Thursday, October 27, 2011

NOW News: Abortion, 2012 Elections, Dr. Pepper TEN, Love Your Body Day

NOW News and Action Summary

National Organization for Women:
News & Action Summary

OCTOBER 25, 2011


Tell HHS: Assure Access to Abortion Insurance Coverage

keep abortion legal NOW round

Join NOW in advocating that women's access to abortion care coverage be made simple and affordable under the new health care reform law. Send your comments to Health and Human Services by Oct. 31. Take Action NOW!

Join Terry O'Neill at Rollins College on Sat. 10/29

Join the Veteran Feminists of America (VFA) in celebrating the 45th Anniversary of the Modern Feminist Movement. At the gala awards dinner, Gloria Steinem will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to NOW President Terry O'Neill! Read more.

NOW/PAC Candidate Profile: Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis., U.S. Senate)

After serving as the representative for Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district since 1999, Tammy Baldwin launched her bid for the state's open Senate seat with NOW/PAC's endorsement. Baldwin faces competition in the primary, and a number of Republicans have entered the race to battle for the seat, left open by retiring Sen. Herb Kohl (D). Read more.

NOW/PAC Candidate Profile: Susan Bysiewicz (D-Conn., U.S. Senate)

NOW/PAC is pleased to endorse Democrat Susan Bysiewicz in her bid for U.S. Senate. Bysiewicz is one of four Democrats vying for the seat of retiring Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman. She could face Linda McMahon (R) in the general, who ran a close senate race in 2010 and is considering another run in 2012. Read more.

NOW/PAC Candidate Profile: Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore. 2nd Congressional District)

Suzanne Bonamici (D) is running a special election, following the resignation of Rep. David Wu. The primary is this Nov. 8 quickly followed by a general election on Jan. 31, 2012. Oregon has had no women in their congressional delegation in recent years making Bonamici's candidacy especially important for women's rights supporters. Read more.

NOW Calls on TransUnion to Stop Sale of Employment Credit Reports

NOW has joined national groups calling on TransUnion to discontinue its sale of credit reports to employers, which have a discriminatory impact on women, people of color, people with disabilities and the elderly. TransUnion has led the credit reporting industry in fighting state legislation that would restrict the ability of employers to check credit on job applicants. Read more.

NOW Calls on HHS to Preserve Private Insurance Coverage of Abortion Care (PDF)

In its comments to the Department of Health and Human Services, NOW recommended that extraordinary measures be taken to assure that the maximum number of women are able to obtain insurance coverage for abortion care, at a reasonable cost, under the new health care reform law. Read more.

NOW Foundation Urges Women to Speak Up On Love Your Body Day

2011 Love Your Body Day Poster, by Kyla Hollis, Poster Contest Grand Prize Winner

On Oct. 19, the National Organization for Women Foundation celebrated its 14th annual Love Your Body Day -- a day when women of all sizes, colors, ages and abilities come together to celebrate self-acceptance and to promote positive body image. Read more.

Better Wage Data Needed from Federal Contractors (PDF)

NOW Foundation submitted comments to the Department of Labor expressing support for a new comprehensive survey of federal contractors to improve enforcement of laws prohibiting pay discrimination. Such information could help shrink the stubborn gender wage gap and would encourage employers to voluntarily comply with the law as they could better gauge their pay policies. Read more.

Watch U.N. Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women Online Presentation

Watch U.N. Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women Online Presentation

The U.N. Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women (SR VAW), Rashida Manjoo Esq., discusses the report she made to the U.N. General Assembly on Oct. 10 about the situation of violence against women in the U.S. Read more.

Action Spotlight

YouTube Video - Terry O'Neill, Rally and March for Jobs & Justice 10/15/11
NOW President Terry O'Neill spoke at the Rally and March for Jobs & Justice on Oct. 15, organized by the National Action Network in honor of the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Watch the video »

YouTube Video - Erin Matson, Rally to Protest Virginia TRAP Laws 10/15/11
On Oct. 15, NOW Action VP Erin Matson spoke at a rally to protest the Virginia TRAP laws. Watch the video »

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