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March 23, 2014   
Have you registered for NOW's 2014 Conference?
Upcoming Webinar! NOW Conference: Delegates & Credentialing
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Have you registered for NOW's 2014 Conference?

2014 National NOW Conference, "Faces of Feminism: Strength in Diversity" is from June 27-29 in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Hyatt Regency. Come shape NOW's future with fellow activists from across the country. Online registration ends June 20th. You can register here.

If you're interested in conducting a workshop, follow these proposal guidelines. All proposals are due April 9, 2014, and should relate to one of NOW's six core issues. April is coming up fast, so get your proposal together soon!

We've got some awesome speakers lined up (with more to come)!
Upcoming Webinar! NOW Conference: Delegates & Credentialing

Join the National Action Center Membership Team on Tuesday, April 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET for an in-depth review of conference delegate and credentialing procedures. In this webinar we'll review with you how delegates are allocated to chapters, what to expect in your delegate reports and packets, and a new way to submit your delegate and alternate names for credentialing. Register today!
Have you seen the new site? is new and improved! Getting connected with NOW is now that much! Click around to find your chapter, catch up on our actions and issues, make a donation, or read our blog. We hope you love the new look as much as we do!
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Find great, NOW branded items through our Printfection storefront. Get everything you need - T-shirts, mugs, tote bags, water bottles - even an infant onesie!

You can also support NOW by shopping at Amazon! Use this link to enter Amazon and NOW will receive a percentage of any purchase you make - at no extra cost to you!

The Dirty 100 - When employers impose their religious beliefs on their employees, things get dirty--which is why we encourage you to stand against the Dirty 100. These 100 companies have decided that their CEOs' personal feelings about contraception trump the medical needs of their employees, and are suing to be excused from the ACA's contraception mandate. Take action against the Dirty 100, and let them know that religion is an individual right, not a corporate mandate.

Angela Corey - Angela Corey has failed the people of Florida too many times. Marissa Alexander was given a 20 year sentence for firing a non-lethal warning shot at her ex-husband, moments after he choked her and just days after giving birth. State Attorney Angela Corey prosecuted her anyway. The appeals court has overturned Alexander's conviction -- and now Corey wants a 60 year sentence against her. It's time for Corey to go -- demand her resignation.

MJIA is down, but not out

Five votes short of breaking the filibuster, the Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's Military Justice Improvement Act failed to progress through the legislature on March 7. This is a major step back for legislation seeking to reform how sexual assault is handled in the US military, but work is still being done to protect men and women in uniform.

On March 11, the Senate passed a different reform bill--the Victim Protection Act--that would remove the "good soldier" defense from sexual assault trials, so the accused could not use a stellar military record to cast doubt on the accuser. Other provisions empower victims in the judicial process. These provisions are good, but they are not enough to ensure the protection of our soldiers. Fortunately, the MJIA could be reintroduced later this year.

NOW would like to thank all of our activists for their work in support of the Military Justice Improvement Act. If you'd like more information read our issue advisory.

Women's rights are under attack all over the country. Stand with NOW as we fight for women's rights coast to coast

With your support, we can deploy more field organizers to work with grassroots activists and train our chapter leaders so that we can replicate our successes. But personnel and training take money.

Will you support our efforts?

To celebrate International Women's Day (March 8), Missouri NOW hosted an hour of music on local radio station KBIA celebrating women classical composers. You can find the playlist here, and recreate the broadcast.

Fayetteville NOW has been doing great work both in protecting women's right to vote and working to pass an Equal Rights Amendment. Watch Marena Groll's speech.
Some History Behind Women's History Month, Huffington Post
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