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.