Monday, June 30, 2008


Support women in your community to have positive birth experiences!

Apply to be part of an award-winning Community Doula Training at the Brooklyn Young Mothers’ Collective this summer!

Training begins Monday, July 7th – Thursday, August 14th, 2008

You must be available Monday – Thursday from 10am – 4:30pm

You will receive a stipend and Metrocards for your participation in the training!


? make a difference in your community
? begin a career as a professional birth assistant
? educate yourself and others about wellness, sexual health and reproduction

For more information, ask for an application at the Brooklyn Young Mothers’ Collective. Call 718-596-7013 for more information



A fun, provocative, and entertaining dialogue with an award winning cast - creator Sharon McGhee, actress Kim Coles, media personality Jacque Reid, the remarkable Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Toni Belafonte, and Sandy Daley. These ladies are raising the curtain to talk about the POCKETBOOK, the label black women affectionately describe as the triangle between their thighs.

The Pocketbook Monologues reveal a collection of heartfelt emotions about sexuality, intimacy, and responsibility. This on stage expression of stories from women of color was inspired by the Vagina Monologues. It's performed in a stirring style from the Black female perspective, and includes a tender view of the Coin Purses too. The New York Coin Purse cast features Harlem's own incomparable, Taylor Jenkins-Thompson.

The show enters 'stage-right' with real stories and a 'keeping it real' chance to advance Sharon's mission of greater dialogue about health issues impacting African-American women and girls, particularly HIV/AIDS awareness.

The inaugural "Pocketbook Honors" ceremony will celebrate New York/New Jersey leaders in the grassroots and community movement--Rev. Lynda T. Rassman, Rev. Stanley Justice, and Ms. Maxine Frere. June 28th. Don't miss it!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

NARAL NY Hiring Paid Canvassers!


Concerned about the environment?

Worried about the economy?

Disturbed by the South Dakota Abortion Ban?

When Women Do Better We All Do Better!!!

NARAL Pro-Choice NY now hiring passionate, motivated and committed people to join our canvass team.

Work to elect Pro-Choice candidates.

Protect women's reproductive health and rights now and for future generations.

Gain invaluable experience with a hands-on campaign.

Full-time and part-time positions available.

Let's create the new pro-choice majority!

To join our fantastic, fun and dedicated team, e-mail cover letter and resume to Community Organizer, Lalena Howard, MSW at

Monday, June 23, 2008

Happy Hour Wednesday and NYCLU Fundraiser!

Join us for an after-work drink at the Repro Health Happy Hour this Wednesday from 6-9pm at the Me Bar in Koreatown! Afterwards, take the F train out to the NYCLU fundraiser in Dumbo that evening! Details below...

NYCLU Benefit: Just Art '08
Date and Time: June 25, 2008 / 8:00 Eastern
Just Art '08 Benefit

Buy tickets now!

On Wednesday, June 25, the New York Civil Liberties Union Young Professionals will host Just Art ’08, at the powerHouse Arena in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

This benefit will feature an art show, auction and a DJ set from indie-pop band Au Revoir Simone.

Proceeds will help the NYCLU continue to defend and promote the fundamental principles embodied in the Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution and the New York Constitution, including freedom of expression and religion, and the rights to privacy, equality and due process of law.

Wednesday, June 25
8 p.m. to midnight
powerHouse Arena
37 Main St.
DUMBO, Brooklyn

Broadway Stands Up for Freedom! this July!

Broadway Stands Up for Freedom!
Date and Time: July 21, 2008 / 7:30 Eastern

A Concert to Benefit the Youth Programs of the NYCLU

NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
566 LaGuardia Place (Washington Square South)
NY, NY 10012

Monday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Honorary Chairs:
Tony Kushner
Stephen Sondheim

Chair, Michael David, Barbara Whitman

For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Body Politic '08: The Whiskey Ward! Wednesday!

Support reproductive freedom in '08 with...

Planned Parenthood
The Whiskey Ward

Enjoy half-priced happy hour until 10pm with fellow pro-choice New Yorkers and learn how you can get involved in Planned Parenthood's political activities and get the vote out this election year.

Wednesday, June 18th, 7-10pm

Your $20 ticket* includes half-priced happy hour until 10pm and 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.

Join us on June 18th and celebrate change in 2008!

The Whiskey Ward
121 Essex St.
New York, NY 10002

For more information and to RSVP, go here

Friday, June 6, 2008

Counter-protest This Saturday to Support Birth Control!

From the National Institute for Reproductive Health's blog....

This Saturday, June 7th, marks the 43rd anniversary of the Griswold v. Connecticut decision in the Supreme Court, which established constitutional privacy protection for married couples’ use of contraception in 1965. Unmarried women obtained the right to use birth control a little later in 1972.

Sadly, despite the Supreme Court’s decisions, women across America are still fighting for their right to contraceptive access. From the financial barriers millions of women face in accessing contraception to pharmacists’ refusals to fill birth control prescriptions, women are left to defend their right to contraception. However, those aren’t the only barriers. Many in the anti-choice community are working not only to abolish the legal right to abortion but also to end women’s right to access birth control!

This Saturday, the American Life League is staging “Protest the Pill Day: The Pill Kills Babies” demonstrations across the country to protest the anniversary and women’s access to contraception. Their accusations about the dangers of the birth control pill are medically inaccurate and show the dangerous extent to which our opponents will go to control women’s bodies and their reproductive health. Show your support for women’s access to birth control by counter-demonstrating this Saturday!


Thursday, June 5, 2008

Does Gender Engender HIV? Forum Next Wednesday!

Does Gender Engender HIV? Vulnerability and Resilience Across the Gender Spectrum

Wednesday, June 11, 2008
6:30 - 8:30 PM

LGBT Community Center
208 West 13th Street (Between 7th & 8th Avenues) NYC

Free ~ Open to the public ~ Refreshments provided

Around the world, the social, economic and political aspects of gender are entwined with the HIV epidemic. Sexism, transphobia and the gender panic at the heart of homophobia are root causes of social injustice and marginalization that fuel the epidemic. But how do gender and gender expression create, increase or reduce vulnerability to HIV?

Do those living within binary gender structures, transgender and non-gender-conforming people and/or gay men of all gender histories have common cause in the epidemic – or are there distinct aspects to our struggles that hamper collaboration?
What do research, policy recommendations, and our life experiences tell us about where we should be directing prevention efforts?

Speakers include:
Vanessa Brocato – GMHC
Nathan Levitt – Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
Kim Watson – Community Healthcare Network
Moderator: Hadiyah Charles – HIV Law Project

Co-sponsored by: Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP), FIERCE!, Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), Harlem United, HIV Law Project, New York City AIDS Housing Network (NYCAHN), The LGBT Community Center, Queers for Economic Justice

To co-sponsor the forum or for more information, please contact James Learned at or call (212) 937-7955 x 60.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Women in Charge: The Evolving Role of Women in Politics

Women in Charge: The Evolving Role of Women in Politics
Monday, June 9, 10:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
66 Fifth Avenue. Directions.

Admission is free, but you must reserve a seat.
To RSVP, click HERE.

Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy is pleased to invite you to a discussion on the strides women have made in pursuit of leadership roles and the challenges they have faced in assuming and maintaining power in the political arena.
Dee Dee Myers, First female White House Press Secretary in the Clinton administration; author, Why Women Should Rule the World

Ellen Malcolm, Founder and President EMILY's List; Former President, America Coming Together

Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood, Former Deputy Chief of Staff for Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

Moderated by Andrea Bernstein, WNYC Political Director and reporter.

Great new video about NYS Pro-Choice Bill!

Check out this great new video about the Reproductive Health Act! This bill is important beyond New York’s borders. When it finally passes, we believe it will change the way we think about reproductive freedom across the country. As other states rush to pass abortion bans and “trigger laws” that would ban all abortion if Roe v. Wade should fall, we are promoting a proactive piece of legislation that will safeguard our rights. We are working to lead the way to protect women’s health, and hope the rest of the country will follow.

The Reproductive Health Act strengthens New York’s laws and protects a woman’s ability to make one of life’s most important and life-changing decisions -- whether or when to have children. The bill guarantees women’s right to choose or refuse birth control or abortion. It treats family planning as a public health issue. And it ensures that if continuing a pregnancy would jeopardize a woman’s health, she will continue to have safe, legal options available.

Politicians have shown a frightening willingness to interfere in private medical decisions – and the Supreme Court has said that is okay. Now is the time to safeguard these important protections for women’s health and autonomy.

This bill isn’t just about pregnancy, abortion or birth control. It’s about autonomy, privacy, and dignity. It’s about creating and supporting healthy families. It is about health care policy that respects our ability as individuals to decide the course of our own lives.

It’s about creating the world we want.