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THE CWHC UPDATE is a twice-monthly bulletin that includes info on CWHC events and take-action items.

CWHC Welcomes New Collective Members

Chicago Women's Health Center is thrilled to welcome three new Collective Members: Mary Bowman, Jess Chang, and Lindsey Adelman. Each new Collective Member will be contributing to a variety of CWHC's programming, and we look forward to collaborating with them. Stay tuned over the coming months and learn more about these new CWHC staff members! 

This month, meet Lindsey Adelman, CWHC's new Office Manager, Volunteer Coordinator, and Advocacy Coordinator. Lindsey joins CWHC as a participant in AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, an AmeriCorps program focusing on the intersections of Judaism, social justice, and anti-poverty work. 

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Celebrating Jane Addams' Birthday:
Social-Justice Style!

To commemorate Jane Addams' 154th birthday, The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum is hosting a day of peace and justice conversation, creation, and celebration. 

Before joining the 7-9pm Birthday Conversation, "The Ebb and Flow of Resistance," collaborate with Hull-House Museum staff and community members at the Wikipedia Queer/Trans Edit-A-Thon, from 12-4pm. Help create Wikipedia recognition for queer and trans* leaders by drafting a Wikipedia entry for Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, the revolutionary trans* rights activist, former sex worker, prison rights activist, and featured Jane Addams Birthday speaker! Learn more about Miss Major's long-time social justice work and the Oakland based Transgender, Gender Variant & Intersex Justice Project by clicking here.

Both events are free and will be held at the Hull House Museum, at 800 South Halsted. Register today! Click here to register for the Qikipedia Queer/Trans Edit-a-thon. To register for the Birthday Conversation: "The Ebb and Flow of Resistance" with Miss Major, click here!

Global Female Condom Day:
Tuesday, September 16th

Join the Chicago Female Condom Campaign, along with the National Female Condom Coalition, for the third annual Global Female Condom Day! Tuesday, September 16th is a day dedicated to advocating for, educating about, and celebrating the female condom as a resource for STI and STD protection, pregnancy prevention, and empowered risk reduction!

Do you appreciate female condoms? Participate in the social media celebration of Global Female Condom day by posting a picture expressing your thoughts on female condoms and the Chicago Female Condom Campaign. Share how you support Campaign, why you love female condoms, and why you think female condoms are important and post your image on Facebook!

To learn more about the female condom, click here. For information on how to access female condoms, click here

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California Agrees: Yes Means Yes!

Feminists have been advocating for an enthusiastic, affirmative consent model for years, and, now the state of California, is consenting to a "Yes Means Yes!" approach. Signed on Thursday, August 28th, Senate Bill 967 requires any and all individuals involved in sexual activity to provide "an affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity," a definition of consent that does not include silence, intoxicated, or non-resistance.

According to The Los Angeles Times article, SB 967 will impact all public colleges and other institutions receiving state funds for student aid. In addition to requiring "a standard of unambiguous consent," the bill will also provide standards for supporting victims sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and domestic violence.

Interested in learning more about an "affirmative consent" approach? Check out the 2008 publication Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape. Read more about SB 967 here! Here's to California leading the way!

Vives Q Series at Project VIDA

Join Vives Q for the Fall Series of First Tuesdays! Vives Q seeks to create a space for inter-generational dialogue, self-expression, and celebration for LGBTQ-identified youth and adults. Participate in an evening of art, spoken word, and conversation regarding queer identities, queer communities, and Queerism throughout time. 

Vives Q events are held on the first Tuesday of each month, from 6-9pm. The Fall Series begins on Tuesday, October 7th. Location is to be determined. RSVP by emailing Vives Q.