NYWF In the Know – June 20, 2015

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NYWF Testifies at Fast Food Wage Board Hearing

On Thursday, June 18, 2015 our Director of Strategic Learning, Erin McDonald, PhD testified at the Fast Food Wage Board hearing. As a philanthropic partner, we are committed to supporting policies that create more just working environments for low-income women. Previously, we have supported ROC New York in their work to improve wages for restaurant workers and A Better Balance in their successful efforts to pass paid sick leave legislation for for all workers in New York City. It is in this spirit of providing economic security for low-income workers and their families, that we recognize the critical need for a $15 per hour minimum wage for fast workers. Click here to read more. 

The Hidden History Of Juneteenth

One hundred fifty years ago today, the U.S. Army took possession of Galveston Island, a barrier island just off the Texas coast that guards the entrance to Galveston Bay, and began a late-arriving, long-lasting war against slavery in Texas. This little-known battle would endure for months after the end of what we normally think of as the Civil War. 

Men, teens implored to take stand against domestic violence

NYWF Grantee Partners, Ted Bunch of A CALL TO MEN and Lauren Hersh of Sanctuary for Families spoke at an event at Dwight Morrow High School, that capped off a school year of initiatives dedicated to the issue of domestic and sexual violence in which all of the high school’s male students were challenged to publicly denounce violence against women and girls.

New Corner in Some NYC Libraries Is All About Building Small Businesses

Colombian-born Rosa Echeverri has taken advantage of the Immigrant Business Initiative since 2012. After opening Go Babies Child Care in Elmhurst in 2011, she took classes with NYWF grantee partner, Business Outreach Center Network after hearing about the program through a friend.

Assembly passes ‘Enough is Enough’ legislation

The Assembly and Senate unanimously approved the “Enough is Enough” bill to combat campus sexual assaults.

As Dominican deadline passes, immigrants worry about deportations

Hundreds of thousands of people with Haitian roots worry they may soon be forced to leave the Dominican Republic.

Bill to expand health coverage for pregnant women approved

A bill allowing pregnant women to enroll in New York State’s health exchange unanimously passed the Assembly Wednesday night and now heads to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his signature.

Black and Brown Girls Have a Powerful Message for America

Girls for Gender Equity and the National Women’s Law Center convened a private listening session to provide women of color space to share their experiences with issues such as intimate partner violence, foster care, human trafficking, school discipline, economic disenfranchisement and parenthood.

The New Girl in School: Transgender Surgery at 18

It was not an easy transition for Katherine Boone, but the question is no longer whether gender reassignment is an option, but instead how soon it should start.

Legislature passes new protections for breastfeeding

A bill that clarifies working mothers’ right to take unpaid breaks for breastfeeding passed unanimously in the State Senate on Monday.

Beyond Caitlyn Jenner Lies a Long Struggle by Transgender People

As a broader understanding of gender identity emerges, a history of hatred, violence and discrimination continues.

Oregon Becomes Fourth State to Pass Law Guaranteeing Paid Sick Days

On Friday, Oregon’s state House passed a bill that would require most employers to offer five days of paid sick leave to their employees. If the governor signs it into law as advocates believe she will, it will be the fourth state in the country with such a requirement.

Philanthropy Surges 5.4% to Record $358 Billion, Says ‘Giving USA’

Charitable giving rose 5.4 percent last year to a record $358.4 billion, according to estimates released today by “Giving USA,” the annual snapshot of American philanthropy.

New York Acts to Protect Nail Salon Workers

The New York State Assembly passed new licensing rules for nail salon workers on Friday, to the delight of labor advocates who say the bill will help reduce the number of unlicensed, immigrant workers vulnerable to exploitation. 

From NYWF: 

Last chance: Women & The New Economy Join NYWF & The Hildegard Fund on Monday, June 29 at 6pm as we convene a panel of experts to discuss the challenges around the New Economy and how women are at the forefront of the efforts to create an economy that works for all. Click here to RSVP.

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! 

2015 Celebrating Women Breakfast Highlight Video Click here to watch!

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:

Bronx Summer Fest Enjoy outdoor festivities on a car-free street as NYWF Grantee Partner WHEDco, the Bronx Music Heritage Center, and the Southern Boulevard Merchant Association shut down the streets for live performances, face painting, games, free health screenings, arts activities, and much more! Click here for more information.

Pride Month Reading List The National Book Foundation and Lambda Literary are working to ensure the LGBTQ narratives are seen and recognized by all readers. Click here to see the list.

Sexual health, human rights and the law This new report from the World Health Organization demonstrates the relationship between sexual health, human rights and the law. Drawing from a review of public health evidence and extensive research into human rights law at international, regional and national levels, the report shows how states in different parts of the world can and do support sexual health through legal and other mechanisms that are consistent with human rights standards and their own human rights obligations. Click here to read the report.

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