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FAME: Pro-Choice Candidate Ann McLane Kuster
Our PAC is proud to endorse Ann McLane Kuster in New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District. An attorney and pro-choice activist, Ann has long been an advocate for women and families and is committed to standing up for women's freedom and privacy. In Congress, we trust Ann to join other pro-choice champions and fight for commonsense, pro-choice values. If you live in the 2nd District, vote for Ann in the primary election on September 14!

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SHAME: Anti-Choice Senate Candidate Ken Buck
"I don't believe in the exceptions of rape or incest." That's the extreme view held by Ken Buck, the Tea Party-supported candidate for U.S. Senate in Colorado. Buck's recent remarks are a slap in the face to women everywhere, and a reminder of what's in store if more anti-choice candidates are elected to Congress.

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Watch Nancy Keenan discussing the military abortion ban on FOX News Sunday

In this clip from The Rachel Maddow Show, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia takes state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to task for his latest attack on abortion providers


The FDA approves ella®, a contraceptive that can prevent pregnancy up to five days after sex

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It's hard to believe, but Election Day is just 63 days away.

Anti-choice radicals are already fired up across the country. Their top candidates are having no trouble expressing their extreme anti-choice views.

We've got a lot of work ahead of us. It won't be easy, but on November 2, we're going to re-elect pro-choice friends and defeat those anti-choice politicians who want to stand between women and their doctors.

This brewing fight is one reason we're happy to announce the launch of our redesigned website, which is chock-full of news and tools that will help you get the word out this fall and beyond.

Check out the elections hub for campaign updates, and read new stories from women and men sharing why they're pro-choice. Plus, don't miss my favorite section, tips for talking to your friends about choice.

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Dump the Simp: Tell the president to fire Alan Simpson

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Join NOW's "Tits for an Ass" Campaign and Call on President Obama to Fire Alan Simpson
Former Republican Senator from Wyoming Alan Simpson, who this week called Social Security "a milk cow with 310 million tits," is unfit to continue as co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.  If he doesn't have the decency to resign, President Obama should fire him. 

TAKE ACTION: Join our "Tits for an Ass" Campaign!  For every $5 you send to the National Organization for Women, we'll deliver a baby-bottle nipple to the White House in your honor as we call on President Obama to relieve Simpson of his duties on the commission.

Alan Simpson has made no secret of his hostility toward Social Security. Now he has also come forward with a shockingly demeaning email that suggests the roots of his hostility may lie in sexism and ageism against the women who depend on Social Security to survive.

In a recent e-mail to Ashley Carson, Executive Director of the Older Women's League (OWL), Simpson said: "I've spent many years in public life trying to stabilize [Social Security] while people like you babble into the vapors about 'disgusting attempts at ageism and sexism' and all the rest of that crap." He contined, telling her to "take a look at the chart on Page 6 which I hope you are able to discern if you are any good at reading graphs."

Simpson concluded his sexist rant with the following:

"And yes, I've made some plenty smart cracks about people on Social Security who milk it to the last degree. You know 'em too. It's the same with any system in America. We've reached a point now where it's like a milk cow with 310 million tits! Call when you get honest work! Al"

TAKE ACTION NOW: Join our "Tits for an Ass" Campaign!  For every $5 you send to the National Organization for Women, we'll deliver a baby-bottle nipple to the White House in your honor as we call on President Obama to relieve Simpson of his duties on the commission.

Background


President Obama created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform by executive order, ostensibly to recommend legislation to eliminate the federal budget deficit by 2015.  He named as co-chairs former Republican Senator Alan Simpson, a longtime foe of New Deal programs like Social Security, and Democrat Erskine Bowles, who advocated for risky privatization schemes in the 1990s. 

Although Social Security has nothing to do with the federal budget deficit, Simpson has used his position as commission co-chair to attack Social Security from the get-go.  On the very day the commission was created -- before it had even begun to gather facts about the budget deficit -- Simpson told Fox News: "We are talking about Social Security."  A scant four days later, he reaffirmed to CNBC: "We are going to stick with the big three [Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid]." 

Simpson has spent his entire time on the commission trying to convince the U.S. public that cutting Social Security benefits will somehow help reduce the federal deficit. That simply isn't so. Social Security has nothing to do with the federal budget deficit. Its financing is completely separate from general revenues. In fact, by law, Social Security funds are not permitted to be directly spent on government operations other than its old age, survivors and disability programs.

Oh, and that tired old saw that Social Security isn't solvent, and won't be there when most of us retire? That's not so either. Social Security is solvent all the way to 2037 because of steps taken back in 1983, which successfully prepared the system for the retirement of the baby boomers. And with very modest tweaking, the system can be solvent through 2084. (For more details, see the Social Security Trustees 2010 Report.)

The good news is that the people of this country are not fooled. They know that Social Security belongs to the workers who earned it, not to the government and certainly not to Alan Simpson's Fiscal Commission. Polls show overwhelming opposition to cuts in Social Security -- huge majorities of Democrats, Republicans, Independents, even Tea Party supporters don't want benefit cuts. And despite Simpson's cynical efforts to pit the young against the old, calling Social Security recipients "greedy geezers," huge majorities of young, old and middle-aged people say they don't support benefit cuts, now or in the future.

Here's what we hear Social Security-cutters like Simpson and Bowles are talking about:
  • Privatizing the system: Republican leaders have suggested trotting out this idea again, even though it went down in flames when George W. Bush tried to sell it in 2005.
  • Republicans and some Democrats have suggested directly cutting benefits to anyone who earns more than $60,000 per year -- these are said to be high-income earners.
  • Increasing the official age of retirement to 70 years. This has also been floated by Democrats as well as Republicans. It is a cruel and unworkable idea that would penalize workers who perform heavy physical labor, like nurses who lift on average about one ton per day. Anyone who physically can't work to age 70 would have to take "early" retirement and receive substantially lower benefits for the rest of their lives. It's estimated that each year of increase in the retirement age is equivalent to an 8 percent cut in benefits.
  • There is also talk of raising the cap on taxable income for the payroll tax from its current level of $106,800 per year. This is something NOW agrees should happen, but only for the purpose of strengthening the Social Security system when that will be needed decades down the road -- not for bailing out the federal operating budget.
The fact that the Fiscal Commission is mostly white and male makes their suggestions particularly reprehensible, because raising the retirement age and/or cutting benefits would fall most harshly on lower-income workers and people of color.  And women are particularly at risk.

For millions of women, the "three-legged stool" of retirement (pension, savings and Social Security) is already frighteningly wobbly.  Less than one-third of women have pensions. Moreover, after a lifetime of wage discrimination, many women have little in the way of personal savings. The picture is worst for women of color. Almost half of single African-American women and Latinas aged 18 to 64 have zero or negative net worth, according to the Insight Center for Community Economic Development.  Between the recession and the jobless recovery, millions more women have lost their jobs and their homes and have seen their savings and investments disappear. As a result of all of this, Social Security is the one thing that keeps millions of women from falling out of the middle class and into poverty.

Alan Simpson's abusive email to the executive director of OWL is only the latest example of his disdain for women as a class.  His calculating attacks on Social Security recipients demonstrate that same disdain -- and with frightening consequences for millions of us. 

Please join our "Tits for an Ass" campaign!  For every $5 you send, we'll deliver a baby-bottle nipple in your honor to the White House as we demand that the president fire Alan Simpson.
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Thu, Sept 2: Help support someone Gloria Steinem supports. Meet Carolyn Maloney



Some of you might be interested in meeting Carolyn Maloney, who Gloria Steinem endorsed, along with other feminist leaders such as Terry O'Neill, Marcia Pappas, Ellie Smeal, Kim Gandy, and others.


From her campaign:


Congresswoman Maloney has been a great advocate for New York and a tremendous supporter of grassroots activism for many years. I think this is a great time for you and I to do something to thank her and show support for her tireless work on our behalf.


Carolyn has mentored and fostered a new generation of political leaders on the East Side of Manhattan. ...


She has fought to make student loans more affordable. She has protected young people and students from abusive and unfair practices by credit card companies. She passed a bill to process backlogged DNA tests that are used to track and prosecute rapists - have you ever seen Law and Order: SVU? That type of work is only possible because of Carolyn's hard work in Congress.

She had a major role in protecting women and families in the health care reform bill, and in bringing transparency to Wall street in the financial regulatory reform bill.

Now, Carolyn's working on giving health care to men and women who helped clear the rubble and search for survivor's in the aftermath of 9/11 who are now suffering from lung and other life-threatening diseases.

Carolyn has a tough re-election campaign and needs your support! Please, join her and our great host committee for this rally at a hot new venue in Murray Hill!

We ask that you contribute at least $50 to support the campaign, or sign-up (and follow through) with our Field Team to get out the vote on Election Day!

If you have any questions or would like to RSVP, please email Jamie Ansorge at
Jamie@CarolynMaloney.com or call 212-228-5222. 

On Thursday September 2nd, I hope you can join others for a Young Professionals for Carolyn event in support of her re-election to US Congress.  The event will be from 6-8pm at a great new venue in Murray Hill right off the 6 train.

To join the Host Committee for this event and be listed on the invitation, you must pledge to bring at least 10 people to the event. Unlike most campaign events of this nature, there is no base price required for entry. The campaign does ask that everyone give what they can, however, this is about coming out in big numbers to support Carolyn. If your friends are happy to support the cause but cannot afford to make a contribution, that’s alright. At the event there will be opportunities to help the campaign in other ways.

Everyone on the host committee will be invited to a pre-event VIP reception with Carolyn. If you’d like to be listed or attend the VIP reception but cannot pledge to bring 10 people, the host committee price is $250.

If you’re interested, please let me know!

Best,

Jamie

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Ground Zero, Hallelujah!

Cross-posted from another blog by a former Hunter College student 

Ground Zero, Hallelujah!

Welcome to the Church of NineEleven. Brothers and sisters, we gather today in praise of Ground Zero, a site so holy it has the power to expand its size to encompass any proposed mosque.

Did you know that the name Ground Zero actually goes back over five hundred years? Grondaseero was an Algonquin word meaning "place where enormous metal trees will be hit by flying machines flown by Muslims."

Over time the name faded from usage. Instead the area became known as "downtown", "the World Trade Center", and "the porn district." Then, of course, came DEVINE CHANGE (Day EVerthing INstantly CHANGEd), when Americans discovered that not only had Osama Bin Laden attacked us, his fellow Muslims had occupied most of the world's oil producing regions. (Note: the Church of NineEleven is not anti-Islam.)

Islam is an evil religion that teaches its followers to hate America. For reasons that are not entirely clear, Muslims did not attack us during our first 215 years. We refer to this period of American history as "The Big Snooze", when Presidents Washington through Clinton daydreamed while our enemies patiently waited for the perfect time to strike.

Due to our generous nature, we did not respond to DEVINE CHANGE with a war against all Muslims – only most of their countries. From Afghanistan to Iraq to Pakistan to Yemen to Somalia, we've shown the Islamic world how a civilized nation goes about using airplanes to kill people.

Meanwhile, back in the homeland, Saint Rudy (blessed be his name) founded our Church on a few simple beliefs:

1)    NineEleven is not a date. It's a way of life.

2)    We are born fearful and angry and should strive to return to that pure natural state.

3)    All races and creeds should form a brotherhood of man against Arabs and Muslims.

In recent years, the Church has gone through some hard times. Americans have disappointed us with their lack of enthusiasm for endless war against Islamo-petroleumism. The 2008 election almost broke our spirit entirely. Not only did people elect a man whose name rhymes with Osama, they didn't even give the Republican nomination to Saint Rudy (praised be he, a pox on his ungrateful children.)

But now things are looking up - thanks to Ground Zero. Who would have thought that a proposal to build an Islamic cultural center based on "multifaith dialogue" (yuck!) could turn so quickly into its glorious opposite? Oh NineEleven, you sure do work in mysterious ways!

Every day more Republicans come back to church. Democrats are quietly coming too, shuffling in the side door with a liberal two-step – "I believe in freedom of religion, just not here." Smile Democrats! Just because the Church doesn't allow you to sit up front doesn't mean NineEleven doesn't love you.

It gratifies us to see so many people refer to Ground Zero as "hallowed ground" for those who died there. However, we are afraid that this term is too limiting. Most of the Church elders - like Sister Sarah and Brother Newt – aren't actually connected to those who died that day. But that doesn't make us any less qualified to speak to the true meaning of NineEleven.

In fact, it makes us more able cast out the Judases in our midst: so-called "9/11 families" who oppose endless war. Someone who lost a loved one on DEVINE CHANGE probably wouldn't be able to scream "shut up!" at a Judas suffering the same grief. Brother O'Reilly could.

Besides, if Ground Zero is merely hallowed ground, than how can we expand our Church? NineEleven belongs to all Americans. If your town wasn't lucky enough to have a Ground Zero, you should be able to build your own - federally funded and Church administered. We'll call them Ground One, Ground Two, etcetera. And maybe they'll just happen to be located near Muslim houses of worship.

At this point, some of you may have voice in your head raising questions: Isn't this a little crude? What about freedom of religion?  Here's how you can put that little guy on mute: Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and repeat these words: "Nine Eleven. Nine Eleven." Now picture the towers coming down. Forget all those burdensome facts you learned in the days and years after. That moment is the truth.

Okay, open your eyes. Did you feel the spirit of NineEleven? Welcome to the Church!

No? Then we'll see you in hell. Or prison, depending on the next election (good luck Sister Sarah!) 

Monday, August 30, 2010

Action Alert: Pro-Choice Primary Candidates Need Your Help

The primary election on September 14 is fast approaching and it's time to kick it into high gear to help elect pro-choice candidates this fall!

In the coming weeks, NARAL Pro-Choice NY will be holding a variety of events to educate voters about our endorsed candidates and get out the pro-choice vote before primary day.

Join them and help elect the pro-choice leaders we need and deserve in New York state!

Call other NARAL Pro-Choice New York members about their endorsed candidates:

  • Tuesday, September 7, 6-9 p.m. (our office, Manhattan)
  • Monday, September 13, 6-9 p.m. (our office, Manhattan)
Hit the streets to educate New Yorkers about their endorsed candidates:
  • Tuesday, August 31, 5-7 p.m. – Subway flyering (Manhattan)
  • September 11 & 12 – Knock on doors (multiple boroughs)
  • Tuesday, September 14, any time – Primary Day (volunteer for a campaign)

Contact Rosie Hoffman at rhoffman@prochoiceny.org to RSVP or for more information. As always, training will be provided.

We need your energy and activism to ensure that pro-choice candidates are victorious this election season!

For choice,

Sabrina Shulman
Political Director

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Women's Equality Day: Time for Constitutional Guarantee of Women's Rights


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For Immediate Release
Contact: Mai Shiozaki, 202-628-8669, ext. 116

Women's Equality Day: Time for Constitutional Guarantee of Women's Rights

August 26, 2010

As students return to school this week, many will open their history books to learn that 90 years ago today women were given the right to vote when the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was signed into law. The history books will explain how this event began to radically transform the role of women in our society. Today, women have more opportunities than ever before. For the first time, more women attend and graduate college than men, and women now make up half the workforce. In recent years we have witnessed Nancy Pelosi become the first woman elected Speaker of the House of Representatives; we've seen Hillary Clinton come closer to winning a major party nomination for president of the United States than any woman before her; and now, for the first time, we have three sitting female U.S. Supreme Court justices. Despite these historic milestones, women are still denied the one thing that would make us truly equal to men -- equal protection of the law, which all men receive thanks to the 14th Amendment.

"When history books and the media celebrate women's successful fight for the right to vote, they often imply that women now have constitutional equality," says NOW President Terry O'Neill. "The fact is, sex discrimination against women is not unconstitutional, and statues prohibiting it have no constitutional foundation. It is time to write women into the Constitution by ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment."

The Equal Rights Amendment, or ERA, was drafted by suffragist leader Alice Paul and introduced in Congress in 1923 to fix the deficiency of the 14th Amendment by providing the constitutional foundation that women have equal protection under the law. The ERA passed Congress in 1972 but failed to be ratified by three-quarters of the state legislatures. Every year since 1982, the ERA has been reintroduced in Congress and repeatedly shot down. Opposition to it has been consistent and vitriolic.

"For far too long this nation has deprived women of a constitutional guarantee of equality," says O'Neill. "But our progress has clouded this fact. We must educate women that they do not have the same rights as men in this country. We must work together to re-ignite a movement of advocates who refuse to accept second-class status for women."

We can start by calling on our representatives at the state and federal level to advance the ERA. Last July, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.) sponsored the reintroduction of the ERA, and more and more states are considering ratifying it. Women can do their part by voting in 2010. We must vote for candidates who believe that equality is a basic human right -- candidates who believe in reproductive freedom, who support equal rights for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered people, who are dedicated to eliminating racism and violence, who promote economic justice, and who believe that women must be included in the U.S. Constitution. Only then can we achieve equality for all.

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Help Elect a Woman for NY State Attorney General


Be a part of this historic campaign. Volunteers needed for Kathleen Rice, Candidate for Attoney General.
Volunteers needed to help elect Kathleen Rice
for NYS Attorney General
Contact Amy Gardner
Albany County Field Organizer
amy@kathleenrice.com
If you live outside of the Capital District, and still want to volunteer, please email us at Info@nownys.org and we will forward your name to Kathleen Rice's campaign.
  


ALBANY, NY (08/16/2010) NOW-NYS President Marcia Pappas reports that "the National Organization for Women-NYS PAC is proud to endorse Kathleen Rice (D) for NYS Attorney General. As Nassau County District Attorney, Rice displayed what feminists consider a stellar record in the fight for equality."


And the pride is mutual. Rice herself remarks: "I'm honored and humbled by the support NOW and its members have shown my campaign. I look forward to NOW playing an important role in our grassroots get-out-the-vote strategy over the next month. I am Long Island's first woman DA, and with NOW's help, I'm confident we will make similar history with this office at the state level. As Attorney General, I look forward to working with NOW to clean up Albany, to protect children and families, and to fight for our reproductive rights and for gender and pay equity in our communities."


In 2005 Ms. Rice's first bid for public office challenged a thirty-two year, anti-choice Republican incumbent. With Rice's victory, the pro-choice and women's rights community breathed a collective sigh of relief, knowing Rice would uphold the right to safe, legal abortion.


Under Kathleen Rice's leadership, the office of NYS Attorney General will expand its Civil Rights Bureau by adding:

1. deputy bureau chiefs for housing discrimination, employment discrimination, discrimination in schools, and LGBT issues

2. a statewide Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Compliance officer, overseeing and conducting analyses of NY government hiring practices

3. a coordinator of the Disability Rights Project-responsible for not only legal efforts, but also regular outreach to the disability community

4. a semi-annual auditing of state recognition of out-of-state and out-of-country gay marriages by a LGBT point person in OAG to ensure rights are protected

5. a review of state Stop and Frisk policies

6. an expanded Reproductive Rights Unit



Pappas concludes that "if elected, Kathleen Rice will be the first-ever female NYS Attorney General. and we are proud to be a part of that historical moment. NOW-NYS-PAC urges members and supporters to go to the polls on Primary Day, September 14th , 2010 to vote for Kathleen Rice ."


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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

NOW to Pres Obama: Alan Simpson Must Go: "Tits for an Ass" campaign




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NOW Press Release

For Immediate Release
Contact: Mai Shiozaki, 202-628-8669, ext. 116

NOW to President Obama: Alan Simpson Must Go

Statement of National Organization for Women President Terry O'Neill

August 25, 2010

Alan Simpson is not fit to lead the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. The ugliness of his disrespect for women is matched only by his dogged determination to dismantle Social Security by cutting benefits or increasing the retirement age. The National Organization for Women urges President Obama to take a stand on this issue and replace Simpson immediately.

Alan Simpson, the current co-chair of the president's Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, wrote an embarrassing and inappropriate e-mail Tuesday to Ashley Carson, executive director of the Older Women's League (OWL), berating her and the organization's work to stop the Fiscal Commission's assault on Social Security.

Making no secret of his contempt for Social Security recipients, Simpson states, "I've spent many years in public life trying to stabilize [Social Security] while people like you babble into the vapors about 'disgusting attempts at ageism and sexism' and all the rest of that crap." Simpson's hate-drenched message continues to vilify Carson by saying, "take a look at the chart on Page 6 which I hope you are able to discern if you are any good at reading graphs."

Simpson's surreal meltdown concludes with a wholesale condemnation of Social Security recipients: "We've reached a point now where it's like a milk cow with 310 million tits! Call when you get honest work!"

A "cow with 310 million tits"? For those who believe Social Security belongs to the workers who earned it, not to the government and certainly not to the Fiscal Commission, NOW announces its "Tits for an Ass" campaign. NOW will be asking our 500,000 members and supporters to use our website or Twitter account to help us buy baby bottle nipples, which we'll hand deliver to the White House with a letter urging President Obama to fire Alan Simpson. And while he's at it, the president should replace Simpson with a leader who will actually try to address the federal budget deficit, instead of using it as a subterfuge to cut Social Security benefits.

On this eve of Women's Equality Day, we celebrate 90 years of women's right to vote, but Simpson's rant is a nasty reminder of how ageist and sexist some of our leaders still are. If Simpson does not have the decency to resign, then President Obama should relieve him of his duties.

Supporters who are on Twitter can participate by going to NOW's "Tits for an Ass" campaign.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Salt!

Posted by: Michelle Haimoff

Cross-posted on genfem.com

Finally, Hollywood does what it should have been doing all along: casting women in leading roles written for men. This is what happened with “Salt” (Tom Cruise was supposed to star but pulled out because the film too closely resembled “Mission Impossible”) and Angelina Jolie nailed the role perfectly as a female action hero who substitutes cleverness and skill for brawn.

The movie has grossed $109,895,105 to date, though Jolie has gotten slack for being “glacial” and exuding too much “iciness” But as Snarky’s Cinemachine writes in a Bitch Magazine review entitled “Evelyn Salt should smile more!,” “remarks regarding Evelyn Salt’s personality are not productive critiques of the film’s deficits, particularly when they are based on extremely flawed, essentialist notions of gender.”

Additionally, all movies have faults, and most also portray women as sex objects, so Salt’s suspension of reality and dismissal of Iran as a legitimate military threat (the faults I noticed) barely register.

This movie is not only worth seeing, it is worth paying for even if you’re seeing something else, since it tries to combat the Hollywood conventional wisdom that women are useful only insofar as they are hot. (Changing Hollywood’s depictions of women seems to be one of Jolie’s life missions and why, as Vanity Fair reports, she refused to play a Bond girl but offered to play Bond).

Now let’s cast men in roles written for women. Or at least think about why the idea of that sounds so preposterous.

Action Alert: Help Canvas for progressive candidates


Organizing for America


In 2008, volunteers like you broke every record in politics -- you knocked on more doors, made more calls, and had more conversations with voters than any campaign in history.

Those conversations are what brought 15 million people to the polls for the first time, propelled Barack Obama to the presidency, and won majorities in the House and Senate.

In 2009 and earlier this year, Organizing for America volunteers like you used the lessons learned in 2008 to win historic victories reining in Wall Street and reforming a broken health care system.

But now we need to protect those gains and keep moving America forward -- which means we've got to get back on the doors, talking to voters about how important it is to vote this fall.

So we at OFA and others working to elect Democrats to Congress circled this weekend on the calendar and set a big goal: 200,000 doors knocked across the country in 48 hours.

OFA New York has set a goal of getting 6,032 of them -- and that means we need 201 volunteers in New York next weekend.

Can you find an event near you and RSVP to join us?

RSVP for a canvass near you

If Republicans win back control of Congress, we know what will happen: endless investigations into ginned-up controversies, non-stop attempts to repeal the progress we've made, and a complete drive to stop us from moving this country forward.

But we cannot go backward.

Health reform took a century-long fight to win. Its benefits are starting to help make sure families have the health care they deserve -- and you can bet this movement is going to protect what it's won.

Wall Street reform places the strictest new regulations on banks that they've faced since the Great Depression -- no wonder the Republicans are already saying they'll fight to repeal it, to make life easier for their special-interest friends.

To protect what we've won and keep the change coming -- from clean-energy legislation to immigration reform to putting more Americans back to work -- we're not done.

Which is why we need to keep fighting to get folks to the polls this fall.

We know -- from our own experience and research -- that nothing has more of an effect on voter behavior than real conversations. That's why OFA volunteers getting people to commit to vote -- on doorsteps and on the phone -- could well be the deciding factor in close races across the country.

I hope you can make it out, and be one of the 201 volunteers that OFA New York needs to hit its goal this weekend:

http://my.barackobama.com/MAFevents

Thanks for all you do,

David Plouffe




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Grief is No Excuse for Bigotry & War

From The World Can't Wait:


Grief is No Excuse for Bigotry & WarGrief is no excuse

About 300 people came out yesterday in downtown Manhattan under the slogan, "We oppose attacks now, and in the future, on Muslims and mosques.  Welcome Cordoba House!"  The signs were wide-ranging, from "I support religious freedom" to "We welcome Muslims" to "Isn't the Constitution hallowed?" (um, no) to World Can't Wait's message that "Grief is No Excuse for Bigotry & War!"   There were some American flags, and a lot of questions about how people can be so mean and racist.

Around the corner, the "Stop the Islamization of America" crowd, which numbered up to 1,000, had a full stage and sound, and its own variety of messages.  "We  learned all we ever need to know about Islam on 9-11;" "No rewards 4 terrorism!" and "Remember 9-11!"  There were bikers, American flags, an effigy of a man in a keffiyeh, as if this was the last stand of "real" Americans.

The Islamic community center planned is completely in sync with the slick, mainstream, commercial re-building plan Bloomberg and the financiers of Wall Street put together for downtown.  Its imam travels the world, as he did during the Bush regime, trying to get Muslims not to hate the U.S. as part of the Obama administration's re-branding of the so-called "war on terror" to the "overseas contingency operation, while Muslims are being pounded and killed in the US occupations.

As Joel Bittar said in this video featuring the reactionary protest yesterday, "In all fairness, the United States has been building 'ground zeroes' near mosques since 2003."

That's what this movement against Muslims and mosques and the "Islamization of America" is at its core: a base of support a "white, Christian America" and for a US empire dominating the world.  With their ideological brethren waving guns at immigrants in Arizona, and Beck/Palin staging a  "Restoring Honor" rally on the site and 47th anniversary of MLK's I Have a Dream speech, this right-wing movement is neither "spontaneously" coming up from the people, nor is it going away.

"We're At War With These People" said a protester against a new mosque in TN, quoted in the Washington Post, 
Far from Ground Zero, other plans for mosques run into vehement opposition.  I challenge almost every word of that claim, from who the "we" is to who "these people" are.  And this is what we, as people who want an end to the wars, and who care about humanity, should do.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Another Legislator voices support for Congresswoman Maloney



In the many years I've spent in politics, I've learned that smart legislators can get a lot done if they stick to their beliefs.
But it takes a certain brand of wit and strength in one's own convictions to be as effective a leader as Carolyn Maloney—I call that moxie.
As a former governor of New York, I know that it takes a special kind of grit to get truly transformative legislation to become law.  With her fearless leadership, Carolyn has proven she has all it takes... and more.
Who else could've successfully maneuvered the most significant reforms in the credit card industry's history through Congress?  And within the same year help craft an equally historic Wall Street reform package that was also signed into law?  What's more, she saw her provisions to increase access to care for women and working mothers included in the final version of this year's landmark Healthcare Reform bill, another piece of legislation she successfully championed.
You can't get consistent results on good ideas alone.  It takes determination.  It takes intellect.  It takes moxie.
I hope you'll consider joining me in supporting Carolyn and making a contribution, so she can continue to fight for New York.
We need to keep our most intelligent and most effective legislators in Congress— the future of the progressive agenda depends on it.
They don't come any tougher or more effective than Carolyn Maloney.  With all that's left to be done—bringing stability back to our fragile economy and creating good jobs for New Yorkers—we need her on the front lines to keep fighting for progress and reform.
If you'd like to make a contribution and help Carolyn continue her work, join me today.
Thank you,
Mario Cuomo
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National Organization for Women News & Action Summary: Not Satisfied Yet!

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National Organization for Women:
News & Action Summary
AUGUST 18, 2010
IN THIS ISSUE:


NOW Not Satisfied with Target CEO's Apology

Under protest from LGBT rights activists (including NOW), Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel apologized on Aug. 5 for donating $150,000 to a group that supports an anti-gay marriage, anti-quality candidate for governor in Minnesota. Read more.



Stop the Stealth Attack on Social Security

NOW President Terry O'Neill speaks at press conference on protecting and strengthening Social Security.
The Fiscal Commission is moving under cover of darkness to recover the billions spent on Wall Street bailouts, tax breaks for the wealthiest and unfunded wars. How? By cutting benefits under the Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid programs. Take action NOW!
Also: Celebrate Social Security's 75th anniversary this month by attending a birthday party in your community. Events are being organized by NOW and many other organizations working to protect this vital program from threatened benefit cuts. Learn more.



NOW Celebrates Senate Confirmation of Elena Kagan to U.S. Supreme Court

On Aug. 5 the Senate voted to confirm Solicitor General Elena Kagan as the next Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. For the first time in history the court will have three sitting female justices -- a critical mass that will undoubtedly make a significant difference in the struggle for women's equality. Read more.



NOW Applauds Ruling on Proposition 8

"Discriminatory legislation such as Proposition 8 has no place in a nation dedicated to equal rights for all people. Same-sex couples in California and all over the United States can celebrate this ruling that recognizes their civil rights and human dignity," said NOW President Terry O'Neill. Read more.



Feminist Women Are Winning!

In the Aug. 10 Democratic primary, Minnesota voters cast their ballots for Shelley Madore in an upset victory over the favored candidate. NOW/PAC is working to help Madore and other strong candidates make it all the way to Capitol Hill! Read more.



Family Law Newsletter

Because the crisis in the family courts is such a serious issue for mothers and children, the newsletter of the NOW Family Law Committee is now available online. Please share the link with those who may need this important news and information. Read the Summer 2010 issue.
Grassroot Spotlight
Florida Action for Bastien

NOW Activists in Florida Help Get Out the Vote
Miami-Dade and Broward members of NOW, including former NOW President Patricia Ireland, hit the streets to educate voters about endorsed candidate Marleine Bastien. Watch the video.


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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

NOW-NYS PAC Endorses Kathleen Rice for NYS Attorney General

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For more information contact: Marcia Pappas, 518-452-3944

National Organization for Women NYS-PAC endorses Kathleen Rice for NYS Attorney General
ALBANY, NY (08/16/2010) NOW-NYS President Marcia Pappas reports that "the National Organization for Women-NYS PAC is proud to endorse Kathleen Rice (D) for NYS Attorney General. As Nassau County District Attorney, Rice displayed what feminists consider a stellar record in the fight for equality."


And the pride is mutual. Rice herself remarks: "I'm honored and humbled by the support NOW and its members have shown my campaign. I look forward to NOW playing an important role in our grassroots get-out-the-vote strategy over the next month. I am Long Island's first woman DA, and with NOW's help, I'm confident we will make similar history with this office at the state level. As Attorney General, I look forward to working with NOW to clean up Albany, to protect children and families, and to fight for our reproductive rights and for gender and pay equity in our communities."


In 2005 Ms. Rice's first bid for public office challenged a thirty-two year, anti-choice Republican incumbent. With Rice's victory, the pro-choice and women's rights community breathed a collective sigh of relief, knowing Rice would uphold the right to safe, legal abortion.


Under Kathleen Rice's leadership, the office of NYS Attorney General will expand its Civil Rights Bureau by adding:

1. deputy bureau chiefs for housing discrimination, employment discrimination, discrimination in schools, and LGBT issues

2. a statewide Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Compliance officer, overseeing and conducting analyses of NY government hiring practices

3. a coordinator of the Disability Rights Project-responsible for not only legal efforts, but also regular outreach to the disability community

4. a semi-annual auditing of state recognition of out-of-state and out-of-country gay marriages by a LGBT point person in OAG to ensure rights are protected

5. a review of state Stop and Frisk policies

6. an expanded Reproductive Rights Unit



Pappas concludes that "if elected, Kathleen Rice will be the first-ever female NYS Attorney General. and we are proud to be a part of that historical moment. NOW-NYS-PAC urges members and supporters to go to the polls on Primary Day, September 14th , 2010 to vote for Kathleen Rice ."


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Monday, August 16, 2010

Use Social Media to help re-elect Congresswoman Maloney




 Maloney for Congress


Keeping you informed is critical to our success on September 14th. That's why I'm excited to announce the launch of our new mobile activism campaign.

Starting today, you can text MALONEY to 69866 or visit http://www.carolynmaloney.com/text-signup to start receiving important updates directly to your cell phone.

In the final weeks of the campaign, our momentum will continue to build.  We'll be using text messaging to offer news and alerts to our supporters as they happen.

Click here to sign up right now.

You are a vital part of this campaign and your involvement will ensure victory on September 14th. With your support, Carolyn will keep making progress for New Yorkers.

Best,

Matt Tepper
Campaign Manager
Maloney for Congress

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