What Do You Think? – The Debate to Classify Honor Killings as a Federal Offense in Canada

Canada is currently debating whether or not to add Honor Killings to the Federal Criminal Code. Some say this is a milestone, others say that murder is already illegal and a special classification would unfairly target Muslims and immigrants.

Take a look at the articles below and tell us what you think.

The Truth About Honor Killings – Salon.com

Muslim women’s group opposes addition of honour killings to Criminal Code – Calgary Herald

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.

June Events!!!

Join Chicago NOW for a LGBTQ informational panel

    When: Tuesday June 15th
    Time: 8pm – 9pm
    Where: YWCA
    Address: XX
    Why: Chicago NOW will have a speaker come out to discuss current issues around marriage equailty and what YOU and WE can do to help further the cause.
    Cost: FREE
    Contact Melissa Satterlee at melissasatterlee@hotmail.com if you have any questions or would like to attend this event.

    Join Chicago NOW for a fun, Pre-Pride fundraiser at T’s Bar and Restaurant!

      When: Thursday June17th
      Time: 7pm-11pm
      Where: T’s Bar and Restaurant
      Address: 5025 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640
      Why: Chicago NOW will be guest bartending in the back bar and will receive 10% of the night’s sales.  Proceeds from this event will go toward the purchase of male and female condoms to distribute at Pride.
      Cost: No entry costs, just come out and drink your favorite brew
      Contact Melissa Satterlee at melissasatterlee@hotmail.com if you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help at this event.

      Join Chicago NOW at Pride!

        When: Sunday June 27th
        Time: To be determined
        Where: To be determined
        Cost: FREE

        Contact Melissa Satterlee at melissasatterlee@hotmail.com if you are interested in walking in the parade with Chicago NOW or need further details as they develop.

        Membership Meeting: Bylaw Vote & Teen Violence Forum

        Tuesday, May 25th
        7:00-8:30pm
        Center on Halsted- John Baran Senior Center
        3656 N. Halsted St.
        Everyone is invited to join Chicago NOW for an informative, interactive, and inspiring evening addressing teen  violence.
        Chicago Police Officer Erin Carlquist and Yesenia Maldonado, Director of Programs from Between Friends,

        will lead the panel in discussing the specific steps and actions our community can take to right this wrong.


        We will also raffle off a pair of tickets to see *
        Jewel* at an exclusive private concert on Friday, June 4th!

        Meet the Chicago NOW board, share your ideas and concerns, and take an active part in your community.
        We will review and vote on newly revised
        chapter bylaws.