We are thrilled to support The Afiya Center on March 23rd, at 7pm. The Afiya Center is a non-profit reproductive justice organization in North Texas that was founded and is directed by women of color. The Afiya Center addresses the unique needs of women of color, increases awareness and advocates around policies that directly impact their lives. In addition, there is a special emphasis on the experiences of marginalized women affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty.
Over the years, The Afiya Center has been successful in creating positive change in women’s lives through the creation of micro-economic projects that are designed to promote entrepreneur enterprise and improve the health outcomes of women living with HIV/AIDS. The Afiya Center’s mission is to encourage women to take ownership of their reproductive health by transforming the management of their health to one that increases self-efficacy, and promotes wholeness. Moreover, The Afiya Center aims to end the cycle of disease and poverty disparities among marginalized women through empowerment and re-education. It is believed by empowering these women and equipping them with tools to generate wealth, they are able to transform their lives and lives of those within the communities they serve.
These five amazing women will share an essay about a time someone told them what to do. We can’t wait to hear their stories. All proceeds from ticket sales and a portion of bar sales will go directly to The Afiya Center.
Marie-Helene Bertino is the author of the novel 2 A.M. At The Cat's Pajamas and the story collection Safe As Houses. Her awards include the O. Henry Prize, The Pushcart Prize, and The Iowa Award for Short Fiction. She teaches at NYU and in the low-residency MFA program at IAIA (Institute of American Indian Arts) in Santa Fe, and lives in Brooklyn, where she is an Editor at Large for Catapult Magazine.
Photo: Ana Leiva
Diana Delgado is a 2017 NEA Poetry Fellow. She received her MFA in Poetry from Columbia University and a BA in Poetry from the University of California, Riverside. Her poetry chapbook, Late-Night Talks With Men I Think I Trust, selected by Cornelius Eady, won the Center for Book Arts 2015 Poetry Chapbook Competition. Her poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Ninth Letter, The North American Review, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly and Fourteen Hills. She has been awarded numerous awards, with the most recent from Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference and The Frost Place Conference on Poetry. A poet and playwright, her work is rooted in her experiences growing up Mexican-American in the Southern California city of La Puente.
Jennifer Estaris’ days are spent writing, game designing, and chasing after her child. Her credits include games for Nickelodeon, Disney, and Dreamworks, and her short fiction has been published in matchbook, Gamasutra, The Escapist, and Topography of War, among others. Jennifer received her M.F.A. in fiction at Columbia University. Her current heart rate is 140 bpm.
Jess McIntosh is a democratic strategist who most recently served as Director of Communications Outreach for Hillary Clinton, who received 3 million more votes than Donald Trump and should be the President. Prior to that honor, she was the Vice President of Communications for EMILY’s List, an organization larger than the NRA devoted to electing pro-choice progressive women. She has also had the honor of working for some really fantastic feminists who happened to be men (a fact she does not hold against them), including Senator Al Franken, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Neda Semnani is a journalist and writer whose work has appeared in various online and print publications, including the Washington Post, New York Magazine, the Baffler, the Week, and Roll Call among others. She holds a Masters in Gender and Social Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an MFA in Nonfiction from Goucher College. She's currently at work on her memoir, They Said They Wanted Revolution.
Historically marginalized populations are facing even more challenges in our current political climate. We are glad to support The Afiya Center, an organization of dedicated and pioneering women who are determined to change the lives and the narrative of one of our country’s most marginalized groups, women of color. Please help us support their crucial work.
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