CHICAGO BOYCOTT OF THE RALPH LAUREN STORE ON MICHIGAN AVENUE IN CHICAGO
Next Tuesday December 15th at 4pm, we’re going to have a peaceful demonstration in front of the Ralph Lauren store in Chicago at 750 North Michigan Avenue.
Women, girls, men and some organizations will join us as we send the message to Ralph Lauren and the rest of the industry, no more advertising to women and girls the way that you’ve done in the past.
Join us for Love Your Body Day on Saturday, October 24th at 11:00am. This year’s event will be held at the Phoenix Military Academy, 145 S Cambell Ave in Chicago. We will have the winners of the LYBD essay contest share their essays.
The topic of this year’s essay contest is “Body image and the media: Together we can fight the media’s harmful portrayal of women’s bodies by…” Everyday, we are exposed to thousand of commercials, advertisements, magazines, etc. that tell us our bodies aren’t good enough and are in need of constant improvement. The fashion, cosmetic, and diet industries have reduced women to body parts – legs, lips, breasts – that are airbrushed and retouched to meet an impossible standard; a standard most people will never attain, even with the “help” of all of the products that the industries want us to buy. Our goal is to engage young men and women in thinking critically about what they see in the media, how the images affect their own feelings and self-esteem, and what they think can be done to stop these negative influences. We are honored to have the group “Sisters Empowering Sisters” and a counselor from Phoenix Military Academy, Darci, to lead activities.
If you would like to attend Chicago NOW’s Love Your Body Day, or if you have any questions regarding the event, please email Jessica Brown email@example.com
We will watch and Discuss America the Beautiful, a film by Darryl Roberts that examines America’s obsession with beauty and physical perfection. After the film Chicago NOW board members will participate in a panel discussion with Darryl Roberts, an Art Director from Playboy, and a District manager for Mary Kay.
$15 in Advance – $20 at the Door
Wednesday October 7th @ 7pm
AMC River East 2132 E. Illinois Street
For more information call 312-952-5110
Buy tickets here: http://www.mymartinimovie.com/home.php
Many many thanks to those who came out to celebrate Women Who Dared last night! It was a tremendous success for Chicago NOW and we’re looking forward to next year. Here are a couple pictures from the event.
Jennifer Accepting the Outstanding Community Leader Award
Lorie Accepting the Bella Abzug Woman of Honor Award
More to come!!!
October 19th @ 7 pm
The Book Cellar
4736 N. Lincoln Avenue
Amnesty International USA
Jordanian journalist Rana Husseini, who has written extensively about honor killings of women (women killed by male relatives because of perceived “unchaste” sexual behavior) will be in the U.S. to promote her new book Murder in the Name of Honor. She will be speaking and signing her book on October 19 at 7 pm at the Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Avenue at an event sponsored by Amnesty International USA and the Chicago Chapter of the National Organization for Women. She will be introduced by Rafia Zakaria, a member of Amnesty International’s Board of Directors and an expert on women and Islamic Law.
Feminist and human rights defender, Jordanian Rana Husseini is a leading international investigative journalist whose reporting has put violence against women on the public agenda around the world. The recipient of numerous awards for bravery in journalism, she is a regular speaker at major international events. She has also appeared at the World Organization Against Torture at the 57th Commission on Human Rights in Geneva and she has been interviewed by almost every major international broadcaster from CNN to the BBC.
Thinking about what to do this Wednesday (September 16)? Well, see the above post for details and come to our annual fundraiser, Women Who Dared. Aside from the fabulous feminists who will be attending, the event also will include appetizers, wine and cupcakes! AND…a raffle of Cubs rooftop tickets, an IPod and other prizes as well as a great silent auction:
Hope to see you at this fabulous event!!
Chicago NOW invites you to our annual cocktail reception and fundraiser:
Women Who Dared
This event is the Chapter’s opportunity to thank Chicago leaders for their contributions to the feminist community. For 2009, the chapter is proud to honor Lorie Chaiten, Director of the Reproductive Rights Project for the Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU of Illinois, and Jennifer Koehler, Deputy General Counsel to Governor Pat Quinn.
What: Cocktail reception and silent auction
When: Wednesday, September 16th, 6pm-9pm
Where: Flourish Studios*, 3020 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60657, www.icanflourish.com
Ticket Info: $25 in advance or $30 at the door; $60 includes Chicago NOW Membership; $10 for students
Click here to purchase tickets.
We are asking all attendees to please bring a personal care item or toiletry to donate to Deborah’s Place. You can learn more about the organization at: www.deborahsplace.org.
For more information or to sign up to volunteer, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.