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“I Had An Abortion” Documentary Screening & Discussion with Jennifer Baumgardner, Filmmaker, Activist, Author & Gillian Aldrich, Filmmaker


in honor of Roe vs. Wade anniversary a portion of the proceeds donated to New York Abortion Access Fund 

additional support by Women & Hollywood, Haven Coalition, NARAL Pro-Choice NY

Location: The People Lounge 
When: Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 
Time: 7:00 PM 
Where: In the heart of the Feminist District 
People Lounge, 163 Allen Street, NYC 
(Between Stanton and Rivington, F or V Train to 2nd Ave) Directions CLICK HERE

Cost: $12 online pre-sales until Jan 20, $15 at door 

“Fresh, moving, important…Muriel Rukeyser wrote, ‘If one woman told the truth about her life, the world would split open.’ [This film] gives us 10 truth-telling women, and splits the world open in as many ways.” 
Katha Pollitt 
The Nation

Underneath the din of politicians posturing about “life” and “choice” and beyond the shouted slogans about murder and rights, there are real stories of real women who have had abortions. Each year in the US, 1.3 million abortions occur, but the topic is still so stigmatized it’s never discussed in polite company.

Powerful, poignant, and fiercely honest, I HAD AN ABORTION tackles this taboo, featuring 10 women – including famed feminist Gloria Steinem – who candidly describe experiences spanning seven decades, from the years before Roe v. Wade to the present day. Filmmakers Jennifer Baumgardner and Gillian Aldrich insightfully document how changing societal pressures have affected women’s choices and experiences.

More info and to purchase a DVD:

About Jennifer: 
After a five-year stint as an editor at Ms., Jennifer Baumgardner began writing for a diverse array of publications, doing investigative pieces for Harper’s, Mother Jones, and The Nation. Jennifer is co-author of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future, Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism and author of Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics, as well as Abortion & Life.

Jennifer is a popular pundit and interview guest for venues from Oprah to Talk of the Nation. For two years, she was a host on She Span, a weekly political roundtable on the Oxygen Network for women. In 2003, the Commonwealth Club of California hailed her in their centennial year as one of six “Visionaries for the 21st Century”.

About Gillian: 
Gillian Aldrich is a documentary producer and journalist who has worked on social justice issues in television, radio, and print. She has worked with Michael Moore on several projects, including most recently as a field producer for the academy award winning documentary Bowling for Columbine, on his television series, The Awful Truth, and on his best-selling book, Downsize This, as well as contributing to his documentary, The Big One. In television, she line-produced Trio’s The Syringa Tree, a moving one woman show about growing up in South Africa under apartheid. With Skylight Pictures, she co-produced Battle for Broad, a documentary about the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, a renowned group of homeless activists in Philadelphia who have made homelessness an international human rights issue.

About New York Abortion Access Fund: 
NYAAF is a voluteer-run, non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to low-income women who cannot afford to pay for an abortion.…

About Women & Hollywood: 
News and commentary about Hollywood from a feminist perspective 

About Haven Coalition:
The Haven Coalition is a network of volunteers who provide a meal
and a safe place to sleep for women who are forced to travel to
New York City for late-term abortions. Since our inception in June of 2001,
Haven has hosted close to 700 women for over 800 nights.

About NARAL Pro-Choice NY:
Take Action with NARAL Pro-Choice New York!
NARAL Pro-Choice New York is the state’s foremost pro-choice political
organization. We work to protect safe, legal abortion and to expand
the full range of reproductive rights for women regardless of age,
race or income. As a volunteer with NARAL Pro-Choice New York, you’ll
join a dedicated community of pro-choice activists that have worked
tirelessly for over 30 years to protect and expand reproductive health
care and choice throughout New York State. To get involved in NARAL
Pro-Choice New York’s activist efforts, please contact Community
Organizer, Laleña Howard at 646-520-3506 or

Here’s how you can get involved:  Organize on your campus by holding a NARAL Pro-Choice New York event and distributing materials.  Host a house party and we will come talk to your friends about current reproductive rights issues and ways to take action.  Become a petition captain and we’ll mail you petitions so you can collect signatures for pro-choice legislation in your own community.

$7 Workshop: Are You Financially Secure? with Tanya Osborn

When: Wednesday, Jan 14, 2009
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: In the heart of the Feminist District
People Lounge
163 Allen Street, NYC
(Between Stanton and Rivington, F or V Train to 2nd Ave) Directions >>

Workshop cost: $7 online pre-sales here before Jan 10, $10 at door

Pre-sale tickets are no longer available. Please come to the door to purchase.


Q & A session included to answer all of your questions

You will learn:

– How to survive and thrive in today’s difficult financial climate
– How does the state of America’s economy affect our lives
– How to overcome financial obstacles that effect women in their 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond
– Valuable options that can assist you in reaching your financial goals, covering all major areas of home finance, including retirement and savings strategies, debt management, income protection needs and more.

About Tanya:

For the last 11 years, Tanya Osborne, Independent Financial Services Professional at Primerica Financial Services, has provided a valuable Financial Needs Analysis service to populations in need, focusing on the finances of women. For more information, visit or

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