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10.16.17 Stomp Out The Muslim Ban with AAFSC

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Monday, October 16th from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

National Women's Liberation will stand in solidarity with the "Stomp Out the Muslim Ban" event led by young women activists from the Arab American Family Support Center.

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NYC October/November Meeting Schedule

Consciousness Raising in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Thursday, October 19th, 7:00PM
Topic: Women of color in the work place. This CR is open to all women of color but only women of color. Interested? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive location details.

Women of Color Caucus Happy Hour Social
Friday, October 27th, 6:00-8:00PM
Republic Noodle Bar, 37 Union Square West, Manhattan

Women of Color Caucus General Meeting
Wednesday, November 1st, 7:30-9:00PM
Commons Cafe, 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn

Abortion/Birth Control Committee Meeting
Saturday, November 11th, 12:00-1:30PM
Chinatown YMCA, 273 Bowery, New York

Double Day Committee Meeting
Tuesday, November 14th, 7:30-9:00PM
Commons Cafe, 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn

NYC Neighborhood Consciousness-Raising Meetings - August 2017

The Abortion and Birth Control Committee is doing a series of Neighborhood Consciousness Raisings.

Women will be gathering to answer questions from our personal experience, and then as a group we will compare the similarities and differences in the testimony in order to study our oppression. Movements have been using consciousness-raising as a tool for examining the political root of our so-called personal problems. We look at who is oppressing us, who benefits, and who pays, and how to fight back. We will use the testimony and conclusions from these CRs to plan our work.

We will be answering questions about health care and how it impacts our lives.

Meeting Details

  • Sunday, August 6th 4-6pm - Jamaica, Queens (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details)
  • Sunday, August 13th 4-6pm - Washington Heights, Manhattan (details here)
  • Sunday, August 13th 4-6pm - Ridgewood, Queens (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details)
  • Sunday, August 20th 4-6pm - Astoria, Queens (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details)
  • Sunday, August 27th 4-6pm - Bushwick, Brooklyn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details)

 

NYC Neighborhood Consciousness-Raising Meetings

NWL's Abortion & Birth Control Subcommittee is hosting CR's around the city posing the following questions:

  • What obstacles have I faced when trying to get birth control or an abortion?
  • What roles do men, insurance companies, and doctors play?
  • How would full and free (no cost) reproductive rights affect my life?

 

 Neighborhood   Date and time Host 
 Washington Heights  4/22/2017 at 2:00 p.m.  Melanie  
 Bushwick  4/23/2017 at 1:00 p.m.  Kaylin  
 West Village  4/23/2017 at 2:00 p.m. Tamara   
Astoria 5/6/2017 at 6:00 p.m. Carla  
Carroll Gardens 5/7/2017 at 4:00 p.m. Molly  

 

3.16.17 - Speak Out against Tom Price: Hands off Abortion & Birth Control!

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When: Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 6 PM - 8 PM

Where: 26 Federal Plz, New York, NY 10013

Trump's pick, Tom Price was confirmed as Secretary of Health & Human Services. Price is dangerous to women, families, and all working people. We'll show him, the HHS, and Donald Trump, that the US majority opposes their anti-woman policies and their plan to privatize Medicare!

Join National Women's Liberation for a Speak Out against Tom Price at the US Department of Health & Human Services office in NYC (26 Federal Plz). On Thursday, March 16 at 6:00pm we will announce our demands:

  • Free abortion & birth control for ALL women
  • Free universal childcare
  • National Health Care for all
  • Paid parental leave

Bring signs, listen to speakers, and rally! Our voices will be heard! To RSVP, visit the facebook event.

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2.16.2017 - NYC Monthly Meeting

NWL Monthly Meeting

Lessons from the Abortion Struggle of the 1960s and 1970s

Thursday, Feb. 16th from 7:30-9:30 pm

The Commons Café, 388 Atlantic Ave b/w Hoyt and Bond in Brooklyn. 

Recommended reading: "Abortion Without Apology," article in Jacobin by NWL Organizers Jenny Brown and Erin Mahoney

Also in this meeting:

  • De-Brief on #Women Strike 
  • Update on the fight against the Muslim Ban 
  • Reports from our committees and the Women of Color Caucus

Additional Meetings:

  • Click here for list of NYC Committee Meetings
  • Click here for list of NYC Consciousness-Raising Meetings

 

 

Let's Continue Building the Resistance

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This election was a stunning reminder of how white supremacy and sexism run deep and threaten our basic democracy. That white working class people continue to identify with the capitalist 1% who are responsible for the pain in our daily lives.

While Clinton got the popular vote, a bigoted billionaire bully has taken the top spot in our country as a nightmare backlash against our first African-American President. NWL commits to build a resistance movement and stand up for justice. We need you.

Now is not the time to retreat and lick our wounds.

All of us are under threat, but in particular we stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters, our undocumented and people of color brothers and sisters.

But standing alone is not enough - we need to be ORGANIZED.

Today join a group. Go to meetings. Invest your time and your money in making social change - make it part of your life. 

NWL is meeting in New York, NY and Florida to discuss what to do next. Please join us.

 

In New York, NY:

Sat. December 10th: Abortion/Birth Control Organizing Committee Meeting, 12:00-1:30, University Settlement Houston Street Center, 273 Bowery, Manhattan

Sun. December 11thWomen Strike the Inauguration Meeting, 3pm-4:30pm, University Settlement Houston Street Center, 273 Bowery, Manhattan

Tues. December 13th from 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM - Monthly General Meeting

LOCATION: Verso Books, 20 Jay Street, Suite 1010, Brooklyn. Please RSVP for meeting here

 

In Tallahassee, FL:

Sun. December 11th from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

LOCATION: The Plant, 517 W. Gaines St., Tallahassee, FL

Please RSVP for meeting here

 

In Gainesville, FL:

Tues. December 13th from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

LOCATION: The Wooly, 20 N. Main St., Gainesville, FL

10.18.16 - Sexism and the Election

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Topic: Sexist Election Coverage 

When: Tues., October 18th from 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Where: The Commons in Brooklyn, 388 Atlantic Avenue 

Are you sick of women being judged by what we wear? How we sound? Coverage of the Clinton campaign has laid bare sexist double standards on a national scale. At our October meeting we will discuss the "damned if you, damned if you don't" moments we experience in our own lives, and how we can create a stronger feminist movement to change this.

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Details: The Commons in Brooklyn, 388 Atlantic Avenue between Hoyt and Bond, near the Hoyt-Schermerhorn Street A/C/G. You can also take the 2,3,4,5 to Nevins or the D,N,R to Atlantic-Pacific. Map.

 

Next month joins us for a Post-Election Meeting! 

Tues., November 15th from 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

What do the results mean for the feminist movement? How do we move forward to win lasting changes for women?

6.10.16 - NYC Women Speak Out for Abortion and Birth Control

As part of the Women are the Experts: National Week of Action for Abortion and Birth Control, in New York City we are organizing a speakout in Union Square. JOIN US on June 10, 2016 in New York City to SPEAK OUT! Demonstrate why WOMEN are the experts on these issues by sharing your own experiences with abortion and birth control – or by coming to stand in solidarity with those who testify. We will be collecting testimony and displaying it in written form to SEND A MESSAGE loud and clear that our bodies are our own, and access to abortion and birth control should always be free and on demand.

4.19.16 - Turning Theory into Action!

action.collageJoin us on Tuesday April 19th for our monthly meeting. We will continue to build on our previous meetings where we held consciousness-raising sessions about our experiences with birth control and abortion and the choice to have or not have children as well as discussions surrounding the social wage theory by brainstorming new ideas for future actions.


As always we encourage all women to participate during this meeting, we want to hear your ideas!

Details: Tuesday April 19, 2016 from 7:30pm - 9:30pm @ The Commons in Brooklyn, 388 Atlantic Avenue between Hoyt and Bond, near the Hoyt-Schermerhorn Street A/C/G. You can also take the 2,3,4,5 to Nevins or the D,N,R to Atlantic-Pacific. Map.


We meet the Third Tuesday of every month:

  •     Tuesday May 17, 2016  7:30 - 9:30pm
  •     Tuesday June 15, 2016 7:30 - 9:30pm

 

3.25.16 - Letter to MTA Demanding They Take Down Sexist Ads

Peter Lyons
Director of Advertising
Metropolitan Transportation Authority
2 Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, New York 10004
Sent via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

March 25, 2016

Dear Mr. Lyons,

We are glad you are in the process of considering the wellbeing of all passengers. A society in which periods should be silenced and breasts should be sliced to sexualized proportions, believes a woman’s only worth is her sexuality.  Allowing subway walls to be plastered with plastic surgery and weight loss advertisements - turning women into objects and comedic material - leads youths and even well-intended grown men to act as if women are only there to please them, not to be taken seriously as equal and important contributing members in society.  

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3.8.16 - Join Us to Celebrate International Women's Day in NYC

fistMembers of National Women's Liberation will be gathering Tuesday 3/8/16 for Happy Hour to celebrate International Women's Day.

6:30 - 9:30 Union Square area (exact location TBD)

2.16.16 - Third Tuesday - NWL Monthly Meeting

To Have Children (Or Not): A Consciousness Raising
Monthly Meeting February 16th 7:30-9:30pm (*note new start time)

sign.Dec.2011.MAP.ProtestIn January we celebrated the anniversary of Roe v. Wade by doing a CR on when we have needed birth control and abortion.  In February, we will dig deeper and explore whether we want or do not want children, now or in the future, and why.

We'll be answering the following questions:
1. What are our reasons for wanting children, if/when we wanted them. (Whether we had them, didn't, or are still planning to.) Reasons for not wanting them? If we had them, did our thinking about this change after we had them? If we didn't have them, did our thinking change?

2. Additional question for those who have done parenting work: When does this work feel like an individual responsibility? When does it feel like a collective (community, society wide,national) responsibility?

Details: Tuesday 2/16 from 7:30 - 9:30 pm @ The Commons in Brooklyn, 388 Atlantic Avenue between Hoyt and Bond, near the Hoyt-Schermerhorn Street A/C/G. You can also take the 2,3,4,5 to Nevins or the D,N,R to Atlantic-Pacific. Map.

1.19.16 - Consciousness Raising on Abortion/Birth Control

sign.Dec.2011.MAP.ProtestConsciousness Raising on Abortion/Birth Control Monthly Meeting

January 19th 7:30-9:30pm (*note new start time)

We'll be answering the following questions:

  • What method of birth control [abortion, contraceptives, etc.] have you used? Why? Have you had difficulty accessing your choice of birth control? If a guy was involved, what role did he play?
  • Have you ever had an unplanned pregnancy or pregnancy scare? What happened? What role did the guy play?
  • Did birth control in any way affect the sex or relationship? How?


More on how we use consciousness raising as a tool.

Location: The Commons in Brooklyn, 388 Atlantic Avenue between Hoyt and Bond, near the Hoyt-Schermerhorn Street A/C/G. You can also take the 2,3,4,5 to Nevins or the D,N,R to Atlantic-Pacific. Open to all women.

Why We Sticker, This Oppresses Women


Written by Nino, Outreach Chair of National Women’s Liberation – NY Chapter

sticker photo2As little girls, we exchanged stickers with our friends and tattooed them onto notebooks, desks, and walls; as women, we use them to push back against male supremacy. “This Oppresses Women” stickers, first printed in 1969 and now revived from the Redstockings Women’s Liberation Archive, provoke conversations on how women are misrepresented in advertisements and other media. This dialogue is important in continuing a women’s liberation movement that encourages the participation of everyday people. We believe that it is us everyday people who make positive social change—not the courts, media, or celebrities. The freedom women have now was won by movements of women organizing and fighting for change.

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11.22.15 - #ShoutYourAbortion Party

shout.your.abortionSunday, November 22, 2015 at 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Hollow Nickel Bar, 494 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn

Come out to celebrate #ShoutYourAbortion - speaking out and telling the truth about our abortions was how we got Roe and it's how we're going to defend and advance abortion rights.  Join us to hang out, have some drinks, make some *sweet buttons*, make some sweet friends, hear all your favorite songs. The Seattle and Chicago chapters of SYA will be partying along with us that day, so be there and show your deep, abiding love for reproductive rights!

11.17.15 - #ShoutYourAbortion in New York

 Join us on Tues., Nov. 17th from 7-9pm to learn about #ShoutYourAbortion in NYC and the history of abortion speak-outs. RSVP on facebook and invite your friends.shoutyourabortion

The #ShoutYourAbortion campaign that began in Seattle is spreading to the East Coast - come to our November meeting to learn more. We'll also read and discuss a short article from the Redstockings Archives on the largely hidden history of how women won abortion in the U.S.: not because Supreme Court justices were nice to us, but through speak outs, disruptions, and bold demands of women's liberation organizers in NYC and beyond in the late 1960s.

We'll be meeting at The Commons in Brooklyn, 388 Atlantic Avenue between Hoyt and Bond, near the Hoyt-Schermerhorn Street A/C/G. You can also take the 2,3,4,5 to Nevins or the D,N,R to Atlantic-Pacific. Map.

10.27.15 - Letter to MTA and Outfront Media

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To Outfront Media, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York City:

Your decisions on how female bodies are used to sell products to MTA passengers are glaringly contradictory, and oppressive to women. And now with the news about the THINX ad campaign, you cannot hide the hypocrisy.  Your reactions to THINX’s new ads demonstrate the flagrant double-standard you use when determining which ads are “appropriate” in the New York City subway.

We understand that the THINX campaign is still under review. However, statements made by an Outfront representative in an email to THINX (documented in this Mic article) included the following: Outfront “believes that the proposed ads ‘seem to have a bit too much skin,’ adding that the egg and grapefruit imagery, ‘regardless of context, seems inappropriate.’” Earlier, an Outfront representative “was concerned that children would see the word ‘period’ in the ads and ask their parents what it meant.”

Why do notoriously sexist ads for Protein World and Doctors Plastic Surgery (among many, many others) pass your test for “appropriate” media to be seen by your millions of daily riders, while THINX ads for leak-proof menstruation underwear do not?

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10.17.15 - Roots of the Women's Liberation Movement in the Civil Rights Movement

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From the left, Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) workers Doris Rutledge, Gene Pinkston, Judith Benninger (Brown), and Ira Simmons, Gadsden County, Florida, August 1964.

Saturday, October 17, 2pm-5pm 

Location: To Be Determined

This workshop is for women to learn about the roots of the Women's Liberation Movement in the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements—and how this history can be used today.

  • What were the positive lessons that gave women the tools to attack male supremacy?
  • How did Black women lead in the Women’s Liberation Movement and why is this not known?
  • What did Black organizers tell white women that caused them to organize for Women’s Liberation?

Please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your spot and so that we can email you the readings in advance.  Space is limited so be sure to email and reserve your spot today.

A $10 donation will be requested at the workshop.

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Join Us at the Feminist Video Booths

action.photo.stickerWe have been distributing #ThisOppressesWomen stickers for slapping on sexist ads, and we're taking the campaign further. Help us create a video that will showcase women's testimony.

We'll be asking: How are you oppressed as a woman? How does sexism affect you?

Sunday Sept 20th, 1pm-3pm
Meet outside the Atlantic Center, corner of Atlantic Avenue and Flatbush Avenue (near the Guitar Center). 
 
Tuesday Sept 29th, 5pm-7pm
Meet at the Ghandi statue in the southwest corner of Union Square
 
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details and let us know if you can come.

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