|Feminist Community News
MARCH CO-SPONSORSHIP CONTINUES TO GROW!
The momentum of the March is growing
daily. At present count over 400 organizations have
become co-sponsors! Coalitions are forming around the
country to bring as many people are possible to the
nation’s capital on April 24, 2004 and show this
country’s leadership that women’s issues
are important and need to be taken seriously.
December 3, 2004, the following FMLAs and affiliated
groups have signed on as co-sponsors of the March:
Boston University Women's Center (FMLA affiliate)
Bryn Mawr College Voices for Choice
Clark Women’s Center (FMLA affiliate)
F.O.R.G.E. - Winona State University
Feminist Caucus of the American Humanist Association
Feminist Majority at UIUC
Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance - San Jose State Univ
Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, University of Massachusetts,
FMLA - Indiana State University
FMLA - Ohio Wesleyan University
FMLA - SUNY at New Paltz
FMLA of Connecticut College
George Washington University FMLA
FMLA-Indiana University- Bloomington
FMLA- University of Chicago
Northeastern Illinois University-FMLA
OASIS of Howard University
Queen’s College Women’s Center (FMLA affiliate)
R.A.W. - Brooklyn College
Temple Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance
University of Wisconsin Green Bay Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College Feminists an FLMA affiliate
Vassar College Feminist Alliance
Women's Issues Organization - Loyola U. New Orleans
group missing from this list?
Get your FMLA or FMLA Affiliate listed on the national March for Choice
website and fill out the online form at: http://march.feminist.org/FMFsign_and_tell2.asp.
Be sure to put “FMLA” or “FMLA Affiliate” first
and then your campus name, so that we can easily see all of the FMLAs
FMLAs PLAN ON BRINGING BUSES
TO THE MARCH ALL THE WAY FROM WISCONSIN!
The University of Wisconsin -- Milwaukee
Feminist Majority Foundation affiliate, the College
Feminists, are teaming up with other progressive groups
on campus to bring a bus to the March all the way from
MORE MARCH FUNDRAISING IDEAS
The Feminist Majority Foundation Boston
University affiliate, the BU Women's Center has come
up with a great fundraising idea: all of the students
who have joined the March Coalition so far are compiling
in names and addresses of their friends and families
and the group is doing a mailing to them all asking
them to donate $5 to help their loved one attend the
March. Great idea!
PHILADELPHIA AREA FMLAs AND AFFILIATES
GET READY FOR THE MARCH
Congratulations to the FMLA's at Bryn
Mawr, Temple, Kutztown, and Swarthmore, and Penn for
Choice at University of Pennsylvania for organizing
such successful March for Choice events in Philadelphia!
The total attendance for the events was over 500! Eleanor
Smeal and Kim Gandy reminded everyone of the threats
to reproductive rights and the emphasized the importance
of the March on April 25, 2004. Thank you to everyone
for all of your hard work and dedication!
SAN JOSE FMLA GETS PRESS
Jose Mercury News recently interviewed student
leaders of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance
at San Jose State in response to the late-term
abortion ban. The group also received campus
press for their event questioning sexuality and
gender norms, “PoMoSexuals
look to lose society's labels.”
FMLAs COMMEMORATE WORLD AIDS DAY
The Penn State University FMLA participated in
a large coalition of progressive groups led by
the Penn State Global AIDS initiative to organize “World
AIDS Day 2003: Live and Let Live" on campus.
The day included a candlelight vigil, HIV/AIDS
Film Documentary screenings, and advocacy workshops
including “Children and AIDS," "Trade,
AIDS and Global Justice," "Global AIDS
101," and letter writing. The event also featured
a keynote address - "HIV/AIDS and the Politics
of Identity" - that was held on Monday, and
featured generous donations of food from area restaurants.
The SUNY NEW PALTZ FMLA is sponsoring a vignette
in the campus “Tunnel of Oppression,” which
is an annual event where a coalition of groups
come together to create scenes depicting human
rights violations like domestic violence, hate
crimes, gay bashing, etc., The FMLA Events chair reenacted a back alley abortion
scene to depict the very real response to illegal
abortions where women seek any means possible in
a desperate attempt to terminate a pregnancy.
HOW WILL YOU COMMEMORATE THE ANNIVERSARY
OF ROE V. WADE?
Here are three ways you can commemorate the anniversary
of Roe v. Wade
1. Sign up attend the March for Women's Lives on April 25, 2004
2. Organize a delegation of family and friends to attend the March.
3. Educate your campus on the threats to safe and legal abortion.
IT'S NOT TOO EARLY
Start planning your activities now for Women's
History Month (March), International Women of Color
Day (March 1st), and International Women's Day
(March 8th)! Some examples of possible actions
are: a "did you know" campaign featuring
statistics about women's rights around the world,
a "faces of feminism campaign" that highlights
women's accomplishments throughout history, a teach-in
about the Global Gag Rule, a fundraiser for the
women of Juarez, an international feminist film
festival, or a speaker who can talk about an issue
dealing with International Women's Rights. This
is a great opportunity to work in coalition with
other women's groups and multi-cultural groups
on you campus. Consult the actions database at www.feministcampus.org/act/action-directory for
many more ideas and to post some of your own!
We reported in the last Choices E-zine that the Vassar Feminist Majority
Leadership Alliance was working on Get Out Her Vote, but it should
have read that the SUNY New Paltz FMLA did work on Get Out Her
Vote on campus. We apologize for the misprint.
NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN'S HEALTH
EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER RELEASES NEW BOOK ON
INDIGENOUS WOMEN'S HEALTH
The Native American Women’s
Health Education Resource Center has released a
new book, Indigenous Women’s Health Book,
Within the Sacred Circle, in a landmark effort
to assist Native American women in developing self-advocacy
skills to become active participants in managing
their own health. The book provides guidance in
both Western and Indigenous health approaches to
specifically address Native American women’s
health needs. Topics covered range from traditional
midwifery, pregnancy, the politics of reproductive
health, contraception, domestic violence, barriers
to Indigenous women’s healthcare, health
effects of environmental contamination, traditional
herbs and remedies, Native American nutrition and
weight loss, smoking, alcohol, drug abuse, and
much more. Written by a group of compassionate
Indigenous women, activists, health experts, and
healthcare providers, this pioneering book discusses
both physical and mental health issues from a variety
This book is a compelling resource
for the health of our women, our families, and
our collective future. The Native American Women’s
Health Education Resource Center and Feminist Majority
Foundation encourages all FMLAs and feminist activists
to join the efforts to assist Native American women
to take control of their physical and mental well-being.
For more information on this one-of-a-kind book
or to order it at $32.95 (+ $10.00 S&H), please
visit www.nativeshop.org or
contact Charon Asetoyer at 605.487.7072.
PROCEDURES BAN TALKING POINTS
We can never forget the picture of
the President surrounded by old white men signing
the first ban criminalizing an abortion procedure
since Roe v. Wade. As Ellen Goodman pointed
out, when President Clinton vetoed this same bill,
he was surrounded by a group of women. Right now,
as never before, a woman’s right to choose
safe, legal abortion is in jeopardy. By passing a
ban on so-called “partial-birth” abortion,
Congress and the President are pandering to the right-wing,
anti-abortion movement. Educate your campus on this
ban and use these talking points when tabling, collect
signatures of pro-choice support to grow your membership
and/or March delegation.
Go to http://www.feministcampus.org/know/training-units/CriminalAbortionBanTalkingPoints.pdf.
The Choices E-zine is
a bi-monthly e-zine intended to keep members of
the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliances, the
Feminist Faculty and Student Networks, and the
online Choices Campus Community connected with
each other, informed of feminist issues and events,
and prepared to take action.
To start a group on your campus or for more information,
please email CampusTeam@feminist.org or
call a Campus Organizer toll-free at (866) 444-FMLA.
LET US KNOW!
Please let us know about your Leadership Alliance actions and accomplishments
so that we can include you in our next newsletter and share your
great ideas! Email us about your successful events or upcoming