The Chicago Abortion Fund has provided financial support to people in need of abortion care for over three decades. It was founded in 1985 by health care providers and members of Chicago’s pro-choice community to provide low-income women with access to safe and affordable care. CAF believes that reproductive rights encompass access to a full range of affordable and accessible health care services, safe and effective birth control, health and sexuality information, and surgical and medical abortions. Their goal is to make these services safe, high quality, and economically, legally and geographically accessible for all women.
CAF strives to make reproductive choice possible for all women through funding, education, and advocacy. The Chicago Abortion Fund promotes reproductive justice by funding abortions, advocating for reproductive autonomy, and organizing for racial, gender, and economic justice, supporting people most impacted by social, economic, and political barriers so they can become strong reproductive justice advocates in their own communities and beyond.
These five talented readers will share an essay about a time when they themselves first. All proceeds from ticket sales and a portion of bar sales will go directly to The Chicago Abortion Fund.
Alexis Cheung is nonfiction writer and occasional journalist. Her essays and reporting have appeared in The New York Times, T, New York, The Believer, Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications. Originally from Hawaii, she currently lives in New York.
Sarah Gerard is the author of the essay collection Sunshine State, the novel Binary Star, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times first fiction prize, and two chapbooks. Her short stories, essays, interviews, and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, Granta, The Baffler, Vice, BOMB Magazine, and other journals, as well as anthologies. She’s been supported by fellowships and residencies from Yaddo, Tin House, PlatteForum, Ucross, and Pocoapoco. She writes a monthly column for Hazlitt and teaches writing in New York City.
Melanie Greenberg received her MFA in Creative Writing from the New School. She has written book reviews and articles for several publications. In her early days as a writer, Melanie published the comedy sports blog "Struck Out Looking" on the SNY website. More recently, Melanie has been focusing on her interest in comedy. She hosts has a weekly YouTube series with her dog Phil, in which she parodies the world of social media influencers while covering a wide range of topics- fitness, pop culture, history, literature, to name a few. Her series can be found on the channel Kill Switch. Committed to social justice, Melanie also works as an Advocacy Coach and Fundraiser at Open Doors, a 501 (c) (3) whose mission is to work with hospital residents to improve their lives and inspire actions for safer, more just communities. Creativity workshops, paid internships and educational grants support participants in moving toward greater independence and an expanded vision of what is possible.
Photo: Janice Chung
Jimin Han was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in New York, Rhode Island, and Ohio. She attended Cornell University and Sarah Lawrence College. Her writing can be found at NPR’s Weekend America, Entropy, The Rumpus, Poets & Writers, Hyphen Magazine, Kartika Review, KoreanAmericanStory.com, Bloom, and elsewhere. A Small Revolution is her first novel. She teaches at The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College and lives outside New York City with her husband and children.
Photo: Mike Stenerson
Leslie Jamison is the author of The Empathy Exams, a New York Times bestselling essay collection, and a novel, The Gin Closet, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award. Her work has appeared in Harper's, Oxford American, A Public Space, Boston Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, and the New York Times, where she is a regular columnist for the Sunday Book Review. She lives in Brooklyn and is an assistant professor at Columbia University.
Please join us on Thursday November 30th, 2017 at 7pm, at Elsa.
Tickets: $20, available via PayPal and at the door.100% of ticket proceeds and a portion of bar sales will go directly to The Chicago Abortion Fund.