Anyone for some quick little goodies?

  • The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada is hosting the first Youth Awards ceremony with special guest Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard who was killed because he was gay. The event is tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the Center, 953 E. Sahara, Suite B-31.
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America is encouraging voters to contact their senators over the gag-rule repeal. Sens. Boxer (D-CA) and Snowe (R-ME) have joined forces to repeal this law which Bush put in place during his first days in office. In effect, the global gag-rule blocks US aide or funding to health care providers in foreign countries if they give any kind of services regarding abortion — even just information or referrals! The worst part of this is it has drastically limited services in the world’s poorest places, such as Africa where AIDS has become epidemic. Get more info and an easy letter to send to your senators here.
  • Saturday is International Literacy Day. Why care? Well, besides the fact that reading is fundamental, it can be a crucial stepping stone for women in developing countries. There is nothing more powerful than education to help lift someone up. So reading is indeed a feminist issue. Get more info from the United Nations educational association.
  • Speaking of reading, Banned Book Week is coming up (Sept. 29-Oct. 6). Check out the list and more here.
  • This is a personal one for me on two levels: A new Planned Parenthood clinic in Aurora, Illinois is under fire by Christian conservatives. Not only am I pro-choice, but I lived in Aurora during my first year of college. It is an extremely conservative suburb of Chicago and I fled after one year. But there are women in that area who sorely need a Planned Parenthood and we shouldn’t let the conservatives shame them or try to board up the place. (According to PP, Illinois ranks 46th in the nation in the availability of contraceptive services.) You can help by spreading the word to anyone you know in Illinois, making a donation to Planned Parenthood in support of their services or simply signing an online petition to show your support.
  • Don’t forget that this Saturday, Sept. 8 is a free day to drop off hazardous materials to Republic Services. This includes paint, oil, batteries (even little AAAs) and compact fluorescent light-bulbs (or CFLs).

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