FYI NOW Newsletter – August 2018
In this issue:
Happy Women’s Equality Day – August 26 – Sunday, August 26, is the special day that has been set aside to honor the date of adoption in 1920 of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Women’s Suffrage Amendment. NOW President Toni Van Pelt is scheduled to join Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and other women’s organizations leaders on Tuesday, August 28, in ringing the bell at the opening of the New York Stock Exchange to commemorate the historic event. You can watch at the Bell-ringing, 9:26 a.m. ET.
We are drawing close to the centennial of the 19th Amendment in just two years and hundreds of organizations across the country are readying plans for special observances. A round-up of some of these plans that state and local organizations are making for 2020, with a review of the amendment’s history including profiles of the women who led, are features in How Women Got the Vote Gazette, from the National Women’s History Project. Multiple copies for your chapter can be Ordered Here. from A new website, the Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative and on Facebook 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial, has been launched that will serve as an information-sharing center, with links to resources. At the national level, we are brainstorming about how NOW can celebrate this important date.
New Chapter Portal Available Soon – NOW’s National Action Center is pleased to announce the release of the new chapter portal which will be available to all chapter leaders in the next coming months. The system will allow officers to run their membership lists, transaction lists, search for members, and update their chapter information. This chapter portal has been designed for the convenience of chapter leaders and will be rolled out in your state soon. Since you will be able to run membership lists, please bear in mind that Chapter membership lists can only be used for official NOW business and cannot be given to potential candidates or allied organizations.
Once the portal is available in your state, you will receive an email from the Chapter Services Specialist highlighting what to expect before logging on. The emails may have the tendency to go to your Spam folder. If you are in Alaska, Florida, Texas, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Alabama, Kentucky or Tennessee and still did not receive the email to activate your account, please check your Spam inbox before contacting National. If you are a chapter leader and do not have an email address on NOW file, please contact us immediately if you would like the access to the portal. For the states who already have access, please email your questions and concerns to email@example.com and we will assist you as soon as possible. Please be patient with us as the portal is a new development for you as well as for the National office.
HERE ARE SEVERAL OF THE MANY REASONS TO OPPOSE JUDGE BRETT KAVANAUGH:
Access to Abortion – Clearly hostile to women’s reproductive freedom, Kavanaugh will likely vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. There are already four likely votes against Roe on the Court and Kavanaugh would provide that key fifth vote. Donald Trump has vowed that he will only put justices on the Supreme Court that pass his litmus test of overturning Roe v. Wade and he has also said that ‘women who have abortions should be punished’. Kavanaugh has said that Roe is a ‘settled issue,’ suggesting he would not vote to overturn – but that is not a credible statement based in his record. The nominee refused to say Yes when asked by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) asked a direct question on whether Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey were correctly decided, according to The Washington Post (8/21).
No Check on President – Kavanaugh’s writings raise concern that he would allow Donald Trump’s abuses of power to go unchecked. He has argued that “criminal investigations and prosecutions of the President” should be deferred while he is in office. In 1998, he wrote that “Congress should give back to the President the full power to act when he believes that a particular independent counsel is “out to get him”. Kavanaugh believes that a sitting president should not be able to be criminally indicted and that the President should be able to monitor and even terminate a special counsel’s investigation.
Challenge ACA Protections – Judge Kavanaugh has signaled that he will find unconstitutional protections for people with pre-existing conditions, an important provision of the Affordable Care Act that may come before the Court. Previously, Kavanaugh dissented from a ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act which provides healthcare for millions.
Hostile to Workers’ Rights – Kavanaugh’s record shows disdain for working Americans, opposing basic protections for workers banding together to hold their employers accountable, consistently ruling against claims of worker discrimination and safety issues. In one case, Kavanaugh ruled that the Government could abolish collective bargaining altogether. In multiple cases, he has supported new legal doctrines to preclude Black employees from litigating employment discrimination claims.
Opposes Sensible Gun Control – Judge Kavanaugh is expected to strike down as unconstitutional virtually any gun violence prevention law or regulation. His ruling in a D.C. case provides a standard that would mean all gun control measures that are not “longstanding or sufficiently rooted in text, history, and tradition” would be struck down regardless of the government’s reasoning for implementing the restrictions or the public health hazards created by weapons in common use.
Opposes Environmental Protections – Judge Kavanaugh has consistently ruled against environmental protections, striking down provisions under the Clean Air Act, opposing efforts to fight climate change and finding against protections for clean water and clean air – important and long-standing provisions in law that safeguard the health of the public and the integrity of the environment.
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