Wednesday, January 30, 2013

NOW News: VAWA, One Billion Rising, Roe at 40, 2013 Conference, ERA




NOW News and Action Summary

National Organization for Women:
News & Action Summary
JANUARY 29, 2013
IN THIS ISSUE:

VAWA Rises Again - Call Congress to Urge Swift Action

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Please call or meet with your senators and representative to urge swift action on reauthorization of VAWA in the 113th Congress (S. 47/H.R. 11). We need both Democrats and Republicans to get this legislation passed. We must see that VAWA programs continue providing shelter and saving lives. Take Action NOW!


One Billion Rising - In Two Weeks The World will RISE!

As a proud partner of the One Billion Rising events on Feb. 14, NOW is urging everyone who cares about the safety and dignity of women and girls to take a stand. Hold up a sign at the "rising" on Valentine's Day, proclaiming: "I rise for VAWA" or "I rise to demand an end to sexual and domestic violence." Contact your congressional leaders and demand that they support reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. And visit the One Billion Rising website to find an event near you and share why you're rising.

Forty Years After Ruling, Support for Roe v. Wade Grows in Face of Ongoing Attacks

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Jan. 22 marked the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision that affirmed a woman's right to abortion. We are at a critical turning point in this country. On this solemn occasion we should remember the good that Roe v. Wade has brought us. We must continue the momentum we displayed at the polls in November, the passion we have shown on social media and the fervor we have demonstrated in communities across this country. Read more.

40 Years After Roe v. Wade, We Still Fall Short of Reproductive Justice

NOW President Terry O'Neill writes for U.S. News & World Report: "The landmark Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion in the United States, forever changing and literally saving the lives of countless women. The impact of Roe has been both inspiring and frustratingly insufficient." Read more.
Also, check out O'Neill's contribution to U.S. News & World Report's Debate Club.

Conference Spotlight
2013 National NOW Conference
*Save the Date*

Friday, July 5 - Sunday, July 7
Hilton Chicago
720 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312-922-4400
More information will be available soon on the 2013 conference website.
Maybe YOU could be part of the conference program! Watch your inboxes because soon we will begin accepting proposals for conference workshops -- sign up for our 2013 Conference Email List to be alerted, so you don't miss out.

Sign the petition for the ERA!

Be sure to sign the petition on the White House website urging the Obama administration to take leadership in getting the Equal Rights Amendment ratified. If at least 25,000 people sign the petition by Feb. 10, the administration will review it and issue a response. After you sign the petition, forward the link to your friends and family. Let's get women's equality into the Constitution at long last! Take action!
When you're done, come back and sign the CEDAW petition!
Action Spotlight
D.C. is Rising. Are You?
On Thursday, Feb. 14 we invite D.C. to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to violence. Join the dance party and rise for VAWA at Farragut Square from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Sign up to learn more and join the revolution: bit.ly/DCrising214
Like DC Rising's Facebook's Page »
RSVP to the Facebook Event »


Action Spotlight
Roe v. Wade 40th Anniversary

To honor the decision that recognized women's legal right to abortion, the National Action Center hosted a peaceful and poignant vigil in front of the Supreme Court.
View our photos on Flickr (1/22 Roe Anniversary Vigil) »
View our photos on Flickr (1/25 Peaceful Presence at Supreme Court) »
Keep our YouTube channel bookmarked, since we will be posting video from our vigil as well.

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