Don’t Ms.: Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Roe on the Rocks and More!

Everywhere: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and this year’s theme is, “It’s time … to get involved.”  The  campaign encourages those who witness sexual assault to speak up and get involved in their own communities. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center has resources and ideas for bringing more awareness to sexual assault.

New York: Party for a good cause at the 4th annual Roe on the Rocks concert, benefiting Planned Parenthood of New York City. Rock out with Thao with The Get Down Stay Down, The Bloodsugars, Ana Egge, Pearl and the Beard and comedian host Sara Benincasa. Fabulous prizes will be raffled, including VIP tickets to the Colbert ReportApril 4, 7 p.m. @ Bowery Ballroom

The White House Project, founded in 1998 to enhance the public perception of women as leaders and to bring about a critical and diverse mass of women leaders, holds its 2011 Epic Awards: Celebrating the New Face of Leadership. Marie C. Wilson, founder of The White House Project, will be among those honored. April 7, 6 p.m. @ 550 West 18th Street

Washington, D.C.: There’s still time to sign up for the Feminist Majority’s Women, Money, Power Summit, cosponsored by the League of Women Voters, NARAL Pro-Choice America, NOW, Women’s Media Center and YWCA USA. The event will feature California Reps. Jackie Speier and Karen Bass, Elizabeth Shuler, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and a keynote speech by Dolores Huerta. April 7-9 @ Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Speaking of women and power, there’s also the Tenth Annual Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards: A Decade of Investing in Women to Improve Our World. The event isn’t until next week, but you can buy tickets now. April 12 @ the Opera House, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Stand Up for Women’s Health this week by joining NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood in a rally: April 7, 11:30 @ U.S. Capitol Building Reflecting Pool (between 3rd and 4th Street, SW)

Boston: Northeastern Law School is hosting the panel, “Race, Rhetoric, and Reproductive Justice: How Current and Proposed Legislation Will Affect Communities of Color”. April 7, 6:30 p.m. @ Northeastern Law School, Dockser Hall, Room 240, 65 Forsyth Street

Amherst, Mass.: Hampshire College hosts its 30th annual Reproductive Justice Conference. Join other activists from across the U.S. and internationally to build a stronger movement for reproductive justice and social change. April 8-10

San Francisco: The Women’s Film Institute puts on the 7th Annual San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival, and this year’s lineup of women’s cinema looks amazing! April 6-10

No shortage of feminist fun, activism and chances to advance your awareness! If you know of any other events this week, post them in the comments. If you have an upcoming event to feature, email me at dgrossmanheinze

Image from Hampshire’s Reproductive Justice Conference


Dahlia Grossman-Heinze is a feminist, an avid viewer of every Real Housewives series and very into Britney Spears.