National Organization for Women:
News & Action Summary
JANUARY 29, 2013
IN THIS ISSUE:
Please call or meet with your senators and representative to urge swift action on reauthorization of VAWA in the 113th Congress (S. 47/H.R. 11). We need both Democrats and Republicans to get this legislation passed. We must see that VAWA programs continue providing shelter and saving lives. Take Action NOW!
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 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. And visit the One Billion Rising website to find an event near you and share why you're rising.
Jan. 22 marked the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision that affirmed a woman's right to abortion. We are at a critical turning point in this country. On this solemn occasion we should remember the good that Roe v. Wade has brought us. We must continue the momentum we displayed at the polls in November, the passion we have shown on social media and the fervor we have demonstrated in communities across this country. Read more.
NOW President Terry O'Neill writes for U.S. News & World Report: "The landmark Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion in the United States, forever changing and literally saving the lives of countless women. The impact of Roe has been both inspiring and frustratingly insufficient." Read more.
Also, check out O'Neill's contribution to U.S. News & World Report's Debate Club.
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! Watch your inboxes because soon 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.
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!
When you're done, come back and sign the CEDAW petition!