Join us for a reading of selected scenes from a play by WHARR co-chair Donna Newton (and starring WHARR co-chair Jessie Losch) about the impact of unwanted pregnancy on the lives of three women in the early 20th century, plus a panel Q&A about reproductive rights history and activism, featuring Rabbi Dennis Ross of Concerned Clergy for Choice. This event will be a fundraiser for Sister Song, a Southern-based repro justice organization.
Save the date! WHARR is taking part in this workshop of women-identified people across the borough as part of The Vision Project. This initiative hopes to bring more voices to the discussion of how the Brooklyn Democratic Party can better represent all of us. Through a series of interactive community workshops and a boroughwide survey, the goal is to produce a clear vision statement for the local party. Stay tuned for exact time and location!
Join WHARR, #VOTEPROCHOICE, Working Families Party, RHAVote, and many more organizations TBA as we gather in Union Square to rally for upholding Roe v Wade.
The rally is planned for the day after the SCOTUS nominee is announced. Roe could be overturned in a matter of months. This is NOT a drill.
WHARR will speak at this press conference, demanding the State Senate go into an emergency session to pass the Reproductive Health Act (RHA). If they cannot do it, we will elect officials who can.
- State Senate Democratic Candidate for NY-13 Jessica Ramos
- State Senate Democratic Candidate for NY-34 Alessandra Biaggi
- #VOTEPROCHOICE co-founder Heidi Sieck
- RHA Vote patient advocate Erika Christensen
- Amy Bettys from WHARR
- Indivisible BK
With statements read on behalf of:
- State Senate Democratic Candidate for NY-53 Rachel May
- State Senate Democratic Candidate for NY-38 Julie Goldberg
UPDATE: This fundraiser for Zellnor Myrie has been moved to an indoor location, given the rainy forecast for Saturday. But there will still be plenty of drinks and good times!
Zellnor Myrie is running for State Senate in District 20 and is an advocate for women's health, affordable housing, immigrant rights, public schools, criminal justice reform, environmental justice, and LGBTQ rights. He is challenging Jesse Hamilton, who joined the IDC just before the last election and has enabled Senate Republicans to block progressive bills from going to the floor for a vote.
Join WHARR, Persist 81, and Empire State Indivisible Community as we put the fun in fundraiser!
WHARR is co-sponsoring this event with RunNYC, the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, and fellow activists from Get Organized BK. Come meet Liuba Gretchen Shirley, chat with someone new, help to take back Congress, and enjoy a few drinks!
Liuba is a progressive powerhouse, dedicated to families, kids, women, healthcare for all, and the diversity that makes America great. She's already accomplished a great deal as a candidate—including spearheading a landmark FEC decision to allow candidates who have young children to use campaign funds for childcare.
WHARR is throwing the Prospect Park Carousel bash of the summer to raise money for an amazing organization that we have worked hand in hand with to raise awareness about the necessity of the Reproductive Health Act and fight for ample legislative protection for women's health in New York.
RHA Vote is run by Erika Christensen and Garin Marschall, who after a pregnancy complications at 30 weeks needed to to terminate their pregnancy and terrifyingly found that it was not possible in New York. Read more about RHA Vote here.
RHA Vote is self-funded, so while WHARR counts on the generosity of our fellow WHARRiors to help us with costs, we'd like to spread the love a bit. What goes around comes around, so have a ride around the carousel with a drink in your hand and show your support for women's healthcare in New York and two of the grass-root organizations that are fighting to protect it!
Join WHARR at Get Organized BK’s Summer Kickoff! Take immediate action and sign up for upcoming events, trainings, canvassing, and phone banks. Connect with WHARR and other GOBK groups working on racial justice, immigrant rights, electing progressive candidates, and more. The next five months are critical, and now is a great time to plug in!
For our June Political Action Party (PAP), WHARR is teaming up with the Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE) to offer members a unique opportunity to attend a FREE Upstander Workshop, made possible through funding from Brad Lander’s office. CAE’s upstander workshops are designed to equip those facing harassment, hate and violence with de-escalation skills and basic self-defense techniques. For more information, check out CAE’s site.
WHARR is teaming up with runNYC to make sure Zellnor Myrie, Jessie Hamilton’s challenger, gets on the ballot. To do this, Zellnor must collect signatures through petitioning. Petitioning season will begin in early June and run through early July, and in order to participate, you must first get trained!
In New York, women have been excluded from the highest levels of state government. On May 1st, in the Great Hall where feminism was born, four women confront this power structure, shed light on the opacity of Albany, and spark transparent inclusive solutions. WHARR is co-sponsoring this event with Yes &, Empire State Indivisible, True Blue NY and United Thru Action.
- Stephanie Miner, former Mayor of Syracuse,
- Zephyr Teachout, Associate Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law,
- Melissa Mark-Viverito, Senior Advisor of the Latino Victory Fund and former Speaker of the NYC Council
- L. Joy Williams, political strategist, President of the Brooklyn NAACP and creator and host of Sunday Civics
The panel will be moderated by Gloria Pazmino of POLITICO NY.
Join us for our April Political Action Party — a PAP schmear bagel brunch! We'll spend the afternoon noshing and fighting against fake clinics. We’ll look at crisis pregnancy center websites, noting non-compliance with city regulations regarding disclosures and filing complaints against crisis pregnancy centers that lure in vulnerable patients with free pregnancy tests and then try to prevent women from getting an abortion, in part by pressuring them and sharing dangerous disinformation.
Join us for a phone banking party to kick-off our volunteer efforts for Zellnor Myrie, our local candidate who is challenging IDC Senator, Jesse Hamilton. We will be working with Zellnor's campaign on a phone banking initiative to introduce Zellnor to constituents. WHARR's phone banking party will be held at the home of Amy (one of our co-chairs), so please email WHARRaction@gmail.com to RSVP and get the address. We will be following up that action with canvassing efforts later in the month of April.
New York's not the only state with fake Democrats! In Illinois, Rep. Daniel Lipinski claims to be a Democrat, but he opposes the ACA and is staunchly anti-choice. He's even spoken at the March for Life in opposition to repro rights! Fortunately, true progressive Democrat Marie Newman is challenging Daniel Lipinski in a March 20th primary. Join WHARR in writing postcards—and potentially also text banking—to raise awareness among voters in their district. (And, of course, we'll have plenty of wine and snacks to fuel our patriarchy-smashing!)
Care about women's health and reproductive rights? Want to take action to protect women in New York? Love feminist comedy? This is the event for you!
Join WHARR, Indivisible Nation BK, and #VOTEPROCHOICE for an evening with NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and some very funny women talking about the very serious business of women's health and reproductive rights.
- NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
- Comedians: Sasheer Zamata, Aparna Nancherla, Maysoon Zayid, and Lizz Winstead
- Adjoa Tetteh, NYC Planned Parenthood Board of Directors
- Chanel Porchia-Albert, founder of Ancient Song Doula Services
Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended. Register through Eventbrite now!
And please spread the word by sharing the Facebook event!
Join WHARR for our February general meeting, which will be on Galentine's Day! In addition to announcements and planning for upcoming actions in our task forces, we'll celebrate our re-sisterhood by making anti-Valentines for politicians who have stood in the way of women's health and reproductive rights. (Plus, wine and chocolate, of course!)
It's that time again! On January 20th, WHARRiors will join progressives in NYC and stand in solidarity with resisters around the country. The March starts at 11 AM at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. We will meet as a group in Brooklyn earlier in the morning (stay tuned for details on time and place) and travel in together. We hope you’ll join us as we march with our WHARR banner and other GOBK group banners. Bring your signs, your voices, and your GOBK pride!
Join WHARR and Indivisible Nation BK to start 2018 with a bang! We'll be hearing from grassroots activist leader, longtime women's empowerment and health advocate, and candidate for congress Liuba Grechen Shirley about her campaign and organizing efforts on Long Island. We'll also have more information on ways to get involved with us for the month ahead, and get ready for a strong WHARRior presence at the NYC Women's March. Also, pizza!
To celebrate the first year anniversary of the Women's March, visAbleblackwoman Productions presents: Drunken Civics ~ Pussy Grabs Back — a voter registration happy hour followed by an all-female comedy show.
Before our WHARR contingent pantsuits up for the 2018 march itself, let's spend a night out together having a good laugh and enjoying some much-needed drinks!
- Meet at the theater at 6:30 for the happy hour, which is co-sponsored by our friends at Indivisible Nation BK. (You'll also notice some of our WHARR fact sheets being distributed to attendees!)
- After the show, we'll continue the drunken patriarchy-smashing vibes with drinks/eats at a nearby bar.
Join WHARR for our December general meeting—and holiday gathering! 'Tis the season for continued advocacy combined with some old-fashioned celebration!
Z 4 NY! Help Zellnor take on the IDC and challenge Jesse Hamilton for his NY Senate seat next year. Have a drink, meet the man and help him raise as much $$$ as he can before the important fundraising deadline in Jan.
Tickets will start at $45 with the option to donate more! Link to buy tickets below. If you can't attend and would like to make a contribution (any dollar amount will do!), you can do so through the below link.
Join us for the first meeting of the electoral committee! It will be salon-style with wine and snacks, and attendees are invited to contribute. Items on the agenda are a Q + A with Zellnor Myrie (Jesse Hamilton's challenger), discussing future 2018 races, and county committee.
The next Get Organized BK full meeting will include a Q&A with Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. Following the Q&A, WHARR will hold a welcome meeting for new members. Veteran members are encouraged to attend our WHARR general meeting on 11/29!
6:30: Doors open
7:00: Q&A with DA Eric Gonzalez
8:00: Working group meetings, including WHARR welcome meeting for new members
As co-sponsors, WHARR will be tabling at this event in support of the NY State Reproductive Health Act (RHA).
The forum is hosted by Senator Liz Krueger, sponsor of the RHA in the NY State Senate, to help maintain and build on the current momentum in support of the bill and to increase awareness and support for modernizing NYS law in the face of federal threats to reproductive rights.
Speakers will include:
- Assemblywoman Deborah Glick
- Matha Plimpton, actor and activist
- Katharine Bodde, Policy Counsel, NYCLU
- Carol Sanger, Barbara Aronstein Black Professor of Law at Columbia Law School
- Erika Christensen and Garin Marschall, advocates
- Dr. Treasure Walker, member, Physicians for Reproductive Health
Join us to learn how you can get involved and what you can do to help pass the Reproductive Health Act in 2018.
And spread the word through this Facebook event!
The event will feature storytellers, comedians, and lots of fun ways for YOU to take action to support reproductive rights and access to abortion. Proceeds from the evening will go to support #ExposeFakeClinics, a national campaign to call out fake, anti-choice "clinics" that deceive women seeking information about their reproductive health care options.
Buy your ticket now!
Price of admission includes a free drink and a raffle ticket!
Join WHARR for our next general meeting! We will provide an update on our strategic planning process, solicit member input, discuss specific actions, and talk about advocacy priorities. New members welcome!
This event is made possible with the generous support of YWCA Brooklyn.