Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Opportunities to Help Women, and Yourself

Aunt B alerted us to the Act Like a GRRRL! camp, which involves young women (12-17yo) writing and performing stories - in essence, the grrrls finding their voices and courage. You can find out how to make a donation here, or buy Act Like a GRRRL! gear through CafePress to support the camp. I'm personally fond of the Women's Cap Sleeve T-Shirt, if anyone's in the Buy-Rachel-Stuff-And-Support-A-Good-Cause mood.

Also, I posted last week about the showing of Chances: The Women of Magdalene during the Nashville Film Festival. I learned then about Thistle Farms, a project in which the women handcraft bath and body products to support the House. Click here to view and buy Thistle Farms products.

A free skin cancer screening is taking place in Nashville this Saturday May 6 from 9am - noon at St Thomas and Baptist Hospitals. To schedule an appointment, call 615-284-LIFE.

Also this Saturday:
Title: When Women Run, Women Win: A Campaign School Designed for Women
Category: Open to the Public
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2006
Time: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Calendar: Nashville Events
Contact: info.ecw@state.tn.us
Location: Hilton Nashville Downtown,
Web Address: http://www.state.tn.us/sos/ecw

Complete Description:
The Economic Council on Women and the Tennessee Women’s Political Caucus are partnering to sponsor the Tennessee Women in Politics Academy on Saturday, May 6th, 2006. The daylong event will include speakers addressing fundraising, public speaking, media relations, and getting out the vote. Women with a serious interest in running for office will reap great benefits from the information and motivation this day is sure to provide.

Fee, pre-registration required. Download Registration Form, http://www.state.tn.us/sos/ecw.

For more information, call (615) 253-4266 or email: info.ecw@state.tn.us
Finally, several organizations are opposing HIMMA, the Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization and Affordability Act of 2006 (S. 1955), such as the National Women's Law Center, the Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action, and the National Women's Healthcare Network, who is encouraging you to join a call-in day on Wednesday to oppose the legislation. NWHN's opposition is based on its understanding of the bill as "paving the way for millions of insured Americans to lose basic benefits such as breast, cervical, and prostate cancer screening, mental health care, and well-child check-ups." I'm not very familiar with it yet, but you can read the bill text and get status information here.

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