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.

DIRECT ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH

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!

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Toni Van Pelt
President

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

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Toni Van Pelt
President

FYI NOW Newsletter – September 7, 2018

September 7, 2018

In this issue:

  • It’s Clear: Kavanaugh Will Act to Overturn Roe – Call Your Senators
  • Many NOW Members Running for Elective Office
  • Send Chance to View Smash Hit, RBG, New Dramatization Coming
  • New Chapter Portal Available Soon – Please Check Your Spam Inbox
  • New Member Sign-Up – Link Offered to Update
  • URGENT – Need More House Sponsors for VAWA – Pls. Help

It’s Clear: Kavanaugh Will Act to Overturn Roe – Call Your Senators is now abundantly clear that Supreme Court Nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh will vote to either seriously restrict or fully overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that recognized a right to privacy under the 14th Amendment’s Due Process Clause that would grant women’s right to abortion. During the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings this week, Kavanaugh refused to respond to questions about whether Roe was correctly decided — minutes after he said he thought that the Nixon case (limiting the power of any U.S. president to claim executive privilege) was rightly decided, and which he previously had said was wrongly decided.

Kavanaugh also ducked a question about his views on abortion while he was in the Bush White House. But, today, The Washington Post reports that Kavanaugh advised against referring to Roe as “settled law of the land” in a 2003 email message when he was vetting judicial nominees for the George W. Bush administration. And, during the hearings, Kavanaugh refused to answer whether he agreed that a woman’s right to control her reproductive life impacts her ability to participate in the economic and social life of the nation.

The nominee who no doubt was carefully coached on what to tell senators, did say that he respects precedence and that Roe is “precedence upon precedence” – citing the Roe affirmation of Casey v. Planned Parenthood (1992). But NOW activists need to know that “respecting precedence” and recognizing “settled law” are essentially meaningless claims; any prior Supreme Court decision can be overturned at any point. And, this nominee was selected because Donald Trump vowed that he would only put justices on the Supreme Court that pass his litmus test of overturning Roe v. Wade. Trump also said during his presidential campaign, that “women who have abortions should be punished.” So perhaps if Kavanaugh ascends to the Supreme Court, we can look forward to the Court considering cases which would criminalize women for having an abortion.

If confirmed by a simple majority in the Senate, Kavanaugh would become the fifth vote, joining four other opponents of women’s abortion rights – Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, and Neil Gorsuch. Republicans are determined to get their man on the High Court because his work as a Republican political operative and his record as a judge on the important U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia shows that he is very conservative and will vote to protect governmental power and corporate interests. That key fifth vote is something that abortion rights opponents have been working toward for 45 years, with the investment of what is likely by now hundreds of millions of dollars from fundamentalist and Catholic Church-related organizations as well as deep-pocketed right wingers. Not only have they funded numerous anti-abortion rights organizations and right-wing legal advocacy firms, these groups have promoted and funded efforts at the state level to restrict women’s access to reproductive health care. Since 1995, more than 1,000 anti-choice measures in various states have been adopted, according the NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Tens of thousands of key documents have not yet been released about Kavanaugh’s years as a White House counsel involved in some of the most controversial actions under President George W. Bush and as a key assistant to Independent Counsel Ken Starr in the impeachment of President Bill Clinton for having an affair with an intern. Democrats have sent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the National Archives and the George W. Bush Library, but the Trump administration is now shielding those documents under executive privilege – something that has never been done with documents connected to a judicial nominee’s record.

But on the eve of the hearings, some 5,148 documents (or 42,390 pages) were sent to Judiciary committee members and staff and were to be treated as “committee confidential” — not available to the public. Shockingly, these documents were reviewed by Bush lawyer, William A. Burck, before sending on to the Senate; undoubtedly for the purpose of pulling any document that could be controversial. Ordinarily, documents requested by Congress are reviewed by a government official in a neutral capacity, not a private lawyer and friend of the nominee. This is really quite unethical.

Today, Judiciary Committee member, Sen. Cory Booker (D – N.J.) broke Senate rules and released the 5,148 documents, some of which addressed racial profiling, but also related to a comment by Kavanaugh on Roe as settled Law. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D – Calif.) read Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein read one of the unreleased documents — a Kavanaugh email discussing the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide.

In that email, first disclosed by The New York Times earlier in the day, Kavanaugh proposed an edit to an op-ed about Roe v. Wade where he commented that he was “not sure that all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since Court can always overrule its precedent.” Though Kavanaugh said he was only commenting on a draft, some may have taken this comment as revealing what he really thinks about Roe.

According to an analysis by Planned Parenthood, there are 13 abortion cases now in the pipeline that Kavanaugh could rule on. We know that the Court will be asked to decide a pivotal case on abortion, as well as others on reproductive rights, soon. Every one of these cases provides an opportunity to overrule or severely weaken a woman’s constitutional rights to access abortion. The 13 cases could be joined by 11 more cases related to reproductive health that are one step away from the Supreme Court. The Court is also poised to determine a person’s basic right to access affordable birth control, sex education, and preventive care at a Planned Parenthood clinic. We believe that Brett Kavanaugh would vote on the wrong side in all these cases, causing irreparable harm to women’s health and lives.

Please Call Your Senators – The Senate Judiciary Committee vote on confirmation could come soon, so please call your Senators – regardless of whether either is on the Committee and let them know that you oppose the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The Capitol Switchboard 202-224-3121 and here is the Senate Directory. For more information on Judge Kavanaugh.

Many NOW Members Running for Elective Office -While NOW PAC is very excited about the more than 175 feminist federal candidates that we have endorsed whose races will make it possible to take the Congress back, we are also so excited that many of our members have taken the electoral plunge. In fact, former Fort Myers/Naples Florida NOW President April Freeman won her congressional primary in Florida’s 17th district. Another non-incumbent running for US Congress is Julia Peacock of Riverside CA NOW, hoping to be elected to California’s 42 District.

There has been an unprecedented surge of NOW members running for state and local office this year which is a crucial development since we need a pipeline of feminists who have name recognition and have the electoral experience to run for higher office. We are only now learning the magnitude of our candidate strength. Here are just a few of our exciting NOW member races:

  • The state that thus far wins the prize for the most NOW members running for office is Rhode Island with 19 members running for all levels of political office from Secretary of State to State house and Senate to Town Council races.
  • The current president of Des Moines Iowa NOW, Connie Price, is running for the Iowa House.
  • Two Washington NOW members, Pinky Vargas and Laurie Jinkins are running for the state legislature.
  • Four members of Sussex County NOW, NJ are running for their respective Township Committees.
  • Minneapolis-Saint Paul NOW member Trista Matas Castillo is running for Ramsey County Commissioner.
  • Riverside County California NOW members: Michelle Singleton is running for State Assembly #67 and Joanne Schwartz, longtime South Jersey NOW—Alice Paul chapter member, and former Burlington County (NJ) Freeholder, is now running for Burlington County Clerk.
  • Indiana NOW members Ashley Pirani is running for Monroe County Council, District 3 and Penny Githens is running for State Rep, District 60.
  • The President of Rochester, NY NOW, Jaclyn Richard, is running for the New York State Assembly, district 136.

If you haven’t already, please let us know of other NOW members running for any level of political office this year. We will send out an update with more of the names we receive from our State and Chapter leaders. This flood of feminist candidates will change the face of government and ensure a feminist future for all of us.

Second Chance to View Smash Hit, RBG – Tune in, sit back and enjoy – Watch RBG, the box-office hit about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on Sunday, Sept. 9, CNN, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. For those of us who have seen the film, we laughed a lot and shed some tears in this wonderful documentary about the life and work of the ‘notorious RBG.’ Purchasing a DVD of RBG for screening at chapter meetings and other events is a great way to educate and motivate young (and older) feminists. The film is not a dry accounting of the cases that Justice Ginsburg worked on in her earlier years that advanced women’s equal rights or her famous dissent in Supreme Court cases, but a thoughtful account of an important life well-lived. The film also portrays the romance and marriage of equals between Ruth and Martin, her husband of 56 years who passed away in 2010 and who adored his ‘notorious’ spouse.Trailer.

New Dramatization Coming – Exciting news arrives on the heels of the documentary’s wide screening and the CNN feature presentation: there will be a dramatic film released at Christmas, On the Basis of Sex, starring Felicity Jones, a dramatization of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s fight against gender discrimination as young attorney in the 1970’s, presented by Focus Features and Participant Media. Trailer: On the Basis of SexRead more

New Chapter Portal Available Soon – Please Check Your Spam Inbox We are repeating this news from the last FYI NOW as we have received a few calls about the chapter portal, according to Chapter Services Specialist, Supria Bhatia.

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 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, Supria Bhatia, 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 file with NOW, please contact us immediately if you would like the access to the portal. For the states which already have access please email your questions and concerns to chapters@now.organd 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.

New Member Sign-Up – Link Offered to Update – Are your links updated? If you are a chapter that has the “Join Now” link on your website, please ensure that the link is up to date. If you have new members who are not visible on your membership list, please click here and update the link so future members can be added. For questions, please contact the Chapter Services Specialist for further assistance.

URGENT – Need More House Co-sponsors for VAWA Re-authorization – Please Help! – Every five years important laws are reviewed by Congress and, hopefully, reauthorized so that programs and funding are continued. The landmark Violence Against Women Act is up for reauthorization in 2018; technically, the VAWA programs expire on Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year, and it doesn’t appear that the Republican leadership is in a hurry to take up the legislation. Rep Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced a reauthorization bill, H.R. 6545, on July 31. Rep. Jackson Lee worked closely with the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence to develop a strong bill. The legislation includes increased investment in sexual violence prevention programs, provisions to hold offenders accountable on tribal lands, updated definitions for incarcerated survivors, and many more improvements.

Time is running out on reauthorization – We need a groundswell of voices to demand that Congress reauthorize VAWA NOW! Please call your representative and ask her/him to become a co-sponsor, if they have not already done so, and to urge that H.R. 6545 be brought to the House floor vote ASAP. Both Democrats and Republicans need to hear from you; many Republicans support VAWA. To look up your House Member. Get the phone number, and go to the staff tab to reach call the legislative director, or women’s issues or judiciary staffers – or all three. You can also call the District office to deliver the message. If the staff member indicates that the representative might sign on, sent a note about this to NOW’s consultant on VAWA, Pat Reuss at patreuss@verizon.net

Your message: Hi, this is (your name), calling from (your city). I would like to urge Rep.______ to become a co-sponsor to the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2018, H.R. 6545, if they have not already signed on. Hundreds of thousands of women and their children depend on services and shelters that VAWA helps to support. Time is running out on reauthorization. To sign on, please contact Monalisa Dugue at 202-225-6906, staff member for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, sponsor of the bill, to let them know that Rep.__________ would like to become a co-sponsor.

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Vote No on Measure 103 and Measure 104

Dear Oregon NOW members and supporters,

In November, we will see serious attacks on our constitution and Oregon families on the ballot, including threats to immigrant communities, healthcare access, and support services. I wanted to make sure you knew about two troubling constitutional amendments that you will likely start hearing about soon: Constitutional Amendments 103 and 104.

These measures are risky, misleading and completely unnecessary, which is why we’re proud to stand alongside community advocates, homegrown businesses, constitutional experts and Oregon families in urging a No on Constitutional Amendments 103 and 104.

The proponents of Constitutional Amendment 103 want you to believe that it will prevent a proposed tax on ”groceries.” But there is no tax on groceries and nobody is proposing one. This is really about creating permanent tax loopholes for specific businesses in the state constitution. This is an unprecedented and untested change — no other state has a constitutional amendment like this. The amendment defines “groceries” in a way you would never find in the dictionary because lobbyists filled it with loopholes that exempt slaughterhouses, trucking companies, and restaurants from taxes, but fail to protect essential items that Oregon families actually rely on: medicine, diapers, toilet paper, and more.

And that’s not all: Constitutional Amendment 104 will cause unprecedented gridlock in Salem. The amendment would extend the current supermajority requirement the state legislature to far more than just taxes. 104 will lead to unprecedented gridlock, jeopardizing funding for healthcare, affordable housing and other essential services. The last thing we need in Oregon is Washington DC-style gridlock. The only reason this is on the ballot is because a set of special interests want to protect their tax breaks by locking them into our constitution. What’s worse? If 104 had been in place earlier this year, Oregon would have faced $1 billion in cuts to services like public schools and Medicaid, which means hundreds of thousands of people would have lost their health care.

We should be careful when we change our constitution, and we should only do so when there’s an urgent or important problem to fix. This flawed measure has no place in our constitution.

The good news is that the coalition fighting Constitutional Amendments 103 and 104 is growing stronger and more diverse by the day. Your voice is important, and we need your help spreading the word: Can we count on you to forward this email to at least five people in your network?

With your help, we can keep these risky and unnecessary amendments out of Oregon’s constitution.

In Solidarity,
Corinne
Executive Director, Oregon NOW

FYI NOW Newsletter – August 27, 2018

August 27, 2018
On 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 closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange to commemorate the historic event. You can watch at the Bell-ringing, Tuesday, August 28th at 4:00 p.m. ET.

The NYSE calendar for more information.

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.

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FYI NOW Newsletter – August 2018

FYI NOW Newsletter – August 2018

August, 2018

In this issue:

  • Happy Women’s Equality Day – August 26
  • Chapter Portal Available Soon
  • #StopKavanaugh – Take Action NOW, Hearings Begin Sept. 4

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 chapters@now.org 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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Oregon’s New Equal Pay Act: What Everyone Needs to Know – July 24 – 6pm

The 2017 Oregon Legislature passed a landmark Equal Pay Act, putting Oregon at the forefront toward equalizing pay between women and men. Trish Garner, Public Policy Chair of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Oregon, will lead a discussion of this important legislation at the Tuesday, July 24 meeting of the Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). The discussion will take place at 6 pm in the McEntee Meeting Room, Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street, Newport. The public is invited.

OREGON’s new FAIR PAY ACT specifies that: (1) an employer cannot pay an employee less because of their sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age, disability or veteran status; (2) an employer can’t pay an employee’s coworker more for a comparable job unless the entire pay gap is based on one or more of these conditions: seniority, merit, quality or quantity of production, education, training, experience, workplace location or travel; (3) an employer cannot screen job applicants based on current or previous compensation or determine salary on that basis; (4) an employer cannot ask a potential new hire how much he or she is currently paid or has been paid in the past until after making a job offer that includes compensation; and (5) an employer cannot cut an employee’s pay to follow this law or retaliate against the employee for asking for equal pay.

The U.S. Supreme Court May Be Hazardous To Women’s Health

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments today in the case of National Institute of Family Life Advocates v. Becerra, a challenge to the California FACT Act,

Source: The U.S. Supreme Court May Be Hazardous To Women’s Health | National Organization for Women

Leading Feminist Organizations Convene Summit to Discuss Solutions for Sexual Harassment

Leading Feminist Organizations Convene Summit

to Discuss Solutions for Sexual Harassment

Enough is Enough Summit & Briefing April 25, 2018;
Washington, DC

March 15, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Enough Is Enough campaign, launched in December by coalition partners National Organization for Women (NOW), Feminist Majority, National Congress of Black Women, UNITE HERE, Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, and Legal Momentum are holding a one-day summit and congressional briefing on April 25, 2018 in Washington, D.C. These groups are bringing together activists and allies to discuss strategies and craft initiatives to combat sexual violence and develop survivor-centric solutions on the ground, in the courts, and in Congress.

Through panels and discussion, the event will serve as an opportunity to listen to a diverse group of people – from survivors themselves to various activists and allies working across different industries and sectors. These participants will not only share their first-hand experiences with sexual violence and harassment, but help lay a groundwork of recommendations for actionable solutions. The goal of Enough is Enough is to shine light on what sexual harassment looks like for different communities, and how together we can work to craft informed solutions that address these specific barriers.

WHAT: Enough is Enough Summit Discussion Topics to Include:

  • Strengthening Federal Law and Policy
  • Model State Laws and Workplace Policies
  • Countering Misogyny and Changing the Culture

WHO: Convening Leaders and Program Participants:

  • Toni Van Pelt, President, National Organization for Women (NOW)
  • Eleanor Smeal, Co-Founder & President, Feminist Majority
  • Dr. E. Faye Williams, National President, National Congress of Black Women
  • Maria Elena Durazo, General Vice-President, UNITE HERE
  • Mónica Ramírez, President, Alianza Nacional de Campesinas
  • Carol Robles-Román, President and CEO, Legal Momentum
  • Carol Moody, Chief Operating Officer, Legal Momentum

Confirmed Speakers and Panelists:

  • Gaylynn Burroughs, Policy Director, Feminist Majority Foundation
  • Sunu Chandy, Legal Director, National Women’s Law Center
  • Chai Feldblum, Commissioner, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Debra Katz, Founding Partner, Katz, Marshall & Banks, LLP
  • Sonia Ossorio, President, New York City NOW and NY State NOW
  • Maya Raghu, Director of Workplace Equality and Senior Counsel, National Women’s Law Center
  • Kathy Spillar, Executive Editor, Ms. Magazine

For an updated schedule of events and speakers, please visit ​http://bit.ly/EnoughSummit2018 

WHEN: Thursday, April 25, 2018; 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

WHERE: Congressional Visitors Center: Atrium and Auditorium First St. NE (at East Capitol St.), Washington, DC 20515

MEDIA: For media interested in attending ​the event, please contact Daniella Burgos at dburgos@scottcircle.com​; 202.695.8221.

For media interested in interviews with any of the convening partners or participants, please contact Dee Donavanik, ddonavanik@scottcircle.com​;  202.695.8229.

GUEST RSVP: For more information on the Enough is Enough campaign and to RSVP for the Summit, ​please ​click here​ (free to attend). 

 

National Action team’s bi-weekly Action Report – 3/1/2018

The National Action team’s bi-weekly Action Report sends timely ways you can get involved. Check out this week’s latest activities and take action NOW!


Protect Our Future & Advocate for Gun Control!

Mass shootings in the United States have become as commonplace as baseball and apple pie. Let’s be clear: this is not normal! The events in Florida were a preventable tragedy. We cannot sit by quietly as our elected officials line their pockets with money from the NRA and fail to pass stringent gun control policies. The Senate will soon vote on two gun bills: the Fix NICs Act (S. 2135) and the the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (S.446).

Let’s take action to protect families and children. Call your Senators NOW and ask them to 1) support S.2135 and 2) oppose S.446.

To take action, click here!


Support A Clean Dream Act!

The fight is still on! On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration’s bid to get justices to expedite the termination of DACA. This win is a sweeping victory for young immigrants, but it is only a small reprieve. Thousands of young immigrants still face deportation. The only concrete solution is the Clean Dream Act. Over 1,000 NOW activists have contacted their MoCs to support the Clean Dream Act. Join them today and support immigrant women and families. The time is NOW!

To contact your Senator and support a Clean Dream Act, click here!


Stop South Carolina’s Latest Personhood Bill!

Right now, women in South Carolina are taking action against S.217, South Carolina’s new personhood bill. The bill has made it out of committee and is headed to a vote on the Senate floor. We need you to take action today! If you live in South Carolina, contact your State Senator and urge them to take a stand against S.217. If you are outside of South Carolina, post on social media using the hashtag, #SCpol.

 To take action, click here!


What Is Racial Gerrymandering?

With midterm elections approaching, it is important that we not only head to the polls, but understand some of the sneaky tactics used by lawmakers to suppress the vote. One of the most harmful methods of voter suppression is gerrymandering. Gerrymandering has resurged in the past five years following the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Shelby v. Holder in 2013. Gerrymandering, both partisan and racial, has a devastating impact on progressive communities and their rights.

To learn more about gerrymandering, click here!


Care for All: Learn More About Rural Women

In our increasingly hostile political climate, access to reproductive healthcare hangs in the balance. Yet, some communities are faced with unique barriers that stretch beyond legislation and policy and extend to economics, geography, and access. Read our latest report on rural women and the herculean lengths they go through to access their basic reproductive healthcare needs.

To learn more about rural women and reproductive justice, click here!


Sign Up For Civic Days with NOW!

Let your voice be heard! Join us in Washington, DC for a lobby day at the Capitol on April 26. NOW will provide training to activists at our National Action Center on April 24, preparing them to meet with their members of Congress. NOW activists will be lobbying on legislation regarding sexual assault and harassment, abortion and reproductive rights, and other pertinent bills moving through Congress.

Sign up to learn more about NOW’s Civic Days and join us in April!


 

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Toni Van Pelt
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