WELCOMES NEW GROUPS: CAMPUS PROGRAM GROWS ACROSS
Feminist Majority Foundation’s Campus Team
welcomes new Feminist Majority Leadership Alliances
and affiliates from:
Rosa Junior College
Connecticut State University
soon to be established Feminist Majority Leadership
Alliance at Howard
University has already received
press coverage from their campus paper, the Hill
Top, which interviewed Campus Organizer, Nisa
Galeta and Campus Program Director, Crystal Lander,
and featured the goals and purpose of the new FMLA.
they await their charter, the newly launching FMLA
at Western Connecticut
State University is planning a “Love
Your Body Day,” a self-defense workshop,
and working on bringing a feminist speaker in December.
thrilled to welcome these new groups to our growing
network of Feminist Majority Leadership Alliances
and affiliate feminist groups across the country.
FMF provides support to pro-choice groups through
a wide variety of resources, including, a full-time
Campus Team, with organizers who are available
to provide support, information, ideas, and opportunities
to connect with other FMLAs and affiliate groups;
monthly mailings and tabling materials with timely
fact sheets, action ideas, videos, stickers, and
other resources on cutting-edge feminist and pro-choice
issues; Ms. Magazine and Feminist Tee
Shirt Fundraisers; skills building workshops and
materials, and more! If you’re involved in
a feminist group, a women’s resource center,
or women’s studies student association on
campus and would like to learn more about establishing
a relationship with our office and affiliation,
please email the Campus Team, CampusTeam@feminist.org.
FMLA TO PROTEST WALMART EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES
AND ANTI-EC POLICY
The University of Missouri -- Kansas City Students
for Women and Gender Studies group (SWAGS), an FMF Affiliate, will be
protesting Wal-Mart this Saturday, October 25th, in celebration of National
Young Women’s Day of Action. The group is focusing the protest
on Wal-Mart's record of discrimination against female employees, and
because Wal-Mart still refuses to fill prescriptions for emergency contraception.
At the protest, they will be handing out flyers to those patronizing
Wal-Mart, to spread awareness about Wal-Mart's bad record on women's
issues. Their flyers list an assortment of the chain's discriminatory
practices against women, such as: women working at Wal-Mart earn 4-5%
less then male employees, some company meetings have been held at Hooters
restaurants, and male employees work their way up to management years
before women employees.
addition, the SWAGS group is protesting the chain's
detrimental pharmacy policy which fills prescriptions
for viagra, but not emergency contraception, a
drug that has the potential to cut the number of
unintended pregnancies in HALF and prevent as many
as 800,000 abortions each year. Due to the fact
that smaller business have a hard time competing
with Wal-Mart, Wal-Mart is often the only pharmacy
in a given area, and the chain is effectively blocking
many women's access to this safe and legal drug.
The SWAGS group is actively spreading awareness
and publicizing their protest by flyering, sending
out emails, and making announcements on a local
Magazine features an expose on Wal-Mart’s
discriminatory policies against women. Buy
a Ms. membership or pick one up at your local
grocery store or bookstore.
you to everyone who have committed to attending
the March. Many of you have already begun organizing
delegations and securing buses and other group
transportation. To date over 200 national organizations
have signed on to co-sponsor the March and thousands
of feminists around the country have signed up
you havn't already, please sign
up as a co-sponsor of the March for Choice now!
We want all the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance
campus groups and affiliates to sign on as official
co-sponsors whether you can attend the March or
not. There is no cost involved. In the next issue
we will feature FMLA chapters and affiliates who
have signed up as March co-sponsors.
us in the Philadelphia metro area, Delaware
and Maryland in November! To
get feminists around the country excited about
the March to Save Women’s Lives: March
for Freedom of Choice, the organizing groups
and various co-sponsoring organizations are
holding events on various college campuses.
In November, the March staff, Feminist Majority
President Eleanor Smeal, and other leaders
will visit schools in the Philadelphia metro
area, Delaware and Maryland. View
a complete list of tour stops>>
you like to host a March informational training
on your campus? Contact your campus
organizer and let them know.
you already signed up to attend the March? Well
do not forget to purchase the New “This
is What a Feminist Looks Like” tee shirt
in Radical Raspberry to wear on March day. Your campus
organizers are taking pre-orders now.
STATE FMLA SURVEYS CAMPUS ATTITUDES ON FEMINISM
State University FMLA recently
surveyed students on their campus to find out
how people defined feminism and reproductive
choice. They plan to use the survey results
to get a general sense of whether students
identified feminism in a positive sense, and
gauge the amount and kind of work needed to
break down negative stereotypes, and to promote
feminism based on the principle of gender equality.
The group also learned of students’ perception
and awareness of issues around reproductive
rights and will incorporate their findings
in future pro-choice educational campaigns.
JOSE STATE FMLA PROMOTES WOMEN AND YOUTH VOTING,
WOMEN’S SPORTS, CLINIC DEFENSE, AND EMERGENCY
Jose State FMLA was responsible
for registering 1/3 of their campus to vote through
outreach efforts for the California special
elections, which took place earlier this month.
In addition, the group runs an Abortion Clinic
Defense Team which every month visits a local
health clinic to enable safe access to abortion
services for women in their community. The
group also tables each month as part of their
on-going recruitment efforts and once a month,
celebrates their work and promotes women in
sports by going to a women’s sporting
event in place of a meeting. The group is gearing
up for activism on Emergency
Contraception (EC) access, and will begin
by conducting a “Know Your Campus: Health
Center Survey” and later plans to distribute
information on campus. The group plans on developing
a pro-choice presentation for student organizations
and include a handout on how to get EC on campus.
They are also trying to assess how the health
center can improve its EC access.
STATE FULLERTON FMLA AND FULLERTON COLLEGE AFFILIATE
PROMOTE WOMEN’S HEALTH, POSITIVE BODY IMAGE
an effort to promote healthy and positive attitudes
towards body image and eating, the Cal
State University of Fullerton FMLA organized
a "Love Your Body Day” and rally on
campus and got press for their event.
College FMLA is tabling twice
a week this month for women’s health
in commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness
month. The FMLA is also organizing a major
fundraising campaign this semester, organizing
TV show tapings, car washes and more. In addition,
the group is also bringing a speaker to campus
to raise awareness of the unsolved, ten-year
crime wave of kidnappings and murders of over
300 women, many of them young, mestiza maquiladora
workers, in Ciudad Juárez, across the
border from El Paso, Texas. The group plans
on attending a major conference on this issue
at UCLA at the end of the month. See “Feminist
Community News” below for more information
on the conference.
STATE FMLA ORGANIZED AGAINST WAGE GAP AND BRINGS
FEMINIST SPEAKER TO CAMPUS
State FMLA organized a “Wage
Gap” Bake Sale fundraising for the group
to raise awareness on the disparity in women’s
salaries versus men’s in similar work.
The group also organized a “What is feminism?” event,
and posed the question of why and how feminism
is still needed with guest lecturer Susan S.
Davis. Davis spoke specifically on "Media
Images and Lived Realities of Women in the
Middle East.” The group is now planning
activities for a “Week Without Violence” campaign.
FRANCISCO STATE FMLA HOSTS “STITCH AND
Francisco State University FMLA livens
up the discussion/forum style, hosting “Stitch
and Bitch,” a social event which teaches
members how to knit while discussing feminist
issues. The group also organized a “Wage
Gap” Back Sale with vagina cookies and
boob brownies. In addition, the group organized
a month of activism around breast cancer awareness.
UNIVERSITY HOSTS “WELLNESS WEEK” AND
PROMOTES POSITIVE SEXUALITY
with their Campus Health Services and Campus Counseling
Services, feminists at Xavier
University are organizing a "Wellness
Week" on campus exploring topics of sexuality,
spirituality, and gender with a film screening
of "Black Is, Black Ain't" by prominent
black and gay filmmaker Marlon Riggs. Get
more information on the film>>
STATE FMLA COUNTERS THE RIGHT-WING, FUNDRAISES
FOR 2004 ABORTION RIGHTS MARCH IN DC
State FMLA have been promoting
reproductive rights and countering anti-abortion
activists both on their campus and in neighboring
University. The group countered
the “Life Chain,” a national group
of anti-abortion activists who protests annually
on the first Sunday in October in cities across
the country. In addition to promoting reproductive
rights through protests on campus and in their
community, the group plans on attending the
March for Freedom of Choice in April 2004 and
is fundraising for the march by putting on
their own performance of Paula Kamen’s
play “Jane” on campus, as well
as hosting a “Wage Gap” Bake Sale.
Read more about Kamen’s play in the “Feminist
Community News” section below and
learn how your group can use the play to fundraise
and raise awareness on campus.
BANS SAFE ABORTION PROCEDURES
Senate gave final approval yesterday to a bill that
bans safe abortion procedures. The so-called "Partial-Birth
Abortion Ban Act of 2003," which the House approved
281 to 142 and the Senate passed 64 to 34, will now
go to President Bush to sign. However, abortion rights
advocates such as the American Civil Liberties Union
(ACLU), the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR),
and the National Abortion Federation (NAF) have vowed
to immediately challenge the constitutionality of
the bill in court.
In the 30
years since Roe v. Wade established a woman's
right to have an abortion, Congress has never banned
a specific abortion procedure. The term "partial-birth" is
an inaccurate and inflammatory term created by the
anti-abortion movement, and it neither refers to
any particular medical procedure nor receives recognition
from the medical community, including the American
College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American
Medical Women's Association, the American Nurses
Association, and the American Public Health Association.
Furthermore, the bill does not include an exception
to protect the life of the woman. The US Supreme
Court overturned a similar law in Stenberg v.
Carhart in 2000.
This is "a
very sad day for the women of America," said
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), one of the leaders
of the opposition to the bill, according to the New
York Times. "Congress has turned its back on
America's women, their right to privacy, the right
to choose," Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) told the
Times "America's women are now second-class
rights advocates are outraged at the Senate's passage
of the abortion ban and are assuring supporters of
reproductive rights that feminists won't stand for
any ploy to send us back to pre-Roe days
when women were dying from illegal abortions. Kim
Gandy, President of the National Organization for
Women (NOW), stated, "This abortion procedures
ban is a political game in which lawmakers in the
pocket of the anti-abortion rights movement are using
women's health and lives as the pawns to further
a regressive agenda ... This bill - now on its way
to Bush's desk - is deceptively named and another
step in the plan to ban all abortion."
up to March for Freedom of Choice in Washington,
DC on April 25, 2004 at http://www.marchforchoice.org.
the latest feminist news, visit www.feminist.org.
HEALTH, OUR RIGHTS” REPORT ON LATINA REPRODUCTIVE
Latino Issues Forum recently released a groundbreaking
report on the reproductive health issues facing
Latinas in California. The report, “Our Health,
Our Rights: Reproductive Justice for Latinas in
California,” documents the reproductive health
needs of Latinas in California and calls for policy
changes that will increase access to reproductive
health services and information. Read more at: http://www.lif.org/publications/health_rpt_092603.pdf.
INVITED TO THE "MAQUILADORA MURDERS” CONFERENCE
UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center in co-sponsorship
with Amnesty International, and support from Feminist
Majority Foundation, Ms. Magazine, and
other organizations, is organizing "Maquiladora
Murders: Who Is Killing the Women of Juarez?" Conference,
which is free and open to the public, and will
take place at UCLA from October 31 to November
2, 2003. The UCLA
Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance is
supporting the conference and involved in getting
the word out about the conference. For more information
and to register visit http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/chavez/maqui_murders.
FMLAS GEAR UP FOR 2003 NATIONAL YOUNG
WOMEN'S DAY OF ACTION (NYWDA)
2003 National Young Women's Day of Action is a
call for women to unite in solidarity, across movements,
to feel our power and secure our freedom. Eleven
years ago, the first National Young Women's Day
of Action was organized to commemorate the death
of Rosie Jiménez and to mobilize a grassroots
campaign of young women working to empower and
educate. Rosie died because she did not have access
to a funded, safe and legal abortion, and was the
first woman known to have died as a result of the
Hyde Amendment, which denies women federal Medicaid
funding for abortions. All women, across race,
class, and age lines face the same violence that
Rosie did. For eleven years, young women across
the country have organized around issues of reproductive
and sexual freedom, racial and economic justice,
and to end violence against women. This year’s
focus for NYWDA is political feminist activism.
Get more information and get involved, contact
the NYWDA - Coordinator at 413.559.5506 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More info: http://clpp.hampshire.edu/national_young_womens_day.htm
TO GO TO THE MARCH FOR CHOICE USING PAULA KAMEN’s
PLAY, “JANE: ABORTION AND THE UNDERGROUND”
you looking for an event and fundraiser to mark
the anniversary of Roe v. Wade in January?
For the second year in a row, Chicago writer Paula
Kamen is making her play, Jane: Abortion and the
Underground, available for free use to student
groups for readings or full productions. The play
tells the story of Jane, the legendary pre-Roe feminist
underground abortion service, which actually provided
more than 10,000 safe abortions to Chicago-area
women from all walks of life from 1969 to 1973.
Meanwhile, by telling the personal stories of the
women involved, it dramatically illustrates the
harsh and dangerous realities for women in the
days of illegal abortion.
this year, your group can help make your production
into a "seed" for future ones. Kamen
is asking one or more groups to assemble a "guidebook" for
future student productions, based on their own
experiences putting on the play. She is also proposing
that a student group apply to perform at a national
conference, such as the National Women's Studies
Association conference in Milwaukee in June 2004
(deadline for application: November 9, 2003; see
nwsa.org). The play offers roles to a multiracial
cast of at least 9 women and 3 men, with three
versions available, ranging from just under one
and a half hours, to about 2 hours and ten minutes.
a copy of the play, contact Paula Kamen at email@example.com,
or visit her website, www.paulakamen.com.
ALL AGES COME TOGETHER IN CHICAGO
Chicago Chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union
Women (CLUW), a March
for Choice co-sponsoring organization, is seeking
college women to join CLUW and form a Young Women's
Taskforce. Chicago CLUW and it's President, Katie
Jordan are committed to creating space for young
women to get involved and develop leadership skills.
Putting it's money where it's mouth is, the chapter
has committed to provide scholarships to cover
the $20 student membership ($15 national/$5 local)
fee for any young woman who cannot afford to pay
addition, the chapter is looking to organize a
one or two day workshop tentatively entitled "Mothers
to Daughters, Sisters to Sisters: An Intergenerational
Conversation about Work, Family and the Future".
It is the chapter's hope that this will be the
first project of the newly formed young women's
task force to help organize for this event. It
is expected to take place in March.
more information or to sign up, please call Kimberly
Roberts at 312-492-6569/800-600-0816 or Katie
Jordan at 312-738-6100.
WOMEN MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN CHILDBIRTH THAN WESTERNERS
new report reveals that African women are 175 times
more likely to die during childbirth than Westerners.
These findings, issued by the World Health Organization
(WHO), UNICEF, and the United Nations Population
Fund (UNFPA), finds that women in sub-Saharan Africa
have a 1 in 16 chance of dying in pregnancy or
report examines maternal mortality in 2000,
finding that 95 percent of the 529,000 total maternal
deaths occurred in Africa and Asia. There is "an
urgent need for increased access to emergency obstetric
care, especially in sub-Saharan Africa," according
to the report. The report also calls for family
planning education and services of high quality
because "more lives could be saved if women
had access to voluntary family planning to ensure
that births are spaced properly, skilled attendance
at delivery, and emergency obstetric care."
recently issued its 2003
State of World Population report, this year focusing
on adolescents' health and rights. The report calls
for access to reproductive and sexual health information
and services appropriate to the age, capacities,
and circumstance of adolescent girls so that "adolescents
who are sexually active can take necessary measure
to protect their health." According to the UNFPA, "women
aged 15-19 account for at least one fourth of the
estimated 20 million unsafe abortions performed each
year." The UNFPA calls for more investments
in adolescent reproductive health needs and education
and a supportive policy environment because "failing
to support young people will have serious consequences
at both the individual and societal levels."
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global women's rights programs at https://radlib.com/ff/join.html.
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