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Wednesday, May 26, 2010
NOW News and Action Summary: Welcome Back
National Organization for Women:
News & Action Summary
Terry O'Neill, NOW President
Welcome back to NOW's new and improved News & Action Summary. We're pleased to debut a new look for our bi-weekly e-newsletter. You'll still receive highlights from the past two weeks on the NOW website, with lots of feminist news, views and action ideas. I think you'll find the re-design reader-friendly and fabulously fresh. Let us know what you think!
NOW will set off some fireworks of its own this Fourth of July weekend, when we hold our annual conference in Boston, Mass., on July 2-4. The 2010 National NOW Conference will include a summit on health and body image issues, which led to this year's theme, Loving Our Bodies, Changing the World.
NOW activists will be joined by guest speakers Kim Bottomly, Carol Moseley Braun, Andrea J. Cabral, Dr. LeRoy Carhart, Sonia Chang-Díaz, Susan Douglas, Irasema Garza, Amy Goodman, Silvia Henriquez, Lois Herr, Kierra Johnson, Adrienne Kimmell, Stephanie Poggi, Priti Rao, Loretta Ross, Niki Tsongas and others to be confirmed. Find out more about the speakers. Learn more and register online.
Tens of thousands of lesbian and gay service members have been discharged from the military due to the discriminatory Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) policy. How many more will see their careers cut short? How many more will continue to serve under a cloud of possible exposure? Tell the House to take action NOW!
Upon confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Solicitor General Elena Kagan would join Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor to become the third woman currently sitting on the Supreme Court -- a historic achievement. Read more.
The national publication of NOW is hot off the press and on the web. This issue includes a preview of the national conference and the proposed bylaws amendments that will be considered that weekend, plus articles on health care reform, anti-abortion terrorism, hate crimes law and much more. Read more.
Rep. Joe Sestak achieved a pivotal victory in Pennsylvania by besting 30-year incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter in the state's Democratic primary. After two previous endorsements for the House of Representatives, the NOW Political Action Committee enthusiastically endorsed Sestak for his Senate run. Read more.
It is unconscionable to place worldwide access to comprehensive reproductive health services and accurate information about women's health care, including abortion care, in jeopardy every four to eight years. That is what the Global Gag Rule does. Take action NOW!
"Law enforcement authorities need to step up their investigations of sexual abuse in religious organizations because it is apparent that many church officials will not act in a prompt and responsible manner," NOW President Terry O'Neill stated. Read more.
MAY 26, 2010
MONTGOMERY COUNTY NOW PROTEST
Members of Montgomery County NOW, MD protested outside the courthouse against Judge Eric Johnson, who reduced Jason Lay's 30-year sentence for raping a 4-year-old girl by 14 years. Watch a video online of their protest, from NBC Washington.
Read more on NOW Read This COME TO THE CONFERENCE...
Are you coming to the 2010 National NOW Conference? When you come to a NOW Conference, you'll find all the things you might expect. Fabulous feminist speakers. Dynamic workshops. You'll network, make new friends, get energized, maybe even raise some hell. Plus we'll be celebrating marriage equality with a wedding and gearing up for midterm elections.
RATIFY WOMEN! CAMPAIGN
Have you heard about our RATIFY WOMEN! campaign? Right now we are demanding that President Obama and the Senate RATIFY WOMEN! by prioritizing and passing CEDAW without restrictions. If you haven't yet, sign the petition.