Thursday, August 30, 2012

GOP and Women’s Priorities: Useful Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) quotes

Republicans and Women's Priorities

Below are recent comments made by or directed to Congressional Republicans who have blocked progress on important legislative priorities including the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act despite broad bipartisan support. Interestingly one of those, Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.), pointed out at an event in her home state that insensitive comments made by her colleagues in the GOP underscore the need for Congress to swiftly pass a comprehensive VAWA bill.  Her comments, and those from others, are below.

 

·       More than 100 advocates in Kentucky, the home state of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), gathered in Lexington over the recess to call on Congress to support equal pay for women and to pass VAWA. (story from ABC affiliate, August 26, 2012) 

"I think a lot of young women should pay attention to the issues because each election people get elected who will impose rules on women who will affect their lives in different ways," former Lexington Mayor Theresa Isaac.

 

·       In a Seattle Times profile Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the highest-ranking woman in House GOP leadership, calls VAWA and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act "a distraction." (Seattle Times, August 25, 2012)

McMorris Rodgers said women are more concerned about jobs, the economy and federal spending — areas where she contends Democrats have failed voters.

"These (other) issues really have been a distraction," she said.

·       Senator Chuck Grassley also complained that focusing on VAWA and equal pay for women was a distraction from the economy.

"And then later on we had the equal wages for women legislation that came up for about a week, and everybody knew that that wasn't going to go anyplace. But it was a debate in this assembly, taking up a time on a lot of important issues that ought to be used with the economy and creating jobs, and we spent a week on that." (Senate floor remarks, Wednesday, August 1, 2012)

 

·       There is one Republican who seems to get it. Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.), who has repeatedly called for the House to take up the Senate-passed VAWA bill, said Rep. Tom Akin's comments underscore the need to raise public awareness about violence against women.

"We all know that oftentimes rape does lead to pregnancy," Biggert said. "For this, and many other reasons, the service that you provide to victims of rape and sexual assault are critical, as is a woman's right to make her own decisions about her own body. Frankly, I don't believe Mr. Akin's views are shared by any member of Congress. But I hope his comments can be used by the sexual assault community to reclaim and further your mission to increase public awareness about the prevalence of sexual assault and rape." (Remarks at Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, reported by the Daily Herald, August 24, 20112)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

National Organization for Women News: Women's Equality Day, Abortion Care, Elections, Love Your Body


NOW News and Action Summary

National Organization for Women:
News & Action Summary

AUGUST 28, 2012

IN THIS ISSUE:


Women's Voting Rights Hang in the Balance on Women's Equality Day

justice for women

This past Sunday marked Women's Equality Day, commemorating Aug. 26, 1920, when the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was signed, recognizing women's right to vote. Read more.



NOW Calls on Romney and Ryan to Renounce Republican Party Platform Policy on Abortion Care

keep abortion legal NOW round

On Aug. 21, the Republican Party demonstrated again why Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are wrong for women in the U.S. The party's committee platform approved an anti-abortion plank that champions a human life amendment to the U.S. Constitution without mentioning any exception for rape, incest or preservation of the health or life of the woman. Read more.


Prospect of Romney-Ryan Administration Spells Disaster for Women and Nation

Fight the Radical Right

Republican Mitt Romney could not have picked a better running mate to telegraph the very essence of his campaign for president than Representative Paul Ryan. Together, these two candidates plan to lead the way in transferring even more wealth from the middle class, the working class and even the poor to the very rich in this country. Read more.


2012 Elections: NOW/PAC Endorsed Candidates

Visit the NOW/PAC website to see which candidates we've endorsed for the 2012 election cycle. Learn more.

As the right wing continues to wage its War on Women, the NOW/PAC is fighting back! Please show your support for our endorsed candidates running for the Senate or the House in tight races across the country.


Hot off the Press: Love Your Body Posters!

2012 Love Your Body Poster

Join NOW Foundation in celebrating Love Your Body Day on Oct. 17. Get in the spirit by ordering the 2012 poster (and other products). Supplies are limited, so order NOW!


NOW President Terry O'Neill On Television

NOW President Terry O'Neill on C-Span 8/23/12
C-Span: President Terry O'Neill discusses what NOW believes will influence women voters in the 2012 elections. Watch the video »

NOW President Terry O'Neill on MSNBC
MSNBC: NOW President Terry O'Neill discusses Rep. Todd Akin's comments and whether Akin will drive women voters from the GOP. Watch the video »

Grassroot Spotlight

Fayetteville NOW Greeting VP Candidate Paul Ryan

On Aug. 23, Fayetteville NOW and local North Carolina Democrats demonstrated just off Fort Bragg when vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan came to town.



Action Spotlight

Anti-Abortion Rights Terrorism Is Coming to Charlotte During the DNC! Will You Help?

Domestic terrorist group Operation Rescue/Operation Save America is staging another national mobilization against abortion rights in Charlotte beginning Sat 9/1 through Sat 9/8. Join NOW activists & allies to stand proudly and peacefully for women's fundamental right to choose abortion. More info on Facebook »

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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

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

August 27, 2012

Now they are trying to take advantage of the convention!

Domestic terrorist group Operation Rescue/Operation Save America is staging another national mobilization against abortion rights in Charlotte beginning Saturday, September 1, through Saturday, September 8. Join NOW activists and allies to stand proudly and peacefully for women's fundamental right to choose abortionActivists will be needed from 7:30 a.m. to noon outside of the Family Reproductive Health located at 700 E. Hebron Street Charlotte, North Carolina 28273 on the following days:

» Saturday, September 1

» Wednesday, September 5

» Friday, September 7

» Saturday, September 8

Bring water and snacks to every shift. We also encourage you to be friendly to area businesses and buy local for your meals.

Questions? Contact Charlotte NOW at cltnow@yahoo.com.


An attack on Grameen Bank and the Cause of Women

Originally from Bangladesh, I know how much the Grameen Bank has helped Bangladeshi women.  This is despicable.

An Attack on Grameen Bank, and the Cause of Women

By DAVID BORNSTEIN
This month, the Grameen Bank, the organization that won the Nobel Peace Prize for extending small loans to impoverished village women, has come under renewed attack from the government of Bangladesh. Last year, I reported that the government was attempting to forcibly remove the bank's founder, Muhammad Yunus, from his position as managing director on the pretense that Yunus, then 70, was beyond the official retirement age. The government prevailed

Monday, August 27, 2012

NOW THEY ARE COMPARING RAPE TO HAVING A BABY OUT OF WEDLOCK

Trying to distance himself from the "legitimate rape" comment that Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) made last week, Pennsylvania Senate candidate Tom Smith (R) stirred up further controversy by comparing a pregnancy caused by rape to "having a baby out of wedlock."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/27/tom-smith-rape_n_1834234.html

 

Erin Matson

Action Vice President

National Organization for Women

www.twitter.com/erintothemax

Sunday, August 26, 2012

July 2-9, 2012 | The Nation reports Islamophobia

Thanks to a feminist sister for bringing the following issue to my attention.  I hope you will join me in reading it.  

On a more positive note, I attended an Eid celebration yesterday with my secular husband at the main branch of the Queens Library.  There were quite a few non-Muslim and non-Bangldeshi audience members in the audience, all of whom seemed to appreciate the celebration of the end of Ramadan, along with the generosity and friendliness of the Bangladeshi Muslim people.  

Afterward, I attended a street fair in Jackson Heights that celebrated South and Southeast Asian cultures.  In keeping with the most diverse zip code in the country, there were people of all nationalities celebrating the festivities.  My favorite scene was watching the multicultural little kids dancing around the stage, completely uncaring of what people may think of their joy.  I wish the same for all my feminist sisters and brothers.

Subject: July 2-9, 2012 | The Nation
Jerin

Friday, August 24, 2012

Women's Voting Rights Hang in the Balance on Women's Equality Day

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

Women's Voting Rights Hang in the Balance on Women's Equality Day
Statement of NOW President Terry O'Neill

August 24, 2012

This Sunday marks Women's Equality Day, commemorating Aug. 26, 1920, when the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was signed, recognizing women's right to vote. Almost a century later, our voting rights are under attack across this nation. Since 2011, 41 states have introduced at least 180 voter restriction bills, including 34 with voter photo identification provisions. These restrictions disproportionately impact young people, the elderly, low-income individuals and especially people of color -- and within each of these communities, women are most harshly affected.

Many women change their surname when they marry, and updating the necessary documents often isn't quick or easy. According to a survey conducted by the Brennan Center for Justice, of all voting-age women with ready access to their U.S. birth certificates, just 48 percent have a birth certificate with their current legal name. And 66 percent of voting-age women with ready access to any proof of citizenship have a document with their current legal name. This means that as many as 32 million voting-age women may have no document available that confirms both their citizenship and their current name. Does that mean they shouldn't be able to exercise their hard-won right to vote?

In a nation that prides itself on holding free and fair elections, it is disturbing that this new fight for voter rights even exists.

With the ongoing attacks on women's economic security and reproductive rights, it is critical that women vote in November. NOW's hundreds of chapters and state organizations will be working around the clock to get the word out to women about what is at stake for all of us in the 2012 elections, including the changes in voting and election laws. As we celebrate Women's Equality Day, we must send the message to legislators that our vote is our voice, and we will not be silenced


Another shooting: this time in NY - when will we start looking at domestic terrorism by sexist, white men?

Another white man carried out an incident of domestic terrorism, this time in NY.  When will we start looking at the largest threat to America - sexist, white men?

Concerned,
Jerin

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

It gets worse: her rapist sued her for parental rights - a right they have in 31 states!

http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/22/opinion/prewitt-rapist-visitation-rights/index.html

Sexual Assault Victim Ruined Her Attacker's Life, Lawyer Says

Just when you thought the war on women couldn't get any more insidious:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/21/savannah-dietrich-sexual-assault_n_1819572.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003#slide=1410807

An excerpt, where he basically defends Atkin:
"I think it's rather astonishing how the Internet changes everything," he said. "Look at [Rep. Todd Akin], the politician from Missouri who was on the news a few days ago and made a comment about 'legitimate rape.' Those comments have now gone viral and he is ruined. Twenty years ago it would not have happened like this. These things just stream with enormous speed across the whole country."

Sign the Petition: Stop MTA Fare Hike AGAIN

Public transportation is vital to New Yorkers, connecting us to our jobs, our homes, and each other. Unfortunately, over the past several years $260 million has been diverted from transit funds. These diversions contributed to the worst metropolitan-area transit service cuts in memory, including the elimination of 36 bus routes and 570 bus stops; killing all or parts of three subway lines; and burdening millions of city and suburban riders with lengthier waits, more crowding, extra transfers and longer trips.

In addition, over the past five years, there have been three transit fare hikes, raising the cost from $76 for a 30-day unlimited MetroCard in 2007 to $104 today - and future fare hikes are expected. Last year, the WCC joined other advocacy organizations in writing Governor Cuomo to strongly urge him to sign transit "lockbox" legislation which would protect transit funds from diversion. Today, the WCC continues to fight for safe, efficient, and accessible public transportation.

If you would like to contact Governor Cuomo and urge him to stop future fare hikes and invest in public transportation, please sign this petition.

The benefits of hindsight: The need for more monitoring of domestic terrorism

It turns out that a well-known Islamophobic "feminist" was wrong and the biggest threat the world and the US face is not Islam - it's terrorists from the conservative right.

Watching the right people?, The need for more monitoring of domestic terrorism
http://www.economist.com/node/21560566

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

NOW Calls on Romney and Ryan to Renounce Republican Party Platform Policy on Abortion Care

For Immediate Release
Contact: Latoya Veal, 202-628-8669, ext. 116
NOW Calls on Romney and Ryan to Renounce
Republican Party Platform Policy on Abortion Care
Statement of NOW President Terry O'Neill

August 21, 2012
Today, the Republican Party demonstrated again why Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are wrong for women in the U.S. The party's committee platform approved an anti-abortion plank that champions a human life amendment to the U.S. Constitution without mentioning any exception for rape, incest or preservation of the health or life of the woman.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Help me & other Americans not live in fear from racists: some simple & easy tips, including a petition


Negative feelings towards Islam are much more pronounced now than in the immediate aftermath of the September 11 2001 terror attacks.  More than half of Americans believe there are more violent extremists within Islam than in any other religion and that the faith encourages violence against non-Muslims, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. 

If you don't want me and other Muslim Americans to live in fear, with the attack on SEVEN mosques in the last 11 days alone, please do something about it.  I shouldn't have to encounter racist slurs in front of my home, or be afraid to go into a certain neighborhood or another state because of Islamophobia.  Other Muslims should not be afraid to dress how they want, work where they want or take their kids to public school in fear of physical assault. 

Some simple steps:

Sikh American speaks out about the attack against seven mosques in last 11 days

Why isn't the mainstream media covering the attack against SEVEN mosques in the last 11 days alone?  Is it because they are just as Islamophobic as the 50% of Americans who were polled recently and stated a negative view about Islam?

Friday, August 17, 2012

Sat 8/18: Stand Up for Women's Rights in DC with us

NOW NY State Young Feminist Task Force member and my husband Micah Bochart will be video taping the rally below.  If you are in DC, please stop by and say hello.

We hope you'll be able to join us! Final details, specifics and guidelines for the rally are available online here: http://www.wearewoman.us/2012/08/rally-details-specifics-and-guidelines.html

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Please Take 4 Critical Steps This Month for Violence Against Women Act

NOW Action Alert
FOR VAWA: PLEASE TAKE 4 CRITICAL STEPS THIS MONTH

August 16, 2012
take action
It's August, that time when members of Congress return to their districts to meet with constituents and campaign for re-election. It's also time for activists to call, meet with, and ask their member of Congress to get the "real" Violence Against Women Act -- the bipartisan, inclusive Senate version (S. 1925) -- passed.
After the Labor Day holiday, members will return to Washington, D.C., for only two weeks, and then they will recess until after the elections. So the clock is ticking. Your House member is the most important person to seek out. Here's what you can do:

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Five atheists who ruin it for everyone else

This article is another example that bigots and extremists exist in every group.  Although I don't agree with many things on the article, I think it's important to recognize the danger of blind faith - including among atheists.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

High School Feminists Discuss Women's Rights Advocacy


This summer, I attended Genesis at Brandeis University, an academic summer program for Jewish high school students. As an Orthodox Jewish feminist, I came to Genesis hoping that there would be a space to discuss the issues closest to my heart. While I initiated and participated in numerous informal conversations about Jewish feminist topics with my peers, I still wanted a more defined space to discuss the issues. As a result, I decided to run an activity on Shabbat (the Sabbath) entitled “Jewish Feminism.”


Friday, August 3, 2012

IT'S ALMOST AUGUST RECESS- TAKE ACTION FOR VAWA IN YOUR HOME STATE!!!



Please forward widely!
August 2, 2012

It's August and your Congressional leaders are headed home. It's time to find them in your state and community and ask them ONE QUESTION:  What have you done to get a final VAWA passed that protects all victims of violence?

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

NOW Celebrates Major Milestone in Women's Access to Vital Health Care

For Immediate Release
Contact: Latoya Veal, 202-628-8669, ext. 116
NOW Celebrates Major Milestone in
Women's Access to Vital Health Care
Statement of NOW President Terry O'Neill

August 1, 2012
Today marks an important milestone for women throughout the country. Beginning Aug. 1, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act goes into effect, making preventive care more accessible and affordable for 47 million women. From this point forward, women enrolled in new or renewed insurance plans will be able to access a wide range of preventive health services without co-pays or additional out-of-pocket costs. No longer will women be compelled to forego or delay needed preventive care due to economic hard times.

Take action for Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Before the August Recess!

Some of you may know that I helped propose and create the CUNY-wide-sexual-assault policy for all half-a-million students.  Over the years, I have come across too many incidents of sexual assault and or domestic violence.  The VAWA below helped many of these victims become survivors by providing them with necessary services including free or low cost counseling, and more.  PLEASE take a moment and help support this important legislation. 

NOW Calls for Defeat of Those Who Voted for D.C. 20-Week Abortion Ban

For Immediate Release
Contact: Latoya Veal, 202-628-8669, ext. 116
NOW Calls for Defeat of Those Who
Voted for D.C. 20-Week Abortion Ban
Statement of NOW President Terry O'Neill

July 31, 2012
Today, extremists in Congress continued their war on women by pressing for legislation that would criminalize abortions in the nation's capital after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), the D.C. 20-Week Abortion Ban would have imposed federal fines and up to two years' imprisonment for doctors, without exceptions for rape, incest or the pregnant woman's health.