On this Sunday, the Brooklyn Women’s Chorus with Bev Grant will help us celebrate Women’s History Month with songs celebrating women and their struggle for freedom and justice.
The Brooklyn Women’s Chorus is celebrating their 20th year together with a concert on May 12 at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center in Manhattan at 99 Chambers Street. The chorus has been rehearsing at BSEC every Tuesday since its formation.
Women experience racism somewhat differently than men do, and white women experience sexism differently from women of color. Movements for women’s rights were historically mostly dominated by white women, often focused on issues relevant primarily to white women, and were often expliclty or implicitly racist. Movements for racial justice were historically mostly dominated by men and often focused on “equal manhood,” and could be explicitly or implictly sexist. Each movement sometimes actively worked against the other, and often the two movements saw each other as a common cause. It’s a complicated history, including cooperation and betrayals. Clergy Leader Jone Johnson Lewis will call out some lessons for today in this tangled mess in honor of Women’s History Month.
The current landscape: anti-choice lawmakers in the White House, Congress and state legislatures across the country attempting to dismantle reproductive rights and access. These changes target those populations that are already marginalized in our society, including women of color and low-income individuals.
The speaker will focus on what the reproductive rights and justice movements look like in 2017 and what we are fighting for. She will discuss the importance of state and local action to protect reproductive rights and health, and what we all can do this year to help pass meaningful state legislation that will advance abortion rights and contraceptive access in New York State.
Emily Kadar is the Government Affairs and Advocacy Manager at the National Institute for Reproductive Health and the NIRH Action Fund. In that role, she lobbies for proactive, pro-choice policy in New York State and City and manages the organization’s electoral activity. Prior to joining the National Institute in 2012, Emily was part of the federal government relations team at the Center for Reproductive Rights and organized young activists as a National Campus Organizer at the Feminist Majority Foundation.