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September 2010 Edition

Don't miss the hottest ticket in town!
Soledad O'Brien
25th Anniversary Luncheon featuring Soledad O'Brien

Our luncheon on Sept. 30 is nearing capacity! Get your tickets today, or reserve a table of 10 for premier seating and other benefits. Call us at (312) 577-2827.

BREAKING: Illinois rejects funding for abstinence-only sex ed 
Gov. Quinn has rejected federal funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs, a huge victory for advocates of responsible CFW development director Mariah Cunnick with a sign saying, "Abstinence-only that's bologna," at a 2008 rally against Title Vsexual health education. This will be the first time Illinois has refused Title V dollars, which require the state to provide matching funds for programs that have proven to be ineffective, sexist and demeaning. Illinois will apply for newly available federal funds that support medically accurate, age-appropriate, evidence-based sexuality education. Progress Illinois broke the news on Sept. 2. Congratulations to all of our grantees who made this victory possible! Now, take action: Thank Gov. Quinn with an action alert by grantee Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health.

Celebrate this success and help us continue to fund our grantees' groundbreaking work: Buy your 25th Anniversary Luncheon tickets and tables today!


CFW in the community
Volunteers in front of the Logan Square mural
We're proud and grateful for dozens of volunteers (pictured above) who lifted brushes to paint a mural in Logan Square on Saturday, Aug. 21.
Thanks to a CFW grant, the mural is being created by the Chicago Public Art Group and the Logan Square Neighborhood Association to celebrate women and girls at the planned site of the Bloomingdale Trail. The work-in-progress is stunning: Watch a photo slideshow of mural volunteers in action. And also check out the Red Eye's cover story on the Bloomingdale Trail restoration, which mentions the mural-in-progress.

Our four-woman expert panel discusses mothers and incarceration following the film "Troop 1500"
Yolanda Burgess-Owens
(above right) shares her story of reconnecting with her daughter after incarceration, as part of the discussion following "Troop 1500," a documentary about Girl Scouts who visit their mothers in prison. Yolanda is a leader in the Visible Voices group at Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers, a CFW grantee since 1988. Our Women's Empowerment Summer Film Series was attended by more than 250 people over two Sundays in August. Four documentary films explored key issues for women and girls, and then CFW grantees and community experts gave local context by sharing their personal stories and grassroots work. Also pictured, from left to right: Carrie Shepherd, moderator from media sponsor Chicago Public Radio; Sarah Schriber from grantee Health and Medicine Policy Research Group (which runs the Health of Court-Involved Girls project); and Barbara Stott, membership specialist at the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. Check out more event photos by Fred Hickler on Flickr.
Cover of "Body Work" by Sara Paretsky
This Friday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m., celebrate choice and enjoy a good mystery at Women and Children First Bookstore. Sara Paretsky will be reading from and signing her latest V.I. Warshawski mystery, "Body Work," and pro-choice readers get a 20% discount on her book. (If you can't make the book launch, order the book by phone and mention the pro-choice discount.) You'll also get champagne, hors d'oeuvres and a chance to become a character in Paretsky's next book. Paretsky is a Chicago native and a longtime supporter of reproductive rights, including our Catalyst Fund for reproductive justice work led by women of color.

Thanks for the birthday wishes, Today's Chicago Woman! The magazine's feature story on our 25th anniversary includes a profile of CFW then and now, as well as many memories from our community--including our grantees, Leadership Council members, current and past board members and more. Read it all at TCW's website


Grantees in the news
"Road closed" sign in front of paths to sexual health education, access to reproductive health services, and equal funding for reproductive health careThis summer, Khadine Bennett and Allie Carter of grantee ACLU of Illinois embarked on a Reproductive Health Road Trip. Driving 2,573 miles over 11 days, they asked people in the state about the obstacles they face in accessing basic care. One shocking story they uncovered is that some Illinois doctors refuse to provide any medical care for women who have had an abortion in the past. This is a serious barrier, especially for women in rural areas without other nearby medical facilities. Read more at RH Reality Check
Brenda Myers-Powell, Susan Nussbaum, Jane M. Saks and CLAIM's logo
Congratulations to four grantees receiving Media Justice Awards from Beyondmedia Education, a grantee that is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Our grantee honorees are Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers, Brenda Myers-Powell of the Dreamcatcher Foundation, Susan Nussbaum of Access Living and Jane M. Saks of the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media. Jane is also co-chair of our Lesbian Leadership Council and a member of our Alumnae Council. The awards will be presented at Beyondmedia's Oct. 14 gala.
Four "Women of Atenco" interviewed by the Voices and Faces Project. Photo (c) Patricia Evans 2010
The Voices and Faces Project was featured on WBEZ's "Worldview" program on Aug. 30. Voices and Faces founder Anne K. Ream spoke about her group's documentary project and interviews with four of the "Women of Atenco," whom Mexican police arrested without cause and then raped and tortured in 2006. Listen to the show on WBEZ's website. The perpetrators still have not been held accountable--take action on Voices and Faces' website by writing to Mexican President Felipe Calderón.


Upcoming events
Visit our website calendar to see all our upcoming programs and events.

SEPT. 11 (Sat.): Proyecto Latina's Opening Reception for Adelita Pata de Perro (Latina
     Leadership Council cosponsorship), 6-10 p.m.
SEPT. 30 (Thurs.): 25th Anniversary Luncheon with Soledad O'Brien
     Tickets and tables on sale now--this event is expected to sell out!


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