NYWF In the Know – August 23, 2015

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Immigrant Women-Led Organizations Leading Their Communities
Immigrants are the backbone of many New York City neighborhoods. For centuries, immigrants have brought with them new ideas, culture, and entrepreneurial energy. Between 1990 and 2000, foreign-born workers accounted for nearly all of the growth among self-employed New Yorkers, which has had a tremendous impact on the local economy[1]. As new immigrant populations arrive in NYC, adjustments need to be made across the public sector to meet their changing needs. Immigrant led organizations are best equipped in supporting these needs, as they possess the cultural competence, language abilities, and expertise in identifying the existing resources and what more is needed to address the challenges and barriers that they face. Click here to read more.
Fatal shooting of black teen in US city sparks protests Crowds come out on streets of St Louis in Missouri state against killing of 18-year-old teenager by white policeman. Early-Stage Breast Condition May Not Require Cancer Treatment

As many as 60,000 American women each year are told they have a very early stage of breast cancer – Stage 0, as it is commonly known – a possible precursor to what could be a deadly tumor. And almost every one of the women has either a lumpectomy or a mastectomy, and often a double mastectomy, removing a healthy breast as well. Yet now it appears that treatment may make no difference in their outcomes.

The Islamic State is Forcing Women to Be Sex Slaves

Women and girls as young as 11 have been systematically raped by fighters for the Islamic State, which has made sex slavery a pillar of its self-proclaimed caliphate.

Dollars to Disasters: The Gamble of Emergency Relief

The New Yorker reports on the successes, frustrations, and calculations of providing emergency medical aid through the prism of a New York City aid charity’s trip to Nepal in April to treat earthquake victims.

White House Hires First Openly Transgender Staff Member

The White House has hired its first openly transgender staff member, officials said Tuesday, adding a longtime advocate for transgender rights to the office of presidential personnel. Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, who was a policy adviser at the National Center for Transgender Equality, will serve as an outreach and recruitment director on President Obama’s staff.

F.D.A. Approves Addyi, a Libido Pill for Women

The first prescription drug to enhance women’s sexual drive women regulatory approval on Tuesday, clinching a victory for a lobbying campaign that had accused the Food and Drug Administration of gender bias for ignoring the sexual needs of women.

Turnaround Looms in Federal Funding to Prevent Child Abuse

On August 5, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon introduced legislation, The Family Stability and Kinship Care Act, that if passed would for the first time uncap federal funding for the kind of preventative services that can help mothers keep their youngest children out of foster care.

Retaliation at the Clinton Prison in Upstate New York

Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director of Correctional Association of New York and 2014 Celebrating Women Breakfast Award recipient, writes a letter to the editor in response to “Brutal Interrogations After Two Escaped.”

Inmate’s Death Follows Reports of Abuse at a New York State Prison

Samuel Harrel, an inmate at the Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon, NY, died in April after a fight with officers, records show. Other prisoners say the beating was not an isolated incident. Correctional Association of New York’s 2013 legislative mandate to inspect NY State Prisons published a report documenting “harassment and provocation” by officers working in building 21 from 3 to 11PM provided the same time frame when Mr. Harrell died. The association, which found similar problems in 2005, briefed officials on these problems but the problems have persisted.

City’s Callen-Lorde LGBT health center to open clinic in South Bronx

$650,000 Obamacare grant helps fund grantee partner, Callen-Lorde’s clinic at another grantee partner, BOOM!Health’s five story, 35,000 square foot nonprofit Wellness center in South Bronx.

History made: First female soldiers to graduate Army Ranger School

Two female soldiers will graduate from the Army’s Ranger School on Friday, becoming the first women to ever complete what is considered one of the U.S. military’s most difficult and premier courses to develop elite fighters and leaders, a senior Army official said.

Jihad and Girl Power: How ISIS Lured 3 London Teenagers

An online culture that blends youthful rebellion with radical religiosity helped draw popular, high-achieving friends to Syria.

MacArthur and Ford Foundations Diverge on Strategy

Grant-making overhauls at the foundations announced in recent weeks were both crafted by relatively new leaders who were tapped from within their organizations. They’ve positioned their foundations to spend hundreds of millions of dollars trying to have a bigger impact on a leaner set of causes. Beyond those similarities, the new strategies diverge.

From NYWF:Again and Again: A Conversation on Ending Sexual Violence Against Women Join us on Tuesday, September 8 for a conversation with Ellen Bravo, long-time feminist activist and author of the new novel, Again and Again; Salamishah Tillet, artist, survivor, scholar and Co-Founder of A Long Walk Home, and Ted Bunch, Co-Founder & Co-Director of A Call to Men. The conversation will be moderated by Debjani Roy, Deputy Director, Hollaback! This is a free event, please click here to register.RADIANCE is a striking photo book celebrating 46 grantee partners of The New York Women’s Foundation– some of the most powerful and daring activist, visionaries and community leaders transforming and illuminating New York City. Click here for more information and to purchase your copy today!

Save the Date: Neighborhood Dinner in Staten Island Join us on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 as we celebrate outstanding community leaders in Staten Island! Click here for more information.

From the Field:

Removing Barrier to Breastfeeding: A Structural Race Analysis to First Food Click here to read this new report from the Center for Social Inclusion. 

How the New Overtime Rule Will Help Women & Families Click here to read this new report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) and MomsRising.

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