N.Y. to Host Young Feminist Summit & 40th Anniversary Conference

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NOW activists will have a full schedule of enticing workshops, plenary sessions with amazing speakers and a special birthday celebration when we meet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Albany, New York from July 21-23. Once again NOW activists will take on the issues - connecting the dots, taking bold positions, and renewing our commitment to equality for all! Are you ready to change the world?

The program on Friday, July 21, will feature workshops on topics that NOWs Young Feminist Task Force has suggested such as emergency contraception, feminism in music, sex trafficking, women's health, equal marriage and an Intergenerational Fishbowl. Also, there will be issue roundtables and skill-building workshops for activists-like effective blogging and how to run a great meeting.

We will continue with more hot topics and core issues on Saturday, with workshops on the current immigration debate and its effect on women, feminism and faith, ending violence against women, deciphering state and local legislation, economic equality and, of course, skill-building sessions. Keep checking the conference pages on the NOW website (www.now.org/ organization/conference/2006/) for additional information as we continue to add speakers and workshops.

The popular NOW Political Institute will return this year with four sessions, and the Hon. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Amb. Carol Moseley Braun will join other political women and candidates at the Political Institute's brown bag lunch on Saturday, July 20.

Confirmed speakers include Cecelia Fire Thunder, president of the Oglala Sioux nation, who vowed to defend women's reproductive rights against the right-wing attack on abortion in South Dakota by putting a clinic on her Pine Ridge reservation; and Taina Bien Aimé, the Executive Director of Equality Now, which is an international organization that works for the rights of girls and women. Equality Now is a leader in the global struggle against sex trafficking. …