First Fridays in September with Equality Illinois

Come and meet Chicago NOW at the Equality Illinois hosted First Fridays. The event will be held on Friday, Sept. 3 from 6-8pm at Sidetrack. Sidetrack is located at 3349 North Halsted Street in Chicago.

For a $10 donation to help further Equality Illinois’ fight for LGBT rights, you receive two drink tickets and a ticket for a door prize drawing.

So come on out  to join Chicago NOW and Equality Illinois supporters and friends for the monthly First Friday networking event!

Women Who Dared – Telling Women’s Stories, Giving Women Voices

We would love to see you our annual event, Women Who Dared – Telling Women’s Stories, Giving Women Voices. Women Who Dared is a cocktail reception and fundraiser. This event is the Chapter’s opportunity to thank Chicago leaders for their contributions to the feminist community. We would be honored to have your help in making this year’s event a success.

This year, we are proud to honor Jody Raphael, Senior Research Fellow at the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center at DePaul College of Law and a visiting professor at DePaul College of Law, and Rachel Durchslag, Executive Director and Founder of the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE).

The reception will take place on September 29, 2010 from 6pm to 9pm at Mars Gallery in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood www.marsgallery.com.

For more ticketing information and to purchase your tickets go here.

Northalsted Market Days

Want to volunteer with Chicago NOW and Equality IL during Chicago’s Market Days on Aug. 7 & 8? We need people to help with voter registration! Interested?

Contact Melissa at melissasatterlee@hotmail.com for further details!

To learn more about the Northalsted Market Days check out details here.

Sister Singers Network 10th National Women’s Choral Festival

The Sister Singers Network will be hosting their 10th National Choral Festival in Chicago at Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore campus beginning Thursday, July 1 and continuing through Sunday, July 4.  The Sister Singers Network is, “a cooperative web of feminist choruses and ensembles, composers, arrangers, and individual singers working together to support and enrich the women’s choral movement.” (http://www.sistersingers.net)

Participating in the event is Chicago’s own Artemis Singers, which is a lesbian feminist chorus “comprised of women with diverse backgrounds who are dedicated to performing music written or arranged by women.” The goal of this choir is to foster positive change in the cultural attitudes towards women, as well as women artists, and increase the visibility of lesbian feminists. (http://www.artemissingers.org/)

Visit http://www.sistersingers.net/ for more information on where and when you can catch performances by the Artemis Singers and a number of other feminist choirs from all over the country.

House Vote Soon on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Take Action With NOW!!

The end is in sight for the unjust and discriminating Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. To date, more than 10,000 lesbian and gay service members have been discharged from the military because of this policy. To end this policy, we need your help.

This week a key vote is taking place in the House of Representatives on the Defense Authorization bill, and we expect Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.) to introduce an amendment that would repeal DADT. Unfortunately, the amendment will likely include a delay in implementation of the repeal until after the Defense Department has completed its study of the issue. At the very least, there should be a reasonable time limit on any such delay.

Please click HERE to see what you can do to take action!