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[POLITICAL TRACK] Unfinished Business: Women in Public Office and on Corporate Boards
Salons D, E (Ballroom)
Women's equality is unfinished business. We hear reports about the progress women are making in leaps and bounds. However, the numbers don't add up to equality. Who would have thought that in 2011, there would still only be 15 women CEOs in the Fortune 500. Could it be true that only 16% of the U.S. Congress are women, placing the U.S. at a dismal #72, behind Rwanda, Uganda, Estonia and El Salvador? This session traces women's progress in politics and business, highlighting our struggles to succeed in what is still very much a man's world. How can feminists accelerate the process to reach gender balance in the boardrooms and in Congress?
Christine Jacobs (Moderator), Janet Walkow, Vanessa Briggs, Mayra Uribe
[ORGANIZING TRACK] Engaging and Mentoring a New Generation of Feminists
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 Gelin
Mobilizing Women for Real Health Care for All: Making Single Payer Universal Health Care a Reality
NOW and our allies who support the most efficient and economical universal health care system were disappointed last year when Congress refused to give the single-payer approach (like Canada's successful program) serious consideration. The power of the for-profit health insurance industry is such that the Affordable Care Act retains our existing costly structure. Although Medicaid will be expanded, covering many of the uninsured, millions will still go without; abortion coverage will be virtually eliminated from insurance plans; and spiraling health care costs will be weakly regulated. One state, Vermont, is moving forward with a single-payer system, and we need to get the movement going in all states. In this interactive workshop, participants will become knowledgeable advocates in the effort to extend health care to everyone.
Katie Robinson (Moderator), Donna Smith, Jewel Crawford, Natalie Maxwell
Eco-Feminism & Racial Justice: A Necessary Intersectional Frame
Environmental discrimination and climate change have disproportionate impacts on women in general, and women of color in particular. This injustice is rooted in systems of patriarchy and colonialism that downplay women's involvement in decision-making and neglect the needs of communities of color. As a result, women and communities of color experience vulnerability to violence, food and water insecurity, poor access to health care and other serious consequences -- many associated with climate change-driven disasters, shifts in agricultural yields and sea level rise. In this workshop, facilitated by experts with different perspectives and experiences, panelists will explore how feminist and racial justice framing and action agendas must combine to address these issues, which create double jeopardy for women of color.
Jacqueline Patterson (Moderator), Nova Strachan, Sharon Hanshaw
The Straight Ally: Calls to Action for Sexual Diversity Acceptance
This workshop will facilitate conversations around acceptance of diversity related to sexual orientation within various cultural paradigms and expectations. The session will begin with a talk by one panelist whose own true story about her son's coming out will inspire narratives from within the group. Goals consist of enabling comfortable and comforting disclosure, easing out of preconceived notions of sexual "correctness," and connecting participants through their experiences of what is acceptable versus non-acceptable. Finally, the workshop will offer participants a new perspective of NOW by demonstrating that the organization is not only devoted to feminism by and for women, but is also a place where people of all gender identities, sexual orientations and races can come together to speak and organize.
Amy Discepolo and Brooklynn Welden (Co-Moderators), Eric Henninger
Sex Discrimination in Employment -- Issues Impacting Today's Working Women
A panel of experts from the Tampa field office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will discuss issues that impact women in today's workplace. Topics will include harassment and unlawful treatment based on sex, unequal pay, pregnancy discrimination, sexual bias, sexual harassment, caregiver discrimination, retaliation, and more. Participants will learn what their rights are under the laws enforced by the EEOC (including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act) and what they can do when their rights are violated. Also, an attorney who has represented women in a wide variety of discrimination cases will discuss current trends in employment discrimination law.
Elaine McArthur (Moderator), Georgia Marchbanks, Gregory McClinton, Carla VonGrieff, Marcia S. Cohen
Gender Inequality Worldwide Perpetuated by Conservative U.S. Policies
Of the 200 million pregnancies in the world every year, 20 percent end in abortion -- half of them illegal and unsafe, causing untold misery. Reproductive health (along with education) is at the core of women's empowerment. Without reproductive health care, girls and women cannot be educated, earn income, participate in their communities or become leaders and peace builders. In addition, the low status of women and girls often leads to gender-based violence against them. Reduced access to contraception will continue to fuel uncontrolled population growth in an already crowded planet of 6.9 billion. There is a linkage between the harmful Hyde Amendment affecting domestic programs and U.S. funding restrictions on abortion services internationally. The world is paying a huge toll for gender inequality, and feminists must recommit to fighting these destructive policies.
Jane Roberts (Moderator), Jes Kelley
Issue Hearing: Disability Rights
[POLITICAL TRACK] When Women Run, Women Win: Filling the Pipeline with Feminists
Salons D, E (Ballroom)
There's a war on women. Is it any wonder that the feminist agenda is under attack when women make up less than 17 percent of the U.S. Congress? It's critical that we increase the number of women legislators. How? We ask them to run. Comparatively few women run, but when they do run, they win at the same rate as men. In this workshop, presenters will talk about why it's important for women to run. You'll learn how to identify possible candidates and how to spot (or even develop) opportunities for strong feminists to run. You'll also learn how you can help candidates get started. Candidates themselves will discuss what they considered when deciding and preparing to run -- and how you can too!
Janet Canterbury (Moderator), Sam Bennett, Andrea Miller, Michelle Paccione, Allen Thomas
[ORGANIZING TRACK] What the "#@*!"?: Understanding and Using Social Media to Frame Your Message
This workshop is all about social media, including Twitter, Facebook and blogs. We will start with the basics, including terminology for the main social media programs and ways that chapters and activists can use these tools to spread their message. The goal is to learn how to improve your chapter's familiarity with online social media networks while positively presenting your organization in virtual space. You'll learn how to build and maintain a Facebook fan page and how to create a video and post it online. We'll also discuss the shaping of effective messages, utilizing research, expanding your reach and setting a long term strategy for your chapter's messaging goals around NOW's priorities.
Meredith Ockman and Lacey Maffetone (Co-Moderators), Anna Vishkaee Eskamani, Dominique Gelin, Erin Matson, Erin Murphy, Alexa Nelen
Feminism and Unionism: A Winning Combination to Stop Attacks on Workers' Rights
On March 21, NOW's website declared, "We Are One: NOW Stands in Solidarity with Workers' Rights and Human Dignity." NOW activists demonstrated with thousands of state employees and their allies against Gov. Scott Walker's efforts to kill some public unions. This attempt to dismantle unions in Wisconsin by way of dubious legislative tricks was more than an assault on workers rights: it was an attack on women's economic well-being as well. Revoking collective bargaining rights for public nurses, teachers, home health care providers and child care workers while leaving intact those same rights for local police, firefighters and state troopers is selective union-busting -- a major element in the broader war on women. This timely workshop discusses who is behind these attacks in Wisconsin and many other states and how we can stop them.
Patty White (Moderator), Lorraine Tuliano, Debra Booth, Phyllis Hancock, Howard Simon, Cheryl Schroeder
Using Title IX Action Networks to Promote Gender Equality through Education
Title IX of the 1972 education amendments has led to many triumphs benefiting girls and boys, women and men. But more attention to its broad coverage and recent challenges is essential. NOW activists can better utilize the Title IX Coordinators in their districts to identify and stop all types of overt and subtle sex discrimination and to greatly decrease sex stereotyping, which limits the achievement of all. Recommended actions: advocacy for expanding the Women's Educational Equity Act (currently on the chopping block) and for rescission of the Bush administration's 2007 Title IX regulation allowing sex segregation in public education without adequate protections against sex discrimination. NOW leaders in MI and WV will describe how they are establishing Title IX Action Networks. Panelists will also hold a Special Constituency Caucus on Title IX Action Networks.
Kim Gandy (Moderator), Sue Klein, Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Jennifer Martin, Christina Vogt
Anti-Immigrant Sentiment, Domestic Violence, and Families: A Narrative of Liberation
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.
Jeanette Ocasio (Moderator), Maria del C. Rodriquez, Jessica Moreno, N. Jerin Arifa
Creating a Global Feminist Future for Women's Health, Reproductive Rights and Justice
Members of NOW's Global Feminist Strategies and Issues Committee have been working in solidarity with women's non-governmental organizations, the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women and international human rights organizations to build sisterhood around the world. They have crossed borders to advance the status of all women's human rights by advocating for enactment of the International Violence Against Women Act, for U.S. ratification of CEDAW, for achieving reproductive rights victories in Mexico and Cuba, and for implementing U.N. Security Resolutions 1325 and 1800 to increase women's rights, peace and security. They've also advocated for women with disabilities in conflict and post-conflict environments. This workshop will serve as a template for future methods to inspire NOW activists in building a global feminist future.
Jan Strout (Moderator), Stephanie Ortoleva, Kathleen Sloan
Abortion, Morality and the Liberation of Women: Building a Winning Narrative into Our History
Attacks on the fundamental right to control our own reproduction are at the most acute level ever since Roe v. Wade. From the congressional effort to defund Planned Parenthood's health clinics to the more than 370 state bills restricting access to birth control and abortion -- many in direct challenge to Roe -- the threat is unprecedented. This culture war is not about fetuses -- it's about nothing less than the role of women in our society. Feminists must reclaim from our opponents the language of human rights and civil rights to defend women. Attendees will learn how to anticipate and effectively respond to that rhetoric, creating a positive abortion rights narrative that re-defines abortion as a basic human right and challenges the underlying anti-woman agenda of the anti-choice movement.
JoAnn D. Carpenter, Marcella Washington, Debra Sweet, Heather Ault
Issue Hearing: Structure & Process
[POLITICAL TRACK] Selecting the Best Feminist Candidates
Salons D, E (Ballroom)
This workshop will begin by demystifying the decennial process of redistricting and how you can participate. Then we'll discuss how to make the most of electoral opportunities by selecting the best feminist candidates to endorse and those to focus your campaign efforts on. A key tool is the interview. Interviews are invaluable for determining candidates' positions and commitment to NOW's issues. Find out more about the endorsement process and tips for using interviews not only to select the strongest feminist candidates, but, when needed, move a candidate toward being more supportive of NOW's issues.
Bonnie Grabenhofer (Moderator), Alice Cohan, Robin Davis, Patricia Ireland
[ORGANIZING TRACK] What are the New Rules that Affect Non-Profit Advocacy?
The 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizen's United v. Federal Elections Commission opened the floodgates to massive corporate financing of elections, shaking our political world. New rules that apply to (c)(4) non-profit organizations, redefine permissible activities. Can non-profits like NOW use general funds to engage in direct advocacy in elections, such as endorsing candidates, encouraging the public to vote for particular candidates or comparing candidates' voting records and positions on women's issues? Election Year 2012 promises to present new challenges for candidates and supporters alike. Come to this workshop to learn more about how feminist activists can be successful in a changed political environment.
Allendra Letsome (Moderator), April Carson, Beth Corbin
More Than a Pretty Face...The Face of Diversity
Promoting diversity and ending racism is one of NOW's priority issues. Feminists know that racism inflicts a double burden of race and sex discrimination on women of color. This workshop will be a wide-ranging interactive roundtable discussion that will elicit participation from the attendees. Among the topics explored: How do we/can we promote diversity at home, work, socially and within our extended families? What's working and what's not working, and, most importantly, what can we do to make a difference? Goals of the discussion: To raise the awareness that racial discrimination still exists and to have participants share their positive experiences living in a racially diverse environment and the difference it has made for them.
Norma Rixter (Moderator), Kathleen Weber, Ellen Burton, Jessica Grant
"Power Up" Bullying Prevention -- Strategies to Stop Relational Harassment
More attention is being paid to the harm caused by bullying; the federal government recently held a summit to urge more effective prevention measures. This workshop demonstrates "Power Up," which encourages bystanders (rather than targets or bullies) to intervene when they see something wrong. Power Up is focused on preventing the unique verbal and relational bullying prevalent among girls. Most people and programs ignore relational bullying, the systematic diminishment of a child's sense of self-worth through exclusion, shunning and gossip. Stopping relational bullying is especially important for equality and inclusion for LGBTIQ girls, girls of minority races, of low socio-economic status, and of all religions. Participants will be shown how to successfully intervene and to explore ways to prevent relational bullying within the community.
Cathy Millon (Moderator), Lisa Scott, Holly Kearl
A New Tack: Model Legislation for Reproductive Rights as Civil Rights
Panelists will present model state-level legislation defining reproductive rights and health as a civil rights issue, making it possible for women to challenge actual and threatened violations of their rights across the reproductive spectrum, including issues of birth control, sterilization, abortion, fertility treatment, pregnancy, childbirth, miscarriage, hysterectomy and menopause. The legislation prohibits coercing any woman to accept any particular reproductive treatment option -- such as childbearing, cesarean delivery, or sterilization -- or denying her any options in treatment. It prohibits discrimination in treatment based on race, a leading cause of high maternal mortality rates among women of color. Learn about this new strategy to put the other side on the defensive as we respond to attacks on women's reproductive rights.
Jessica Clements (Moderator), Lisa Pratt, Marj Signer, Erin Matson, Dionne Bensonsmith
Raising the Bar for Feminist Men: How to Promote Equality in Relationships
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
Improve Social Security: Increase Benefits, Credit Caregiving and Lower the Retirement Age
Surveys show that only one in ten workers is financially prepared for retirement. Worse, conservative politicians are trying to cut our already modest Social Security benefits, increase the retirement age to 69, end Medicare and slash Medicaid (which funds a large percentage of nursing homes in the U.S.). Women's monthly Social Security checks average only $1,000, and many older women live close to poverty, especially women of color. In this workshop, you'll learn what you can do to protect these programs and improve benefits -- from scrapping the cap on income subject to the payroll tax so that the rich pay their fair share, to granting caregiver credits and actually lowering the retirement age. Disability benefits also need to be improved. A rich nation like the U.S. can do better for its seniors, persons with disabilities and others whose Social Security check is a lifeline.
Anita Lederer (Moderator), Janet Witt, Jan Erickson, Heidi Case
Issue Hearing: Economic Justice
Issue Hearing: Reproductive Rights / Women's Health
[POLITICAL TRACK] Making a Difference in a Campaign: It Takes a Team
Salons D, E (Ballroom)
Did you ever wonder how a campaign really works and what it will take to win? Find out in this workshop from a candidate, campaign manager, staff member, and NOW leaders and volunteers -- including you -- who share what it's like to work on a campaign. Learn about the special considerations in the 2012 elections, like redistricting and new voting restrictions. Learn how to get people involved, create a structure that works and reach out with social media. And learn how, when everyone works together and contributes their skills, we can create a victory for all of us!
Bonnie Grabenhofer (Moderator), Emily Eng, Gay E. Bruhn, Rachel Piazza, Shirley Rawls, Joanne Sterner
[ORGANIZING TRACK] Building Resiliency and Economic Empowerment for Survivors of Domestic Violence
One out of three women experiences domestic abuse in their lifetimes, and their healing depends on having their emotional, mental and psychological needs met. Motivational techniques for healing will be shared. In addition, workshop participants will learn why economic security is a safety issue for survivors of intimate violence and the linkage between poverty and violence. A key set of tools has been developed to measure income adequacy: one for different family types, a second for elders, and a third about the costs of making ends meet to plan for future needs like emergencies or retirement. This workshop will explain how you can apply these tools when working with survivors. Also, learn how to assist survivors in career planning by providing them with resources on higher-paying nontraditional jobs and opportunities in the green economy.
Emily Wilson (Moderator), Donna Addkison, Allen Thomas, Lyn Twyman
Activism Skills that Create Change -- Great Examples from the NOW Disability Rights Committee
Joanne Tosti-Vasey, Pennsylvania NOW president, and Heidi Case, NOW Disability Rights Committee co-chair, will share the activist skills they used to stop the shackling of pregnant prisoners and tasering of pregnant women in Pennsylvania. They also were successful in having a city government move construction scaffolding to prevent the repeat of a mugging of a disabled woman near accessible public transportation. Additionally, committee members were able to get a major hotel chain to stop its legal fight against a rape victim whose rape occurred on the hotel's property. Workshop participants in small groups will create "activism plans" on a current issue. Groups will then share the plans with all workshop participants to seek feedback and support.
Rosezella Canty-Letsome (Moderator), Heidi Case, Joanne Tosti-Vasey
Making the Connection: Crisis Pregnancy Centers and Clinic Violence
Since the 1970s, anti-abortion extremists have targeted abortion clinics and women's health care providers as part of an orchestrated campaign of violence and intimidation. In the early 2000s, "crisis pregnancy centers" multiplied with millions of dollars of federal funding for abstinence-only education programs from the Bush administration. Meanwhile, state-level attacks on women's reproductive rights are accelerating, including new laws designed to both overturn Roe v. Wade and to prosecute as murderers women who obtain abortions. In this educational presentation and activist training, you will learn more about the connections between these pregnancy centers and clinic violence and harassment, and get the tools you need to defend clinics in your community.
Meghan Shalvoy (Moderator), Sarah Shanks, Kari Ross
Behind the Veil: Islam and Women's Rights
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 M. Abdelaziz
Getting to ERA Ratification The Fastest Way Possible -- The Three State Strategy
NOW activists worked heroically from 1972 to 1982 to gain ratification in 38 states for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), only to see the deadline pass with 35 states ratified and only three more to go. Since then, advocates in a handful of states have tried repeatedly to achieve passage in their legislatures (with partial successes) and our friends in Congress have faithfully introduced several different bills to get women's equality into the constitution. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia recently declared that the Constitution doesn't protect women or the LGBT community from discrimination. That's reason enough to press again for the ERA. This workshop will cover why the ERA is still needed, what's happening in the unratified states and Congress, and how you can help win ratification.
Diana Egozcue, (Moderator), Sandy Oestreich, Berta Seitz
Not Your Mama's Feminism: Youth Panel on Reproductive Rights
As young people, we get asked why we don't identify as feminist even though we are passionate about feminist issues. For many of us, the traditional analysis around abortion, LGBT issues and race doesn't fit. Not Your Mama's Feminism brings together young reproductive justice activists to speak about their experience and perspectives on some of the hottest topics in the movement. We want to challenge and update thinking on reproductive justice by placing young people at the center of the conversation. Three takeaways from this workshop are a deeper engagement with issues facing young feminists, an ability to engage and organize around feminist issues in an inclusive way, and strategies for bringing a reproductive justice framework into feminist organizing.
Kelley Robinson (Moderator), Julia Reticker-Flynn, Sakeena Gohagen, Francesca Witcher
Issue Hearing: Ending Racism
Issue Hearing: Lesbian Rights
[POLITICAL TRACK] Now That They're Elected, What's Next?
Salons D, E (Ballroom)
The election is over, we did our job helping candidates get elected, and now they'll carry on until the next election, voting exactly the way we want to support the feminist agenda. Don't we wish! Come to this workshop to hear experienced panelists who have been on both sides of the equation discuss the pressures on elected officials and how activists can help support legislators on controversial votes. We'll also talk about how to hold legislators accountable without being punishing.
Marion Wagner (Moderator), Sue Errington, Lois Frankel, Janice Rocco, Eleanor Smeal
[ORGANIZING TRACK] Building Our Movement for a Feminist Future
In this workshop, panelists will apply their professional knowledge, experience and skills to the question of how to build a movement for a feminist future. Participants will learn how to articulate a clear vision, identify and find the resources needed to achieve it, deliver a clear and effective message, and identify allies and activists and effectively mobilize them for social change. Each participant will receive an organizer's toolkit that will include specific strategies for building an activist base that is committed, energized and focused on a common vision. Participants will be challenged to: share power to build leadership and diversity; reach out across a variety of demographics to bring change-makers together for movement building; and use the Invite-Support-Feedback-Invite loop to build a strong activist base.
Markey Read (Moderator), Amy Shollenberger, Kate Paine
Not Just Fairy Tales: Telling Our Stories for Effective Change
All too often the issues that matter most to us are discussed and debated in a vacuum, divorced from the everyday lives of the people most affected. In the absence of our personal stories, our opponents are able to politicize the issue and stigmatize our experiences. Yet, we've seen that through telling our stories, we have the potential to shift this discourse and build a narrative for change. In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of creating a public narrative that articulates our values and affirms our humanity. Facilitators will draw examples from a new campaign to de-stigmatize abortion through personal interviews. When our stories are voiced, they can serve as a catalyst to move people to take collective action.
Meredith Ockman (Moderator), Julia Reticker-Flynn, Kelley Robinson, Mindi Fetterman
Historical Women Need Equal Visibility Everywhere and a National Museum
Nearly 70 years after the beginning of the modern women's rights movement, women's important contributions remain a submerged history. This panel will discuss the Equal Visibility Everywhere (EVE) campaign to promote women's images in the public space, including Maryland NOW's efforts to place a statue of Harriet Tubman in the U.S. Capitol. Also, women's history activists have pushed for a bill allowing construction of a National Women's History Museum on the National Mall. While everyone agrees that this is an important advancement, not all agree about the process, which does not assure full representation of women's history, including efforts to secure abortion rights. Learn also about the National Woman's Party and promotion of a women's history tour in Washington, D.C.
Beth Corbin (moderator), Denise Baer, Linda Mahoney, Elisabeth Crum
Campus Activism to End Domestic and Dating Violence
With recent high-profile cases about prestigious universities failing to maintain effective sexual assault and relational violence policies, it is more critical than ever for feminists to take action. From pressuring university administrators to adopt better prevention, reporting and disciplinary policies to training bystanders for intervention and best practices for supporting survivors, much can be done. Learn about model sexual assault policies, the No Woman Left Behind primary prevention program, and the Obama administration's new guidelines on how schools and colleges should respond to allegations of sexual assault, including a detailed explanation of institutions' responsibilities under Title IX when dealing with complaints of sexual harassment and violence.
Jessica Hewkin (Moderator), Myhosi "Josie" Ashton, Stephanie Wong, Kelly Addington, Holly Kearl
NOMAS, The National Organization for Men Against Sexism: NOW and NOMAS Working Together
Should men be included in the vital work for women's equality? The National Organization for Men Against Sexism has felt this was important since its inception almost 40 years ago. NOMAS is a predominantly-men's network that is pro-feminist, LGBT-affirmative, anti-racist and concerned with enhancing men's lives through the recognition of human rights for everyone (www.nomas.org). In this interactive workshop, some of the wide-ranging activities of NOMAS will be discussed, including child custody for protective mothers, human trafficking, domestic violence, batterers' programs and homophobia. NOMAS' feminist-inspired "Empowerment Process" and "Process Guidelines for Constructive Criticism & Self-Criticism" will be examined. Panelists will encourage lots of questions and comments.
Phyllis B. Frank (Moderator), Michael Kimmel, Verne McClean, Robert Brannon
Building the Healthiest Generation Ever -- At Home and Abroad
Globally, this generation of young people is the largest in history -- and they are coming of age at a time when sexual and reproductive rights in the United States and abroad are under some of the fiercest attacks in decades. Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) works to advance women and young people's health both in the U.S. and internationally. During this session, we will discuss PPFA's international work, as well as recent and upcoming efforts in the U.S. to restrict women's and young people's access to reproductive health care. Workshop participants will identify actions that activists in the U.S. can take to advance women's rights here and abroad, through contacting elected officials, organizing in their communities and connecting with activists overseas.
Allendra Letsome (Moderator), Chloe Cooney, Diana Santana
Issue Hearing: Stopping Violence Against Women
Issue Hearing: Emerging / Other Issues
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