Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wed, Mar 27: Join me to discuss The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

City:    Holbrook
Name of Event:    NOW Mid-Suffolk Chapter March meeting
                              Violence Against Women Act

Speaker:  N. Jerin Arifa, NOW National Board & Chair, NOW Young Feminist Task Force
                  and Micah Bochart, former member of NOW NY State Young Feminist Task Force

Date:    Wednesday, March 27
Price:    Free
Hours:  7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Place:  Sachem Public Library, 150 Holbrook Rd,  Holbrook, NY 11741
Phone:  631-234-4747

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Thu, Mar 28: Screening & Discussion of PASSIONATE POLITICS about global feminist Charlotte Bunch

We are so happy to be having a celebration for INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S MONTH with screenings of PASSIONATE POLITICS around New York City.

NOW Calls on Supreme Court to Reject Bigotry, Recognize Fundamental Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry

For Immediate Release
Contact: Press Office 202-628-8669, ext. 123

NOW Calls on Supreme Court to Reject Bigotry,
Recognize Fundamental Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry 
Statement of NOW President Terry O'Neill

March 26, 2013

As the Supreme Court hears arguments today and tomorrow in two pivotal marriage equality cases, it is important to recognize the evolution that has taken place in the United States on this issue.

NOW began its work for lesbian rights in 1971, and nearly two decades ago affirmed the choice of marriage as a fundamental right that should not be denied to same-sex couples. Since that time, a sea change has occurred in this nation -- thanks to the tireless and courageous work of activists at NOW, LGBT and other social justice organizations. We have worked in the streets, public forums, legislatures, voting booths and courts to change laws and opinions. Even some of our opponents eventually came around. Today, polls show that a majority of people in the country believe same-sex couples should be able to legally wed.

Marriage equality is a feminist issue, not merely because achieving lesbian rights has long been one of NOW's core issues. Same-sex couples denied recognition of their marriages lose some 1,000 federal benefits, but lesbian couples are hit disproportionately by this injustice. According to The Washington Post, lesbian couples with children are especially at risk for poverty -- nearly two and a half times as likely as heterosexual couples with kids, and 1.8 times as likely as their gay male counterparts, to qualify for some form of public assistance. Burdened by gender-based discrimination on top of discrimination based on sexual orientation, lesbian-led families can least afford to lose out on the benefits that legal recognition of marriage provides.

NOW and the NOW Foundation are signatories of three friend-of-the-court briefs in Hollingsworth v. Perry and U.S. v. Windsor -- the cases before the Supreme Court this week. In a brief filed by NOW Foundation and the Feminist Majority Foundation, we argue that California's Proposition 8 not only has no legitimate purpose, it has an affirmatively illegitimate purpose under both California and federal law -- taking a side in a religious debate. NOW signed on to two other briefs, led by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, which urge the Supreme Court to apply the same heightened scrutiny to discrimination based on sexual orientation as discrimination based on race.

Right now, there are loving, committed couples -- couples just starting their lives together, couples with children dependent upon them, couples who have shared lifetimes together -- who are denied the same rights and benefits as other couples in this country simply because they love someone of the same sex. NOW calls on the Supreme Court to end this shameful injustice without delay.


Monday, March 25, 2013

Wed, Mar 27: Why All Muslims Should Be Feminists with Maryam Ramadan

I am truly sorry I will be speaking at another event in Long Island and will miss the following event. I hope all of you can attend and will please tell me about it.

  • Furman Hall Room 212 40 Washington Square South
  • Shuruq is an annual theme month at NYU founded in 2002 that celebrates the diversity of life, culture, art, music, literature, religion and politics throughout the Muslim community worldwide. For more information, please visit

Friday, March 22, 2013

National Organization for Women (NOW) was in forefront of bringing attention to Steubenville Rape

By now, most of you have heard of the horrible rape case in Steubenville, Ohio. What many of you may not know is that the sexual assault was going to be another one swept under the rug in a nation where a woman is raped or abused every nine seconds. We have to thank online activism from groups such as Anonymous and the Ohio Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), who refused to let the case be forgotten and got the media-attention ball rolling in the first place. This is just another reason I am proud to be on the NOW National Board. Please join us and change the course of America for the better for everyone. 

CNN Steubenville Coverage Did More Good Than Harm

Monday, March 18, 2013

Action Alert: Continuing the legacy of Rachel Corrie, American murdered by Israeli bulldozer

President Obama is preparing for his visit to Israel on March 20th, just four days after the anniversary of Rachel Corrie's death. March 16, 2013 marks 10 years since the brutal killing of Rachel Corrie by a Caterpillar bulldozer in Rafah, Gaza, as she tried to prevent Israeli forces from demolishing a Palestinian home. As the Rachel Corrie Foundation marks the 10th anniversary of her death with a call to action, we urge people to continue her legacy by staying educated and engaged. 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Thu, March 14, 6pm-10pm: Layla Love & Andy Warhol's FREE art opening reception

Arab CSW 57 Caucus Concern About Government Positions on Women's Rights

The following statement goes along my argument that it's culture and patriarchy - not religion - that is responsible for the sexism in many of these Muslim nations.


SIGN-ON by 4 pm ET FRI 3/15 - Urge Congress in CIR to Protect Immigrant Women from Violence

From Pat Reuss of National Organization for Women:

Hope your state NOW can sign on to this letter – feel free to forward to your coalition partners who work on VAW and immigration reform.  We will NOT give up on immigrant women survivors.  p


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wed, March 6th, 6:30pm: Join us at United Nations event: Women’s Entitlement to EQUAL PAY: A Primer

Wednesday, March 6th
6:30pm – 8pm

Hunter College
68th Street and Lexington Avenue
Faculty Dining Lounge, 8th Floor Hunter West
(Take 6 train to 68th Street or F train to 63rd Street)
Please have ID to enter the building

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Islamism, Britain and Bangladesh: The Dhaka-East London axis

The Economist has an article about the current unrest in Bangladesh in trying to bring war criminals to justice. What the article doesn't mention is the huge protests against the Islamist war criminals by Bangladeshi citizens, 90 percent of whom are Muslim. That is because most of the 1.6 Billion Muslims in the world DO NOT want a Islamist govt. Instead, we want separation of religion and state. Not to mention, Jamaat-E-Islam's version of Islam is blasphemous against The Qur'an, asking to kill rape victims and stop the education of women. The following comment on the article demonstrates how many Islamophobes also tend to be racists in other instances.

I am so grateful to live in the States where immigrants want to come to mow our lawns and clean our houses rather than to establish a scary intolerant fundamentalist "Utopia"."

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): You did it!

From Pat Reuss of National Organization for Women (NOW):

Dear colleagues and friends – thank you so much for letting me overload your inboxes and giving you almost un-doable assignments, but you all came through for VAWA.  This is the first law that prohibits lgbt discrimination, and it restores tribal sovereignty in a small but important way.  And we refused to accept the cruel amendments and substitutes that our opponents kept offering in an attempt to divide us.  NOW was there for VAWA in 1990, had a 1995 rally on the mall to fully fund VAWA and we've been there on the forefront for this law and all victims/survivors ever since.  Thanks and hooray for us and for a dysfunctional Congress who managed to get their act together for one small but important moment.  love.