FYI NOW – August 24, 2017
In this issue:
• President Toni Van Pelt to Ring NASDAQ Bell for Women ‘s Equality
• Chapter Affiliation Information Back on Website
• Chapter Highlight – Minneapolis-St. Paul NOW
• Suggested Grassroots Response to Charlottesville Violence
President Toni Van Pelt to Ring NASDAQ Bell for Women’s Equality
At the invitation of Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.y.), Toni will be at the bell-ringing opening of the stock trading day at NASDAQ on Friday, August 25, calling attention to Women’s Equality Day, August 26. A group of distinguished women will also be a part of the bell-ringing, including Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action Against Gun Violence; Suzanne Manning, President of the New York Junior League; Jessica Walker, President of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce; Meredith Maskara, CEO of the Greater New York Girl Scouts; Donna Lent, president of the National Women’s Political Caucus; and, Kathy Hochul, New York Lt. Governor, among others. You can watch the market opening ceremonies live on CNBC.com, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Also, NOW’s social media will be sending out live streaming information.
Chapter Affiliation Information on Website
The ability to affiliate with a chapter when joining NOW and renewing membership has been added back onto the website. When recruiting new members, you may have them go to now.org/join and select your chapter from the drop down menu on that page. Renewing members may go to now.org/renew and do the same. Further Information is being sent in a separate email message to NOW leaders.
Chapter Highlight - Minneapolis-St. Paul NOW
MSP (Minneapolis – Saint Paul) NOW is hosting "Run Like a Girl," a 5K to raise money for WomenWinning, a Minnesota organization that trains, educates, supports, and elects pro-choice women to offices at every level of government. The run/walk will take place on October 7 in Saint Paul. You can learn more about the event on MSP NOW's website.
Suggested Grassroots Response to Charlottesville Violence
NOW is a long-time member of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR), a coalition of several hundred organizations that recently came together on a conference call to hear from leaders of a number of human rights and progressive religious advocacy groups to discuss a response to white supremacy violence in Charlottesville, VA in August 12. LCCHR’s new President, Vanita Gupta, sent the following suggestions around on August 17 to coalition members and we thought these were worth sharing even though a few things have happened since then. NOW staff is working on a set of feminist actions that can be taken to oppose white supremacist violence and hate groups, to speak out against the Trump administration’s public statements and actions which support hate and division and to advance an agenda of promoting human and civil rights and justice for all.
10 Actions That You Can Take To Stop White Supremacy and Stand Up For Civil And Human Rights
- Demand President Trump fire Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka. Sign The Leadership Conference petition here: http://bit.ly/2uGTRkk (Bannon is now gone!!)
- Stop credit card companies from allowing white supremacists to sell their hate-based products and message online. Learn more about the #NoBloodMoney campaign here: http://bit.ly/2uGAzMj
- Take ‘Em All Down. Symbols of hate and oppression are naming our schools and scattered throughout parks, capitol buildings and public places. This campaign seeks to remove Confederate monuments and symbols: http://bit.ly/2wc64wX
- Call your state legislator (if you live in FL, MA, MO, NC, ND, RI, NT, or TX) and tell them to protect the protesters. Free speech and the right to peaceably assemble are among the cornerstones of our democracy. Several states recently introduced legislation that harms protesters by protecting the terrorists who attack protesters. Find your state legislator here: https://openstates.org/
- Quit the Council. Force the remaining companies on Trump's business and manufacturing councils to join the numerous corporations that have stepped down due to Trump's weak stance on white supremacy. Sign the Color of Change petition here: bit.ly/quitthecouncil
- Join a solidarity event near you. Check out Indivisible’s event guide here: http://bit.ly/2vxhXLR
- Participate in the Movement for Black Lives (#MB4L) August 19th Day of Action. Check out more information about the upcoming day of action here: https://policy.m4bl.org/.
- Amplify #BeTheLightForJustice. Leaders in the faith and racial justice communities are teaming up to share positive messages of individuals standing up for justice. The NAACP has teamed up with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism to amplify positive messages in the face of blatant hate.
- Share your story through Communities Against Hate. If you or someone you know has experienced or witnessed a hate incident, please encourage them to share their story with www.CommunitiesAgainstHate.org or the hotline (1-844-9-NO-HATE or 1-844-966-4283).
- Be a Righteous Resister. Clergy can join #righteousresistance and visit www.thisisworr.org to join the movement, educate congregations, and find out what ways congregations can become a part of local and national actions.