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Was That Sexual Harassment? How to Create Healthy Workplaces
Oct
18
3:00 PM15:00

Was That Sexual Harassment? How to Create Healthy Workplaces

Watch the recording of the webinar: https://youtu.be/mimSc050-OQ


Confused about what constitutes sexual harassment and what doesn’t? Do you want to do the right thing, but unsure of how to proceed? Are you wondering if the #MeToo movement means that any romantic relationship at work is automatically considered sexual harassment?

  • During this webinar, national experts explain the nuances of sexual harassment in layman terms.

  • Attorneys and advocates also describe tools and tips to create harassment-free cultures in diverse settings.

  • What are the additional considerations when the victim is a woman of color or gender nonconforming?

  • What if the victim is undocumented?

Learn how to go beyond legal requirements to create cultures where every employee is treated with respect, and therefore better performing. Q&A afterward.  


Moderator

Jerin Arifa
NOW Young Feminists and Allies
Founder and President

Jerin Arifa is a formerly undocumented activist who changed millions of lives. Jerin spearheaded the sexual harassment, assault, domestic violence and anti-stalking policy for the third largest university in the U.S. — while undocumented! Now, as an American citizen, Jerin trains activists across the U.S. as the Founder of the National Organization for Women’s (NOW) inaugural virtual chapter, Young Feminists and Allies. She engineers safe spaces for marginalized groups, such as sold-out events for LGBTQAI+ Muslims. When not training activists, Jerin leverages 14 years of successes in corporate and nonprofit communications strategies—along with expertise in ending gender-based discrimination—to provide proven sexual harassment solutions to reduce employee turnover and increase productivity. A multi-talented leader, Jerin’s award-winning work ranges from cutting-edge cancer research to community organizing. President Obama’s White House chose her out of 10,000 nominees to attend the historic United State of Women Summit. Her work has appeared in diverse outlets from The New York Times to Cosmopolitan, and she presents regularly to local, national and international audiences.


Panelists

Maya Raghu
National Women’s Law Center
Director of Workplace Equality and Senior Counsel

Maya Raghu is Director of Workplace Equality and Senior Counsel at the National Women’s Law Center. She leads federal and state policy development and advocacy, litigation, education, and stakeholder engagement focused on women’s economic security and employment opportunity, including equal pay, pregnancy discrimination, and sexual harassment. Prior to joining NWLC, she was a senior attorney at Futures Without Violence and a senior staff attorney at Legal Momentum (formerly NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund), focusing on economic security, gender discrimination, and gender-based violence, with an emphasis on immigrant and low-income women. Her work encompassed litigation, legislative and policy advocacy, public education and training, multi-sector initiatives and cross-movement collaboration. Maya was also previously an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and a law clerk to the Hon. Vanessa D. Gilmore of the Southern District of Texas. She is a graduate of Trinity University and Georgetown University Law Center. Maya has appeared in a number of media outlets, including PBS Newshour, NPR, and The New York Times.


Shanon Lee
Writer, Journalist, Host & Survivor Activist

Shanon Lee is a Survivor Activist & Storyteller that has been featured on BBC Radio, National Geographic, HuffPost Live, The Wall Street Journal, TV One and the REELZ Channel’s Scandal Made Me Famous. She is a Contributor for The Lily at The Washington Post and her work appears in publications including Cosmopolitan, Playboy, Good Housekeeping, ELLE, Marie Claire, Refinery29, Woman's Day, Women's Health and Redbook. As an official member of the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) Speakers Bureau and the National Speakers Bureau for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), Shanon advocates for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Since the #MeToo movement began, she has produced and contributed to stories on early US anti-rape movements, reproductive justice, media retraumatization, sexual assault and disability, gendering sexual violence and sexual harassment in the military. Shanon currently leads a trauma writing workshop for The Writer’s Center.


Allegra L. Fishel
Gender Equality Law Center
Founder and Executive Director

Allegra L. Fishel is the Founder and Executive Director of the Gender Equality Law Center (“GELC”). GELC is a nonprofit legal and advocacy whose mission is to advance laws and policies that will combat gender-based discrimination and stereotyping. Allegra oversees all aspects of GELC’s legal work, organizational strategies, public training and community outreach. Allegra has been a civil rights lawyer for over two decades years, focusing on advocating for the rights of women and the LGBTQ community. During that period of time she counseled and represented hundreds of women facing workplace sexual harassment and assault. Before founding GELC, Allegra was affiliated with Outten & Golden LLP and was a founding partner of Beranbaum, Menken, Ben-Asher & Fishel, both plaintiff-side employment and civil rights law firms. Allegra is a frequent lecturer on gender-based discrimination and through GELC has conducted legal and community-based trainings to the private bar, public advocates and to a variety of nonprofits and community groups. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Boston University School of Law.


We’re very sorry that Ms. Echo-Hawk had an emergency and could not participate on the webinar. Please check out her and her organization’s great work here: http://www.uihi.org/

Abigail Echo-Hawk, MA
Urban Indian Health Institute
Director

Abigail Echo-Hawk, MA is an enrolled member of the Kitkehahki band of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. She is also a member of the Upper Athabascan people of Mentasta Village, Alaska. She was born in the heart of Alaska where she was raised in the traditional values of giving, respect for all and love. She is a graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and Minor in Human Rights, and a Master of Arts in Policy Studies. She previously served as the Co-Director and Tribal Liaison for Partnerships for Native Health at Washington State University-Spokane. In this role she oversaw the implementation and dissemination of 24 NIH funded grants with topics ranging from suicide prevention, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and more. Ms. Echo-Hawk focuses on policy advocacy in areas such as: maternal and child health, domestic violence, sexual assault, youth prostitution and educational disparities. Her greatest accomplishment however, is her place within her extended family. She is a wife, a mother, an auntie, a daughter, a granddaughter, a friend and a community member. Abigail strives to serve them with love and to be a small part of ensuring a great future for the next generations.

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Aug
28
7:00 PM19:00

Chapter Meeting & Candidate Intros

WHAT: Young Feminists & Allies Chapter Meeting & Candidate Intros
WHEN: Wednesday, August 29, 7pm ET--8pm ET
WHERE: Emailed to participants

This is a special Chapter meeting, where candidates will introduce themselves and tell us why they're running for officer positions. Officers Jerin and Rachel are stepping down to allow younger feminists to take on the leadership roles. 

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Webinar: Expert Tips on Title IX after DeVos
Nov
15
8:00 PM20:00

Webinar: Expert Tips on Title IX after DeVos

Moderator: Young Feminists and Allies Founder and President Jerin Arifa will discuss how she spearheaded the campus sexual assault policy for the largest urban public university in the nation -- while she was undocumented

Panelists

  1. Equal Means Equal: Attorney Wendy Murphy will discuss suing Betsy DeVos over the Title IX decision. 

  2. National Women's Law Center (NWLC)

  3. Know Your IX

  4. Its On Us

Advocates across the country are deeply disappointed at Betsy DeVos and the current administration for its failure to prioritize the safety of students. Despite the DeVos debacle, withdrawing Obama-era campus sexual assault guidance, advocates will continue to fight for student safety. Please join an expert group of anti-rape activists -- representing a diverse range of organizations -- to learn tips on how YOU can help. Q&A afterward.

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Young Feminists & Allies Chapter Meeting/Call
Nov
5
7:00 PM19:00

Young Feminists & Allies Chapter Meeting/Call

Please join our next Chapter Call. RSVP here for the call-in info.

Agenda:

  1. Choosing nominating committee for officer elections.
  2. Update on recent victories.
  3. Upcoming events, especially Nov. 15 webinar.
  4. Fundrasier.
  5. Feminist Force Field support: joint document where we compliment each other, and encourage each other to write down kind words from other people.
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LGBTQAI+ Muslims & Allies Eid-Ul-Adha Dinner
Aug
31
6:30 PM18:30

LGBTQAI+ Muslims & Allies Eid-Ul-Adha Dinner

https://gaycenter.org/eiddinner

Please join us for this festive, interfaith event. We're co-sponsoring! 

EID-UL-ADHA DINNER

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, in partnership with the NYC Commission On Human Rights, the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Community Sufi Order, Tarab NYC, the Caribbean Equality Project, Muslims For Progressive Values- New York (MPV-NY), and Young Feminists & Allies (YFA) - NOW's 1st Virtual Chapter, invite you to join us for dinner to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha. Also known as the "Feast of the Sacrifice," this holiday celebrates Ibrahim's devotion to Allah. The evening will be an opportunity to gather and celebrate community over delicious food!

FREE REGISTRATION

This event is open to the public and completely free of charge, but registration is required. To request an accommodation or interpretation, or for any other inquiries, please email advocacyevents@gaycenter.org.

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Feminist Self-Defense in Prospect Park
Jun
18
11:00 AM11:00

Feminist Self-Defense in Prospect Park

Register at: https://tinyurl.com/FEMINIST061817 

Learn self-defense under the sun!

Join us for an evening of butt-kicking, fun, and empowerment! Learn about Rachel's self-defense philosophy in her recent ESPN article here.

This one-hour workshop includes a full-range of self-defense tactics based in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a ground fighting system that uses leverage to subdue assailants with chokes and joint locks.

Workshop participants will gain basic skills in

  • How to fall properly
  • Controlling distance
  • Escaping vulnerable positions
  • Being offensive from the ground
  • Chokeholds
  • Joint locks

*This class is geared toward those who are vulnerable to gender-based violence.Donations over $10/person will sponsor free courses for women with financial need.

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FREE Feminist Self-Defense in Brooklyn
Jun
11
11:00 AM11:00

FREE Feminist Self-Defense in Brooklyn

We will be hosting a FREE feminist self-defense workshop in Prospect Park! Please join us for some under the sun feminist fun! Rachel's workshops are empowering and transformational. We hope you can make it!

You can read more about her self-defense philosophy in her ESPN article here: http://www.espn.com/espnw/voices/article/19034512/how-feminist-self-defense-flips-script-violence-women

RSVP for the event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/feminist-self-defense-in-prospect-park-tickets-34842633254

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FREE Feminist Self-Defense in Manhattan!
Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

FREE Feminist Self-Defense in Manhattan!

We will be hosting another FREE feminist Self-Defense workshop with Rachel Piazza in June! Join us for an evening of butt-kicking, fun, and empowerment! Learn about Rachel's self-defense philosophy in her recent ESPN article here.

A huge thanks to the New York City Parks Department for hosting us in the space.

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/feminist-self-defense-in-manhattan-tickets-34982690168

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Free Self-Defense Workshop
Apr
21
6:30 PM18:30

Free Self-Defense Workshop

Please join our Treasurer Rachel Piazza for a free self-defense workshop. She will teach feminist self-defense, which is quite different than traditional forms. You can learn more about this form in her recent ESPN article here.

A huge thanks to the New York City Parks Department for hosting us in the space. They hosted another workshop last month, for International Women's Day. 

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-self-defense-workshop-tickets-33484041670

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Apr
8
12:30 PM12:30

It's On Us Northeast Regional Summit

Hosted by Fordham University It's On Us
President Jerin Arifa will take part in a roundtable discussion. She will share her experience of being one of two students who spearheaded the creation of the campus sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking policy for the largest, public urban university in the U.S.

What are our goals at a campus, community, city, and state level? What stakeholders with power do/don't we have access to? How do we as individuals, organizations, and an NYC team fit together and how can we most effectively pool our resources to create the most change?

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Mar
29
7:00 PM19:00

Activism to Action: Panel and Tabling

Organized by WIN.NYC
Join President Jerin Arifa during this all-star panel to learn about concrete actions you can take and organizations to get involved with, post election.

Panelists: 

  • Carmelyn Malalis: Chair and Commissioner, NYC Commission on Human Rights
  • Carlene Pinto: Campaign Manager, NY Immigration Coalition
  • Jerin Arifa: President, Young Feminists and Allies: National Organization for Women's (NOW) Inaugural Virtual Chapter
  • Sara Valenzuela: Vice President at Patrick B. Jenkins & Associates, and most recently Director of National Latino Outreach, Hillary for America

Moderator: 

Christina M Greer, PhD: Associate Chair, Department of Political Science, Fordham University

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Mar
8
5:00 PM17:00

Free Self-Defense Workshop

NYC Parks Presents: A Celebration of International Women's Day!
Please join our Treasurer Rachel Piazza for a free self-defense workshop, 7:30 PM--8 PM. She will also present on an inspiring panel.

President Jerin Arifa will be tabling throughout the event, from 5 PM--8:30 PM. A huge thanks to the NYC Parks Department for hosting this event.

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Feb
15
9:00 PM21:00

Be Your Own Valentine: Feminist Tools & Tips

To celebrate Valentine's Day 2017, learn how to increase love for the most important person in your life -- YOU! 

Please join us on a webinar to learn how to increase self esteem and self compassion, as well as create or strengthen your own Feminist Force Field (FFF)

We will also hear from high school feminists across the nation, who are doing incredible feminist work. 

We want to highlight you and your feminist activism! Join us to learn how. Open to all -- members and non-members.

Video conference Link: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/youngfeminists; Online Meeting ID: youngfeminists; (When you click on the link above, it will ask you to download the FreeConferenceCall Desktop or Mobile application beforehand for video options and screen sharing)

If you'd rather just call in: Dial-in Number: (712) 451-0459; Access Code: 127369

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