Fox-11 News in Tucson, Arizona released a statement on Friday in response to demands from the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) and University of Arizona Network of Feminist Student Activists (NFSA) that the channel issue a correction after reporting erroneous information about student voting eligibility. On August 31, Fox-11 News at Nine reporter Natalie Tejeda suggested during an on-air report that University of Arizona students were committing an “unintentional felony” by registering out-of-state students during a Get Out HER Vote event on their campus, which was organized by the NFSA, an affiliate of the Feminist Majority Foundation. The statement released by Fox-11 was billed as an update, not a correction, and it stressed that the station has no connection to the Fox News Channel, a news source known to be conservative. The station also denied the allegation that there was any intent to intimidate potential student voters. In Friday’s statement, Fox-11 did attempt to clarify voter registration eligibility, using information from a press conference held by Kelly Kraus and Juliana Zuccaro of the NFSA, as well as information released by the Pima County Registrar of Voters. The Pima County Registrar of Voters previously claimed that it was Fox who misinterpreted Chris Roads’ comments, the state official initially interviewed. However, Fox-11 emphasized that it was Roads who misspoke, and not Tejeda, the station’s reporter. The station expressed confusion over contradicting statements that have been released by Roads and his boss, Ann Rodriguez. Kathy Spillar, who has been leading the Feminist Majority Foundation’s charge to protect the student vote in Arizona, said “The Secretary of State’s office continues to put out erroneous information even to this day.” Though the national press was slow to report on the problem of student voter suppression demonstrated by the events at the University of Arizona, several publications have since picked up the story, including The Nation and the New York Times. LEARN MORE about the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Get Out Her Vote campaign DONATE to the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Get Out Her Vote campaign
Feminists are the majority! According to the 2003 Ms. Magazine poll on feminist attitudes, the majority of this country, 76% support a woman’s right to choose with consent of her doctor. No surprise that our campus program continues to spread like wildfire across the country and the feminist movement on college campus continues to grow! Young women on campus gain leadership, educate their peers on the threats to reproductive rights, and mobilize support for social change!
Big feminist welcome to new groups, the Concordia College FMLA (Minnesota), the Queens College Women’s Center Affiliate, and the Arizona State University Feminist Organization, an FMF Affiliate.
Students at Marymount Manhattan College in New York recently chartered a Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance. After several California State University of Northridge students attended the October 25th Feminist Leadership Summit hosted by the West Coast Campus Team, student members of the CSUN group Violent Acts Grounded (VAG), agreed to affiliate and join the growing network of feminist groups and Feminist Majority Leadership Alliances.
The University of Southern Mississippi FMLA is the first one in their state! The group is dedicated to sending as big of a delegation as possible to go to the March in DC, with a good strategy for minimizing housing costs, renting university vans for transportation, and fundraising.
The Food and Drug Administration announced that it would delay by 90 days its decision on over-the-counter (OTC) status for the emergency contraceptive Plan B (the decision was originally expected on February 20th). The FDA claims it needs more time to evaluate the use of Plan B, despite the recommendations of the FDA’s own expert panel that Plan B should be approved for over-the-counter status without a prescription. As a national campus movement, we’ve worked together to garner support for and awareness about EC, including collecting over 34,000 petitions last year and delivered them to the FDA at a hearing last December.
Emergency action is needed now!
With your help we can again show public support and the need for Emergency Contraception to be made available over-the-counter without a doctor’s prescription and send a message to the FDA that it cannot play politics with women’s lives.
We urge you to stage an event on campus to celebrate Back Up Your Birth Control Day, http://www.feministcampus.org/act/prescribechoice/backupBC.asp , on or near March 22nd. Make sure the campus newspaper and radio station cover your event to help spread the word that EC is in danger! Copy large quantities of the enclosed EC-OTC petition and pass them around at every event your group organizes–use every opportunity you have to collect signatures of support for this effort. Take petitions to other events, including Women’s History Month events, feminist lectures, women’s sporting events, Take Back the Night rallies, and any other progressive event to shore up support for EC-OTC. Students can also take action online and send a message to the FDAÑuse the enclosed EC Palm Cards artwork to make copies to distribute and encourage people to go online to http://www.prescribechoice.org .
Finally, we’ve produced special pre-recorded 30 and 60-second radio Public Service Announcements for education around Emergency Contraception featuring feminist celebrities Amy Brenneman (creator and executive producer of Judging Amy), Camryn Manheim (“The Practice”), and Lisa Gay Hamilton (“The Practice”)! Ask your campus or community radio station to play them.
Download them online at http://www.feministcampus.org/act/prescribechoice/backupBC.asp , or ask a campus organizer for a copy to give to your radio station, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use these resources and join other pro-choice groups and FMLA’s for a nationwide “Back Up Your Birth Control” Day and help increase awareness, education and access to Emergency Contraception. Call a Campus Organizer 866-471-3652 or email us, mailto:email@example.com, for ideas or with any questions about the Campaign. Together, we have the power to show public support for EC!
The FMLA at UC Riverside is running a pink balloon campaign for EC awareness. For the next 30 days, members will carry around with them on campus, pink balloons with facts about EC to increase visibility on the importance of increasing access. In response to the 90-day FDA delay of the ECOTC decision, the UCR FMLA members will also carry palm cards and petitions to gather support for EC OTC. Download these new materials online, http://www.feministcampus.org/act/prescribechoice/backupBC.asp.
FMF West Coast Campus Director, Debbie Castro, was recently interviewed by a number of campus papers for Back Up Your Birth Control Day and the urgent push to show support for EC OTC in light of the 90-day delay by the FDA to make EC available over the counter, without a prescription. Check out the Cal State Northridge article covering EC, http://www.sundial.csun.edu/sun/04s/articles/02/17/pill.jasper.html. Students are urged to get press coverage by their campus and community newspapers to help spread the word that EC is in danger. Use the new EC-OTC Press Release, http://www.feministcampus.org/act/prescribechoice/ECPressRelease.pdf, sample letter to the editor, http://www.feministcampus.org/act/prescribechoice/lettereditor.pdf, and sample press release, http://www.feministcampus.org/act/prescribechoice/pressrelease.pdf, to get coverage for your “Back Up Your Birth Control Day” and EC campaign activism.
On March 22nd, the Tulane University FMLA is planning many events to celebrate the national Back Up Your Birth Control Day. The group will hang a banner on EC and table with the Reproductive Health Technologies posters and distribute facts and information on EC. The group is also planning on co-sponsoring a teach-in about emergency contraception with the student health center and the Peer Health Advocates.
The University of Iowa FMLA recently re-vamped their group website which now promotes EC OTC Petitioning with “Back Up Your Birth Control Day” banner and EC OTC Email Petition Link. The website also features group events, march updates, and more! Check it out, http://www.uiowa.edu/~uifu/.
We’ve got 2 great new styles of March tee shirts! Both in Radical Raspberry with White Lettering, you can pick our popular “This is what a Feminist looks like” on the front, with “March for Women’s Lives, April 25, 2004” on the back or a new “Feminist Majority” Fitted tee, with “March for Women’s LivesÉ” on the back! Radical Raspberry is the FMF’s official color for the March and we’ll be able to better spot fellow Feminist Majority Leadership Alliances and affiliates during the day’s events! Order shirts for your delegation or for last minute fundraising, fill out the order form, http://march.feminist.org/tshirt.pdf, and be the first on your block to have this stunning Feminist Shirt!
USC FMLAs Organize Faces of Feminist Concert and Party to Empower Campus on Positive Image of Feminism In an effort to promote a diverse and supportive perspective on feminism and to debunk feminist stereotypes, the USC Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance is organizing a “Faces of Feminism Concert and Party.”
The event will include the finished display of their semester-long “Faces of Feminism” project, which demonstrates the diversity of support for feminism through a collage of photos of students who showed support for social, political and economic equality between women and men. The display also features statements written by students who were asked to finish the sentence “I’m a Feminist becauseÉ” The event will take place on Wednesday, April 7th at a caf on campus, and will feature live music and a free pasta and pizza dinner. According to USC FMLA Events Director Olivia Gimeno, “The sharing of food and art should create a night of empowerment and stand as a challenge to those who wish to take away the rights of women.”
The FMLA will also collect donations during the event to support their delegation’s participation in the March for Women’s Lives on April 25th, 2004 in Washington, D.C.
Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy), Camryn Manheim (The Practice), and Kathy Najimy (The Wedding Planner) are doing an incredible job outreaching to feminist celebrities for the March. Janeane Garofalo, Armin Shimerman (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Helen Hunt have all recently committed to the March! Join these amazing men and women and make this the most powerful force in history to march in the capitol. Bring your friends, wear your feminist t-shirts and meet us on the mall on Sunday, April 25!
The FMLA at Frostburg University has organized a major weeklong series of events called “Seven Days of Disobedience.” The event kicked off on Monday with an International Women’s Day Forum Discussion co-sponsored by their Campus Amnesty International, and will concluded on Sunday, March 14th, with a petition drive to support the campaigns to show support for gay marriage and marriage equality.
In addition, the group will dedicate a day of this week to putting pressure on the FDA to make a swift decision on changing the status of Emergency Contraception to over-the-counter, encouraging students to send emails to the FDA!
The Brandeis FMLA fundraised $10,000 through grant writing, direct mail, and events like concerts, movie screenings, and comedy nights. They used their funds to subsidize 3 buses, bringing the ticket price down from $70 to $15.
After putting the tickets on sale in early February, the group sold out all three buses in a span of only 16 hours-one student even camped outside the office all night to ensure she got a ticket. They now have a waiting list of students who want to go and are organizing carpools with other progressive organizations to send as many more students as possible. Great work!
With support from many co-sponsoring progressive clubs on campus, the FMLA at Tulane University in Louisiana has organized a Social Justice Week that started on Monday, March 8th. Events include a major Feminist Expo to debunk the myths of feminism, to promote their March for Women’s Lives organizing efforts, and to generate visibility and interest in the FMLA.
Are you looking for a way to make a difference and be part of history? Do you want to be more involved with the March for Women’s Lives and help bring hundreds of thousands of activists to Washington, DC? Donate a week of your vacation time to volunteer with us!
The March is quickly approaching, and we need your help to make it a huge success. Volunteers in our Washington, DC and Los Angeles offices will phone bank, motivate and assist other feminists in organizing their own delegations, process new delegations, conduct grassroots outreach to campuses and feminist groups across the country, and more! We will train you — no activist experience is required. We have space for volunteers at any time between now and the March, but we especially need people the week of April 18th-24th to help with last-minute organizing and preparations.
Help make this march the biggest and most memorable event in feminist history by donating your time and efforts to Feminist Majority Foundation as we prepare for the March for Women’s Lives!
For more information and to sign up, please contact Aimee Boone at firstname.lastname@example.org or at toll-free 866-444-3652.
Brandeis FMLA Activist Lauren Greis is also the Campus Outreach Co-coordinator of the Oxfam America Collegiate Click Drive and is currently encouraging campus involvement in the campaign to fight global poverty through their Collegiate Click Drive.
Greis notes, “If you knew you could fight hunger and poverty, conserve the environment, empower women, combat AIDS, improve labor standards and win a national competition for your university-all with only two clicks a day-would you do it? Well, you can! Participate in the 2004 Oxfam America Collegiate Click Drive, a national online competition to generate free donations for micro credit programs worldwide!”
Led by Oxfam America, an international development organization dedicated to Finding long-term solutions to poverty, hunger and social injustice, the Click Drive raises money for micro-credit, a poverty fighting technique that provides small “micro-loans” to people in developing countries.
Visit www.povertyfighters.com for more information and to register your school for the drive, running NOW from February 14 through March 26.
If you’re interested in the campaign or have any questions, contact Lauren Greis, email@example.com.
How are you spending your Spring Break this year? Volunteer at the Arlington office of the Feminist Majority Foundation for a week, and help make the historic March for Women’s Lives a success. The March will take place in Washington on Sunday, April 25th, and will be the largest abortion rights march in over a decade. Come be a part of history and help strengthen organizing efforts to bring young feminists to the March!
For more information and to sign up, please contact Aimee Boone at firstname.lastname@example.org or at toll-free 866-444-3652.
The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice Campus Program, the Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom, is hosting a national Summit: “Reflect, Connect, Inspire & Act!” One hundred students will be selected to gather in Washington D.C. on June 7-9th to explore the theologies of reproductive choice, learn communication strategies to better articulate faith values for choice, and gain the tools to counter the Religious Right on campus. Housing and meals are free, and limited scholarship money for travel will be available on an as-needed basis. To apply for the summit, please call Amy Hetrick for registration information, 202-628-7700 xt15, or by email email@example.com.
For more information on the summit, visit http://www.syrf.org/syrf/StudentSummit.htm and to learn more about the RCRC Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Choice, visit www.syrf.org.
Various members of the National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education will be sponsoring a Conference on Gender Equity and Educational Achievement. This conference will be held in Washington, DC at the National Education Association Headquarters on Saturday, April 24. For more information and registration forms for the Conference, visit www.ncwge.org. For a preliminary list of possible session topics, visit http://www.ncwge.org/documents/Gender_Equity_Web_Page.pdf.
Bring The Drop Beats Not Bombs “Power Of Nonviolence” Tour To Your Campus
The Drop Beats Not Bombs “Power Of Nonviolence” tour is a collaboration between many peace and justice organizations and the New York City based non-profit arts collective MOVEMENT IN MOTION. For the last 2 years, the tour has traveled to campuses, been featured at rallies, and utilized by community groups across the Midwest and the East Coast. The tour brings together activism and the arts to educate, inspire, and empower people use the arts to combat the prison/military industrial complex. Drop Beats Not Bombs activists are seeking local hosts who will set up events both on and off campus. Student groups can organize evening performance/fundraisers or 2 hour workshop on nonviolent organizing (w/ music) focusing on drug policy reform and military counter recruitment and/or developing a campaign to address justice issues affecting your campus/community. Events can take place in public spaces, including clubs, cafes, or free speech areas on campus.
The tour will be traveling throughout the East Coast until April and continue their tour on the West Coast starting August 2004. Movement in Motion is a not for profit community based group and uses a sliding scale to determine the cost of bringing the tour to your area.
To receive a publicity packet or for more information, please contact David Rosen at 718-986-4449 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org, Listen to music at MOVEMENTINMOTION.ORG and SEE TOUR PICTURES AT FORUSA.ORG (SEARCH FOR DROP BEATS NOT BOMBS).
The FMLA at GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY is planning a Rock for Choice(tm) concert on April 11, featuring The Long Goodbye, Del Cielo, MonsterPuss, Paper Doll, and Bryan Klansek. The group plans on using the event to educate their peers and community on the current threats to safe, legal abortion. Learn more about organizing a Rock For Choice on your campus, http://www.feministcampus.org/rock4choice.asp.
The FMF affiliate at BRYN MAWR is hosting a panel on so-called “partial birth” abortions with several abortion providers in the area to educate people about what the term means and the recent legislation that restricts abortion procedures passed by the Senate last Thursday. Learn more about late term abortion bans and other various anti-choice laws and policies that strip away at abortion rights while leaving Roe v. Wade intact, http://www.feministcampus.org/sam/sam2.asp