Monthly Archives: November 2011

Cindy Crabb zine reading w/ Cynthia Schemmer and Max Steele!

We’re sponsoring a zine reading next Monday at The New School with Cindy Crabb, Cynthia Schemmer and Max Steele!

We’ve been carrying Cindy’s “Support” zine (on preventing sexual assault and supporting survivors) as well as “Learning Good Consent”.  Her well-known autobiographical feminist zine “Doris” is really worth checking out, if you haven’t already.

See below for more info and we hope to see you there!

For The Birds Collective & MFA Collective Works present:
a zine reading w/
Cindy Crabb (Doris and Support zines)
Cynthia Schemmer (Habits of Being)
Max Steele (Scorcher)

Tuesday, December 6
@ The New School – 6 E 16th St, Room 1107
8pm // open to the public

Find out more about the readers after the jump!

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TONIGHT: 8th Sound Wave Benefit for Project Envision

Searching for a way to help out local feminist, anti-violence work in Brooklyn on your Wednesday night? Look no further! For all of our New York based readers, we hope you’ll be able to make it to the 8th Sound Wave Benefit show organized by Permanent Wave, a NYC based grassroots feminist collective. Tonight’s show, happening at Death By Audio, will benefit Project Envision Williamsburg, a community mobilzation project aimed at developing sexual violence prevention programs. In addition to supporting community based anti-violence work, tonights show also features a line up that includes For the Birds Comp contributors, Aye Nako. Hope to see you there!

Occuprint: Poster Art from the Occupy Movement

Rich Black. Oakland, CA

Check out some of the posters from the 99%! Occuprint is a poster series with works from around the world, curated by Molly Fair, Jesse Goldstein, Josh MacPhee and John Boy. They provide free online & print posters and are continuing to expand.  Click here to see their website, and if you have the means, you can consider making a donation soon!


Colectivo Cordyceps. Mexico City, Mexico

Cristy C. Road. Brooklyn, NY


Dave Loewenstein. Lawrence, KS

Cindy Crabb reading – December 6th!

Save the date! We are co-sponsoring a zine reading by Cindy Crabb and more TBA!

December 6 @ The New School
6 E 16th St, Room 1107
8PM // Open to the Public // Donations!
brought to you by MFA Collective Works and The For The Birds Collective

Cindy Crabb is the author of the long running, autobiographical feminist zine Doris, Her new book The Encyclopedia of Doris has just been released. She has written for numerous books and magazines, including We Don’t Need Another Wave: Dispatches from the Next Generation of Feminists, the Utne Reader, Experiencing Abortion: A Weaving of Women’s Words, A Girls Guide to Taking Over the World: Writing From the Girl Zine Revolution, and is featured in the new academic book Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism, by Alison Piepmeier. She is the editor of the zines Support, and Learning Good Consent, and is a sexual assault survivor advocate.


MEET ME AT THE RACE RIOT: People of Color in Zines from 1990 – Today

Flier by Daniela Capistrano

We’re so excited for our next event, co-organized with POC Zine Project & Barnard Zine Library on Wednesday, November 16th. You can RSVP on Facebook.

Wednesday, November 16 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Barnard College
307 Milbank Hall (3rd floor)
North end of campus
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

The People of Color (POC) Zine Project, Barnard Zine Library and For The Birds Collective are excited to announce a zine reading/community event featuring poc zinesters with diverse backgrounds in zine culture and activism. This is an ALL AGES event, so spread widely!

We’ll be adding more details to this event listing, but here are the confirmed readers and details:







We are encouraging folks to bring any zines they want to share, sell or trade. We’ll have space to do that.

LIVETWEET: #poczines
We’ll be sharing details in real time on Twitter @poczineproject, so feel free to follow along and send us your questions and comments with #poczines!


Milkbank Hall is on the north end of the Barnard College campus. There
will be signs posted to guide you to the 3rd floor location.

Barnard College information:


Barnard Zine Libary:
Barnard’s zines are written by women (cis- and transgender) with an emphasis on zines by women of color. We collect zines on feminism and femme identity by people of all genders. The zines are personal and political publications on activism, anarchism, body image, third wave feminism, gender, parenting, queer community, riot grrrl, sexual assault, trans experience, and other topics.

FOR THE BIRDS is a New York City-based feminist collective. We work towards establishing alternative spaces that promote the creative interests of women-identified community members. For the Birds is a collaborative group of organizers with backgrounds in feminism, social justice work, and various artistic pursuits. Through DIY feminist cultural activism, For The Birds aims to empower and support radical women of action.

We want to make it easier for POC (People of Color) zine fans and their supporters to find a diverse selection of zines made by POC. Zines are a vital component in the long tradition of self-publication. They share knowledge and experiences that supplement (and often contradict) the information that other sources distribute, encouraging free thought. There are many valuable zine collections in the United States (many accessible online) but none that are devoted to curating POC zines. POC Zine Project’s mission is to makes ALL zines by POC easy to find, share, and distribute.


Apply for an Internship at The Doula Project this Spring!

The Doula Project is now accepting applications for a spring internship. By joining the Doula Project, you will have the opportunity to work with people across the spectrum of pregnancy in NYC. Please see below for more details and the full application.

Organization’s Mission:

The Doula Project is an NYC-based organization that provides free compassionate care and emotional, physical, and informational support to women and people across the spectrum of pregnancy. We work to create a society in which all pregnant women and people have access to the care and support they need during their pregnancies and the ability to make healthy decisions for themselves, whether they face birth, miscarriage, stillbirth, fetal anomaly, or abortion.

The Doula Project has local and national programming. Locally, we organize and train volunteers on the doula model of care in abortion clinics. We place our trained doulas in clinics that we partner with and manage the relationship between the two. We also partner with an adoption agency and birth centers in NYC to provide free birth doula support to their clients. We organize monthly meetings for our doulas which include skills-based trainings and a chance to talk about their experiences as doulas and connect with other doulas in the project. Nationally, we provide training, guidance, and resources to activists and health professionals interested in the abortion doula model of care.

Internship Description:

A huge part of being a doula is having the desire and capacity to support another person through a powerful physical and emotional journey: pregnancy. This spring, we are looking for an awesome and engaged intern to help us serve people across the spectrum of pregnancy in New York City clinics and hospitals in the following ways:

  • 60% of the intern’s position will be to work as a doula daily in the abortion clinics we partner with. At the onset of the internship, we will provide our intern with a 12-hour classroom training we provide on the abortion doula model of care, followed by supervised clinic training. Interns will spend 5-8 hours a day serving as a doula and patient advocate, 4-5 days a week, or as needed. This involves traditional doula roles of providing emotional, physical, and informational support to clients. Interns will be with clients before, during and after procedures. They will spend time in the waiting and recovery rooms and be present in the procedure and operating rooms while patients undergo their terminations.
  • 5% of the internship will be time to read, watch, and learn about all the different aspects of pregnancy. In order to be a good doula, it is very important the intern have a comprehensive understanding of what happens during pregnancy and its outcomes. We will facilitate this by providing reading material, opportunities to attend workshops and trainings, and significant opportunities to watch abortion procedures and speak with residents and attending doctors.
  • 15% of the internship will be working on the birth side of our project. (If an intern is already trained as a birth doula, this time could be more significant). We do not provide certified birth doula training, but there will be opportunities to attend a birth with a trained doula, meet our clients and partner organizations, and speak with birth doulas who are part of our project. We will also provide opportunities for the intern to learn about adoption and attend trainings with our partner organization, Spence Chapin. If an intern chooses to do their birth doula training in conjunction with this internship we will include their training time as part of the internship and help match them to birth clients. If an intern is already a doula, we will match them to birth clients at the onset of their internship.
  • 20% of the internship will be to provide programmatic and communications support to the project coordinators. This includes: helping organize monthly meetings, sending out scheduling reminders to doulas, updating our website and social networking sites, editing and writing pieces of our training toolkit, and other tasks as they come up.
  • If an intern is interested in working on an independent project for 10-15% of their time, the above percentages of time are negotiable.

The Doula Project was started by two pro-choice birth doulas, one of whom will be the intern’s direct supervisor. We have been building our organization for more than four years, and this spring promises to be a very exciting and groundbreaking time for us. Being allowed into the room with a person who is facing birth or abortion is an awesome responsibility, an amazing opportunity, and above all, a privilege. We look forward to having the support, energy, and skills that a intern would bring to our work.

Skills Needed:

  • previous clinical experience ideal, clinical inclination a must;
  • currently a birth doula and/or strong knowledge of pregnancy, childbirth and abortion; if not currently a birth doula, willing to seek out training and scholarships with the DP’s assistance;
  • interested in direct service work, working with patients/clients daily;
  • ability to communicate easily and effectively with large groups of people;
  • capacity to support people facing difficult and emotional situations;
  • capacity to work in high-stress, high-endurance settings;
  • capacity to work in hospitals/clinics daily, not behind a desk in an office;
  • extremely extroverted, outgoing personality, comfortable with meeting new people daily;
  • comfortable working with medical professionals and being exposed to blood and medical procedures, including second trimester abortion procedures (remember, they’re much different than first trimester procedures!)
  • comfortable with touching patients/clients and providing physical support measures;
  • self-motivated and independent;
  • comfortable with taking on leadership roles;
  • basic computer skills;
  • strong written and oral skills

We want to stress that this is a direct service position – anyone looking to work in an office should not apply. While this position will be highly supervised, the nature of this work is geared toward people who are interested in working independently with patients as well as in collaboration with doctors and medical professionals. Since the majority of the direct service work will involve talking to patients, hearing their stories, and advocating for them, we are looking for someone who is outgoing, a good listener, and has A LOT of patience and tact. Additionally, because we work in hospitals, interns will be drug-tested at the beginning of the internship as part of the hospital physical and should be prepared to pass that test.

Language Requirements: English; Spanish highly desired.

Location: The internship takes place in various clinics and hospitals throughout the NYC area, mainly in Manhattan and Brooklyn, all near public transportation. We currently run our abortion service out of one of NYC’s largest public hospitals, Planned Parenthood’s , and Choices Women’s Center in Long Island City, Queens.

Work Hours: Flexible Hours, Minimum 20 hours per week. Schedules will be given on a monthly basis and will be based on the needs of the clinic. If the intern is attending a birth, scheduling arrangements will be made to accommodate time off depending on the length and timing of the labor. Administrative tasks may be done from home, if preferred. We are happy to honor requests made in advance for time off. Please note that there are times where we may need a doula urgently, without much advance notice. Unless the intern has requested time off beforehand, s/he will be the first person we contact.

Dress Code: Casual and clean, but professional. No bra straps, midriff-bearing tops, mini-skirts or shorts; comfortable shoes. Scrubs can either be bought beforehand or can be provided as needed, usually at least one day a week.

How to apply:

Please write a cover letter that includes a brief personal statement that responds to the following questions (limit 100-500 words): What does the phrase “Spectrum of Choice” mean to you? How do you see this phrase as being relevant to being a doula?

Please also submit a resume highlighting your work in reproductive health, rights, or justice, counseling, social work, doula work, our health services. Please also submit 2 references who would not mind being contacted.

Applications must be submitted by November 27th, 2011 to