Sunday, January 29, 2012
Meeting will be at 61 Evans, 7-8 PM.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
With a new year of school, Berkeley NOW is back for more feminism!
Catch us tabling during Calapalooza this Thursday, August 25th from 4:30-7 pm. At 7 pm, head on over to the Unit 3 All Purpose Room where we will also be tabling at Queer a la Mode, a mixer where one can socialize and learn about the various LGBTQIA-oriented groups on campus.
Stay tuned for more, as we are currently updating our various internet sites.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Anti-choice representatives in Congress have introduced legislation that would eliminate funding for Title X, the nation's family planning program. This bill would cut off funding that provides women with birth control, cancer screenings, HIV testing, and more.
Title X provides care that saves lives — and anti-choice politicians want to end it entirely.
Help protect Planned Parenthood and the women, men, and teens who rely on the organization's hundreds of health centers by contacting your representative and telling him or her to vote "NO" on any attempt to cut off family planning funding.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
I'm feeling some kind of déjà vu here: haven't I used a headline like this before? Oh right: "Teen Raped After Being Used by School as 'Bait.'" Nope, it's not the same teenager. It's not the same school. But is it the same act of idiocy and disregard for the well-being of female students? Yep, there's that.
In the previous case, a student at Upper St. Claire High School reported that she and another girl were raped by a boy at the school. According to her lawsuit against the school, the principal got it into his head that consensual sex was occurring on school grounds and wanted to catch the frisky students in the act, so he kept the girls at school as bait with policemen following them. The police lost track of the gals and decided they must have gone home. Two girls reported that, actually, they were raped in the stairwell. Again.
Now, according to another "bait" lawsuit (pdf) filed at the end of September, Hill v. Madison County School Bd., teachers and administrators knew that one of their students had been sexually harassing and propositioning girls at Sparkman Middle School in Alabama. However, no action had been taken against him by the school. So one teacher decided on the same tactic as Upper St. Claire's principal: girl-as-bait. The teacher coerced 14-year-old B.H.J., an African-American student who had reported being repeatedly sexually harassed, into meeting her tormentor in a bathroom, assuring her that they would "catch him." But nobody followed B.H.J. into the bathroom, and nobody stopped her from being raped; the teacher simply went back to her classroom and waited. B.H.J. is reported as being severely traumatized and in an almost completely non-communicative state.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Tell Senators NOW: Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell Military Policy
Call and send an email message to your senators urging them to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT), the discriminatory restriction that has pushed more than 14,000 lesbians and gay men out of the military.
The Senate is poised to vote early this week on whether to proceed with a Defense Authorization bill that contains a provision repealing DADT, which already passed in the House. Sen. John McCain (D-Ariz.) has threatened to filibuster the entire bill in order to block the repeal, and we need 60 votes to stop him.
Use NOW's sample message, or write one of your own, calling for the Senate to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell. Because the vote could happen very soon, it would be helpful to put a call into your senators' offices immediately. The Capitol switchboard number is 202-224-3121 or find your senators' office numbers below.
Take Action NOW!
The Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) policy -- which demands the discharge of any "out" lesbian, gay or bisexual service member from the U.S. military -- is a discriminatory restriction that undermines the readiness of our troops, destabilizes unit morale, and jeopardizes our national security. It must be repealed now!
In addition to discriminating against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation, DADT disproportionately affects women and people of color. Service Women's Action Network reports that while women make up 15 percent of the armed forces, they account for 34 percent of total discharges. Moreover, DADT is used against women in the practice known as "lesbian bating." Military women are intimidated into unwanted sexual intercourse, and if they refuse, they are threatened with being outed as lesbians. The policy also negatively impacts racial minorities who represent 29.4 percent of active duty service members, yet make up 45 percent of discharged personnel under DADT.
These unnecessary discharges not only cost military highly qualified personnel but also cost millions in taxpayer dollars. Since its enactment, DADT is estimated to have lost the military between $290 million to more than a half a billion dollars. It takes time and money to find and train new personnel -- estimated replacement costs can range between $22,000 to $43,000 per person.
Such measures are wasteful and contradict the views of a majority of the public. A Washington Post poll earlier this year shows that 75 percent of Americans believe that lesbians and gay men should be allowed to openly serve in the military.
Our country and our service members cannot afford to wait any longer for President Obama to act on his promise to lift DADT. The bottom line is that DADT is a discriminatory, outdated, costly, and overall failed policy that has no place in the contemporary world. Act now and ask your senators to show their support for all our troops by repealing DADT as soon as possible. Furthermore, consideration of a policy to reinstate lesbian and gay men who have been pushed out of service under DADT should be adopted.
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Sunday, September 12, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
· I Heart Consensual Sex: Seeks to talk about what consensual sex is and prevent rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment. We use a sex positive approach to open the discussion about rape, instead of pushing away potential conversations. We also in no way engage in victim-blaming or slut shaming. If these are terms you are not familiar with, please do ask us!
· Love Your Body Day: This happens every year and is sponsored by NOW. This year it will occur on Oct 21 and we are so excited. It is a day to celebrate all types of bodies. We love them, we appreciate them, and we tell the media and unrealistic expectations of beauty to just shut it.
· Radical Homemaking/Safe Cosmetics: As you may or may not be aware, the FDA does not regulate cosmetics. That means that companies can put anything they want in their products. Many of these ingredients are known toxins that are banned in other countries. Through this campaign we wish to raise awareness and offer alternatives to these toxic products.
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