You’re Invited: Chicago NOW Annual Meeting

Join Chicago NOW for our annual meeting at Early to Bed along with Howard Brown Health Center and Chicago Women’s Health Center for an educational STI/STD panel and to celebrate World AIDS Day.

Where: Early to Bed, 5232 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago

When: Wednesday, Dec. 1, 8:00pm-10:00pm

Early to Bed will host us and donate 10% of the night’s sales to Howard Brown Health Center toward their lifeline efforts as the center is at risk of closing.

Early to Bed will also donate a raffle item and those proceeds will also go to Howard Brown Health Center.

We will also have a suggested donation of $5 at the door. All door donations will be donated to Howard Brown.
Wine and light appetizers will be served.

Questions? Contact chicagonow.org@gmail.com

Join The Chicago NOW Board!!

Interested in joining Chicago NOW’s all volunteer board? The chapter is currently looking for women and men interested in becoming involved with Chicago NOW.

We are particularly looking for individuals interested in economic equity, lesbian rights, reproductive justice, grants and development and membership–but don’t worry, if you have other interests within woman’s rights, please don’t hesitate to apply!

To apply please send your resume, coverletter and two professional references to chicagonow.org@gmail.com.

We will begin conducting interviews in November.

For more information

Chicago NOW Health Team Meeting

Event: Chicago NOW Health Team Meeting
What: Club/Group Meeting
When: Tuesday, March 30, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Where: T’s Bar and Restaurant

RSVP: chicagonow.org@gmail.com

Come Make a Difference!
This will be a fun, casual meeting where you can meet like-minded feminists and learn about our upcoming volunteer opportunities in Women’s Health. We are interested in hearing your ideas as well!

About us:
The Chicago NOW Health Team aims to have an impact on health issues that affect women disproportionately in order to improve the health of all women in Chicago.

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

Red Pump Widget

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.

Fearing conservative social policies, womens’ groups start offensive against Brady

By Adrian G. Uribarri
March 09, 2010

If state Sen. Bill Brady’s race against Gov. Pat Quinn comes anywhere as close as his campaign against Kirk Dillard, then one thing is for sure: It won’t be womens’ groups that push him over the edge.

Nearly eight months before the general election, advocates for abortion rights and equal-pay legislation have formally begun denouncing Brady, the Republican nominee for governor.

In a press conference this morning, leaders from several progressive organizations in the state portrayed Brady as a religiously motivated and extremely socially conservative candidate, unfit to serve women who want control over their reproductive and financial health.

“I literally shuddered at the notion of him in the governor’s office,” said Beth Kanter of Planned Parenthood Illinois Action. “Illinois women cannot afford Bill Brady in the governor’s office.”

Michelle Staeger, at the Chicago chapter of the National Organization for Women, said his opposition to legislation that requires equal pay for women as for men in similar positions shows he is out of touch with reality.

“He’s simply ignoring the fact that there is still discrimination, based on gender, in the workplace,” Staeger said. She called his voting record in the Illinois General Assembly, where he has served more than 16 years, “troubling” and “alarming, in fact.”

Jaime Elich, Brady’s campaign spokeswoman, did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

Today’s unequivocal statements mark a first wave of resistance to Brady’s campaign outside of Quinn’s own camp. Last week, the governor released a statement in response to Brady’s nomination that clearly targeted his social positions.

“The Republican nominee is from the extreme right wing of the party and far from the mainstream of Illinois voters,” Quinn campaign spokeswoman Mica Matsoff wrote.

She cited his past opposition to the Family Medical Leave Act, equal-pay legislation and raising the minimum wage, as well as his support for legislation that would ban abortions, even for women who were raped or victims of incest.

The womens’ advocates echoed those sentiments today, strongly endorsing Quinn as their ally on those very issues.

Terry Cosgrove, president of the Personal Political Action Committee, pressed reporters to ask Brady what kind of penalties he would impose on women who illegally sought abortions or emergency contraceptives.

He joked that building prisons for them would not be his idea of a jobs plan.

“His extremist agenda has to be rejected by the people of Illinois,” Cosgrove said.

Lynda DeLaforgue, co-chair of Citizen Action Illinois, said Brady ranked second to last in an analysis of state legislators who ranked “poor” in their positions on social issues, as compared to the consumer organization’s progressive agenda.

State Sen. Dave Syverson, the staunch Rockford conservative, was last on the list.

“Sen. Brady has time and again voted against the needs of average Illinois families,” DeLaforgue said. “Consumer issues are womens’ issues.”

Perhaps nothing illustrated that more clearly during today’s event than its setting, the downtown Chicago offices of Environmental Design International Inc.

Deborah Sawyer, head of the firm, said that being a woman — and a minority, in her case — is especially challenging in a nontraditional industry for women such as civil engineering. Among other things, her firm helps construction companies mitigate environmental impacts from their building projects.

“We need a supportive, women-friendly governor to succeed,” Sawyer said.