Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Happy Hour this Monday!

Repro Health Happy Hour is this MONDAY from 6-9pm! Come celebrate the holidays at Fresh Salt bar on Beekman Street!

35th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Hanson Place Central United Methodist Church and Planned Parenthood of New York City
invite you to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
and the
79th Birthday of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008
6:00 – 8:00 PM

144 St. Felix Street at Hanson Place
Brooklyn, New York

Special Keynote Speaker

Dr. Forbes is Senior Minister, Emeritus, The Riverside Church in the City of New
York, founder of the Healing of the Nations Foundation, and host of “The Time
is Now” on Air America Radio

NOTE: Subway lines B, D, M, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, and 5 stop at Atlantic/Pacific or the Atlantic Avenue stop. Exit at Hanson Place. The following bus lines stop near the church: B41, B45, B63, B65, B67. The LIRR also stops at Atlantic Avenue.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

TONIGHT! Polish Pro-Choice Hero!

Wanda Nowicka

The Federation for Women and Family Planning
Astra Network, Poland

“Reproductive Rights in Poland
in the Context of the European Union”

Wanda Nowicka will discuss the predicaments of reproductive rights and health activism in Poland where abortion became illegal in 1993 as a result of the increased power of the Catholic Church. In response to these restrictions, Polish NGOs under Nowicka’s leadership have been conducting assertive advocacy and lobbying for reproductive health and rights. Their activism is increasingly turning to transnational actors, especially the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights, to compel reproductive justice locally.

4:30 – 6:00 P.M., Thursday, December 6th, 2007
Hess Commons, 722 W. 168th Street (10th floor)
Reception will follow – please join us.

RSVPs would be appreciated: cm829@columbia.edu, (212) 304-5201

This event is sponsored by:
Sexual and Reproductive Health Action Group (SHAG)
Columbia Center for Research in Population, Health, and Society (CUPC)
Department of Sociomedical Sciences
Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health
together with Ibis Reproductive Health

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

"Got Health Care?" Event at PPNYC

What's all the talk about Health Care Reform?

We are hosting the second installment of a three-part series on health care reform entitled "Got Health Care?"

Come talk with state and national experts
in a Presentation of the Massachusetts Universal Health Care Plan

Tuesday, December 4th


26 Bleecker Street

7th Floor Conference Room

RSVP at choicevoice@ppnyc.org

Young Pro-Choice Professional Event for NARAL NY

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The Missing STraIn: A Talk About HPV

Issues That Matter- The Missing STraIn: A Talk About HPV

Believe it or not, the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the country; nearly half of all sexually active folks will contract a strain of the virus at some point in their lives, but too many don't even know what it is.

Needless to say, we think it's really important to educate New Yorkers on HPV, so we're hosting an event about the virus, the vaccine, and some of the policy questions surrounding the topic.


Dr. Albert George Thomas, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chief of Family Planning Services at Mount Sinai Medical Center

Corinne A. Carey, Attorney, Reproductive Rights Project, New York Civil Liberties Union

Amanda Ramos, Peer Educator for NARAL Pro-Choice New York's Teen Outreach Reproductive Challenge Program

Emily Alexander, Policy and Research Coordinator, National Institute for Reproductive Health


Join us as we learn about the HPV virus, the vaccine and the policy behind both.


Wednesday, November 28th

6:30 until 8:00 pm


470 Park Avenue South, 7th floor

Located between 31st and 32nd Streets

Please RSVP by November 27 to Debbie at djohnson@prochoiceny.org

or 212-343- 0114 ext. 3525.

Issues That Matter is a forum for discussions with guest speakers exploring how we can protect a woman's right to choose.

No Happy Hour this Month

Due to the craziness of the holiday season, we will be having a special holiday Repro Health Happy Hour in December! Stay tuned for more details!


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Body Politic '08: Pro-Choice Poker!

Join Us and Celebrate Change in 2008!

For New York, the 2008 Election will be the time for pro-choice political change and the Planned Parenthood of New York City Action Fund is committed to making that change happen.

But we need pro-choice New Yorkers like you!

Fight for Your Rights. Party.

Pro-Choice Poker!

Saturday, November 17

Pete's Candy Store
709 Lorimer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Tickets $20

Meet other pro-choice New Yorkers, play a friendly* game of poker and support the important political work of the Planned Parenthood of New York City Action Fund.

Your $20 ticket to this fabulous party also gets you a one-year membership to the Action Fund. As a member, you'll get all the latest info on how to make pro-choice political change in 2008 and beyond. Bring friends and get them signed up as Action Fund members too!

Click Here to RSVP

Can't make it to this event? There will be Body Politic '08 events happening throughout the year leading up to the 2008 Election. Click here to find out about other upcoming parties and check back often!

*Games are for fun not money.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

JOIN US: November 12 Rally for Affordable Birth Control!

Join NYU: Voices for Choice, NOW-NYU, NYU Law Students for Reproductive Justice at the Birth Control Cri$is Rally!!!

Monday, November 12th


Washington Square Park

When the Deficit Reduction Act (passed by Congress in 2005) took effect this year, students and low-income women were left out in the cold! College health centers and safety-net providers, like Planned Parenthood, had previously been able to purchase birth control from drug companies at an extremely discounted rate. But no more. As a result, affordable birth control has become out of reach for many college women. For example, the cost of a pack of birth control on some campuses has risen from $5 to nearly $50 a month!

Send Congress a message to restore access to affordable birth control for college students and low-income women!

Featuring Special Guest Speakers:
U.S. Representative Joseph Crowley

NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn

Meena Shah, NYU Voices for Choice

And others!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Sign the Hyde Petition!

The following is a petition from the Hyde - 30 Years is Enough! Campaign, who is working to secure full reproductive access for low income women:

Dear Friend,

Abortion is still legal in the U.S., but every year thousands of women are denied this right because they don’t have the money to pay for abortion care.

Low-income women are often forced to use money they need for food and rent to cover the cost of an abortion. Many women cannot raise enough money and must continue the pregnancy and stay trapped in poverty. Women face this difficult situation because in 1976 Congress passed the Hyde Amendment, which excludes abortion from government-funded health care programs.

We urge you to join the more than 60 groups in the Hyde – 30 Years is Enough! Campaign demanding an end to this injustice! Sign our petition calling on Congress to repeal the Hyde Amendment and restore coverage of abortion for low-income women.
Women enrolled in Medicaid and similar programs receive coverage for all medically necessary health care services, including prenatal care, labor, and delivery. However, as a result of the Hyde Amendment, a woman enrolled in Medicaid is denied assistance in most circumstances if the care she needs is an abortion.

Sign the petition and make your voice heard! Our goal is to collect 20,000 signatures to deliver to Congress by January 22, 2008. With your help we can meet this goal! Please forward this email to your friends and colleagues and encourage them to sign.

By signing the petition, you join a strong, national effort called the Hyde – 30 Years is Enough! Campaign. The campaign is led by the National Network of Abortion Funds, a network of groups that raise money to help women cover the cost of abortions. A complete list of organizations participating in the campaign can be found here.

Please join us and sign the petition now!

Together, we can create a society in which all women have the power and resources necessary to make healthy decisions about their bodies and families.

Thank you,
The Hyde – 30 Years is Enough! Campaign


Thursday, October 25, 2007

After Happy Hour this Tuesday....

Jennifer Baumgardner, Kara Jesella, and Marisa Meltzer!

TUESDAY, October 30th * 8 PM* LAST EXIT BAR, 136 ATLANTIC AVENUE, DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN* $5 suggested donation

Please join us on Tuesday, October 30th, for our second reading of the season, as Kara Jesella and Marisa Meltzer (HOW SASSY CHANGED MY LIFE) and Jennifer Baumgardner (LOOK BOTH WAYS) read in support of the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls.

Kara Jesella and Marisa Meltzer are the New York–based authors of HOW SASSY CHANGED MY LIFE: A LOVE LETTER TO THE GREATEST TEEN MAGAZINE OF ALL TIME. They have written and edited for publications such as The New York Times, Teen Vogue, Elle Girl, Bitch, Jane, Spin, Entertainment Weekly, Nylon,Nerve, and Elle.

Jennifer Baumgardner is a Brooklyn-based magazine writer and author. She is the co-author of Manifesta and Grassroots, and the author of Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics. She has written for The Nation, Jane, Glamour, National Public Radio, and Out.

Founded in 2004, Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls is a non-profit summer day camp serving girls aged 8-18 in New York City. The program offers girls the chance to learn how to play musical instruments, write songs, perform, learn about different types of music, and generally “rock out” in a supportive environment that fosters self-confidence, self-esteem, creativity, tolerance, and collaboration. Rock camp is dedicated to youth empowerment through music. The program is founded on the proposition that music can serve as a powerful tool of self-expression and self-esteem-building for girls and young women, and can help combat racism and stereotypes by building bridges of communication and shared experience among girls from diverse communities.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007



author of

4 - 5:30 PM
BROKEN JUSTICE is the true story about Dr. Ken Edelin, a young, black doctor who arrived in Boston in 1971 to do his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Boston City Hospital. In January of 1975, he was put on trial for murder – the charge resulting from an abortion he had performed on a 17-year-old girl – before a jury that was all white, predominantly male, and overwhelmingly Catholic. The dynamic confluences of race, sex, and revenge played out in a Boston courtroom during the six-week trial. With recent Supreme Court decisions on abortion rights, BROKEN JUSTICE is important reading for pro-choicers and pro-lifers alike.


Sunday, October 28
Two Exciting Events with

An Evening of New Works

Directed by Francesca Mantani Arkus
With: Patricia A. Chilsen, Christopher D. Burris, Esosa Edosomwan,
Carl H. Jaynes, Nairoby Otero

Words of Choice, a theater company devoted to artistic explorations of women's freedom and choice, presents new works about sex, pregnancy, abortion, contraception and activism. Reception follows.

Sunday October 28, 2007, 7 pm
The TACT Studio, 900 Broadway (at 20th St.), Suite 905

Creativity Workshop: Artistic Investigations of Reproductive Rights

Led by Francesca Mantani Arkus, Cindy Cooper, Suzanne Grossman

An afternoon of creative exercises to jump start artistic writings and performances related to choice, sponsored by Words of Choice.

Sunday October 28 2007, 2-5 pm
The TACT Studio, 900 Broadway (at 20th St.), Suite 905

Tickets for each event: Voluntary donation -- $5-$15
Advance purchase: www.brownpapertickets.com

Information: 212-560-2616, www.wordsofchoice.org

Monday, October 22, 2007

"Politics and the F Word: Does Feminism Matter?"

"Politics and the F Word: Does Feminism Matter?" is featuring panelists Hillary Clinton Strategist Ann Lewis, Us Weekly Editor Janice Min, Teachers Union President Randi Weingarten, NYU Public Affairs SVP Lynne Brown and Community Board 1 Chair Julie Menin to talk about a number of issues surrounding the issue of women and politics. The discussion is much-needed. Yes, we have a female Speaker of the House and leading presidential candidate, but let's not forget that women still hold less than 25% of all elected offices in the U.S.

So if you're in town and want to come by and check out the (free!) feminist fun, here are the details:

Date: Tuesday, October 23
Location: NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service,
The Puck Building, 2nd Floor, 295 Lafayette Street
Time: 8:30 a.m. breakfast, program 9 – 10 a.m.

RSVP online or by phone at 212-981-5285


NARAL Pro-Choice New York
National Organization for Women (NOW) – NYC
Planned Parenthood of NYC

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Abortion Controversies

Tuesday, October 23, 2007 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The Wolfson Center for National Affairs at The New School presents a panel discussion focusing on the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Gonzalez v. Carhart, which has thrown the status of Roe v. Wade into doubt and suggests that the controversy may be reaching a new level of intensity. Majorie Heins, founder and coordinator of the Free Expression Policy Project at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU's School of Law will moderate a discussion of this historic decision with Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, Daniel C. Maguire, professor of moral theological ethics, Marquette University, and author of Sacred Rights, and Caitlin Borgmann, assistant professor, CUNY School of Law and editor of the Reproductive Rights Prof Blog.


The New School, Wollman Hall, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor (enter at 66 West 12th Street)

$8; free to all students and New School faculty, staff, and alumni with ID

Box Office Information:

In person purchases can be made at The New School Box Office at 66 West 12th Street, main floor, Monday- Friday 1:00-7:00 p.m. The box office opens the first day of classes and closes after the last paid event of each semester.

For events scheduled during the summer term, the box office will open one hour before each event. During this period only, reservations and inquiries can be made by emailing boxoffice@newschool.edu or calling 212.229.5488.

For more information go here

Monday, October 15, 2007

Save the Date: Repro Health Happy Hour - 10/30

The next Repro Health Happy Hour will be on Tuesday, October 30th from 6-9pm.. We are currently looking for a place to hold it, so please post or email us with any suggestions!

See you soon!

Bronx Community Forum on Latino Reproductive Health Disparities-10/19

Bronx Community Forum on Latino Reproductive Health Disparities-10/19

The Latino Reproductive Rights Project, a joint collaboration of the Hispanic Federation and the National Institute for Reproductive Health invites you, your staff, activists and community members to a community forum on Latino reproductive health disparities.

With the support of Councilwomen Maria del Carmen Arroyo-Bronx, and Assembly woman Naomi Rivera we will discuss Latina adolescent pregnancy, access to emergency contraception, and HIV/AIDS/STIs, HPV and Cervical Cancer and the work that needs to be accomplished in order to address these issues in the Latino Community.

Bronx- Friday, October 19th from 12pm to 2pm

Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center (Lobby Auditorium)

234 East 149th Street

Bronx, New York 10451,

(b/t Morris and Park Avenues)

RSVP Nancy Conde at nconde@hispanicfederation.org October 16th for the Bronx. Lunch will be served.

We look forward to your support in ensuring that the health disparities facing our communities are addressed.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

The End of Abstinence? event

The End of Abstinence?
The current status of abstinence-only education and its effects on the lives of young people

Wednesday, October 10, 2007
6:30 - 8:30PM
LGBT Community Center
208 West 13th Street (btwn 7th/8th aves.), NYC

Free ~ Open to the public ~ Refreshments provided

Last month, NY State Governor Spitzer's administration announced that New York is ending abstinence-only-until-marriage programs funded by the state. But does that mean the end of these programs and their negative impact on young people?

Come celebrate this rare victory with us, and find out what still needs to be done so that our youth can receive comprehensive sex education in our public schools in New York City, throughout the state, and nationwide.

Speakers Include:
Maxwell Ciardullo - SIECUS
Lee Che P. Leong - Teen Health Initiative - New York Civil Liberties Union
Jelani Addams Rosa - Senior at Millennium High School
Dawn Young - Center for Women & HIV Advocacy

Moderated by: Magali Romero, CHAMP

Co-sponsored by:
CitiWide Harm Reduction, Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP), Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), HIV Law Project - Center for Women & HIV Advocacy, LGBT Center, NYC AIDS Housing Network, New York Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood of New York City, Pro-Choice Public Education Project, Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS)

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Repro Health Happy Hour on MONDAY!

Come one come all to the Repro Health Happy Hour this Monday! We will be gathering at Heartland Brewery in Union Square from 6-9pm!

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Building Bridges: A Look at the Reproductive Justice Movements in the U.S. and Mexico

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) and "Grupo de Informacción en Reproducción Elegida" (GIRE)
Cordially Invite You to:

"Building Bridges: A Look at the Reproductive Justice Movements in the U.S. and Mexico"

Come and listen to NLIRH's Silvia Henriquez and GIRE María Luisa Sánchez Fuentes speak about the recent abortion rights victory in Mexico City, current reproductive health policies that affect Latinas in the U.S. and the future of reproductive justice for Latinas.

October 3, 2007, 6-8pm
520 8th Avenue, 22nd Fl.
(at the offices of North Star Fund,between 36th and 37th Streets)
New York, NY 10018

Suggested Donation of $15.00
(No one will be turned away due to lack of funds).

Wine, refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

To RSVP, please contact Karla at 212-422-2553, or at nlirh@latinainstitute.org

For more information, please visit:

NLIRH: www.latinainstitute.org
GIRE: www.gire.org.mx

To view the invitation, please visit: www.latinainstitute.org/getinvolved/upcomingevents.html

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Latino Reproductive Rights Community Forum

The Latino Reproductive Rights Project, a joint collaboration of the Hispanic Federation and the National Institute for Reproductive Health invites you, your staff, activists and community members to a community forum on Latino reproductive health disparities.

With the support of Councilwomen Melissa Mark Viverito- Manhattan, and Maria del Carmen Arroyo-Bronx, we will discuss Latina adolescent pregnancy, access to emergency contraception, and HIV/AIDS/STIs, HPV and Cervical Cancer and the work that needs to be accomplished in order to address these issues in the Latino Community.

Manhattan- Thursday, October 4th from 12pm to 2pm.
East Harlem Council for Community Improvement
413 East 120th Street, New York, New York 10035
(Corner of 120th Street and 1st Avenue)


Bronx- Friday, October 19th from 12pm to 2pm
Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center (Lobby Auditorium)
234 East 149th Street
Bronx, New York 10451,
(b/t Morris and Park Avenues)

RSVP Nancy Conde at nconde@hispanicfederation.org Tuesday, October 2nd for NYC and October 16th for the Bronx.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Socially Conscious Happy Hour

If folks feel like talking to some socially conscious folks that aren't involved in Repro health, check out the Socially Conscious Happy Hour next Wednesday!

Whether your back in school or working, start fall off by expanding your network of
progressive young adults over drinks!

Come out next Wednesday to meet, chat and network with other socially conscious New Yorkers. With a range of backgrounds and goals we are able to share our opinions and gain insight from each in a relaxed environment.

Date: Wednesday 9/19
Time: 6:30-9:00pm
Location: Leela Lounge @ 1 West 3rd Street b/t Broadway & Mercer
Directions: Take D to Broadway-Lafayette or A/C/E; B/D/F/V to West 4th

We hope to see you there!

Socially Conscious NYC is a monthly hang-out for young professionals and graduate students in NYC who are interested in discussing current events, relevant social issues of our time and possible solutions. The aim is to build a network and community of socially conscious individuals among the next generation of leaders in every sector of society.

Never Again International, provoking ideas and action for peace

Socially Conscious NYC, a project of Never Again

Monday, September 10, 2007

Defenders of Reproductive Justice

NYC Benefit Concert for Reproductive Justice: 9/13 in the East Village

Defenders of Reproductive Justice

Date: 9/13/2007
Time: 7:00pm

An evening of good music for a good reason! Proceeds of the evening will go to Pro Choice Public Education Project (PEP)

Musical quests The Orion Experience, Vince, Diamond, Jon Bezeman. Great raffle prizes and more!

To Buy ticket on line & get a special Defender Gift - Click Here!

Location: Club Midway. 25 Ave B East Village, New York, NY

Contact: Janice

Phone: 914-312-3777 E-Mail: jlf392@nyu.edu

URL: http://defenders913.eventbrite.com/

Wednesday, September 5, 2007


Our exciting theatrical presentation is now on film!
NEW YORK Launch Party:
October 19, 2007, 7 pm
Helen Mills Theater
139 W. 26th Street
(betw 7th Ave and 6th Ave.)
Film Screening,
Discussion: 'Creative Ways to Fight for Reproductive Rights'
Reception, Networking
212-560-2616 for information or wordsofchoice@mindspring. com
MORE INFORMATION: www.wordsofchoice. org

Seeking New Works for WORDS OF CHOICE ...

"Words of Choice" is seeking creative writing about women's freedom and reproductive rights for possible inclusion in 'An Evening of New Works of Words of Choice,' performed as a staged reading by New York actors and directed by Francesca Mantani Arkus on October 28, 7-9 p.m. in Manhattan at The TACT Studio, 900 Broadway, Suite 905.
We are seeking works of 10 minutes or less.

The 10-minute works may be: scenes, monologues, short plays, sketches, short stories, poetry, spoken word, songs, letters, memoirs or elegant nonfiction. They may be: humorous, serious, eclectic, poignant, fanciful, quirky. They may be about: contraception, sex, abortion, pregnancy, adoption, activism, love, fear, rape, sexuality, gender stereotypes, the Religious Right, women's liberation or whatever spurs our dreams of reproductive freedom.
Send 'Short Words of Choice' by October 1 to wordsofchoice@mindspring.com

People interested in developing new their new works with our creative team are invited to attend a Creativity Workshop by Words of Choice on October 28 from 2-5 pm at The TACT Studio, 900 Broadway, Suite 905. Some selections may be included in 'An Evening of New Works,' (above). Email for further information: wordsofchoice@ mindspring. com or call 212-560-2616.

'Words of Choice' is a nonprofit organization, founded by Cindy Cooper, and devoted to the theatrical and creative expression of women's freedom and rights.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Pass on to any teens you know in NYC...

Dear Youth Advocate:

Did you know that teens living in New York have rights that they may not know about? Teens have the right to make many health care decisions.
Most minors in New York do not know that they can get contraceptives, STI and pregnancy testing, abortions and pre-natal care without permission from their parents.

The Teen Health Initiative (THI) works to make sure that teens know their rights and to remove the barriers that prevent young people from accessing essential health care. Our peer educators conduct workshops for adolescents about minors' rights to receive this care and learn how they can make a difference. We need your help to empower today's youth:

THI seeks dynamic high school students to train other New York youth in teens' rights to health care. The THI Peer Educators meet weekly and
deliver workshops throughout the five boroughs. Peer Educators are
paid $7.50 to $9.50 per hour and receive reimbursement for travel expenses. We encourage you or teens you know to apply to work with us as Peer Educators. Please fill out our application and mail, fax or email it back to us!

THI Peer Educators:

* Work with teens from all over the city, many of whom they may not
otherwise meet
* Improve their knowledge of minors' rights to health care
* Travel to all five boroughs (and beyond!) giving workshops to teens
* Meet with doctors, lawyers, and leaders that represent the
reproductive justice movement in New York and the United States
* Earn stipends of $7.50 to $9.50 an hour or community service credit,
and enjoy delicious multicultural take-out food
* And, most importantly, have a fabulous time!
To become a THI Peer Educator, you need to:
* Be a high school student living in New York City
* Commit to Monday meetings from 4pm to 6pm
* Give at least five workshops during the year throughout New York
* Write 2 articles for the THI newsletter, Let's Talk About...
* Be an energetic and enthusiastic team player!
Here's how to apply to become an amazing THI Peer Educator:
* Fill out an application (enclosed or online) and either mail or fax
it o the THI or Request an application by emailing thi@nyclu.org or calling 212.607.3341

We encourage you or teens you know to apply to work with us as Peer Educators - Teens can make a difference!


Monday, August 13, 2007

Save the Date: August 28th

Please mark Tuesday, AUGUST 28TH on your calendar for the next Repro Health Happy Hour! We will be meeting from 6-9pm at Union Hall in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn. Details below.

Have a wonderful rest of your summer! Hope to see you in a few weeks!
Myra and Leila


Union Hall is located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, right off the corner of 5th Avenue on Union Street.

R train to Union Street. Walk 1 block east.

F train to 4th Avenue. Walk north on 4th Ave and turn right on Union Street. 1 block up.

Q, 2, 3, 4, 5 trains to Atlantic Avenue. Walk south on 5th Ave. Make a left on Union Street.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

JOB: Community Affairs Coordinator at PPNYC

We are currently recruiting for a full-time Community Affairs Coordinator for the Public Affairs Department
located at the Executive Offices at 26 Bleecker Street, NY, NY 10012.

This is an Exempt position reporting to the Director of Advocacy & Marketing.


Responsible for mobilizing people both in communities throughout New York City and within PPNYC to support and secure full access to reproductive freedom and sexual health. Identifies key constituencies and
develops and carries out mobilizing strategies. Responsible for building and retaining targeted
collaborative partnerships with sister organizations and coalition partners consistent with agency
legislative and advocacy goals. Specific outreach to be focused on forming linkages with ethnically diverse
communities and the communities where PPNYC centers are located. Serves as Public Affairs liaison to
other departments, including the health centers and coordinates PPNYC's 3 Community Advisory Boards.


Requires Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Requires 2-3 years of related and/or applicable experience.
The ideal candidate must have strong speaking, writing, organizational and people skills. Must be
able to work effectively in coalitions and with economically diverse communities. Must have knowledge
of and demonstrated commitment to reproductive health care issues.

Interested candidates should email their resume and cover letter with salary requirements to:

Director of Human Resources


Planned Parenthood of New York City, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce; women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Gender Equality Festival in Brooklyn Saturday!

Gender Equality Festival

Date: 7/28/2007
Time: 11am-6pm

Description: Girls for Gender Equity is proud to organize the Second Annual New York City Gender Equality Festival on July 28th 11am – 6pm at Von King Park in Brooklyn, NY Featuring performances by artists including singer/songwriter Pamela Means, hip hop artist Carlethal, Women’s Project theater group, and spoken word poets Urban Word NYC, the Gender Equality Festival is a free public event for education, networking, resource sharing, community interaction, arts and recreation that is open to New Yorkers of all ages and genders. Over 90 community organizations will participate, offering workshops on a wide variety of topics – responding to street harassment, zine making, HIV/AIDS, self defense, youth leadership, online activism, responding to police violence, reproductive justice, and more. For more information, contact Devon Claridge at 718-857-1393 or info@ggenyc.org

Location: Von King/Tompkins Park, Brooklyn, NY

Contact: Devon Claridge

Phone: (718) 857-1393 E-Mail: info@ggenyc.org

URL: http://www.ggenyc.org

Reproductive Justice In New York State: Assembly Member Richard Gotffried

Reproductive Justice In New York State: Assembly Member Richard Gotffried

Date: 8/14/2007 Time: 12 noon

Assembly Member Richard Gottfried

Tuesday, August 14, 2007
12:00 Noon Social Half-Hour
12:30 PM Program
33 West 60th Street, 5th Floor Conference Room

Hon. Richard N. Gottfried,
Chair, NYS Assembly Committee on Health

While the federal government and other states are weakening a woman's right to choose, New York State is continuing its historic role of remaining in the forefront of reproductive justice for women. In 1970, three years before Roe v. Wade, New York State guaranteed women the right to legal abortions.

Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, Chair of the New York State Assembly Health Committee, will discuss New York State's current bill, Reproductive Health and Privacy Protection Act, recently introduced by Governor Spitzer that would update New York’s reproductive rights law. The Reproductive Health and Privacy Protection Act would take the abortion legislation out of New York’s criminal statutes and put it in the Public Health Law.

Pre-Registration is Required
You will be asked to show a photo ID in the lobby of the building. No Charge WCC Members & Students with ID • $10 Nonmembers

Location: 33 West 60th Street, 5th Floor Conference Room, New York, NY

Contact: Victoria Passarella

Phone: 212-353-8070 x204 E-Mail: victoriap@wccny,org

URL: http://wccny.org

Friday, July 20, 2007

NYAAF needs Volunteers!

The New York Abortion Access Fund (NYAAF) needs volunteers! NYAAF is an amazing organization that provides funding assistance for low-income women in need of reproductive health care. Find out more information about the organization here.

If you'd like to volunteer, email nyaaf@nnaf.org.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

What’s So Bad About Abortion? event

The NY Salon and the New York Society for Ethical Culture presents:

What’s So Bad About Abortion?

Thursday, August 9, 7 to 9pm, New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street at Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

Free admission. Seating is first-come first served

Donna Crane, Director, Government Relations, NARAL Pro-Choice America
Ann Furedi, Chief Executive Officer, British Pregnancy Advisory Service (UK)
Kirsten Moore, President and CEO, Reproductive Health Technologies Project
Vicki Saporta, President and CEO, National Abortion Federation
Moderated by Jean Smith, Director, NY Salon

Abortion is one of the most contentious issues in American politics, but the most recent polls show that most voters fall between somewhere between the extremes. This has led some to suggest that Democrats need a more nuanced view of abortion to win back the electorate. As the 2008 presidential race to the White House gets into full swing this international panel will examine:

· Why is abortion such an important issue in electoral politics in the US compared to Europe?

· What’s so bad about abortion?

· Why do women need the right to abortion?

· Should we seek a middle ground?

· Which 2008 presidential candidates, if any, will defend the right to abortion?

In the week running up to the event papers from the speakers will be posted at www.nysalon.org

Catholics for a Free Choice www.catholicsforchoice.org
British Pregnancy Advisory Service (UK) www.bpas.org
National Abortion Federation www.prochoice.org
NARAL Pro-Choice America www.prochoiceamerica.org
Reproductive Health Technologies Project www.rhtp.org

Dial 311! Advocate for NYC Sex Ed!

Dial 311!

Call the City of New York and tell them you want real sex ed in New York City schools.

A quick phone call can make a big difference.

It's easy and it will only take 2 minutes.

STEP 1: Dial 311 (It's a free call)

STEP 2: Ask to make a suggestion (or a complaint) to the Department of Education

STEP 3: Tell the operator you believe students should get sex education every year in the public schools. Them them sex ed should be required for all kids.

STEP 4: They will ask you for your contact information. You can leave your name and contact info or you can ask to be anonymous.

STEP 5: Pass this message on to 10 of your friends!

It won't take much time, but it can make a big difference. Your suggestion will go to the Department of Education and a report of calls will go to the City Council, the Public Advocate, Community Boards and the public. 311 is New York City's phone number for government information and non-emergency services. For more information go to: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doitt/html/about/about_311.shtml.


Research shows that sex education is effective at helping young people make healthy decisions about their bodies and their relationships. All the major medical organizations support sex education. Eight out of ten New Yorkers support sex education. Yet most public schools in NYC do not teach sex ed!

What are we waiting for?

Let's give our young people the information and skills they need to live healthy lives. Call 311 now. Then urge your friends and colleagues to do the same!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Job Opening: Director of Local Advocacy Initiatives

The National Institute for Reproductive Health is seeking a highly motivated individual to direct our state and local advocacy initiatives. The mission of the National Institute is develop and implement innovative and proactive approaches to protecting and expanding access to the full range of reproductive health care information and services for all women, with a specific focus on youth, low-income women, and women of color. The National Institute seeks to remove barriers to reproductive health services and assist reproductive health and community-based organizations to confront those barriers that are national in significance, yet are best addressed through locally managed initiatives. Through research, education, advocacy, policy and community organizing, the National Institute is working to ensure that all women have the ability and means to access and exercise their reproductive health and rights. The National Institute is affiliated with NARAL Pro-Choice New York, which works in New York State to elect pro-choice candidates and change public policy.


The Director of Local Advocacy Initiatives would be responsible for working with our local partners to promote policy and advocacy initiatives at the local level. Working closely with the Vice President of National Programs, the Vice President of Communications, and program staff, the State Advocacy Director would coordinate local campaigns related to our program areas. In the near term, the Director will manage the Contraceptive Access Campaign, which includes providing technical and financial resources to local organizations aimed at increasing access to Emergency Contraception. The Director will also coordinate the local campaigns related to our Messaging Project, which seeks to engage local organizations in an innovative campaign to stop legislative efforts to ban abortion at the state level. The Director will also work with National Institute staff to support their work with local partners and help build the National Institute’s support for local organizations tackling barriers to reproductive health care.

This position offers an exciting opportunity for someone interested in working on innovative projects to join a growing organization that is working with partners across the nation.
The State Advocacy Director will be responsible for:

• Managing and developing advocacy projects at the local and national level;
• Supervising program interns and working with staff on program related projects;
• Providing technical support to local advocates on a range of reproductive health policies;
• Traveling several days in a month to meet with local advocates across the country;
• Leading and/or facilitating coalition meetings;
• Identifying and developing strong working relationships and collaborations with local partners and national reproductive health organizations; and
• Representing the organization in various settings, including conferences, meetings with local and national partners, and meetings with public officials.

Additional Qualifications:
Applicants must have 3-5 years work experience in a relevant field, strong writing and public speaking skills, and a commitment to women’s rights and social justice. An ideal candidate will have experience developing and implementing advocacy campaigns, organizing activists, and coordinating and managing coalitions at the national and/or local level. Although not required, a master’s degree in public policy, women’s rights, public health and/or law, and/or experience working in political campaigns or grassroots organizing will greatly strengthen a candidate’s application. This position requires a significant amount of travel to localities across the country.

How to Apply:
A cover letter and resume should be mailed or emailed to:

Andrew Stern, Director of Human Resources
National Institute for Reproductive Health
470 Park Avenue South, 7th Floor South
New York, NY 10016


The 2007 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival presents…


Monday July 23

8:15 pm @ Village East Cinemas, Screen 6

181 2nd Ave. NY, NY 10003

The women's movement in the Philippines is one the most vibrant in the world, serving as a role model for grassroots activism everywhere.

Spearheading this movement is GABRIELA Philippines, the largest umbrella coalition of women's groups in the country. "MAKIBAKA! HUWAG MATAKOT!" ("FIGHT! WITHOUT FEAR!") is a documentary made by Filipina American Darlene Lombos about women living in the frontlines --
fighting economic exploitation, gender violence and the effects of the global "war on terror."

GABRIELA Network New York/New Jersey

nynj@gabnet.org * 212-592-3507 * www.myspace.com/gabnetnynj

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The New York Healthy Birth Fair


Choices in Childbirth, The Grassroots Advocates Committee of the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS), and Friends of the Birth Center


Saturday, July 21, 2007 from 11AM to 7PM


Union Square South, 14th Street between University Place and Broadway


• The release of the 2nd edition of The New York Guide to a Healthy Birth
• The launching of the New York City pilot of The Birth Survey
• Announcement of the plans for Manhattan’s new freestanding Birth Center
• The distribution of information regarding women’s rights and options in
• Raising awareness of issues and trends in maternity care
• A red tent where women can relax, share their birth stories, and
participate in prenatal yoga
• A community art project which will enable participants to contribute to
a birth-themed installation piece
• A craft tent for kids
• … and more!

Don't miss out on your chance to participate in this groundbreaking event!
You can also help us to make it a success by sharing the details with your mailing list. Information can be easily accessed by clicking on this
link: www.choicesinchildbirth.org/birthfair.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Happy Hour at Revival

Please join us tomorrow, July 10th at Revival bar near Union Square. There's a fantastic back garden, bring your friends and colleagues!

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Happy Hour this Tuesday!

The next Repro Health Happy Hour will be this Tuesday, July 10th! Location to be announced shortly.

Happy 4th of July!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

For expectant parents...

Choices in Childbirth invites you to the June free informational session for expectant parents.

June Topic: The role of the birth partner: doula? partner? relative?
friend? What is your winning team?

Date: Wednesday, June 27th, 6:30-8:30PM

Meeting location: 859 Broadway, Apt 3 (cross Street 17th Street, off Union Square)

Guest speakers: Risa L Klein, CNM, Stephanie Watson-Campbell, birth & postpartum doula, and 3 mothers who will talk about their individual choice and experience.

If you know anyone else who might be interested, please pass on the word!

To print our flyer you may download it here.

Please RSVP.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Answer at Rutgers University seeks a new Director

Answer is a leading national organization dedicated to providing and promoting comprehensive sexuality education. The organization's ongoing initiatives include the Teen-to-Teen Sexuality Education Project, which provides sexual health resources written by teens, for teens, through the Sex, Etc. national magazine and Web site, www.sexetc.org; and the Sexuality Education Training Initiative, which provides training, resources, and technical assistance to teachers and professionals who work with young people.

Job Description

Reports to the Executive Director of the Center for Applied Psychology.

Propels Answer (formerly the Network for Family Life Education) to brand/market leader in sexuality education nationally.

Develops and oversees the organization's strategic vision, overall fund development, marketing and communication strategies, relationship, cultivation, management, and administrative functions.

Develops and implements the strategic plan with Answer's national advisory board, and expands the success of the organization's initiatives.

Develops, solicits, and stewards a diverse funding base that includes foundations, government, and individual donors, as well as earned income, and serves as Answer's principle organizational spokesperson.

Directs and manages programmatic, evaluation, marketing/communications, financial, and administrative operations and processes.

Job Requirements

Requires a master's degree in a relevant field of education, social science, health services, or science, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience that demonstrates comprehensive knowledge and understanding of issues pertinent to child/adolescent development, behavior, sexuality, health, psychology, and/or education; and of marketing/communications, including current technologies; plus three years experience managing and growing the substantive, financial, business, and administrative aspects of programs that include success in securing substantial support, demonstrated diplomatic negotiating, consensus building, collaboration, the use of successful marketing strategies and tools, development of creative and innovative programs and strategies, and staff supervision.

Also requires excellent communication skills for complex and sensitive subject matter; experience articulating values, information, and compelling cases to multiple audiences, one-on-one through interviews, and through formal proposals and/or presentations; and the ability to think strategically and provide direction to staff.

Candidate must also understand the role of individuals, corporations, foundations, and government in contemporary philanthropy; handle complex organizational detail; and be computer literate. Candidate must have proven ability to interact effectively with various audiences, including media, teens, teachers and other youth-serving professionals, foundations, individual donors, parents, and policy makers and have an excellent track record in building and maintaining a strong team and positive work environment, modeling effective leadership, and promoting open communication.

Apply by July 9 online only at http://uhr.rutgers.edu/jobpostings/aps/Detail.asp?id=07-000662. Interested candidates should include resume and cover letter.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Work for SIECUS in DC

International Policy Associate

SIECUS, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the US
, a leading voice in promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights with a specific focus on sexuality education, is seeking an International Public Policy Associate. The position involves monitoring, analyzing, and working to counter policies and efforts that impact sexuality education, HIV prevention and similar issues internationally. Position requires ability to work with limited supervision as well as strong public speaking and writing skills. International experience and political acumen are necessary. Spanish speaker a plus. The position is part of a dynamic team in our Washington, DC Public Policy Office. Some travel is required. To view the full job description, click here.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Friday, May 25, 2007

"Let's Talk About Sex! (If You're Into that Sort of Thing)"

"Let's Talk About Sex! (If You're Into that Sort of Thing)"

A bold and brazen discussion with three writers who know their stuff. Jessica Valenti, founder of the popular blog Feministing.com and author of "Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman's Guide to Why Feminism Matters," Amber Madison, author of "Hooking Up: A Girl's Guide to All to Sex and Sexuality," and Mikhaela Reid, political cartoonist and author of "Attack of the 50-Foot Mikhaela" talk about what's good, what's bad, and what's just plain weird about being young and sexual in today's America.

It's Friday, June 22, 7-8:30 pm at Think Coffee on Mercer

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Hot event!

The Guttmacher Institute Invites You to Attend




An Evening to Promote Safe Sex

Thursday, June 7, 6:30 pm

Guttmacher Institute

120 Wall Street, 21st Floor


Food Wine and BeerLive MusicPrivate TerraceRaffle Free Giveaways

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Haven Needs Hosts

The amazing organization of Haven needs new hosts for the summer. Check out their website for more information - http://havencoalition.org/

Free Informational Session at Choices in Childbirth

May Topic: Comfort measures during labor and delivery: what are your options? Epidural? Relaxation? Water? Acupressure? Visualization?
Vocalization? ....And much more!

Date: Wednesday, May 30th, 2007, 6:30-8:30PM

Meeting location: 441 Lexington Avenue, entrance on 44th Street (across from Grand Central Station), 19th floor, NYC

Guest speakers: Sarah E. Rivkin, MS, LAc, Dipl. OM.; Denise Spatafora, founder of Bornclear; Marcy Perlman Tardio, CNM, and 3 mothers who will talk about their individual choice and experience.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Benefit Event - "The Struggle for Birth Control and Abortion Rights: Past and Present"

"The Struggle for Birth Control and Abortion Rights: Past and Present"

At this benefit event, film will be utilized to discuss the history of the fight for reproductive rights in the U.S. First released in 1972, we will screen "It Happens to Us," which remains a classic plea for legal abortion, followed by clips of today's feminist movement in action.

Date: Wednesday May 23rd 7PM
Cost: $10 to Benefit the Women's Liberation Birth Control Project

Location: Monkey Town 58 N 3rd St (btw. Kent & Wythe) Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Take L to Bedford St Stop.

Reservations are recommended but not required: www.monkeytownhq.com.

Additional Info:
When Amalie Rothschild made the film "It Happens to Us" in 1972, the women's liberation movement was on the march. In 1970 NY became the first state to legalize abortion and in 1973 the Supreme Court followed suit by making abortion legal nation wide. Thirty-five years later, the movement continues to fight for a woman's right to control her own body. The Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 to uphold the Federal Abortion Ban, a law that restricts a safe and necessary abortion
procedure. With the right wing chipping away at Roe v. Wade, it is imperative that women respond.

As part of our efforts to raise consciousness and gain momentum in the movement for reproductive freedom, we will screen "It Happens to Us," which shows women testifying about their abortions, both legal and illegal, followed by video clips of today's feminist movement in action.

Proceeds will benefit The Women's Liberation Birth Control Project, an organization that fights for justice for women, including our rights to birth control and abortion.

The Birth Control Project is at the forefront of the fight to make the Morning-After Pill over-the-counter. Our members have held sit-ins, speak-outs and rallies, and are even suing the FDA to make the Morning-After Pill over-the-counter for all women, regardless of age.

Web Links:
Learn more about the Birth Control Project: www.birthcontrolproject.org
Learn more about the film: http://www.newday.com/films/It_Happens_to_Us.html
Learn more about the venue: www.monkeytownhq.com

Monday, April 30, 2007

HIV/AIDS and the Fight for Universal Healthcare

The Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP NY) and the LGBT Community Center present...

HIV/AIDS and the Fight for Universal Healthcare:
Bridging the movements for health justice

Tuesday, May 1st
6:30 - 8:30PM

LGBT Community Center
208 West 13th Street (btwn 7th/8th aves.)
New York City
Free and open to the public | Refreshments will be provided

Speakers Include:
Eustacia Smith, ACTUP-New York
Rebecca Fox, National Coalition for LGBT Health
Ajamu Sankofa, Healthcare-Now!

Moderated by: Joseph DeFillippis, Queers for Economic Justice

Co-sponsored by:
ACTUP-NY, Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP), Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), Healthcare-Now!, LGBT Center, Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign, Physicians for a National Health Program-NY Metro Chapter,
Queers for Economic Justice

For more information or to be added as a co-sponsor, contact Kim at champ@champnetwork.org or 212-937-7955 x3.


Thursday, April 26, 2007

Repro Health Happy Hour TONIGHT!

Join us to drink, talk, and watch the Democratic presidential primary debate TONIGHT!

Hope to see you there,
Leila & Myra

Repro Health Happy Hour
Thursday, April 26th

Eight Mile Creek
240 Mulberry Street, NYC NY 10012

Monday, April 23, 2007

Women Deliver Conference in London!

Women Deliver is going to be a different kind of conference. We are marking the 20th anniversary of the global Safe Motherhood Initiative by bringing together experts and creative thinkers in not only maternal health and the major causes of maternal death but also human rights, gender, HIV and AIDS, education, micro-enterprise, sexual and reproductive health, including family planning, and more.

This broad, international women’s health and development community will make Women Deliver a vibrant demonstration of how health, gender equality, and development are inextricably linked. Women Deliver will present data and share evidence, including case studies, to document the contribution of women to national well-being. We will show how, with adequate funding and political support, programs and policies can deliver the promises the international community made during the International Conference on Population and Development +5 process and in the Millennium Development Goals and their targets.

For three days, more than 2,000 people, representing multiple sectors and programs worldwide, will deliver interactive workshops, presentations, and exhibits. Attendees will promote cross-cutting investments and partnerships with high level delegations from at least 30 countries, including parliamentarians, Ministers of Finance, Ministers of Planning, and civil society representatives.

For additional information, visit the conference web site www.womendeliver.org or email info@womendeliver.org.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Women, Family Planning and the New Congress event

Women, Family Planning and the New Congress

Date:Thursday, April 19
Location: Marble Collegiate Church
Bay Hall
1 W. 29th Street, New York

Time 6:30PM - 8:30 PM
Cost: Free to the public.
Register Online or call 646-649-9114

Featuring: Anika Rahman, President, Americans for UNFPA
Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Carolyn Makinson, Executive Director, Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Rally at Union Square Park Today on SCOTUS Decision

Rally at Union Square Park Today on SCOTUS Decision

Court Upholds Federal Abortion Ban; NARAL Pro-Choice New York to Hold Rally Today at Union Square Park

The Supreme Court has ruled today with a 5-4 decision to uphold the 2003 federal law that bans certain safe abortion procedures. NARAL Pro-Choice New York and a growing number of co-sponsoring organizations will be holding a citywide rally tonight to denounce the decision, mobilize New Yorkers and talk about the importance of getting active to protect a woman's right to choose.

Supreme Court Decision Upholds Abortion Ban; Rally For Reproductive Rights

Place: Union Square Park, South End

Time: 5:30pm

Co-Sponsors: NYCLU, ESPA, NYAAF, NLIRH, NOW-NYC, PFAW and the list is currently growing

Friday, April 13, 2007

Happy Hour at Eight Mile Creek on the 26th

Good News, we found the perfect spot to drink and watch the Democratic presidential primary debate!

Hope to see you there, Leila & Myra

Repro Health Happy Hour

Thursday, April 26th


Eight Mile Creek

240 Mulberry Street, NYC NY 10012


Monday, April 9, 2007

Save the Date: Thursday, April 26th

The next Repro Health Happy Hour will be Thursday, April 26th from 6-9pm. As that night is also a Democratic presidential debate, we will be meeting at a location where folks can drink, watch, and talk all at the same place. Please let us know if you have any ideas.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Policy Analyst Position at PPNYC


We are currently recruiting for a full-time Policy Analyst to work in the Public Affairs Department located in our Executive Offices at 26 Bleecker Street, NY, NY.

This is an Exempt position reporting to the Director of Government Relations.


Responsible for tracking issues related to reproductive health, healthcare delivery and sex education. Advises and counsels on city and state policies, regulations, and legislation that could substantially affect reproductive justice. Researches, writes and develops a wide range of materials to promote the agency's advocacy, public information and promotional objectives (e.g., legislative memos, letters to elected officials, testimony, fact sheets, and online material). Reviews and informs the policy-related work of other members of the Public Affairs team, including the advocacy and communications teams. Supports agency-wide special projects by providing policy knowledge, research, and writing assistance.


Requires BA or equivalent. Master's degree in public policy or public health preferred. Requires 2 years of related and/or applicable experience. Ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to advancing reproductive healthcare, superb research and writing skills, and experience in legislative analysis.

Interested candidates should email their resume with cover letter and salary requirement to:

Director, Human Resources


Planned Parenthood of New York City, Inc is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workplace; women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Monday, April 2, 2007

No Happy Hour in March!

We apologize there was no Repro Health Happy Hour in March, but stay tuned for details about an extra-special Happy Hour later this month!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

BOSTON: EC Hotlines Specialist Job Opening

Objective: Coordinate administrative operations and outreach efforts for Statewide Emergency Contraception Hotline and Website at AAC. Help recruit, train, support, and supervise sexual health and family planning hotlines volunteer counselors. Serve as information and content manager for EC Website.


  • Remain abreast of current Emergency Contraception, reproductive health, family planning, and sexual health related news and research by attending appropriate continuing education events or forums, reading applicable journals, etc. Help to provide staff and volunteers with updated resources and information through personal conversations, notebooks, handouts, and email.
  • Conduct statewide EC Hotline and Website outreach, program advertising, volunteer recruitment, and follow-up activities.
  • Build and maintain community relationships throughout the five regions of Massachusetts. Distribute information (though trainings and materials such as brochures, posters, and Hotlines cards) and recruit volunteers and interns.
  • Work with Hotlines Manager and Hotlines Supervisor around volunteer supervision. Co-supervise and support Hotline volunteers and interns who provide up-to-date Emergency Contraception, family planning, sexual health, reproductive health, HIV, hepatitis, birth control, and STI information, supportive counseling, and referrals.
  • Provide Emergency Contraception Hotline shift coverage as needed. Receive and respond to calls, emails, and walk-in requests from providers, and consumers with questions in a timely, sensitive manner. Assist callers in assessing their situations, needs, and options. Make appropriate referrals as necessary.
  • Present Emergency Contraception, family planning, sexual health, and reproductive health trainings both internally and externally as needed.
  • Work with Hotline and other AAC staff around Hotline volunteer recruitment, screening, training, and retention issues.
  • Respond to Hotline volunteer inquiries, send applications to appropriate candidates, conduct pre-training interviews, administer post-training tests, conduct post-training exit interviews, and keep the AAC Volunteer Coordinator updated on the status of all Hotline volunteers.
  • Aid in the development, planning, scheduling, and facilitation of program in-services. Coordinate training logistics. Help develop and prepare appropriate materials.
  • Maintain updated internal and external agency referrals for the EC Hotline and website; work with appropriate staff overseeing the resource database and website.
  • Submit regular reports to Hotlines manager on program activities and data.
  • Staff and supervise some evening and weekend shifts as needed in conjunction with other Hotlines staff.
  • Carry emergency staff beeper in conjunction with other Hotlines staff.
  • Attend unit, department, and agency meetings as required.
  • Work closely with agency’s Marketing Department to ensure information on website is accurate.
  • Complete other tasks and responsibilities as required.


  • Bilingual in Spanish and English desirable;
  • Supervisory experience, preferably of volunteers;
  • Hotline or peer counseling experience;
  • Community networking experience;
  • Emergency Contraception and/or family planning, sexual health, reproductive health related work experience or training;
  • Experience working with people in crisis and/or who have experienced trauma;
  • Experience using word processing, database, desktop publishing, PowerPoint and spread-sheet software;
  • Administrative work experience;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and responsibilities;
  • Ability to pay close attention to details;
  • Ability to work independently as well as to function as part of a team;
  • Ability to interact professionally with and fill requests from the public;
  • AIDS and family planning sensitivity and awareness; and
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-cultural environment;
  • Valid driver’s license.

To apply, send your resume and cover letter with position specified to:

Professional Recruitment Box WS
294 Washington St., 5th floor
Boston, MA 02108
or FAX to (617) 437-6445 send it via email to

Thursday, March 22, 2007

From Abortion Rights to Social Justice Conference this weekend!

From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom

March 30-April 1, 2007 -- Hampshire College Amherst, MA

Register online

Do you want to learn more about reproductive freedom and social justice? Or are you a longtime activist looking for inspiration and rejuvenation? Whether you are new to the movement or a veteran organizer, join us at the 21st annual national conference “From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom.”

On March 30-April 1, 2007, campus and community activists will be gathering at Hampshire College to unite for reproductive justice. We are expecting a large turnout—last year there were over 1000 participants from the US and abroad. We offer more than 30 workshops and trainings. Conference speakers address reproductive freedom as it relates to a broad range of social justice initiatives including economic justice, health care reform, racial equality, the war on terrorism, freedom from violence, youth liberation, civil liberties, and LGBTQ rights.

For more information, check out our website at clpp.hampshire.edu or contact us at (413) 559-6976 or clpp@hampshire.edu.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Issues That Matter - EC After OTC

Issues That Matter - EC After OTC

Wednesday, March 21 - Wednesday, March 21
6:30 - 8:00pm

Join us for March's Issues That Matter - EC After OTC to discuss how to fill in the remaining emergency contraception gaps.

Issues That Matter: EC After OTC

Christina Tenuta, Director, Emergency Contraception Program at NARAL Pro-Choice New York & the national Back Up Your Birth Control Campaign
Galen Leigh Sherwin, Acting Director of the Reproductive Rights Project at New York Civil Liberties Union
Aishia Glasford, Policy Analyst at National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Nicole Lawrence, Peer Educator for NARAL Pro-Choice New York's Teen Outreach Reproductive Challenge Program

Join us as we learn about the remaining emergency contraception barriers for undocumented women, those under the age of 18 and those facing obstacles at the pharmacy.

Wednesday, March 21
6:30 until 8:00 pm

470 Park Avenue South, 7th floor
Located between 31st and 32nd Streets

Please RSVP by March 19th to Debbie at 212-343-0114, ext. 3525 or djohnson@prochoiceny.org. This will be a very popular event and space is limited. RSVP is required.

Contact Debbie to RSVP or for more information.

Back Up Your Birth Control Day March 20th!

The Back Up Your Birth Control Campaign is committed to spreading the word about emergency contraception, a safe and effective method of back up birth control.

This year, on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 the sixth annual Back Up Your Birth Control Day of Action, a coalition of more than 100 women’s health and medical organizations will undertake dozens of educational activities nationwide to send an important message to teens: back up your birth control with emergency contraception.

Since the FDA approved OTC sales of EC for adult women, but kept the prescription requirement for teens younger than 18, the Back Up Your Birth Control Campaign understands that promoting knowledge and use of this safe and effective back up birth control method is even more important than ever. That’s why the Back Up Your Birth Control Campaign is using thousands of BUYBC campaign materials to mobilize activists around the country to educate the media and medical community and host Back Up Your Birth Control EC education activities on college campuses, with legislators, and for public health officials.

Please visit www.backupyourbirthcontrol.org and our new teen site www.ineedec.info. EC education Materials are available for order on our website.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Happy Hour at Keats

The next Repro Health Happy Hour will be tomorrow, Wednesday February 28th at Keats on 2nd Ave between 44th and 45th streets.

Hope to see you there!

Guttmacher at the CSW

In honor of the 51st annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and in recognition of the 2007 theme "The elimination of all forms of violence and discrimination against the girl-child," the Guttmacher Institute and our partners invite you to participate in a parallel event.

Abortion Providers’ Attitudes toward Women
March 5th, 12:00-2:45 p.m., UN Church Center, 777 UN Plaza, 10th Floor

Join an international panel of experts for presentations of new evidence and an interactive discussion on access to abortion, provider attitudes and discrimination and the potential of new technologies to empower women.

Expert Panelists:
Akinrole Bankole, Ph.D., Director of International Research, Guttmacher Institute, “Women and abortion providers in Nigeria and Uganda.”
Leonel Arguello Irigoyen, M.D., Nicaraguan Society for General Medicine, “Denial of therapeutic abortion in Nicaragua - the perspective of health-care providers.”
Beverly Winikoff, M.D., M.P.H., President , Gynuity Health Projects, “Giving Women Choices: Access to New Technologies in Abortion.”
Marianne Mollmann, Advocacy Director, Women’s Rights Division, Human Rights Watch, “The Second Assault: Obstructing Access to Legal Abortion after Rape in Mexico.”
Laura Villa Torres, Youth Coalition and Ipas Mexico, “Rape, unwanted pregnancy and abortion - young people's perspectives in Mexico.”

Moderated by Linda Prine, M.D., Associate Professor of Family Medicine Albert Einstein College of Medicine & Beth Israel Residency in Urban Family Practice; Medical Director of the Reproductive Health Access Project; Trainer and Abortion Provider at Planned Parenthood of New York City.

Sexual Violence against Young Women
March 6th, 1:15-2:45 p.m., Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium, UN Secretariat Building

Adolescent girls are subject to sexual violence in schools, their homes and neighborhoods, within marriage, during conflicts and in refugee camps. For many, their first sexual experience will be forced. Many will suffer in silence.

Expert Panelists:
Pamela Delargy, Chief, Humanitarian Response Unit, UNFPA, “Young Women: Under Assault.”
Ann M. Moore, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, Guttmacher Institute, “How wanted was it? New evidence on young women’s experiences at sexual debut from Sub-Saharan Africa.”
Janet Walsh, Deputy Director, Women’s Rights Division, Human Rights Watch, “Counting the pills but ignoring the context: how gender-based violence is impacting women’s access and adherence to antiretroviral therapy in Zambia.”

Moderated by Sharon L. Camp, PhD, President & CEO, Guttmacher Institute.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Happy hour this Wednesday!

The next Repro Health Happy Hour will be this Wednesday, February 28th. We're thinking near the UN (by all means, please post suggestions for Midtown East bar recs) to see if we can convince any of our international colleagues in town for the Commission on the Status of Women to swing on by after their meetings.

Sorry for the late notice, the short month snuck up on us! Location announcement coming soon...

As always, 6-9pm.

Myra & Leila

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!!

News about the next Repro Health Happy Hour is coming soon! Stay tuned..

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Socially Conscious Happy Hour

For those that can never get too many after-work drinks, our fellow happy hour friends, the Socially Conscious Happy Hour, are meeting next week...

The next Socially Conscious Happy Hour will be on Thursday, February 22nd from 6 to 8pm ... Come and discuss current events, relevant social issues and perhaps come up with possible solutions over a drink or some tasty treats at Leela Lounge located on 1 W 3rd Street between Broadway & Mercer.

Socially Conscious NYC (So NYC)
A project of Never Again International

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Repro Health Happy Hour Monday Night!

Repro Health Happy Hour will be held this Monday from 6 to 9pm at...... (drum roll please)... The Magician in the Lower East Side! Details below. Our apologies we are letting everyone know so late. Hope to see you all tomorrow!

The Magician
118 Rivington St., New York, NY 10002
at Essex St.

Happy Hour Specials!
Daily, 5pm-8pm; $3.50 tap beers; $2.50 well drinks

Nearby Subway Stops
F, V at Lower East Side-Second Ave.; J, M, Z at Essex St.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Family Planning Advocates' 30th Annual Conference

Family Planning Advocates' 30th Annual Conference

FPA's 30th Annual Conference is an event not to be missed! Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards and actress Cynthia Nixon will highlight this year's conference on March 26 in Albany.

Morning workshops will enable participants to discuss timely reproductive rights issues ranging from emergency contraception to the impact of the 2006 elections on women's health care.

The afternoon plenary session will explore lessons and challenges facing the women's health and reproductive justice movement. World-renowned reproductive rights leaders from three countries will discuss the tenuous state of women's health around the globe.

The Annual Conference Luncheon will feature celebrities, elected officials, entertainment and surprise guests. And the day would not be complete without a gala reception to celebrate 30 years of protecting and expanding reproductive rights.

For more information and to register, call Sabrina Shulman @ (212) 274-7288.

FPA's 2007 Annual Conference

Monday, March 26, 2007

Schedule of Events

9:00-10:00 am Registration, Continental Breakfast and Exhibits

10:00-11:45 am Morning Workshops

Plan B: Does OTC Spell Relief?
Why it Makes Sense to Work Together: The Politics of Sexual Health
Political Landscape 2007

12:00-2:00 pm Annual Conference Luncheon

2:15- 3:15 pm Legislative Visits

3:30-5:00 pm Plenary Session: Challenges Facing the Women's Health and Reproductive Justice Movement: The Need for Global Connections and Strategies

5:00 pm Gala Reception

Teens Invited to Participate in Youth Conference

FPA's "Get the Facts" Youth Conference will be held in Albany on March 26. Teens from across the state will have the opportunity to build their leadership skills by participating in interactive workshops on topics ranging from organizing community events to working with the media.

Monday, January 22, 2007

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