#AZNOW Reposted 1-29-17
   
NOW condemns Trump’s plan for sweeping changes in immigration policy
Statement of NOW President Terry O’Neill
01.26.2017

Racial Justice NOW!

In his draft executive order that makes sweeping changes in legal immigration policy, Donald Trump has doubled down on a white male supremacist agenda, xenophobia and hate speech. NOW stands in solidarity with our Muslim and immigrant sisters and brothers in opposition to this contemptible misuse of presidential authority.
According to the draft, Trump wants to indefinitely block Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. and close the door to refugees from the rest of the world for at least 120 days.
Once again putting “alternative facts” ahead of established truth in justifying an amoral and unconstitutional political stunt, Trump claims that we have “no idea” who Syrian refugees are. But in point of fact the U.S.’s refugee policy is among the most rigorous in the western world.
The screening process takes an average of 18 months to two years and involves multiple federal intelligence and security agencies, beginning with an initial vetting by the United Nations’ refugee agency. Prospective candidates are then referred to the US, where officials from the state department, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the defense department conduct further vetting.
The Syrian refugees who are coming to the US are among the most vulnerable in the Syrian conflict: many are women and their children, religious minorities and victims of violence or torture. Many have fled to escape the brutality of both the Islamic State, or Isis, and the Assad government and are doing so at their own peril.
Donald Trump would rather fulfill a campaign promise that appealed to the worst instincts of his supporters than honor the oath he has just taken as president to preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States. His executive orders are a sneak attack on democracy that will be opposed by the millions who marched in protest after his inauguration, and the millions more who are horrified by his disregard for human rights.
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Thanks to our AZ NOW Legislative Coordinator Dianne Post for our weekly update. 1-27-17 / updated 1-29-17



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2017 Legislation List 1/27/17
NUMBER
TITLE/CONTENT
STATUS/ACTION
 
HCR 2006
Constitutional Convention
OPPOSE – House Federalism, Property rights and Public Policy on 1/31, the last thing we need is a constitutional convention with the Alt Right writing the new constitution!
 
HCR 2010
Constitutional Convention
OPPOSE – House Federalism, Property rights and Public Policy on 1/31, the last thing we need is a constitutional convention with the Alt Right writing the new constitution!
 
HB2238
Sex trafficking – makes many changes to different laws changing “child prostitution” to “sex trafficking” to fit with federal and international aw, recommended 6 years ago! Took out “intent” requirement as required, defines same as federal definition, Farnsworth
SUPPORT Judiciary & Public Safety Committee, hearing on 2/1 – finally puts the responsibility where it belongs on the adult abuser not on the child victim.
 
HB2302
Electoral College – shall vote for candidate with highest # of votes in state
READ – House Federalism, property rights and public policy, 1/31/2017. It depends on what you think about the Electoral College role.
 
SB1174
Desegregation money – force schools to do override naming it desegregation money and if don’t pass, then reduce money by 15% for 5 years. Also limits override in amount and years (7).
OPPOSE – Appropriations on 1/31/2017 – this is one of the annual attempts to cut off the desegregation money to schools.
 
SB1239
Cannot park in the cross hatched area of a disability parking even if you have a sticker i.e. a way to punish them, Kavanagh
READ: transportation and technology, hearing on 1/31/17.
Dispute in thinking on this whether it’s to harm the disability community because of the law suits against business or to help them. Considering Kavanagh introduced the bill prohibiting complaints for 60 or 90 days, I think it’s to stick them in the eye, but I could be wrong.
 
SB1279
Special sentence, unlawful presence, – Increases sentencing time with presumptive and no way out with parole, probation, community or commutation, if person was undocumented
OPPOSE – Hearing in Commerce and Public Safety on 1/30, is added penalty and never get out for person who is undocumented. Increases needs for prison beds.
Additional Bills coming up week of January 30, 2017.
Sorry for this coming so late. These updates were not available until Sunday. I can only assume that the staff is as crazy busy as I am trying to keep up. But these bills are coming up this week so please respond on the RTS system, with an email or a phone call if you can. To save my own time, I have lumped them together for all the groups I am monitoring for, so if it’s not your issue, just skip it. Thank you for all you do.

 
HCR2002
Repeal Prop 105, allowing legislature the right to repeal citizens initiative or referenda
OPPOSE House Government, 2/02/17, overturns the voter protection law that says the legislature cannot overturn a voter approved initiative
 
HCR 2007
Allow legislature to repeal referenda
OPPOSE House Government, 2/02/17, overturns the voter protection law that says the legislature cannot overturn a voter approved referendum
 
HCR2013
Constitutional convention for balanced budget
– no OPPOSE – House Federalism, Property rights and Public Policy on 1/31, the last thing we need now is a constitutional convention run by the Alt Right to re-write the constitution.
 
HB2320
Ballot measures, put on disclosure about 105, Ugenti – thinks we are dumb?
OPPOSE, House Government, 2/2/2017, requires putting on an initiative that it would have voter protection and could not easily be overturned, allegedly to harm chances of passing.
 
SB1071
Can get provisional licenses for vocations with criminal convictions (HB2290)
SUPPORT Senate Judiciary, 2/2/02017
 
SB1142
Riot, planning, participation is all racketeering – if either disturbs public peace or results in damage to property of another person
OPPOSE, Senate Judiciary, 2/2/2017, is an attempt to interfere with our First Amendment right to protest
 
SB1254
Charter schools can refuse to admit kids from a school under desegregation order
OPPOSE – Senate Education, 2/2/2017, charter schools should have the same responsibilities as public schools.
 

Free Marissa Now Statement on Marissa Alexander’s Freedom:January 27, 2017
#AZNOW Reposted 1-27-17
Today, after 3 years behind bars and 2 years of house detention, Marissa Alexander was finally released from state confinement. Marissa Alexander has been punished for over 5 years for defending her life from a domestic violence attack threatening her life nine days after she gave birth. The Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign is thrilled that we have finally made it to the day that we can say Marissa Alexander has her freedom. 

 We are honored to share this statement from Marissa and her family: “We are grateful to God that this chapter of Marissa’s life will come to a close on January 27, 2017. We are sincerely thankful and appreciative to all who rallied, supported and prayed for Marissa’s release. As she enters a new chapter, with endless possibilities, we ask that you will continue to support Marissa through her non-profit organization that was established to end domestic violence and injustice in the criminal justice system, The Marissa Alexander Justice Project. Without you, today would not be possible. Thank you again and again.”

 
Throughout her ordeal, Marissa Alexander has always emphasized the need to use her case to bring attention to the wider institutional patterns of criminalizing survivors. We celebrate her freedom today as a closure to a #SurvivedAndPunished week of action highlighting survivors of domestic and sexual violence who are criminalized, including Bresha Meadows in Ohio, Tondalao Hall in Oklahoma, Rasmea Odeh in Illinois, Kelly Savage in California, Alisha Walker in Illinois, Ky Peterson in Georgia, and Ny Nourn in California. These cases have very different contexts, but they are related in that they exemplify the reasons and ways survivors of violence are targeted by prosecutors. They are not alone. The vast majority of people in women’s prisons, and many in men’s prisons, are survivors of domestic and sexual violence before they are incarcerated. There is a crucial pipeline between abuse and prison/detention centers that must be disrupted.
 
The grassroots insurgency that freed Marissa Alexander was historic. It emerged in 2012, when Marissa was denied Stand Your Ground defense at the same time a jury used Stand Your Ground as a reason to acquit George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin. Marissa’s story, and therefore the connection between domestic violence and state violence, has always been part of the beginning of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. With the recent stunning defunding of VAWA funding for services and the massive build-up of criminalizing institutions, the Trump Administration has made it clear that it promotes both a pro-rape/domestic violence and a pro-criminalization politics. The connection between the political issues made so vivid by Marissa’s case is more powerful than ever. We must build coalitions and be relentless in our defense of survivors and their communities.
 
Since 2012, thousands of people all over the world REFUSED to accept the prosecution and punishment of Marissa Alexander. You wrote to prosecutor Angela Corey & Florida Governor Rick Scott urging them to drop the case, you fundraised over $100,000 to support Marissa’s legal defense fund, you organized community workshops & gatherings to spread the word, you engaged in direct actions in the streets and in front of courthouses, you wrote to Marissa to let her know she was not alone, you produced amazing works of art that spoke to the call for her freedom, you submitted organizational endorsements for her freedom, you sent heartfelt prayers, and you repeatedly boosted all forms of media to make sure your voices were heard. And our voices WERE HEARD. We believe that Angela Corey (now voted out) felt the pressure to offer Marissa another plea deal because you would not let up. We know that Marissa’s pro bono legal team got as far as they did because of the grassroots funds that supported their work. We saw Florida’s state congress pass reform legislation in response to Marissa’s case. And we saw an increase in defense campaigns for survivors all over the country. In short, Marissa Alexander was freed by your efforts of love and resistance that continue to make a difference. We at Free Marissa Now are overcome with gratitude.
 
To honor this important activism, we ask all people who did an action to help free Marissa Alexander to PLEASE FILL OUT THIS SURVEY so that organizers and survivors can learn and build from it in future movement building.
 
It’s impossible to name all of the individuals and organizations that were so key in the campaign to free Marissa. But we do want to send special shout outs to the whole Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign (consisting of reps from African American/Black Women’s Cultural Alliance, New Jim Crow-Jacksonville, Radical Women, and INCITE!), the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander (now Love & Protect), SisterSong, all of the revolutionary groups in the Southern Movement Assembly, Black Women’s Blueprint, NAACP, New Voices of Pittsburgh, Methodist Church of South Carolina, Free Marissa East Bay, Pacific Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander, Sistahs Talkin Back, Church of the Advocate, and many, many, MANY others! 
 
We also want to send love to our comrades at Survived & Punished: Stand With Nan-Hui, California Coalition for Women Prisoners, and Love & Protect. With them and our growing team, we will continue to organize for the end of gender violence and criminalization.
 
Finally, we’re excited to announce Marissa Alexander’s new project: The Marissa Alexander Justice Project! Marissa is an amazing leader and we look forward to building in solidarity with her.
 
Thank you very, very much for your love & solidarity. There are so many more survivors to free and so much more work to do. Let’s keep going!​
This article has been reposted with permission to Dianne Post. Kathryn Mitchell, NOWPAC.az@gmail.com
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#AZNOW reposted 1-28-17 NOW Action Alert
TAKE ACTION
January 24, 2017
Oppose Confirmation of Unqualified Nominee Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary
DeVos is Clearly Unqualified – Betsy DeVos, a voucher and charter school promoter, has absolutely no experience with public education and is one of the most unqualified candidates to be picked by the incoming Trump administration. A billionaire, DeVos has spent millions to promote vouchers using taxpayer funds which often end up supporting religiously-affiliated schools, unaccountable charter and online schools. The billions of public dollars that now flow to these private, religious and even for-profit entities deprive local public schools of critically needed finances.
Charter Schools Unaccountable – Numerous studies have shown that, in general, taxpayer-funded, voucher-supported charter schools do not improve student outcomes as compared to similar public schools. Additionally, these schools do not have to comply with certain state and federal laws and students are not covered by the same protections that public school students are provided. Voucher-supported schools are not financially and administratively accountable to the public; lack of transparency and fiscal mismanagement characterize many voucher-supported schools in various states.
Michigan Student Achievement Declines – In Michigan where charter schools abound – thanks to the DeVos family – the state sends $1 billion in education funding each year to charter schools; 80 percent of charters are for-profit operations. Over the last two decades Michigan’s rank has fallen on national reading and math tests and most charter schools perform below average. A 2015 federal review found “an unreasonably high” percentage of charter schools on Michigan’s list of lowest-performing schools.
DeVos Wants to “Advance” God’s Kingdom in Schools – DeVos’ family has contributed more than $200 million to the Republican Party and $47 million to politicians committed to undermining public schools, including campaign contributions to Republican senators considering her nomination. A religious fundamentalist, DeVos has said that her work is a way to “advance God’s kingdom” and, if confirmed, will help Donald Trump carry out a promise to send $20 billion of taxpayer funds to unaccountable voucher-supported schools.
Hearings Demonstrated DeVos’ Lack of Understanding – During the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearings, Ms. DeVos consistently demonstrated her lack of understanding of such important programs as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Title IX equal education protections and enforcement of policies related to sexual harassment and sexual assault on campus, as overseen by the Office for Civil Rights. When asked if she would commit to upholding the Department’s guidance on Title IX as it relates to sexual assault, DeVos would not commit to doing so at this time.
Please use the formatted message (or write one of your own) in this action alert to urge senators to oppose the confirmation of Department of Education (DoED) secretary nominee, Betsy DeVos.

This article has been reposted with permission. Kathryn Mitchell, NOWPAC.az@gmail.com
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Thanks to #NOWAZ Legislative Coordinator Dianne Post! Be sure to stay tuned, THERE WILL BE MORE…
2017 Legislation List 
NUMBER
TITLE/CONTENT
STATUS/ACTION
HCR2002
Repeal Prop 105, allowing legislature the right to repeal citizens initiative or referenda
 
HCR 2004
Repeal clean elections
Appropriations, hearing on 1/25


HCR 2006
Constitutional Convention – no
 
HCR 2007
Allow legislature to repeal referenda
 
HCR 2010
Constitutional Convention
 
HCR2012
Ratification of the ERA
 
HCR2013
Constitutional convention for balanced budget – no
 
HCR2015
Repeal right to work
 
HB2002
Civil penalty for marijuana up to one ounce
 
HB2091
Repeal required fingerprinting for TANF, SNAP
 
HB2120
Prohibited courses in schools and colleges – includes women’s studies and social justice
 
HB2121
Prohibited acts re immigration, requiring cities to cooperate with homeland security and cops
Assigned to FPR&PP, hearing on 1/24


HB2124
Minimum wage – if change job at same employer or do training program, can pay less than minimum, pre-empt future initiatives
 
HB2125
Sex trafficking – vacate conviction of victims
 
HB2149
Mental health, firearm possession, can file for injunction to prevent said person from having a firearm
 
HB 2154
Supervised prisoners, graduated sanctions, includes those on parole, see SB 1067
 
HB2183
Extend lifetime limit of cash assistance to 18 months (SEE HB2266)
 
HB2198
Study committee for adverse childhood experiences
 
HB223
Appropriate for child care wait list, eliminates wait list, Alston
 
HB2238
Sex trafficking – makes many changes to different laws changing “child prostitution” to “sex trafficking” to fit with federal and international aw, recommended 6 years ago! Took out “intent” requirement as required, defines same as federal definition, Farnsworth
Assigned to Judiciary & Public Safety Committee


HB2239
Incompetent defendants, involuntary commitment for sexually violent, prosecutor file, can hold in jail
 
HB2266
Cash assistance, lifetime limit is 24 months SEE HB2183
 
HB2268
Must submit sexual assault evidence kits in 15 days, annual reporting on rape kits
Judiciary and public safety, hearing on 1/25/17
HB2296
BIC presumption that joint custody is best
 
HB2298
Contract out to third party to verify ID for benefits, makes it harder, makes recipients pay for their own verification
 
HB2301
Child custody regulation – limits investigators and so called experts, $50/hour limit to pay, can’t order to pay beyond persons ability, cannot make recommendations – good one
 
HB2302
Electoral College – shall vote for candidate with highest # of votes in state
 
HB2303
Perjury in divorce actions is crime – NO
 
HB2312
Criminal history – hiring, can ask only after a conditional offer, only about last 5 years, only if directly related to job
 
HB2314
Using school resources for religious purposes is prohibited
 
HB2327
Repeal of right to work
 
HB2336
End of life decisions – leave to us
 
HB2338
Public employees, collective bargaining, yes
 
SCR1002
Constitutional convention – no
 
SCR1003
ERA Ratification
Assigned Government, Kavanagh chair
SB1009
Theft of flag is crime- Kavanagh
Passed Jud, 4-3, in rules,


SB1014
Technical correction – restoration of rights
 
SB1015
Technical correction – prostitution and employment
 
SB1022
Adds Political beliefs as hate crimes, Kavanagh “political affiliation, beliefs or opinion”
 
SB1048
Christian science nurses are not exempt from reporting child or adult abuse
 
SB1051
Aggressive soliciting illegal, Kavanagh
Assigned to jud, hearing on 1/26
SB1108
Cash assistance to children allowed if living with unrelated adult and in DCS care
HHS – hearing on 1/25
SB1119
Juvenile justice reform study committee, Farley
 
SB1120
Ratification of constitutional convention, transmission route, publish
 
SB1126
Repeals ban on ethnic studies in schools, Quezada
Assigned to Education
SB1128
Fetal death – (Lesko) not about abortion but if don’t make a category of exclusion for fetal death, the patient cannot be counted in survey?
HHS, hearing on 1/25
SB1157
Competency hearings – shorten TF from Task Force Jeremy and I are on
 
SB1158
Borrelli, TF – ending court debts in 20 years, fine mitigation, non payment does not mean revocation, can mitigate if hardship, pays money to person not probation officer, community restitution, time spent on other crimes counts, can waive interest and it’s down from 10% to 4%,
 
SB1160
Borrelli – TF – driving violation, restricted rather than suspended license, w/o glasses is misd, caught is civil violation not criminal, cop cannot take care unless driving on revoked not suspended license,
 
SB1163
Borrelli – TF – hearing bonds, release procedures, replace bail with bond, replace bail schedule except for misd, hearing if keep in, conditions of release
 
SB1172
Dependency, household, felony – before returning a child home, check criminal records of everyone in home and with contact, could be problem
 
SB1174
Desegregation money – force schools to do override naming it desegregation money and if don’t pass, then reduce money by 15% for 5 years. Also limits override in amount and years (7).
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Reposted by NOW AZ 1-25-17
A Million Thanks to Organizers and Marchers – Women Made History!
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January 24, 2017
NOW activists are still thrilled and energized by the overwhelming turnout – not only for the Women’s March on Washington – but the impressive marches that took place in hundreds of cities and towns across the U.S. and around the world. The Washington March attendance was estimated at over half million and a rough total for all marchers in the U.S. ran as high as upwards of three million – declared the largest gathering of protest marchers in U.S. history.
Making March History – In D.C., Metro officials announced that the March day ridership was the second busiest day in the Washington subway system’s history, with 1,001,613 trips (compare this with Trump’s Inauguration Day’s recorded 570,557 trips). Of course, there could have been many more than the 500,000 attendees at the D.C. event and it certainly felt like closer to a million for those of us who participated. The crowd was such that police were encouraging the waves of incoming marchers to fill side streets. The crowd was so large, it was impossible for most marchers to get anywhere near the stage on Independence Avenue where members of Congress, actors and VIPs spoke for nearly five hours.
In Chicago a stunning success where the crowd was estimated at more than 250,000, the event had to be closed down because the marchers were so tightly packed they could not move. A quarter of a million New Yorkers filled 42nd Street, but observers said that the total could be as high as 400,000 as more marchers came in successive waves. In Boston, 175,000 gathered at Boston Common. In Los Angeles, an astounding 750,000 marchers packed the streets along a route from Pershing Square to City Hall. Scores of smaller marches took place in other parts of the larger L.A. metropolitan area, plus 50 other locations throughout California. At the NOW office we received email messages from members and supporters in smaller communities expressing surprise and pride that many thousands more than expected turned out in protest.
Hear Our Message – All marches and rallies everywhere were reported peaceful except for the exuberance of marchers who had something to say out loud about Donald Trump and about their passion for women’s rights, human rights, feminism, reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, the Affordable Care Act, immigrants, gender equality, racial justice and other favored causes. Some criticized the new president for attacks on Muslims, on climate change, on Mexicans and lack of respect for persons with disabilities and his inclination to grab women’s sex organs. A few noted the president’s evident conflicts of interest, non-disclosure of his taxes, and what they believe is his intention to use the office of president for personal financial gain.
Thousands of creative, funny, critical, sarcastic and compelling messages covered signs everywhere. Quite few hailed the new “Re-sisterhood.” Others noted that “You Can’t Comb-over Misogyny” and “Nasty Women United,” “Keep Your Hands Off My Private Parts,” “Protect Roe v. Wade,” “Save the Affordable Care Act,” “ Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire,” “Love Trumps Hate,” “America Will Not Be Defined by the Malice of Donald Trump,” and many other novel messages. In D.C. piles of these signs were left on the Ellipse south of the White House with the idea that Trump’s people would see how marchers felt about the new administration.
Amazing Response from Around the World – What was immensely gratifying was the response around the world: 673 cities in 70 countries, including a gathering of 30 people in Antarctica!. From London, to Tel Aviv, Moscow, Paris, Tokyo, Sydney – all declared their sisterhood with U.S. women in their advocacy for women’s equal rights and opposition to Trump’s misogyny. Many more in other countries catching on a bit late want to stage their own women’s marches. In sum, it is an amazing uprising of a global women’s consciousness that can be pivotal for change to bring about women’s equal rights, full reproductive health and rights, access to education and economic opportunities. (For more about the marches and rallies here in the U.S. and around the world, check out the articles linked at the end of this article.)
Thanks to Everyone Who Helped – A special thanks should go to activists who helped plan and organize local marches, to all those who called and emailed friends and family urging them to attend, to those who volunteered to distribute signs and gather signatures at the marches, and to the millions who marched or rallied and sent women’s messages loud and clear. Your work made the marches around the country a tremendous success, increased NOW’s visibility and expanded our network of feminist activists. Together we will move forward as an unstoppable force for women’s equality.
Our Commitment to Post-March Activism
The serious work begins now with a dedicated grassroots outpouring to protect and advance the gains women in the United States have made over the last half century. Here is what we must do:
Re-commit to oppose any repeal or further undermining of women’s abortion rights and access to contraception and a restoration of full access to reproductive health care services in every community.
Oppose any Trump administration effort to defund women’s health clinics, to de-fund domestic and sexual violence assistance programs, and other critical human needs programs that support low- and moderate income families.
Exert pressure on members of Congress who would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without an orderly transition to an improved, more affordable health insurance plan that provides the same (or better) guarantees and coverage that the ACA currently provides.
Fight any law or policy that reduces equal access to education and limits girls’ and women’s economic opportunities, including laws and policies that weaken policies against sexual harassment and sexual assault.
Continue to promote equal pay through new laws and to seek full ratification of an Equal Rights Amendment.
Work in concert with communities of color to end discrimination and abusive treatment and to improve educational and economic opportunities.
Oppose all efforts to undermine these vital programs than benefit more than 100 million women, men and children by communicating directly with members of Congress about the need to protect and expand Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Protect LGBTQIA equality gains and work to achieve comprehensive non-discrimination policies and laws.
Help identify and recruit feminist candidates for all levels of public office; encourage and support them in their campaigns for election. We must overturn the conservative Republican majorities that control legislatures in two-thirds of the states and Congress.
Seek to turn those lawmakers out of office who vote to defund these critical programs and work to elect lawmakers who will advocate for equal rights, for women’s reproductive health care, for programs that lift up economic well-being of low- and moderate-income families, and who support our feminist principles.
Oppose restrictive voter ID laws, initiatives that limit the number polling places, early voting and other efforts undertaken by conservative activists to limit votes by persons of color, women, students, low-income individuals and others who face challenges in obtaining photo IDs or getting to the polls.
A Sampling of News Articles about the Historic Marches
Women’s March on Washington – A Sea of Pink-Hatted Protesters Vow to Resist Donald Trump,
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/womens-march-on-washington-a-sea-of-pink-hatted-protesters-vow-to-resist-donald-trump/2017/01/21/ae4def62-dfdf-11e6-acdf-14da832ae861_story.html
A Record Show of Solidarity and Resistance at the Women’s March on Washington,
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/a-record-show-of-solidarity-and-resistance-at-the-womens-march-on-washington/2017/01/22/1f16f453-89e4-4924-8938-d0b1ff1010c9_story.html
Women’s March – New York City,
http://heavy.com/news/2017/01/womens-march-new-york-city-nyc-photos-videos-of-how-many-people-attended-crowd-size-pictures-tweets/
Women’s March on Washington, Boston and Around the World,
http://www.bu.edu/today/2017/womens-march-on-washington-boston-womens-march-for-america/
Women’s March In Los Angeles Draws and Estimated 750,000,
http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20170121/womens-march-los-angeles-draws-estimated-750k-this-is-what-we-do-as-americans
Chicago Women’s March – More Than 250,000 people, Majority of Them Women on the Move Against Trump and Trumpism,
http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/01/24/chicago-womens-march-more-than-250000-people-majority-of-them-women-on-the-move-against-trump-and-trumpism/
Worldwide People Rally in Support of Women’s March on Washington,
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/worldwide-people-rally-in-support-of-womens-march-on-washington/2017/01/21/bc232bd8-de69-11e6-8902-610fe486791c_story.html
 
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To schedule an interview with Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, today or tomorrow for the Women’s March, please email press@now.org.
01.20.2017
Today Donald Trump took the oath of office, and became 45th president of the United States. Today, and every day for the next four years, we will resist his white nationalist agenda.
Throughout a long and divisive campaign, Mr. Trump made it clear that he does NOT believe that women’s rights are human rights. As committed advocates for the dignity and equality of women, in all our diversity, National Organization for Women activists are mobilizing to promote gender equality.
There is a powerful resistance movement swelling in our nation. Hundreds of thousands of people are preparing to attend Women’s Marches tomorrow, January 21. NOW will be proud to continue that work on January 22 and afterward. We face many challenges ahead, but we intend to achieve reproductive justice, an end to the sexual abuse to prison pipeline, a constitutional guarantee of gender equality, and secure voting rights for every individual in our country.
In his inaugural address today, Mr. Trump made a promise to people in the United States: “you will never be ignored again.” Believe me, we will NOT be ignored. We will not allow Mr. Trump to forget people of color, immigrants, LGBTQIA folks, disabled individuals, women, or any other marginalized group. We are raising our voices loud, and we will fight back!
Contact
M.E. Ficarra , press@now.org , 951-547-1241 
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Thank you to our Legislative Reporter Dianne Post!
During the Arizona legislative session you can count on Dianne’s reports to give you the unfiltered briefs targeted to the issues you’re willing to consider taking action on.

ACTION ITEM – AZ NOW – January 21, 2017
HCR2012 – ratification of ERA in House – not assigned. Need letters, phone calls, emails to Speaker of the House: J.D. Mesnard (R), District 17 (Chandler, Gilbert, Sun Lakes) 602-926-4481, JMESNARD@azleg.gov, Arizona State Capitol, J.D. Mesnard, Room 223, 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Action: Assign HCR2012 (ERA) to the government committee immediately so that it can be heard (more favorable than judiciary).
SCR1003 – ratification of ERA in Senate – assigned to government unfortunately chaired by John Kavanagh. So write to Senator Kavanagh (R ) asking him to schedule it for a hearing. District 23 (Fountain Hills), 602-926-5170, JKAVANAGH@azleg.gov, Room 300, 1700 W Washington, AZ 85007
 
Bills up for hearing next week:
HCR 2004
Repeal clean elections
Oppose, House Appropriations, hearing on 1/25
HB2121
Prohibited acts re immigration, requiring cities to cooperate with homeland security and cops
Oppose, Assigned to House FPR&PP, hearing on 1/24
HB2268
Must submit sexual assault evidence kits in 15 days, annual reporting on rape kits
Support, House Judiciary and public safety, hearing on 1/25/17
SB1051
Aggressive soliciting illegal, Kavanaugh
Oppose Assigned to Senate judiciary, hearing on 1/26
SB1108
Cash assistance to children allowed if living with unrelated adult and in DCS care
Support, Senate Health Human Services – hearing on 1/25

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The North High School Affiliate Chapter was marching today. I saw them across the crowd holding NOW Rounds with determination and compassion. The knowledge of their empowerment and seeing their joy was one of the most satisfying moments of my career as a teacher. Kathryn Mitchell Baumgardner 

It’s your turn. What was a highlight of the #WomensMarch for you?


Greetings NOW members,
Happy New Year – a new year with lots of challenges!
We need you now more than ever as the attack on women and other social groups is unfortunately strong against all of us. We appreciate your membership and involvement.  
Please take the time to attend our meeting on Sunday, 1/22.
We have a new location: Arizona Commission on the Arts 417 W Roosevelt St, Phoenix, Arizona 85003
If you cannot attend the meeting, please follow the Chapter website, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook page &/or subscribe to our by monthly newsletter.
We need your participation in various activities. There are several events going on.
January 20 and 21st:
Friday, January 20– Protest at the Capitol ( 9 am)
Friday, January 20– Peace Vigil at Hance Park (7 pm) Safety Pin Nation 
Saturday, January 21– Women’s March at the Capitol ( 10 am) We need you to help staff the table we will have. Please let us know if you can help.
I hope to see you at the meeting or an upcoming event. Thank you for being a NOW member. Our voices are needed more now than ever!
Olga Tsoudis Interim NOW President Inez Casiano Central Phoenix Chapter
For more information:

Safety Pin Nation, “…those who wear safety pins are considered “safe places”. In Spanish, the words “safety pin” translate to “los imperdibles”, or, “those which cannot be lost”. Safety Pin Nation™ is made up of many different individuals supporting a myriad of important causes that we believe cannot be lost…” Find out more at http://www.strongertogetheraz.com/

Woman’s March on Washington – Phoenix “Become the soul of the nation.” Find out more at http://www.arizonawomensmarch.com/phoenix