On Friday, September 7th, Feminists for Choice hosted a happy hour fundraiser with the New York Abortion Access Fund. Feminists from far and wide and each and every borough–even honorary ones like New Jersey!–came out to kick back, catch up, and support a great cause. Together we raised $895 to help women in need of abortion funding.
Equally important, if not more, we came together to stand up for women at a time when abortion opponents have managed to threaten the right to choose even in this most progressive of enclaves. Not only has a longtime abortion provider in Brooklyn stopped offering abortion services, a retired New Jersey doctor unafraid to identify himself as an abortion provider before the procedure was legal now concedes “It’s Harder to Be an Abortion Provider Now Than Before Roe V. Wade.”
But on Friday night, no one was dwelling on the bad when there was a post-convention high to ride. The room was buzzing about the good (Michelle Obama, Nancy Keenan, President of NARAL, Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, Sandra Fluke), the bad (Clint Eastwood and his chair-o-logue) and the ugly (most everything else Republican–let’s just say no one was buying what Ann Romney was selling).
NYAAF Board Member Maureen Sturzman made sure folks knew how to put their good intentions to good use by explaining how to get more involved with NYAAF, and Feminists for Choice’s Janice Formicella did the same for us here at Feminists for Choice. (Look for some great guest posts soon!)
Thanks to Solas, happy hour specials stayed special for the entire event, and guests enjoyed goodies from two kickass feminist films–the tables were covered with rainbow-colored bracelets from Jodi Lieb’s Monday’s Child and ’how to lose your virginity’ V-Cards from Therese Schechter’s and Trixie Films’ How to Lose Your Virginity. To get your hands on some bracelets and V-cards of your own just click away … Three lucky raffle winners took home more merch from both films, a gourmet tea sampler from Shark Tank-winning Talbott Teas, a gift certificate from AuH20Thriftque, and some Luna Sueňo Tequila to wash it all down real smooth.
Many many thanks to our sponsors and to everyone who came out. Let’s do it again soon …
Jodi is a freelance writer and recovering academic with more enthusiasm for sports than athletic talent and a prodigious taste for the health food known as dark chocolate.