Calls for Action, Votes and Participation
By Christine Cupaiuolo — January 15, 2008
An activism mini round-up …
Assault Against Women: Congresswomen Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), have drafted a letter (PDF) to the Department of Defense and the State Department about efforts to address sexual assault crimes against government contracted employees. The letter cites Jamie Leigh Jones, who was gang raped by fellow employees and held against her will, and Tracy Barker, who was sexually assaulted by a State Department employee.
Jill at Feministe has more on spreading the word about these efforts, including a note from Slaughter asking readers to contact their members of Congress to encourage them to sign on to the letters.
Sex Ed Videos: You have until Jan. 16 (tomorrow!) to visit dogooder.tv/freshfocusvideocontest and vote on your favorite contender in the Fresh Focus: Sex Ed Digital Video Contest, sponsored by RH Reality Check, Isis, Inc., Advocates for Youth, SIECUS and the National Sexuality Resource Center.
The groups asked people age 15 to 30 years old to create a video about the sexuality education they had (or wished they’d had) or to envision the way they’d like sexuality education to be taught.
“Brutally honest, shockingly perceptive and sometimes hilarious, these videos are a wake-up call from young people of all cultures, ethnicities and gender-identities,” writes Amie Newman, in a post about the contest and finalists.
International Women’s Day: Feminist Peace Network is already sounding the bell for International Women’s Day, scheduled for March 8, and will post related announcements and statements. Send information to fpnATfeministpeacenetwork.org.
Dreams for Women: Antigone Magazine, a grassroots national magazine that works to encourage young women to get involved in politics in Canada, is launching a Feminist Postcard art project based on your dreams for women.
January 22-23, 2008
First Conference on HIV Prevention, Reproductive Health, Technology
and Youth: Together with San Francisco State’s National Sexuality
Resource Center, ISIS-Inc.org is hosting this conference with over 400 public
health professionals, technology whizzes, youth, youth advocates, and
researchers expected to attend. Keynotes include winners of the Fresh
Focus Sex Ed Digital Video Contest (voting starts January 9th!),
President, COO and Co-founder of Intercasting, Founder of YPulse.com,
cast and crew of podcasters’ MidwestTeenSexShow.com featured in the Wall Street Journal.