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Feminist Victory: LGBTQAI+ Muslims & Allies Eid-Ul-Adha Dinner

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We were honored to spearhead the first-ever, Eid celebration at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City. The sold-out event brought together seven separate organizations for the first time, both religious and secular. The interfaith/non-denominational celebration sold out in less than a week, and was co-sponsored by:

  1. Young Feminists and Allies: National Organization for Women's (NOW) Inaugural Virtual Chapter
  2. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
  3. NYC Commission on Human Rights
  4. Tarab NY
  5. The Caribbean Equality Project
  6. Muslims for Progressive Values
  7. The Nur Ashki Jerrahi Community Sufi Order

The dinner celebrated Eid-ul-Adha. Also known as the "Feast of the Sacrifice," this holiday celebrates Prophet Ibrahim's devotion to Allah. Both a Rabbbi and Muslim leader discussed the similarities among the two faiths. We sold out in less than a week for 140 seats! 

The evening was an opportunity to gather and celebrate community over delicious food!

Recap: Thu, Aug 31: Inclusive Eid Dinner for LGBTQAI+ Muslims and Allies. LGBTQAI+ inclusive, inter-faith/non-denominational, dinner for the Muslim celebration of Eid-ul-Adha. Attendees didn't have to be Muslim or LGBTQAI+ to attend. However, participants who identify as both told us many times, how much it meant for them to attend an event that celebrated all of their identities, together for the first time. They said they felt like they finally belonged! We were very sad to have to turn people away, since we were already at capacity. However, we hope to host future events, especially seeing the great need to create these safe spaces.

Member Update: Fundraising, SEEING RED & Sister Circle Brunch

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Our member Destiny Arturet had a busy summer, below. This list doesn't even include all of the other projects she participated in!

On May 12, Destiny and her dear friend Alisha Acquaye hosted their second Sister Circle Brunch, which is a space for women of color to come together to talk about issues that matter to us over delicious food. 

Volume I was dedicated to self-care, and had a meditation session led by Nia Aisha Calloway.

Volume II was dedicated to our mothers and mother figures. They had incredible sponsors including Glossier, Meow Meow Tweet, ColourPop and Soap Chérie!

 

On May 25, Destiny and her close friend Shaylyn Berlew hosted their 6th monthly political letter-writing party. SEEING RED is an initiative to get our friends and communities more politically involved on a regular basis. They gather once a month to write letters to our representatives about the state of our union's most pressing issues. Since SEEING RED's inception in December, Destiny and her team raised over $1,000 dollars for different beneficiaries and sent over 350 letters to our representatives across the country!

 
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Womanologues: A Storytelling Evening, Volume II took place on June 11! Hosted by Base DWTN, Womanologues: A Storytelling Evening was a gathering of women from all spaces to share moments, journeys, and experiences with our friends, family, community and loved ones. 

The event fundraised close to $1,000 for Every Mother Counts, a nonprofit dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. The organization informs, engages, and mobilizes new audiences to take actions and raise funds that support maternal health programs around the world.

What Is Feminism? High School Feminists Answer from MI

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Club President Ashika Kumar asked some of the members of the NOW club at Skyline High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, about what feminism means to them, and what within feminism are they most passionate about?

“Feminism is standing up for the equality of all sexes. That women should not be oppressed based on something they can’t control--their gender. Within feminism, I am the most passionate about young feminism, equal pay, and ending body shaming. As a young feminist, people often don’t think we can make a difference and I’m being a true feminist to prove them wrong.” Ashika Kumar: President and Founder of the student chapter of the NOW club at Skyline High School

“Feminism is about reforming the sexist system that oppresses women and hurts people of all genders. Within feminism, I’m passionate about intersectionality. “White Feminism” is shameful and embarrassing, and feminism must address racism, homophobia, transphobia, and other social problems that affect women and people everywhere.” Catherine Small

“Feminism means equality, justice, and respect. It means that everyone is given the same chances and the same opportunities no matter their gender, race, sex, or sexual orientation. I am passionate about so many things within feminism. Mostly about slut shaming and increasing respect for women. We have been disrespected by men in power one too many times. It is time for things to change.” Isabella Preissle

“Feminism to me is based on respect. Respecting gender, sexuality, race, and mental illness that affect people all over the world.” Brooke Fisher

“To me, feminism means that girls should grow up knowing that they can do anything. I am most passionate about sexual assault awareness.” Anna Azim

“To me, feminism means equal rights for yourself and everyone else. No matter what your gender is, everyone should have equal rights and opportunity to everything. The thing I am most passionate about in feminism is equal pay and the equal opportunity to work the same jobs as men.” Neethi Kheterpal

“To me, feminism means equality for all genders and races. I am most passionate about body rights.” Marlie Libs

“Feminism to me is a common bond between humans wanting equality between all genders. I am most passionate about women having rights over their own body.” Katie Kowal

“In my opinion, feminism means equal opportunity for all. I am most passionate about women's reproductive rights.” Claudia Lozon

“Feminism to me is standing up against injustices in society and helping other women who aren't as fortunate as me. Feminism is fighting for equality. I am very passionate about sexual assault and the exploitation of women in the media. Also body shaming and slut shaming.” Sophie Erns