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Monday, September 24, 2018

Saturday, May 5, 2018

By Raquel Hall

In January 2016, Barack Obama became the first president to comment on menstruation when YouTube star Ingrid Nilsen asked him why tampons and pads are taxed as luxury items in 40 states. Hw writes: “I suspect it’s because men were making the laws when those taxes were passed.” Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui made top news  for talking about her period at the Olympics. She finished 4th in the women’s 4x100-meter medley relay, she was doubled over in pain holding her stomach. When asked why, she says, “my period started last night, so I’m feeling pretty weak and really tired. But this isn’t an excuse. At the end of the day, I just didn’t swim very well.” Even Whoopi Goldberg started a medical marijuanacompany with an entire line of products aimed at helping with the pain of menstrual cramps.

When we now enter most of the women’s bathrooms of the NCC campus  whether it is heading to their first class or the gym , they’ll find something new like in many campus bathrooms: free tampons and pads.

There’s been a lot of conversation about why pads and tampons are a necessity, not a luxury, but not a lot of action. Low-income students struggle with having the necessary funding for food, let alone tampons.Brown University being one of the first higher-education institutions to implement this  program. The putting of menstrual products in women’s, men’s and gender-inclusive bathrooms,because after all not all people who menstruate are women. To set a tone of trans-inclusivity and not forget that they’re important to society.Of course I expect the internet trolls and the ignorant to pushback.All thanks to funding from the student-run undergraduate finance board menstrual products will be available in approximately 30 to 40 bathrooms across campus for the 2016–2017 school year. A lot of other student governments are going down the university route. We really want to encourage them to take matters into their own hands.Students at Brown aren’t the only ones going back to school this month with unprecedented access to menstrual products.As of this autumn, New York City public schools will provide free tampons and pads in all secondary school buildings. The move is part of the city’s landmark legislation, passed on 13 July 2016, ensuring free menstrual products in all public schools, shelters and correctional facilities. (In July, New York also became the 11th state to eliminate taxes on menstrual products. The new law went into effect on 1 September, yet some stores, including a handful of Duane Reade pharmacies in the city initially continued to charge the tax.

New York City launched a pilot program putting free menstrual products in one school last spring, then gradually expanded it to 25 schools. Students must feel comfortable during their classes so they can focus on learning, and having free, easy access to menstrual products is essential. Unlike toilet paper, which is provided for free in school restrooms, students are typically on their own to access menstrual supplies. Yet in order to be fully engaged in the classroom, these are as much of a necessity as pencils and paper. This is especially true for younger teens who are more likely to be caught off guard by the arrival of their period and without budgets of their own to buy emergency tampons or pads. This NEEDS TO CHANGE!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Event this weekend

NCC Professor
Pramila Venkateswaran
will be leading a workshop on consciousness-raising!

April 28, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Mid-Suffolk National Organization of Women


Tuesday, April 24, 2018



May 5, 2018



Music: Batalá New York                     
Saturday, May 5, 2018
5–6 pm
Brooklyn Museum Plaza
All female Afro-Brazilian drumline Batalá New York kicks off the night with samba-reggae beats.

Curator Tour

Saturday, May 5, 2018
5:30–6:30 pm
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, 4th Floor
Catherine Morris, Sackler Senior Curator, and Carmen Hermo, Assistant Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, give a walkthrough of our special exhibition Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985.

Dance: Mujeres Valientes

Saturday, May 5, 2018
6–7:30 pm
Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana previews their upcoming show Mujeres Valientes, premiering at BAM later in May. Created by flamenco legend Belén Maya, it highlights individual Latin American women over the centuries who have challenged authority and fought ignorance, inequality, and injustice. Then, the company leads a flamenco workshop. All are welcome; no experience necessary.

Hands-On Art

Saturday, May 5, 2018
6–8 pm
Con Edison Education Gallery, 1st Floor
Design a mask inspired by your cultural heritage and Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985, using paint markers and exciting patterns. 330 free tickets in Hands-On Art line at Admissions at 5 pm.

Community Talk: Sylvia Rivera Law Project

Saturday, May 5, 2018
6–7 pm
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Forum, 4th Floor
Learn about the life and work of Civil Rights pioneer Sylvia Rivera, and get involved in the Sylvia Rivera Law Project’s continued fight for the right of self-determination for all trans, intersex, and gender-nonconforming people of color. Space is limited and is first come, first served.

Candle Decorating: Colectiva Cósmica with Riobamba

Saturday, May 5, 2018
6:30–9:30 pm
Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor
Decorate candles honoring women revolutionaries across the Americas in this collage workshop with feminist collective Colectiva Cósmica, featuring a set by Ecuadorian-Lithuanian producer, DJ, and cultural activist Riobamba.

Music: Combo Chimbita

Saturday, May 5, 2018
7–8 pm
Biergarten, Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden
Combo Chimbita perform tropical-infused funk and soul with elements from around the world, including Colombian cumbia, 1970s funaná from Cape Verde, and kompa from Haiti, as well as salsa and reggae, mixing synth and guacharaca sounds.

Pop-Up Gallery Talks

Saturday, May 5, 2018
7–8 pm
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art and Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 4th Floor
Teen Apprentices host ten-minute talks highlighting two artworks in Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985.

Film: Umbrales: Experimental Women Filmmakers from Latin America

Saturday, May 5, 2018
8–9 pm
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Forum, 4th Floor
Catch rarely seen shorts by women filmmakers from Latin America, including experimental Super 8s by Puerto Rican artist Poli Marichal (whose work is featured in Radical Women), hosted by documentary filmmaker Jesse Lerner. Space is limited and is first come, first served.

Book Club: Marta Moreno Vega

Saturday, May 5, 2018
8:30–9:30 pm
Luce Center for American Art, 5th Floor
In her memoir When the Spirits Dance Mambo, Marta Moreno Vega captures the sights, sounds, and traditions of a Puerto Rican New Yorker growing up in East Harlem in the 1950s and 1960s. Space is limited and is first come, first served.

Music: Jarina De Marco

Saturday, May 5, 2018
9–10 pm
Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor
Jarina De Marco blends international Latin American and electronic rhythms in futuristic anthems of self-determination and support for global resistance movements, with visuals by Screaming Horses. 330 free tickets in Auditorium line at Admissions at 8 pm.