Workshops & Feminist Flicks


Re-energizing the ERA and Putting Diversity at the Center

A renewed interest in securing full ratification of a federal Equal Rights Amendment is growing. One reason is that feminists see the ERA as a way to push back against the War on Women.  In the 32 years since the ERA fell three states short of ratification, feminist thinking has evolved into an expansive vision of what an ERA must accomplish. For all women across the socioeconomic and age spectrum, an ERA must address the disparate treatment many experience with pay discrimination, hiring and promotion, pregnancy discrimination, gender-based violence, access to health care and preservation of reproductive rights.  Legislation is pending in Congress to remove the old deadline, breathing life into the three state strategy. Come hear about recent developments, organizing and even new ERA language.

Moderator: Sylvia M. Ramos, M.D.

Panelists: Cindy Nava, Jacqueline Nantier-Hopewell, Bettina Hager, Jan Erickson, and Desiree Jordan

Radical Relationships: Allyship and Solidarity in Social Justice Work

In social justice movements, there is an increased focus on the role of allies as a key component for social change. However, little attention is paid to the process of becoming an ally and ways to engage allies in social justice work. This workshop will provide participants with tools to deepen the practice of being in relationship with allies and tools to act as an ally. By using a successful allied relationship, this workshop will explore the difference between solidarity work, ally work, and charity work; stages of ally development; intersectionality including power and privilege; self help; and engaging allies. The concepts discussed will be useful for both organizations seeking ways to engage allies in their work, as well as individuals who would like to become or deepen their ally or solidarity work.

Moderator: Monica Simpson

Panelist: Mandolin Restivo-Walsh

Increasing Support for Marriage Equality Within and Beyond Communities of Color

With 19 states and DC now having the freedom to marry and several dozen cases winding their way through the federal courts, what can your chapter do to help advance marriage equality? After we give you an update on the state of play and active lawsuits, this panel discussion will give you some options to get involved as part of NOW’s National Action Campaign. Mandy Carter of the National Black Justice Coalition and Tracy Hollister of Marriage Equality USA will share their experiences with messaging and strategies to win hearts and minds within and beyond communities of color, including ways to engage the moveable middle and share our stories.

Moderator: Bonnie Grabenhofer

Panelists: Tracy Hollister, Mandy Carter, and Bonnie Grabenhofer

Victory in Albuquerque: Building a Successful Coalition

Victory in Albuquerque will describe the history and structure of the New Mexico Coalition for Choice and the development of the campaign Respect ABQ Women. Panelists will discuss the Coalition’s involvement in the Campaign to ban abortions in Albuquerque, and effectively the entire state since all three of New Mexico’s abortion providers are located in Albuquerque, after 20 weeks. This initiative was extreme and provided for no exceptions in cases of rape, incest, fetal anomalies or the health of the mother. Four key players in the Coalition will provide powerful information on working with coalitions and campaigning against anti-choice groups.

Moderator: Janet Gotkin

Panelists: Steven Robert Allen, Julianna Koob, Adriann Barboa, Rebecca Langford, Danna Middleton, and Janiece Jonsin

Transgender Know Your Rights

In this workshop we will discuss the legal issues transgender people face as well as introduce information about legal rights and remedies available to trans people for discriminatory practices. Additionally, we will provide sufficient information for people to become emissaries for the information to the trans community and connect New Mexico trans community to resources available to assist them in enforcing their legal rights

Panelists: Adrien Lawyer and Kate Walsham

Engaging Men to End Violence Against Women

This workshop aims to expand on the previous year’s presentation on engaging men on college campuses in an effort to end violence against women. A culture of violence is pervasive in our communities including gendered violence and criminalization of men of color. In addition, men of color have some of the lowest retention and graduation rates in higher education across the country. This presentation will include information sharing as well as interactive activities for participants to learn how to replicate some of the programmatic models in their communities.

Moderator: Summer Little

Panelists: Angela Catena, Cristopher Ramirez, Larry Hinjos, Carlos Flores, and Sandro Anguiano

Global Feminism Movement Building in the Americas

Expanding feminism around the Americas can be a very successful endeavor. Collaborating with activists from Latin American countries gives us the opportunity to focus on both the local and global struggles of today’s feminist activists. Global Feminism is extremely difficult to limit by selecting only one-issue-focus because it impacts all of NOW’s priority issues and the future of our planet. In this workshop, we will focus on the Americas Region – the US, Central and South America – concentrating on preventing violence and all forms of discrimination against women; eliminating sex discrimination while advancing global constitutional equality; and strengthening our solidarity with economic and environmental justice struggles facing the diversity of women in the Southwest and throughout the Americas. Panelists will share their experiences collaborating and working on women’s rights, movement-building, positively impacting the status of women and girls and creating at the grassroots a more feminist international relations in the global world.

Moderator: Jan Strout

Panelists: Zenaida Mendez, Yanet Stable Cardenas, and Irene Morris Vazquez

Women of Color in Academia: Seeking Allies in Our Fight against Workplace Inequality and Discrimination

Women, especially women of color, continue to experience bias, hostility, and discrimination in the academic workplace. Macro- and micro-aggressions, harassment, bullying, mobbing, dismissal, and the persistent presumption of incompetence plague women based on race, gender, class, sexuality, and the intersection of these identities. Workplace bias threatens the careers and the physical, psychological, and emotional health of women of color, and reinforces the marginalization of historically under-represented groups in the nation’s colleges and universities. The workplace norms that contribute to the attacks against women of color have become institutionalized, and it is very disturbing that we do not have yet a way to document how many women leave academic careers because of this mistreatment. This panel will discuss the obstacles that female faculty of color encounter in academia, strategies to address these challenges, and the importance of building a movement within and outside of academia to draw attention to these problems and devise solutions.

Moderator:  Maritza Reyes

Panelists: Sherree Wilson, Stephanie Wildman, and Kieu-Linh Valverde

Proactive Policy Approaches to Advancing Reproductive Health, Justice, and Rights

This workshop will discuss proactive policy approaches to advancing reproductive health, justice, and rights. Across the country, legislators and activists are pushing against the onslaught of anti-choice legislation to create dialogue and momentum for policies that will help women and families access the health care they need and deserve. Legislation to be discussed will include federal bills such as the Women’s Health Protection Act and the HEAL Act for immigrant women’s health, as well as innovative approaches at the state and local levels.

Moderator: Marisa Spalding

Panelists: Kelly Baden, Kimberly Inez McGuire, and Shivana Jorawar

How to End Gender Based Discrimination in Pay and Keep the Promise of Ensuring Quality and Equity in Child Care for Working Families

We will become familiar with the history of the Equal Pay Act and The Lily Ledbetter Act. In addition to the provisions of the Paycheck Fairness Act, and share the findings of Equal Pay: A Conversation Guide, the latest toolkit. Parents, teachers and childcare providers in New Mexico are working together on a shared interest – to secure an adequate and permanent state funding stream for early education. Dedicated funding will ensure working families have access to high-quality programs while at the same time ensuring early educators who provide services in homes and childcare centers can take home a wage that allows them to support their own families. This is a win-win effort for young children, families and workers; and an effort that should be replicated in other states.

Moderator: Toni Van Pelt

Panelists: Aida Zuniga, Connie Cordovilla, and Lindsay Theo

Building solidarity with Latinas: Solidifying Cross Generational Strength to Further Advance the Feminist Movement

As we move forward in this century to develop concrete direction and strategies for the women’s movement, this panel will address critical issues of how we’ve built this movement to date and what’s needed to sustain this multicultural movement. What goals do we share that bring us together as a movement? What have been the barriers and points of conflict that continue to prevent us from becoming a more cohesive force? How do we grow and incorporate the various sectors of this growing movement? What does solidarity means within this movement and with other movements? What does leadership of this multicultural movement look like and what is expected of the leadership? How do we hold each other accountable? This workshop hopes to be both a critical reflection and a visionary discussion about what it really is going to take to build solidarity and sustain this multicultural women’s movement.

Moderator: Linda Velarde

Panelists: Zenaida Mendez, Nancy Lopez, and Addison Davidove

Engaging All Stakeholders to Achieve Statewide Policy Changes to End Sexual Exploitation

Combating sex-trafficking/prostitution is a task that increasingly calls for the attention and collaborative efforts of public officials, community organizations, and individual advocates. This workshop will explore collaborative efforts in Minnesota at the community, city, and state levels leading to statewide legislative changes. The workshop will begin by highlighting two case studies that are examples of local and state collaborative efforts. Presenters will address the process of engaging local and state stakeholders and provide tips on how to push collectively for policy changes for their specific communities.

Moderator: Vednita Carter

Panelist: Joy Friedman

Respect the Bump: Fighting for Pregnancy Fairness at Walmart

As the nation’s largest employer of women, Walmart’s employment policies have a huge impact on workplace standards. Members of Organization United for Respect at Walmart have joined the national movement for pregnancy fairness by launching the Respect the Bump campaign, which calls on Walmart to end pregnancy discrimination. This workshop will both explore the links between the Respect the Bump campaign and the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, and discuss concrete ways women everywhere can take action on this issue.

Moderator: Silva Fabela

Panelists: Mackenzie Baris, Girshriela Green, and Tiffany Beroid

Online organizing 201: Using the Internet to augment offline activism

Feminists are utilizing the internet to leverage offline activism. This is especially true for marginalized groups, as exemplified by the globally viral #solidarityisforwhitewomencampaign hashtag. The first virtual chapter of NOW, Young Feminists and Allies, is enjoying the benefits of online organizing with members from across the nation. Its Twitter, completely volunteer run, has almost 10,000 followers, with people like Senator Kristen Gillibrand following and retweeting. The chapter has hosted successful Tweet chats and a Google Hangout, as well as been mentioned on various media outlets. This workshop will discuss the successful campaigns and online tools feminists can use.

Moderator: Jerin Arifa

Panelists: Marian Bradley, Joanne Tosti-Vasey, and Micah Bochart

The lack of access to emergency contraception for Native American women constitutes a Human Rights Violation!

The potential for Native American women to need emergency contraception because of a violent incident statistically far exceeds that of the general population. Native Americans are raped at a rate nearly double that of rapes reported by all races annually, more than one third of Native American women will be raped in their lifetime. The Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center once again calls upon the Indian Health Service to provide equal access to safe, emergency contraception in the form of Plan B, especially for survivors of sexual assault. Although, Plan B is available over the counter to all women seventeen years and older, Native American women are not provided access to Plan B over the counter by their primary health care provider, the Indian Health Service. With sexual violence statistics off the charts for Native American women, it is even more important that Native American women have unrestricted access to Emergency Contraception.

Moderator: Pamela Kingfisher

Panelists: Charon Asetoyer, Micha Bitsinnie, and Alyssa Begay

Walking the Walk – NOW Political Activism: Working to elect feminists while staying true to feminist values

How do we balance conflicting feminist political goals? What if a young feminist woman of color challenges an incumbent male who has always voted our way? Would it make a difference if the incumbent was a woman and the challenger was a man who had championed feminist legislation in a previous political office? Without a crystal ball how do we make sure that the candidates we support come through for feminism once elected? And how do we make sure that the Rising American Electorate – young voters, women voters, and people of color – vote in historic numbers? Join three seasoned NOW leaders and political organizers for a discussion of considerations for making some of those difficult endorsement decisions and how to work with NOW, NOW PAC, and the Rising American Electorate to achieve our goal of electing feminists to all levels of political office.

Moderator: Linda Berg

Panelists: Nina Ahmad and Zenaida Mendez

What’s up with New Mexico: Criminal Justice Involved Women in New Mexico

This workshop will address conditions of women incarcerated in prisons in New Mexico. Currently, there are over 50 women on in-house parole that should be released into the community. At the same time, there is a projected increase in the women’s prison population. Women are isolated in solitary confinement for long periods with minimal, if any, consideration for their mental health needs. This is at a time when 77% of women are on psychotropic medications and 75% of the women are incarcerated for non-violent drug offenses. Finally, we will discuss gender specific needs of women incarcerated.

Moderator: Bette Fleishman

Panelist: KC Quirk

Foresight 2020: Political Strategies for Feminist Progress

A 2013 resolution encouraged the PAC to elect a feminist woman president in 2016, but our work begins in 2014 and continues through 2020. The PAC has committed to a plan of foresight 2020, working to elect more feminists from the state level up, knowing that redistricting in 2020 could make or break voting rights, representation, and the possibility of the ERA finally being ratified. This workshop will aim to support the PAC’s efforts by offering a grassroots brainstorming session during which members will be tasked with developing tactics, strategies, and plans that will help the PAC and feminists throughout the country to accomplish these critical and lofty goals.

Moderator: Lis Harper

Panelists: Patricia Ireland, Atima Omara-Alwala, and Kellye McIntosh

The Basics of Grassroots Lobbying

Throughout the EuroZone, there are 11 countries are on the verge of implementing the first regional financial transaction tax, the Robin Hood Tax (a tiny tax on big banks that would move up to $350 billion from the private sector into the public sector), leaving the U.S. as the only major financial market without one. Ensuring economic justice, protecting and improving our social safety net and providing for women’s health needs are all strong priorities for NOW members, and the Robin Hood Tax is the mechanism with which to fund all of these goals. This workshop will provide members with a general overview of the tax, the campaign and how to get involved in ongoing advocacy efforts. As the campaign is composed of both legislative and grassroots initiatives, there are an array of ways that NOW members can participate.

Moderator: Monica Owens

Panelists: Susan Mottet, Jeanine Johnson, Francesca Lo Basso, Jennifer Flynn, and Amanda Lugg

Religion, Race and Female Oppression

The role played by religion in the lives of women is often revered as being positive and culturally necessary. However, as more Americans shed religion, non-theists are the fastest growing segment of the “faith” populations. Women are beginning to talk about how religion has been used as a force to oppress and control them. From women’s health and access to a full range of reproductive rights, to economic factors that stem from women being considered of lesser value.

Moderator: Jamila Bey

Panelists: Maggie Ardiente and Bridgette Crutchfield

Through Her Eyes: How Social Media Has and Can Continue to Facilitate Better Understanding among Women of Color

The democratizing nature of social media has made it easier for white feminists and feminists of color to engage in dialogue, thus improving the overall fight for gender equity. Historically, women of color have felt left out, silenced, and even paternalistically told what’s “best” for them by white feminists, while not having a seat at the larger Women’s Rights table. Because of social media, women of color are no longer venting among themselves. They can speak directly to other women, in addition to the media and others, through action on Twitter and other social media, creating real positive change in how we discuss gender and race.

Moderator: Jennifer Farmer

Panelists: Danielle Belton and Ciara Taylor

Building the Pipeline: Recruiting and Electing Young Women and Women of Color to Public Office

This roundtable discussion will highlight different aspects of the work being done to build a pipeline of young women and women of color running for office. Challenges with the current political landscape and potential solutions will be discussed. Panelists will draw from research about the inequalities in political representation, personal experience and from trainings conducted with women interested in running for public office to discuss steps and strategies that can be used to bridge the gaps in political representation. Additionally, we will hear from roundtable speakers about the training, skills, experience, and knowledge about their communities a candidate should have to achieve success.

Moderator: Chitra Panjabi

Panelists: Kimberly Peeler-Allen, Rep. Georgene Louis, Pauline Lucero, Judge Beatrice Brickhouse (Tentative)

 The Spirit of Change: Working the Racial Equality Muscle

In the spirit of change we want to discuss the resistance one has to talking about race. We understand family-of-origin issues such as incest, often interfere in the process of healing which can impact one’s ability and willingness to remain mindful of white privilege. We will address the effect this has on activism, policy and how one can influence & accelerate change in these areas. We’ll discuss the ‘bystander syndrome’ & demonstrate how you might stand up and out when confrontation is necessary to make your position on racial equality clear in your circle. You will form a ‘solid identity’ that gives you the knowledge & ability to transform the meaning of whiteness, therefore becoming a game-changer where racism is concerned.

Moderator: Coline Jenkins

Panelists: Desiree Jordan and Kaolin

Economic Independence for Survivors of Domestic Violence: we can make One Billion Rising

One Billion Rising was the biggest mass global action to end violence against women and girls in history, bringing together activists, women’s organizations and social justice groups working across a range of issues, demonstrating the diverse nature of this movement against abuse of women and girls. Many Domestic Violence victims/survivors and their children are forced to stay in abusive relationships. Not having an education, job experience, a trade or not having financial literacy, prevents many victims/survivors from achieving their full potential. The discussion will point out factors and supportive measures that help victims/survivors achieve independence and build safe and healthy relationships for themselves and their children while providing a framework to build on skills to grow movements and learn how to collaborate with diverse groups in a mutually beneficial environment.

Moderator: Zenaida Mendez

Panelists: Dawn Maestas, Jessica Montoya, Carrie McCarthy and Adelita Medina

Feminist Flicks

Saving Face

(2011, Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, co-directors, US/Pakistan) 40 minutes.  

Academy Award winner for Best Documentary (Short Subject), Saving Face is a harshly realistic view of violence against women in South Asia – where every year in Pakistan many women are victimized by brutal acid attacks with numerous cases going unreported.  Saving Face also depicts a Pakistan that is changing – one where the courage of women survivors and ordinary people can stand up and make a difference and marginalized communities can seek justice. –Women Make Movies

LaDonna Harris:  Indian 101

(2014. Julianna Brannum, USA)  63 minutes.

Comanche filmmaker Brannum, the great niece of Harris, chronicles the life of Comanche activist and national civil rights leader LaDonna Harris and the role she played in key Native and American social movements since the 1960’s.  This film justly celebrates her life and the personal struggles that led her to become a voice for Native people with her contemporary work to strengthen and rebuild indigenous communities and train emerging leaders around the world.  –Women Make Movies

After Tiller  

(2014, Martha Shane and Lana Wilson, co-directors, USA)  88 minutes.

 After Tiller intimately explores the highly controversial subject of third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller.   The film’s Directors have created a moving and unique look at one of the most incendiary topics of our time and they do so in an informative, thought-provoking and compassionate way.   (co-sponsored by the Madison, WI, NOW Chapter).

With special guest Dr. Shelley Sella, abortion provider who worked with Dr. Tiller, will introduce and discuss.

Feminist:  Stories from Women’s Liberation

(2013, Jennifer Lee, director, USA) 64 minutes. 

“Best of the Fest” at the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival, Feminist: Stories from Women’s Liberation features the stories of feminists involved in the U.S. women’s liberation movement covering the years 1963 – 1970 including many of NOW’s co-founders and leaders.   Structured as a personal journey of rediscovery by the filmmaker, Feminist… brings the momentous first decade of the second wave Feminism vividly to life!  - Women Making Movies

Director Jennifer Lee will introduce and lead Q and A.

Miss Representation

(2012, Jennifer Siebel Newson, director, USA) 90 minutes.

“You can’t be what you can’t see”— claims director Seibel Newsom as she explores the under–representation of women in positions of power and influence in America and challenges the limited portrayal of diverse women in mainstream media.  Stunning evidence with solutions in a campaign for your Chapter to take on!

Mothers of Bedford

 (2011, Jennifer McShane, director, USA) 96 minutes.

Women are the fast growing US prison population today, eighty percent of whom are mothers.  Shot over 4 years at Bedford Hills maximum security prison north of New York City, Mothers of Bedford follows five women of diverse backgrounds and incarcerated for different reasons – in dual struggles to be engaged in their children’s lives and to better themselves.  A call to action for prison reform!  –Women Make Movies

Searching 4 Sandeep

(2007, Poppy Stockell, director, 2007)  56 minutes

Humorous and thoughtful, Searching 4 Sandeep explores the results of a deep online connection and virtual relationship – the collision of love and ethnic, religious and sexual identity.  Filmmaker Stockell raises serious questions about a new kind of global romance at odds with the cultural, social and geographical distances between people.  Wining numerous international filmmaking awards, Searching 4 Sandeep is a touching examination of sexuality, religion, globalization and culture seen through the lens of a uniquely modern love story.  -Women Make Movies

1912: Breaking the Silence

(2013, Gloria Rolando, director, Cuba)  60 minutes.

Part of a film trilogy devoted to the African ancestry, traditions and history of Cuba, 1912: Breaking the Silence documents the rise of the Independent Black Party of Cuba and its impacts on race, social justice and democracy in the development of Cuba as a nation before and following the Spanish-American War leading to the U.S. annexation of Cuba.  The extraordinary work of filmmaker Gloria Rolando (Eyes of the Rainbow) invites reflection on the contribution of documentary research on historical trauma and the construction of an alternative audiovisual archive film.

Discussion with Yanet Stable Cardenas, 1st Secretary/Deputy Ambassador of Cuba to the United States 

ANITA: Speaking Truth to Power

(2013, Freida Mock, director, USA) 77 minutes.

Just past the 20th anniversary of the Anita Hill – Clarence Thomas case, the weekend of shocking television of US Senate Hearings on Supreme Court Nominee Thomas, Academy and Emmy Award winner Frieda Mock

(Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Voice) revisits the extraordinary story of a woman who spoke truth to power.  Against a backdrop of race, sex and politics, ANITA: Speaking Truth to Power is both a celebration of Anita Hill’s legacy – to address sexual misconduct and abuse of power in the workplace that continues to resonate today – and a rare glimpse into her private life with friends and family.

Girl Rising 

(2012, Richard Robbins, director, USA) 101 minutes. 

Travel the globe to meet nine inspiring and unforgettable girls – striving beyond their circumstances, showing courage and resistance.  More than a film, Girl Rising is the heart of a movement that is promoting a powerful truth:  educating girls in the developing world can transform families, communities and entire countries and break the cycle of poverty in just one generation.  Global feminist actions highlighted to advocate for girls and women’s full human rights.