CLPP’s annual Conference April 10-12 2015: From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom!


It’s that time of year again—time to submit a proposal to present your work at CLPP’s annual conference, From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom!

For over 30 years, CLPP has been working to realize a world in which all people have the economic, social, and political power necessary to make healthy decisions about our bodies, families, sexuality, and reproduction. Our annual conference brings together activists and academics from across the U.S. and the world to share ideas and information, inspiring and supporting thought, reflection, growth, and collaboration across communities and generations. We know that you are engaged in amazing organizing, movement building, scholarship, and activism around reproductive justice in your community and we want to hear about it!

I hope you’ll check out our Call for Proposals and think about sharing your work with us this April 10-12 in Amherst, MA. Is there a training or conversation about reproductive justice that you want to lead? Are you involved in media-making for social change that you want to share? Do you want to share strategies for grassroots organizing? Let us know about your current activism, your expertise and experiences, and what you can contribute to the conference!

Join us in our planning process by submitting a proposal for a presentation, interactive workshop, or strategic action session. The deadline for proposals is September 26th.

We can’t wait to hear about your reproductive justice activism, organizing, and research. Please tell your friends and fellow activists about the call, and save the date for next year’s conference:

From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom
29th annual conference for student and community activists
April 10-12, 2015
Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Lucy Trainor
Assistant Director


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Register for The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute’s Six-Week Group for Eating and Body Image Problems. BEGINS SEP 23

212-721-7005  /

NEW 6 week group for the public begins September 23
Registration is currently available for The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute’s September, 2014

Six-Week Group for Eating and Body Image Problems.  

Beginning on Tuesday, September 24th, sessions will be held from 7:30pm to 9:00pm at Fifth Avenue and 11th Street. Christina Clark, LCSW, will facilitate this group. The fee for all six sessions is $275.

The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute (WTCI) is renowned for its pioneering work on women’s relationship to food, feeding, and their bodies. Since the publication of Susie Orbach’s Fat Is A Feminist Issue (1978), the faculty of The WTCI has further developed a theory and practice of working with the full range of eating problems, explicated in Eating Problems: A Feminist Psychoanalytic Treatment Model (1994). We have found that our unique six-week groups can be a powerful tool for women as they journey toward a place of peace in their relationship with food and their bodies. (Please read below for a more detailed description of the group model.)

Groups are facilitated regularly in various locations in and around New York City throughout the year.

To obtain further information about our groups please visit our website, or call Joanne Messina, LCSW at (212) 501-6033. To register, click HERE. We encourage early registration, as groups can fill up quickly!

Six-Week Groups for

Eating and Body Image Problems


In a therapist-led supportive environment, participants in our six-week groups are introduced to the process of relating more comfortably to food and one’s body. The diet culture has caused most women to become disconnected from their innate ability to feed themselves in accordance with bodily appetite and in a way that is emotionally nourishing, as well as physiologically and psychologically organizing and sustainable. Our six-week groups help women rediscover this lost relationship with their bodies and needs. Because we regard all eating problems as expressive of the emotional and social struggles women experience, these groups are designed to work effectively with the continuum of problematic eating, from compulsive and binge eating, to anorexia, bulimia, and chronic dieting. Our groups are open to women of all colors, sizes, sexual orientations and identities. Our only requirement for participation is an interest in developing a more harmonious relationship with food and one’s body.

Our six-week groups combine psychoeducational and psychodynamic elements to give women the tools and insights they will need to begin to understand, heal, and transform their relationship with food and their bodies. Exploration, fantasy exercises, and homework assignments are utilized in each phase of the group to encourage participants to personalize and internalize the group experience.

The group begins with an introduction to our ”self-attuned” model of eating, which is anti-diet and mindfulness based. Participants are helped to use this model to eat with their hunger and to stop at fullness, while examining why they might feel compelled to eat at times when they are not physically hungry and/or to restrict their eating during times when they are. The group also attends to the complex emotional experience of satiety/fullness and how one can begin to register satisfaction and bodily limits in the eating experience with increased ease and security. The self-attuned model introduces curiosity and compassion as alternatives to the punitive and restrictive methods women typically employ in their efforts to change their relationships with food and their bodies.

Next, the group focuses on legalizing all foods and eliminating dichotomous thinking about food, such as good and bad, healthy and unhealthy, or permitted and forbidden food groups. Finally, the group addresses issues of body image and embodiment, including the symbolic meaning of fat and thin and how one’s ideas about and experiences of one’s body function  psychologically, interpersonally, and culturally.

All phases of the group’s work are informed by a psychodynamic perspective and by the conscious and explicitly articulated awareness that we live in a culture that encourages women to live in disharmony with their bodies and that, for most, an embodied life requires an active choice to resist cultural norms.

To obtain further information about our groups visit our website, or call Joanne Messina, LCSW at (212) 501-6033. To register, click HERE 


Registration is very limited for our groups and workshops, and an event will be closed if over-enrolled and canceled if under-enrolled; please register early.

May 13: V-Day Congo Director & Director of City of Joy Christine Schuler Deschryver, in conversation with Eve Ensler

On Tuesday, May 13, V-Day and ABC Home are so proud to present a new RISE4JUSTICE event with V-Day Congo Director & Director of City of Joy Christine Schuler Deschryver, in conversation with Eve Ensler.Join us as we discuss the City of Joy, including new programing, the V-World Farm, and an update about the fifth graduating class! Hear directly from Christine about what is happening in the DRC, the issue of violence against women in the region, and what women and men on the ground are doing to end it.

Simply email RSVP@VDAY.ORG with your name and number of tickets you require.

WHAT: V-Day Congo Director & Director of City of Joy Christine Schuler Deschryver, in conversation with Eve Ensler
WHEN: Doors at 6pm, event from 6:30pm – 8:30pm
WHERE: Deepak Homebase at ABC Carpet & Home
888 Broadway at East 19th Street, NYC
TICKETS: $10 Activist Tickets – email

100% of proceeds will go to the City of Joy in Bukavu, DRC

‘Maison des Reves’ at Planet Connections Festivity

In 1909 Samara, Russia, Alexe Popova confessed to killing over 300 men to ‘liberate’ the women of her community from their abusive husbands.  She fought the War on Women in her own way, with a little lethal poison!  Based on this true story, Talie Melnyk’s solo show, ‘Maison des Reves’ plays at Paradise Factory in this year’s Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, New York City’s eco friendly/socially conscious not-for-profit festival.


Wednesday, 5/21 @ 7pm

Friday, 5/23 @ 7pm

Saturday, 5/24 @ 4pm


Paradise Factory

Downstairs Theatre

64 E 4th St. (b Bowery & 2nd Ave.)

New York, NY  10003


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What’s Developing in a World in Crisis? Holzman/Salit @ NYU

What’s Developing in a World in Crisis? 

Meet Some of the Innovators 
on the Front Lines of Development

A conversation with Lois Holzman & Jacqueline Salit

Friday, June 6, 7:00-8:30 p.m. 

NYU School of Law, Vanderbilt Hall, Classroom 220

40 Washington Square S. (betw. Macdougal & Sullivan Sts.)

Fee: $45; $25 Retired/Student/Unemployed

(Early registration $40; Retired/Student/Low Income $20)

Amidst the global culture of revolution and counterrevolution, ethnic and religious battles, natural disasters, poverty and growing disparities in wealth that impact us all, nations and communities face pressing human development challenges. Many are trying to identify and meet these needs, some with old and tired tools and some with new and innovative ones. Don’t miss this conversation with Lois Holzman, director of the East Side Institute and founder of Performing the World, and Jacqueline S. Salit, president of, as they introduce and discuss the work of an array of performance activists and play revolutionaries from Japan to Uganda – who are experimenting with cultural-performatory approaches to human development.
Their presentation will include documentary video reports from these “developmentalists” sharing the on-the-ground struggles, joys, disappointments and discoveries that come with supporting people to transform.
   Lois Holzman, Ph.D., is the Institute’s director and a co-founder. She is well known for her pioneering work in exploring the human capacity to perform and its fundamentality in learning how to learn. As a leading proponent of a cultural approach to human learning and development, she has made the writings of Lev Vygotsky relevant to the fields of psychotherapy, education and organizational and community development. She is particularly respected as an activist scholar who builds bridges between university-based and community-based practices, bringing the traditions and innovations of each to the other. Holzman has written and edited seven books and over sixty articles on human development, psychology, education and social therapy – among them: Vygotsky at Work and Play; Performing Psychology: A Postmodern Culture of the Mind; and with Fred Newman, The End of Knowing and Unscientific Psychology. 
   Jacqueline Salit is a cutting-edge democracy strategist.  She is a political  independent, community organizer and one of America’s leading proponents of nonpartisan politics.  She is President of, the country’s largest and most innovative strategy and organizing center for independent voters, and the co-founder of, an innovative legal and coalition-building tactic designed to challenge the taxpayer funding of partisan activity.  Her efforts to bring nonpartisan political reform to every state in the country include work on the successful passage of nonpartisan primaries in California; a 12-year effort with former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg to bring nonpartisan elections and governance to New York City; strategizing of Lenora Fulani’s historic 1988 independent presidential run. Salit’s book Independents Rising (Palgrave, 2012) is considered by many to be the most comprehensive look yet at the contemporary independent movement.
For more information or to register contact Melissa Meyer at, 212-941-8906, ext 304.

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