Monday, November 30, 2009

Day of Action against Stupak this Wednesday

[Image via MassArt's Feminist Majority]

Dear members of the Hunter Women's Rights Coalition (Hunter Equality),

This Wednesday we are having an important meeting (with free pizza, naturally) about our upcoming fundraiser for the Ali Forney Center as well as how to take action at home against the Stupak Amendment, which, if passed along with the health care reform bill before the Senate, could leave women worse off than before.

There will, however,be a National Day of Action THIS WEDNESDAY in Washington, D.C. -- we encourage you to attend if you can. I've included the information from Planned Parenthood below:
DECEMBER 2, 2009
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Washington, DC

Please join us to lobby the Senate for health care reform that ensures women's access to reproductive health care.

To rsvp click here and email

From Planned Parenthood: Join thousands of others to speak with one voice and let our elected officials know that we support health care reform that protects women's health! Real health reform will respect the right of women to purchase private health insurance that covers comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion. We hope to see you there! If you can't make it to DC, stop by our Facebook page for online activities through December 2.

If you can't make it to DC,
we will be discussing The Hanger Project during our Wednesday meeting.

If you can't make it to the meeting either,
you can help fight Stupak by calling your Senators: Look them up by state

We are incredibly proud to have worked together throughout this semester and we're very excited for the next. Whether it's in DC, in the clubroom, or online -- we hope to see you by our side in pushing for real health care reform that doesn't leave women behind.

With love and in solidarity,

Hunter Women's Rights Coalition

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Friday, November 20, 2009

DMI Scholars Recruting Student Activists

The Drum Major Institute for Public Policy created DMI Scholars to identify progressive college activists from underrepresented communities and train them in the skills necessary to obtain and succeed in entry-level public policy positions. With DMI's network and expertise, DMI Scholars will become the future Legislative Directors, Policy Analysts and Advisors who fuel the progressive movement with new ideas and effective advocacy.

We strongly encourage students of color, immigrants, members of the LGBTQ community, and students from low-income and working class backgrounds to apply.

For more information visit

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Breaking: Urge House to Defeat Anti-Choice Amendment TODAY

NARAL Pro-Choice america

In a matter of hours, the House of Representatives will vote on the issue of abortion in the new health system.

Congress is set to vote on abortion in the new health system TODAY.

We can't let the anti-choice movement win, because women could lose access to abortion care.

Contact your member of Congress right now to help us stop this attack.
Call Rep. Nydia Velazquez (202) 225-2361 .

Women's coverage for abortion services rests in the hands of Congress – and that vote is going down to the wire. 

Contact your member of Congress immediately to help us defeat this attack - call Rep. Nydia Velazquez (202) 225-2361 .

This amendment would have devastating consequences for women.

Right now, more than 85 percent of private-insurance plans cover abortion services. That's the status quo.

The proposal we're fighting, led by Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan and Republican Rep. Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania, would make it virtually impossible for private insurance companies that participate in the new system to offer abortion coverage to women.

As a result, women who currently have a private plan that covers abortion care could lose that coverage.

We can't let women lose access to abortion care. Contact Rep. Velazquez (202) 225-2361 right now to help us stop this attack.

Rep. Stupak's proposal is dangerous and based on outright lies.

Here are the facts: The health-care-reform bill maintains the system we have now. It would allow insurance companies to decide what services to cover, and it blocks federal money from paying for abortion. Yet, Rep. Stupak is jeopardizing the entire health-care reform effort by making it virtually impossible for health plans to offer abortion coverage in the new system. 

Now we need you. Ask your member of Congress to oppose Rep. Stupak's anti-choice amendment

The vote will be extremely close. One vote could make the difference.

Thank you for speaking up for women's access to abortion today.

Nancy Keenan




Nancy Keenan
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Sex. Consent. Power. Pleasure. "The Line" film screening & panel discussion

Film, Conversation, & Community
THE LINE, documentary screening
Facebook event page

THE LINE trailer from Nancy Schwartzman on Vimeo.

Panel discussion featuring:

ERIN BURROWS, Students Active For Ending Rape
JOSEPH SAMALIN, Men Can Stop Rape, Campus Strength Coordinator
IGNACIO RIVERA, Sex educator, Organizer & Performance Artist

Join our special honored guests including former Paradigm Shift event speakers, feminist authors, activists, and thought leaders

Support by Identity House, Amy Mitten Photography, NOW NYS YFTF

Attendees are welcome to discuss & document their thoughts on consent for the "Where is Your Line?" campaign

When: TUES, DEC. 1st
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: In the heart of the Feminist District; Gallery Bar
120 Orchard Street, between Delancey St. and Rivington St.
Subway: Delancey-Essex Sts (F, J, M, Z), Grand St (B, D), 2nd Ave-Houston St (F, V)

Cost: $7 if you RSVP before Dec. 1st, 12:00 noon / Students FREE / $10 at door
RSVP (include full name and guests):

Calling all progressives! Promote this event and we’ll help promote your organization!

THE LINE Synopsis:
A one night stand far from home goes terribly wrong. As the filmmaker unravels her experience, she decides to confront her attacker. Told through a “sex-positive” lens, THE LINE is a 24 minute documentary about a young woman – the filmmaker- who is raped, but her story isn’t cut and dry. Not a “perfect victim,” the filmmaker confronts her attacker, recording the conversation with a hidden camera. Sex workers, survivors and activists discuss justice, accountability and today’s “rape culture.” The film asks the question: where is the line defining consent? THE LINE was completed in July 2009.

CUNY Internships at The Legislative Gazette

WANTED: Serious print journalists to cover the legislative process in Albany, the financial crisis and statewide elections. What better time to occupy front view seats to the drama in our state's capital?

Beginning January 3rd, CUNY is again partnering with The Legislative Gazette to offer semester-long PAID internships. The Gazette internships prepare you for work at newsgathering outlets and other meaningful communication positions. You can earn up to 15 upper division credits. To qualify, you must be a full time student. The program requires you to receive pre-approval for independent study and/or fieldwork credits from your instructor. All interns reside fulltime in Albany. You will gain invaluable "away from home" study experience.

To apply, please email a letter of interest and resume to by November 15