Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Join us in NYC on National Day of Action for Gaza!

As of July 23rd the Palestinian Center for Human Rights has reported that 663 Palestinians have been killed by Israel's ongoing assault on Gaza. 80% of those were civilians; 161 of them were children, who made up 24% of the casualties. The total number of wounded was 3,500, of whom 991 were children. As U.S. citizens whose tax dollars are underwriting this carnage, we say STOP THE BOMBING NOW.

CODEPINK NYC, Adalah-NY, Jewish Voice for Peace NYC and allied groups call for supporters of human rights to protest the Israeli assault on Gaza. As part of a national day of action on July 24th, we will gather at Foley Square and march through Lower Manhattan to demand that our local and national governments end their support of Israel's current massacre in Gaza and its ongoing occupation and colonization of Palestine.

Please join us and spread the word.

WHEN: Thursday, July 24, Gather at 5:00, March at 5:30
WHERE: Foley Square - Worth St, Centre St & Lafayette St
RSVP and share on Facebook:
Tweet using the hashtag #NYC4GAZA and the shortlink

National Call on Facebook:

Co-organizing groups include (list in formation):
 Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel, Brooklyn for Peace, CODEPINK NYC, Jewish Voice for Peace NYC, Jews Say No!, New Yorkers Against the Cornell-Technion Partnership (NYACT), New York City International Socialist Organization (ISO), NYC Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QAIA), WESPAC Foundation, Women in Black Union Square.

Endorsing groups include (list in formation): 
Committee for Open Discussion of Zionism (CODZ), Cornell University - Students for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace - Westchester, New York City War Resisters League, SJP at Brooklyn College, SJP at City College, SJP at John Jay College, SJP at Staten Island College, SJP at Hunter College, SJP at Pace University, SJP at Columbia University, SJP at Rutgers University Newark, SJP at Rutgers University New Brunswick, SJP at Seton Hall University, NYU - SJP, We Will Not Be Silent, United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC),, World Can't Wait.

See you in the streets,
Nancy K and the CODEPINK NY team

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Thursday: Day of Action for Gaza!


July 22, 2014

Thursday, July 24, is an urgent National Day of Action for Gaza. Check out these ideas for local actions,, and tell Congress to call for a ceasefire now and an end to the siege of Gaza! 

In the latest round of violence, 29 Israelis have been killed. Over 600 Palestinians have been killed. Instead of pushing for a ceasefire and an end to the suffocating siege of Gaza, we've watched in horror as the US Congress has been busy passing unanimous resolutions to support Israel and allocating even more money for the Israeli military!

Tell Congress: Call for a ceasefire now and an end to the siege of Gaza!

In Gaza, hospitals have been bombed, electricity and water has been cut off, and thousands of people have been displaced from their homes. But even before this latest attack, life in Gaza has been miserable. Over 1.5 million people have been corralled into this overpopulated small strip of land, only 140 square miles, with no control over their borders (land, sea or air). With few ways to make a living and shortages of basic goods and services, they are dependent of UN handouts to survive. There will never be peace until the siege is lifted. 

Across the world in over 100 cities, thousands of people have taken to the streets for Gaza. We need action now more than ever! Please join this urgent call to stop the Israeli offensive in Gaza and end the 7-year siege that has made life in Gaza so unbearable, and contact Congress now.  

With hope for justice for Palestine,

Alli, Anastasia, Ashley, Ben, Colleen, Farah, Holly, Jodie, Janet, Medea, Nancy, Sophia, Tighe, and Tyra 

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Ask President Obama to protect women's health

I am thrilled to let you know that thousands of your fellow activists have already emailed President Obama.

Will you join them by emailing the President urging him to issue an executive order protecting access to reproductive healthcare for employees of federal contractors - without a religious exemption?

For women's rights,

Chitra Panjabi
Membership Vice President

We need to Save the Senate

Dear Young Feminists and Allies Virtu,

There is one silver lining to the Supreme Court's brazenly anti-woman decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby: women and men around the country are quickly turning their anger into action.

We're asking President Obama to issue an executive order ensuring that all federal contractors who provide a group insurance plan comply with the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act. We want the president to make crystal clear that the U.S. government will not do business with those who discriminate against women. Make no mistake -- withholding basic health care like birth control from women is gender bigotry.

There is too much at stake to stop now. Take action with us today!

Thousands have already taken a stand with NOW against the Dirty 100 - the nonprofits and for-profit corporations that sued the U.S. government demanding permission to strip birth control from their employees' health insurance plans.

The vast majority of people in this country agree that all employers should have to comply with the health care law's birth control coverage requirement. To be clear, that's all employers -- no exceptions, exemptions or accommodations for religious extremists. Unfortunately, bowing to political pressure, the Department of Health and Human Services created exemptions and accommodations for supposed religious beliefs - a misguided policy that the U.S. Supreme Court seized upon in explaining its atrocious decision.

It's time to gain back lost ground. Take action and ask President Obama to issue an executive order protecting access to contraception for all employees of federal contractors!

For women's lives

Terry O'Neill

Friday, July 18, 2014

Israeli Filmmakers Sign Petition, Urging Israeli Government To Hold Ceasefire On Attacks On Gaza Strip

Glad Israelis are speaking out about this. [Huffington Post]
Caroline Frost
Gaza Offensive: Israeli Filmmakers Sign Petition, Urging Israeli Government To Hold Ceasefire On Attacks On Gaza Strip
Posted: 14/07/2014 15:16 BST Updated: 14/07/2014 16:00 BST

A group of Israeli filmmakers have added their voices to those pleading for a ceasefire to the attacks by their Government on the Gaza Strip.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

RISE for Peace and an Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza

So glad V-Day is joining the call for Peace in Gaza, below.

RISE for Peace and an Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza

We - ONE BILLION RISING - a world movement of women and men working to end violence against women and girls, and all the intersectional injustices that sustain the impunity that keep it in place - call for an immediate ceasefire. We call for an end to the occupation of Palestine and all forms of oppression that lead to more violence.

Already countless civilians have died - many of whom are women and children.

We cry with and rise for the mothers who have lost their children and families and who live in daily terror in this ongoing war.

We cry with those that have been occupied and diminished and who are seeking recourse.

We know that our sisters on both sides long for connection, justice and peace.

And we stand in solidarity with the women and men of Palestine and peace loving people of Israel who demand an end to the bombings and air strikes now.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Contact the 37 Senators Who Today Voted For Millionaires Over Students

From the godmother of the Violence Against Women Act and longtime NOW activist Pat Reuss:

These Senators and their selfish vote hurts all our kids and all our college students and all of us who still have staggering, high interest student loans to pay off.  Send an email or call every one of them.  You do not have to live in their state to be hurt by their vote.  Find their contact info here:

Against Islam: A Fight as U.S. Girls Face Genital Cutting Abroad

The below is so scary. It makes me BEYOND angry that it's so prevalent in countries that are predominantly Muslim. It is nowhere to be found in The Qur'an and goes against Islamic principles of sex being a gift both men and women are supposed to enjoy. 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Women Living Under Muslim Law Gazette - What's been happening in the network?

Last abortion clinic in MI: NOW board member Laurie on HuffPost Live

Please watch the interview of Laurie Roberts, my sister NOW National Board member and incredible activist in MI. I have to stop reading the tweets, especially from the white man who talks about no exception in cases of rape or incest. I am so grateful for feminists like Laurie who stay in less liberal states. I know I'm privileged to be in NY.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Siobhan O'Loughlin's Natural Novice is a Must See!

Posted by: Rachel Piazza

Body hair isn’t something I spend a lot of time thinking about. I mean… I think about it when I shave – which is usually everyday.