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Why I Love Miss NY!

Stuff Queer People Need To Know (follow them @SQPNTK) has just shared that the multi-talented dancer, photographer, student and current Miss New York Claire Buffie will be the first Miss America competitor to run on “Straight for Equality: Let’s Talk” platform, which will focusing on all aspects of equality for the LGBT community. Buffie told the Advocate that the major reason she stuck with the competition is her passion for her platform: improving the climate for LGBT youths in schools, and breaking stigma, and talking about misconceptions .

It’s to get so great to see a Beauty Queen who is an outspoken advocate for human rights. She is a real role model to young women everywhere! I’m so proud to be from NY.

Miss NY competes on equality platform As much as I despise former Miss California USA Carrie Prejean — who recently exercised her right to “opposite marriage” when she tied the knot with Oakland Raider Kyle Boller — and these so-called scholarship competitions, one beauty queen is supporting LGBT rights in her race for the crown. Miss New York … Read More

via Stuff Queer People Need To Know


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Cutting off her Hair

Meghan Shalvoy

Meghan Shalvoy

I’ve had so many proud feminist moments recently. But One of the biggest was helping my dear friend Meghan Shalvoy’s cut off all her hair. She just returned from volunteering with a fabulous organization called Raising Haiti.

Meghan who was recently given a co-chair as president of the Nation Organization for Women’s Young Feminist Take Force, is also a recent college grad, a very active community organizer and a major feminist activist.  Meghan is powerful. She wanted to mark this new phase of her life with a bold gesture.

Hair is so powerful, as women we do a lot to our hair, perming, straightening, dying, cutting, braiding, even going natural takes a lot of work. By cutting it all out, or off in this case, one has the option to focus on a more important things. Meghan has taken the leap, no longer bound to blow drying and excessive conditioning. Now with her new hair, Meghan is unstoppable. She hopes to soon return to Haiti to continue in the humanitarian effort. She has donated her hair to the an organization where it will be gathered with others and to nylon bags to prevent the oil spill reaching the shore of the gulf coast.

I applaud her brave choice and she looks awesome to boot!


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Layla Love wants you!


My good friend and fellow activist Layla Love is looking for a photogrpahy asistance, web developer, and PR person. Please contact me it you are interested.


If you’re a feminist and you can read this chance are that you’ve seen Layla Love’s work. She is an amazing photographer, committed activist, and daring free spirit.  Oh yeah and Layla Love is her birth name, yeah she’s that cool.  

She’s shot Alice Walker,Teri O’Neill,  Amy Goodman, Liz Abuzg, Gloria Stienem, she’s work with NARAL, NOW, the Women’s Media Center. Barak Obama even has one of her pieces hanging in the West Wing. She has been featured in a Catherine Johnson-curated show at the National Arts Club and at the Collective Hardware gallery last year. The Chelsea Arts Club has offered her a show. Tiffany’s has her shown her pieces in Singapore and Kyoto, Japan, this year. You get the point Layla, as Joe Biden would say Layla is a “big f*cking deal”

The Daily News just did a feature article with a heavy focus on her struggle to maintain her eye sight. Layla has a rare neurological disorder likened to Parkinsons, but amazingly this barely slows her down. She need a little help to keep her rising above all this. This is an amazing oppretunity for anyone who’s interestesed. Layla is based in NY. Please contact me for more information and I will foward to Layla.

Layla Love by Allison Kramer

Layla Love by Allison Kramer

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Read my lips: Learning with the Vajionary

Introducing the Vajionary.

The Vajionary serves as a reference tool for feminist jargon and vocabulary. It’s sole purpose is to educate and enrich language use for activists, teachers and feminists in any capacity.  I know this will sound corny but knowledge is power. Also doesn’t vajionary sound an awful lot like visionary? Oh the power of feminine prefixes.

Doula (dou·lah)


The word doula is an ancient Greek term that translates to “caregiver.”  A doula provides emotional support, pain management and relaxation techniques, and information to her clients as needed. 

Types of Doulas

 Birth Doulas will provide all of the above throughout a client’s labor and delivery, as well as the immediate postpartum period (about two hours after the baby has been born).  The doula meets with clients prenatally to talk about birthing preferences, the creation of a birth plan, and to practice different positions and relaxation techniques for labor. Additionally, a birth doula provides a postpartum visit to review the client’s birth experience and refer them to any resources they may need. 

 Abortion Doulas will provide all of the above to clients who are choosing to terminate the pregnancy.  The doula will stay with the client throughout her procedure, as well as part of the recovery period, and will remain in touch with the client as she desires thereafter.

({This definition has been provided The Doula Project of NYC})


Now for extra credit use Doula in a complete sentence. I’ll go first who is your Doula?

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April Events

Tomorrow I’m so excited to announce that my good friend Jerin Alam will receive honors from the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute 2nd Annual Awards Fundraiser — The Bella Award and Bella-Fella Award. Gloria Steinem and Jonathan Greenberg will be honored as well.

If you can make it please come out and support BALI.

Students and moderate income supporters will also be welcome at a much reduced fee.

I’ll see you at the door.



More Events:

Saturday April 10th 

 F.A.T.E. NYC is hosting an indoor arts flea
market at 306 Eighth Avenue (between 25th and 26th Streets) from


 National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon!

New York, NY   New York Abortion Access Fund & HAVEN
$45,014 have been raised so far, they only need  $79,986 to get reach the goal. 

Monday, April 26th from 7-11pm @ The Gutter  Williamsburg, Brooklyn


Wednesday, April 28th @ 7PM – Free

Meet Up: Guerrilla Girls “Women’s Networking” 

@Bluestockings Radical Books  

172 Allen Street @ Stanton (in the Lower East Side)

Calling all women artists! Join feminist sheroes the Guerrilla Girls and get your networking on! Introduce yourself, share your work in a safe, supportive environment and bring your business cards because new and beautiful relationships are to be forged. Visit guerrillagirls.com for more information.






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Happy Feminist Passover

This Passover my family is adding the Miram’s Cup and Four Daughters traditions to our Haggadah, for a second year in a row. Sadly I cannot invite you all to our Seder table as much as I would love to,  so I am passing this on to you.

This was my favorite part of my Seder last year. I want to thank my Aunt Pnina and Cousin Rachel for finding and including us in this beautiful new tradition. If you are hosting a Seder or attending please consider including the Miriam’s cup tradition in your service, as well as the Four Daughters.

As you know Judaism like many of the major religions developed within a patriarchal society, and the Bible was written without much inclusion of the roles women. This Passover let’s give praise to Miriam, Moses’s older sister and prophetess in her own right.  According to tradition, she prophesied before Moses’s birth that her parents would give birth to the child who would bring about their people’s redemption. Miriam is a symbol of inspiration to young women today.Her instinctive nature  ensured Moses’s safe journey in the reeds of the Nile. She was able to trick the aristocracy of Egypt into returning baby Moses to his home and into the care of his real mother who acted as nursemaid instead. Securing her brother from being killed as the Pharaoh ordered. Miriam had faith when others did not. Rather than being frightened, Miriam was certain of victory. So much so that she even brought her musical instruments so she could celebrate. In the Passover story, Miriam led the women in praiseful song and dance, after the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea. The story of Exodus would not be if not for the courage that so engrained  in young girls like her. Girls have the propensity toward boldness. They are fearless, clever, and excited. Let us celebrate the women who’s stories often go untold.

It is said that “Moses chanted a song for the men and Miriam chanted a song for the women.”

“Miriam’s Cup can be added to the Passover dinner table filled with water to symbolize the miracle of Miriam’s well, which sustained the Israelites during their long journey in the desert. This honors the role of Miriam in the Exodus, her importance as Moses’s sister and a Prophetess in her own right in the Exodus, and highlights the past and present contributions of women to Jewish culture.”

“Let’s think how compassion informs wisdom and that vulnerability is our greatest strength, and that emotions have inherent logic, which lead to radical, appropriate, saving action. And then let’s remember that we’ve been taught the exact opposite by the powers that be “-Eve Ensler

[Miriam’s Cup ][The Four Daughters]

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See you in DC

I’m so excited to see you all there!

Updates about the conference to come!


go to feministcampus.org/leadership/ for more details.

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