A Gathering for Rural Women and Their Allies

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In our 12th year, the Rural Women’s Assembly will again address issues faced by rural, migrant and underserved women. We will learn how we can make a difference throughout our and our families’ lives. Women in similar difficult situations are now recognizing that they can change their present and their futures. Our time together is a unique opportunity. We are able to listen to the stories of others; to share our own stories; and to bring encouragement, hope and empowerment to one another. We have always been caretakers of other; this Assembly allows us to take care of ourselves, as well. We invite you to stand with us as we help women to help themselves and to enter into their destinies.

Date: Friday, December 8th to Sunday, December 10th
Place: The Desmond, Albany, New York

The Assembly is innovative as it is the only gathering of disenfranchised rural women in New York State (that we know of) that is developed and directed by women and brings together such a vast intergenerational, interracial, inter-ethnic and inter–class diversity of women who want to work for change. This Assembly addresses the issues and hopes of rural women in a practical and holistic manner. We also provide transportation, translation, and an education program & childcare for the young children (up to age 12) of participants.

Mistress of Ceremonies: Ruth Faircloth

2017 Rural Women's Assembly Speakers:

  • Bonnie Harrison - Life Coach specializing in Cross Cultural Groups, Counseling, Founder of the Women’s Institute for Training and Support Services, Inc. Upcoming book - Mommie Letters
  • Betsaida Alcantara - Co-Founder of RMM’s Youth Arts Group, VP of Communications at Anti-Defamation League
  • Kerry Conboy - Archdiocese of New York
  • Emma Kreyche - Senior Worker Rights Advocate, Worker Justice Center New York
  • Tonya Thomas - Former farmworker, Self-employed
  • The 2017 12th Annual Destiny Assembly offers a variety of workshops:

  • Tell Your Story
  • The Bandana Project
  • Who Am I?
  • Ask the Right Questions
  • Business 101
  • Workplace Safety
  • Know Your Rights
  • College Prep
  • Healthcare Rights
  • Eating Healthy on a Budget
  • Start Your Own Women’s Group
  • Health & Wellness Expo and Workshops
    Simultaneous Translation
    Educational Program for Children
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    Transportation & Scholarships (limited basis)

    Marketplace and Resource Fair - $100
    On Saturday, merchants and not-for-profit organizations will be able to reach attendees, their allies, and the general public at the Marketplace. Bring brochures, set-up one-on-one appointments, meet rural, migrant & underserved women throughout NYS. In addition, we will have a Holiday Marketplace of handmade, fair trade and small businesses in the Desmond Courtyard.
    Please reserve your table on the Registration Form.
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    Musical Entertainment
    Provided by Jeannine Otis

    REGISTER NOW: Download English Registration Form Here
    REGISTER NOW: Download Spanish Registration Form Here
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    Join us and over 100 grandmothers, mothers, daughters, and allies from around New York State to explore our destinies – where we’ve come from and where we’re going.