Wednesday, April 4, 2012

NOW News: Exciting Speakers, Equal Marriage, Challenging Racism, Protecting Health Care

NOW News and Action Summary

National Organization for Women:
News & Action Summary

APRIL 3, 2012


Equal Marriage Web Story

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During the last three months, a flurry of activity on equal marriage took place in the state legislatures, and we celebrated key victories. But, success wasn't easy, and it doesn't go unchallenged. Read more »

For White Allies: Challenging Everyday Racism

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We've all had those conversations in which casual racism rears its ugly head. Speaking up seems difficult at first, but you can get better at it with practice. These tips and answers to common racist assertions can help! Read more »

2012 National NOW Conference

Energize! Organize!
Stop the War on Women

Baltimore, Md. • June 29 - July 1

2012 National NOW Conference

Playwright, performer and activist Eve Ensler just confirmed as keynote speaker! So, make sure to arrive early on June 29 to hear Ensler speak at the Friday noon session.

More announced speakers: Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student who stood up for women's access to birth control; Heidi Hartmann, president of the Institute for Women's Policy Research; Tamika Mallory, national executive director of the National Action Network; and Dr. Vivian Pinn, "a living legend in women's health."

Register now, and sign up for conference email updates. The hotel is filling up fast -- make your reservations right away!

2012 is also a regional conference year! Learn more »

Deadline Extended to Monday, April 9, for Submitting Workshop Proposals!

Maybe YOU could be part of the conference program! We are currently accepting workshop proposals until April 9. Learn more »

Become a Sponsor, Exhibitor or Advertiser

NOW also invites you to take advantage of our promotional opportunities - become a conference sponsor, exhibitor, and/or program book advertiser. More information »

Voter Education Trainings

NOW sister organization AAUW Action Fund is hosting voter education trainings in several cities nationwide – some as soon as this weekend! Check the schedule and plan to attend.

Violence Against Women Act Needs Your Voice Now!

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Take action today by calling AND emailing your senators and urging them to co-sponsor, if they are not already on the bill, and to support a "clean" VAWA, with no harmful amendments. Republican senators who have joined as co-sponsors also need positive reinforcement. Take action NOW »

Court Takes Up ACA -- Women's Health Care in Hands of Nine Justices

Women have a lot at stake as the Supreme Court considers multiple challenges to the Affordable Care Act, the most important advance in health care in decades. The ACA includes many provisions that specifically benefit women, like contraceptive coverage without cost-sharing and an important prohibition against charging women higher premiums. Read more »

NOW Calls for Justice in Trayvon Martin Case: Fire the Chief, Arrest the Shooter, and Repeal 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

The National Organization for Women is shocked and saddened by the tragic death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, the African-American teenager shot and killed while walking home from a convenience store in Sanford, Fla. Read more »

Ryan Budget Again Threatens Women's Economic Security

If anyone doubted the existence of a war on women, the 2013 budget plan announced by Paul Ryan is proof positive. Programs critically important to tens of millions of middle- and low-income women would all fall under the ax if Ryan and his ultra-conservative pals have their way. Read more »

NOW Celebrates Tammy Duckworth, All Endorsed Winners from Illinois Primary

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The National Organization for Women congratulates Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth for her victory in the Democratic primary for Illinois's 8th Congressional District. Duckworth won by a large margin, and will go on to face incumbent Republican Congress member Joe Walsh in November. Read more »

Grassroot Spotlight

Missouri NOW's
Flush Rush Campaign

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Republican State House Speaker Steve Tilley is poised to unveil a statue of Rush Limbaugh in the Missouri capitol building. Rush's bust would join those of famous Missourians, including Mark Twain, Harry Truman and Walt Disney. In response, Missouri NOW launched a campaign to Flush Rush. Members and other activists sent rolls or sheets of toilet paper with the message Flush Rush to Speaker Tilley. On March 19, Missouri NOW delivered some 500 rolls of toilet paper to Tilley's office.

Terry to Speak at NAN Convention Next Friday

On Friday, April 13, NOW President Terry O'Neill will speak at the National Action Network's 14th Annual Convention in Washington, D.C. Learn more »

Remembering Former NOW Officer Olga Vives

Olga Vives

Read tributes written by Olga's friends and colleagues.

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