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Tue, 4/17, 6:30pm-9:00pm: Join Congresswoman Maloney & other feminist activists at the 4th Annual Bella Abzug Leadership Institute Awards


The Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (BALI) utilizes the signature leadership skills of the late New York Congresswoman Bella S. Abzug (1920-1998) to mentor and train high school and college age women in the development of confidence and skills needed to become effective, dynamic and visionary leaders as well as active and creative participants in civic, political, corporate and community life.

Hope you can join me at the following event.  It's always a great function, with inspiring activists, entertaining acts, great company and delicious food.  It's also a valuable networking event for both the non-profit and for-profit world. 

Some of you may know that the late trailblazing Congresswoman Bella Abzug was the first Jewish woman elected to the House of Representatives.  What you may not know is that she was a Hunter College alumna and the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute has had a long-term relationship with Hunter, with its office located within the campus. 

I have a personal connection to BALI, since it was the BALI conference in 2007 that inspired me to work in feminism for the rest of my life.  BALI founder and president Liz Abzug has been a personal inspiration, mentor and friend, with her down-to-earth nature, kindness and willingness to work with feminists of all generations. 

I hope you will join me tomorrow night.  I am copying Yu Wai above, who can assist you with any questions.


The BALI Board of Directors Invite you to the Fourth Annual Bella And Bella Fella Awards Fundraiser Reception

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney
for the Bella Award
Singer, Actor and Civil Right Activist
Harry Belafonte
for the Bella “Fella” Award
Emerging Writer Activist
Maya Catherine Popa
for the “Andrea”Young Woman Leadership ” Chutzpah”Award

Hosted at the Residence of Henry Buhl
102 Prince Street, Soho, NYC
(Between Mercer and Greene Street )
Tuesday, April 17th 2012

If you are interested in attending the event, please email BALI Program Coordinator, Yu Wai Maung, at yuwai@abzuginstitute.org or call our office at 212-650-3071.

Ticket prices:
Bella’s Hat: One Admission ____ X $2,500 = ______
Top Hat: One Admission ____ X $1000 = ________
Cowgirl: One Admission ____ X $500 = _________
Beret: One Admission ____ X $300 = _________
Beanie: One Admission ____ X $175 = ________
I want to support a BALI Student(s): ____ X$100 ______
Sorry, I cannot attend. Enclosed is my donation of _____

Payment for the event must be by check or money order made out to: 
The Bella Abzug Leadership Institute, Inc. (BALI, Inc.)
Liz Abzug Consultant Services
105 Duane Street, #21C
New York, NY 10007

or by using a major credit card through PayPal on the BALI website:

Please RSVP the name of your GUESTS attending.

Questions? Please email : yuwai@abzuginstitute.org212-650-3071

N. Jerin Arifa
Board Member
Bella Abzug Leadership Institute

Thu, 3/8: UN CSW panel & reception: Issues Confronting Indigenous Women in Rural USA


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Come celebrate International Women's Day - March 8th - with us

Issues Confronting Indigenous Women in Rural USA

UN CSW* Parallel Event Panel
(Info on separate reception below)
Thursday, March 8th
2:30 pm – 4 pm
UN Church Center Building
777 First Avenue, 2nd Floor (Between 44th/43rd Streets)
New York, NY 10017
FREE & Open to the Public
No *Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) Registration Required

Lisa Lone Fight (Mandan/Hidatsa/Sahnish), www.earthlodge.net,
"Theft of Indigenous Women's Intellectual Property"
Marcella Giles (Muscogee/Creek), Indian Land Working Group, www.indianlandworkinggroup.org, "Indian Land Use, Management, & Ownership"
Carmen O'Leary (Cheyenne River Sioux), Native Women's Society of the Great Plains, www.nativewomenssocietyofthegreatplains.org,
"Violence (Sexual & Domestic) Against Indigenous Women in the USA"
Nichole Witt (Sichangu), White Buffalo Calf Woman Society, www.wbcws.org,
"Physical and Mental Health Issues"
Peggy Bird (Kewa Pueblo), Tribal Judge, Panel Moderator & Issue Contextualizer

Reception from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hunter College
Faculty Lounge, 8th Floor Hunter West
68th Street and Lexington Avenue
Sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Program
Light refreshments will be served
FREE & Open to the Public
Please have a Photo ID with you

For more information, contact kathysloan128@gmail.com or 860-521-8079
NOW Global Feminist Issues and Strategies ad hoc Committee.
Coordinated by the National Organization for Women (NOW) Foundation

The National Organization for Women, NOW, the oldest and largest women's rights organization in the United States, has formed a Native American Women's Task Force with the Women's Intercultural Network (WIN) and U.S. Women Connect. The task force has been selected by the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) to present a panel at the next annual session of the CSW. The panel's title is "Indigenous Women's Issues in Rural America" and will consist exclusively of American Indian women speakers. The panelists will address five critical concerns in Indian Country: Violence against indigenous women, including domestic violence and sexual assault; physical and mental health issues; indigenous land use with a focus on management and ownership; environmental destruction of Indian lands; and finally, indigenous women's intellectual property rights.

The panel will take place on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. EST at the UN Church Center across from the UN Secretariat building at headquarters in New York City. The CSW brings women's NGOs (Non-Government Organizations) from all over the world for this annual 10 day event.

It is crucial that the international community become aware of the many life-threatening issues confronting Native American women and girls and take concerted action on them through policy, advocacy, funding, programming, legislation and protection of their human rights. The majority of Indigenous women in the U.S. live on American Indian reservations, which have the highest concentrations of poverty in the U.S. In addition, American Indian women also suffer the highest rates of domestic violence and sexual assault of any demographic in the country. Moreover, environmental destruction by mining and other corporations on reservations has caused extraordinarily high levels of cancers and other diseases among the Indigenous population. This panel will address the most pressing issues faced by Indigenous women and girls in the United States and how the international community can provide support and assistance to empower these women.

Indigenous peoples in the United States face deeply entrenched marginalization – the result of a long history of systemic and pervasive abuse and persecution. Sexual violence against American Indian women today is informed and conditioned by this legacy of widespread and egregious human rights abuses. It has been compounded by the federal government’s steady erosion of tribal government authority and its chronic under-resourcing of those law enforcement agencies and service providers, which should protect Indigenous women from sexual violence. It is against this backdrop that American Indian and Alaska Native women continue to experience high levels of sexual violence, a systemic failure to punish those responsible, and official indifference to their rights to dignity, security and justice.

How the UN Panel Will Make A Difference

The UN panel will reach a global audience of government officials, policy-makers and activists to create awareness about indigenous issues and engender action and support. The Commission on the Status of Women presents an ideal opportunity to raise issues confronting Indigenous women at the world's premier institution dedicated to human rights and gender equality. The National Organization for Women, an NGO consultative to the UN, is deeply committed to working with Indigenous women to advance their rights and support their agenda. NOW conducted a workshop at its national conference on the Native American women's rights movement and has participated in the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The combination of NOW's national network of chapters in all 50 states and the presence of the international community at the UN provide a powerful foundation to initiate positive action to improve the lives and protect the human rights of Indigenous women and girls in the United States.

This panel will be followed-up with activism on the issues identified by American Indian women and addressed at the UN Commission on the Status of Women to ensure measurable outcomes are produced through the work of the task force and its allies in the United States and around the world. This will serve as a model for other Indigenous women outside the country to develop partnerships with non-Indigenous women's rights advocates in pursuit of equality and justice for Indigenous women and girls everywhere.

Tue, March 6, 8am-8:30am: Join largest unemployment line - even if you are employed


Young Americans have a special stake at this event.  16-to-24-year-olds continue to face tough labor market - tougher than their older counterparts.

WHAT: Come and show your support for your unemployed and underemployed sisters and brothers.  Get the attention of those running for President.  Become a part of the largest unemployment line - from Zuccotti Park to Times  Square.

WHEN:   Tuesday, March 6, 2012, from 8 am to 8:30 am (total time half an  hour) -- at the latest must be there 14 minutes after 8 am to wave pink  slip.

WHERE:  Meet on Broadway between 11th and 12th Street. A person there will hand out pink slips to participants.

Please dress in business attire, if you can. Please come at 8 am on Tuesday morning so that we can form a dramatic but silent protest line by 8:15 AM. The press is interested in this event and may show up.

Economic inequality and uncertainty are women's issues.  Single mothers,  teenage girls, recent college graduates, and women near retirement have high unemployment rates.

Only 25% of new jobs created since 2008 have gone to women.

National Organization for Women (NOW) NY State is proud to join with HERE Arts Center and Working Theater in  collaboration with Occupy Congress, Upper West Side MoveOn, and culture groups in protesting the lack of action in solving the Nation's unemployment and underemployment problem.

Please contact Info@nownys.org if you plan to participate in this important event.

Mon, 12/5: Join me and others to discuss how to combat gender violence on New York’s subways and public spaces


On Monday, December 5th, please join me and others to discuss and advise on how to combat gender violence on New York’s subways and public spaces.  I am excited to return to my alma mater, Hunter College.  In addition, Hunter Women's Rights Coalition, a club I was the president of for two years, is co-sponsoring the event.

Date: Monday, December 5, 2011
Time: 7pm
Location: Hunter College, Lexington Avenue at 68th.Street, West lobby (Building on southwest corner of 68th Street and Lexington Avenue with a sculpture up front) 
Subway: Take the 6 train to 68th Street or the F train to 63rd Street

  • Emily May, Hollaback! Executive Director
  • N. Jerin Arifa, National Organization for Women National Board member and chair of National and New York State Young Feminist Task Forces
  • Susan Moesker, Coordinator of Community Violence Prevention at the Center for Anti-Violence Education 
  • Moderator: Jessica Lappin, New York City Council member Manhattan District 5, to 
Talking Back is sponsored by Hunter Women’s Rights Coalition; Manhattan Young Democrats Transportation and Women’s Issues Committee; New Yorkers for Safe Transit; Hollaback!; and the National Organization for Women (NOW).

Hope to see you there!

N. Jerin Arifa
National NOW Board of Directors
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

I will present at National NOW conference this weekend


I am so excited to leave NY today for FL, for the National Organization for Women (NOW) National Conference this weekend.  http://www.now.org/organization/conference/2011/

Although the conference begins Friday, I will arrive earlier for the
National NOW Board of Directors meeting Thursday.  I am excited to see the board members, most of whom I have not seen since the last in-person meeting in October, 2010.  I am constantly impressed and inspired by the talented members, with diverse backgrounds and skills.

Micah Bochart, my husband and fellow NOW
NY State Young Feminist Task Force member, will join me not only for the feminist fun, but also on two of the workshops I will present on.  I am excited and nervous about presenting on FOUR separate workshops.  There were many workshop proposals submitted; I am honored the conference organizers accepted four of mine.  They are below. 

I will be live tweeting from the conference, using my Twitter handle @JerinNOW, as well as updating on Facebook.  I will post all the photos when I return. 

I wish all of you could be there with me, to connect to and be inspired by the hundreds of activists from across the nation.  Speaking of inspiration, I cannot wait to meet Sonia Pressman Fuentes in person on Saturday, when she receives an award for being one of the NOW founders.  Sonia has been kindly mentoring me the last few months; I am going to give her the biggest hug ever.

Workshops I will present on:

Breakout Session I: Friday, 11:00am - 12:30pm
[ORGANIZING TRACK] Engaging and Mentoring a New Generation of Feminists
Citrus Room
The most important challenge facing feminists is to assure that our movement continues in future generations. Young feminists across the nation are doing great work in attracting fresh faces and new energy. This workshop will share tips, tactics and insights in educating and mobilizing new activists, specifically from the experiences of the National and New York State Young Feminist Task Forces. Suggestions on types of campaigns, actions and issues that appeal to the next generations will be covered. In addition, panelists will talk about the NOW feminist mentorship pilot program intended to bridge generational gaps, share knowledge and provide mutual support. Accomplishments of YFTF leaders, such as passing ground-breaking legislation about phony crisis pregnancy centers and promotion of better campus sexual assault policies, will be highlighted.
Erin Matson and N. Jerin Arifa (Co-Moderators), Elisabeth Crum, Micah Bochart, Dominique Gelen

Breakout Session II: Friday, 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Anti-Immigrant Sentiment, Domestic Violence, and Families: A Narrative of Liberation
Salon B
This multi-faceted workshop will address a series of urgent problems confronting women immigrants and their feminist allies. Panelists will review the extent of anti-immigrant sentiment in the U.S. and related laws, such as the harsh new Arizona law, SB 1070. They will also comment on the DREAM Act, Violence Against Women Act and the U Visa for battered immigrant women. Panelists will then discuss barriers that battered immigrant women face with abusers' threats, language differences and fears of deportation. Additional topics will cover stressors affecting Latinas and counseling strategies for empowerment. Finally, speakers will describe Project Speak Out being used by Asian-American agencies in New York to prevent domestic violence.
Maria del C. Rodriquez (Moderator), Jeanette Ocasio, Jessica Moreno, N. Jerin Arifa

Breakout Session III: Saturday, 9:00am - 10:30am
Raising the Bar for Feminist Men: How to Promote Equality in Relationships
Salon C
Being a productive member of the feminist movement often requires more conscious effort from men than it does from women. Our male allies get enormous credit for simply showing up, and while that's nice, they sometimes create problems while trying to be helpful. The urge to rescue a "damsel in distress" is still deeply ingrained in our male-dominated culture. The idea of male feminism still remains, at best, a novelty. This multi-media workshop will cover several distinctions: the best ways to live with, support and nurture a powerful woman; identifying the "box" men are in and enabling them to finally think outside of it; and using "partnership" instead of "domination" techniques in a relationship. Come join this interactive and stimulating workshop.
N. Jerin Arifa (Moderator) Ken Gruberman, Ben Atherton-Zeman, Micah Bochart

Breakout Session IV: Saturday, 10:45am - 12:15pm
Behind the Veil: Islam and Women's Rights
Salon B
With the recent burqa ban in France, there has been much talk about the role of women in Islam. Is Islam inherently sexist? Can a woman actually choose to cover herself? As feminists, should we have a goal of helping to liberate Muslim women? What is the role of women in the recent Arab Spring? Workshop panelists include a human rights activist who has traveled extensively in conflict regions; an American of Palestinian and Egyptian descent outspoken on feminism and the Middle East and North African uprisings; and a civil rights legal fellow at the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Tampa. Come to an honest and eye-opening dialogue about the role of women in Islam, and learn how both Muslim and non-Muslim feminists can work together to further feminism.
N. Jerin Arifa (Moderator), Amala M. Abdur-Rahman, Neveen Nawawy, Laila Abdelaziz


N. Jerin Arifa
National NOW Board of Directors
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force, Chair
NOW – NYS Young Feminist Task Force, Chair
National Organization for Women (NOW)
Twitter: JerinNOW

Thu, June 23: Pathways to (Non)Profit - FREE Panel Lecture


We are pleased to invite you to a special collaborative event with National Council for Research on Women's Emerging Leaders Network and the Girl Scouts of the USA. Pathways to (Non)Profit will feature a panel of non-profit leaders and young women on the nonprofit track. We'll explore the diversity of nonprofit career pathways and how we can generate excitement around them.  
This dynamic panel will feature these fantastic nonprofit leaders:  
  • Elizabeth Grayer, President, Legal Momentum 
  • Jaclyn Libowitz, Chief of Staff, Girl Scouts of the USA  
  • Sr. Theresa Rickard, O.P. D.Min., President and Executive Director, RENEW International 
  • Shyama Venkateswar, Director of Research and Programs, National Council for Research on Women
  • Michael Watson, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Girl Scouts of the USA (moderator)  
The panel will be Thursday, June 23rd starting at 6:30pm at the Girl Scouts (420 5th Ave). To RSVP: rsvp@girlscouts.org  
This will be a dynamic gathering of senior and emerging leaders invested in nonprofit careers. You won't want to miss it! 

The event also features the following co-sponsors:  
  • Asia Society's Women Leaders of New Asia Initiative  
  • The Ms. Foundation for Women  
  • National Organization for Women (NOW) NY State Young Feminist Task Force
  • Wagner Women Caucus 
  • Young Professionals Committee – Metro NY Chapter – USNC for UN Women  
  • Young Women Social Entrepreneurs

Monday, April 18: Protest Corporate Tax Dodgers


You're Invited:
Protest corporate tax dodgers:
Monday—Tax Day—in Long Island City

Host: Regina S., MoveOn member

Where: Citibank Plaza on Long Island City (in Long Island City)

When: Monday, Apr. 18, at 12:00 PM

Can you come?
Click below for more details and to RSVP:

I'll be there
I can come.

Can't make it
Sorry, I can't make it this time.

What: While vital government services get cut, corporations like GE are making huge profits, but paying no federal taxes. So, on Monday—Tax Day—in Long Island City, and at hundreds of events across the country, we'll gather outside the headquarters and local offices of the biggest corporate tax dodgers to deliver tax bills from the American people. We'll demand that our leaders make them pay up, instead of cutting billions from programs that would create new jobs, drive economic growth and help the needy and our nation's children.

And don't worry, this email was sent through the MoveOn system, so your personal contact info is kept private.

Wed, 4/20: Marriage: Past, Present, & Future


We are supporting the following event.


a lecture and discussion featuring
Moderated by Cathy Marino-Thomas, Board President, Marriage Equality NY

Wednesday, April 20th
7:00 pm
Just outside the Feminist District
The Tank- 354 West 45th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
Subway: A,C,E to 42nd Street/Times Square

Cost: $12 students/ pre-paid, $15 at door
Buy Tickets Now/ Limited Seating: 

FACEBOOK INVITE: http://on.fb.me/ftul2S

Shortlist, Canada Governor-General Award for Nonfiction 2011
What does the "tradition of marriage" really look like? Elizabeth Abbott paints an often surprising picture of this most public, yet most intimate, institution. Ritual of romance, or social obligation? Eternal bliss, or cult of domesticity? Abbott reveals a complex tradition that includes same-sex unions, arranged marriages, dowries, self-marriages, and child brides. Marriage- in all its loving, unloving, decadent, and impoverished manifestations- is revealed here through Abbott's infectious curiosity.

"Abbott is an excellent storyteller with an eye for touching and amusing tales. An enjoyable read, sure to provoke and surprise."
—Globe and Mail

Elizabeth Abbott is a writer and historian with a special interest in women's issues, social justice for all and sugarcane-cutters in particular, the treatment and lives of animals, and the environment. She has a doctorate from McGill University in 19th century history. Before moving to Toronto, she lived in Montreal and Port-au-Prince. She is the author of several books, her most recent, A History of Marriage, completes her trilogy about human relationships that includes A History of Celibacy and A History of Mistresses. Her previous book, Sugar: A Bittersweet History, inspired by her Antiguan heritage, was short-listed for the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction.

Elizabeth is a Senior Research Associate at Trinity College, University of Toronto and, from 1991 to 2004, was Dean of Women. She served for several years on the Editorial Board of the Canadian Human Rights Foundation and the Rights and Freedoms Committee of The Writers' Union of Canada. The Riverdale Historical Society, which she co-founded in 1999, won the 2007 Heritage Toronto Community Heritage Award and the Members' Choice Award.

Cathy speaks all over New York State about the 1,300+ rights, privileges and obligations that protect families only through the right to civil marriage. Prior to working with Marriage Equality New York, Cathy spent many years as a Buddy in the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) Buddy Program visiting countless people afflicted with HIV/AIDS and assisting them with daily chores, advocacy and information. An out lesbian since 1978, Cathy lives with her wife, Sheila and daughter Jacqueline. 
The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership
Photography by Amy Mitten
Seven Stories Press

Stand Up for the Women of Wal-Mart 3/29 and for Women's Health April 7


The National Organization for Women
Stand Up for the Women of Wal-Mart 3/29 and for Women's Health April 7
On Tuesday, March 29, gather with women's rights advocates outside the Supreme Court to show solidarity with the women of Wal-Mart and demand fair pay for women!
Wal-Mart v. Dukes is the largest class action lawsuit in our nation's history and deals with Wal-Mart's clear record of paying its women workers less. NOW has been pressuring Wal-Mart for a long time, declaring them a Merchant of Shame nearly a decade ago.
Join us to advocate for fair pay for women!
Who: National Organization for Women and Allies
What: Rally for the Women of Wal-Mart
Where: U.S. Supreme Court
1 First St. NE
between E. Capitol St. & Maryland Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20543
Metro: Capitol South (Blue & Orange Lines) or Union Station (Red Line, Amtrak)
When: Tuesday, March 29
Time: 9:30am-11:30am
Questions: Contact Anita Lederer at fieldorg@now.org or 202-628-8669 ext. 134
Important Requirements: Signs must be handheld and made of cardboard, posterboard, or cloth. Any supports for the signs must be dull, wooden, and no larger than 3/4" at their largest point.
But wait! There's more...
SAVE THE DATE: Stand Up for Women's Health Rally and Lobby Day April 7
Want to help end the War on Women?
Join NOW, Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and other reproductive justice allies in D.C. on Thursday, April 7 for a rally and lobby day on Capitol Hill. Save the date and watch for more details coming soon.

Wed, 3/23, 7:30pm: Alice Walker's new play! Tickets are limited:


Next week in NYC, Alice Walker's essay 'Overcoming Speechlessness'--a reflection on her travels through Rwanda, DRC and Gaza and a meditation on the indomitability of the human spirit and the struggle to overcome the speechlessness that threatens to engulf us all--will take the stage. In partnership with CODEPINK and the Culture Project, the Women Center Stage Festival (1 stage, 29 days, 33 performances, 40 artists) will be presenting the first performance of this work in progress and we hope you will join us.  This is an all women cast and crew to boot!

Tickets are limited. Get yours today!
WHEN/WHERE: March 23rd, 7:30pm
The Living Theater, 21 Clinton St (just below Houston)
Subway: F to 2nd Avenue, J/Z to Delancey; Bus: M21 to Houston, M9 to Ave. B

You can also make a tax-deductible donation when you purchase a ticket to the show and afterparty-benefit. Premium and reserved seating available. Any gift will support this first showing as well as the potential for future shows in NYC!

The more buzz, the more folks supporting, the better! There are so many ways to help spread the word! THANK YOU!

Enjoy the gorgeous weekend,
Dana, Cristina, Nancy and CODEPINK NYC

March 23rd, 7:30pm
Overcoming Speechlessness by Alice Walker Living Theater,
21 Clinton St.