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Call for Workshop Proposals for 2013 National NOW Conference

Call for Workshop Proposals for 2013 National NOW Conference

February 21, 2013

The 2013 National NOW Conference will be held July 5-7 in Chicago, Ill., at the Hilton Chicago - Downtown. We hope you will be able to join us for what will be an historic event -- the election of NOW's national officers

Equally important are the many workshops that will be offered. We are calling now for workshop proposal submissions -- which are due by April 5, so please make it a priority to organize your panels and submit online proposals by that deadline. We hope to finalize the list of workshops by the first week of May so that panelists can make their travel plans in plenty of time. Please be sure to contact and confirm with all of your co-panelists both their availability and their contact information before your proposal is submitted.

With the 2012 election behind us, we have a better opportunity to move our agenda forward at the federal level and in many states. Workshop proposals should reflect topics that relate to NOW's priority issues: Advancing Reproductive Justice, Winning Lesbian Rights, Ensuring Economic Justice, Promoting Diversity & Ending Racism, Stopping Violence Against Women and Ending Sex Discrimination.

Additionally, proposals that relate to our expanded national action campaigns will be especially welcome. These include:

Equal Marriage: NOW is working to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) by passing the Respect for Marriage Act, as well as supporting state-based initiatives to recognize same-sex marriage. The campaign also organizes NOW activists to oppose state ballot measures and litigation against same-sex marriage.

Wal-Mart and Workers' Rights: NOW continues our high-profile campaign against sex- and race-based discrimination at Wal-Mart and abusive treatment of workers in the behemoth corporation's supply chain. This is part of NOW's ongoing Women-Friendly Workplace campaign, which also works to expose and change low pay and exploitive working conditions disproportionately affecting women workers in general. At the federal level, we will be backing legislation that would raise the federal minimum wage as well as the wage for tipped wage-earners in the restaurant industry.

Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid: As politicians on both sides of the aisle call for more deficit reduction and suggest cutting benefits to our most critical human needs programs, NOW is speaking out even louder in opposition. Not only do we vociferously oppose reducing benefits to these programs, which disproportionately aid women, we are advocating to significantly improve benefits.

Stopping Violence Against Women: All hands are back on deck this year to make sure that the federal Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (S. 47/H.R. 11) is passed by Congress and adequately funded, and to defeat any efforts to limit protections to any particular group of survivors. NOW leaders continue to speak out in especially egregious cases of violence against women and will work to ensure that the law is properly implemented.

Please submit your workshop proposals online by April 5.

FYI: This year our skills-building workshops will be organized by National NOW Action Center staff. If you have any suggestions for this track of workshops, please send a message to Jan Erickson, Director of NOW Foundation programs, at director [at] nowfoundation [dot] org or call 202-628-8669 x122.

More information:

» 2013 National NOW Conference

» Chicago Hilton - Downtown

See you at the conference July 5-7!

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