Tuesday, July 19, 2011

NOW News & Action Summary: Anti-Abortion Rights Terrorism, 2012 Federal Budget, #RPR2012, Conference Resolutions


NOW News and Action Summary

National Organization for Women:
News & Action Summary

JULY 19, 2011

IN THIS ISSUE:


Anti-Abortion Rights Terrorism Is Coming. Will You Help?

keep abortion legal NOW round

Domestic terrorist group Operation Rescue/Operation Save America is staging another national mobilization against abortion rights in Orlando July 16 through July 23. Join NOW activists and allies to stand proudly and peacefully for women's fundamental right to choose abortion. Take action!



The Federal Budget is A Feminist Issue: A Toolkit for Chapters and Activists

We need to act now! The budget negotiations are ongoing, and the economic safety net for women is at stake. Read more about the tools you will need to be effective in this critical campaign. Take action!


Respect, Protect, Reject 2012

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Join us in calling for Congress to RESPECT women, PROTECT Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and REJECT any budget plans that threaten the economic security of women. Take action!


Senate Testimony Urges Improvements in Violence Against Women Programs (PDF)

NOW President Terry O'Neill submitted testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 13, urging that work to prevent violence and assist survivors be taken to a higher level. Numerous battered women and their children are turned away from shelters and programs due to woefully inadequate funding. NOW's testimony included recommendations by the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Rashida Manjoo Esq. Read more »


NOW Congratulates NOW/PAC-endorsed candidate Janice Hahn on Run-Off Victory

Janice Hahn photo

Hahn (D) emphatically defeated Tea Party darling Craig Huey (R) in a run-off election in California's 36th District on July 12. "Hahn will be a champion for women and girls in Congress, and NOW looks forward to working with her" said NOW President Terry O'Neill. Read more »


Leaders Call for Budget Deal to Address Needs of Women

On July 12, NCWO delivered a letter to Congress demanding a budget deal with NO cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) joined prominent leaders from NCWO on a press call launching the nationwide campaign Respect, Protect, Reject 2012. Read more »


Victory for Public Interest in Court Decision

The 3rd Circuit Court reached a decision in the long-standing media ownership appeal brought by the Institute for Public Representation, siding with IPR and the groups that had joined in bringing the case, including the NOW Foundation. Read more »


Take Action NOW! Tell the President to Reconsider Bad Deal

Congressional Republicans are already on record supporting the destruction of Medicare and Medicaid as well as accelerated cuts to Social Security benefits. We must stop President Obama from conceding to their unreasonable demands! Take action!


Leaders of Women's Organizations Urge President and Congress to Protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid

The co-chairs of the Older Women's Economic Security Task Force are calling on President Obama and Congress not to agree to benefit cuts. OWES is instead demanding more jobs for women and men alike and that the wealthy and big corporations pay their fair share. Read more »


In Memoriam: Inéz Casiano

NOW mourns the loss of one of its founding members and a truly inspiring woman, Inéz Casiano, who passed away on June 28, 2011. Casiano was a member of the first National Board of NOW, elected in October 1966. Read more »

Conference Spotlight

NOW's 2011 National Conference in Tampa was a smashing success!

If you attended the conference, remember to fill out the evaluation survey so next year's conference can be even better.

Check out videos of conference speakers and honorees, and stay tuned for additional photos!

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

Kattie Makkai
Katie Makkai



Conference Resolutions: NOW Sets Agenda on Critical Issues

NOW 2011 conference logo

At the 2011 National NOW Conference, delegates passed 13 resolutions calling for benefit improvements in Social Security, the adoption of "Medicare for all," the designation of reproductive rights as enforceable civil rights, and much more. Read more »


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