Wednesday, March 13, 2013

National Organization for Women News: Sequester, Equal Marriage, 2013 Conference, Ms. Magazine, VAWA

NOW News and Action Summary

National Organization for Women:
News & Action Summary
March 12, 2013

Cancel the Sequester

Let's stop the craziness: Tell your House member that the best solution to the current budget crisis is to cancel the sequester right now. Time is short -- tell your House member to please sponsor, support and vote for Conyers' H.R. 900 "Cancel the Sequester Act." Take Action NOW!

Stand Up for Marriage Equality on 3/26 and 3/27

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two critical LGBT rights cases challenging Prop 8 and DOMA. Rally with us outside the Supreme Court. Can't make it to D.C.? That's okay -- find an event near you. Take action to show your support for treating same-sex couples fairly and equally under the law. Take action!

Family Law Newsletter - Spring 2013 (PDF)

NOW's Family Law Committee produces a newsletter with current news and information regarding the crisis for mothers and children in family courts. This issue features an interview with the founder of the Battered Mothers Custody Conference, actual mothers' stories and an article on the Model Code on Domestic and Family Violence. Read more.

Conference Spotlight
2013 National NOW Conference
Friday, July 5 - Sunday, July 7

Conference Registration is Open!
Visit the 2013 conference website to register, arrange your stay, and sign up for conference email updates.
Maybe YOU could be part of the conference program! We are calling now for workshop proposal submissions -- which are due by April 5, so please make it a priority to organize your panels and submit online proposals by that deadline.
NOW is holding its national officer elections at this year's conference. A critical deadline is on March 13: This is when nominations are due for officer tickets that want their information included in a special NOW mailing -- so don't delay! Read more.
More information will be available soon on the 2013 conference website.

Sequestration: Another False Choice

NOW President Terry O'Neill writes on The Huffington Post: "Enough already about sequestration. The massive budget cuts that make up the looming sequester are self-imposed and, like last fall's so-called 'fiscal cliff,' present us with two bad alternatives for funding the United States government. Are these really our only choices?" Read more.

On International Women's Day, NOW Denounces Anti-Woman Austerity Policies

On International Women's Day, NOW calls upon leaders in the U.S. to firmly reject the austerity model that has been economically devastating to our sisters in Europe. Call it what you like -- austerity, sequester, deficit reduction, balancing the budget. I call it a stealth attack on women. Read more.

Major Victory for All Women: House Passes Inclusive VAWA

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With a resounding vote of 286-138, the House passed a bipartisan, inclusive reauthorization of VAWA. This is a major victory for all women. NOW thanks the steadfast champions in both the House and the Senate as well as the activists around the country who refused to give up on the countless women who will now be protected in this bill. Read more.

NOW's Online Store

Our online store is open at Printfection! A number of NOW branded items -- including t-shirts, mugs, and accessories -- are available. Apparel comes in a variety of colors and sizes. Keep an eye out as we introduce new products in the upcoming months. Start shopping NOW!
Support NOW, Get Ms.
Support NOW, Get Ms.
Through March 28, we are partnering with Ms. magazine, an award-winning feminist publication. When you donate $25 or more to NOW you can receive Ms. magazine for one year -- for free! And if you're not a NOW member, join today and get Ms. magazine with your join.
*IMPORTANT: You must use the links in this email and the special "Support NOW, Get Ms." donate page to participate in this offer.

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Action Spotlight
Rally for Immigrant Women Youth and Families
Join us Monday, March 18, in Washington, D.C., to demand Congress address the needs of women in immigration reform. Learn more »

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