WAM!NYC is teaming up with BuzzFeed News' women's group to host a panel discussion about #MeToo reporting. We will talk about the language we use when reporting on sexual harassment and assault and the cultural erasure perpetuated by media coverage of the movement.
This month we will read "When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir," by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele.
From one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement comes a poetic memoir and reflection on humanity. Necessary and timely, Patrisse Cullors’ story asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love. Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement have been called terrorists, a threat to America. But in truth, they are loving women whose life experiences have led them to seek justice for those victimized by the powerful. In this meaningful, empowering account of survival, strength, and resilience, Patrisse Cullors and asha bandele seek to change the culture that declares innocent black life expendable.
Join WAM!NYC for a conversation with Colorlines Editorial Director Akiba Solomon about using journalism to expose and explore systemic racism. The moderated Q&A will be hosted by writer, and activist, and WAM!NYC board member Agunda Okeyo.
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The next WAM!NYC book club will be discussing Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women. The book is a memoir that sheds light on the often overlooked experiences of a growing number of women who are released from prison on parole or probation. It is written by Susan Burton, founder and executive director of A New Way of Life, a nonprofit that provides housing and other support to formerly incarcerated women. She describes her journey from a childhood filled with abuse to drug addiction as an adult, and then to the fight to address the underlying issues that send women to prison.
At the next WAM!NYC book club meeting, we'll be discussing bestselling author and journalist Naomi Klein's new book, "No Is Not Enough: Resisting the New Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need."
We'll also have TWO autographed copies of the book on hand to raffle off!
Agunda Okeyo, WAM!NYC board member, presents Sisters of Comedy at Carolines on Broadway, with Gina Yashere (MC - Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah), Joyelle Johnson (SeeSo's Night Train with Wyatt Cenac), Leighann Lord (Star Talk Radio with Dr. Neil de Grasse Tyson), Naomi Ekperigin (Comedy Central's Broad City), Leah Bonnema (IFC’s Comedy Drop) PLUS a special Guest!
It's time again for the New York Abortion Access Fund's Bowl-A-Thon! Last year, WAM!NYC's team helped NYAAF and the rest of the NYC teams set a fundraising record of $137,000. This year, we're committed to raising even more. There will be bowling, raffles, food and a good time to be had with your WAM!NYC friends!
Instead of focusing on the divisions in the country, let’s have a roundtable discussion about where we as media makers can find points of unity and how to include them in our work. Come with ideas if you have them or just come with an open mind! This will be an open and honest, peer-led discussion.