National Organization for Women:
News & Action Summary
JANUARY 15, 2013
IN THIS ISSUE:
Join a Roe commemoration event near you this January and celebrate with your local NOW chapter! Check here to see our list of actions and events hosted by our grassroots chapter network. *FYI: This page will be updated frequently, so check back often.
Write to President Obama today and urge him to appoint more women to his cabinet and other top posts. We need women, particularly women of color, in high-level positions in our federal government. Women have made great strides in government, but we need a critical mass to really make a difference. Now is not the time to go back. Take action!
If you're horrified by the recent headlines about violence against women, we hope you will "rise" along with people in your town and around the world to say "enough is enough." As a proud partner of the One Billion Rising events on Feb. 14, NOW is urging everyone who cares about the safety and dignity of women and girls to take a stand. Hold up a sign at the "rising" on Valentine's Day, proclaiming: "I rise for VAWA" or "I rise to demand an end to sexual and domestic violence." Contact your congressional leaders and demand that they support a fully inclusive version of the Violence Against Women Act when it's re-introduced. And visit the One Billion Rising website to find an event near you and share why you're rising.
Be sure to sign the petition on the White House website urging the Obama administration to take leadership in getting the Equal Rights Amendment ratified. If at least 25,000 people sign the petition by Feb. 10, the administration will review it and issue a response. After you sign the petition, forward the link to your friends and family. Let's get women's equality into the Constitution at long last! Take action!
NARAL Pro-Choice America announced this week that Ilyse Hogue will follow Nancy Keenan as the organization's next president. Hogue is co-founder and former co-director of Friends of Democracy Super PAC. She previously served as a senior advisor to Media Matters for America and as director of political advocacy and communications for MoveOn.org. NOW wishes Hogue all the best in her new position and congratulates NARAL on its inspiring choice. Read more.
2013 National NOW Conference
*Save the Date*
Friday, July 5 - Sunday, July 7
720 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
More information will be available soon on the 2013 conference website.
Maybe YOU could be part of the conference program! At the end of the month we will begin accepting proposals for conference workshops -- sign up for our 2013 Conference Email List to be alerted, so you don't miss out.