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“Planned Parenthood, I’m Here For You!” Comedy Tour with Lizz Winstead, Lisa Lampanelli, and more!

[Via Planned Parenthood]


The Daily Show Co-Creator and Air America Co-Founder

Hits NYC on Sept 22nd with her “Planned Parenthood, I’m Here For You!” Comedy Tour

New York, NY — Co-creator of The Daily Show and co-founder of Air America Radio, political satirist Lizz Winstead brings her razor-sharp wit and hilarious spin on current events to The Gramercy Theatre on September 22nd at 7:30PM. The event is part of her “Planned Parenthood, I’m Here for You!” summer tour; all proceeds will go to support the work of Planned Parenthood of New York City.

Joining Ms Winstead will be by comedy legend & author, singer/songwriter, actor Sandra Bernhard, stand-up comic and Lovable Queen of Mean, Lisa Lampanelli, Joan Walsh, editor-in-chief of, and alternative pop/rock singer-songwriter Ambrosia Parsley, creator of “Ambrosia Sings The News” on Air America.

Winstead was inspired to develop the tour by her long-standing support of Planned Parenthood’s work.

“Women’s health has become the number one focus of the radical right – even worse, it has been reduced to a bargaining chip,” said Winstead. “I say enough is enough, and so should anyone who has relied on Planned Parenthood for basic health care, or knows someone who has. Planned Parenthood has been there for me in every facet of my reproductive health, and now I want to be there for them.”

Winstead comes to NYC as part of twelve city – ten state tour benefiting local Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country.

Tickets for the Gramercy Theatre/NYC event will cost $50, $75 and $150, and are available for purchase through

“We are thrilled to see Lizz’s energy and sense of fun going to support our work, and we’re looking forward to a much-needed dose of humor and sanity on Sept. 22nd” said PPNYC President and CEO, Joan Malin

Winstead added, “If creating jobs is the number one priority for politicians in this country, why are they so focused on my uterus? My uterus doesn’t create jobs, in fact it no longer even does the one job it’s supposed to!”

Event Details:

Who: Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show and co-founder of Air America Radio
Sandra Bernhard, comedy legend, author, singer/songwriter and actor
Lisa Lampanelli, stand-up comic and Lovable Queen of Mean
Joan Walsh, editor-in-chief of
Ambrosia Parsley, alternative pop/rock singer-songwriter and creator of “Ambrosia Sings The News” on Air America.

What: One-night-only New York City performance of Lizz Winstead’s “Planned Parenthood, I’m Here for You!” summer tour
All proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood of New York City.

Where: Gramercy Theater
127 East 23rd Street, between Park Avenue and Lexington
New York, NY 10010
(212) 777-6800

When: Thursday, September 22, 2011
6pm: VIP Reception (includes meet & greet with Lizz & friends!)
7pm: General Admission

Tickets: VIP Tickets: $150 (includes meet & greet with Lizz & friends!)
Orchestra: $75
General Admission: $50

Tickets are available for purchase at

For more information about the tour, or to follow Winstead’s adventures on the road, visit her blog at


Since 1916, Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) has been an advocate for and provider of reproductive health services and education for New Yorkers. Serving nearly 50,000 clients annually, PPNYC’s health care centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island offer reproductive health services, including gynecological care, contraception, pregnancy testing, abortion, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and HIV testing and counseling. Through a threefold mission of clinical services, education, and advocacy, PPNYC brings better health and more fulfilling lives to each new generation of New Yorkers. As a voice for reproductive freedom, PPNYC supports legislation and policies to ensure that all New Yorkers—and, in fact, people around the world—will have access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information.

Dialogues with the Director of the Institute for Women’s Leadership

Join The Institute for Women’s Leadership for their inaugural program, Dialogues with the IWL Director on Monday, September 19th, 2011 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. This event will be taking place at the ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building (162 Ryders Lane, New Brunwsick, NJ).

As an attendee, you will listen as filmmaker Abigail Disney and peace activist Cora Weiss converse about topics relating to leadership, global politics, and gender; Alison R. Bernstein, the Director of the Institute for Women’s Leadership, will be moderating this discussion. If you’re able to get out of the city for a few hours, you should definitely check out this fantastic event. Both Abigail and Cora have incredible experiences and perspectives to share, as they are both involved with global activism and will offer a wonderfully unique paradigm for discussing this issues.

Email by September 12th in order to secure your spot!

Abigail Disney, is a filmmaker and philanthropist. Her longtime passion for women’s issues and peace building culminated in her first film, the acclaimed Pray the Devil Back to Hell, about the Liberian women who peacefully ended their country’s fourteen-year civil war. She is Executive Producer of the groundbreaking PBS mini-series, Women, War, & Peace, the most comprehensive global media initiative ever mounted on the role of women in peace and conflict. The series airs on PBS in October, 2011. Disney is Co-founder and President of the Daphne Foundation, which works with low-income communities in the five boroughs of New York City. Her work in
philanthropy, women’s engagement and leadership, and conflict resolution has been recognized by numerous awards including the prestigious International Advocate for Peace Award from the Cardozo Law School’s Journal of Conflict Resolution. She holds degrees from Yale, Stanford, and Columbia

Cora Weiss, President, The Hague Appeal for Peace, has been a peace activist since the early 60’s when she was a national leader of Women Strike for Peace which played a major role in bringing about the end of atmospheric nuclear testing. Cora was among the civil society drafters of what became Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace, and security which was adopted in 2000 and has been part of the campaign for its full implementation. She has devoted her life to the movements for civil rights, human rights, women’s empowerment, and peace. Ms. Weiss is a founder of the Global Campaign for Peace Education. Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and member of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, Ms. Weiss was also President of the International Peace Bureau (Nobel Peace laureate 1910); Co-Founder and Director of The Riverside Church Disarmament Program; Non- governmental Representative to the World Conferences on Women, Nairobi (1985) and Beijing (1995); and Executive Director of the AfricanAmerican Students Foundation (Airlift).

“Overexposure” by Cristina Dominguez

In a dark room
by my fingertips

can I unravel
to develop your thoughts

can I resist
my deep

girlchild afraid
to stay awake in the dark
itching, heart fidgeting
to flip on the switch

dark brown beach
with a worm hole center
quicksand caving into
the core

they’ve always been
pupils of pain
studying nightmares

maps of the past
where, “you are here”
circles back
to present day

gripping the grief
pulled tight over them,
the winter solstice
that froze the fire

will eye blink
and miss it
squinting I
in the blur of hope

purposeful prints soaking
your imprint
in calm
but begging liquid

pressing: don’t hide from me this time

nakedly staring
spent, open and wet
limp in soft cold sweat
born in my arms

I’ll trace the braille
words are wishes,
subliminal images
to lost sight

in this split second shudder
of our inventure
I felt warm light

“Discretion” by Cristina Dominguez

Propose with purpose
signing silence’s surname
take this ring my tongue

“Currency” by Cristina Dominguez

Fold foreign paper
in the curve of my left breast
where my heart should be

“Locked Roof Bohemia” by Cristina Dominguez

Invite mystery
praying to be preyed upon
to prey on her knees

Sex, Power and Speaking Truth: Anita Hill 20 Years Later

SAT. OCT. 15, 2011 – 10am-9pm Hunter College, NYC

This incredible day will bring together three generations to witness, respond to and analyze present day realities in law, politics, the confluence of race, class, gender, women’s continuing “credibility problem, black masculinity, sexual harassment and the impact and legacy of Anita Hill’s courageous testimony about workplace sexual harassment.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Anita Hill, Brandeis University



(Schedule is still in formation; updates will be available by September 2011. All panelists listed below are confirmed.)

Maureen Dowd, The New York Times
Lani Guinier, Harvard Law School.
Charles Ogletree, Harvard Law School
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, NY-28
Vita Rabinowitz, Hunter College
Jamia Wilson, Women’s Media Center

Moderator: Judith Resnik, Yale Law School


Rha Goddess, Move the Crowd
Melissa Harris-Perry, Tulane University
Emily May, Hollaback!
Ai-jen Poo, National Domestic Workers Alliance
Joanne N. Smith, Girls for Gender Equity

Moderator: Maria Hinojosa, NPR/PBS

Devon Carbado, UCLA School of Law
Kimberlé Crenshaw, UCLA School of Law
Gloria Steinem, Ms. Magazine
Virginia Valian, Hunter College
Patricia J. Williams, Columbia University
Julie Zeilinger, FBomb

Moderator: Kathleen Peratis, Outten & Golden LLP

A one-night only performance curated and directed by world renowned activist, playwright, Eve Ensler.

Featuring writing and performances by:
Edwidge Danticat
Asali Njeri DeVan
Eve Ensler
Lisa Kron
Lynn Nottage
Mary Oliver
Letty Cottin Pogrebin


ACLU Women’s Rights Project
American Association of University Women
Barnard Center for Research on Women
Black Women’s Blueprint
Brandeis University Women and Gender Studies Program
Brooklyn College Shirley Chisholm Project of Brooklyn Women’s Activism
Brooklyn College Women’s Center
Brooklyn College Women’s Studies Program
CUNY Graduate Center: Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies
CUNY Graduate Center: The Center for the Study of Women & Society
CUNY Graduate Center: Political Science Program
CUNY Law School
Equal Rights Advocates
The Feminist Press at CUNY
Girls for Gender Equity
The Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine
Jack & Jill Politics
Jews for Racial & Economic Justice
Macaulay Honors College
Ms. Foundation for Women
The Nation
National Council of Jewish Women
National Council for Research on Women
National Women’s Law Center
Outten & Golden LLP
Pace Law School
Purchase College/SUNY
Queens College Graduate Center and Women’s Studies Department
RightRides for Women’s Safety
Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College
Stop Street Harassment
University at Albany History Department
University at Albany Department of Sociology
University at Albany Women’s Studies Department
University at Albany Division of Student Success
University of Connecticut Department of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies
Stop Street Harassment
Third Wave Foundation
The White House Project
Women’s City Club
Women’s eNews
Women’s Media Center


She Asked For It: How Rape Myths Hurt Us All – A Discussion on Rape Culture, Sexual Assault, and Activism (location updated)

It’s estimated that one in four women will be raped during their lifetime, yet the way it is treated and understood in society does not match up with reality.  Just recently:

Two cops are acquitted of rape.  The DSK case falls apart.  A man buys a 14-year old girl for sex and gets community service.

These types of events lead to a lot of questions about sexual assault and attitudes towards sexuality in our society.  Some of these include:

How do stereotypes about rape impact a survivor’s ability to get justice?  How do they impact our understanding of sexual assault and what can be done about it?

If you’re interested in joining this important conversation, you should attend “She Asked for It: How Rape Myths Hurt Us All” at 6:30 pm on September 14th.  Special guests include:

  • Helen Benedictnovelist and journalist, she has covered the issue of rape around the world. Sheauthored Sand Queen, a novel of the Iraq War, The Lonely Soldier, about women in the military, andVirgin or Vamp: How the Press Covers Sex Crimes, an analysis of the way sex, race and class bias affect rape coverage;
  • Karen Carroll, Associate Director of the Bronx Sexual Assault Response Team, is a forensic specialist and survivor who trains police departments, DA’s offices and social service professionals, and testified in the NYPD rape trial of Moreno and Mata;
  • Jane ManningPresident of NOW-NYC, is a long-time New York City activist who has worked extensively to improve the criminal justice system’s response to sex crimes. She is a former sex crimes prosecutor;
  • Nancy Schwartzman, filmmaker, activist and survivor, and creator of The Line Campaign—a non-profit organization and movement empowering young leaders to create a world without sexual violence;
  • John Stoltenberg is the creator of Men Can Stop Rape’s “My Duty” campaign, a sexual-assault-prevention media campaign, which was licensed to the U.S. Department of Defense and distributed on military bases around the world. John is also the DC Rape Crisis Center communications consultant.

Location: Pace University – Lecture Hall South, Room 130, One Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038 (corner of Frankfort & Park Row)
Subways: N, R to City Hall | 4, 5, 6, 6X to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall | J, Z, A, C, 2, 3 to Fulton S

September Events at the 92nd Street Y!

Wed, Sep 7, 7 pm, $12


Join Women’s eNews, FDNY Captain Brenda Berkman and Soledad O’Brien in a tribute to the female heroes who risked and lost their lives on September 11th to save others. The panelists, moderated by O’Brien, discuss the often-overlooked women involved in the recovery, relief and rebuilding efforts at Ground Zero, and women’s overall participation in the work force. Berkman was one of the first women to be accepted into the FDNY and as a captain, worked with the fire department to save lives on 9/11. She retired in 2006 after 25 years as a firefighter and women’s rights advocate, but remains an ardent activist for recognition and visibility of the women in the uniformed services. Women’s eNews is an award-winning, nonprofit news service covering issues of concern to women’s lives. CNN anchor and special correspondent O’Brien has produced a number of documentaries, including Beyond Bravery: The Women of 9/11, which airs September 8 at 11 pm and September 11 at 8 pm.

Thu, Sep 8, 12-1 pm, $18


Wendy Wasserstein (The Heidi Chronicles, The Sisters Rosensweig) was the first female playwright to win a Tony Award. Her inner circle was a who’s who of theater elite, including playwright Christopher Durang and former New York Times theater critic Frank Rich, but she was also a deeply private person who endured her greatest heartbreaks alone. Author Julie Salamon revisits Wasserstein’s greatest works, triumphs and tragedies, and reveals her life in full for the first time. Salamon was a culture writer for The New York Times and the film critic for The Wall Street Journal. She is the author of Wendy and the Lost Boys (Penguin Press HC, August 18, 2011).

“Come one, come all to SlutWalk NYC’s cocktail hour!”

Want to help make NYC’s first Slutwalk a huge success!?

If you answered yes to this question, head to Pop Pub on Monday, August 29th to help raise money for this great event!

If you answered no to this question, well maybe you just like wine, beer, and sex toys!

This fundraiser will be going on from 6 to 9 pm, so make sure to invite all of your friends!  There will be “drinks, lots of lovely ladies, and sex toys to raffle off donated by the Pleasure Chest.”  Really, this is just a win-win situation for all!

There is a ten dollar suggested donation at the door; wine and beer will be for sale inside for 5-6 dollars.  Please contribute if you can… it’s for a good cause!

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