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NEDAwareness Week Screening of the documentary film, Someday Melissa on Feb. 28th

You are invited to attend the NEDAwareness Week Screening of the documentary film, Someday Melissa: The story of an eating disorder, loss and hope, hosted by NEDA and NEDA Network Member Someday Melissa at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts in New York City on February 28, 2012.

Film begins at 7:00 p.m., doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are a suggested donation of $10. To secure a ticket, . For more on the film, visit

A panel discussion moderated by WABC-TV Anchor Diana Williams will follow the screening. Panelists include: Judy Avrin, Filmmaker and mother of Melissa; Danna Markson, LCSW, Eating Disorders Specialist & Co-Executive Producer; Kimberly Dennis, MD, Medical Director, Timberline Knolls; and Vic Avon, author, activist and NEDA Spokesperson.


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If you can’t make it, please DONATE– we need your support!

Co-Sponsors & Raffle as of 12/30:
AFLAC NY, Patrick Hardie, District Manager * Amb3r Fashion & Design
Hollaback! * Photography by Amy Mitten * Tastee Vegan
The Feminist PressYoga Vida

Partners as of 12/30:
Amy Jo Goddard, Sexual Empowerment MentorNOW NYC
Manhattan Young DemocratsRighteous Babe Records
The Women’s MosaicTrixie FilmsWAM!NYC
Women Make MoviesWomen’s Media Center
Yana Walton, Feminist, Labor & LGBTQ Activist
Press: NY Daily News, Zvents Media


Righteous Babe Record’s Ed Hamell a.k.a. Hamell On Trial is a one-man punk show bringing you (mostly) loud, fast music informed by politics, passion, energy, and intelligence, played by a guy with a sharp tongue and a wicked sense of humor. 2011 launches Hamell into new territory, captivating audiences not only by his award-winning performances, but also a Kerouac-esque story of social commentary shaped through years on the road.

Equipped with a battered 1937 Gibson acoustic guitar he strums like a machine gun, a politically astute mind that can’t stop moving and a mouth that can be profane one minute and profound the next, Hamell sets his sights on some classic subjects (sex, drugs, and rock and roll) and some personal ones, too. His performances invoke thoughts of the great rebellious comedians and social commentators of the past: Lenny Bruce, Bill Hicks, and even a bit of Sam Kinison. Hamell is a great mind; acoustic punk rock mixed with a traveler’s soul. There’s no way around his obscenity, but in that is a willingness to fight for the free-thinkers of the world. Hamell On Trial is a refreshing punk-rock bomb on the unsuspecting folk singer-songwriter world and above all else a preacher of common sense and truth.

Chicago-based singer-songwriter Laura Joy has been known to quell dark, angry bars full of ornery old Irishmen. Drawing comparisons that range from Joni Mitchell to Ani DiFranco, Laura’s percussive finger picking and buoyant voice have graced audiences from as far as the Sun Belt to the streets of Manhattan Island. Growing up in Phoenix, Laura was raised on a steady diet of folk revival LPs and Gershwin classics. Since then, she has played in venues from Tempe, AZ to Boston, MA and busked everywhere from the 72nd St subway stop in New York City to Hyde Park in London. Last October, Laura was asked to perform at the Morristown Folk Festival in Morristown, AZ.

Laura has been featured in the Jezebel Music Songwriter Showcase at Laila Lounge in Brooklyn and was a member of NY/NJ Port Authority’s exclusive “Tunes in the Terminal” program. She has opened for Nedra Johnson and Staceyann Chin in Brooklyn (Paradigm Shift NYC’s Michfest Halfway Soirée) and shared a night at Fiddler’s Dream in Phoenix, AZ with Raina Rose and Namoli Brennet. Laura continues to organize and host the successful Paradigm Shift Artist Showcase series highlighting feminist inspired art and performance at various venues across The Lower East Side in NYC.

Laura’s most recent CD, “What I Know” was released on June 30th. The album was recorded and mixed by Dae Bennett at Bennett Studios in Englewood NJ, and was produced by Suzi Reynolds. Laura continues to play music wherever and whenever she can.

Use the “F” word.
Change NYC. Change the World.

“Paradigm Shift is situated to be at the center of feminist organizing for this new era of activism.”
– Michael Kimmel, PhD: Sociologist, Author
“Paradigm Shift is on the cutting edge of our feminist community.”
– Clare Coss, Activist & Psychologist
“I can’t believe I lived 16 years in NYC without Paradigm Shift. I love the events, the community, and the mission!”
– Jennifer Baumgardner, Activist, Author & Filmmaker

Paradigm Shift NYC is the New York City metro-area’s critically acclaimed and largest feminist community group and event series. We’ve produced 40 sold out lectures, discussions, screenings, and performances featuring leaders in feminist thought, that range from artists and academics to filmmakers and policy activists. Paradigm Shift NYC events challenge and inspire attendees to contribute to the feminist movement by providing a unique and welcoming platform for expression and coalition building. In early 2011, Berkeley College commissioned Paradigm Shift to produce a four-part webinar series on domestic violence, LGBTQ community building, and creating sexual empowerment. We have partnerships with over 130 progressive organizations. TimeOut New York named Paradigm Shift “Critics’ Pick” on 12 occasions, an unprecedented honor among progressive organizations.


Webinar & Event Announcements Coming Soon!

In the meantime, please check out our blog, our co-sponsored events posted to the event calendar, and daily updates/announcements on Facebook and Twitter @PShiftNYC.  Join us on Meetup too!

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Suggested Donations:
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$50-100- will help subsidize the cost of building a partnership coalition for one event
$100-250- will help subsidize the cost of one venue for one event
$500-750- will help subsidize the costs of event video production

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SlutWalk NYC & Inclusive Feminist Community Building

SLUTWALK NYC – October 1st, Saturday – Noon – Union Square

SlutWalk is part of a world-wide grassroots movement challenging rape culture, rampant sexual violence, victim-blaming and slut-shaming in our culture. SlutWalk has served as a tool for global feminist community building, an area of phenomenal progress in recent years. Unfortunately, the controversies surrounding the term “slut” are distracting from the point of working together to fight sexual violence, which is a shame and also indicative of the complexities, nuances, and challenges involved in inclusive feminist organizing as a whole. Attempting to reclaim the word “slut” as an empowering term and even a personal choice, is not translating into an inclusive feminist message with respect to race, class, identity and more. This is further articulated in the open letter from the leadership of Black Women’s Blueprint.

Paradigm Shift NYC has decided to stand in solidarity with Black Women’s Blueprint and all endorsing organizations by not having a banner presence at SlutWalk. That being said, we want to emphasize our support in the dismantling of rape culture by empowering all feminists to organize effectively within the movement.

Paradigm Shift supports the participation of all communities to create a safe space for all during SlutWalk. Our collective power lies in our willingness and ability to send an inclusive message with respect to race, class, gender, ability, sexual orientation, sexuality, age and beyond.  Inclusive messaging is a decision making process that must include those who are marginalized.  Take it upon yourself to use SlutWalk to express what empowers you – with or without claiming “slut”. It’s inspiring an explosion of dialog and action with regard to sexual violence, self expression, identity, power, privilege, sexuality, gender, race, class, and more- progress!

Sexual violence is a very personal and emotional issue, and we will invite and support this evolving dialog.

We want to hear from you- please post comments.  If you prefer to email:

In Solidarity,

Meredith Villano
Co-Founder & Director, Paradigm Shift NYC

Beyond Hooking Up: Creating Sexual Empowerment – Interactive Webinar for Berkeley College

Paradigm Shift NYC proudly presents our third webinar commissioned by Berkeley College.  Available to BC students and staff only- login.

Amy Jo Goddard is a sexuality educator, writer, filmmaker, performing artist and activist. She travels to colleges, universities, communities and conferences teaching workshops and speaking about sexuality and maintains a private sex & relationship coaching practice. She currently facilitates her Women’s Sexuality Empowerment Apprenticeship in New York City to assist women in growing their sexual lives. She is co-author of Lesbian Sex Secrets for Men and is a contributing author of All About Sex: A Family Resource Guide on Sex and Sexuality. Her article about queer performance artists and activism was published in 2007 in the Social Justice Journal and she has been published in numerous other publications including LOFT and Bust Magazine. Amy Jo was host of’s web stream program “Fresh Advice,” developing, researching, writing and performing over 60 episodes on women’s sexuality. A professional trainer of sexuality professionals, medical students, college students and youth for fifteen years, she has taught courses relating to sexuality at the City University of New York and the University of California at Santa Barbara. Amy Jo specializes in women’s health issues and has taught breast and pelvic exams to medical/nursing students for 9 years; and she is director/producer of the forthcoming documentary, At Your Cervix, a film that depicts this work.

Amy Jo came to the field of sexuality via her activism about women’s health, women’s reproductive choices and other gender issues. Her work as a comprehensive sexuality education and LGBT issues advocate led her to provide trainings on sexuality issues to professionals, including how to address sexuality as service providers, and how to effectively serve LBGTQ youth.

Amy Jo earned a Master’s degree in Human Sexuality and Health Education from New York University and a Bachelor’s degree in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of California at Santa Barbara’s College of Creative Studies. Amy Jo’s work is informed by her international study of human sexuality, her knowledge and experience with ritual and shamanistic work, her connection and service to women’s communities, her own personal journey of sexual empowerment, and her deep work as a sexual being.

Berkeley College, established in 1931 as a business school, has grown since that time to a thriving multi-campus institution offering degree programs in a variety of disciplines. With seven locations in New York and New Jersey, Berkeley today offers programs that balance traditional academic study with professional training and hands-on experience.




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"NOT DEAD YET" Screening & Discussion Unites all Generations! Featuring SUSAN LOGEAIS, Filmmaker/Star & YANA WALTON, Media Activist & Women's Media Center

A Film Screening & Discussion to Unite the Generations:
A dramedy about life, hot flashes, and profound re-awakenings!
SUSAN HESS LOGEAIS, Writer/Producer/Star
YANA WALTON, Media Activist & former VP of Communications, Women’s Media Center
(Jennifer Pozner, WIMN, is unavoidably unavailable and sends her regrets)

NOT DEAD YET brings a dramatic new perspective to a range of women’s issues rarely embraced by American cinema.

Three women join forces to revive their acting careers, only to find themselves on a quest for something far more important.  Frustrated by the lack of roles for women over 40, they decide to create their own film, starring themselves.  As the project spins out of control, so do their lives.

Best Feature – Rhode Island International Film Festival
Best Narrative Feature – Baltimore Women’s Film Festival
View the trailer!
Wednesday, July 6th at 6:30 PM
Just outside the Feminist District
Roy Arias Studio – Stage IV, 300 W. 43rd. St. Ste. 402 (corner of 8th Ave), NYC
Subway: A,C,E to 42nd Street/Times Square

$15 pre-paid, $20 at door
** Buy Tickets/ Limited Seating- ONLINE SALES END 2:30 PM 7/6 **
PARTNERS WELCOME:  Join as a supporting organization.  Subject Line: 7/6/11 Partner
Prior to leaving the entertainment industry in 1990, Logeais had accomplished in 15 years what few people achieve in a lifetime. Beginning at the age of 17, the classically-trained ballerina spent a year performing with the Santa Francisco Ballet under Artistic Director Michael Smuin.
Then, in 1978, the teen began a seven-year stint during which she graced over a dozen magazine covers.  In 1984, Logeais scaled back her modeling to pursue her passion: acting. During the years that followed, she co-starred in four network television movies, a Sidney Sheldon mini-series for CBS, and episodes of “Miami Vice,” “Knightwatch,” “Spencer: For Hire,” and “Christine Cromwell.”
Finally, after years of being in front of audiences and the camera, Logeais decided to step behind the lens, and began learning the craft of screenplay writing. At the same time, she formed her own production company, Two Chicks with Cameras, and co-directed and produced a series of short films.
Then in 1992, her body rejected the breast implants she had gotten 8 ½ years earlier. Realizing how she had unwittingly inspired other women to follow her example, she convinced Allure magazine to chronicle her surgery and recovery. In addition, she appeared on a local LA television program to share her story.
Teaming up with local talent and crew, she produced her screenplay “Not Dead Yet”.  Her goal in producing the film was threefold; to see one of her screenplays produced; to star in a feature film; and to produce a story that would encourage women over 40 to embrace themselves and the wisdom their age represents.
“Not Dead Yet” was completed in early 2009 and has since screened at numerous film festivals, winning Best Feature at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and at the Baltimore Women’s Film Festival.  Subsequent projects include a short documentary entitled “Nerves of Steel, a year with The Portland Ballet,” which she recently completed; “Clay In Their Hands,” a documentary focusing on the importance of valuing women and children that is in production; and “The Emerald Tree,” an illustrated short story that is in development.
Yana Walton is the former vice president of communications for the Women’s Media Center, an organization working to make women visible and powerful in the media. A media activist with a background in U.S. women’s and LGBT American history, Yana was previously the Southern Media Field Strategist at GLAAD, where she was responsible for monitoring and responding to media, training activists and coordinating media campaigns in 12 Southern states. During the 2008 election, Yana provided media training for activists after the passage of Proposition 8 in California, worked on op-ed campaigns in Florida for the “No on 2” marriage ballot initiative and tenth observance of Matthew Shepard’s murder.
Yana was also the director of communications for the Utah Pride Center, where she trained newsrooms on fair, accurate and inclusive reporting on LGBT people and issues, was the spokesperson for the Utah Pride Festival, and worked on transgender-inclusive housing policies for state universities. She also ran the statewide outreach and volunteer program for Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, where she focused on providing testing outreach and comprehensive sex education, and created a peer-education teen council.
Yana was the research assistant for Dr. Elizabeth Clement’s upcoming history of gay family in 20th century America, We Are Family: Lesbians, Gays, and the American Family. Yana resides in Brooklyn, where she co-organizes the Brooklyn Skillshare in her spare time, an annual learning event offering free classes taught by residents, for residents.

You’re Not Alone: Strengthening LGBTQ Community & Allies – Interactive Webinar for Berkeley College

Paradigm Shift NYC proudly presents our second webinar commissioned by Berkeley College.

Available to BC students and staff only.

DANGEROUS TERRITORY: Clare Coss' One-Woman Play About MARY WHITE OVINGTON, Co-Founder NAACP & Discussion With Jamia Wilson, Women's Media Center



A one-woman play about Mary White Ovington, Co-Founder NAACP
dramatic reading by playwright Clare Coss
with a discussion moderated by
Jamia Wilson, Vice President of Programs at the Women’s Media Center
Ovington rebelled against the expectations of her family and became the first white woman in 20th century America to dedicate her life to racial justice.
“DANGEROUS TERRITORY puts history, hope and a wrongfully unknown early heroine of the civil rights movement on the stage. This is drama at its best-entertaining and educating.”
Julian Bond, Board Chairman, NAACP
Thursday, May 19th
7:00 PM
Just outside the Feminist District
The Tank- 354 West 45th Street (bet 8th and 9th Ave)
Subway: A,C,E to 42nd Street/Times Square
$12 students/ pre-paid, $15 at door
Buy Tickets/ Limited Seating

DANGEROUS TERRITORY dramatizes Ovington’s journey beyond the narrow confines of her comfortable New York home. We meet a cast of dynamic characters whose virtues and contradictions propel her along the way: from the careless white boys at the Greenpoint Settlement to the adversarial African-American leaders, Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois.  Ovington and Dr. DuBois forged a vigorous and spirited friendship. Their alliance led to the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
CLARE COSS is a playwright, psychotherapist and activist convinced that we have it in our power to create a just and safe world.  “As a playwright my tools are character and dialogue, conflict and story.  Humor, possibility, and a quest for generosity sustain my vision.  My imagination leads to women characters who go where the silence is.  They are drawn to confront inaction and/or tyranny; face the challenge to speak and act.”
Clare presents dramatic readings of her one-woman plays, Lillian Wald: At Home on Henry Street and Dangerous Territory. They each feature dynamic women who resist indifference to the cruel realities of poverty, racism, war.   Their daring decisions to act for a decent world inspire, inform, and entertain.
In Coss’ Emmett, Down in My Heart, two women characters, a white teacher, Roanne Taylor, and Emmett Till’s mother, Mamie Till-Mobley are hurled together by the 1955 kidnap, torture, murder of 14-year old Emmett in the Mississippi Delta.  Coss’ publications include Lillian D.Wald: Progressive Activist (Feminist Press) which features the play and a selection of Wald’s correspondence and speeches. Her anthology of lesbian love poems, The Arc of Love (Scribner), was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist.
Jamia Wilson is a feminist activist, organizer, expat-brat, networker, cartwheeler, truthseeker, and storyteller. She is currently Vice President of Programs at the Women’s Media Center where she works on amplifying women’s voices and changing the conversation in the media.  She trains women and girls so they are media-ready and media-savvy, exposes sexism in the media, and directs the WMC’s social media strategy. Twitter: @jamiaw
Use the “F” word.
Change NYC. Change the World.



a lecture and discussion featuring
Moderated by Cathy Marino-Thomas, Board President, Marriage Equality NY

Wednesday, April 20th
7:00 pm
Just outside the Feminist District
The Tank– 354 West 45th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues).
Subway: A,C,E to 42nd Street/Times Square.

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Cost: $12 students/ pre-paid, $15 at door



Shortlist, Canada Governor-General Award for Nonfiction 2011
What does the “tradition of marriage” really look like? Elizabeth Abbott paints an often surprising picture of this most public, yet most intimate, institution. Ritual of romance, or social obligation? Eternal bliss, or cult of domesticity? Abbott reveals a complex tradition that includes same-sex unions, arranged marriages, dowries, self-marriages, and child brides. Marriage- in all its loving, unloving, decadent, and impoverished manifestations- is revealed here through Abbott’s infectious curiosity.

“Abbott is an excellent storyteller with an eye for touching and amusing tales. An enjoyable read, sure to provoke and surprise.”
—Globe and Mail

Elizabeth Abbott is a writer and historian with a special interest in women’s issues, social justice for all and sugarcane-cutters in particular, the treatment and lives of animals, and the environment. She has a doctorate from McGill University in 19th century history. Before moving to Toronto, she lived in Montreal and Port-au-Prince. She is the author of several books, her most recent, A History of Marriage, completes her trilogy about human relationships that includes A History of Celibacy and A History of Mistresses. Her previous book, Sugar: A Bittersweet History, inspired by her Antiguan heritage, was short-listed for the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction.

Elizabeth is a Senior Research Associate at Trinity College, University of Toronto and, from 1991 to 2004, was Dean of Women. She served for several years on the Editorial Board of the Canadian Human Rights Foundation and the Rights and Freedoms Committee of The Writers’ Union of Canada. The Riverdale Historical Society, which she co-founded in 1999, won the 2007 Heritage Toronto Community Heritage Award and the Members’ Choice Award.

Cathy speaks all over New York State about the 1,300+ rights, privileges and obligations that protect families only through the right to civil marriage. Prior to working with Marriage Equality New York, Cathy spent many years as a Buddy in the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) Buddy Program visiting countless people afflicted with HIV/AIDS and assisting them with daily chores, advocacy and information. An out lesbian since 1978, Cathy lives with her wife, Sheila and daughter Jacqueline.

Brooklyn Community Pride Center
Jennifer Pozner, Author & Activist
Manhattan Young Democrats
NARAL Pro-Choice New York
National Organization for Women New York State
National Organization for Women New York City
Photography by Amy Mitten
Sebastian Huynh Photography
Seven Stories Press
Soapbox Inc.
The Women’s Mosaic
The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership
Trixie Films
Women’s eNews

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Use the “F” word.
Change NYC. Change the World.

Paradigm Shift, the critically acclaimed and largest feminist event series/community group in the New York City metropolitan area, hosts monthly lectures and discussion groups to spotlight leaders in feminist thought, ranging from artists and academics to filmmakers and policy activists. TimeOut New York rated Paradigm Shift’s events “Critics’ Pick” nine times, an unprecedented honor among progressive organizations. We’ll tell you our stories…we want to hear yours. All welcome.

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