Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Drinks with Daschle

RHHHers' tips for the incoming health czar have been sent in to the transition team AND immortalized on YouTube. Please share the link widely and add any advice for Daschle we may have forgotten in the comments here on the happy hour blog.

Thanks to Raising Women's Voices for bringing the supplies and producing such a lovely clip. Here's to more happy hours with substance!

Happy Holidays,

Leila & Myra

Friday, December 12, 2008

Happy Hour gains substance...


Tom Daschle is going to be the Obama Administration’s “health czar.” He’ll be the one in charge of getting federal health care reform and he needs to hear from us!

Join us at a special edition of Repro Health Happy Hour, where, cocktail in hand, you can tell Tom what kind of health care reform YOU need.

What do you think Tom should know? What are your biggest health care concerns?

Want to make sure he knows that we need reproductive health care?

We’ll gather your thoughts and submit them to the Obama Transition Team. We’re registered as an official Community Meeting, so Czar Daschle himself might be joining us!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

12/17 happy hour now has a location

Because it was such a hit last month, the next Repro Health Happy Hour will once again be at Tom and Jerry's in the East Village (288 Elizabeth Street, 6 train to Bleeker).

Repro Health Happy Hour
Wednesday, December 17th, 6-9pm
Tom and Jerry's Bar
288 Elizabeth Street

Hope to see you there!

Leila & Myra

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Happy Hour Wednesday, 12/17


The Next Repro Health Happy Hour will be Wednesday, December 17th. Location to be announced very soon.

Hope to see you there!

Leila & Myra

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

What Prison's Got to Do with It: Confronting HIV and Mass Imprisonment

Wednesday, December 10, 2008
6:30 - 8:30PM

LGBT Community Center
208 West 13th Street (btwn 7th/8th aves.), NYC
Free ~ Open to the public ~ Refreshments provided

Across the country, people who are formerly imprisoned, policy advocates, AIDS service providers, prison justice organizers, people with HIV and other community members are coming together to confront the intersection of HIV and mass imprisonment. Together, we can and must build a community-based movement to address the ways that imprisonment makes our communities vulnerable to HIV.

Project UNSHACKLE, CHAMPs new program, is guided by the work of veterans in this struggle. The forum will introduce the project and focus on the far-reaching effects of imprisonment within our communities. Our communities are harmed by imprisonment in so many ways, putting individuals, families, caregivers - the entire community - at increased risk for HIV. Access to prevention tools, like condoms, in prison is a critical to HIV prevention. But working to change U.S. drug policy so that less people are going into prison and people have the support they need when they're released is also HIV prevention justice.

Join us as we come together to fight to heal and restore our communities!

Speakers Include:
John Bell - Philadelphia Fight
Alan Perez - Gay Men's Health Crisis, Action Center
Waheedah Shabazz-El - CHAMP
Stacey Thompson - Women in Prison Project, Correctional Association of New York

Laura McTighe - Project UNSHACKLE Coordinating Consultant

Monday, December 1, 2008

A Pro-Choice Voice in Adoption

Spence-Chapin, a non-profit, pro-choice adoption agency, is working citywide to raise awareness about modern adoption practice through trainings with hospitals, family planning and community health centers, as well as community-based organizations and government organizations. We advocate for the inclusion of adoption as an essential and integral component of "options counseling" services and are committed to ensuring that professionals who work with pregnant women have the tools necessary to present this option to their clients and patients. We also advocate for women on a systemic level to standardize the response to women and families who are exploring adoption.

Request a training for your staff today and ensure adoption is integrated as a reproductive option to women and families facing unintended pregnancy or the recent birth of an infant they are uncertain they can parent.

Please contact us if you would like the following FREE educational tools sent directly to your office:

"Adoption Reference Guide for Providers in NY and NJ", a comprehensive handbook that offers healthcare and family planning provider’s information about modern adoption practice, legal rights, adoption for infants with special needs, community resources and referral information.

"10 Things Everyone Should Know about Adoption",
a user-friendly pocket guide for patients and clients (contains information in both English and Spanish) that includes ten of the most frequently asked questions about the adoption option.

Marci Lieber, MSW
Healthcare Advocate
mlieber at spence-chapin.org