August 30, 2017
Dear NOW supporters,
I’m sure you are all as concerned for the victims of Hurricane Harvey as I am. Some of you have loved ones and friends in its very destructive path, and even if you don’t, the photos and news are harrowing. These are people in great need.
I have made an online donation for Hurricane Harvey victims to the American Red Cross. I encourage you to do the same, if you can afford to do so. Here is a list of other organizations that are taking donations if you prefer to donate to a different organization.
If you do send a check, adding a special memo like “In honor of Texas/Louisiana NOW and ALL women in need” will help show our support. If you would please take a selfie holding the check before you send it, please email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post it to our AZ NOW Facebook page and website.
Thank you for all you do!
AZ NOW Policy/Spokesperson
Make your voices heard on August 29
Election day is next Tuesday, August 29 for Phoenix, Prescott, Tucson, and Yuma.
While it’s too late to request an early ballot or mail in your early ballot, you can vote early in person through 5:00 PM this Friday, August 25. And if you can’t make the early vote, be sure to vote on the 29th. These are important elections and we all need to MAKE OUR VOICES HEARD!
Saturday, August 26th marks the passing of the 19th Amendment, granting the right to vote to select American women.
The progress of women’s equality in Arizona is gaining attention, and efforts to increase the level of public awareness and garner bipartisan support to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment are not going away anytime soon. We will continue to fight for equality and encourage women to get out and vote.
Because… WHEN WOMEN VOTE, WOMEN WIN!
There are two very special events to commemorate this special day: one in Phoenix and one in Tucson!
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, North High School Auditorium, 1101 East Thomas Road, Phoenix
We are very excited to be celebrating this important day with women and men from all across Arizona. We invite you to help us honor the women who came before us, the women who are standing beside us, and the women who are preparing to lead us.
This year’s program will focus on the importance of ratifying the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment), and the continued efforts to encourage women to run for office.
- KEYNOTE speaker: JESSICA NEUWIRTH, President of the ERA Coalition, an organization working to support passage and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. She is one of the founders of Equality Now, an international human rights organization aiming to end violence and discrimination against women. She is also the author of EQUAL MEANS EQUAL: Why The Time For An Equal Rights Amendment Is Now.
- Dr. Karon Jolna, Program Director & Editor of Ms. in the Classroom for Ms. Magazine, and Feminist Majority Foundation
- Sara Bradshaw, West Coast Political Director for Feminist Majority Foundation, trailblazing feminist leader, organizer and educator. Most recently Sara led FMF’s Equal Rights Amendment Walks in Los Angeles and Palo Alto, as well as organizing for the Nevada ERA. Sara also leads the Feminist Majority Foundation’s current End Child Marriage campaign.
- Once again, we are delighted to have Kim Covington, Senior Director of Community Initiatives for the Arizona Community Foundation, and former 12News Anchor, as our Emcee for the afternoon.
- Parade of Runners: Women currently running for office and incumbent elected officials
- Dessert reception
- Music by African Rhythm
- Networking, sponsored tabling, voter registration
- 2:00 PM: Registration begins (cafeteria)
- 3:00 PM: Program begins (auditorium)
- Dessert reception immediately following the program (cafeteria)
General admission: $10 in advance, $15 day of the event (kids under 12 free). CASH ONLY. Donations are also accepted through Eventbrite ticketing.
For tabling and sponsorship opportunities, please contact: Anne Guerrant at 602-740-5622, email@example.com, or Dana Saylor at 602-740-0840, firstname.lastname@example.org
8 AM – 1 PM, YWCA Southern Arizona – Frances McClelland Community Center, 525 N. Bonita Ave., Tucson
Women’s Equality Day: Courageous Conversations: This event raises diverse voices to discuss the status of feminism and how we can achieve equality and justice for ALL women. Event is free but tickets are required. Food trucks will be available for lunch. For more information and tickets, see the Eventbrite page.
Please note that the sponsor has canceled all four showings of EQUAL MEANS EQUAL on August 24 and 26.
NOW has always been committed to eradicating racism. In NOW’s original Statement of Purpose, the group’s founders wrote, “We realize that women’s problems are linked to many broader questions of social justice; their solution will require concerted action by many groups. Therefore, convinced that human rights for all are indivisible, we expect to give active support to the common cause of equal rights for all those who suffer discrimination and deprivation.”
Today’s violent march follows an evening “Unite the Right” rally at the University of Virginia where hate-filled rhetoric from Ku Klux Klan members and other alt-right activists was directed at African Americans, immigrants, and Jewish people.
Charlotte Gibson, president of Charlottesville NOW, said, “The white nationalists, neo-Nazis, armed militias and alt-right extremists who came to Charlottesville and tried to hijack democracy today will not succeed. Their rhetoric is never acceptable in a civilized society, and their embrace of violence must never be tolerated.”
“Donald Trump’s personal reliance on the language of confrontation, combat and intolerance has alarmed us all in recent days,” says Toni Van Pelt. “Trump may be sending signals and cues to those who would harm peaceful protesters, but the people of Charlottesville are standing up to Trump-inspired bullying and inspiring us all.”
M.E. Ficarra , email@example.com , 951-547-1241
Introducing Dorene Campbell and Salie Travis, AZ NOW’s new State Coordinators for Chapter Development!
Salie Travis and Dorene Campbell are working to help form new AZ NOW chapters and reconvene existing ones. All you need is 3 members to form a chapter—that’s it, just 3!
They’ve already met with Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans about a Flagstaff NOW chapter, and plans are also in the works for one at Glendale Community College. Stay tuned for updates!
Contact Dorene and Salie at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can join and how they can help you get one started in your area.
We will remain out of the union a hundred years rather than come in without our women.
M.E. Ficarra , email@example.com , 951-547-1241
When we talk about the heroes who saved the ACA, let’s include ourselves. WE are an antidote to cynicism in this often cynical time. Yes we are!