Source: Why We Celebrate Black History Month—And What We Still Need To Learn
Statement by NOW President Toni Van Pelt and Christian Nunes, Chairwoman of the Racial Justice Committee
WASHINGTON – Every February, we observe Black History Month as a way of celebrating, honoring and absorbing the lessons of the African Americans who have contributed so much to our culture, our communities and our nation. This year, we are witnessing a transformation in our politics, with more women of color running for office, getting elected and making a difference than ever before.While Donald Trump and his overwhelmingly white, male Administration wage a mean-spirited, discriminatory and racially divisive campaign to undermine civil rights protections, we need to remember the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. King said, “We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there ‘is’ such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”
Black History Month reminds us of the “fierce urgency of now.” That’s always been the watchword of the National Organization for Women. As part of NOW’s core principles, we see human rights as indivisible, and we will continue to stand in solidarity and follow the lead of African Americans across the country, working together to overcome the barriers to justice and equality that have been imposed by racism.
Source: The Criminalization Of Black Girls Must Stop!
Statement by NOW President Toni Van Pelt
WASHINGTON – It is reported a school nurse and vice principal at Binghamton East Middle School in New York State strip searched four African-American girls because they were acting “giddy” and authorities concluded they might be using drugs.News flash—12-year-old girls act silly sometimes. That’s not a problem for white children, but for children of color, this normal behavior can be used to justify racist and sexist stereotypes and the most horrific invasions of privacy. Black girls are disciplined because of their hair, their clothes and the way they talk to their friends. These discriminatory steps often lead to the school-to-prison pipeline that victimizes so many African-American girls.
NOW condemns the Binghamton East Middle School’s actions, and calls on the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Tonia Thompson, to fire the nurse, assistant principal, and principal of the school, along with any other school personnel who oversaw the strip searches. Additionally, a policy that ends all school strip searches must go into effect immediately, and district employees must be required to participate in cultural competency training.
The criminalization of Black girls must stop, now!
WASHINGTON – When the Equal Pay Act was passed in 1963, women were paid 58 cents for every dollar earned by men. Fifty-six years after the act’s passage, the …
Source: The Paycheck Fairness Act Would Finally Assure Equal Pay for Equal Work | National Organization for Women
WASHINGTON – On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade, recognizing the Constitutional protection of a woman’s right…
Source: The Anniversary Of Roe v. Wade Reminds Us Women’s Lives Are At Stake | National Organization for Women
WASHINGTON – January 21 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a national observance to honor the memory of the civil rights advocate. But we should also remember that
Source: What Martin Luther King Jr. Day Means For Women | National Organization for Women
WASHINGTON – Today, January 16 is Religious Freedom Day, an observance that marks the passage, in 1786, of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom. The
Source: What We Need To Remember On Religious Freedom Day | National Organization for Women
WASHINGTON – The Virginia Senate voted today (26-14) to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The National Organization for Women (NOW) applauds Virginia
Source: Virginia Senate Ratifies the ERA, the House Must Follow | National Organization for Women
WASHINGTON – The Ohio House has passed a bill to criminalize abortions which take place after a fetal heartbeat can be detected- this can be as early as six
Source: Ohio Sends Brett Kavanaugh a “Save The Date” Card—Get Ready To Repeal Roe | National Organization for Women
WASHINGTON – The National Organization for Women (NOW) is proud to endorse Rep. Barbara Lee to be the next Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, the
Source: NOW Endorses Rep. Barbara Lee for House Democratic Caucus Chair | National Organization for Women
Today Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos announced sweeping changes to Title IX that would eliminate from schools at all levels nearly all responsibilities to
Source: Proposed Title IX Changes Would Gut Critical Protections for Students Everywhere | National Organization for Women