NOW Endorses Nancy Pelosi, Overwhelmingly the Only Choice for Speaker

WASHINGTON — The National Organization for Women (NOW) is proud to endorse Nancy Pelosi to reclaim her position as Speaker of the House. The first woman in

Source: NOW Endorses Nancy Pelosi, Overwhelmingly the Only Choice for Speaker | National Organization for Women

We need to Flood these Members with Calls! 

Today NOW announced our endorsement of Nancy Pelosi for Speaker. But Leader Pelosi is in need of immediate calls to organizers of an effort to prevent her from being elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. A very serious challenge to Leader Pelosi – primarily by a small group of men and some newly-elected members – is poised to prevent her from gaining a majority vote in the House Democratic Caucus. Meetings are beginning today so your call is critically important. 

The effort has been instigated by a vile smear campaign by Republicans. The result is: a challenge to Leader Pelosi instigated by #FiveWhiteGuys: Reps. Seth Moulton (Mass.), Tim Ryan (Ohio), Bill Foster (Ill.), Ed Perlmutter (Colo.) and Kurt Schrader (Ore.). They are circulating a letter opposing Leader Pelosi for signatures among the 22 current and incoming members who have said that they may not support her and among other House members. We need to do what we can to stop this. 

Please call those five Representatives NOW. Even though you may not be a constituent in their Congressional Districts, please tell the receptionist that you are calling on behalf of the many NOW members who are their constituents. 

HERE’S YOUR MESSAGE: Hello, we are calling on behalf of the hundreds of NOW members who reside in your state and your district. NOW is supporting Leader Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House; we need a proven capable and talented leader in these turbulent times. Democrats must present a united front. Leader Pelosi has shown that she can unite Democrats to pass progressive legislation; it was her leadership that got the Affordable Care Act passed. I am asking you get behind Leader Pelosi because she is the very best candidate for Speaker and to urge your colleagues to support her election. 

Members to call: 
Rep. Seth Moulton (Massachusetts) – 202-225-8020
Rep. Bill Foster (Illinois) – 202-225-3515
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (Colorado) – 202-225-2645
Rep. Tim Ryan (Ohio) – 202-225-5201
Rep. Kurt Schrader (Oregon) – 202-225-5711

For Women’s Lives and Happiness,

Toni Van Pelt


Newport area citizens protest what’s going on in Washington DC

Source: News Lincoln County

Protesters at Newport City Hall protesting what’s happening in Washington DC.


Don’t Tread on Robert Mueller!
Newport City Hall


Protest ran from City Hall to Highway 101 and Highway 20, and a bit beyond.


Lots of folks upset that Trump seems poised to try to stop the Mueller investigation.


Coast residents of all ages showed solidarity against what they called the erosion of integrity, fairness and reliability from our Congress and especially President Trump.

Well over 100 protesters showed up in Newport Thursday evening, carrying signs and raising their voices in protest over what is happening to our government in Washington DC. Numerous similar protests were carried out Thursday night in many communities around the country, sponsored by women’s organizations nationwide.

Many women protested that while the Democrats made great inroads by creating a Democratic majority in the House, the Republicans gained a few seats in the Senate.

The women are very concerned that President Trump may try to end Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian influence in the 2016 and perhaps 2018 elections. Many protesters contend that Trump’s business ties with Russian oligarchs remain problematic for the U.S. and other countries.


Silent Witness Stand event – October 8, 11am-3pm

My Sisters Place is organizing a Silent Witness Stand event, honoring Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The event will be held on October 8 from 11 to 3 on the corner of Hwy 101 & Hwy 20, by JC Market.
We will have a purple pop-up tent with tabling information and stuff to make signs.
NOW members are invited to participate.

Thank you for your efforts in supporting us!


Take Action NOW to Support Dr. Blasey Ford

The National Organization for Women Actions in Solidarity with Dr. Blasey Ford

  1. We believed Anita Hill then and we believe Christine Blasey Ford now! The National Organization for Women is writing messages of solidarity to Dr. Blasey Ford and we’re inviting NOW activists to join us by sharing to your social media tagging @NationalNOW with the hashtag #BelieveSurviviorsNOW.

2. WEAR TEAL to support Dr. Blasey Ford. Anita Hill wore TEAL when she testified in 1991. Summon the courage and strength of Anita Hill when you support Dr. Blasey Ford this week. WEAR TEAL and post your photos on social media tagging @NationalNOW with the hashtag #BelieveSurviviorsNOW. If you stage a local walkout or protest, invite local media outlets to cover your event.

3. CALLING ALL NOW ACTIVISTS TO DC: NOW will meet, wearing TEAL, at the Hart Senate Office Building on the morning that Dr. Blasey Ford testifies.We will support Dr. Blasey Ford in her testimony and demonstrate to the Senate Judiciary Committee that we will not accept a sexual assaulter on the Supreme Court. Plan to meet up with NOW early in the morning on the date her testimony is scheduled. To receive logistical information of the NOW action plan, please sign up here. If you need housing in the DC area any time this week, beginning September 23rd, please fill out this form, and local NOW activists will be able to host you. If you need more information, please contact NOW.


Can you make it to Washington DC on Sunday evening or Monday morning?Women’s March organizers are planning to flood the Senate office building with Dr. Blasey’s supporters on Monday, September 24th. Activists who are interested in participating in Civil Disobedience should attend a training in Washington DC on Sunday, September 23rd at 7:30 p.m.. All other activists should be ready to be at the steps of the Supreme Court by 8:30 a.m. on Monday. Sign up to participate directly with Women’s March here.

Not able to get to DC? Need another way to show your support? UltraViolet, Girls for Gender Equity, NARAL Pro-Choice and other organizations are calling for a National Walk Out on Monday, September 24th from 1- 2 p.m. to show our support for Dr. Blasey Ford. All you need to do is wear black and walk out – of your home, your office, your classroom, wherever you are – and post a photo to your social media with the hashtag #BelieveSurvivors. Please tag @NationalNOW so we can know you participated, too!

(portrait) Press forward,
Toni Van Pelt

Thank you, Christine Blasey Ford

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford courageously came forward to tell her story of being sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh, and she needs to know we have her back. Sign the card to say “Thank You!”

Source: Thank you, Christine Blasey Ford | UltraViolet

Our nation deserves an honest justice who doesn’t lie, especially when women’s lives are at stake!

Take Action:  Last week’s hearings on Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, amounted to a sham. Not only have Republicans blocked thousands of documents about Kavanaugh, they are rushing the process to get him confirmed despite explosive information about the nominee. Democrats revealed that Kavanaugh made perjured statements in denying his use of confidential memos, letters and talking points stolen from Democrats. This occurred during the George W. Bush administration when Kavanaugh was vetting controversial judicial nominees that Democrats fiercely opposed. Under questioning by Democrats last week, Kavanaugh replied with the absurd claim that he thought the information was not confidential.

Newly released emails show that the stolen confidential documents were taken by a Republican Senate aide, Manuel Miranda, and delivered to Kavanaugh. Later during Senate Judiciary Committee hearings in 2004 and 2006 when Kavanaugh was being considered for a seat on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Kavanaugh repeatedly lied under oath about receiving and using the stolen information.

For lying multiple times to the Senate, Kavanaugh should not only be dismissed as the nominee being considered for a seat on the Supreme Court, but the documented acts of perjury should cause him to be removed from his current judgeship on the Appeals Court. Brett Kavanaugh should do the honorable thing and withdraw his name from consideration.

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s rushed and corrupted process shows that the Republicans want their man on the Court so badly that they are hiding documents and are willing to ignore criminal law so that this individual who has committed perjury may sit on the Supreme Court. Contact your Senators!

Congressional Twitter handles and Facebook accounts can be found here.

Your Message: If your Senator is supporting or “undecided” about Kavanaugh, contact them as a constituent: “I believe that Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, must not be confirmed. He has lied multiple times to the Senate and has shown himself to be unqualified for such a critically important position. The fact that Kavanaugh, as a counsel in the George W. Bush White House, received stolen confidential information, used it to promote controversial judicial nominees and then later lied to Senate Judiciary Committee members about these documents should not only disqualify him from the High Court, but he should be removed from his current DC appeals court judgeship.”

“Further, I believe that the documents which are being blocked by the Republicans may reveal even more misdeeds on the part of the nominee. Brett Kavanaugh should do the honorable thing and withdraw his name from consideration. I ask you to advocate for the nominee’s withdrawal and for the Senate Judiciary Committee to halt these rushed and sham proceedings to place an unqualified person on the High Court.”

If your Senator is opposing Kavanaugh, thank them and then tweet and broadcast your outrage:

Congressional Twitter handles and Facebook accounts can be found here.

Resources: Please watch, spread and share this video on Kavanaugh’s lies during his hearing last week. It targets Susan Collins specifically on her impending vote on Kavanaugh.

· Facebook Link: Kavanaugh Lies

· Twitter Link: Kavanaugh Lies

Sample Social Media: Perhaps repeatedly lying to the American people should disqualify you from serving on our nation’s highest court. Just a thought. #StopKavanaugh @SenatorCollins

If you are caught repeatedly lying to the American people while under oath, you shouldn’t be granted a lifetime appointment to our nation’s highest court. #StopKavanaugh @SenatorCollins

Brett Kavanaugh: ✅ Lied under oath ✅ Lied to the American people ✅ Lied to sitting senators – are you listening, @SenatorCollins?

And Republicans are still trying to cram his confirmation through the Senate. NOT ON OUR WATCH. #StopKavanaugh

(portrait) Press forward,
Toni Van Pelt

Hello Immigrant Rights Community of Oregon!

Hello Immigrant Rights Community of Oregon!

My name is Erin Grady, I work at the Civil Liberties Defense Center in Eugene, OR, and I am writing to tell you about an exciting opportunity. We are a legal non-profit of attorneys and organizers dedicated to empowering activists and other community members in need of solidarity through legal support and training.
We are offering a Fall 2019 Online Course: Bilingual Train the Trainer in Know Your Rights for the Undocumented Community in Oregon. This training is being offered on a sliding scale basis, from $15-$250 for the 10 week class. Please fill out an application, and if you are selected for the course, we will accept your tuition request at that point! 

Dates: October 15th-December 10th 

Know Your Rights for the Undocumented Community is essential information that we as a community need to be sharing as much as possible in these times! We have been training English/Spanish bilingual trainers in Lane County, and are ready to expand our efforts statewide using the online class format!
The class is 10 weeks long, and covers the following topics:
– Your constitutional rights and how/when to assert them (applicable to anyone physically present in this country)
– Interacting with police and how to keep yourself safe and avoid arrest
– Interacting with ICE and how to keep yourself safe and avoid deportation
– Specific issues you might face with ICE: car stops, workplace raids, borders, detention centers
– Other immigration issues this state and country are facing: DACA, Measure 105
By taking this training, you will be trained in depth about these concepts, as well as given the opportunity to practice this training in both Spanish and English. (Note: We know that there are many more languages this training should be given in. At this time, Spanish and English are the only languages we have it translated to, but are open to assistance from folks who want to help translate into other languages!) You will be given detailed powerpoints in both languages that you can use as visual aids, as well as other materials that you can hand out at the trainings you put on. You will also have access to the regular updates to that information.
The training will consist of one video lesson per week from Oct. 15th – Dec. 10th. There will be homework, an expectation of practice, and weekly group chats, that should consist of about 3-5 hours per week. 
There will be an option to test out of the class in person, by traveling to Eugene, or an option to test out via video chat. At the end of the course, you will be certified to be a KYR trainer!
You will need regular access to a computer for this training.
You are an ideal candidate for this training if:
– You are bilingual and very competent in both Spanish and English. The training is long, and contains legal jargon and concepts.
– You have access to the affected community, and a clear way to reach them with this information
– You have enough time in your schedule to provide this training regularly
– You have experience public speaking, or at least a willingness to try and practice!
– You are a self motivated learner who could get a lot out of an online learning environment
If you are interested in this free training, please fill out this application:
Please turn in your applications by Sept. 25th!
Please put time and care into your application. Because this is our first online class experience, we will be keeping the training to 15 participants!
Finally, please feel free to respond to this email with any questions, and forward to anyone you think would be an ideal candidate!
Erin Grady
Civil Liberties Defense Center