Join the Red Pump Project to Raise HIV/AIDS Awareness For Women and Girls

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Help raise awareness and education about the effects of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. Join the Red Pump Project in honoring Rae Lewis Thorton, an HIV/AIDS activist.

What: The Red Pump Project with honoree Rae Lewis Thorton, an HIV/AIDS activist.
Where: Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St.
When: March 25, 2010
Time: 6 pm-9 pm.

More event information is available here: http://rockred.eventbrite.com

For more details about The Red Pump Project, visit their Website.

Chicago NOW criticizes Commissioner Brooks

March 5, 2010

BY FRAN SPIELMAN AND FRANK MAIN Staff Reporters

Female aldermen criticized Chicago Fire Commissioner John Brooks on Friday for his “intemperate” and “insensitive” response to an underling’s allegation of sexual harassment.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Friday on the underling’s accusations that Brooks called her repeatedly, came on to her sexually and targeted her for a layoff when she refused his advances. Office of Compliance chief Anthony Boswell — suspended for allegedly killing a different harassment case — is accused of shelving an investigation into Brooks, too.

Brooks acknowledged placing the calls, but denied propositioning or attempting to punish the woman.

Read the full story here

Sign a Petition to Protect a Woman’s Right to Choose!

From our friends at Planned Parenthood…

When it passed a historic health care reform bill, the House also adopted the Stupak amendment, a dangerous piece of legislation that would ban abortion from private and public insurance plans for millions of American women. Fortunately, the fight for women’s health didn’t end in the House, and our sharp focus is now on the Senate. We are demanding that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ensure that language similar to the Stupak amendment does not become part of the Senate health care reform bill.

Take Action NOW!

Tonight! – Join Chicago NOW for a Documentary and Panel Discussion!

We will watch and Discuss America the Beautiful, a film by Darryl Roberts that examines America’s obsession with beauty and physical perfection. After the film Chicago NOW board members will participate in a panel discussion with Darryl Roberts, an Art Director from Playboy, and a District manager for Mary Kay.

Open Bar

$15 in Advance – $20 at the Door

Wednesday October 7th @ 7pm

AMC River East 2132 E. Illinois Street

For more information call 312-952-5110
Buy tickets here: http://www.mymartinimovie.com/home.php

Today We Celebrate Women’s Equality Day

Today we celebrate the ratification of the 19th amendment that gave women the right to vote. Let’s all take a moment today to thank the women who came before us and made this day possible. This generation has been handed an amazing opportunity to live and work freely in this country.

But as we celebrate our foremothers, we must also carry on their work. In this country and around the world, gender discrimination is alive and well.

  • Women are paid 78 cents for every dollar earned by a man.
  • The U.S. has no guaranteed medical leave for childbirth
  • Women only make up 16% of our representatives in Congress
  • Abortion and contraceptives are constantly challenged by right wing state governments and religious extremists. Some states require women to view sonograms before an abortion. In Illinois a young woman’s parents must be notified before the procedure.
  • Each and every day of our lives we are confronted by magazines, TV ads and movies that challenge our self esteem and our feelings of self worth so that we will buy their product.

This is only a fraction of the things we must continue to fight. So, today, let us be thankful, but let us also be vigilant of the rights we must protect and let us be active in the fight to obtain the rights that we deserve.