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Hunter, here I come!

subway@hunterI am so happy to announce my official acceptance to CUNY Hunter College. I’m so excited I have my hunter.edu e-mail and everything! I fell in love with Hunter College this past winter when I attended the Vagina Monologues where I had the pleasure to met Jerin Alam and Liz Abzug. I began to feel this strong connection and powerful community. Later I went to the CWGL Symposium which was hosted by Hunter, buzzing around the . Hunter was already my top choice for transfer out of the CUNY schools I applied but it wasn’t until that it all clicked. I  Hunter has housed two female Nobel Prize Laureates, two American Congresswomen, and countless journalists, artists, activists and politicians.

I am so excited to embark on this new phase of my life. I’ve started checking out dozens of apartments in Brooklyn with my co-hab. Summer can come soon enough, I have so much to do to prepare. Namely finish up my semester, find a new place to live, register for classes, et cetera.

The least pressing concern it always the most fun so here are some back to school purchases I’m saving up for in addition to text books, rent and foods. Feel free to donate to my education, contact me as to how if serious.

BROOKS Bar Tape in Honey
Ecosystem 100% Recycled Flexi Ruled Clementine Journal
Ecosystem 100% Recycled Flexi Ruled Clementine Journal
Fjallraven Kanken Day Bag Classic In Mustard
Fjallraven Kanken Day Bag Classic In Mustard
Bensimon Sneakers

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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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CUNY Needs A University-wide Sexual Assault Policy!


Did you know that City University of New York (CUNY) does not have a university-wide sexual assault policy for it’s half-a-million students?

(all information is copied from the Facebook Group




YOU CAN HELP CHANGE THAT BY COMING TO THE FOLLOWING PUBLIC FORUM OR CONTACTING US ABOUT HOW ELSE TO HELP at cunypolicy@gmail.com. CUNY Central is ready to present a proposed policy to the Board of Trustees for approval in April. However, a large group of us, including elected officials* feel that the policy lacks two vital components – – 1. clearer language about mandatory education and 2. anonymous reporting. 

 CUNY Board of Trustees public hearing on Monday, May 15, 4:30pm-6pm. If you wish to speak during the Staten Island borough hearing, please call the Office of the Secretary of the Board at (212) 794-5450 by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 12, 2010.

 However, you can just attend without having to call ahead. BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

 The City University of New York Annual Staten Island Borough Hearing The College of Staten Island 2800 Victory Boulevard Staten Island, NY 10314 Center for the Arts – Recital Hall. 

 The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York welcomes testimony and statements from concerned individuals about University issues. BACKGROUND INFO: Since 2008, my good friend Jerin Alam has  been 1 of 5 students on a CUNY-wide task force of 12 to create this policy, which includes CUNY’s General Counsel staff, the Council of Presidents, Student Development personnel, faculty and staff researchers, and Public Safety. 

Clear language about mandatory education is the most important part of the policy; without it, the implementation will be just as ineffective as the CUNY-wide sexual-harassment policy, which is one of the strongest on paper. 

 Currently, the harassment education involves a 10-minute online quiz a student takes once during freshman orientation . The student can just go back and change the answers if she/he marks an incorrect response. At a recent CUNY college orientation about sexual harassment, the education involved a true/false quiz, and the faculty member giving the orientation used inappropriate, victim-blaming language. Obviously, the lack of concrete language in the CUNY-wide harassment policy resulted in colleges not enforcing the mandatory education component. 

 I appreciate the legal concerns involved with making provision for anonymous reporting, but the best sexual-assault policies, in different types of institutions across the country, offer anonymous reporting to alleged victims. For instance, the military has been successfully using anonymous reporting to mitigate the potential fear and shame attendant upon reporting sexual assaults. As you may already know, most college campuses have historically under-reported incidents of sexual assault. Recent estimates suggest that 90% of sexual assault go unreported to law enforcement officials, a situation that further ostracizes victims. *elected officials such as Congresswoman Maloney, NYS State Senator Liz Krueger, and Assembly member and chair to the Higher Ed Committee Deborah Glickstein, and organizations like NOW, Feminist Majority, etc. 

These are the two key issues we have been adamant about from the beginning. In fact, I was one of two students who started this whole process in 2008 by approaching CUNY Central, and my interest began in wanting to have mandatory prevention education on campus. 

We are happy to meet with ANYONE appropriate to discuss why these issues are so important and to answer any questions/concerns.

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