Community Organizing

We Won't Go Back!


After the signing of the most restrictive anti-abortion measure passed in the United States since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, organizer Shira Tarantino assembled a team of local pro-choice advocates in the 24 hours following and created the WE WON'T GO BACK! rally in Stamford, CT on May 17, 2019. Speakers from across the state, including Attorney General William Tong and other elected officials and representatives from Planned Parenthood Votes! CT, ACLU, student activists, and other community leaders, came together to protest the recent restrictive bans in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky and Ohio. The rally shed light on the need for access to safe and legal abortion, emphasized the importance of voting, and inspired people to take action.

#PinkWave2020 Rally for Women's Rights


In collaboration with Stamford Women's Talking Circle, Shira was a member of the organizing team for the #PinkWave2020 Rally for Women’s Rights, which swept the City of Stamford, Connecticut on January 18, 2020. Held in solidarity with Women’s Marches across the state, and the Women’s Marches in NY and DC that same day, 200 community members joined us in below-freezing temps to stand up, speak out, and commit to taking action.


The ENOUGH Campaign

Shira Tarantino speak at the Fourth Annual Vigil of Hope to End Gun Violence

Development, co-founder, board member. The mission of The ENOUGH Campaign is to protect our families and our country as we advocate for more public awareness on the issues of gun violence prevention in America. Through legislative advocacy and community education, we champion stronger gun laws and aim to transform public perceptions of gun safety. 

Stamford Pediatric Gun Safety Project

Stamford Pediatric Gun Safety Project

Founder. The mission of the Stamford Pediatric Gun Safety Project is to collect and analyze empirical evidence of the barriers that Stamford pediatricians face while providing anticipatory guidance on firearm safety. ​ 

#WearOrange Day

Michael Hyman, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Stamford Mayor David Martin, Shira Tarantino, WearOrange

Co-Organizer, speaker. On June 2, we wear orange in memory of Hadiya Pendleton and to honor the more than 90 lives cut short and the hundreds more injured by gun violence every day.

Disarm Hate


Speaker, fundraiser. Disarm Hate is a movement begun in the wake of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. It addresses the intersection of LGBTQ rights and gun violence prevention.

Dress for Success Worldwide


Director of Development. Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. 

Homelessness Prevention


Director of Development. The EIS Housing Resource Center mission is to prevent homelessness by keeping residents in their communities, preserving existing affordable housing, and promoting and supporting the construction of affordable housing for low, moderate, and middle-income households.


Combatting Poverty Through Micro Loans


Consultant. Helped to create a strategic plan to build a sustainable funding strategy and cultivate leadership. The Greater Contribution gives impoverished women in East Africa the opportunity to provide better nutrition, housing, health care, and education for their families through micro loans. 

Standing up for Women's Rights


Phone bank fundraising supervisor, activist for NOW-NYC, The Founding Chapter. Project: supporting policy change promoting the Violence Against Women Act. Women's rights, affordable healthcare and pro-choice options for women.

Environmental Campaigning


Activist and Lobbyist in support of closing the hazardous Fresh Kills Landfill in a small residential community in NYC. NYPIRG - New York Public Interest Research Group. 

Unique Projects

Global Community Organizing


Founder, global community organizer. links people in the inter- and exo-faith   communities with ordained officiants who perform Handfastings, Wedding Ceremonies, Commitment Ceremonies, Sacred Unions and other Rites of Passage and celebrations. The non-profit currently lists more than 100 ordained officiants from five countries.

Handfastings Magazine


Publisher, editor, and chief executive officer. Handfastings Magazine is a leader in the handfastings community, offering brides and grooms-to-be alternative and out-of-the-box ritual options for their wedding ceremonies.  Shira oversees all management, distribution, editing, sales, marketing and creative direction.  

Shira also officiates weddings and handfastings.

Stark Elementary School PFO Volunteer


Volunteer for Stark Parent Faculty Organization: Fundraiser, Social Media Coordinator, Stark Starry Night Gala Committee Member. The Stark PFO (Parent/Guardian Faculty Organization) is a nonprofit group of dedicated parents/guardians & faculty whose purpose is to aid the students, faculty and staff of Julia A. Stark Elementary School in offering vital educational enrichment and extracurricular activities.