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FREE training on how to reduce & prevent domestic violence


Two different opportunities: Saturday 5/21 & Tuesday 5/31.  We will provide lunch.

In less than 2 months, there were 12 domestic-violence-related murders in NYC.  Help bring the number down to zero.

Project Speak Out is a new initiative in which four Asian-American domestic-violence agencies in NYC (New York Asian Women’s Center, Sakhi for South Asian Women, Korean American Family Service Center, and Garden of Hope) are working on a unique project to reduce and PREVENT domestic violence in NY’s Asian-American communities.  http://nynp.biz/breaking-news/5707-project-speak-out-creates-pan-asian-voice-against-domestic-violence-

Instead of organizations going into communities to talk about domestic violence, volunteers themselves will interact with their fellow neighbors, friends, and families to change individual & community attitudes & behaviors toward domestic violence.  As Project Speak Out volunteers, these community members, who might speak the language or share the culture of their audience, will make sure that three core messages are passed on:
1.    Domestic violence DOES EXIST in our communities
2.    Women are not to be blamed for the violence perpetrated against them
3.    YOU as an individual/group CAN TAKE ACTION! (and suggest ways to take that action)

We will train you on what domestic violence is and how to engage and mobilize individuals and groups in communities to take action!

We will go over the following topics during the training:
•    Bringing in the Bystander: A Prevention Workshop for Establishing a Community of Responsibility
•    Domestic violence
•    Asian-Americans & domestic violence
•    Project Speak Out
•    Outreach & Activities: Role of Volunteer, Resources

You do NOT need to speak an Asian language to volunteer
**Please note: quite a few of the New York Asian Women’s Center employees started as volunteers.

Contact: Project Speak Out Manager, Tel: (212) 732-0054 ext 163, Email: projectspeakout@nyawc.org

Facebook Page: ProjectSpeakOut        
Twitter: @ProjectSpeakOut  
Blog: projectspeakout.blogspot.com

Mon, Feb 7, 1030am - 3pm: Gathering Before Virginia Senate Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Vote


Live in VA, or can travel there? Please help all the women and LGBTQAI folks in your life.
This Monday, February 7, is an important day for the Equal Rights Amendment, as the Virginia State Senate will be voting on the ERA. This is the first occasion in Virginia since 1982 that the ERA has been able to get out of committee, so this is HUGE! We need to have a strong showing of supporters to not only demonstrate that the ERA has strong backing this year, but to help us in future efforts for the ERA. It's going to be a ...close vote in the Senate, and if it passes, a strong show of support could help change minds in the House.

So, if you can make it to Richmond, please help us out! We'll be meeting at 10:45 a.m. in front of the impressive Washington Monument, which is between the Capitol Building and the General Assembly Building on Capitol Square. Legislators need to cross this location in order to reach the Capitol Building. We'll have free ERA buttons for supporters and we'll hopefully be able to witness Senate passage in the Senate gallery. The end time of this event is listed as 3:00 p.m., but it could be earlier, depending on when it is brought up for a vote.

Virginia residents may want to come early to lobby their legislators in both the House and Senate. This is a building year for gaining ratification of the ERA, and you can really make a difference for the prospects of the Equal Rights Amendment by being present this Monday and demonstrating your support. Only three more states are needed for ratification of this long overdue amendment!

You can also help by contacting Virginia legislators to encourage their support for the ERA bill, SJ 357, by clicking on this link:

Please help us get the word out by sharing this message with your friends.

Trojan Women Redux at the Looking Glass Theatre in New York City


Co-Op Theatre East is working with Nomi Network in the fight to end sex slavery and human trafficking. Founded in 2008, Co-Op Theatre East (COTE) creates theatre for social change. COTE provides an entertaining performance forum in which to ask evocative, challenging questions of artists and audiences on our way to creating collaborative answers.

In the modern port city of New York, ten immigrant women are held hostage against their will. A grandmother, once royalty, clings to hope as her remaining children are dragged away. In a radical interpretation of Euripides’ classic play, adapter/director Casey Cleverly modernizes the text to focus on the all-too-contemporary issue of human trafficking. Mixing live drama, news clips, projections, dance, and an original music score, Trojan Women Redux turns the ancient play into a modern day tragedy exploring the real stories of women across the globe.

Featuring: Anna Savant, Lillian Rodriguez, Hannah Rose Barfoot, Michael Rehse, Chris Ryan, Amy Chang, Alison Faye Shelley, Tiff Roma, Samantha Cole, Theresa Christine and Kerrie Bond]

Production Team
Adapter/Director: Casey Cleverly
Dramaturg: Ashley Marinaccio
Producer: Robert Gonyo
Sound: Kaze Patricio Chan
Media: Danny Abalos
Lighting: Nicholas Houfek
Choreography: Elizabeth Elkins

Looking Glass Theatre
422 W. 57th Street
New York, NY

Friday, January 28th at 8 PM **OPENING NIGHT**
Saturday, January 29th at 8 PM
Sunday, January 30th at 3 PM
Wednesday, February 2nd at 8 PM
Thursday, February 3rd at 8 PM
Friday, February 4th at 8 PM
Saturday, February 5th at 8 PM
Sunday, February 6th at 3 PM

Find out more about Co-Op Theatre East by visiting: www.cooptheatreeast.org

Learn more about the production: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cg_Wh0uFX8&feature=player_embedded

Posted by: Ashley Marinaccio

Mon, Nov 29: Join us for Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER) Outreach Work Party!


Dan Wald, who is both a NOW NY State Young Feminist Task Force member, and on the board of SAFER, sent out the following request for an upcoming feminist event.  We jumped at the opportunity to help SAFER, not only because of Dan's involvment, but also due to the important work SAFER does for sexual-assault survivors across the nation.  SAFER helped me and another student propose and create the sexual-assault policy for about half-a-million students at City University of NY.  Without SAFER, the process would have taken much longer, and might not have had much student input.  Want to make a tangible impact against sexual assault while meeting energized and progressive activists?  Join the NOW NY State Young Feminist Task Force and SAFER feminists for a outreach work party.  RSVP to cap@safercampus.org

In Solidarity,
N. Jerin Arifa
National NOW Board of Directors
National NOW Political Action Committee
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force, Chair
NOW – NYS Young Feminist Task Force, Chair
National Organization for Women (NOW)

Board Member
Bella Abzug Leadership Institute

What: SAFER Outreach Work Party!

When: Monday, November 29th from 6-9pm
Where: Our Office!
32 Broadway, Suite 1801
New York, NY 10004

Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER) is in the midst of a big push to the Campus Accountability Project and we NEED YOU to help us get the word out!

We’re looking for volunteers to join us for a one night work party! Meet the faces behind SAFER and help us gather contact information of schools missing from our national anti-violence initiative, the Campus Accountability Project.

Food! Music! Excellent Company!

Please bring a laptop with wi-fi capacity and an ID to get into the building. If you don’t have access to a computer and would like to join us, please send us a message and we will arrange something!

About the Campus Accountability Project

The Campus Accountability Project invites college students to become advocates by researching their schools’ sexual assault policies and find out what their schools are doing to prevent and respond to sexual assault. Students are encouraged to research their school’s policies and programs and submit their findings on our National V-Day/SAFER Campus Accountability Project Database. Our policy review form guides students through specific questions about what their school does and does not offer according to the current policy on the books. Students can begin the process and then save their work and return if needed. A complete policy analysis takes around two hours. Only students can submit to CAP. All CAP submissions are fact-checked by SAFER staff and then published on a public, search-able database which serves as a research tool for activists seeking to make change on their campus.

You can read more about the volunteer position here: http://www.idealist.org/if/idealist/en/SiteIndex/AssetViewer/default?asset=VolunteerOpportunity&asset-id=207933-18

Not based in New York? No worries! E-mail us and you can help out from anywhere!

PLEASE RSVP to cap@safercampus.org so we can add you to the security list!


Daniel Wald
Volunteer and Intern Coordinator
Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER)


The Election and Women's Rights: Don't Compromise, Organize!


NOW Press Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mai Shiozaki, 202-628-8669, ext. 116
The Election and Women's Rights: Don't Compromise, Organize!
Statement of NOW President Terry O'Neill
November 3, 2010
Last night's turnover of the House of Representatives was a disappointing loss for women. We now face an anti-choice majority and a new Speaker of the House who will threaten to roll back hard-fought progress for women. But just as the frustration of this new reality sets in, I am more determined than ever to press Congress to champion women's rights. The National Organization for Women is not going away, and we will fight harder and motivate our grassroots so we can demand woman-friendly policies.
Make no mistake: Under the new Republican leadership, women's issues will be compromised. They will try to repeal the health care reform law, privatize or cut Social Security, cut funding for family-planning programs, undermine equal marriage initiatives, and try to weaken Roe v. Wade. Soon-to-be Speaker of the House John Boehner has made it no secret that he is anti-choice and anti-equal marriage, and he will try to undo important gains made by the progressive movement. We cannot let that happen.
The good news is that our real work is just about to begin, because now we have some real allies on Capitol Hill. A substantial number of Democrats who lost were moderate or conservative, leaving a Democratic caucus that, while smaller, is more progressive. With progressives on our side, we vow to accomplish what NOW truly stands for. We will fight for the Freedom of Choice Act, the Paycheck Fairness Act, Social Security, a repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", a repeal of Hyde Amendment abortion funding restrictions, for equal marriage, and against violence against women.
We will work with steadfast pro-choice officials like Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.); and newly-elected NOW/PAC-endorsed candidates, including Senators-elect Chris Coons of Delaware and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut; U.S. Representatives-elect Terri Sewell of Alabama, Karen Bass of California, Colleen Hanabusa of Hawaii and Frederica Wilson of Florida. NOW will be working closely with them and our other friends in Congress to press for justice for women.
We ask supporters of women's rights and our progressive members of Congress to stand with us. When it comes to women's rights, we don't need to compromise -- we need to organize.

NOW-NYS PAC endorsed Pro-Choice candidate, Amy Paulin, needs your help


NOW-NYS PAC  has endorsed Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D)-Westchester in a hotly contested race. Amy has championed dozens of NOW-backed bills, including ending the statute of limitations on rape, enacting the nation's strongest law on human trafficking, and extending health and dental coverage to impoverished children. 
Amy is facing her most challenging re-election race in a long time. Her opponent is a well-funded Republican who is an anti-choice extremist (opposing abortion even in cases of rape, incest, or the health or life of the mother). In this election year when choice is under siege, here is a race where our help can really make a difference. Amy Needs Your Vote!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IN WESTCHESTER to help get-out-the-vote for Amy Paulin in this tough re-election battle.

Sunday Oct. 31 
Monday Nov. 1 
Tuesday Nov. 2
For more information, please call NOW-NYS at 1-518-452-3944. 

1. Go to the NOW-NYS web site (http://www.nownys.org/)  and click on the "PAC"  link. There you will see a link to donate to the NOW-NYS PAC.  If you want your donation to go directly to Amy Paulin, send us a note in the "message box" in the donation form.    OR

2. Write a check to NOW-NYS PAC and let us know you want your donation to go to Amy Paulin's campaign.  Send checks to NOW-NYS PAC, 1500 Central Avenue, Albany, NY  12205.

To volunteer for Amy's campaign, click on this link.  http://www.amypaulin.com/
In Sisterhood,
Marcia Pappas, President of NOW-NYS PAC

It's Time to Get "Activist" - New Volunteer Opportunities


Dear NOW-NYC Volunteer,
We need your help in the next few weeks to elect pro-choice candidates, support rape survivors, and defend a local women's health clinic.  Check out all the opportunities to get involved below!

Thank you for your ongoing support and energy,
The NOW-NYC Team

Phone Bank for Assembly Member Amy Paulin,
A Strong Women's Rights Advocate

Monday, Nov. 1, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm | NOW-NYC @ 150 W. 28 St.
Assemblywoman Amy Paulin is facing a hard-charging anti-choice challenger on November 2nd in the 88th district in Westchester.  We need your help to ensure her re-election. 
Ms. Paulin has an outstanding record on women's rights, including fighting violence against women and supporting choice: 
-- She won passage of a bill eliminating the statute of limitations in rape cases, broadening the chance for survivors to secure justice against their attackers. 
-- She sponsored and passed laws to lengthen orders of protection for domestic violence victims, to expand Family Court access to victims of dating violence, and to stop human traffickers.

Help us get out the vote for her on election day!

Email: contact@nownyc.org  |  Call: 212.627.9895  | Let us know you can make it!

Choice and Community
Get Involved!
We need volunteers for community outreach.
Give us a call today, and we'll get you started. 
Upcoming opportunities include:

(1)  Saturday, October 23, 5:30 pm - 8 pm, @  Bronx Museum

(2)  Friday, October 29, Daytime Slots Available @  CUNY Women's Leadership Conference, Hunter College
(68th & Lex)

Email:  contact@nownyc.org  |  Call:  212.627.9895  |  Let us know your availability

NOW-NYC Founding Chapter LogoWomen's Health Clinic Needs Our Help!
Volunteers Needed Saturdays & Weekdays.
Stand up to anti-choice protesters and protect women's access to health care.  Join NOW-NYC on mornings 8:30 am - 12 pm at Dr. Emily's Women's Health Clinic in the Bronx. Together, we'll stand up against the "40 days for life" protesters that are trying to intimidate women from accessing the clinic. 

Call 212.627.9895 or email kristantoth@yahoo.com ASAP to get involved!
Let her know if you have weekday hours available.
Directions: 560 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY, (E. 149th St 6 Station or BX 19 bus)

Juvenile Counselor Sexually Assaults 3 Teen Girls, Gets Probation?! 
Help Secure Justice for Young Victims
You signed our petition, now make sure your friends have signed!  We've collected over 2500 signatures, and we need your help to get more.
  Get the full story here.

What you can do:
1.  Sign our petition NOW to Justice Cassandra Mullen to demand jail time for this violent offender and justice for the victims. 

2.  Forward the petition and the article to your friends, and post on Facebook and Twitter.  The more signatures we get, the bigger our impact on this case.

Petition URL: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/now-nyc_justiceforassaultvictims/

NOW-NYC Members Get Real Deals:

To learn about more of NOW-NYC's actions, meetings, and events please visit us at:

NOW News & Action Summary: Love Your Body Day, Adopt a Campaign, DADT


NOW News and Action Summary
National Organization for Women:
News & Action Summary
October 20, 2010

NOW Foundation's Love Your Body Day Promotes Message of Self Acceptance

Love Your Body Day Poster
Today marks the NOW Foundation's 13th annual Love Your Body Day. With a message to love yourself and an imperative to eliminate dangerously unrealistic standards of beauty, our campaign remains urgent, relevant and inspiring to women and girls around the country -- and even the world. Read more...

Emergency "Adopt a Campaign" -- Pennsylvania and California

NOW/PAC announces a final push to defend our champions and build a surge of feminists votes on Election Day. This midterm election is extremely critical -- and women stand to gain or lose so much. Help us reach out to those in Pennsylvania and California. If you're not in a state with a close race, you can Adopt a Campaign by making phone calls from home or donating money. Take Action NOW in Pennsylvania and California!

And Don't Forget To Vote On Nov. 2

Vote for NOW/PAC-endorsed candidates, and help defeat the right-wing attacks on women's rights! View all of NOW/PAC's federally endorsed candidates.

Save Our Democracy -- Support Fair Elections Now Act

The Fair Elections Now Act is an extremely important piece of legislation that must be adopted soon. This act would hold Congress accountable to the people rather than billionaires and wealthy special interest groups that can now bankroll candidates thanks to the recent Citizens United Supreme Court ruling. Take Action!

Four Hundred Thousand Reasons to Vote

NOW President Terry O'Neill writes for OtherWords about why Social Security and equal pay make it is so important to vote in the upcoming election. OtherWords, a project of our ally the Institute for Policy Studies, is a syndicator that distributes progressive op-eds to newspapers around the country. Read more...

Another Victory in the Military: Federal Judge Stops Enforcement of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

A California federal judge issued a global injunction to suspend the U.S. military from enforcing its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which bans lesbians and gays from serving openly in the military. Read more...

Is Jim DeMint's Hate Speech About Teachers a Teachable Moment?

NOW President Terry O'Neill writes on The Hill's Congress Blog about recent LGBT suicides and the part that hate speech, including that from political candidates, plays in these tragedies. Read more...
Grassroot Spotlight

love your body day ohio university
Love Your Body Day
at Ohio University
Love Your Body events are being held across the country today and throughout the month. Students at Ohio University celebrate Love Your Body Day with a fun photo shoot and a Health Body Symposium. Read more...

We have so much work to do! NOW is dedicated to taking action to eliminate sexism and end all oppression. Your support is absolutely vital to our ability to take on the right wing and push ahead on all of our important issues.

Find more on NOW's Media Hall of Shame and Say It, Sister! NOW's Blog for Equality

Twitter Follow NOW on Twitter
Facebook Like NOW on Facebook

Read more on NOW Read This

Help Elect Women in New York: Opportunities to Volunteer EVERY DAY


From http://16andrising.com/, which is trying to increase the unacceptable 16% female figure for New York State Senators. With your help, that could all change.

If you know people looking for ways to get involved in the elections in NY - please volunteer for any of the following phonebanks.  Please email will.volunteer@gmail.com
There are also phonebanks every day in NYC for upstate State Senate candidates:
Queens Location:
133-24 233rd Street
Rosedale, NY 11413
Hours: Monday – Sunday from 10AM -9PM

Brooklyn Location:
4102 Glenwood Road
Brooklyn, NY 11210
Hours of operation: Monday – Sunday 10AM – 9PM

Manhattan Location:
15 Maiden Lane, Suite 608
New York, NY 10038
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 5PM – 9PM and Weekends 10AM-9PM

Sat, Sept 11: Anti-Muslim Protests & Plans to Counter Them


From The World Can't Wait:

Right-wingers are gathering at "ground zero" in NYC to oppose the "Park51 Islamic Community Center" on Saturday, September 11th.  Not only are they there to say "no mosque" but the message is clearly anti-Muslim, and worse, violence to all Islam, promoted by the likes of Geert Wilders, the Dutch politician who will speak there.

In NYC, we have called for a counter-protest at 1PM not far from the location where the haters will be gathering. More information at

Facebook event here

Across the country, right wing radio and preachers have been whipping up a new wave of virulent hatred of Muslim people - at a time when the war in Afghanistan is escalating. One preacher in Gainesville, FL has announced he will publicly burn a Quran on Saturday. General Petraeus says he shouldn't do this because it will "hurt the war effort." We say this is what the war is all about - and we're against it!

This Saturday, Sept. 11th, join us in saying Grief is No Excuse for Bigotry and War. Hold events to spread this message wherever you are and
write about what you plan and what happens.