Friday, June 28, 2013

Why Don’t Cops Believe Rape Victims? (Slate)

Why Don't Cops Believe Rape Victims?
By Rebecca Ruiz|Posted Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at 3:12 PM

A number of recent studies on neurobiology and trauma  have led to a fundamental shift in the way a growing number of experts view rape investigations.

VICTORY: Paid Sick Days in NY after 4-year fight

You all should know that we voted to convert the NOW NY State Young Feminist Task Force into NOW's first-ever, virtual chapter Young Feminists & Allies (YFA). What you may not know is that as the NOW NYS YFTF, we had been fighting for the victory below since 2009, alongside Gloria Steinem. You can see the photos below (the ones in the middle). Please note that many of the photos were taken by member Layla Love.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

President of NOW-NYS arrested in Albany

Thanks to NOW NYS President Zenaida Mendez for her courage on behalf of all women in NY. Perhaps NOW National would like to mention this on the next newsletter? Thanks.

Friday, June 14, 2013 review of "Man of Steel" details its minimizing of women

NOW's first ever virtual chapter: conference call 6/26, 8:30pm EST

I hope you will join us for our first ever, virtual chapter call on Wednesday, June 26th, 8:30pm - 9:30pm EST. By popular vote, we decided to convert our NOW NY State Young Feminist Task Force to NOW's first ever virtual chapter. We will discuss this exciting new NOW venture in bringing NOW to 2.0. Our Young Feminists and Allies (YFA) Virtual Chapter welcomes all NOW members from across the country. I will send out the call information shortly. In the meantime, please contact us with any questions/comments/suggestions. Please also connect with us via our blog, Twitter and Facebook pages below.

PETITION: Stand with Edward Snowden for our rights

This 29-year-old just gave up his whole life to blow the whistle on the US's insane PRISM program -- which has hacked all our emails, Skype messages and Facebook posts for years. If millions of us act urgently and get behind him, we can help press the US to crack down on PRISM, not Edward. Let's stand with him before it's too late:

This 29 year-old analyst just gave up his whole life -- his girlfriend, his job, and his home -- to blow the whistle on the US government's shocking PRISM program -- which has been reading and recording our emails, Skype messages, Facebook posts and phone calls for years.

When Bradley Manning passed this kind of data to Wikileaks, the US threw him naked into solitary confinement in conditions that the UN called "cruel, inhumane and degrading".

The authorities and press are deciding right now how to handle this scandal. If millions of us stand with Edward in the next 48 hours, it will send a powerful statement that he should be treated like the brave whistleblower that he is, and it should be PRISM, and not Edward, that the US cracks down on:

PRISM is profoundly disturbing: it gives the US government unlimited access to all of our personal email and social media accounts on Google, Youtube, Facebook, Skype, Hotmail, Yahoo! and much more. They're recording billions of our messages every month and the CIA can now or in the future use the information to prosecute, persecute, or blackmail us, our friends or our families!

Pass the Women's Equality Agenda!

This is a pivotal moment for women's rights in New York. Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced legislation as part of his Women's Equality Agenda (WEA) to achieve pay equity, end gender discrimination, and safeguard our right to choose.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The United Stasi of America

From my sister NOW Board member Kathleen Sloan:

Pentagon Papers whistleblower/hero Daniel Ellsberg has written the most succinct and articulate explanation of exactly what is at stake in all this:  will Americans demand accountability and respect for the Constitution by the power elite or will they passively acquiesce to a police state.  The most important issue facing this country today.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

NO HUMAN TRAFFICKING: performance of Diwang Pinay 6/13 at Hunter

F.I.R.E. and V-DAY 2013 at Hunter College invite you to
a PERFORMANCE that raises awareness about labor trafficking ! 

Hunter North room 424

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

PETITION: Don't put your reproductive rights in his hands

ACT: "Hacker Who Helped Expose Steubenville Could Get More Prison Time Than The 2 Convicted Rapists

"Hacker Who Helped Expose Steubenville Could Get More Prison Time Than The 2 Convicted Rapists."
That's real headline. And it's true.[1]
Deric Lostutter, also known as KYAnonymous, helped expose the now-infamous Steubenville, Ohio teen rape case and cover-up.[2] Without his work, we don't know if Jane Doe would have ever received justice.

Guilty Until Proven Innocent: How to Pre-Convict and Pre-Punish an American Muslim

Guilty Until Proven Innocent: How to Pre-Convict and Pre-Punish an American Muslim

Victoria Brittain, TomDispatch: Ten years after the invasion of Iraq, many innocent Muslim men are still in prison due to biased and antiquated legislation.

NOW Applauds Obama Administration's Decision on Plan B

Monday, June 10, 2013

Protect DV and SA provisions in the Senate immigration bill

From Pat Reuss of The National Organization for Women

June 10, 2013
Please forward widely!

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation is on the Senate Floor TUESDAY!
Urge Your Senators to Safeguard Protections for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

One of our own chosen as Jewish Week's 36 Under 36

A few months ago, I posted that Young Feminists and Allies Chapter member Talia was selected as one of the Jewish Week's 36 Under 36. The list of who's in the 36, plus short pieces about each, was released today online, and will be in this week's print version. The piece about her can be found here, and mentions NOW! 

I am grateful to Sonia Fuentes (one of the founders of NOW and holocaust survivor), for introducing me to Talia, who makes me feel bad for comparatively being a lazy bum at her age, and feeling so proud and hopeful of the future.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Malcolm X became less racist after interactions with Muslims

I have heard many accusations as a Muslim feminist, including that "Islam is a racist religion."

I guess that's why Malcolm X converted his racist beliefs after the pilgrimage to Mecca. He said that seeing Muslims of "all colors, from blue-eyed blonds to black-skinned Africans", interacting as equals led him to see Islam as a means by which racial problems could be overcome.