I traveled alone for the first time (to New Zealand), I beamed when a Kiwi server at a restaurant exclaimed “Wow! I’ve never met a real-life Texan before.” 

AP reports: NYPD has labeled entire mosques as terrorism organizations, spied on them

The NYPD went much further than FBI, which we know is no bastion of progressive causes.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Wed, 8/28: Action Alert: Macy's lobbied Rick Perry AGAINST equal pay

UltraViolet's going to be in NYC this Wednesday, and I think you'd be interested in joining us. Here's what's going on: Rick Perry recently vetoed a popular, bipartisan equal pay bill in Texas. It turns out, Macy's secretly lobbied him to veto it. This is a huge deal for women, and we need to show Macy's that they can't get away with this, in Texas or anywhere else in the country.

So on Wednesday, we'll be gathering at their flagship store in Herald Square — the best place to shine a spotlight on Macy's — and we need tons of people there to get the attention of the media. You should come!

Nearly 80,000 UV members have signed the petition demanding Macy's pledge to never lobby against equal pay again. We want to make a really big media splash and deliver the signatures to Macy's flagship in Herald Square.

We could really use your help--can you join us for the petition delivery this Wed, Aug 28 at noon in Herald Square?

What: Petition Delivery to Macy's Herald Square
WhenWednesday, August 28th at Noon
Where: 151 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001

I hope to see your there!

-Karin and the UltraViolet team


NPR News fail on race proves why #solidarityisforwhitewomen

Once again, I don't mean to offend anyone with the below. As I have mentioned, I have had wonderful white, feminist mentors. Not to mention, I am married to a wonderful, white man.

However, if you are not on Twitter, you may be missing this important conversation.

The #solidarityisforwhitewomen twitter conversation has gone beyond 140 characters to include radio interviews, articles and more. The latest is by NPR News, which fails miserably and shows once again, why the twitter handle rings true. They did a round table about the hashtag, but failed to include the black creator, or ANY woman of color. Instead, they included white, middle-class, feminist Jill Filopivic, whose misguided and seemingly racist actions prompted the twitter hashtag to begin with.

After all this outrage, you would think they would do a better job, but I guess they just don't care. It's racist business as usual, with white women benefiting from WOC's work while the WOC cannot get a feminist job.

Women Living Under Muslim Law Gazette

WLUML Gazette Edition #4 August 2013
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WLUML Gazette

Welcome to the 4th Edition!
  "Who cares about stoning?"

The question we asked the world on August 20th


WLUML shouted to the world this month asking who should care about stoning! The 'Who Cares about Stoning?' photography initiative will showcase all of the reasons why women around the world care that this brutal practice continues in the present day through personalized photos, or videos.  On October 11th, the International Day of the Girl, we will launch all of your words and images online to raise awareness of this issue and galvanize supporters into action. 
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 WLUML Highlights 


Gender and Equality in Muslim Family Law 

By Ziba Mir-Hosseini

Our WLUML networker, Ziba Mir-Hosseini, has written a new book entitled Gender and Equality in Muslim Family Law.

'What really is the notion of justice in Islam's sacred texts? Does it include the notion of equality for women before the law? If so, how are we to understand those elements of the primary sources of the Shari'a that appear not to treat men and women as equals? Can gender equality and Shari'a-based laws go together? ...They are at the core of a new book – Gender and Equality in Muslim Family Laws'

Africa's Most Outstanding Emerging Women Leaders: Aya Chebbi

We are extremely proud and excited to announce that one of our networkers, Aya Chebbi, has recently received the prestigious award as one of the 28 Africa's most outstanding emerging Women Leaders!

Eid Without Harassment

By Imprint Movement

'Imprint Movement and Anti-Sexual Harassment movement launched a campaign called "Eid without Harassment" which took place on Talaat harb square and street on the 9th and 10th of August from 4pm until 10pm. 

Voice of our Network

Killing the Arab Spring in its Cradle

By Karima Bennoune

'Many Tunisians I interviewed in the last month - in the political opposition, in academia, in the women's movement - told me that they felt threatened. "You are all Mohamed Brahmi," one mourner chanted on Thursday evening, among those weeping outside the slain activist's home.

"The entire left is under threat," a young female activist in the southern city of Sfax whose party is the Popular Front coalition to which Mr. Brahmi belonged, said earlier this month. Just last week, a law professor and women's rights activist, Sana Ben Achour, warned of the real possibility of violence. "We must be very vigilant," she urged.'

Le Femme de la Revolution

'Dès le début du 20e siècle les femmes tunisiennes ont joué un rôle déterminant dans l'obtention de l'indépendance de leur pays. Comme les hommes furent arrêtés et emprisonnées après le manifestations qui ont amené les français et leur protectorat à se retirer et à reconnaitre l'indépendance du pays le 20 mars 1956...'

The Uprising of Women in the Arab World: 
By Sally Zohney

'Despite the continuing efforts of individuals and organisations, the fact remains that to be born a woman in the Middle East presents a set of challenges, problems, and often dangers. We got in touch with Sally Zohney, a founding member of The Uprising of Women in the Arab World, and asked her to tell us a little about the organisation and what it works to achieve...'

Events and Activities

International Humanitarian Law Dialogs featuring Karima Bennoune
August 25th - 27th

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Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer - Film screening
October 3rd, 7pm

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Transgressing the Gulf: Dissidence, Resistance and Potentiality in the GCC States
September 9th - 11th

See more...

Nottingham Women's Conference
September 21st

See more...

News and Resources

Pakistan: Hijacked justice system: Women challenge men in first female jirga
Read more...

Sweden: Women don headscarves after assault on a Muslim woman

Nuba: Free women detainees now! Victims and heroes: Women struggle in two years of war
Iran: Women's rights activists stop the registration of anti-women tradition as 'national heritage'

Tunisia: Activists must reclaim a co-opted movement

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