Monday, February 1, 2010

Apply for a National Organization for Women Committee by February 2!

The National Organization for Women
Apply for a NOW Committee by February 2!
NOW is resending this call for committee applications because we are seeking additional qualified applicants for all committees. If you have previously applied to a committee, know that we will review your application once again in the expanded pool. To be eligible, you must be a NOW member -- feel free to forward this notice to any NOW member you feel would be interested in applying.
We are particularly seeking additional applicants who identify as women of color for each committee. Please note whether you identify as a woman of color, and any other diversity you bring to the committee.
Applications are due Tuesday, February 2 to ComApp@now.org. For more details, please read our original e-mail below.

What is the purpose of committees?
Some committees put together campaigns and materials, while others advise entities of NOW on a given issue. Committees will also have input into national action campaigns. Generally, committees choose to work via e-list and/or conference calls. The names of the available committees and their purposes follow:
Political Action Committee (PAC) -- a committee of NOW members and leaders that reviews requests for endorsement of federal candidates, raises funds for electoral activities, and makes endorsement and contribution decisions. The PAC is a permanent committee of NOW.
Young Feminist Task Force -- a committee of young feminists aged 30 and under to advise the Board of Directors and National Conference on matters of agenda, leadership recruitment and issue prioritization regarding young feminists in NOW. We would particularly like to have increased representation from young feminists of color and high-school and college-age activists. The YFTF is a permanent committee of NOW.
Family Law Advisory Committee -- to work with and advise the NOW National Board of systematic changes or harmful legislation that may adversely impact women in the family court system and impede justice and equality in the courtroom, and related strategies. The Family Law Advisory Committee is an ad hoc committee of NOW.
Combating Racism Advisory Committee -- to encourage growth at all levels within NOW of multiracial task forces to combat racism; to solicit input from women of color organizations and political leaders, and produce recommendations for an action program. The Combating Racism Advisory Committee is an ad hoc committee of NOW.
Mothers and Caregivers Economic Rights Advisory Committee -- to work with the NOW National Board and officers to develop state-based and national strategies on issues surrounding the economic rights of U.S. mothers and caregivers, including online resources and action kits, talking points, programming ideas, media resources, and other materials. The Mothers and Caregivers Economic Rights Advisory Committee is an ad hoc committee of NOW.
Disability Rights Advisory Committee -- to work with the National NOW Action Center to fully integrate issues of women with disabilities into our feminist work on domestic violence, child custody, health care, equality in employment and education, lesbian rights, body image, reproductive and abortion rights and all feminist issues. The Disability Rights Advisory Committee is an ad hoc committee of NOW.
Equal Marriage Advisory Committee -- to work with the NOW National Board and officers to develop and implement a strategic proactive education campaign on equal marriage, addressing state and federal legislation, ballot initiatives, and efforts to influence and move public opinion and policymakers. The Equal Marriage Advisory Committee is an ad hoc committee of NOW.
Global Strategies and Issues Advisory Committee -- to more fully develop NOW positions on foreign policy and the impact of U.S. foreign policy and expenditures on women worldwide, and help develop strategies to counter harmful policies. The Global Strategies and Issues Advisory Committee is an ad hoc committee of NOW.
Technology Empowerment Team -- a team of activists with expertise in virtual technologies and organizing tools to produce a report that will be available on the NOW Web site and sent to all chapters detailing the kinds of virtual tools available to assist activists with their organizing work. The Technology Empowerment Team was created by a resolution at the 2009 National Conference.
Virtual Chapters Task Force -- a task force with a diverse experience of leadership and grassroots organizing within NOW to advise the NOW National Board on recommended policies and any necessary bylaws changes in order to implement virtual chapters and related matters. The Virtual Chapters Task Force was created by a bylaws amendment at the 2009 National Conference.
How do I apply for a committee?
Please submit (or encourage any interested applicant to submit) a letter of interest to ComApp@now.org (with the subject line "Committee" and the name of the committee you are interested in) explaining your background, interest, involvement, or expertise with regard to the specific issue or subject area, and what you would bring to the committee's work. Please also include at least one goal that you would recommend for the committee's work. If you are a current committee member applying for reappointment, please provide at least one paragraph detailing your contributions to the committee during the past year.
NOW is committed to diversity and requires that every committee represent a variety of voices, so please note any diversity that you bring to the committee. Some examples of diversity are race, ethnicity, age, disability, and sexual orientation, but you are not limited to those categories.
Feel free to also include any endorsements or letters of recommendation from NOW leaders or others on your behalf, but those are not required. Be sure to submit your information by the deadline above.












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