Tuesday, December 22, 2009

RHHH in the New Year!

The next Repro Health Happy Hour will be held in January to celebrate the new year! Stay tuned for more details!

Have a wonderful holiday and new year!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Repro Health Happy Hour TONIGHT!

We are taking it back to where it all began... Join us from 6 to 9pm tonight for Repro Health Happy Hour at Beauty Bar, 231 E 14th St between 2nd and 3rd Ave. More info online HERE.

NYC teach-ins on abortion and health reform this Mon and Tues


Uptown Manhattan teach-in
Monday, Nov. 30, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Hess Commons, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

722 West 168th Street
Speaker: Lois Uttley, Co-founder, Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need
Sponsored by the Sexual and Reproductive Health h Action Group (SHAG) and the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health at Mailman

Downtown Manhattan teach-in
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
One Hudson Square, 75 Varick St. at Canal Street, Suite 1404

Speakers: Lois Uttley, Co-founder, Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need Linda Prine, M.D.; the Rev. Constance Benson

Co-sponsored by Metro NY Health Care for All Campaign, Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need, NYC for Change and the Public Health Association of NYC (PHANYC)

Light refreshments provided rsvp to info@raisingwomensvoices.net to help us get a head count for refreshments.

Monday, November 23, 2009


Repro Health Happy Hour will be this Monday, November 30th from 6 to 9pm at a bar in the Union Square area. More details will be posted shortly.

Hope to see you Monday!

Dec. 2nd - Get on the Bus to DC to Stop Stupak!

Rally for Health Care Reform: Join NLIRH on the Bus from NYC to DC, Dec. 2!
When: Wed, 12/02/2009 (All day)
Bus leaves from NYC, arriving in DC for rally/press conference and lobbying

Women and Immigrants are being left on the sidelines of health care reform, join us to protect the health and rights of Latinas and their families!

Are you in the Tri-State area?

Join the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), along with other groups, in DC on Wednesday, December 2nd. We'll participate in a rally/press conference and lobby Congress to pass a health care reform bill that protects the health and rights of women and immigrants.

The trip is FREE OF CHARGE and we will provide snacks and drinks on the bus. The bus will leave as early as 6:00 am from NYC and we will return that night

RSVP to Stephanie Alvarado, Stephanie @ latinainstitute.org or 212-422-2553 by Wednesday, November 25th and make sure to include your cell phone number. We will then confirm your spot on the bus and provide you with further details. Don’t miss this opportunity to join thousands of people in support of real health care reform!

In honor of World AIDS Day...

Monday, November 16, 2009

Women's Suffrage and Women's Rights at Cooper Union

Thurs. Nov. 19, 6:30-8 p.m.

Event: Great Evenings in The Great Hall: Women's Suffrage and Women's Rights

Sponsor: The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Location: The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 East 7th St.

More Info: (212) 353-4195 or events@cooper.edu


Thu Nov 19, NYC: Rally Against Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Phone Bank to Stop the Abortion Coverage Ban in Health Care Reform

Phone Banks at NARAL Pro-Choice NY this Tuesday and Thursday!

On Saturday, November 7th we watched as anti-choice politicians passed the Stupak-Pitts amendment to the health care reform bill, which will make it virtually impossible for private insurance companies that participate in the new system to offer abortion coverage to women. Now we need your help to stop the abortion coverage ban!

We will be calling pro-choice activists around the country urging them to contact their Senator(s) at this critical time. Join us for a phone bank:

What: Phone Bank to Stop the Abortion Coverage Ban in Health Care Reform
When: Tuesday, November 17 and Thursday, November 19, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Where: NARAL Pro-Choice New York, 470 Park Avenue South, 7th Floor, NYC
You can also phone bank from home, using our web-case system. All you need is a computer with high-speed internet access and a phone. You will get log-in information and all materials when you RSVP.

RSVP to Lalena Howard at lhoward at prochoiceny.org or 646-520-3506.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Choices: Adoption

Wednesday, November 18th
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
NARAL Pro-Choice New York, 470 Park Avenue South, 7th Floor, NYC

Check out invite on Facebook HERE.

NARAL Pro-Choice New York in partnership with co-sponsors Spence-Chapin and the LGBT Center’s Center Kids program present “Choices: Adoption” on Wednesday, November 18th. “Choices: Adoption” will highlight the work being done to ensure that all people have access to and are supported in the process of adoption.

Presenters will share the work they do to ensure that birth mothers are heard, that professionals are trained to include adoption when options counseling, that the socioeconomic factors underlying transracial adoption are discussed and that all individuals and families, regardless of race, sexual orientation and class are recruited as adoptive parents.

Presenters include:

Antoinette Williams, Assistant Director of Domestic Adoption at Spence-Chapin
Marci Lieber, MSW, Healthcare Advocate at Spence-Chapin
Molly HyoJung Bidol, LMSW, Counselor, Coach, Consultant on Transracial Adoption

Event is free and open to all with RSVP to Lalena Howard at lhoward at prochoiceny.org or 646-520-3506.

Friday, November 6, 2009

WAM Happy Hour!

NYC WAMmers (ie Women, Action and Media-ers!)! Time for another amazingly fun happy hour. We're making a triumphal return to Revival, site of the first WAM!NYC happy hour, on November 17, starting at 6pm. If you come before 7, you get $1 off beers and $2 off glasses of wine--so come promptly! Revival is in easily accessible in Union Square.

Revival's address:
129 E 15 St, between 3rd Ave and Irving Place

See you soon,
Emily & Jean

The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power and the Future of the World

The Planned Parenthood of New York City Activist Council invites you to
The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World

...a Free reading and Q&A with the author, Michelle Goldberg
Wednesday, November 18th 7pm
at Book Court
163 Court Street Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

This event is FREE! Limited seating available. Advance RSVP required.

RSVP TODAY by clicking here.

For more about the book & author, click here.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Save the Date: Repro Health Happy Hour - 11/30

Save the date! The next Repro Health Happy Hour will be on Monday, November 30th! Location to be announced later this month. Tell us where we should have it in the comments. :)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Cardozo Law Students for Reproductive Justice Presents

6PM-8PM • ROOM 205



Director, Government Relations and Communications
Center for Reproductive Rights

Director, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project

Director, the MergerWatch Project and Co-Founder,
Raising Women’s Voices

Princeton Program in Law and Public Affairs

Monday, November 2, 2009

Children's Health Stroller Brigade

Nov. 5th 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Third Avenue at 47th Street

Congress is putting the finishing touches on health care reform legislation and it is astonishing that we are still begging to make sure children are better off, not worse off, in the end. The current proposals in Congress could actually weaken New York's child health insurance system. We need your help to send a strong and urgent message to Congress and the President that parents deserve the peace of mind that they can afford head-to-toe health coverage for their children and that it is easy to get and keep! This event is being co-sponsored by Citizen Action of New York.

Click here to learn more.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Next Week: Voices on Feminism

The PPNYC Activist Council, in collaboration with Living Liberally, invites you to

Body Politic 09: Voices on Feminism

Wednesday, November 4th
6-7pm: Happy Hour
7-9pm: A Conversation with Gloria Feldt, Lynn Harris, and Jessica Valenti

The Tank
354 W 45th Street
New York, NY 10036

Join three of New York City’s leading feminist voices, women’s rights activists and influential writers as they discuss what feminism means to them. Find out how their respective generations have helped shape feminism today – and their perspectives on where feminism is headed next.

Limited seats available.
Tickets are only $15 - Buy Your Tickets Now!

Proceeds go to Planned Parenthood of New York City Action Fund. Admission includes one year membership to PPNYC Action Fund, the political wing of Planned Parenthood of New York City.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Pro-choice election volunteer opportunities!

Join NARAL Pro-Choice New York in making calls to ensure that New Yorkers vote pro-choice up and down the ballot this November 3rd!

Pro-Choice Election Phone Banks

Tuesday, October 27th
Wednesday, October 28th
Thursday, October 29th
Monday, November 2nd

All phone banks run from 6pm-9pm

You can either join us in our NYC office or make calls from home using our web-based system. To make calls from home all you need is a computer with high-speed internet access and a phone. Laptops and cell phones are ok! You will receive all the log-in information when you RSVP.

Training is provided for everyone and dinner is provided for those joining us in the office.

To RSVP and find out more info, please contact Lalena Howard at lhoward at prochoiceny.org or 646-520-3506.

NARAL Pro-Choice New York Community Events Calendar online here.

Sexy Moms Series: Raising Sex Positive Kids

October 28, 7- 9:00 PM
Brooklyn Babeland

This is the next Sexy Moms Series event. Event features sexuality educator, Amy Levine, who will share tips about how to talk with your kids about sexuality-related topics. This discussion is for parents who would like to raise sexually healthy children but aren't sure where to start, what to say or how to keep conversations open and ongoing.

To attend any of these two events, please RSVP to chloe at choicesinchildbirth.org as seating is limited! Visit Choicesinchildbirth.org.

Thursday, October 15, 2009


VULVAGRAPHICS: An Intervention in Honor of Female Genital Diversity
OCT 24-25 @ The Change You Want to See, Brooklyn, NY.

Vulvagraphics is a New View Campaign event, celebrating the diversity of the female vulva though classic and contemporary arts and crafts at The Change You Want to See gallery in Brooklyn.

WHERE: The Change You Want To See gallery at 84 Havenmeyer St, Brooklyn
WHEN: Saturday October 24th: 6-9pm (opening reception & exhibition); Sunday October 25th: 12-6pm (exhibition); 1-3pm (brunch salon).

Further information: http://www.leavethecastle.com/upcoming.html

RHHH TONIGHT, Thursday, Oct 15th!

Repro Health Happy Hour TONIGHT!

The first Repro Health Happy Hour of the fall will be TONIGHT, Thursday, October 15th at Pacific Standard Bar in Brooklyn from 6-9pm! Details below.

Hope to see you there!

Pacific Standard
82 4th Ave
Brooklyn, NY

Busting the Myths: Teach-In on Health Care Reform

Learn what you can do to fight the myths and misinformation about health reform!

Thursday, Oct. 22
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Doors open at 6:30 pm with refreshments
Rosenfield Building, Hess Commons (Main Flr.)
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University 722 W 168th St., NYC
Subway: 1, A or C to 168th Street Washington Heights, Bus: M5

Bring ID to gain entrance to building

Myth-busting speakers will include:


Sponsored by the Student Committee of the Public Health Association of NYC (PHANYC) and the Black and Latino Student Caucus of the Mailman School of Public Health. Co-sponsored by Raising Women’s Voices, Young Invincibles and NARAL Pro-Choice New York.

Please RSVP to: policyinfo@phanyc.org.

Download flyer here.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Repro Health Happy Hour TOMORROW!

The first Repro Health Happy Hour of the fall will be TOMORROW, Thursday, October 15th at Pacific Standard Bar in Brooklyn from 6-9pm! Details below.

Hope to see you there!

Pacific Standard
82 4th Ave
Brooklyn, NY

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


National Equality March NYC to DC Buses
Sunday, October 11, 2009 from 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM (ET)

March info: http://www.equalityacrossamerica.org/

Monday, October 5, 2009

Live Debate on Health Care Tonight!

A Debate on Healthcare Reform: What Works and What Should be Changed
Organized by DL21C (Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century)

Time: 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm (doors open at 6:30)
Location: Farkas Auditorium, NYU/Langone Medical Center, 550 First Avenue
(at 31st Street) 5/6 train to 33rd Street.

· Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-Queens, Brooklyn)
· Dr. Betsy McCaughey, Health Policy Expert, Patient Advocate, and former Lieutenant
Governor of NY
· Moderated by Ben Smith, Senior Political Writer, Politico

RSVP required to guarantee admission www.dl21c.org
$5 for non-members

It's also going to be live on C-Span...

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Repro Health Happy Hour - Thursday, October 15th!

Mark your calendars for the very first Repro Health Happy Hour of fall! October 15th, the Repro Health Happy Hour returns to the county of Kings. Save the date. Brooklyn Location to be announced shortly.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

NYAAF Fundraiser tomorrow!

WBAI Radio Show on Health Care Reform, Women, and Repro Rights!

On Thursday, October 1 @ 11 AM: Joy of Resistance presents "Is the Obama healthcare plan a step forward--or backward--for women?"

Guests will include: Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation; Stephanie Poggi, Executive Director of the National Network of Abortion Funds; Emily Douglas, Web Editor for The Nation Magazine; Loretta Ross, National Coordinator of SisterSong, a Woman of Color Reproductive Health Collective; and Allison Guttu, Vice Chair, New York Women's Liberation. Hosts: Fran Luck & Maretta Short.

As the battle over abortion and healthcare reform heats up in Congress--and is featured on today's (Sept. 29) New York Times front page--Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI will host a show on Thursday, October 1, @ 11 am, featuring a panel of feminist leaders and experts who will try to illuminate the truth of what is going on and may even drop a bombshell or two into the fray!

We will examine: What is in Obama's plan that will benefit women? Does the Hyde Amendment actually preclude any public funding for abortion? Is Single Payer really dead? How and why were women's rights under Roe v Wade traded away in Obama's 'Public Option'? What will be the effects on real women's lives? and: What does all that gobbledegook Insurance-ese language really mean?

Joy of Resistance is WBAI's only dedicated feminist program, bringing you coverage of the ongoing worldwide struggle for women's full social equality; it airs on the first Thursday of every month at 11 am. You can reach us at (212) 209-2987, or email us at joyofresistance@wbai.org. This program can be streamed live by going to www.wbai.org and can be heard on the WBAI archives for 90 days.

NYC Health Care Reform Events

Young Invincibles Concert for Healthcare
September 30 :: 8:00 pm

Williamsburg, NY
Glasslands, 289 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, Cover charge $8
RSVP at www.younginvincibles.org

Bronx Forum on Health Care
October 3 :: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Bronx, NY
Tibbett Towers community room, 3130 Irwin Avenue, in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx.
NW Bronx for Change and the Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club are jointly presenting a forum and panel discussion on national health care legislation. Speakers include Congressman Eliot Engel, Moira L. Kelley, Organizing for America; Dr. W.B. Jordan, M.D., M.P.H., Director of Development, National Physicians Alliance; Helen Morik, New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Tim Foley, Health Care Policy Coordinator, nycforchange.

Congressman McMahon Health Care Town Hall Forum
October 5 :: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Staten Island, NY

P.S. 80, Michael J. Petrides School Auditorium
715 Ocean Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301
Time and again Rep McMahon has stated that supporters of Health Care Reform are not visible or vocal. This is an opportunity for us to show him that there is support, to educate and inform our neighbors, and to gain press and media attention. The Tea Party of Staten Island has already held a meeting to prepare and mobilize. We need to show up and stand up for a public option.
Contact: Kathy Kelly, knkelly2007@hotmail.com.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Friday, September 25, 2009

Sept 26th McCarren Park Event!

Come celebrate with PROJECT ENVISION!

Envision a World Without Sexual Violence!

Saturday, September 26th
McCarren Park at the Field House in Williamsburg

Come welcome us to the neighborhood and enjoy food, speakers, a raffle, and fun!

48% of the Williambsurg residents surveyed experienced SEXUAL VIOLENCE after the age of 15.

Project ENVISION is dedicated to sexual violence prevention through community involvement. We are community members invested in creating a safe and inclusive environment free from violence.

Take the L train to Bedford Ave. or the G train to Nassau.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Busting the Myths! A Community Teach-in on Health Care Reform 9/10

Are you concerned about the myths and misinformation being spread about health care reform?

Do you want to learn how to make the case for health care for all?

If so, join us on SEPTEMBER 10 to learn how to bust the myths and learn what's REALLY at stake in health reform!

Speakers include expert "myth-busters":

· Drs. Manel Silva and Oni Blackstock from the National Physicians Alliance
· Elisabeth Benjamin from the Community Service Society
· Tim Foley from NYC for Change
· Lois Uttley and Eesha Pandit from Raising Women’s Voices
· Traci Perry from Planned Parenthood of NYC

Where: Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, NYC

When: Thursday, September 10th, 6:30 - 8:30pm (doors open at 6pm)

Why: Because it’s time to take back the debate.

NARAL NY Activist Leadership Circle new member events start next Wednesday

You are invited to join NARAL Pro-Choice New York’s Activist Leadership Circle!

The Activist Leadership Circle is a group for all people interested in getting more involved in NARAL Pro-Choice New York’s efforts.

Members of the Activist Leadership Circle meet once a month to discuss current reproductive health issues, learn about opportunities to participate and lead upcoming advocacy efforts, and develop new advocacy initiatives and campaigns.

The Circle has three Action Groups for members to join including the Outreach Action Group, Political and Legislative Action Group, and the Reproductive Health Education Group.

To join, you must participate in our 4-part series of new member trainings and events. Our next new member series kicks-off on Wednesday, September 9th.

Below is the complete new member training and event schedule:

Wednesday, 9/9/09, 6:00-8:30 pm: “Welcome & NARAL Pro-Choice New York 101”
Saturday, 9/12/09, time and location TBD: “Pro-Choice Election Day of Action”
Wednesday, 9/16/09, 6:00-8:00 pm: “How to Talk about the Issues and Take Action”
Wednesday, 9/23/09, 6:00-8:00 pm: “Graduation and Welcome party”

For more information and to RSVP, please contact our Community Organizer anytime at lhoward at prochoiceny.org.

View our Facebook invitation here.

View the Activist Leadership Circle webpage and flier here.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

New York City Mobilization Meeting for the National Equality March


Come network and share information at the first
New York City Mobilization Meeting for the National Equality March!

When: Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
208 West 13th Street, New York, NY

More info HERE.

9/23 Wed Panel- Fight For Your Reproductive Rights: Pass the RH Act

Paradigm Shift: NYC's Feminist Community Proudly Presents:

Fight for Your Reproductive Rights:
How You Can Help Pass the Reproductive Health Act

Featuring panelists:

CORINNE CAREY, Interim director, New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU)

REV. MATTHEW WESTFOX, National Coordinator for Field Services at Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice & Associate Pastor at All Souls Bethlehem Church

CAROL ROYE, EdD, RN, CPNP, researcher in reproductive health

Jenn Proulx, Filmmaker of "Another New Yorker for the Reproductive Health Act"

You Will Learn:

What the Reproductive Health Act is
Why we need the Reproductive Health Act
Many actions you can take to help pass the Reproductive Health Act

BONUS RAFFLE! for EVENT pass granting FREE admission to Paradigm Shift events for one year.

When: Wed, Sept 23rd
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: In the heart of the Feminist District
People Lounge, 163 Allen Street, NYC
(Between Stanton and Rivington, F or V Train to 2nd Ave)

Cost: $7.00 if you RSVP to below email address before
Sept 23rd @ 1:00 PM
$5.00 Student Rate
$10 at door
Please include full names and emails of all guests.

rsvp at paradigmshiftnyc.com


Busting the myths and making the case for health care for all!

Wondering how to counter the health reform myths being spread at town hall meetings and over the internet? Looking for something you can do to make sure health reform gets done this year?

Join Raising Women's Voices, Health Care for America NOW, the National Physicians Alliance and the Public Health Association of NYC

Thursday, September 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.) Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South in the Village, NYC

Hear expert speakers. Sing along with folksinger David Bernz. Meet representatives of health reform advocacy organizations.

For more information, email: info@raisingwomensvoices.net

Monday, August 31, 2009

PPNYC Body Politic Comedy Night Wednesday!

What: Drink specials, comedy sets and a political talk as the Planned Parenthood of New York City Action Fund partners with Laughing Liberally for a Body Politic Comedy Night.

Who: Becky Donogue - Comedy Central's Premium Blend, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, and Shorties Watchin' Shorties
Mindy Raf - VH1, College Humor, WABC
Katie Halper - Stand Up NY, Netroots Nation, The Nation Cruise
Heather Gold - SF Sketchfest, NPR, Curve's National Lesbian Theatre Award
Naomi Ekperigin - Stand Up NY, Upright Citizens Brigade, Sydney's Mardi Gras Festival
Planned Parenthood of New York City Action Fund Political Experts
Laughing Liberally

Why: Good comedy and the chance to find out whether or not your local political candidates are supporters of women’s health

When: Tuesday, September 9, 6-9 PM
6-7PM: Happy Hour
7-9PM: Comedy Sets & Political Briefing
Where: The Tank
54 W 45th Street
New York, NY 10036

RSVP: Tickets cost $15 and include a one-year membership to the PPNYC Action Fund. RSVP at: www.ppnycactionfund.org. All proceeds benefit the Planned Parenthood of New York City Action Fund.

Monday, August 24, 2009


Saturday, August 29, 2009
Women’s Walk for Health Reform begins at Roosevelt Hospital (10th Ave. at 59th St) at Noon. We will start walking at 12:30pm and converge with other walks for 2 pm rally in Times Square (7th Ave. at 42nd St)

Health care reform is finally within our grasp, but opponents are spending millions every day and spreading vicious lies to stop it. They want President Obama and Congressional leaders to cave on important reforms like the choice of a public option. We cannot let that happen!

Join hundreds of New Yorkers to walk and stand for historic health reform legislation now before Congress. We’ll also be sending off our local members of Congress as they return from their summer recess in September to “get the job done!”

Sunday, August 23, 2009

RHHH at Sweet and Vicious - Wednesday, August 26th

Join us for end-of-summer fun at Repro Health Happy Hour this Wednesday, August 26th in the backyard of Sweet and Vicious bar in Nolita! Full details below.

Sweet and Vicious Bar
5 Spring St. (Near Bowery), New York, NY

Monday, August 17, 2009

NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault Celebration

The Celebration of Excellence Award Ceremony
To honor and acknowledge
The NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault 2008–2009 Fellows
The recipients of the Lydia Martinez Collaboration Award

Thursday, September 10, 2009
NY Academy of Medicine [Directions]
1216 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029
(212) 822-7200
advance registration required by 9/5/2009

On Thursday, September 10th from 9am-11am, The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault hosts our 1st Annual Celebration of Excellence at the New York Academy of Medicine. This is an award ceremony breakfast to honor and commemorate professionals who have shown exceptional leadership and dedication in the pursuit of providing the best care to victims of sexual violence.

More info online HERE.

Anti-Shackling Demonstration

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Save the Date: Repro Health Happy Hour - 8/26/09

SAVE THE DATE AND SPREAD THE WORD! The next Repro Health Happy will be on Wednesday, August 26th at a yet-to-be-decided bar in Manhattan! Tell us your favorite bar in the comments and maybe we will hold it there...

Hope to see you on the 26th!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Event at Bluestockings this Wednesday

Wednesday, August 5th @ 7PM - $5 Suggested

Discussion: Jennifer Roesch “Fighting for Reproductive Freedom”

For decades, reproductive freedoms in the United States have been diminishing
and abortion providers attacked. The recent murder of Dr. George Tiller sadly
highlights the need for a re-invigorated pro-choice movement. Please join
Jennifer Roesch for a discussion about fighting back. Roesch is a regular
contributor to the “International Socialist Review.”

Monday, July 20, 2009

"The Sari Soldiers" Documentary Screening

"The Sari Soldiers"
Documentary Screening
and Discussion with
Julie Bridgham, Filmmaker

A portion of proceeds donated to
The Sari Soldiers' Outreach Fund at Women Make Movies


"Captures ordinary women's extraordinary lives and reveals them as important pieces of history. Anyone concerned with social justice, gender justice and human rights should see it."
- Rama Lohani-Chase, Women's and Gender Studies Dept., The College of New Jersey

"It gives new meaning to the words courage and resilience."
- Stephen Holden, The New York Times

When: Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Time: 7:00 PM
Where:In the heart of the Feminist District!
People Lounge, 163 Allen Street, NYC
(Between Stanton and Rivington, F or V Train to 2nd Ave)

Cost: $10 at door (discounted summer rate!)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Repro Health Happy Hour - TUESDAY, July 21st!

The next Repro Health Happy Hour will be next Tuesday, July 21st at
the fabulous Bar Sepia in Prospect Heights BROOKLYN. We apologize for
the late notice, it's been a hectic month! Hope to see you there.
Please pass it on to friends and colleagues.

Bar Sepia
234 Underhill Ave
(between Eastern Pky & Lincoln Pl)

Subway: 2/3 to Grand Army

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Ballot Initiatives: Tool for Reform or Threat to Basic Rights?

Ballot Initiatives: Tool for Reform or Threat to Basic Rights?
Date: July 22, 2009
Time: 5:00 PM
220 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor
New York New York 10001

One of the toughest questions democracy advocates have to grapple with is the role of ballot initiatives - "direct democracy" in our policy making arena.

More info HERE.

Upcoming Events at Bluestockings

Thursday, July 23rd @ 7PM - $5 Suggested
Screening: Marija Tosheva “Rights Not Violence”Please join us for an screening and discussion of “Rights Not Violence: Sex
Workers in Eastern Europe,” a documentary about the dignity and secure of sex
workers in Macedonia. The film is the result of a collaboration of Healthy
Options Project Skopje (HOPS), a Macedonian harm reduction center for with sex
workers and drug users, and Brooklyn-based Witness (witness.org). Tosheva is
the program director at HOPS.

Friday, July 24th @ 7PM - Free
Reading: Harvey Milk High School “I Know I’m Not Me”Come out and support the contributors of “I Know I’m Not Me,” an
anthology of stories by students at Harvey Milk High School, the New York LGBTQ
public high school. These first time authors will be reading their lives and
dreams and plans, and sharing stories about love and sex, family and fitting,
tattoos and reincarnation.

Monday, July 27th @ 7PM - $10 Suggested
Discussion: Gabriela Network “A Community of Women”
The film “Very Young Girls (2007, 80 minutes)” is an expose on the sex
trafficking of New York teenagers. Please join folks from the Gabriela Network
(www.gabnet.org) for a screening of the film and a discussion about building a
community of global sisters dealing with sex trafficking.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Next Repro Health Happy Hour

Save the Date! The next Repro Health Happy Hour will be Tuesday, July 21st in Brooklyn! More details soon to come!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Choices: Abortion Event next Wed!

Choices: Abortion
Wednesday, July 8th
6:30 PM- 8:30 PM

NARAL Pro-Choice New York
470 Park Avenue South, 7th Floor, NYC (between 31st and 32nd Street)

NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health in partnership with co-sponsors the New York Abortion Access Fund and Exhale presents: “Choices: Abortion”.

Presenters will share the work they do each day to provide financial assistance to low-income women who cannot afford to pay for an abortion, support and counsel women after they have an abortion, ensure that all women have the health care coverage and access necessary to obtain reproductive health care, and work on the legislative and political levels to ensure that all people have access to safe and legal abortion.

Presenters include:

Constance DeCherney, Board Chair, New York Abortion Access Fund

Kristen Schultz Oliver, Lead Trainer, Exhale

Myra Batchelder, Director, Low-Income Access Program, the National Institute for Reproductive Health

Sabrina Shulman, Political Director, NARAL Pro-Choice New York

Event is free and open to all with RSVP to Lalena Howard at lhoward@prochoiceny.org or 646-520-3506. Event space is wheel-chair accessible

Monday, June 29, 2009

Summer, Sex and Spirits

A benefit for Planned Parenthood of NYC

Thursday July 23rd
8pm - 11pm

Museum of Sex
233 Fifth Avenue at 27th Street
$40 Advance / $50 Day of Event
Price includes after hours admission to the Museum


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Health Care Can't Wait" National Rally in DC Thursday!

THURSDAY, JUNE 25th - "Health Care Can't Wait" National Rally, Washington D.C.

Join grassroots supporters from across the country for the biggest health care rally in US History to be followed by a New York Town Hall with Congress members. Health Care for America NOW is organizing FREE buses. Few spots left! Contact Health Care for America Now for more info.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Repro Health Happy Hour this TUESDAY!

Repro Health Happy Hour is this Tuesday, June 23rd from 6 to 9pm. Due to the potential of rain, we will be gathering at the Magician in the Lower East Side. Details below.

The Magician
118 Rivington St
(between Essex St & Norfolk St)
New York, NY
Great happy hour specials!

Hopefully the sunny weather will return and our July event will be outdoors.

Hope to see you Tuesday!
Myra and Leila

Monday, June 15, 2009

Choices: Reproductive Rights in the LGBTQ Community

Wednesday, June 24th
6:30 - 8:30 pm
NARAL Pro-Choice New York
470 Park Avenue South, 7th Floor
RSVP to lhoward at prochoiceny.org

Join NARAL Pro-Choice NY and hear directly from advocates who ensure that LGBTQ individuals have the rights and access to all reproductive and sexual health services and choices available! Presenters will share the work they do each day to ensure that all people are supported in their choice to parent and start families, that the unique needs and experiences of LGBTQ individuals are affirmed by healthcare providers, systems and policies and that the rights of LGBTQ individuals to reproductive freedom are upheld and fought for within our legal system.

Presenters include:

Terry Boggis, Director, Center Kids (the family program of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center)
Rebecca Fox, Director National Coalition for LGBT Health
Leslie Gabel-Brett, Director of Education & Public Affairs at Lambda Legal

Choices: Reproductive Rights in the LGBTQ Community is co-sponsored by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center, the National Coalition for LGBT Health and Lambda Legal.

More info here.

Event space is wheel-chair accessible.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Women's Liberation Class

Community Education Class Offered: “Women’s Liberation: Where Do I Fit In?”
Register today!

This 8 week class is for women who want to understand the basic truths
about how we are held back on the job, in the classroom, in public
life and in the home; how a feminist movement was organized to change
this; how we can learn from this to build the kind of movement that
can put the male chauvinists on the run again, and how each woman can
contribute to that effort. Open to women only, the class will teach
the radical ideas and methods that sparked the rebirth of the feminist
movement in the 1960s.

Dates: Wednesdays, July 8th-August 26th, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Location: Judson Memorial Church, Garden Room, 235 Thompson St between
Washington Square South and West 3rd St. Subway: ACE/BDFV to West 4th

Cost: $85 (sliding scale available). The fee includes class readings,
including "Feminist Revolution," a 224-page anthology by Redstockings
(an influential women’s liberation organization), and 70 additional
pages of essential classic feminist readings.

To Register: Send a check made out to Women’s Liberation Birth Control
Project to Annie Tummino, 73 Irving Ave #3L, Brooklyn NY 11237. Please
include your name, address, email and phone number. Space is limited.
The registration deadline is June 20th, although we will continue to
accept registration after that if space is available.

For More Information: Call Jen at 347-613-5030 or email
birthcontrolproject@gmail.com. Childcare is available for class at no
additional cost, if notice is given.

Donations: If you can't take the class but want to support this work,
consider donating to our scholarship fund, so that women with low
incomes can take the class. Make your check out to the Women’s
Liberation Birth Control Project and write “Scholarship Fund” on the
memo line. Send to Annie Tummino, 73 Irving Ave #3L, Brooklyn NY


This class was developed by Gainesville (Fl) Women's Liberation. The
readings come from the Redstockings Women's Liberation Archives for
Action- www.redstockings.org. It will be taught by Erin Mahoney, Chair
of the Women’s Liberation Birth Control Project and Social Wage

The class will teach the radical ideas and methods that sparked the
rebirth of the feminist movement in the 1960s through a combination of
lecture, discussion of readings, a film, and consciousness-raising
testifying and talk some about new women's liberation theory and
organizing. You will learn about the heroic struggle women have
waged, individually and collectively, for our survival and our
freedom; the political causes of the unhappiness in our daily lives;
women's progress owing to the feminist movement; and how to use this
information to change conditions for women.

This class is not about personal liberation through improved
self-esteem or an alternative women's culture, nor is it about
recalling a golden age of matriarchy. It is not about how feminism
can save the planet, nor is it about achieving status in the present
corrupt system through individual self-improvement or lifestyle

The following will be covered:

o The origins of women's liberation in the civil rights movement
o Consciousness-raising-get to the root of sexism-Who benefits? Who pays?
o The fight for abortion rights as an example of how feminist gains
have been won and lost
o Radical feminist theory-what is radical? What is a radical feminist
analysis? What is male supremacy?
o Women, Work, and Money-how organizing on new radical feminist theory
on the social wage (i.e., free public childcare, parental leave,
national health care) can be a springboard toward women's liberation.

Friday, June 5, 2009

The Doula Project is seeking Applicants!

The Doula Project (formerly the Abortion Doula Project) is seeking smart, awesome, caring people to join the organization in New York City!

What is a Doula?
The word doula is an ancient Greek term that translates to “caregiver.” A doula provides emotional support, pain management and relaxation techniques, and information to her clients as needed.

Birth - A Birth Doula will provide all of the above throughout a client's labor and delivery, as well as the immediate post-partum period (about two hours after the baby has been born). Additionally, a birth doula will provide guidance in the creation of a birth plan with her client, and prenatal and post-partum visits. This requires an on-call period for your client of about three weeks.

Abortion- An Abortion Doula will provide all of the above to clients who are choosing to terminate the pregnancy. The doula will stay with the client throughout her procedure, as well as part of the recovery period, and will remain in touch with the client as she desires thereafter.

About The Doula Project:
The Doula Project is a pro-choice New York City-based organization that was started in 2008 to provide services to lower-income individuals across the spectrum of pregnancy. It was founded by pro-choice doulas and reproductive justice activists, two of whom currently serve as the Project Co-Coordinators. The Project is a volunteer led and run organization that trains and manages its own doula base. We currently have 3 programs that serve the greater NYC area:

1) To provide doula care to people facing abortion, miscarriage, and stillbirth (in partnership with Bellevue Hospital). You do not have to be a birth doula to serve as an abortion doula. We train our own volunteers on this component of care.
2) To provide doula care to people choosing adoption (in partnership with Spence Chapin Adoption Agency). Please be a trained birth doula to apply. We do not require a lot of experience, only a formal training with an established doula certifying program.
3) To provide doula care on a case by case basis to lower-income individuals who are not affiliated with either of our partner organizations. Please be a trained birth doula to apply. We do not require a lot of experience, only a formal training with an established doula certifying program.

We are recruiting doulas for all components of our mission, though priority is given to those who are interested in being both Birth and Abortion Doulas. While you are not required to serve as a doula for all components, you are expected to support the mission and values of the entire project and the work each individual doula engages in. We encourage you to apply for all components of our work!

More information online here

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Feministing 5 Year Bash!

AIDS in Black America: Internet Week NYC Event

Date: Wednesday, June 3
Pre-Panel Reception: 1 p.m.
Panel Start Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Red Bull Space (40 Thompson Street, NYC)
RSVP to: events at icedmedia.com

This Wednesday, TheLoop21.com and ICED Media are hosting a panel during Internet Week NY that looks at the rising rates of HIV/AIDS in the African American community and how the internet can be used to educate the community on effective means of prevention and health.

Panelists will include BET's VP of Public Affairs Sonya Lockett, Essence.com editor Kenya Byrd, author Terrence Dean, Chuck Cheekmor of Allhiphop.com, Global Grind's Blogxilla, Asst. Commissioner, NYC Dept of Health Karen Maybank and more.

Some key topics of discussion will include:
• Epidemic rising rates of AIDS diagnosis in Washington, DC
• Effective tactics – encouraging abstinence versus sex education
• Prevention
• Best online tools to reach audience – blogs, sites, interactive tools, etc.
• Making AIDS education compelling and interactive for the Gen Y set online

Each year, the City of New York hosts Internet Week and we have decided to use it as a platform to bring greater awareness to the alarming rates of HIV/AIDS in the African American community.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Repro Health Happy Hour Tomorrow in Brooklyn!

Repro Health Happy Hour will be tomorrow, Tuesday, May 26th from 6 to 9pm at Last Exit Bar in Brooklyn! Come celebrate the beginning of summer with us in the bar's outdoor garden! More details below.

Hope to see you tomorrow!
Myra and Leila

Last Exit Bar & Lounge

136 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn (Between Clinton and Henry St.)
Nearest Subway stops:
Borough Hall (4,5,2,3, N, R)
Bergen St. (F,G)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Help Max RideFAR for CHAMP

The next Happy hour will be Tuesday, May 26th


Save the Date: Invisible Lives--June 18th


Please mark your calendars for the opening reception of “Invisible Lives: Documenting the Exiles of Eastern Burma's Sixty-Year War”, a book and photoshow to benefit reproductive health education along the Thai/Burma border, Thursday, June 18, 6:00-8:00pm at powerHouse Books in DUMBO

"Invisible Lives” is a book and photo show project presenting the work of acclaimed photographers whose images raise awareness of the one of the world’s least known humanitarian disasters. The ongoing civil war in eastern Burma has fueled the rise of one of the world’s most repressive regimes and driven more than two million people into Thailand and neighboring countries. The images featured in “Invisible Lives” bring the hidden worlds of these refugees and illegal migrants into the open, highlighting their humanity and lived experiences.

“Invisible Lives” features photographs by Tom Soddart, Morgan Hagar, Becky Hurwitz, and amateur Burmese and Karen photographers. Proceeds from the "Invisible Lives" book sales and from the event will fund reproductive health education for adolescents living along the Thai/Burma border.

For more information or to RSVP for the opening please contact Cari Sietstra: 917.715.9577 and sietstra at gmail dot com

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Jessica Valenti at Bluestockings

Sunday, May 17th @ 7PM - Free

Reading: Jessica Valenti “The Purity Myth”

American culture is plagued with concerns about the sexual purity of young
women. Please join Jessica Valenti in a reading and discussion of her new book
“The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young
Women,” in which she brings the full powers of her wit and intelligence to a
critique of the problematic cultural appraisal of girls and women based on
their sexual worth. Valenti is also the author of “Full Frontal Feminism: A
Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters” and “He’s a Stud, She’s
a Slut…and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know.”

Monday, May 11, 2009

Art, Street Theatre and HIV Prevention Justice Activism

Perform the Change You Want to See in the World:
Art, Street Theater, and HIV Prevention Justice Activism
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
6:30 - 8:30 PM

CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Ave., NYC Room 9207

Free ~ Open to the public ~ Refreshments provided

Art has the power to challenge the status quo, to connect and communicate, and to re-imagine a world in which we all want to live. Since the early days of the AIDS epidemic, local and global activists have used art in combination with political education and civil disobedience to fundamentally change attitudes about sex, health, death, and rights. In their work, art becomes a vehicle for personal healing and community building for those people most affected by the epidemic; visual art, theatre and performance serve as tactics, tools and catharsis.

Please join us for presentations, display and discussion with these performers, activists and community builders:

Speakers Include:

Avram Finkelstein - Gran Fury/ACT UP NYC
Jenny Romaine - Great Small Works
Francisco Roque - Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC)

Amy Sadao - Visual AIDS

Co-sponsors include (list in formation):

The Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies, City University of New York, Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), Great Small Works, The International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC), The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, Visual AIDS


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

One Size Does Not Fit All: Exploring Diverse Approaches to Working with Abusive Partners

A conference presented by NYC’s Coalition on Working with Abusive Partners (CoWAP)

For more information go HERE.

This conference is the first of its kind in New York City: An opportunity for participants to learn about a broad range of innovative models and approaches to working with abusive partners. This will be a forum for inclusive dialogue about expanding services to abusive partners while maintaining our priorities of safety for victims and children and accountability for abusive behavior.

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2009
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Place: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 55 Fifth Avenue at 12th Street, NYC, 10003

CLE’s Pending

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Choices: Parenting Event on May 7th

Thursday, May 7 at 6:15 - 8:15pm

NARAL Pro-Choice New York, in partnership with co-sponsors Sistas on the Rise, Baby’s First Home, The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), and the Red Hook Initiative will highlight the work being done everyday to ensure that parenting is an accessible and supported reproductive choice for all.

Thursday, May 7th
6:00-8:00 pm
Sistas on the Rise
835 Dawson Street
Bronx, NY 10459

Contact Lalena Howard (lhoward at prochoiceny.org or 646-520-3506) to register for Choices: Parenting.

Contact Lalena Howard to RSVP or for more information.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Conference on the Right: Friday, May 1

Second Annual Conference on "Rightist Movements"

Friday, May 1, 2009
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue

Free and Open to the Public

This conference brings together academic researchers, activists, and representatives of non-governmental organizations involved in understanding and contesting both contemporary trends toward the right and rightist efforts, from fiscally or socially conservative movements to hate groups. The aim of the conference is to draw on the insights of those conducting this important work across diverse professional fields toward an understanding of shifts to the right currently underway, as well as to build alliances and encourage collaboration between activists and academic and non-academic thinkers and researchers.

Co-Sponsors: Ph.D. Program in Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center; the Center for Place, Culture and Politics, CUNY Graduate Center; Center for the Humanities, CUNY Graduate Center; Planned Parenthood Federation of America; People for the American Way.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Repro Health Happy Hour this Thursday!

Repro Health Happy Hour is this Thursday, April 23rd from 6 to 9pm at Shrine Bar in Harlem.

More information online at http://www.shrinenyc.com

Hope to see you Thursday!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Words of Choice Benefit for PPNYC

A special presentation of dynamic pro-choice theater to benefit Planned Parenthood of New York City this Thursday!

Directed by Francesca Mantani Arkus

Featuring Christa Marie Jackson, Carl H. Jaynes, and Claudia Schneider

Thursday, April 23rd, 7pm

with a panel discussion immediately following the show

Judson Memorial Church

55 Washington Square South

Tickets: $15

Proceeds benefit the work of Planned Parenthood of New York City

Limited Tickets Available. Get your tickets now by clicking here.

Words of Choice, a powerful theatrical performance, has traveled to more than twenty states to tell the stories of women (and men) and the right to choose. In a new production presented in New York City for the first time, three amazing actors weave together a dozen selections compiled by writer Cindy Cooper to carry audiences on a journey of joy, heartbreak, and rousing passion. For pro-choice activists, experienced and new, Words of Choice guarantees to fuel your fire.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Stonewall & Beyond: Honoring 40 Years Of Radical Queer Organizing

Monday, April 20, 2009
6:30 - 8:30 PM

LGBT Community Center
208 West 13th Street (btwn 7th/8th aves.), NYC

An intergenerational dialogue with:
Katherine Acey (Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice)
James Credle (Newark Pride Alliance)
Julie Davids (Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project, CHAMP)
Rickke Mananzala (FIERCE)
Imani Henry (International Action Center)

Moderated by Trishala Deb, Audre Lorde Project

Video presentation by Jay Toole & Queers for Economic Justice
Performance by Mahina Movement

Friday, April 10, 2009

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Women's Health Free Clinic Happy Hour Fundraiser this Saturday!

The WHFC is the nation's first comprehensive student-run free women's health clinic. The clinic is a partnership between New York University School of Medicine, the Reproductive Health Access Project, and the Institute for Family Health. Since our opening on February 9th, 2008 we have provided, at no cost to our patients, a full-range of reproductive health services including contraception, options counseling, medication abortion, specialty referrals, counseling, and patient education. We are dedicated to training medical students in patient-centered reproductive heath care and to nurturing the longstanding traditions of volunteerism and community service among healthcare professionals.

The fundraiser will also serve as the Medical Students for Choice (MSFC) Regional conference social event. This fundraiser is open to the public (so bring all your friends!) and will be broadly advertised to the greater medical community.

Please join us to raise money for WHFC. All of your donations will go directly to patient care. Belmont Lounge is a lovely venue right by Union Square- start your night early with a few drinks for a good cause!

WHAT: WHFC Happy Hour Fundraiser
WHEN: April 11, Saturday, 5-8PM
WHERE: Belmont Lounge (117 E. 15th Street New York, NY)
WHY: Because everyone deserves accessible, comprehensive reproductive healthcare!

$5 for students in advance ($7 at the door)
$15 for non-students

*With admissions, every individual will receive a free vodka drink! Enjoy $4 beer, wine, and well mixed-drinks between 5-8PM.

We will be selling tickets in advance the week of the event (April 6-10) in front of the Ehrman Library.

We hope to see you there!

PS: If you can't make the fundraiser, you can still support the WHFC with an online donation: http://www.nyu.edu/giving/make.gift/giving.html?id=1000014



Where: The Beauty Bar @ 231 East 14th Street between 2nd – 3rd Avenues
When: April 7th, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
How Much: $8 minimum

Your donation supports the Ms. Foundation for Women in making grants and providing training to organizations at the local, state, Tribal and national levels working for progressive changes in policy and culture.

The evening will include: Drinks, desserts and conversation

NYAAF Book Reading Tonight in Brooklyn!

Book Reading: Kathryn Joyce, Jennifer Baumgardner and Michelle Goldberg

March Edition of the Other Means Reading Series Benefits the New York Abortion Access Fund (NYAAF)

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Time: 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: The Flying Saucer
Street: 494 Atlantic Avenue
City/Town: Brooklyn, NY

Great literary event for a suggested donation of just $5!

Journalists Kathryn Joyce, Jennifer Baumgardner and Michelle Goldberg are reading from their books Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement, Abortion and Life, and The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power and the Future of the World.

The event is part of the Other Means Reading Series, a monthly progressive fundraiser which subscribes to the belief that small donations count and anyone can be a philanthropist.

Suggested donation is $5 at the door, which the authors have asked to go to NYAAF to help low income women pay for abortions they need but cannot afford.

For more about NYAAF, visit our Facebook page:

Raising Women's Voices Speak Out Wednesday!



Wednesday, April 1, 2009

7 to 9:30 p.m.

The InterChurch Center

475 Riverside Dr. at 119th Street, Manhattan

(Enter through the Claremont Avenue side of the building)

This is a FREE EVENT!

Come and share your stories about why we need health reform this year!

Emcee is Byllye Avery, founder of the Black Women’s Health Imperative

Moderator is Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC News Chief Medical Editor

Performance by the InterChurch Gospel Choir

DIRECTIONS: No. 1 train to 116th Street, walk 1 block west (toward Hudson River), turn right and walk 1 block north on Claremont Avenue to 119th Street), OR M5 bus to Riverside and 119th Street OR M104 bus to 120th and Broadway, walk 1 block west to Claremont Avenue and 120th.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Rally to end New York’s Rockefeller Drug Laws!

Rally to end New York’s Rockefeller Drug Laws

Wednesday, March 25, 1 p.m.

Governor Paterson’s office, 633 3rd Ave., between 40th and 41st

Russell Simmons
Meile Rockefeller, Nelson Rockefeller’s granddaughter
The Rev. Calvin Butts, Abyssinian Baptist Church
Correctional Association of New York
New York Civil Liberties Union
Drop the Rock
Drug Policy Alliance
The Fortune Society
Center for Community Alternatives
Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers (ASAP)
The Bronx Defenders
Womens Prison Association
Families Rally for Emancipation and Empowerment (FREE)
JusticeWorks Community

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Repro Health Happy Hour Tuesday in the LES!

Join us this Tuesday, March 24th for Repro Health Happy Hour in the LES! We will be at the Magician bar on Rivington Street from 6 to 9pm. More details below.

Hope to see you Tuesday!
Myra and Leila

The Magician
118 Rivington St. (near Essex St.), New York, NY
F, V at Lower East Side-Second Ave.; J, M, Z at Essex St.
Happy Hour Specials!

Monday, March 16, 2009


Wednesday, March 25th
Create your own shift anytime between 7:30 am-7:30 pm

Join NARAL Pro-Choice New York and Planned Parenthood of New York City activists as we hit subway stations throughout NYC to keep New Yorkers safe and spread the word about Emergency Contraception. We will hand out condoms and information about how to get EC to everyone who passes by. Join NARAL representatives or organize at your favorite stop at a time that works for you - it’s your choice.


14th St. Union Square, 12:00 - 2:00 pm

34 St. Herald Square, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

*Join us or organize at your favorite stop and time!*

To RSVP contact Lalena at lhoward@prochoiceny.org, with your stop, shift, and contact info for all members of your group

Repro Health Happy Hour - Tuesday, March 24th

Hope to see you next Tuesday! Manhattan bar location to be announced very soon!

Free Monthly Meeting for Expectant Parents

Choices in Childbirth is pleased to announce the upcoming free informational meeting for expectant parents.

Inspiring Birth Stories: Cesarean and VBAC

Considering VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)? Thinking about giving birth by cesarean for whatever reason? Wondering what your options are? If so, please join us for and evening of inspiring birth stories and discussion on a range of issues related to cesarean birth and VBAC.

Date: Wednesday, March 25th, 6:15-8:30PM

Meeting location: The Classical Wellness Center
214 West 29th Street (bet 7th & 8th)
Suite 901

The Classical Wellness Center was founded in 2008 by two acupuncturists, Ann Cecil-Sterman and Helder Coelho. It is designed to be a calm space for deep healing and for the expert application of Classical Chinese Medicine. Both founders have a particular interest in natural birth, breastfeeding, and in the rights of women and their partners to make informed birth choices.

More information here

Thursday, March 12, 2009


WHAT: Rally in support of appeal to the SEIU to cover home births, as New York State law permits

WHERE: Outside SEIU 32BJ, 101 Avenue of the Americas

WHEN: Wednesday, March 18th at 11:30–1:30; hearing is at 3 pm

Organized by Choices in Childbirth

Sign the online petition

More info on Facebook here.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Open Mic: Ya-Ya Network "NYC Sex Education"

Saturday, March 28th @ 7PM - $5 Suggested
Bluestockings Bookstore

The Youth Activists - Youth Allies Network (Ya-Ya) is welcomes Breasts Not Bombs to lead a discussion on sex education in New York City. Sex education in public schools intends scare young people away from sex. Come discuss methods of staying sex-positive in a sex-negative society. Come out and spit, rap, rant, sing. Share your ideas about the world you know and the world you want to see, or at least come and listen! The Youth Activists - Youth Allies Network
(Ya-Ya) is a citywide anti-racist, anti-sexist organization and allies with the
LGBTQ community, staffed by young activists ages 15-19.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Mar 11, 2009 Event: Race, Reproductive Rights,& the New Administration

March 11, 2009 • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue

295 Lafayette St, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10012

A moderated Conversation between Dorothy Roberts, Kirkland and Ellis Professor, Northwestern University Law School and Iris Lopez, Associate Professor of Sociology and currently the Director of the Program in Latin American and Latino Studies at City College

Please RSVP at wagner.nyu.edu/events

Co Sponsored by the National Latina Institue for Reproductive Health

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The next happy hour will be on March 24th

Save the date. Location TBD.


Myra & Leila

Commemorating the 1969 Redstockings Abortion Speakout

Join us in celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1969 Redstockings Abortion Speakout, where women first spoke publicly about their then-illegal abortions.

Women testified about their dangerous experiences with back-alley abortions, or having to bring a pregnancy to term and give the baby up for adoption. The historic event took place here in the West Village to a crowd of 300 people. Speakouts then spread around the country like wildfire, sparking the Women's Liberation Movement that has won us Roe and so much more.

Panelists will discuss this historic event and we will honor veteran feminists Ros Baxandall and Susan Brownmiller, who both attended the original '69 speakout. Baxandall courageously spoke out about her own experiences in '69 and Brownmiller wrote an article about the speakout for the Village Voice, Everywoman's Abortions: 'The Oppressor is Man.' With this backdrop, the event will explore how we can use this history in our activism today to win more. Literature and CDs from the Redstockings Women's Liberation Archives for Action will be available for sale at a low cost (all proceeds benefit the Archive).

Date: Thursday, March 5th, 2009 from 7 - 8:30pm
Location: Judson Memorial Church
239 Thompson St (at West 3rd St) in the Assembly Hall
Subway: ACE/BDFV to West 4th
More Information: Erin Mahoney at 646-853-7100, birthcontrolproject@gmail.com

Sponsored by: The Women's Liberation Birth Control Project and Social Wage Committee with inspiration and source materials from the Redstockings Women's Liberation Archives for Action

Cosponsors: New Jersey National Organization for Women, Brooklyn-Queens National Organization for Women, Center for Constitutional Rights, Redstockings Women's Liberation Archives for Action, Fordham Chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Joy of Resistance Multicultural Feminist Radio on WBAI 99.5fm, A Better Balance, and Judson Memorial Church

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Sense and Sexuality: What Doctors Want You to Know About Your 16-to 26-Year-Old’s Sexual Health

Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health invites you to Sense and Sexuality: What Doctors Want You to Know About Your 16-to 26-Year-Old’s Sexual Health. Join us on March 5 for an evening of wine, hors doeuvres, and conversation with a panel of physicians to discuss sexual health concerns for young adults.

Topics to be addressed include birth control, emergency contraception, pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and more. Not just for parents, this event is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about the sexual health concerns facing today’s young adults.

March 5, 2009

6 p.m.-8 p.m.

The New-York Historical Society

177 Central Park West (at 77th Street)

New York City

Please visit http://www.prch.org/sense-and-sexuality to reserve your space today! Please email Elizabeth@prch.org for more information about the event.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

"Politics, Sex, and Cocktails"

A Cocktail Party to Benefit Planned Parenthood NYC

Tuesday, February 17, 2009
6:30pm - 8:30pm

37 W. 17th Street
New York, NY

Talk politics directly with your City Council Members and get the scoop on how they plan to protect Reproductive Rights in 2009.

21 and over.

$20 - Proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood of New York City Action Fund, the political wing of Planned Parenthood of New York City

Space is limited. Reserve your ticket today at

Benefit Party to Celebrate the Nation’s New First Lady

Three Brooklyn-based, feminist organizations— Girls for Gender Equity (GGE), RightRides, and Students Active For Ending Rape (SAFER)—have joined forces for “First Lady,” a benefit party to celebrate the county’s new First Lady and support the exciting and innovative work of these local grassroots groups. The party, featuring DJ Barney Iller, will take place at Trophy Bar in Brooklyn on Thursday, February 12, from 7-10pm.

The suggested $10 donation will directly support the work of these organizations, and donors will receive free drink tickets from 7-8pm. The event will also feature Bush’s Yard Sale, a silent auction dedicated to getting rid of the old to fund the new, as well as a short documentary by Jonah Levy highlighting the work of the recipient organizations through the lens of possibilities that the Obamas bring to our future. A team of community organizers will greet attendees and provide information about volunteer opportunities, along with other ways to get involved in building safer and more just communities.

Trophy Bar, 351 Broadway (between Rodney and Keap), Brooklyn.
J/M/Z train to Marcy Ave., walk 1 block east on Broadway; G train to Broadway, walk 4 blocks west on Broadway.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Happy Hour this Tuesday!

Repro Health Happy Hour is this TUESDAY, January 27th at Pacific Standard Bar on 4th Ave. in Brooklyn! See below for details..

Come join us for a drink to celebrate the exciting new year!


Sunday, January 18, 2009

Happy hour returns to Brooklyn

The next Repro Health Happy Hour will be on Tuesday, January 27th at

Pacific Standard, 82 Forth Avenue in Brooklyn (between Bergen and St. Marks).

You have many, many train options:

2, 3 to Bergen/D,M,N,R to Pacific/4, 5 to Atlantic.

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As always, we'll be drinking from 6-9pm so drop by any time within that window.

Hope to see you there,

Leila & Myra

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Free informational session for expectant parents

January Meeting Topic: Inspiring Birth Stories: Painless? Positive Medical Support? Orgasmic? What can we learn from these experiences?

New parents will share their birth experiences, talking about their fears and how they found support and ultimately the strength within themselves to labor and birth their babies in a satisfying way

The session is generously hosted by 14 Street Y

DATE: Thursday, January 29th 6:15pm-8:30pm

LOCATION: 344 East 14th Street between 1st and 2nd avenue

GUEST SPEAKERS: Four parents who have recently given birth in a variety of settings and Cara Muhlhahn, CNM, author of the memoir Labor of Love: A Midwife's Memoir (Kaplan Publishing, 2008)

We hope to see you there, and welcome you to invite your friends, family or other expectant families who might be interested.

RSVP is appreciated (kelly at choicesinchildbirth.org)

For more information, go here.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Bon Voyage, Bush Party*!!

Featuring some of NYC's hottest DJs, Comedians and Live Performers!

Quirky Cruise Games! Raffle Prizes! Drink Spercials!

Monday, January 19th


Galapagos Art Space

Click Here to buy your tickets before this event sells out! Don't Miss the Boat!

Proceeds go to Planned Parenthood of New York City Action Fund.

*Cruisewear encouraged!

Raising Our Voices for Choice: A Roe Tribute & Call to Action

Thursday, January 22nd, 6:30 pm, City Hall

Even with a pro-choice President moving into the White House, women’s reproductive freedom remains under threat. Get the facts New York's Reproductive Health Act and clinic access, hear about "hotspots" for anti-choice activities across the country, and get Obama his repro rights to-do list.

Featuring Eleanor Bader, pro-choice activist and writer; Latifa Lyles, National NOW Officer; Galen Sherwin, NYCLU Reproductive Rights Project Director; and others! Learn what steps you can take to protect choice and then raise your voice for choice in a post-discussion networking and post-card-writing session.

For more information, go here.

Co-sponsored by: Brooklyn-Queens NOW | New York Civil Liberties Union

Monday, January 12, 2009

Drugs, Pregnancy, and Parenting

Drugs, Pregnancy, and Parenting: What the Experts in Medicine, Social Work and the Law Have to Say,
Wednesday, February 11, 2009, New York City

People working in the field of family law and child-welfare often have cases that involve issues of drug use. These lawyers, social workers, counselors, advocates and investigators, however, are often trying to do their jobs without the benefit of evidence-based research or access to experts knowledgeable about drugs, drug treatment and the relationship between drug use, pregnancy and parenting. That is why on February 11, 2009 we are sponsoring a spectacular one-day continuing education program entitled: Drugs, Pregnancy and Parenting: What the Experts in Medicine, Social Work and the Law Have to Say. Please join us and please help us spread the word. You can register now: http://napwtraining.eventbrite.com/

If your work involves family law, child welfare law, advocacy on behalf of children, parents or families pregnant and parenting women and their families or issues of drug use – this continuing education program is for you. Even if this is not specifically your field of work, this truly interesting day will be a great way to earn continuing education credits. Substance Abuse Counselors can earn New York CASAC credits.

This dynamic program features nationally and internationally renowned medical, social work, and legal experts as well as people with direct experience who will help distinguish myth from fact, evidence-based information from media hype and provide meaningful tools for improved advocacy, representation, care and treatment. Panelists will discuss current research on marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, as well as other areas of research regarding drug use, prenatal exposure to drugs, recovery, treatment and parenting. This up-to-date research is critical for effective representation and care.

Discussion points will include:
• What does a positive drug test predict about future neglect and abuse?
• What tools can I use to distinguish between myth and fact regarding the effect of drugs and other claims made about drug use and drug users? Is there such a thing as a "crack baby"?
• Is there a difference between drug use and abuse? Can a person parent and be a drug user?
• How should social workers, lawyers, counselors, advocates and judges use and interpret drug tests?
• How do we determine what, if any, treatment should be required and how do we measure its success?
• What is the relationship between drug use, abstinence, relapse and recovery?
• What does evidence-based research tell us about the effectiveness of different kinds of drug treatment?
• How can we implement safety plans that keep families together?
• How can I best advocate for/ help my client when drug use is an issue?

No matter what kind of work you do or practice you have, this course will challenge your assumptions, identify valuable resources and generate hope about families where drug use is an issue.

Please join us for: Drugs, Pregnancy, and Parenting: What the Experts in Medicine, Social Work and the Law Have to Say

When :
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 from 9am to 6pm.

Where : NYU School of Law, 40 Washington Square South, Manhattan

Registration: The fee is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Breakfast, lunch and beverages will be provided.) Financial aid is available.
Please register at: http://napwtraining.eventbrite.com/

This program was developed through a consultative process with representatives from all aspects of New York City's child welfare system. We really appreciate the time people have taken to inform us and to share their knowledge and experiences with us.

This program is co-sponsored by: National Advocates for Pregnant Women, New York University School of Law, and New York University Silver School of Social Work

Continuing Legal Education (7 hours NY CLE credits), Social Work and CASAC credits for full or partial day program available for New York. This program is appropriate for practitioners at all levels. Students are welcome as well. New Jersey CLE credit pending.

For more information, contact Allison Guttu, NAPW Equal Justice Works Staff Attorney, at 212.255.9252 or aguttu@advocatesforpregnantwomen.org .

Monday, January 5, 2009

1/21 I Had An Abortion screening in NYC


"I Had An Abortion" Documentary Screening & Discussion with Jennifer Baumgardner, Filmmaker, Activist, Author & Gillian Aldrich, Filmmaker

*in honor of Roe vs. Wade anniversary*
a portion of the proceeds donated to
New York Abortion Access Fund

additional support by Women & Hollywood

Location: The People Lounge
When: Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009
Time: 7:00 PM

Where: In the heart of the Feminist District - People Lounge, 163 Allen Street, NYC
(Between Stanton and Rivington, F or V Train to 2nd Avenue)
HopStop Directions

Cost: $12 online pre-sales until Jan 20, $15 at door