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News & Action Summary

September 22, 2010


NOW Condemns Senate Failure to Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell

NOW condemns the Senate's failure yesterday to repeal the U.S. military's discriminatory Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) policy. This policy, which bars lesbians and gay men from serving openly in the military, has resulted in the unjust discharge of more than 14,000 service members. Read more.

NOW Endorses Oct. 2 March on Washington: One Nation Working Together

NOW's Ratify Women campaign

On Oct. 2, thousands will flood into Washington, D.C., to march as One Nation Working Together. NOW has endorsed this march and encourages our supporters to stand up for education, employment and equality for all by participating. Learn more.

Contact Your Senators - Paycheck Fairness Vote Coming Up!

We expect the Senate to vote soon on critical pay equity legislation. NOW activists should call AND email their senators, urging them to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act -- which the House adopted in early 2009. Take action.

Anti-Abortion Rights Model Guidelines Released: NOW Intensifies Call for Obama to Live Up to Campaign Promises

The Obama administration has released model guidelines for the implementation of anti-abortion rights provisions tacked on to the Affordable Care Act in order to secure the votes of a handful of religious fundamentalists in Congress. NOW remains clear that women in the U.S. have fewer abortion rights today than we did one year ago, and the situation will be dramatically worsened by the time health insurance exchanges are up and running in 2014. Read more.

NOW Applauds Appointment of Elizabeth Warren as Special Advisor for Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

"Elizabeth Warren is the best advocate for consumers," said NOW President Terry O'Neill. "It is only a shame that Warren is being named 'special advisor' because President Obama fears the Republicans will block her confirmation in the Senate." Read more.

NOW Cheers Carolyn Maloney, Ann McLane Kuster and All Endorsed Winners from Tuesday Primaries

"Proven legislators like Carolyn Maloney need allies on Capitol Hill," said NOW/PAC Chair Terry O'Neill. "I'm thrilled at the opportunity to send her reinforcements, like the staunchly feminist Ann McLane Kuster." Read more.

Action Spotlight

Urge Democratic Women House Members to Sign Letter: Alan Simpson Must Go

In the last summary, NOW asked you to join us in calling on President Obama to remove Alan Simpson from the fiscal commission. Simpson's ugly attack on Social Security, the people who advocate for it, and those who depend on it demonstrated that he is unfit to serve in a position that could impact this critical program.

Now, Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) is circulating a letter asking the president to relieve Simpson of his potentially damaging duties. Woolsey aims to get every Democratic woman member of the House to sign this letter. Let's help her gather those signatures! Take action NOW.

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