Friday, February 7, 2014

2014 National NOW Conference Doorbuster, Regional Conferences, One Billion Rising and more

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News: 2014 National NOW Conference Doorbuster, Regional Conferences, One Billion Rising and more
February 6th, 2014

2014 National NOW Conference Doorbuster

The 2014 National NOW Conference, "Faces of Feminism: Strength in Diversity" will be held from June 27-29 in Albuquerque New Mexico at the Hyatt Regency. This is an opportunity for us to gather and tackle the critical issues on NOW's agenda and shape the future of women's rights.
The doorbuster registration discount will happen next week. Make sure to check your email often so you don't miss this exciting opportunity!

Regional Conferences

Attend the NOW conference in your region this spring and help elect national leadership!
NOW's grassroots base is divided into nine U.S. regions. In even years, these regions elect members to serve two-year terms on the National NOW Board. Regional conferences are open to any NOW member.

One Billion Rising

One Billion Rising is an annual, worldwide action dedicated to ending violence against women on February 14th. This year NOW is rising on February 14th to stop military sexual assault and in support of the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA). We need you to tell your Senators to support the MJIA!
We're also working with our chapters to spread the importance of this issue via social media. You can also participate in our One Billion Rising actions on social media. Check out our One Billion Rising Social Media Kit!

Celebrating Shirley Chisholm

Check out this video, created by the U.S. Postal Service in honor of the new Black Series Commemorative Stamp of Shirley Chisholm. The US Postal Service is creating a commemorative stamp of Chisholm for her role in the civil rights and women's movements. The video features NOW President Terry O'Neill discussing the role of Chisholm in growing the women's rights movement.

Shop with NOW

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!

Action Spotlight
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.7, known as the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act." This bill would, among other things, allow the IRS to decide whether a woman has been raped or if her pregnancy is dangerous to her health.
Click here to send an email to your Senator thanking or spanking them for their vote.
Take the reproductive rights pledge for 2014!
Stand strong with NOW and take the Reproductive Rights Pledge for 2014! All women have the right to have the children they want, raise the children they have, and plan their families through safe, legal abortion, and access to contraception, and pre- and post-natal care. Take the pledge today!

The radical right is relentlessly attacking our reproductive freedom and the ability to make our own decisions. It's time for us to stand up and show that women won't go back. We need to make sure that all supporters of women's equality vote in November.
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?

Grassroot Spotlight
NOW chapters from Little Rock, Arkansas to Santa Fe, New Mexico hosted events to commemorate the landmark decision in Roe v. Wade. These events included rallies, speak outs, vigils, meets ups and house parties. These events drew over 1,000 participants to support a woman's right to make her own decisions. We will continue to fight to keep abortion legal.
With the help and support from Pennsylvania NOW, Montana NOW has met with success in their official complaint against a judge in Montana. The judge - G. Todd Baugh - stated that the underage victim in a rape case had acted "older than her chronological age" and had "probably as much in control of the situation" as her rapist (also the victim's teacher). Read more about the decision at The New York Times.

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