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Thu, Dec 2: 7pm--9pm: Health Reform: The Battles Ahead in Albany and Washington


National Organization for Women, New York State is co-sponsoring the following event.  I hope you can attend, along with me.

In Solidarity,
N. Jerin Arifa
NOW NYS Young Feminist Task Force

Public Health Association of New York City  
Health Reform:
 The Battles Ahead in Albany and Washington  

Thursday, December 2, 2010
 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus
1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11201*
(at Flatbush and DeKalb Avenues--use entrance on DeKalb Ave)
Health Sciences Building, Room 107

**RSVP by 12/1/10**

(DIRECTIONS: 2,3,4 or 5 trains to Nevis Street Station; B,M,Q or R trains to DeKalb Avenue Station; A,C or G trains to Hoyt Schemerhorn Street Station)

Featured speaker: 
John McDonough, DrPH, MPA 
 Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health, Hunter College, CUNY, former Executive Director of Health Care for All of Massachsetts and health reform advisor to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.
                       With Panelists:                    
Kinda Serafi, JD, Children's Defense Fund-NY
   Jenny Rejeske, MS, NY Immigration Coalition 
 Lois Uttley, MPP, Raising Women's Voices/PHANYC 
 William Jordan, MD, MPH, National Physicians Alliance-NY/PHANYC
Mark Hannay
Metro NY Health Care for All
Registration is free and light refreshments will be served  

Event co-sponsored by:
Long Island University School of Health Professions,
AARP-NY, Children's Defense Fund-NY, Community Service Society, Committee for Interns and Residents - SEIU, Community Service Society, Health Care for All New York, Health Care Leaders of New York, Metro NY Health Care for All, New York Immigration Coalition, National Physicians Alliance-NY, New York Immigration Coalition,
National Organization for Women - New York State,
Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need

Please RSVP by following this link:

*DIRECTIONS: 2,3,4 or 5 trains to Nevins Street Station; B,M,Q or R trains to DeKalb Avenue Station; A,C or G trains to Hoyt Schererhorn Street Station
For more information, please email: 

Tue, 4/20: Sexual Assault Yearly Speak Out in BKLN


SAY SO! (Sexual Assault Yearly Speak Out) is a public event that raises awareness about specialized rape crisis services in New York City and celebrates healing and recovery from sexual violence.
Date: April 20th, 2010 from 5:00pm-9:00pm 
Location: Callahan Center, St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201
Subway: 2/3/4/5 to Borough Hall Station or M/R to Court Street/Borough Hall Station

We are excited to announce Brooklyn’s first annual SAYSO (Sexual Assault Yearly Speak Out)! Safe Horizon’s Brooklyn Rape and Sexual Assault Program is planning this public event that raises awareness about sexual assault and sexual assault services while celebrating healing and recovery. We have several options available if you would like to participate in this event.

As you may know, Safe Horizon’s Brooklyn Rape and Sexual Assault Program provides time-limited counseling and advocacy to survivors of sexual assault, along with their families and friends. The program also raises awareness of sexual violence through presentations and outreach. This year, we are organizing Brooklyn’s first SAYSO event following successful similar events in Manhattan and Staten Island. For more information about previous SAYSO events, please visit the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault website:

We invite you to become involved in the following ways:

· Community Partner- attend monthly planning meetings; assist in the marketing and event promotion, planning speakers, and/or with general logistics of the event.

· Community Supporter- participate the day of the event in one of the following ways: represent your organization at a table, speak or perform, facilitate a healing activity of your choice, or volunteer to help set up and clean up for the event.

· Other- we welcome any suggestions you have about how your organization might contribute!


Sat, March 6: International Women's Day Celebration in BKLN


Dwa Fanm's Survivor Advocacy Board

Date: Saturday March 6, 2010
Time: 1pm - 5pm
Location: 290 Cadman Plaza West (@ Tillary Street), Brooklyn, NY 11201
Subway: 2,3,4,5,A,C,F
Jay Street / Borough Hall

Moment of silence in memoriam of earthquake victims.

Myriam Merlet
Anne Marie Coriolan
Magalie Marcelin

  * Keynote speaker
  * Honoring 2 women
  * Focus group on role of women in time of struggle
  * Who is a woman art to heal workshop
  * Exhibition of art pieces

For more information and to RSVP: 718.230.4027 ext. 302

Download:    http://www.nycagainstrape.org/sps/go.cgi?c=pdrWf7kyLYos_WcqLukO   (218.52K Bytes)

Healing Activity November Drop-In Group: Writing Workshop for rape survivors & allies


Safe Horizon

This workshop will help you harness the written word as a powerful tool for reclaiming and naming one's own truths in healing trauma. Through readings and writing, participants will embrace the transformative power of their own creativity. We will read and discuss poems from the why and later, a collection written by women about rape and sexual assault, edited by Carly Sachs. We will then awaken the voice within through brief writing exercises, followed by a time for compassionate listening during which participants will have the opportunity to share their words. This workshop is intended to help you take the first steps toward using writing as a healing path.

Carly Sachs is a Kripalu Certified Yoga Teacher with a special certification in Trauma Sensitive Yoga. She is the editor of the anthology, The Why And Later. Please visit her website: www.thewhyandlater.com for more information about healing on and off the page and the yoga mat!

When: Tuesday, November 17, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Who: Survivors of sexual violence and their allies. Allies include supportive friends, family, and service providers. 18+ years of age required.
Where: Safe Horizon, 50 Court Street, 8th Floor, Brooklyn NY.
(Take the 2, 3, 4, 5 Trains to Borough Hall, the A, C, F Trains to Jay Street, or N, R Trains to Court Street)

Please contact the Brooklyn Rape and Sexual Assault Program to register: (718) 834-6688 or email: josephine.torielli@safehorizon.org or alella@safehorizon.org.

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Help Wanted: Supervising Social Worker


Safe Horizon

Brooklyn Family Court Program

The Safe Horizon Brooklyn Family Court supervised visitation and safe exchange program provides the setting for visitation between a child and his or her non-custodial parent in cases where there has been a court determination that unsupervised visitation is unsafe or inappropriate.

Essential Job Functions:
  * Recruit, train, and supervise multi-lingual staff on ongoing basis in the duties listed below and to ensure the provision of culturally competent services to a diverse locality;
  * Oversee court-ordered visitation between non-custodial parents and their children;
  * Oversee court-ordered supervised exchanges between non-custodial parents and their children;
  * Prepare reports for the court and ensure quality of all reports submitted by other program staff;
  * Supervise case-managers in the provision of services, conduct PRSs and Pay for Performance evaluations.
  * Provide counseling for parents and children, addressing problems associated with separation, domestic violence, and visitation, making referrals for additional services when necessary;
  * Prepare case plans for families participating in the program;
  * Attend national trainings and conferences (including out-of-state) on topics pertaining to child visitation, custody and domestic violence;
  * Be available to make presentations at conferences and trainings on issues related to supervised visitation;
  * Participate in quarterly advisory board meetings of stakeholders in the community for the purposes of ongoing program development and sustainability;
  * Maintain case records, detailed statistics, prepare progress reports for funders, and other duties as assigned. 

  * Sensitivity towards and understanding of victimization, especially the experience of survivors of domestic violence;
  * Experience with the family court and criminal justice system preferred;
  * Strong communication and organizational skills;
  * Ability to work under pressure;
  * Must be able to work as a part of a team and independently;
  * Supervisory experience.
  * A Masters in Social Work
  * Fluency in another language preferred but not required.

To Apply:
Please contact Rachel Andron, Director, Brooklyn Family Court Program

Rainbow Self-Defense and Ditmas Park Chinese Yoga (LGBTQ people welcomed)


Beginning October 20 and meeting every Tuesday night 
are classes in self-defense that include secular meditation for anxiety reduction and conditioning exercises. 
The self-defense is JKD kung-fu made for the street and real-life situations. 
These two-hour classes are $15 or less depending on income
Special: 2 classes for $15. 
Anxiety reduction and mental focusing are essential.

Sifu Angie Delacroix is a Modern Shaolin Chan Buddhist with over 30 years of defense practice.
LGBT people who want to learn self-defense knowledge at an extremely affordable fee 
should consider us 

Introductory first lesson and discussion for only $5!
The regular rate is then $10 for the first hour and $5 for the second hour. There is no registration fee, and no contracts imposed to deceive you . This fee is open to negotiation and you can save by promoting this studio.

First Hour- 1 ) Kinhin- Walking meditation, a very easy form of walking meditation
2) Progressive Relaxation-a western relaxation form that enables one to perform Sunyata
3) Sunyata Meditation- emptiness meditation with no foreign or religious mantras
4) Yin Tao Chi-Kung a form of Chinese Yoga that incorporates Tai-Chi, Hsing I, White Crane styles

The Chinese Yoga increases relaxation strength, range of motion, greater coordination and a focused mind.

We do NOT offer energy healing across an air gap as in Reiki which we consider to be a questionable practice[

Self-Defense Part 2-

JKD Concepts Kung Fu system called Yin Tao Chuan
Features of this system
1) Relaxation in conflict
2) Moving body on a central axis
3) Wing-Chun influenced footwork modified for urban defense
4) Practical Scenario Training against arm grabs, chokes, waist grabs, tackles, knife attacks
5) Wing-Chun and Tai-Chi deflections against strikes and kicks
6) Striking Forms from Wing-Chun, Kali, Tai-Chi and Hsing ?I, Phoenix ?Eye. Striking is with fist, palm heel, shuto strikes, forearm, elbow, knee s, low kicks, head as striking weapon.
7) Yin- Jing yielding force
8) Select Combat Jujitsu techniques
9) Filipino Kali - stick techniques
10) Falling
11) Ground position defense
12) Grappling, jujitsu and Wing-Chun based ground- work
13) Use of everyday objects for defense and disabling an attacker
14) Conditioning exercises for strength, endurance, mobility, speed
16) Fa-Jing-explosive power
17) Chin Na and Jujitsu techniques of subduing without injuring. This is a moral use of less destructive techniques for dealing with children and attackers who are not very dangerous
18) Maintaining gentle-naturedness

Why self-defense?
Rape, domestic violence, mugging, racism are still around. We do not teach aggression or assault,only defense against it.Why is their violence in the world,and how will extreme pacifists end it?

Do we train in forms (kata)?
Not in the long sets of Japanese Karate. Form training consist of never more than 4 movements. Light contact and scenario self-defense is our method

Can somebody just study the yoga and meditation?
Of course, you can! I am o.k. with those clients who just want meditation and chi-kung. You must have good reasons for learning defense-, very good ones?Belts and tournaments are not a good reason!

Does the yoga and meditation relieve stress?
It is very helpful in this aspect. It does not work like a minor tranquilizer ,but this skill stays with you . You are encouraged to practice daily for even short periods.

Do you ever break a sweat or do real exercise? Yes I do. I do push-ups aerobics and bodybuilding
Those seeking greater strength,coordination and endurance

What was your training?
Meditation- Fire Lotus Zendo, Village Zendo, Omega Institute
Self-Defense- the following is a list of styles that I studied for either a long time or briefly (a few months) Judo /Jujitsu,Shorin Ryu Karate, Tiger Crane Kung-Fu with full contact sparring, Wing-Chun,Hsing I-Chuan, Tai-Chi-Chuan,Kali-Escrima-Arnis.

More details:  http://yoga.meetup.com/343/

Project ENVISION: Mobilizing Communities to Prevent Sexual Violence: Community-Based Research Reports Released


Read about the findings from our community-based research on sexual violence prevention in the three Project ENVISION communities!
In 2009, the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault, in conjunction with community stakeholders, conducted action-research on sexual violence prevention in three communities: the Lower East Side, Manhattan; the South Bronx; and Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In each community, a coalition comprised of local service providers, rape crisis advocates, community members and activists, is using the data to develop effective solutions for preventing sexual violence in their community.


1.  Is sexual violence a problem in the community?
2. What are the most common forms of sexual violence in the community?
3. What are the root causes of sexual violence?
4. How can we prevent sexual violence in the community?
5. What are the characteristics of the community that can support sexual violence prevention?

Please visit: http://svfreenyc.org/programs_prevention_reportbacks.html to download the community specific reports and learn more about Project ENVISION.

Sat, 9/26: Imagine a World without Sexual Violence: Come Celebrate With Project ENVISION


Date: Saturday, September 26,2009
Time: 11am - 3pm
Location: McCarren Park at the Field House, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Project ENVISION Williamsburg Coalition

Come Celebrate With Project ENVISION

Imagine a World without Sexual Violence

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

48% of the Williamsburg 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.

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Posted by,
Jerin Alam
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force
NOW – NYS Young Feminist Task Force Chair
National Organization for Women (NOW)