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National Organization for Women

NOW's Campus Action Network Newsletter

FROM: Erin Matson, Action Vice President
Anita Lederer, Field Organizer
DATE: Fall 2011

You’re Invited! Wal-Mart Strategy Online Meeting Tonight!

Wal-Mart Always Discrminates NOW round

For over a decade, NOW has continued to speak out against the unfair treatment of women workers at Wal-Mart. NOW is partnering with Wal-Mart workers, UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers), and other allies in moving forward. Please join us by webinar on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 8pm for a strategic overview of coordinated efforts taking place around the country and learn how you can get involved.

Register NOW: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/367495960

Welcome Back to Campus

Welcome back, student leaders! Classes, friends, and activism -- a fun semester awaits you. Now that you’re back on campus, it’s time to hit the ground running with NOW Campus Action Networks (CANs).

Fall is a great time to get your CAN active. The radical right is trying to take away your right to vote, your birth control and your right to choose. Women are still being paid less. The media continues to use unrealistic images of women. Your CAN can make a difference in your school, community, state and this newsletter will help you get some ideas on how you can advance equality and opportunity for women on campus and beyond.

Love Your Body Day is Wednesday, October 19

Love Your Body Day celebrates authentic beauty and promotes healthy body image.

On many campuses, this is NOW’s most popular campaign. In addition, you can use it to get the year started strong and gain new members. Here are three great ways to get involved with this campaign:

2011 Love Your Body Day Poster, by Kyla Hollis, Poster Contest Grand Prize Winner
  1. Screen an empowering movie, host a Love Your Body fashion show, or lead a discussion on body image. Find more details and ideas at http://loveyourbody.nowfoundation.org/oncampus.html. Be totally creative and unique. If you need any help, please let us know. And, send any pics of events to fieldorg@now.org.
  2. Got something to say about body image? Say it during NOW’s Love Your Body Blog Carnival. We would love to have as many voices as possible, including yours. If you’re willing to write a post, please email the link to your blog post to lybd2011@yahoo.com by Friday, Oct. 21. Beginning on Love Your Body Day (Wednesday, Oct. 19), we will be posting a list of participants on our blog, Say It, Sister!
  3. Want to spread the word out Love Your Body Day on your campus? You can get up to 50 free posters. They are really spectacular. Check out to order 2011 posters and more: http://loveyourbody.nowfoundation.org/order_form_aug11_group.pdf.

Tips for A Great Activist Meeting

The beginning of the year is the best time to plan for the upcoming semester. Everyone will be more likely to have fresh ideas and renewed energy to get the semester going. Your first meeting will be great! Here are few tips to make it go that extra mile:

  • Choose a location that is easy for everyone to access. Off-campus apartments may be intimidating for freshmen or transfer students who are unfamiliar to the area. The best place will be the student center, a cafeteria, or other open, public space.
  • Publicize the event with fliers, emails, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • Free food is always a great way to get other students to come to meetings. For the first meeting, remember: the more, the merrier. Make sure to plan for vegetarians, too.
  • As cheesy as it sounds, a few icebreakers are a good way to get things started. It will help everyone remember names and establish connections you might not realize you all have. Talking about something simple, such as name, major, or favorite food, can help your meeting open in a welcoming way.
  • Have all existing members bring a new friend. Brainstorm events and campaigns for the semester. Encourage everyone to have a say.
  • Make all new members feel welcome. After the meeting, thank them for coming, and make sure to get their email for future meetings.
  • Give all your current leaders a responsibility at the meeting. Someone needs to take notes. Someone has to collect email addresses. Someone has to run the icebreaker. This gives your top contributors more ownership of the meeting and shows newcomers that your CAN works together like a team.

Promote your first meeting like crazy! Make sure to send an email out to all existing contacts and any new names you get. See if allied groups will allow you to send your meeting info to their lists, and tell them you can return the favor. Put fliers up everywhere -- you never know where a new CAN member can come from. And of course, don’t forget to use Facebook and Twitter.

Recruit, Recruit, Recruit

Get new members for your CAN NOW. The beginning of the year is a wonderful time to get new members. Make sure to include freshmen. Your CAN always needs new members to keep ideas fresh and help with events. Remember: the more, the merrier.

Be sure to table at your Student Activities Day. Bring some candy, signup sheets, information about your first meeting and info about some upcoming events for the semester.

Make sure to bring signup sheets to all your meetings and events. Love Your Body Day events will likely bring a large crowd and it is important to collect new emails, so you can reach out again as the year goes on.

Register to Vote NOW

The radical right wing has buddied up with corporations not paying fair share to suppress the voices of students and people of color. The bottom line:

Voter registration drives need to start earlier than ever. It is never too early to register to vote. Interested in making sure that other students can have their voices heard next year? Have your CAN run a voter registration drive. For more info, contact fieldorg@now.org.

photo of NOW Field Organizer Anita Lederer

Time to Update Contact Information?

No longer in school? Have a new email address? Let us know what’s going on. Please email updated info to fieldorg@now.org.


Need anything else? Please contact NOW Field Organizer, Anita Lederer at fieldorg@now.org or call 202-628-8669 ext. 134. I know that this year will be a great one for your CAN. I’m here to help with anything you may need. From recruiting tips to action planning, all you have to do is ask.

© 2011 National Organization for Women

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