Friday, July 23, 2010

NOW News & Action Summary: Defend Choice, Confirm Kagan, Repeal DOMA

NOW News and Action Summary
National Organization for Women:
News & Action Summary
JULY 21, 2010

NOW Applauds Senate Judiciary Committee Vote On Elena Kagan

"The Senate Judiciary Committee did the right thing today by giving its approval to Elena Kagan," said NOW President Terry O'Neill. "NOW calls for a swift confirmation of Elena Kagan by the full Senate. Retiring Justice John Paul Stevens leaves behind big shoes to fill, but after listening to Kagan's testimony during the Senate hearings, NOW is confident that she will prove herself a champion of equality and justice for all." Read more.

NOW Concludes National Conference with Votes for Equality and Justice, Including Call for Senate to Expel David Vitter

Group at the 2010 National NOW Conference
From left to right: NOW President Terry O'Neill, Stephanie Poggi, NOW Vice President-Action Erin Matson, Kierra Johnson, and Dr. LeRoy Carhart
On July 4, the National Organization for Women concluded its 2010 National Conference in Boston, Mass., with a display of feminist solidarity and determination that reflected the true spirit of Independence Day. Read more.
Conference Wrap-Up: Watch videos of the conference speakers, read the resolutions that passed, view pictures, and check out some of our blog posts on our conference wrap-up page.

Congress Must Repeal DOMA -- Contact Your Representative

NOW is the time to pressure Congress for immediate passage of the Respect for Marriage Act (H.R. 3567), which would fully repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). A federal district court judge recently ruled DOMA unconstitutional, and the case may well get to the Supreme Court -- but we want Congress to act now. Take action!

Speak Out Against Anti-Abortion Terrorism -- Sign the Petition

Groups like Operation Save America and Operation Rescue use intimidation tactics to scare away women from exercising their right to obtain abortion care. By signing this petition, you will send a message that these actions are an organized form of terrorism that must stop. Take action NOW!
Show support online! Use the hashtag #savechoice on Twitter to let your voice be heard!

Defend Abortion Rights with Charlotte NOW at the Family Reproductive Health Clinic July 24

Get to the streets!
Join Charlotte NOW and other NOW members to defend the clinic on July 24 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We are planning a peaceful demonstration in support of women's fundamental right to the full range of reproductive health services. Join us!
Can't make it? Follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #savechoice and watch Action Vice President Erin Matson tweet live from the event.

NOW Congratulates Terri Sewell on Definitive Victory in Alabama

Sewell is now the Democratic nominee for an open seat in the House of Representatives from Alabama's 7th Congressional District, and she will go on to challenge GOP candidate Don Chamberlain in the general election. NOW/PAC proudly endorsed Sewell, a first-time candidate for public office, early in her campaign and highlighted Sewell's race at the recent National NOW Conference. Read more.

Job Opening at National NOW Action Center in DC: Internet Communications Coordinator

The Internet Communications Coordinator is responsible for NOW's online communications, including all web sites, emails, social media and online fundraising. The position reports to the Director of Communications and also works in conjunction with fundraising, membership, government relations and field/chapter development. Learn more.
Action Spotlight
On The Streets! Defend Abortion Rights in Charlotte, N.C.
Anti-abortion rights group Operation Save America is planning a national event in Charlotte. We anticipate them staging a wide-scale demonstration outside the Family Reproductive Health Clinic on Saturday morning, July 24.
Join Charlotte NOW, Action Vice President Erin Matson and other NOW members in Charlotte to defend the clinic, or speak out against anti-abortion terrorism by signing our online petition.

Grassroot Spotlight
NOW At West Michigan Pride Fest 2010
The NOW Greater Grand Rapids Chapter (NOWGR) recently tabled all day during the West Michigan Pride Festival held at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids. Read more.

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