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!
Have a burger, fill up on sides, play some lawn games, and meet the candidate... It's the perfect excuse to hang out in Prospect Park on a Saturday afternoon!
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! Kids are welcome!
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.
WHARR will be leading a workshop at this gathering of grassroots groups, advocacy organizations, and Democratic clubs! Organized by True Blue NY and NoIDCNY, the Grassroots Summit will be a day of inspiring speakers and informative workshops.
Join WHARR for our workshop:
The Status of Reproductive Health in New York
WHARR (the Women's Health and Reproductive Rights group of GetOrganizedBK) will give an overview of the state of women’s access to reproductive-health care in New York State. We will also look at how other "blue" states, such as Oregon, California and Illinois, are leaving New York in the dust as they expand access to abortion, contraception, and other important health care in the Trump Era and what New York can to do join them. Bring your questions, concerns and ideas. We will have resources on current legislation for each attendee.
The next Get Organized BK full meeting will focus on civic activism. Following the panel, WHARR will hold a welcome meeting for new members. Veteran members are encouraged to attend our WHARR general meeting on 10/25!
6:30: Doors open
7:00: Panel on civic activisim
8:00: Working group meetings, including WHARR welcome meeting for new members
Join WHARR and other local activist groups for an afternoon of impactful arts and crafts in the Trump era!
This event is in conjunction with Old Stone House's current exhibition: "Being Well: In Search of Utopia?" about artists' visions for health and wellness. Artist Carolyn Monastra is inviting people of all ages to create handmade photo-collage postcards to send to their legislators addressing their concerns with health, climate change, and related issues. The postcards will be temporarily hung on a tree outside the venue, as a meaningful public art installation also calling attention to the issue.
WHARR will be tabling at the event, and we'll have some women's-health-specific ideas for postcards—plus info and actions for continued resistance and advocacy after the workshop is over. Please join us! Families/kids welcome!
Join WHARR at the first Get Organized BK (GOBK) meeting of the fall!
This month's focus is: "After Charlottesville, what must we do?" Panelists include:
- Close Rikers, an effort to reduce the impacts of mass incarceration and close what is perhaps the largest physical monument to racial injustice in our city.
- Right to Know Act, a campaign to prevent discriminatory policing and improve communication, transparency, and accountability between NYPD and New Yorkers.
- School integration, to confront the shameful reality that 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, NYC’s schools remain stubbornly segregated — sorting opportunity by race and class across generations.
Following the panel, join WHARR for our break-out session!
Visit the GOBK website for more information and to RSVP. (Space is limited, so please RSVP ahead of time!)
Women marched, fought, got arrested, and literally starved themselves to get the vote. Let’s celebrate the anniversary of the 19th Amendment (adopted on August 18, 1920) by driving up voter registration numbers in our home borough! We're partnering with the Brooklyn Voters Alliance for a day of voter registration in Sunset Park.
If you're interested in volunteering at the drive or helping us with some crafty projects to prep, please email firstname.lastname@example.org!
WHARR will be featured at BYD's Women's Caucus Mixer! Join us to meet the women of BYD and hear from some of Brooklyn's leading ladies in politics, law, and local business!
- Assemblymember Tremaine Wright, District 56
- Assemblymember Pamela Harris, District 46
- District Leader Tori Burhans- Kelly
- Caroline Piela-Cohen, Attorney & Community Advocate
- Monique Chandler-Waterman, Executive Director of East Flatbush Village
- Amy Bettys, Co-Chair of WHARR (Get Organized BK's Women's Health & Reproductive Rights group)
Join WHARR for an evening of entertainment and activism! Look for our booth, where we'll have a mobile photo booth action to protest Trumpcare, feminist arts and crafts for the kids, and more!
More information from #GetOrganizedBK:
One thing we’ve seen powerfully -- from the Women’s March to the Climate March -- is that our resistance can also be joyful. Even as we are fighting harm, we are building new relationships and celebrating our values.
In that spirit, on Tuesday, July 25th, 5 - 8 PM, #GetOrganizedBK is planning a free Civic Festival in the Prospect Park Bandshell -- to push forward with our organizing, to celebrate the amazing work #GetOrganizedBK working groups and members have accomplished, and to come together in a venue that can fit all of us.
Details are to come in the following days -- but this festive civic gathering will be an opportunity to highlight the ongoing work of our members, bring new people into the movement and offer a glimpse of the deepening of resistance work into longer-term community-building. Hear from citywide and national leaders, testimonials from activists across generations, activities, entertainment, tabling & activism opportunities by #GOBK working groups, partners, and sponsors, and more.
Doors open at 4:30 PM.
Performances start at 5:30 PM.
*Isaac Oliver (http://isaacoliver.com/)
*Gowanus Wildcats (https://vimeo.com/7549950)
*Xavier Cardriche (http://www.xaviercardriche.com/)
*Artists for a Free World (http://www.artsforart.org/advocacy.html)
*Natalia Zuckerman (http://www.nataliazukerman.com/)
*Jean Rohe (http://jeanrohe.com/)
*Girls Be Heard (http://girlbeheard.org/)
*Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts (http://bipa.tumblr.com/)
*The Occasionalists (https://www.facebook.com/theoccasionalistsbrooklyn)
Plus, a propoganda party thrown by Interference Archive & kid-friendly activities like face stamps & bubbles & more by Park Slope Parents.
Partners include: Planned Parenthood of New York City Action Fund, Make the Road New York, The New York Immigration Coalition, Arts & Democracy, Park Slope Parents, DRUM - Desis Rising Up & Moving, Hand in Hand Family Services, IntegrateNYC4me, CBID - Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, Fifth Avenue Committee, Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE), OM Digital, 350 Brooklyn, PEN America, Park Slope Civic Council, Fast Food Justice, Common Cause, Atlas DIY, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Brooklyn SolarWorks, Participatory Projecting Project, Rise and Resist, Met Council, NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, Youth Progressive Policy Group - YPPG, CAIR-New York, Coalition Z, Carroll Gardens Association, CGA Worker Cooperative and Tenants Union, NYC Votes, ioby, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Sister District Project, NYC Books through Bars, Brooklyn For Peace
Join the WHARRiors for a girls' night as we celebrate our independence to stand up and raise hell against the oppressive laws our government is putting in place and the stigmas that society has built.
There shall be trivia and prizes intermingled with ample amounts of inspiration, fierce girl power, feminist knowledge and the celebration of women doing whatever we can to support each other in this fight. Prizes donated are from local businesses such as SLT Fitness, Paper Source, Babeland and more!!!
All proceeds of ticket sales will go to the Haven Coalition, a non-profit organization made up of volunteers dedicated to supporting people traveling to New York City for abortions.
**one beverage and one raffle ticket per person is included in the ticket price**