NOW-NYS Annual Convention!

Join us
Saturday, October 1st, 2011
NOW-NYS Annual Convention
The Power of Us!

Location: SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY
Information regarding directions to the convention and hotels nearby are on
$30 students (includes registration and NOW membership for one year)
$30 for current NOW members
$50 for non members (includes a NOW membership for one year)
Proposed Agenda:
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Registration and Credentialing (closed for lunch noon – 1:15 pm)
9:00 – 10:15 am Welcome to SUNY Purchase
N. Jerin Arifa, Arielle Cohen,
Special speaker:
Erin Matson, National NOW Action VP

10:15 – 10:30 am PLENARY I
*Call to Order
*Adoption of the Convention Rules
*Adoption of the Agenda
10:30 am – Noon PLENARY II
Three renowned national women’s movement leaders will share their insight and knowledge, focusing on past, present, and future strategies toward winning equality for women and girls. These well-know public figures will discuss both personal and professional experiences, and will be available for questions and answers after the presentations:
Special Speakers
Liz Abzug – Bella Abzug Leadership Institute, President/Founder
Zenaida Mendez – National Dominican Women’s Caucus, Executive Director
Terry O’Neill – National NOW President

12:00 – 1:15 pm – Lunch on your own
1:15 – 2:15 pm PLENARY III
Making a Difference in Your Community will be a workshop for current and potential leaders. Activists will share ideas and challenges for grassroots organizing and education in our respective communities. Young feminists will focus on how to create a feminist world that attracts new and younger women into the movement.
N. Jerin Arifa – Chair, NOW Young Feminist Task Force
Arielle Cohen – NOW Young Feminist Task Force Member
Emily May – Hollaback, Executive Director
Michelle Kinsey Bruns – Abortion Clinic Escort
Rachelle Suissa- VP, Brooklyn/Queens NOW

2:15-2:30- Break
2:30 – 3:15 pm PLENARY IV
A meet-the-author session will feature Jane LaTour, author of Sisters in the Brotherhood: Working Women Organizing for Equality, about the women who broke the gender barrier to blue-collar employment in various trades in the 1970s in New York.
3:15-3:30 -break
3:30- 4:30 pm PLENARY V
“Diversity in Our Movement”
asks: Is there room for all women? This plenary explores questions like: Can one be a feminist and religious? Can one be a feminist and conservative? The discussion will also explore such issues as “Who is a feminist and who decides?”   Open mike discussion with all participants. Join us for this very interesting feminist chat.
4:30 – 5:00 pm Vote for 2012 Convention, Resolutions, and Bylaws

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