Thursday, August 5, 2010

NOW News & Action Summary: Grassroots Success and Calls to Action

NOW News and Action Summary
National Organization for Women:
News & Action Summary
AUGUST 3, 2010
IN THIS ISSUE:


Defending Charlotte: A Grassroots Success Story

NOW Activists defending the clinic in Charlotte.
We did it! Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of Charlotte NOW, National NOW, the Feminist Majority Foundation and other allies, the Family Reproductive Health clinic in Charlotte, N.C., was free of harassment and terror threats from extreme anti-abortion rights group Operation Save America for the first Saturday in eight years. Read more.



Watchdog Not Lapdog Needed to Reform Wall Street

If confirmed, Elizabeth Warren would protect consumers from further economic meltdowns caused by shady loans and credit. She would also demand accountability and consumer-friendly practices from Wall Street banks. But she's not part of the old boys club, so NOW asks: Could sexism be at work in denying her this position? Take action NOW!



NOW Participates in Launch of Campaign to Protect and Strengthen Social Security

Statement of NOW President Terry O'Neill
NOW is glad to be a part of this large and diverse coalition to strengthen our country's most important and successful social insurance program -- Social Security. Speaking on behalf of NOW's 500,000 members and contributing supporters, my message is simple: Social Security is especially vital to women, who would be disproportionately harmed by cuts in benefits. Read more.



Time is Running Out - Senate Needs to Pass Paycheck Fairness Act

Not many days are left on the Senate's calendar to pass legislation. On July 20, Lilly Ledbetter joined Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and other administration officials for a press conference to send a message to the Senate: "Please pass the Paycheck Fairness Act!" Take action NOW!



Help Keep Shelters Open and Expand Services to Survivors of Domestic Abuse

The Family Violence Prevention Services Act (FVPSA), a vital source of funding for programs that aid survivors of domestic abuse, expired in 2008 and desperately needs to be reauthorized this year. Take action NOW!



NOW Applauds Signing of Law to Address Safety of Native Women

This landmark bill is a tribute to the years of hard work by Native women all across the country urging Congress to address violent crime and sexual assault on Indian lands. The law creates a new standard of more equitable law enforcement on Indian reservations that will discourage criminal activity, elevate public safety, and greatly improve the daily lives of Indian people and their neighbors.  Read more.
Grassroot Spotlight
No NOM Protest

Successful Rallies Against Anti-Equal Marriage Efforts
NOW activists are rallying in successful counter-protests at every stop of the National Organization for Marriage's hateful, anti-LGBT "Summer for Marriage Tour." This bigoted fringe group is visiting 23 U.S. cities to preach against equal marriage. But NOW and LGBT activists outnumbered the National Organization for Marriage at some of its latest stops -- by 3-to-1 in Indianapolis and more than 8-to-1 in Madison, Wisconsin.


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