Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thu, Dec 1, 12-1:30pm: Rally to Save Birth Control!

Rally to Save Birth Control!

Health care reform will let many women access birth control without copay.

But the White House might be caving to pressure from ultraconservative forces. Women whose bosses oppose birth control are at risk of having that coverage taken away.

Join NARAL Pro-Choice New York, Planned Parenthood of NYC, the New York Civil Liberties Union, NOW-NYC, Sistersong NYC, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and others on Thursday for an emergency rally at the federal building in Manhattan, which houses the Health and Human Services regional office, to send a message to the White House that all women should have access to affordable birth control regardless of where they work!

Rally to Save Birth Control

This Thursday, December 1

12-1:30 pm

Outside the Federal Building

Broadway between Worth and Thomas Streets, Manhattan

Please RSVP here.

The Obama administration is being flooded with calls and letters from people who oppose birth control. We must send a message that caving to this extreme position is not an option.

Can't make it to the rally? Follow the rally on Twitter under #NY4BC and tweet your message to HHS - we'll write your message on a sign for all to see. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Coming In 2012: Anti-choice personhood Initiatives in the States


What's going to happen: Right-wing extremists intend to put so-called "personhood" amendments on as many state ballots as they can.
 
Why it matters: While exact language varies by initiative, if passed, state constitutional amendments would outlaw abortion in all circumstances, and often emergency contraception, fertility treatments and/or hormonal birth control.
 
How we'll win: NOW and its allies stepped up and defeated the Mississippi personhood initiative. If we can win there, we know we'll prevail everywhere! But we can't do it without your help.
 
How you can help: Donate now to help feminists on the ground. Every dollar counts! Producing materials. Educating voters. Supporting grassroots organizing. Give now to support NOW's Year-End Campaign.

Give to NOW's Year-End Campaign: Stop Personhood Ammendments in 2012!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

NOW News: Terry on TV, Penn State, Herman Cain, Mississippi


NOW News and Action Summary

National Organization for Women:
News & Action Summary

NOVEMBER 22, 2011

IN THIS ISSUE:


NOW Urges Penn State to Allow Former FBI Director to Lead a Broader, "Fully Independent" Investigation

Last week, in the wake of the recent appalling Penn State University child sexual assault allegations, the leaders of the National Organization for Women and Pennsylvania NOW called on Penn State to expand the composition and goals of the committee tasked with investigating these allegations. Read more.



Cain, Sexual Harassment and the Campaign Against Women in Public Life

Does Herman Cain respect women? He has suggested that sexual harassment originates in the eye of the beholder, and his campaign has handled allegations against him by issuing a full-on assault on women in public life. Read more.


NOW Calls on Penn State's Board of Trustees to Expand Review Committee; Address All Forms of Campus Violence

For nearly two decades, state and local NOW chapters in Pennsylvania have challenged Penn State's dismissive attitude toward violence against women. Recently, national NOW joined Pennsylvania NOW in urging the investigative committee to broaden its scope to include all forms of campus violence -- including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Read more.


Birth Control Remains Legal: Mississippi Voters Reject Draconian "Personhood" Initiative

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NOW joins women's rights supporters around the country in applauding Mississippi voters for rejecting Initiative 26, a measure that would have defined personhood as beginning at fertilization in that state's constitution. Read more.

NOW President Terry O'Neill on The Rachel Maddow Show - Wed 11/09/11

NOW President Terry O'Neill on The Rachel Maddow Show - Wed 11/09/11
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NOW President Terry O'Neill on Politics Nation - Thu 11/10/11

NOW President Terry O'Neill on Politics Nation - Thu 11/10/11
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We would not celebrate Thanksgiving if not for the persistence of one woman, Sarah Josepha Hale

From Dr. Lynette Long, Founder and President of  EVE | Equal Visibility Everywhere


A Thanksgiving Message

I love Thanksgiving because it is a uniquely American holiday  where families and friends come together to show appreciation for all that is bountiful in life.  Even in these tough economic times most Americans acknowledge that they are more fortunate than the majority of others in the world. 

I also love Thanksgiving for what it is not.  It is not the celebration of a single individual nor does it have ties to any religious group.  It is the one holiday that unites our entire country and welcomes all to celebrate.

The modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition traces its origins to a celebration by the Pilgrims in 1621 prompted by a good harvest.  Few people know that if it was not for the persistence of one woman, Sarah Josepha Hale, we would not recognize Thanksgiving as a National Holiday.  Sarah wrote letters to politicians and five US Presidents over a 40 year span championing her cause.  Ultimately it was President Abraham Lincoln, in an effort to foster a sense of American unity between the Northern and Southern states, who made Thanksgiving a National Holiday in 1863.  Sarah Josepha Hale did not even have the right to vote, yet with a clearly defined goal and unwavering commitment to her dream, she succeeded.

This Thanksgiving take the time to make a list of all the things for which you have to be thankful.  We all experience times of challenge in our lives, and there are many things most of us wish were different.  But gratitude creates a sense of well-being, peace, and many believe abundance.   This Thanksgiving I want to wish you and yours all the best and hope you persist in pursuing your own dreams. Remember with persistence you have the power to change your own life and the entire world.

 

Lynette Long

www.drlynettelong.com

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Lynette Long, Ph.D.
President, Equal Visibility Everywhere

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

NOW Urges Penn State to Allow Former FBI Director to Lead a Broader, "Fully Independent" Investigation


NOW Press Release

For Immediate Release
Contact: Latoya Veal, 202-628-8669, ext. 116

NOW Urges Penn State to Allow Former FBI Director
to Lead a Broader, "Fully Independent" Investigation
Statement of NOW President Terry O'Neill
and PA NOW President Joanne Tosti-Vasey

November 22, 2011

Last week, in the wake of the recent appalling Penn State University child sexual assault allegations, the leaders of the National Organization for Women and Pennsylvania NOW called on Penn State to expand the composition and goals of the committee tasked with investigating these allegations. We specifically called for an independent committee to investigate these allegations, to review policies and reporting methods across the board at Penn State and to include all forms of campus violence within its scope.

Yesterday, Ron Frazier, a member of the PSU Board of Trustees and chair of the PSU Special Investigative Committee, announced that the committee hired Louis J. Freeh, former FBI director, to lead the independent investigation. Mr. Freeh stated that he has been assured that his investigation will be "fully independent" and that it will focus on any incident that interacts with the university dealing with "these types" of incidents, including cases of adult sexual assault. Mr. Freeh also stated that he would be looking into the "governance, controls, procedures and leadership" at the university to improve the climate of safety at the university and that his team of investigators includes former FBI agents, assistant U.S. attorneys, pedophile investigators and compliance investigators.

NOW believes that this is a good start to our call for a broader, independent investigation if -- and only if -- Mr. Freeh is "fully independent" as he stated. However, questions have been raised about his independence, and these questions must be completely answered.

We call on Mr. Freeh to include in his investigation all forms of campus violence, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Unless PSU's systematic climate of indifference, particularly within Athletics, is comprehensively reviewed and changed, we believe that these types of appalling acts will continue to be hidden and will not end. We also believe that, in addition to attorneys and law enforcement experts, the investigative team needs to include experts and survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence against both children and adults. Mr. Freeh and his committee must take their experiences and suggestions seriously.

Mr. Freeh has set up a hotline to his risk management firm at 855-290-3382 and psuhelp@freehgroup.com for individuals with any knowledge about any incident or policy, or the PSU climate, to contact him.

NOW activists will be closely monitoring the investigation in the hope that it will be truly independent, comprehensive in scope and aimed squarely at achieving -- at long last -- full enforcement of the school's 2006 zero-tolerance policy.

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To schedule an interview with national NOW, please contact Latoya Veal at 202-628-8229, ext. 116 or press@now.org.

To speak with Pennsylvania NOW, please contact Joanne Tosti-Vasey at 814-280-8571 or panow@panow.org.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Tonight: Social Hour for Professionals in the Public Sector

Making Your Mark - Social Hour for Professionals in the Public Sector

Tonight - 6:30 - 9 PM
Union Bar (also known as Reunion Bar), 204 Park Ave South @ 17th Street

RSVP Here: http://www.facebook.com/events/125028737605927/

Would you like to: 

* network among government and nonprofit professionals?
* be inspired by the movers and shakers who make the city's social sector run?

 Join us! It is free to attend (cash bar). 

We have a special guest speaker! N. Jerin Arifa serves on the National Board of Directors for the National Organization for Women (NOW). Come to hear how she has been asked to serve as a leader in a national not-for-profit organization.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

NOW Calls on Penn State's Board of Trustees to Expand Review Committee; Address All Forms of Campus Violence


NOW Press Release

For Immediate Release
Contact: Latoya Veal, 202-628-8669, ext. 116

NOW Calls on Penn State's Board of Trustees to Expand Review Committee;
Address All Forms of Campus Violence
Statement of NOW President Terry O'Neill

November 14, 2011

In the wake of the recent appalling Penn State University child sexual assault allegations, the national leaders of the National Organization for Women join Pennsylvania NOW in calling on the school to expand the composition and goals of the committee tasked with investigating these allegations. The committee, appointed by the board on Friday, is made up of Board of Trustee members, along with faculty, students and alumni from the university. If a thorough and effective investigation is to take place, the panel should include members from outside of the Penn State community, specifically experts and survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence against both children and adults.

For nearly two decades, state and local NOW chapters in Pennsylvania have challenged Penn State's dismissive attitude toward violence against women. One incident involved two wrestlers who were arrested in 2002 for the rape of a female student. After the incident occurred and was reported to police, the two were allowed to continue at the university on their full wrestling scholarships. In 2006, Pennsylvania NOW called on football coach Joe Paterno to resign after he made light of sexual assault allegations against a Florida State football player.

Consequently, NOW is urging the committee to broaden its investigation to include all forms of campus violence, which should include but not be limited to -- sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. The panel should review policies and reporting methods across the board at Penn State and specifically within the Athletic Department.

Pennsylvania NOW has submitted a letter to the heads of PSU's Special Investigation Committee addressing the aforementioned proposals, which we believe will promote safety and, ultimately, educational achievement at the university. We call on the board, the review committee and school officials to take these suggestions seriously and begin enforcing the school's 2006 zero-tolerance policy that condemns all forms of campus violence.

Review the letter in full

Petition Calling for Independent Committee and Expanded Focus

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Rally on Thu 11/17 - Tell Congress: Wake Up! Support Jobs, NOT Cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security!


NOW Action Alert

RALLY IN THE U.S. SENATE
Thursday, Nov. 17, 10–11am

Tell Congress: Wake Up!

Support Jobs, NOT Cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security!

A very powerful "super committee" in Congress is deciding right now on a deal that could make deep cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security while protecting tax breaks for Wall Street and the richest 1% in the U.S.

We can stop it. Demand that Congress stand with the 99% of us who need jobs, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, not with the 1% who don't want to contribute their fair share!

JOIN US TO DEMAND A FAIR DEAL FOR THE 99%!

What: Rally with Sen. Bernie Sanders, other champions in Congress,
and hundreds of activists (including you!)
 
When: Thursday, Nov. 17, 10am - 11am
 
Where: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 608
Corner of Constitution Ave. and First St., NE

AFL-CIO • AFSCME • Alliance for a Just Society • Alliance for Retired Americans • Campaign for America's Future • Campaign for Community Change • Caring Across Generations • Health Care for America Now • International Longshore and Warehouse Union • National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare • National Domestic Workers Alliance • National Nurses United • National Organization for Women • National People's Action • PICO Network • SEIU • Social Security Works • Strengthen Social Security Campaign


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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thanks for Contributing to pro-choice Victory in Mississippi


National Organization for Women

Mississippi Victory Was Possible Thanks to You!

NO On 26!

Thanks to supporters like you, we turned the tide in Mississippi on Tuesday. State voters rejected Initiative 26, a measure that would have defined personhood as beginning at fertilization.

Promoters of this ballot measure expected it to pass in such a conservative state. They thought they could trick Mississippians into voting for an amendment that would actually ban common birth control methods and infertility treatments, not to mention placing women's lives at risk.

But your generous donation helped the statewide Mississippi coalition buy television and radio ads to educate voters about the real scope of Initiative 26. At the same time, grassroots NOW leaders and activists joined together with other women's rights supporters to organize rallies, spread the word and bring people to the polls.

In the end, we defeated the amendment by an encouraging margin of 58 to 42 percent. Yes, it sounds close, but even our side thought it would come down to one or two points.

NOW vows to continue working aggressively to educate voters and stop personhood campaigns in other states. This victory provides us with the momentum we need to stand up to the national personhood movement and all efforts to undermine Roe v. Wade.

We must protect a woman's right to access the full range of reproductive health care options. Your help makes this important work possible. Please accept my heartfelt thanks!

 

For Women's Lives,
Terry O'Neill, President
National Organization for Women

 


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Birth Control Remains Legal: Mississippi Voters Reject Draconian "Personhood" Initiative

NOW Press Release

For Immediate Release
Contact: Latoya Veal, 202-628-8669, ext. 116

Birth Control Remains Legal: Mississippi
Voters Reject Draconian "Personhood" Initiative
Statement of NOW President Terry O'Neill

November 9, 2011

The National Organization for Women joins women's rights supporters around the country in applauding Mississippi voters for rejecting Initiative 26, a measure that would have defined personhood as beginning at fertilization in that state's constitution. Initiative 26 would have banned common birth control methods and infertility treatments used by women who are not pregnant.

Grassroots NOW leaders from Mississippi joined together with other women's rights supporters to give generously of their time and money to organize rallies, educate voters and bring people to the polls. Our grassroots movement started small but built quickly, and victory was decided at the local level.

We are under no illusion that this vote marks a definitive victory for women. We know the national personhood movement aims to continue its onslaught against Roe v. Wade in other states -- recklessly placing the lives of women at risk: women with ectopic pregnancies; women with cancer; women trying to refill daily birth control prescriptions.

But we also know the women of this country (together with the men who respect our humanity) will not stand for the fanaticism of the personhood movement. NOW vows to continue working aggressively to educate voters and stop personhood efforts in other states. Women's lives depend on it.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Your Senator Holds the Fate of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid in their Hands!


NOW Action Alert

Your Senator Holds the Fate of Social Security,
Medicare and Medicaid in their Hands!

November 7, 2011

You are receiving this special, targeted alert because Patty Murray or John Kerry is your senator, and they need to receive calls from their constituents right way.

Murray is a co-chair and Kerry a member of the congressional "super committee" charged with reducing the federal budget by $1.5 trillion. They need to hear our message loud and clear: Tax the millionaires, and leave Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid alone.

Women disproportionately rely on these programs, because they have fewer resources to fall back on when times get tough due to a lifetime of unequal pay.

Recently, both Murray and Kerry proposed to cut Social Security benefits and to cut Medicare and Medicaid by $500 billion. These vital programs provide income security and health care to women across the U.S., especially women of color, women with lower incomes, and the oldest retirees.

Your phone call has unusual power today. A handful of Congress members serving on the super committee will decide the fate of these programs. Your senator is one of them.

Please call 1-866-251-4044 today, and ask for Sen. Patty Murray (if you live in Washington state) or Sen. John Kerry (if you live in Massachusetts), to tell them:

» Please oppose any and all cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid in the super committee.

» This includes no Social Security COLA cut.

» Congress needs to stop preserving tax breaks for Wall Street, millionaires and billionaires and taking money away from women and their families who desperately need it.

» Women need jobs, not cuts.

Social Security does not add a penny to the deficit -- it should not even be under discussion. The average income of Medicare beneficiaries is about $22,000 a year. And as more and more people lose employer-provided health insurance, the last thing women, communities of color, people with disabilities and low-income children need is for the federal government to slash the program.

Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid did not cause the run-up in federal deficits. The women of the U.S. did not cause the deficit. We have George W. Bush's huge tax cuts for the rich, the unpaid costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and the Great Recession caused by the crash on Wall Street to thank for that.

Politicians in Washington shouldn't balance the budget on the backs of women who live paycheck-to-paycheck and contribute so much to this nation.

Please call 1-866-251-4044 today to tell your senator: No Cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Please forward this message to everyone you know in your state -- your friends, family, co-workers, and networks of allied organizations, even your volleyball team!

The super committee's deadline for a proposal is Nov. 23, but they need to hear from us NOW!


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