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AIDS Council of Northeastern New York is a non-profit organization that provides direct services to those living with HIV/AIDS and their families, and also provides outreach programs for the fifteen counties in Northeastern New York in its jurisdiction. Their goals are “to reduce the risk, fear and incidence of HIV infection and also to encourage independence of those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and to promote and understanding of their needs”. To achieve these goals, they provide a range of prevention services including, but not limited to, outreach to high-risk communities, inmate peer education training and anonymous HIV testing in correctional facilities, an AIDS Information Hotline and educational teen programs. The AIDS Council assists those living with HIV through critical issues such as loss of income or home, lack of transportation, domestic violence and other d! ifficult issues, and can also provide supplemental assistance such as subsidies for rent and utilities. They maintain an events calendar, including fundraisers and awareness events like the annual Capital District AIDS Walk. For more information visit http://www.aidscouncilofneny.com/index.htm or call the Albany office at (518)-434-4686.
- Marielle McKasty

Albany Area Now: This is one of Northeastern New York's branches of the National Organization of Women, which represents Women as Mothers, Athletes, Daughters, Workers, Wives, Soldiers, Lesbians and everything in between, fighting for equal rights (and other hot-stove debates such as Abortion Rights & Gay Marriage, for example) on many different domestic and international levels, across varying lines of class, race, and theories of thought. Typical meetings are held in a roundtable discussion format, usually lasting anywhere from one to one-and-a-half hours per session. Links: www.now.org, www.timesunion.com/communties/NOWAlbany.
- Nicholas J. Walz

Albany Girls' Club (AGC) was created to serve the girls in the city of Albany and the surrounding Albany and Rensselaer counties since 1961.  The AGC provides three programs in order to help ensure the positive growth of Albany's youth through “education and recreation, to encourage the development of life skills and positive attitudes and the development of life skills and help them become responsible citizens of our community.  The after school program is for girls ages 6-14 and includes a variety of activities as well as tutoring equipped with computers and reference materials.  The AGC's teen pregnancy and STD prevention programs are run throughout the counties in an effort to educate as many students as! possible and they also have a hotline for teens to call with any related questions.  The summer fun program is open to girls and boys ages 6-14 and includes a variety of daily activities, field trips, as well as family cookout nights every two weeks.  These nights allow this volunteer based club to have the children perform skits and exhibit their creative workings to their families.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact:  Albany Girls Club, 25 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203,  518-436-9964.
- Christina Lutzak

Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace-  Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace is an independent organization that advocates for peace; it is fundamentally against the war in Iraq and other US military occupations in all areas of the world.  It was established in January 2003 by a group of concerned individuals in Bethlehem, New York and has rapidly grown to include more than five hundred members.  The Peace group holds frequent vigils in support of both Iraqi citizens and families as well as US military families.  BNP raises money through donations and local services in order to provide the surrounding communities with informational forums, speakers and a variety of expressions of peace through art (exhibit presentations and concerts).  Recently, BNP hosted Jacob Levich (founder of People Against the Draft) who spoke about the likelihood of either presidential candidate implementing the d! raft shortly after the election and Dr. Michael Tebbano (principal of Bethlehem Central High School) who provided the audience with guidelines about the access military recruiters have to high school students under the No Child Left Behind Act and how that federal law might affect voluntary and compulsory military service.  Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace is a committed, hard-working group of citizens who are not supported by any political party or governmental agency.  The group is very inclusive and is continually looking for new members to join.  For more information, please visit www.bethlehemforpeace.org.
- Caitlin Sutton

Campus Action is a multi-racial organization determined to build a progressive social justice movement. They are against all the inequities present in society today, such as racism, economic oppression, labor rights, academic freedom, etc. Campus action strongly believes in the importance of student organizing, which is why they have established several chapters throughout college campuses including Suny Albany.  These chapters work to strengthen activism regarding several issues. Campus Action chapters work independently, however they appoint a representative who reports to the Campus Action board. The Campus Action board and its chapters work collaboratively toward social change. This organization is open to all members who want to get involved. One of their upcoming activities is on January 20, 2005; a Counter-! Inaugural Protest in Washington DC- demanding an end to the Iraq occupation. For more information on this organization and upcoming events please visit their website. http://www.campusaction.net/
- Priscilla Toral

Campus Greens are the college delegates of the Green Party, one of the fastest growing parties in the United States.  The Greens are a grassroots organization based on issues of peace, environmental protection, education, universal health care, workers rights, development, and electoral/campaign finance reform.  They fight for economic, social, and environmental justice.  The Campus Greens advance the ideals of the Green party through such methods as teach-ins, public debates, and community organization.  On the Ualbany campus, the Campus Greens have sponsored a variety of events including the viewing of “Fahrenheit 9/11” and protests to free Mumia Abu-Jamal.  The Campus Greens also take an active part in elections by encouraging students to vote, providing voter registration forms, and talking to students about v! oting.  If you are interested in the Campus Greens you can contact RobMagee32@hotmail.com.  If you are interested in The Albany Green party, visit www.gpnys.org.  For information on the National Green Party, go to www.greenpartyus.org.
- Angie Torres

Capital Region Action Against Breast Cancer (CRAAB) is a non-profit organization created in 1997 with the vision of eradicating breast cancer, not just raising awareness about the disease.  CRAAB is committed to alleviating and ending any physical, emotional, and psychological distress associated with breast cancer and providing this outreach to all women.  This grassroots organization is the local branch of the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) and the founding member of the New York State Breast Cancer Network (NYSBCN).  CRAAB takes an ecofeminist stance with its proposal for better health among women in the prevention and eradication of breast cancer.  It also advocates feminist ideals with its proposals for newsletters printed for English Second Language (ESL) women and its participation in the Healthy Women's Partnership which provides free mammograms for women over 40 and free sonograms for younger women (this has been proven more effective for detection in younger women).  Among these activities, CRAAB also distributes a resource guide for survivors and caregivers, publishes a quarterly newsletter, distributes an annotated Breast Cancer Essentials Bookmark, and attends/hosts several national and local conferences in the pursuit of eradicating br! east cancer.  For more information about CRAAB please visit: www.craab.org.  The contact information for CRAAB is as follows: Bonnie Spanier (Co-President): SS-341, (518)442-9084 or Joan Sheehan (Co-President): 125 Wolf Road, Suite 124, Albany, NY 12206, (518)435-1055.
- Leanne Jwaskiewicz

Center for Women in Government and Civil Society: Their intentions are to be responsive and encouraging of the needs of woman, children, and families in New York State . The Center is working for equity, diversity, and leadership. The target audience includes women's advocates, nonprofit staff and board members, policymakers and their staff, university faculty and students, think tank employees, reporters, and media consultants. They are all working for easier availability of information on strengthening women and their families. They are presently conducting a multi year initiative to prevent violence against immigrant women in New York State . This program is based on the Center's commitment to equity, access, diversity and women's leadership development. Immigrant women's wisdom and experience is helping the state create the policies that will be effective in combating barriers of gender, race, and xenophobia. Their office is at! 135 Western Avenue , Draper Hall, Room 302, Albany , NY 12222 . Phone 518-442-3900. There local website is http://www.cwig.albany.edu . The Center also has publication available through SUNY by calling 518-442-3898.

Crime Victim Sexual Violence Center was initially known as AWARE (Albany Women against Rape). The name was changed in 2001, as the organization became an advocate for all types of victimization, not solely sexual assaults or rape. This new name better reflects the group's mission. “CVSVC” provides a twenty four hour hotline, which enables victims of crime, rape, and/or violence to receive immediate support and guidance. The hotline is usually utilized by victims in local emergency rooms, and local police stations. CVSVC assists crime victims throughout the criminal justice process to provide comfort and also to minimize confusion which often occurs through the duration of the court process. CVSVC also provides assistance concerning the filing of claims with the New York State Crime Victims Board and referrals to both public as well as private sources of additional counseling, and emergency shelters. V ictims ar! e provided with confidential counseling and intervention either in person or via telephone. The time period of the crime, whether it is recent or years earlier, is not an issue, nor does the status of whether the crime has been reported or not is an important factor. The CVSVC also provides presentations to raise awareness of rape, crime, and sexual assault in the community. Contact Information: Judith Condo (Director). Email: cvsvc@albanycounty.com
- Melissa Weisberg

Holding Our Own: A Fund for Women is a Capital District- based organization; their primary objective is to promote social change through a heightened sense of the “feminist perspective.”  Through their work, and their funding, they attempt to eradicate hegemonic prejudices that are working against the advancement of women in the area; these discriminations includes biasness based on race, gender, age, economic status, able-bodiness, and sexual orientation.  “Holding Our Own…” conducts and supports numerous local events that cater to other grassroots organizations— not to mention, they also work in conjunction with these grassroots groups— such as the Equinox Centers (Counseling Center; Domestic Violence Program and Shelter; Youth Services), the Social Justice Center of Albany, Unit! y House, and the Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, to name a few.  The “fund” typically allots grants to women's organizations in the Albany area who show much initiative in their work and who promote equal rights in their community.  “Holding Our Own…” limits their grants to Albany, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady Counties, and they do not provide individual grants.  However, there are internship programs available through the local colleges and “Holding Our Own…” you can earn credits and work with this organization to promote their well-balanced agenda.  Contact Information: Naomi Jaffe, 79 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12206, Telephone- 518-462-2871, Website- holdingourown.org.
- Monica Jerminario

The Institute for Research on Women (IROW) at University Albany is a member of the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW.) IROW wants people to become aware of issues on women and gender academically, and it gives opportunities to students to attend activities and deepen their academic knowledge through films, workshops, and technical and consultant services. Also, members of IROW publish books. Dr. Ng is the director of IROW, and her e-mail address is vng@albany.edu, phone number is 518-442-4771, and Fax number is 518-442-4419. For more information, please visit their website at: https://www.albany.edu/irow/index.html.
- Shoko Takizawa

Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program: Under the direction of licensed psychologist M. Dolores Cimini, Middle Earth program assists students with any social or personal issues that affect them directly or indirectly. It is driven by students who volunteer this program to help other peers. Over 15,000 students are reached and getting helped through their hot-line services with their concerns on sex, personal relationships, psychological concerns and many more. The program also publishes articles on ASP (Albany Student Press) and involves with Project Shape on campus. Middle Earth also has a program called “Peer Theater Program”, where the faculties play the subject on alcohol abuse and other social norm issues. For more information visit their website at https://www.albany.edu/counseling_center/middle_earth/index.html. The number you can contact is (518) 442-5890 and the number of the hot-line is (518) 442-5893 or for an immediate assistance call (518) 442-5777.
- Jhiyuun Lyo

New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy, Inc. (NYAGRA) was formed to advocate freedom of gender identity and expression for all. The organization's biggest success was in April of 2002, when Mayor Bloomberg signed Int. No. 24 (introduced as Int. No. 154 in February 2000) into law. This bill amended the New York City Human Rights Ordinance to specify gender identity and expression in the definition of gender, meaning that transsexual, transgendered, and gender-variant peoples are now protected under the city's human rights law. NYAGRA sponsors educational, social, and activist events throughout New York State, and is currently working with the Empire State Pride Agenda to win human rights protections for transsexual, transgendered, and gender variant people at the state level. Board of Directors member Moonhawk River Stone is an Albany local. For more information or to get involved with NYAGRA, email him! at ! hawkrstone@aol.com or visit www.nyagra.tripod.com.
- Kira Brady

New York Public Interest Group (NYPIRG), which was founded in 1973, trains students and other New Yorkers to be advocates . NYPIRG is a non-partisan and not for profit student-directed organization that works on issues such as consumer protection, environment, energy, good government, health, higher education and social justice. NYPIRG's first victory was having the Freedom of Information Law, which opens official records for public access passed in 1974. One of the organization's recent victories in 2003 was having the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act passed which will prevent children from getting lead poisoning. The group's most important factor is that it is student run and these are everyday students organizing and having laws passed. It survives on the commitment of its volunteers. For more information the website is www.nypirg.org and for cont! act informatio! n on the SUNY Albany campus the number is (518) 442-5658, located at Campus Center 307. Ask for Laurie Wheelock.
- Cassandra Colding

New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault Incorporated (NYSCASA) is a local organization in the state of New York who's objectives are to end all forms of sexual assault, violence, and exploitation by advocating for effective responses of those individuals affected by sexual assault.  They work legislatively to improve public policy, organizing events, finding members (including students), and assisting lobbying efforts at the Legislature supporting 75 rape crisis centers all over New York state.  In addition, this group targets minimizing societal denial pertaining to the impact of sexual violence by extensively reaching and educating the people of New York.  Based on their main goal: to end rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment, this organization just began a year-long Pledge Campai! gn, that started on May 20, 2004, in which over 10 NYS Assembly members and senators will be taking responsibility for ending sexual violence, as part of their “I Commit to End Sexual Violence” introduction to the campaigning, by signing a pledge form promising to help end sexual violence.  In return, they will receive a wallet-size pledge reminder card and their name placed on the NYSCASA website.  For more information on this local organization, feel free to contact them at http://www.nyscasa.org.
- Jaclyn Crespo

Parent to Parent is designed to assist parents and caregivers find support services and information to support in the care of family members with disabilities.  The group actively participates in matching families with similar disabilities to establish dialogue and find creative solutions for a family support plans.  The parent volunteer assists families by creating a sharing environment and limiting the feeling of isolations and ineffectiveness by sharing personal experiences.  Parent to Parent offers workshops and conferences to allow for accessible training and to promote dignity and choice for those families who have alternative capable family members.  Parent to Parent also recognizes the need for parents and government agencies to work together to provide services.  For additional information on Parent to Parent, the web sit! e is http://www.parenttoparentnys.org.
- Janet Young

Pride Alliance is a local campus-based activism group. They are LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, intersex, queer) friendly and work towards a better understanding of “alternative” lifestyles. Pride preaches awareness and education while taking action on their campus and in their community. The members are devoted to equal rights and opportunity. Some past events Pride has taken part in are local Take Back the Night marches and sexuality week on the UAlbany campus. Pride also plans on providing pro-life information at the GAP demonstration this year, and planning events for sexuality week 2005, including a presentation of “coming out stories.” For more information please visit student affairs on the UAlbany Campus.
- Jennifer Diliddo

Pro Choice Volunteers of Faith (PCVF) is a young group affiliated with the Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood. PCVF members are dedicated to reversing the assumptions regarding faith and reproductive rights. They began by writing letters to the local clergy and congregation liaisons for support in the summer of 2003. This group united in order to tell their communities about reproductive rights, provide sex education and support and encourage other members of faith to allow their voices to be heard. The PCVF organizes workshops and speakers in the Capitol Region in addition to writing letters to the editor and lending their support to community activities. Their present focus includes sex education and the Mother's Promise Campaign. The campaign is based on the alarming decision this government administration has made to re! sign from the agreement made at the Cairo Conference, there the Unites States agreed to aid in the providing international sex education, family planning programs and reproductive health care. For more information or to get involved call Blue at(518)-434-5678 extension 133 or email blue@uhpp.org. To visit Upper Planned Parenthood's official website go to http://www.uhpp.org.
- Jennifer Hanley

Reality Check is a teen based organization that has chapters all over the state of New York. It started in June of 2000 in an attempt to learn about the tobacco industry and its involvement in the media. The media targets our youth because they are potential customers and it is working. Teenagers who have started to smoke before the age of 18 is up to 90% and 1 in 4 high school students smoke. This organization fights the tobacco industry and the media in an attempt to keep a healthy future for our youth. There are activities in all regions of New York for people to get involved. They include analyzing movies and media for tobacco products, educating awareness to others, writing to tobacco companies, as well as other fun activities. Their website is! informative about their mission as well as future events and can be found at http://www.realitycheckny.org.

RISE is a rape crisis center that serves Sullivan County in Monticello, New York.  RISE provides services such as 24-hour crisis helpline; crisis intervention; information and referral; advocacy within the legal system; and accompaniment to hospitals, police stations and/or court.  The helpline is accessible at all times and calls are confidential.  Support groups are also available to victims of sexual assault and their families and they may receive counseling with professionals.  RISE also provides an ample range of community agencies for additional assistance to fit the needs of victims.  RISE offers many educational programs that seek to educate and empower the lives of the public.  Programs available include Self-Esteem & Self-Care, Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, Contraception & Family Planning, Healthy Relationships, and HIV/AIDS.        
For more information, please visit their website at http://www.rise-empowerment.com/

Sakhi, the Hindi word for “female friend', is a non-profit organization based in New York City, that sets out to serve and support South Asian survivors of domestic violence. This includes women of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, and Nepalese descent (both Diaspora and immigrants). The organization wants to empower victims of domestic abuse, and also build a community where this type of violence ceases to exist. They have a community outreach program, which generates awareness about domestic violence issues. They target the South Asian community in their efforts. The Annual March Against Violence is a product of Sakhi, and takes place each year in Jackson Heights, a region that has a large South Asian population. Sakhi also builds communities through public schools, and conducts workshops at universities, professional associations, and religious centers. They also produce a news magazine, “Voices Of Sak! hi”, which is a resource for their organization and provides information on the issues concerning domestic violence. For more information about Sakhi, please visit http://www.sakhi.com/.
- Chaula Shukla

Social Justice Center, which is located on 33, central avenue, has a main agenda; mainly to commit social change. Their efforts are advanced through building up the community, strengthening the education of the city and forming a collective action that is neighborhood based. It is a non-profit organization that was established in 1981, and has since then formed relationships with over twenty-two different organizations. Each equally versed in many issues such as racism, helping the homeless, homophobia and even sexism. Many organizations such as Campus Action had based their campaigns and rallies at the Social Justice Center. The Center is a place whe! re an individual can find the resources to take against any cause. If this is what you are looking for, the person to contact Victoria Reyes, her number is (518) 434-4037. The e-mail address is Victorio@sunstillrising.com, and the location is again on 33, central avenue, Albany NY 12210.
- Nicole Wan


Sparc (Stand Up For Peace and Antiracism Coalition) is an Albany-based group of a national coalition dedicated to providing people with the tools and information necessary to take our country back. The organization is working on various causes from combating homelessness to ending our country's obsession with militarism and war. The national base consists of more than 800 local and national groups throughout the United States who have joined together to oppose our government's policy of permanent warfare. website: www.antiwar.com/justin/j011703special.html
- Michelle Cook

University at Albany Vagina Monologues is a part of a worldwide v-day organization. The Vagina monologue here at the University at Albany is, like all v-day efforts, non-profit. The UA vagina women put on a performance of the vagina monologues and sell vagina monologue related items to benefit local women's charities such as, the Albany Rape Crisis Center, and the local domestic abuse shelter. Along with the local charities, last year there was also money donated from UA Vagina Monologues to the city of Juarez, Mexico to help with the investigation and prevention of the murders and rapes that are occurring in and around the city. The goal of the UA Vagina Monologues is to help benefit charities that help women and to educate and liberate women at the University of Albany and within the city of Albany. Please visit: http://events.vday.org/2005/College/Albany_State_University.
- Stephanie Vigneault

Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood is a non-profit organization that has worked in the capital region since 1934. UHPP is committed to providing sexuality education and medical services to millions of women, men, and teenagers each year.  They believe that every child is to be wanted and loved and that every woman should be in control of her destiny.  They can provide free or low-cost, safe and confidential testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, HIV, birth control, first trimester abortions, GYN exams, prenatal care, and much more.  The staff is professionally trained, friendly, and committed to helping others.  They are active on the UAlbany campus by handing out sexuality information, condoms, and advocating for HIV testing and reproductive rights.  For more information, please visit www.uhpp.org.
- Amber Wetzler

WAMC/ Northeast Public Radio is a local radio station that services states such as New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New Jersey, etc. As an affiliate with National Public Radio and Public Radio International, WAMC is financially supported by contributions and donations from its listeners.  WAMC offers alternative listening compared to mainstream FM radio stations, and does so by examining global as well as local issues.  Through programs such as “Voxpop” and “To the Best of our Knowledge” listeners not only are allowed the opportunity for different perspective from an activist media station but also are enabled with the perspectives of other listeners.  As an actively involved media station WAMC has frequent interviews with Political leaders, offering contrast and debate in order to inform its listeners of news from around the world, including alternative news on the “War on Terror,” wi! th opinions that widely range.  For more information on WAMC/ Northeast Public Radio visit www.wamc.org or 318 Central Avenue, Albany, NY. 
- Melissa Hillman

Women Against War (WAW) is a nonpartisan, pacifist group who openly welcomes people from every walk of life regardless of gender, sexual orientation, religion, race, ethnicity, age, social history and political affiliation.  They focus on the way in which the United States government specifically can help to diminish if not end oppression against women, interestingly enough I found that they focus on this oppression similar to the way Cynthia Enloe spoke about the theory militarization as it reflects the oppression against women.  The means by which WAW most commonly achieves its goals is through a hierarchal series of committees which work on separate projects.  Their next major even is being hosted by Albany High School on November 15th, from 6AM to 8PM and is entitled, “Confronting the Politics of Fear.”  For more information on this and other events please contact, womenagainstwar@ureach.com or stop by their office at 79 Central Ave. Albany.  [Back to Top]


Think Globally

ACT UP, also known as the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power is a non-partisan international activist group “united in anger and committed to direct action to end the AIDS crisis”. Their protest actions can be unconventional and confrontational, but their overall goal is to create a voice and empower those who are affected by AIDS through the use of civil disobedience. ACT UP operates within LBGT communities especially, and challenges pharmaceutical companies, international governments and any other institution or person that hinders the fight against AIDS. The Global Gag Rule, abstinence only education, equal and fair access to medication and treatment are among some of the major current issues they organize around.   Major ACT UP affiliations can be found in several locations within the United States and also in Vancouver, Paris, Nepal and most recently in India, yet ACT UP has held several international conferences on AIDS in places such as Barcelona, South Africa and Bangkok and have taken various forms of action in many other locations. The New York website provides links to other branches and offers information on meeting times, educational tools, literature on the movement and how to take action locally and globally, for more information visit http://www.actupny.org.
- Marielle McKasty

Aldermaston Women's Peace Camp(aign)  (AWPC) is a non-profit organization committed to nonviolence and against militarism.  On the second week of every month, a peace camp is held.  This is where the organization holds it's meeting to plan for activities and campaigns. For example, since 2002 AWPC has become concerned that the British government is taking measures to put in place the facilities to build a new generation of nuclear weapons. The 2004 March against this was very successful and the AWPC hopes to get an even bigger turn out next year.  This group was started because Aldermaston has been the “factory” for Britain's nuclear weapons research.  To contact the group or get more information go to http://www.aldermaston.net/index.php

Amnesty International is a worldwide organization of peoples who support internationally recognized human rights.  Founded in 1961, Amnesty espouses the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948 (www.un.org/Overview/rights.html).  It is independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion. It does not support or oppose any government or political system, nor does it support or oppose the views of the victims whose rights it seeks to protect.  With 1.8 million members in over 150 countries, Amnesty has been responsible for the release of political prisoners in hundreds of countries; it has raised money through donations, concerts and other local movements for the families of those affected by war, ! discrimination, political and economic unrest.  Every year, Amnesty undertakes massive campaigns that are designed in response to pressing global and local issues that require immediate action.  This year's campaign topics are stop violence against women, control arms, death penalty, stop torture, refugees have rights, international justice, economic globalization and human rights, child soldiers, human rights defenders in Latin America and the Caribbean and treaty bodies. For more information, please visit www.amnesty.org.
- Caitlin Sutton

A.N.S.W.E.R., other wise known as Act Now to Stop War and Research, is an coalition that was started September 14 2001, and it was basically a backlash to the country's overwhelming need for a foreign policy involving only aggressive forces. Within this coalition is over a hundred organizations double that in prominent individual dedicating their time and effort including this author, and an abundance amount of centers located scores of major cities all over the world. A.N.S.W.E.R, has partake in numerous protest one of which was this past summer known as the "Protest Against 'The Twin Parties Against the War Machine,'" where the coalition organized a rally in July against the Democratic National Convention, as well as the Republican National Convention. A.N.S.W.E.R. has organized rallies, and protest against the wars in Iraq, the conflict in Haiti, the Aids in Africa and so forth there is little that this particular coalition does not speak for. To get a listing of some of the organizations involved in there work, here is a list found on their website www.internationalanswer.org
- Nicole Wan

Breakthrough is an international non-profit organization, founded by Malika Dutt, that sets out to create awareness about domestic violence. Education and popular culture media are utilized as tools for reaching the masses. Breakthrough has created extremely popular Hindi music videos, including “Mann Ki Mangeere” and “Babul”, which have gone on to win MTV awards and achieve phenomenal popularity. “Mann Ki Mangeere: An Album of Women's Dreams” is available for sale. The group works both in India and in the United States to build awareness and to help find solutions to feminist issues. Apart from domestic violence, issues that are addressed by Breakthrough are: racial, ethnic, and caste equality, religious harmony, and sexual wellbeing (HIV/AIDS). They also have a scholarship fund for disadvantaged women wanting to pursue their education. They serve as a database for information on a plethora of! topics, and through the music videos and public discourse, they are able to present the information in a new and innovative way. For more information on Breakthrough, please visit http://www.breakthrough.tv/.
- Chaula Shukla

Catalyst, which was founded in 1962, is an independent, non-profit membership organization for all aspects of women's career advancement in New York, California, and Toronto. It provides web-based consulting services on a global basis to improve women's work environment and help them succeed in business. Here is the list of contact information for each office. New York office: phone :(212) 514-7600 fax: (212) 514-8470 e-mail: info@catalystwomen.org California, San Jose office: phone: (408) 435-1300 fax:(408) 577-0425 e-mail: calinfo@catalystwomen.org Toronto office: phone :(416) 815-7600 fax: (416) 815-7601 e-mail: caninfo@catalystwomen.org for more information, please visit their website at: http://www.catalystwomen.org.
- Shoko Takizawa

Center for Economic and Social Rights is one of the first organizations to confront economic injustice as a violation of international human rights law. Established in 1993, it has been working with several countries such as Afghanistan, Ecuador, Peru, United States, Nigeria, and many other countries. C.E.S.R. believes that through unity of nations economic and social rights can provide a “universally accepted framework for strengthening social justice activism.”  This organization also promotes the common rights every human being should have access to such as housing, education, food, work, et! c. One of C.E.S.R. global activities is the The World Social Forum to be held in Brazil from January 26 to January 31, 2005. For more information on this organization and upcoming events please visit their website.http://www.cesr.org/
- Priscilla Toral

Center for Environment and Population (CEP) is a non-profit organization founded in 1999 that generates awareness of emerging population trends both nationally and internationally and how these trends impact the environment.  The CEP partners with many other national and international groups such as Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood Federation, Planned Parenthood Federation of America Global Partners, Population Action International (PAI), and League of Women Voters.  These groups work together to scientifically research population trends, use trend reports as the basis for implicating population-environment friendly policies and leaders, and provide outreach and resources to communities that are impacting the environment in ways never experienced before.  The CEP has sponsored programs and activities to generate awareness about how our government has turned against an international ! agreement to support and expand women's access to family planning and reproductive health and education, called the Cairo Consensus.  The CEP and its partners are committed to improving the quality of life for women and children by advocating for their reproductive health and education to better improve our planet.  For more information, please visit their website www.cepnet.org.
- Amber Wetzler

Coalition Against Trafficking Women is an international organization that aims at promoting human rights and fighting against all forms of sexual violence. Although this non-governmental organization promotes human rights, its primary focus is sexual violence and sexual exploitation of women and children. CATW does not have a headquarters but is established in all regions of the world such as North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. The CATW works closely with national and regional organizations that aim to prevent sexual abuse and exploitation. Through research, this organization uses its information to educate the public about sexual abuse and exploitation and strives to! influence legislations to the hopes of creating a more equal and safe environment for women and children. For more information on this organization, please visit www.catwinternational.org.
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Kyle Kirvin

Face to Face International is a non-profit organization based in New York City, created to assist the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and the development of non-governmental organizations in donor countries increase the impact of their international population-assistance advocacy and resource-mobilization work. Supports the Program of Action adopted by 179 countries at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which identifies the top-priority reproductive health issues to be: family planning, safe motherhood, adolescent health, and STDs, including HIV/AIDS. Face to Face International is focused on helping build the coalitions, consensus and capacity necessary to achieve the new global development agenda, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including universal access to sexual and reproductive healthcare. Please visit : www.facetoface.org
- Nicholas J. Walz

Global Exchange is an international human rights organization that was established in 1988. This organization promotes political, social and environmental justice globally. It is a grassroots organization that puts people before profits. Its main goal is to educate the U.S. public about critical global issues, it promotes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and creates people to people ties. Global Exchange is located in California, but the website provides information about how human rights are being violated worldwide, and it allows people to become involved by knowing what is going on and having them write letters or sign petitions. This program is an excellent resource for activist groups if they want to work for international human rights. Also volunteers and interns travel all around the world collecting information to inform the p! eople of the U.S. about violations of human rights in other countries. The website is www.globalexchange.org and contact information is 415.255.7296 ext 256.
- Cassandra Colding

Greenpeace is an independent organization that addresses global environmental dilemmas through forms of nonviolence and other innovative confrontations in order to create solutions that ensure the capability of the earth to nurture life and diversity.  Public campaigns organized by Greenpeace include The protection of oceans and forests, the waning use of fossil fuels coupled with the promotion of renewable energy to cease climate alterations, the eradication of toxic chemicals, the deterrence of genetically modified organisms being released into nature, a stop to the threat of nuclear contamination and safe and sustainable trade.  Greenpeace does not accept or solicit funds from any corporations, political parties, governments, or any other source that would compromise the independence or objectives of the group.  Some of the projects that Greenpeace International has been a part of include a bans on the exportation of toxic wastes to less developed countries, the discarding of radioactive and industrial waste and disused oil installations at sea, and on all nuclear weapons testing. To get further information about some of the projects sponsored by Greenpeace visit their website at http://www.greenpeace.org/international or to find out how to volunteer in your area visit http://www.greenpeace.org/international_en/contact/index-int
- Angie Torres


InCite! is a national activist group of feminists, who are engaged in a movement to end violence against women of color and there communities. InCite! recognizes such issues as colonialism, police brutality, immigration policies, and reproductive control. Some current issues that InCite addresses include reproductive rights for women of color, in which they warn women about sterilization abuse, racism in reproductive health policies, and dangerous birth control pills. Other issues concern the fight against war, occupation, and colonization. InCite! has also mobilized public support for Arab and Muslim women throughout the world <www.incite-national.org>. The purpose of this movement is to end the war on women of color and our communities within and outside the U.S. perimeter.
- Michelle Cook


International Foundation For Gender Education (IFGE) is a not for profit organization dedicated to working on behalf of the transgender community and promoting freedom of individual gender identity. As declared in the group's mission statement, IFGE stands for respect, acceptance, and protection of gender related Human and Civil Rights for all people. The group publishes a magazine titled Transgender Tapestry, offers a bookstore called Synchronicity, provides medical and psychological referrals and peer counseling and advice for those in transition, and does outreach and educational programming. IFGE also sponsors an annual conference on transgender issues, a scholarship for trans students, and grants for educational and outreach programs that will benefit the trans community. Information and resources including national and local news, a calendar of events, discussion forums, and other resources for the transgender communit! y can be found at www.ifge.org . Or, the organization can be reached by email at info@ifge.org.
- Kira Brady

The International Network of Women Against Tobacco (INWAT) is a global group of over 70 countries fighting to eliminate tobacco for the overall health of women and girls. INWAT plans and holds conferences on tobacco control, distributes information about tobacco related issues, and provides contacts to other organizations. Their events are mainly comprised of conferences and speakers as well as their newsletter that discusses women and tobacco awareness plus health concerns related to the effects of tobacco. Their newsletter is published at least twice a year including information about past and future INWAT events. For more information please visit http://www.inwat.org.

Madre is an international women's human rights organization. Madre representatives work directly with women and their communities to change conditions and exploitation as a direct result of ongoing imperialism. This women-led, women-run international human rights group is also dedicated to informing people in the U.S. about the effects of U.S. foreign policy on communities around the world. Madre is located at: 121 West 27 th Street #301, NY, NY 10001. Phone: 212-627-0444. Fax: 212-675-3704. website: www.madre.org.
- Dinali Abeysekera

Men Can Stop Rape is an international group operating with the goal of eliminating violence against women via the education and participation of men. The group challenges the “normal” view of masculinity and promotes alternative visions on male strength and gender equality. Men Can Stop Rape empowers young men through awareness and action, teaching that male violence is not inevitable. One of the most important programs they sponsor is the “strength training program,” which encourages young men to take an active role in their communities and challenge the actions and behaviors that support rape. Men Can Stop Rape has participated in many programs and activities in the past and will continue to do so. Some of the upcoming events they will take part in, are; a Take Back the Night Presentation at Mennonite College and a presentation! at the F.A.C.T. conference in Mississippi. For more information please visit: www.mencanstoprape.org.
- Jennifer Diliddo

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Center (RAINN), a national organization, is the largest anti-sexual assault organization in the nation, educating the public about sexual assault and leading national and, at times, international efforts to better services for victims of abuse and increase the fight against rape in society.  They provide education, abuse prevention, prosecution, and recovery to more than 120 individuals per year and focuses on “maximizing outreach while minimizing costs.” Their three primary objectives are to further develop a national assault hotline providing confidential and free counseling to victims of abuse, to launch public education and policy campaign in hopes of increasing the likelihood that victims will report their rapists for punishment, and to continue carrying out these first two objectives to increase awareness about the serious issue pertaining to sexual as! sault.  Their newest event, taking place on September 9th, involved Susan Sarandon sponsoring Frederick's of Hollywood's lingerie art auction and fashion show in order to benefit RAINN.  Their famous “Prayer of the Heart” corset, which was modeled, was especially made for its proceeds to go toward supporting RAINN and the program proved to be very effective in the money it gathered for this organization.  Seeing as RAINN does not accept government funding, the program was extremely helpful and enjoyable.  For more information on this organization, please contact http://www.rainn.org.
- Jaclyn Crespo

Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) began in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1977 as a politically and socially active group made of women. These women are united to fight for human rights and social justices, against inequality and oppression. RAWA members focus their efforts on the struggles of many Afghan women and children, trying to improve their conditions. After the Soviet Union invasion in 1978 RAWA expanded their mission and added efforts for peace to their agenda. Contemporary goals of RAWA include the dedication to the resistance to the fundamentalists and ultra fundamentalist Taliban government that has imposed the hindering, restrictive secular laws on their country. RAWA is largely unrecognized and is severely under funded. They need support in the form of a donation or a helping hand. Volunteers can educate awareness to RAWA's causes, voice or write support, help dis! tribute or translate their publication Payam-e-Zan or collect and send donations. For more information or to join the mailing list go to http://www.rawa.org.
- Jennifer Hanley

United Nations Development Fund for Women was established in 1975 in response to the UN First World Conference on Women which was held in Mexico City; various women's organizations who attended the Conference pushed to have the UN back a developmental fund for the global protection and advancement of women in different regions of the world.  UNIFEM provides financial and technical support to many global organizations who are aiding to advance women's human rights, their political participation, and a more advanced economic security.  The core strategies of UNIFEM include: “(1) Strengthening the capacity and leadership of women's organizations and networks; (2) Leveraging political and financial support for women from a wide range of stakeholders; (3) Forging new partnerships among women's organizations, governments, the UN system, and the priv! ate sector; (4) Undertaking pilot projects to test innovative approaches to women's empowerment and gender mainstreaming; [and] (5) Building a knowledgeable base on effective strategies for engendering mainstream development.”  Some of their recent projects include: fighting the war against AIDS and rape in Rwanda, and Burundi; creating gender-sensitive laws in Bangladesh, as well as getting 400 women into the police force; supporting “Sexto Sentido” in Nicaragua, this is a television program for teenagers that deals with important social issues; training journalists in Bosnia and Herzegovina; drafting a constitutional amendment called the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women in Kenya; and introducing gender-sensitive sexual education classes, as well as counseling, in India. Website: UNIFEM.org  
- Monica Jerminario

Women in Black is a networking attempting to acquire a sense of international peace.  They do not consider themselves an organization in the traditional sense of the word but rather a way in which mobilization and action become a feasible option.  Originating in Israel in 1988 Women in black held silent vigils in order to highlight the way in which silence contributes to rape as a tool of war, and the ensuing silence.  Branches of Women in Black has since grown in countries such as Italy, Spain, Germany, England, Azerbaijan, Columbia, and in the former Yugoslavia.  The women involved also are in constant protest over the use of war, ethnic cleansing, and human rights abuses.  For more information on their issues, events, and ideals please feel free to contact them at, http://www.womeninblack.net.     

Working Groups on Girls: Established in 1993 and based out of New York City and Geneva, Working Groups on Girls (WGGs) are two groups classified as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that work on the rights and futures of girls.  In association with UNICEF and the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, the WGG believes that active participation of girls promotes advocacy, commitment from the government and communication between the two from the grassroots level.  This grassroots network has become the International Network for Girls (INFG) with more that 750 members in 102 countries.  The INFG has put programs in place around the world to educate young people  about abusive relationships, communication skills, reproductive rights, sexual health, adolescents social health and rights, women! 's empowerment and rights, abortion, and violence against women and feminism.  This past March of 2004 the Commission on the Status of Women met at the UN with themes surrounding men and boys' roles in gender equality and “women's equal participation in conflict prevention, management and conflict resolution and in post-conflict peace building.”  Always looking towards the future the WGGs' mission is to continue to watch “progress for girls,” find the “best practices” worldwide for girls and to advocate collectively for the rights of girls until “girls themselves come to the forefront of the process that rightfully belongs to them.” For more information or to receive the newsletter, go to: www.girlsrights.org  or contact:  UNICEF House, 3 UN Plaza 4th Floor, NY, NY 10017, 212-824-6394.
- Christina Lutzak

A World Connected is an organization that looks at the problems of globalization, global poverty, and global wealth by examining the lives of everyday people.  Through ideals like universal freedom and exchange of ideas among all people A World Connected's mission is to find that common bond and eliminate human suffering caused by greed and inconsideration.  Through projects like SIFE, Students in Free Enterprise, which is located on more than 1400 campuses around the world, A World Connected dedicates itself to improving business communications and ethics to improve the quality of life around the globe.  This organization encourages participation in fighting against the consequences of globalization.  The organizations social entrepreneurs' mission is to solve the problems that need to be solved through activism and encouragement.  For more information on A World Connected visit www.aworldconnected.org.
- Melissa Hillman

World Institute on Disability is an organization committed to developing and promoting public policy for the rights of people with disabilities.  WID assists in the international exchange of information on disabilities and disability policy.  They have established a coalition of people and resources to enable disability organizations throughout the world to network and develop programs for the inclusion of the disabled into their societies.  By creating an international coalition with many countries, WID has participated in research studies to increase availability and awareness of the needs of people with disabilities.  By advocating for the civil rights of people with disabilities, WID has developed a center for international exchange of information on research and policy.  WID has an online magazine, Disability World that allow for the creative ex! change of ideas.  For more information on WID, the web site is located http://www.wid.org/.
- Janet Young

Worldwide V-Day is a non-profit organization that helps stop violence against women, educate about violence against women, educate to prevent violence, and liberate women worldwide. The V-Day organization is not an event that simply occurs on one weekend a year like most people think. V-day is a movement that happens all year long with events happening all the time. In 2004 there were 2,300 events for V-Day worldwide in 1,100 cities from all cultures and religions. The V-Day organization is a global group that participates and creates events that will help benefit the end to violence against women worldwide. The goal of the V-Day organization is to create, in the future, a world where women and girls around the world can be free and safe.Please visit: http://www.vday.org/contents/vday/aboutvday
- Stephanie Vigneault

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