Monday, September 16, 2013

Breaking News: Civil Disobedience, Janet Yellen, Grassroots Spotlights and more!

So grateful and proud of Terry for the below.


Civil Disobedience for Fair Immigration Reform

On September 12, 2013, NOW President Terry O'Neill was arrested for participating in an act of civil disobedience for fair immigration reform. Around 115 women were arrested — almost two dozen undocumented. You can read more about the action via The New York Times, and read Terry's explanation for her participation at CNN.

The press statement is available via We Belong Together. You can also watch video of the arrests at Colorlines and see the Rachel Maddow Show segment on the action.

Pictures of the event are on NOW's Flickr page.
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National Organization for Women:
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September 14, 2013

State Wars on Reproductive Rights

"An all-out assault on women's reproductive health and rights continues in many state legislatures — a stark reminder that elections have consequences. The disastrous 2010 elections saw Tea Party extremists flooding into state legislatures (as well as the U.S. Congress), and although they campaigned on economic issues, once in office their first order of business was to begin blocking women's access to abortion care, birth control, and other family planning services." Read about assault on reproductive rights here.

The Case for Janet Yellen Gets Stronger Every Day

NOW President Terry O'Neill has a new piece at The Huffington Post: "Women, working families, the elderly and everyone struggling in today's economy need an ally at the Fed, not an ambitious insider with a poor record of leadership and independence."

Read in full here.

Grassroots Spotlight

Montana NOW has been at the forefront fighting for justice in a disturbing rape case that involves a 14 year old victim (who later committed suicide), the rapist (a former teacher) receiving only a 30-day sentence and a victim-blaming judge. You can find out more at Reuters, CNN and MSNBC. You can also "like" Justice4Cherice on Facebook or follow #justice4cherice on Twitter for updates.

NOW activists in New Mexico are planning to go all out to fight a potential 20 week abortion ban initiative for the city of Albuquerque. Dana Middleton says "We are organizing phone banking up in Santa Fe for the next 9 weeks..... to call Albuquerque voters that we know are pro-choice and need to get to the polls in November to vote the ballot initiative down." You can find out more about what our activists in New Mexico are up against at The New York Times.

Fayetteville NOW hosted a forum addressing North Carolina's Stand Your Ground law on August 30. You can read about it at the Fayettville Observer.

On September 5, NOW's first virtual chapter Young Feminists & Allies (YFA) hosted a Google Hangout with #SolidarityisforWhiteWomen creator Mikki Kendall.

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