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First-Ever NYC Festival for Gender Equality!

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    Brooklyn to Host First-Ever Festival for Gender Equality! Connect! Create! Educate! (August 27, 2006 * 11am – 4pm) In a world where boys are still made fun
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      Brooklyn to Host First-Ever Festival for Gender Equality!
      Connect! Create! Educate!
      (August 27, 2006 * 11am – 4pm)

      In a world where boys are still made fun of for wanting to jump
      double-dutch and girls are still kicked off the basketball courts
      because they might "break a nail" while playing, Girls for Gender
      Equity is proud to organize the first New York City Festival for
      Gender Equality on August 27th 11am – 4pm. Open to all New Yorkers,
      it will be held at Von King Park in Brooklyn, NY and feature
      entertainment by musicians, spoken word artists, and theater
      performers; workshops and other fun activities for children and
      adults; free food and giveaways; and appearances from local
      politicians. Over 50 community organizations will participate
      including Brooklyn Children's Museum, Forest Hills Community House,
      Global Action Project, Loisaida, New York Police Department, Planned
      Parenthood, Schomburg Center, Street Harassment Project, and Willie
      Mae Rock Camp for Girls.

      "I feel it's important to have a New York City Festival for Gender
      Equality as greater awareness needs to be raised around the sexism,
      harassment and violence girls and women face every day on the
      street, in playgrounds and schools, at the work place and at home.
      NYC must come together to let everyone know we will not tolerate
      discrimination or abuse against girls and women in any form, any
      time, anywhere," says Oraia Reid, co-founder of RightRides.

      The Gender Equality Festival is a free public event for education,
      networking, resource sharing, community interaction, arts and
      recreation. Workshops on a wide variety of topics – responding to
      street harassment, media literacy, HIV/AIDS, communicating with your
      child, youth leadership, yoga, health care access, democratic
      education and more – will be offered throughout the day to children
      and adults. The Grand Street Campus girls' soccer team will lead a
      mother-daughter soccer clinic, where girls and their sisters,
      mothers, cousins, friends, aunts and grandmothers are all invited to
      learn basic skills and then show them off in a short game.

      Representing local politics at the event are Councilwoman Helen
      Sears, Democratic Senate nominee Jonathan Tasini, Democratic
      Congressional candidate Chris Owens, Green Party Lt Governor
      candidate Alison Duncan, and State Senator Carl Andrews (D). Not to
      be missed are performances by hip hop artist Carlethal, poet and
      educator Piper Anderson, singer/songwriter Chris Pureka, activist
      dance and theater group Zany Angels, queer youth performers
      Generation Q, Palestinian stand-up comedian and co-founder of the
      New York Arab American Comedy Festival Maysoon Zayid, and the folk-
      hip hop hybrid sounds of Mahogany. The afternoon will wind down with
      a keynote speech from Councilwoman Yvette Clarke!

      All attendees will receive a gift from one of the Festival for
      Gender Equality Sponsors: Akademics, American Girl, Brooklyn Arts
      Exchange (BAX), Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Brownstone Books,
      Candle Café, Eva Scrivo Salon, Finetune Pilates Studio, Harriet's
      Alter Ego, Madame Tussauds NY, Museum of Television & Radio,
      Palacinka, Pretty Tough Sports, Regal Entertainment, Road's End
      Organics, St. Marks Bookshop, The Home Spa, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company.

      - Find out how to register for this event by clicking on
      http://www.gges.info/latest-news.php or contact Jessica at 718-857-
      1393 or intern@....
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