Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A Legacy, Primary Winners, and Feminist Fireworks

NOW News and Action Summary
National Organization for Women:
News & Action Summary
JUNE 22, 2010

The Legacy of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, The Potential of Solicitor General Elena Kagan: Suggested Questions for the Senate Judiciary Committee

In this memorandum, NOW reviews major Supreme Court decisions during Justice Stevens' tenure and draws from this history to suggest questions the Senate Judiciary Committee should ask Elena Kagan to help ascertain her commitment to women's fundamental human rights. Read more.

NOW Congratulates Primary Winners, Looks Forward to November Victories

NOW/PAC is proud to announce that 17 of its endorsed candidates won primary elections on June 8. NOW congratulates these primary winners and looks forward to working with them, both in the coming months and once they take office, in order to ensure full equality for women and girls. Read more.

June 22: Last Day To Register For NOW Conference

National NOW Conference

June 22 is the last day to register online for the 2010 National NOW Conference. The conference is from July 2-4 in Boston this year, and we hope you can join us! If you miss the deadline, you can register on site at the event. If you've already registered, check our website for information about travel and picking up your badge.
Learn more about the conference below or by visiting our website.

What Happens At a NOW Conference?

The annual National NOW Conference is a celebration of grassroots activism, feminist leadership, and above all, our members. Attendees learn about issues affecting the feminist movement through workshops and plenary sessions speeches, and to network and strategize with activists from across the nation. In issue hearings, members come together to work on resolutions to be presented on Sunday, when NOW's agenda for the coming year is developed. The NOW Conference is a one-of-a-kind, empowering experience, where every member has a voice.

More Than 20 Feminist Speakers

This year's National NOW Conference will feature more than 20 speakers and honorees, each addressing a feminist issue affecting the movement today. Each plenary has a unique theme -- Leading the Way in Women's Health: Honoring Vision, Action and Education; State of the Women's Movement: Feminism Today and Tomorrow; Lifting Every Voice: Women of Color and Empowerment; Run, Vote, Win: Advancing Women's Rights through Electoral Politics; and Expand Abortion Access: Envisioning Reproductive Justice for All.
Learn more about the speakers and honorees: Kim Bottomly, Carol Moseley Braun, Andrea J. Cabral, Sonia Chang-Díaz, Susan Douglas, Irasema Garza, Amy Goodman, Silvia Henriquez, Lois Herr, Kierra Johnson, Dr. Paula A. Johnson, Kilolo Kijakazi, Adrienne Kimmell, Thomas Menino, Judy Neufeld, Deval Patrick, Stephanie Poggi, Priti Rao, Loretta Ross, Niki Tsongas and the Boston Women's Health Book Collective.

National Conference: A Way To Learn and Connect

Feminist activists from across the nation are coming to the conference to learn and connect with each other, through issue hearings, dynamic workshops, regional caucuses, special constituency caucuses, and time for networking. Check out the workshops descriptions to see the many issues we will be covering, as well as our working agenda to see what all is happening.

Celebrating Marriage Equality: Bring Rice to the Conference!

Equal Marriage NOW!
On July 2, celebrate with long-time activists Shirley Y. Herman and H. Joan Waitkevicz as they are wed at the 2010 National NOW Conference. We hope you will join us for this joyous occasion and show support for the state of Massachusetts -- one of the few states to recognize equal marriage. In the words of the happy couple, "After thirty-seven years, the state is beginning to catch up."
With primaries almost over, it's time to roll up our sleeves and begin working on getting feminists elected into office. Learn more about the NOW/PAC and read profiles about some of our endorsed candidates. You can also see all the endorsed federal candidates, or browse our state by state guide of all candidates.

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