Friday, April 26, 2013

Eve Ensler & V-Day RISE for Workers in Bangladesh

We RISE for Workers in Bangladesh

By Eve Ensler, V-Day Founder, and Monique Wilson, One Billion Rising Director

V-Day expresses its strong support for the workers in Bangladesh killed when a building, housing several garment factories manufacturing clothing for American and European companies, collapsed on April 25th. The collapse of Rana Plaza building in Savar, an industrial suburb of Dhaka, has killed over 300 people to date, mostly young women workers - and has injured over 2,000 - with the death toll rising by the hour.

Huge cracks had been found in the building, and workers refused to go into the building to work, but were forced by the garment factory owners who threatened non-payment of one month's wages if the workers didn't comply. According to Khushi Kabir, a women's rights activist and One Billion Rising coordinator for Bangladesh - "I am so sick of the unnecessary murder of the workers, most of whom are women. This is not the first time garment owners have shown such callousness, nor the first time such tragedies have occurred. Despite High Court orders, no actions seem to have been put in place."

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V-Day has created THE RISING FUND, which will provide immediate emergency support for workers and their families. All funds raised will go directly to the medical and financial support of the families of the workers who lost their lives, and to the medical needs of the workers who were injured.

DONATE to The Rising Fund >

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Tell Fox News: Dump Hatemonger Erik Rush who wants to kill ALL Muslims

Tell Fox News: Dump Hatemonger Erik Rush

Frequent Fox News contributor Erik Rush got into a Twitter exchange shortly after yesterday's apparent bombing to declare of Muslims: "Yes, they're evil. Let's kill them all."

Rush is only one of many right-wing commentators to jump to the immediate conclusion that the tragic explosions at the Boston Marathon were the result of Islamic terrorism, but his "Kill them all" comment is so far over the line that Fox must distance itself from Rush's violent bigotry.

Demand that Fox News have no more contributions on "news programs" from extreme bigot Erik Rush.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the victims of yesterday's violence and their families. It's a shame that we need to respond to such hate the very next day, but we do -- Rush's brand of bigotry must be called out and answered.

Take action now by telling Fox News to keep Erik Rush off the air.

Erik Rush is a WorldNetDaily columnist and, frankly, this is the kind of thing one would expect from a prominent voice on that site, which is a festering cesspool of right-wing bigotry and fringe conspiracy theories. But Fox News, albeit known for its right-wing bent, is a major news outlet and when it gives a podium to a hatemonger like Rush it legitimizes him and his views.

While the First Amendment protects Rush's right to spout whatever venomous hate speech he wants, it doesn't guarantee him a spot on a major news network. Rush has a right to say what he wants, but the public has the right to be outraged and demand action from one of his outlets.

Fox News must be held accountable for any further association with Erik Rush.

Tell Fox News: No more contributions, on TV or online, from hatemonger Erik Rush.

After PFAW's Right Wing Watch called much attention to Rush's tweet yesterday, Rush responded with a non-apology on Twitter saying that liberals' "precious Islamists say the same ['kill them all'] about us EVERY DAY," and tried to play off his original comment as a type of "sarcasm."

Speak up! No one should, especially in the immediate aftermath, be exploiting a tragedy like yesterday's to advance a hateful agenda of bigotry and fear.

Thank you for all you do.

-- Ben Betz, Online Strategy Manager


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

National Organization for Women Supports Robin Hood Tax

For Immediate Release

Contact: Press Office 202-628-8669, ext. 123

NOW Supports Robin Hood Tax

April 17, 2013

The National Organization for Women is proud to announce its support of The Inclusive Prosperity Act, a financial transaction tax introduced today by Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. The Ellison bill would create a Wall Street sales tax, providing hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue every year for such critical needs as jobs, health care, education, housing assistance for low-income individuals, and expanding and improving the social safety net.

"It's about time Wall Street started paying its fair share," said NOW President Terry O'Neill. "The people of this country are still struggling to get by, six years after the economic downturn began. Women are disproportionately represented amongst the poor and those working for minimum wage with little to no benefits. We need a strong safety net, and who better to pay for it than the financial institutions that caused the economic crisis in the first place?"

The bill would allow the U.S. to join the rest of the world in a growing system of financial transaction taxes. The recent adoption of a similar tax by 11 European countries -- a tax that will apply to U.S. traders whose payments will fund European priorities -- shows the proposal has momentum and substantial international support.

NOW activists will join the Robin Hood Tax Campaign on Saturday, April 20, for a rally outside the International Monetary Fund and World Bank offices, and then a march to the White House and U.S. Treasury Department.

What: Robin Hood Tax Campaign Rally and March

When: Saturday, April 20, beginning at 12 noon

Where: Rally at Murrow Park (Pennsylvania Ave. between 18th and 19th Streets) adjacent to the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. March follows to the White House and U.S. Treasury Department

In addition to NOW, more than 140 organizations representing millions of members have endorsed passage of the Wall Street sales tax.

"The growing wealth and income gap in this nation is syphoning money away from the U.S. government and the programs it funds," said O'Neill. "The Robin Hood Tax is an important step in returning this money to the people."

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Our very own Talia Weiserg honored: The Jewish Week's 36 Under 36

Please see below accolades from NOW leaders.

From NOW Board member and former NOW National President Patricia Ireland
"Talia is a great feminist. Such exciting news!"

From NOW founder and award-winning feminist Sonia Fuentes 

"Wow! Friends:  I'm so excited.
As some of you may know, I have been mentoring for a year or so a 17-year-old Modern Orthodox feminist woman, Talia Weisberg, who is slated to start Harvard this fall.
Talia, whom I've never met, is a brilliant young woman, a writer, who plans to go to law school.  Through my connecting her up with NOW and NOW's generosity, she attended the NOW annual conference some time ago.
She just sent me the following email:"
Hi Sonia,
I just found out that I was named one of the Jewish Week's 36 Under 36 for 2013!!! I'm sure you're familiar with it, but if you're not, this is the biggest honor that can be accorded to anyone under the age of 36 in the Jewish community. A family friend nominated me and I thought I didn't stand a chance - I'm still not even sure why I tried - but I was just informed that I am part of the 36! I still can't believe it. I feel so honored and privileged to be part of such an elite few, which includes some of my sheroes. I thought you'd like to know.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Ultraviolet's "Sexist Employer's Guide To Paying Women Less"

Sat, April 13: FREE Young Women's Forum

Jerin will be speaking at the following event at 2pm. Hope you can join us.

2013 Sat. April 13th, 1:30 to 4:30 (Doors open at 1) 
@ Forest Hills Library in Queens 

Join Community Links for an afternoon of discussions about young women's rights and resources. Learn about young women's political and social organizations and how you can get involved. We will have speakers representing the National Organization for Women, Black Women's Blueprint, as well as other organizations.

RSVP at (929) 210-9810 or

We invite all young adults (18-25 year old's) to our second free event at Forest Hills Library 108-19 71st Ave. Forest Hills, NY 11375. This event will be in the auditorium. There will be music and free food. The informative event will present various empowerment resources. 

NOW Calls on Congress to Reject President Obama's Betrayal of Women, as Chained CPI Compounds Harm Caused by Gender Pay Gap

For Immediate Release
Contact: Press Office 202-628-8669, ext. 123
NOW Calls on Congress to Reject President Obama's Betrayal of Women, as Chained CPI Compounds Harm Caused by Gender Pay Gap
Statement of NOW President Terry O'Neill

April 9, 2013
On Equal Pay Day, the National Organization for Women has a message for Congress: Do not follow President Obama in cheating the women of this country. After facing years of wage discrimination, women cannot afford to be swindled yet again when it comes to their Social Security. Keep the chained CPI out of the federal budget!
The president and the Democratic leadership in Congress may think most voters aren't bright enough to figure out what's going on, but they're flat-out wrong. Voters who helped elect these leaders are now feeling betrayed, as they see supposedly progressive politicians turn their backs on the most vulnerable among us. Recent reports indicate that when President Obama introduces his 2014 budget proposal tomorrow, it will include the chained Consumer Price Index (CPI), in what is either a highly cynical move to bargain with right-wing legislators or a willfully misguided move to undermine our Social Security system.
The chained CPI is a benefit cut for current as well as future Social Security beneficiaries -- in other words, all of us -- and the ill effects would grow worse over time. Women, particularly women of color, would suffer disproportionate harm. The reason for this is illustrated every year at this time, when fair pay activists call attention to the gender wage gap. Equal Pay Day highlights the fact that it takes women in the United States more than three additional months to catch up with what U.S. men were paid during the previous 12 months. On average, women are paid 77 cents on the dollar compared to men. Women of color, who experience a racial wage gap as well, fare far worse. African American women are paid just 70 cents compared to all men, while Latinas are paid 60 cents.
Because of the wage gap, and time taken out of the paid workforce for caregiving, hardworking women retire with less money than men -- often with no savings or investments to sustain them other than Social Security. Those who say the chained CPI won't make much of an impact are either hopelessly dense or just plain deceitful. Also, the idea that we can somehow shield the oldest and poorest Social Security recipients from these cuts is demonstrably unworkable.
Let's face it: Instituting the chained CPI is like tripping someone at the end of a race after forcing them to run on the outside lane the whole way. Can this be the same president who proudly signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act back in January of 2009? NOW activists will be protesting in front of the White House today and registering their disapproval in the coming days and weeks -- until President Obama and Congress reject any cuts to Social Security benefits.