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Chicago Foundation for Women's Weekly eUpdate

The week of Sept. 4-10, 2007
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READY FOR A CALL TO ACTION?
On Sept. 11 we release the “Call to Action, Part 1” report, a chronicle of our yearlong "What Will It Take?" initiative that tells you what we learned and how you can take action to help prevent violence against all women and girls.

TUESDAY SPECIAL
KATHY NAJIMY TO SPEAK AT LUNCHEON
Activist, actress and feminist Kathy Najimy will speak at our 22nd Annual Luncheon and Symposium next Tuesday, Sept. 11. Buy a table or ticket online now. Ms. Najimy graciously accepted our invitation when our scheduled speaker, Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize-winning Iranian lawyer and activist, was not allowed to leave Iran. Read today's press release.

Ms. Najimy said:
“First and foremost, I’m a feminist. And basically that stems from a strong belief that all people and creatures deserve equal opportunity, rights and respect.”

You may recognize Ms. Najimy from The Kathy and Mo Show, a two-woman comedy act she co-wrote with Mo Gaffney. Feminist bookstore Women and Children First will sell DVDs of the show at the networking reception before the luncheon.

Ms. Najimy has been in more than 20 films, including Sister Act I and II (as Sister Mary Patrick). She also starred in Hocus Pocus and Rat Race. Currently, she can be seen on television in the series "Numb3rs." She was also in "Veronica’s Closet" and "King of the Hill." And amidst her busy career, Ms. Najimy has also been a vocal activist, lending her celebrity and her work to issues such as reproductive choice, women’s freedom from violence, AIDS and animal rights. 
 
Ms. Magazine named her Woman of the Year in 2004, and she has also been honored with the Arabic Comedy Lifetime Achievement Award and the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center’s Distinguished Achievement award.

MORNING SYMPOSIUM 
The 9-11 a.m. symposium is “Violence in Language, Art and Culture: Images to die for?” The event is free, but please RSVP (if you haven’t already registered for the luncheon).

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We are looking for more volunteers to help with luncheon from 12-6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10 and the day of the luncheon. Day-of volunteers are also our guest for lunch. So if you have some time, please contact Rachel at rbrumbaugh@cfw.org or (312) 577-2816.

TUESDAY STARS
CAASE (Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation) for sending out their first e-newsletter. As we know, this is a big step, and CAASE deserves your attention for the great work they have done in the past year--its first--in addressing the commercial sex trade. Thank you to CAASE and to Rachel Durchslag, executive director. Email her at Rachel@caase.org to join their email list or visit www.caase.org to learn more.

WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK
FREEING TAMMY: WOMEN, DRUGS AND INCARCERATION.
At 3:30 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 19, come to a panel discussion and book signing with researcher and author Jody Raphael, from The DePaul University College of Law Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center. Raphael, who is also a grantee partner of the Foundation, is unveiling the final book, “Freeing Tammy: Women, Drugs and Incarceration” in her trilogy on women, poverty and violence. Anne Ream from The Voices and Faces Project, another grantee partner of the Foundation, will moderate the panel. The Foundation is co-sponsoring the program at the DePaul Center (Concourse, Lower Level) at 1 E. Jackson Blvd. in Chicago. No RSVP is needed.
 
JOIN THE WOMEN'S TEAM. Check out our employment opportunities and apply for a job working with us. Find out more on our website.

NEWS IMPORTANT TO YOU
CYBERSTALKING CHARGES IN AURORA
Edson Diaz, 20, of Aurora has been charged under a 2001 Illinois law making cyberstalking a crime punishable by up to three years in prison. Diaz is allegedly the man who sent at least two violently threatening emails through a woman’s MySpace page. Most news stories name her despite the general rule not to name victims of sex crimes. Read the WBBM-AM 780 story. She is a former Playboy Playmate and dates a Chicago Bear, with whom she is expecting a baby. We know that whether it is online, on the phone or in person, stalking is the most pervasive form of violence against women and girls and the strongest indicator that more severe violence will occur. Stalking needs to be thought of as a prevention tool by law enforcement, which is why we think this case is important. The Tuesday Blast will keep you updated on this story.

O.J. STILL BEATING HIS WIFE 
That’s what Slate says in their review of “If I Did It,” Simpson’s ghostwritten alledgedly hypothetical confession to the 1994 murders of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson. If you remember, the release of this book was cancelled due to public outrage. But now it's set to come out Sept. 13. Both Barnes & Noble and Borders will stock the book, despite “widespread customer outrage and disgust,” as Barnes and Noble said. We are outraged and disgusted that this books has been revived--we strongly recommend no one buy it or read it. How could this book be climbing bestseller lists based on pre-orders? Written in first-person, the book reenacts in graphic detail Simpson’s abuse of his wife during and after their marriage, read Slate's article calling Simpson’s vilification of his wife the only hypothetical part of the story. We suggest you complain to any bookstore that stocks this book, online or on shelves. Here are contact information for the two big chains that have been in the news about carrying the book: Borders and Barnes & Noble.

TAKE ACTION
Bills and policies that need your energy. Vist our Action Center - quickly make a difference this week. 

ILLINOIS ACTION
ILLINOIS LEGISLATURE IN OVERTIME SESSION ON BUDGET
Read the Voices for Illinois Children analysis of the Illinois legislature’s overtime budget talks for fiscal year 2008. Learn what compromises will help and which will hurt women, girls and families for the next fiscal year that began July 1.

ILLINOIS WOMEN NOT GETTING THE CARE THEY NEED
Illinois women and girls - along with everyone else - need Illinois Covered. Tell your state legislators to support funding for Illinois Covered. CLICK HERE TO TAKE ACTION NOW.

FEDERAL ACTION
Both houses are back in session this week.  
HATE CRIMES. Expand the definition of federal hate crimes to include gender sexual orientation, and disability status. Bush's threatened veto is kowtowing to the Christian religious right, who wrongly think this bill will limit free speech from the pulpit—even with a special amendment specifically excluding speech. In fact, the American Civil Liberties Union supports the legislation, though it has never backed a hate crimes law before. CLICK HERE TO CONTACT CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT NOW.

FOOD SUPPLEMENTAL PROGRAMS including Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (or WIC) and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) mostly for seniors 60 and older. CONTACT YOUR SENATORS NOW.

KEEP KIDS HEALTHY: CHILDREN'S INSURANCE
The federal government recently sent new tighter restrictions to states, who administer the the State Children's Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP (you know it as Kid Care in Illinois). Some changes include making children ineligible until they have been uninsured for a year. Clearly this issue warrants action. The President still pledges to veto the House's spending bill as well as the Senate's version, and while he's at it he is chipping away at SCHIP slowly and steadily. There is not a veto-proof majority in either chamber, so SPEAK UP NOW. Tell the Senate to support the $35 billion bipartisan plan and override an expected veto, and tell the President to get on board.    
 
WHAT IS MISSING?
We add perspective to recent headlines

The story: The 22nd Annual Luncheon and Symposium is happening in exactly one week. More than 2,000 women and men are expected to attend one of the biggest luncheons in Chicago.
What is missing: Not you, we hope. Get individual luncheon tickets or a table for ten online now. And the free symposium is open to the public, and we hope you all can come. We hope to have a huge room full of people who agree that women and girls deserve to live in safe, just and healthy communities.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
JUST 7 days AWAY
SEPT. 11: 22nd Annual Luncheon and Symposium featuring Kathy Najimy, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (RSVP for the free symposium here

COMING LATER IN SEPTEMBER
SEPT. 19: Energizing Nonprofit Managers and Board Members to Be Effective Fundraisers, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
SEPT. 25: Violence Against Women as a Form of Genocide, 8-9:30 a.m., with Anti-Defamation League

For more programs and events see our calendar page or the "What Will It Take?" statewide events page.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Hannah Rosenthal got the word out this week about the feminization of poverty evident in the new Census numbers. On Wednesday, Aug. 29 she went on WBEZ Chicago Public Radio's morning show, Eight Forty-Eight. Listen to her interview. The next night, Aug. 30, she appeared on WTTW public television's Chicago Tonight with John Bouman of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.  And the weekly Cheers and Jeers column at Women's eNews (Sept. 1) jeered the feminization of poverty and quoted Hannah.

Crain's Chicago Business on Sept. 4 named Hannah Rosenthal as one of Who's Who 2007 under nonprofits.
 
Crain's Chicago Business on Aug. 23 also noted Mae Hong as new Board Chair at the Foundation after Lois J. Lipton's term ended this July.

Catch up at our Press Room or our Past Events page at cfw.org or our News page on whatwillittake.org.
 
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
Speakers' bureau: Want a free speaker to come and tell you or your organization about “What Will It Take?” Contact Laura Fletcher at (312) 577-2824 or lfletcher@cfw.org. More about the speakers bureau...


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