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Organizing for Reproductive Justice: Bridging the Race and Class Divide

Loretta Ross, co-founder and director of SisterSong: Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective in Atlanta, GA and co-author of "Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice," will be speaking in Seattle on Friday, February 17th, 2006, 7-9 PM. The event, "Organizing for Reproductive Justice: Sistersong's Vision for Bridging the Race and Class Divide in the Women's Movement," will be held at the historical Langston Hughes Performing Arts Theatre, 104 17th Ave South.

Ms. Ross was also National Co-Director of the April 25, 2004 March for Women's Lives in Washington D.C., the largest protest march in U.S. history with more than one million participants. Ms. Ross was one of the first African American women to direct the first rape crisis centers in the U.S. in the 70's.

Rally to Support Sex Ed in Schools

TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2006, 7 PM TO 9 PM at the Riverside Church of the City of New York

FOR THE SAKE OF OUR CHILDREN: Support sex education in NY state schools

Listen to Dr. Joycelyn Elders, former U.S. Surgeon General, discuss the critical need for sex education. Meet Shelby Knox, a young activist featured in the PBS POV documentary, "The Education of Shelby Knox," who challenged her church and her community to provide real sex education in the city of Lubbock, Texas.

Research shows that sex education that teaches about both abstinence and contraception helps young people make responsible decisions.  Moreover, the overwhelming majority of parents want comprehensive sex education in schools. Yet, our students are not getting that education.

Please come to the Riverside Church on March 7, 2006 at 7 PM. Enter The Riverside Church on Riverside Drive or 91 Claremont Avenue halfway between 122 and 120 Streets. Claremont is one block west of Broadway.

Iraqi Women Make Rare Trip to the US to Share Their Stories, Call For an End to Violence

Seven Iraqi women will converge in New York on Sunday, March 5th to begin a speaking tour to educate Americans about the reality in Iraq and meet with UN and US officials to call for a peace plan to end the escalating spiral of violence. The delegation is a diverse group, including Shia, Sunni and Kurdish women - some secular, some religious. All have paid a very high price for the war and occupation of their country, and want to tell their stories to the American people.

The delegation is promoting a Women's Call for Peace, signed by over 50,000 women from around the world. The Call for Peace requests the withdrawal of all foreign troops and foreign fighters from Iraq, negotiations to reincorporate disenfranchised Iraqis, full representation of women in the peacemaking process, and a commitment to women's equality in the post-war Iraq.


•March 6, 12 Noon: In New York, the women will hold a press conference in front of the UN, and then march to the US Mission to the UN to deliver the Call for Peace.

•March 7, 11 AM: In Washington, DC, the delegation will join with US women, including Iraq veterans and Gold Star mothers Cindy Sheehan and Elaine Johnson, to meet with members of Congress.

•March 8, International Women's Day, 12 Noon: In Washington DC, Iraqi and US women will march from the Iraqi Embassy to the White House to deliver the Women's Call for Peace. On the same day, women in a dozen other countries will deliver the Call for Peace to US embassies around the world. For more info: Andrea Buffa 510-325-3653

Sex, Lies and Education

DVD RELEASE -- “The Education of Shelby Knox” Benefit Screening & Reception, March 16th 6:30-11:00 p.m., at The Museum of Sex, 233 Fifth Avenue (@ 27th Street), New York, NY 10016, (212) 689-6337

Followed by reception with: · Live music by Nicole Schneit, Malcolm Rollick, Adrienne Nightingale · Appearance by The DIVAS - NYC’s favorite cheerleading drag queens! · Erotic Art Exhibit · Tarot Card Readings, Henna Tattoos · Sketch Artist, Raffles and More! $15/$20 students/adults in advance; $20/$25 Day of Show.

THE FILM: The Education of Shelby Knox is a coming of age story about a teenage girl who joins a campaign for comprehensive sex education in the high schools of Lubbock, Texas. As Shelby is swept into the fight, she begins to question her deeply conservative Southern Baptist upbringing; when the campaign broadens to include a fight for a gay-straight alliance, Shelby confronts her family and her pastor, in the end declaring herself a feminist and a liberal Christian.

Central Park Race to Erase Domestic Violence

The First Annual Junior League Mother’s Day Race to Erase Domestic Violence in Central Park. The event will take place on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8. More than 4,000 participants are expected.

The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that, in 2001, intimate partner violence made up twenty percent of violent crimes against women. Moreover, the 2003 Center for Disease Control reports the annual healthcare costs of intimate partner rape, physical assault and stalking exceeded a staggering $5.8 billion each year - nearly $4.1 billion of which is for direct medical and mental health care services.

Three separate events will take place within the NYJL’s Race to Erase Domestic Violence. Runners’ registration and sponsorship forms are available online at and

1) The Women’s Half-Marathon, beginning at 8:00 a.m., open to women only and serving as a qualifier to the New York City Marathon;

2) The Co-Ed 5K, beginning at 8:05 a.m., open to anyone over 16 years of age who is able to run and/or walk;

3) Kids Races, beginning at 10:00 a.m., open to children ages 2-12.

The Awards Ceremony for the top overall finisher of the 5K is at 9:30 a.m. and the Awards Ceremony for the top finisher of the Half-Marathon is at 10:30 a.m. During the entire morning tents in the "Domestic Violence Awareness Pavilion" will house domestic violence service providers and the NYJL will also provide information on its community programs including domestic violence. Sponsored by the New York Juniors League, the New York Road Runners, the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, and Commerce Bank.

Trailblazers Symposium

The Network and Affinity Group Event of the Year! Diversity Best Practices (DBP) and Business Women's Network (BWN) present the 2006 Trailblazers Symposium - May 18-19, 2006 at Westfields Marriott Chantilly, Virginia (Northern Virginia) Register Today by visiting at Registration Fee $695.00 pp

The Trailblazers Symposium has been a premier event for women's network and affinity groups bring together people committed to the advancement of women in the companies and organizations.

Trailblazers 2006 will build upon that foundation by inviting all network and affinity groups to engage in an exchange of ideas and best practices for strategic planning, development and strengthening of network and affinity groups. This years' event will be filled with intensive, innovative, interactive sessions and workshops ranging in topics that are applicable to every type of network and affinity group.

Women's Leadership and Empowerment

International Leadership Conference 2006: "Women's Leadership and Empowerment," June 23 - June 25, 2006 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The topic of this year’s Conference is inspired by fact that women constitute half of the world’s population, perform nearly two thirds of its work hours, receive one-tenth of the world’s income and still own less than one-hundredth of the world’s property.

This Conference will try to answer multiple questions regarding the role and importance of women in contemporary societies. What potential and impact do they have in politics, business, education and public sector? What are the major trends and what are the possible ways for empowerment of their hidden, but huge, potential? By taking a part in International Leadership Conference 2006, participants will have a chance to learn and discuss this and many more issues of importance in creating and developing leadership skills, especially among disadvantaged groups. Applications are accepted online at as long as space is available or by May 15th at latest. Conference fee for early registrations is 220 Euro.

Please, find more information about ILC 2006 on our web site at or contact us directly at

Rain and Thunder: Call for Contributions

Rain and Thunder: A Radical Feminist Journal of Discussion and Activism is looking for contributions for our upcoming OPEN ISSUE (deadline June 5, 2006).

We welcome women's writing from radical feminist perspectives and writing that contributes to radical feminist ideas. We are interested in theory, opinion, strategy, action updates, news, reviews, and upcoming events. Send us your creative pieces as well as photos, collages, poems, chants and more! Contributions can be sent via U.S. mail or email to Rain and Thunder, PO Box 674, Northampton, MA 01060,, www. .

Join us in creating a radical feminist culture of resistance!


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