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 press@aznow.org and we will post it to our AZ NOW Facebook page and website.
Thank you for all you do!
For NOW,
Sheila Ogea
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!

Election info

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!

Phoenix

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.
SPEAKERS:

  • KEYNOTE speaker: JESSICA NEUWIRTHPresident 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.

Presenting:

  • Parade of Runners: Women currently running for office and  incumbent elected officials
  • Dessert reception
  • Music by African Rhythm
  • Networking, sponsored tabling, voter registration

Schedule:

  • 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, anne@guerrantfoundation.org, or Dana Saylor at 602-740-0840, danasaylor@icloud.com


Tucson

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.

 

Today hundreds are gathering in Charlottesville to mourn the death of Heather Heyer, killed during the Nazi protest. Here is the statement from NOW.


Charlottesville White Supremacists Are On the Wrong Side of History

08.12.2017
The white supremacists who launched a brutal protest against the city of Charlottesville, Virginia’s plan to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee must be held to account for their violence and hate speech, says Toni Van Pelt, president of the National Organization for Women (NOW).“Robert E. Lee was on the wrong side of history and so are the Charlottesville racists,” says Toni Van Pelt. “The majority of Virginia voters—like the majority of voters across the U.S., voted for the presidential candidate who defended inclusion over intolerance, healing over division and fairness over bigotry. NOW stands with our courageous sisters and brothers in Charlottesville, who are standing strong against hate and violence.”
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.”

Contact

M.E. Ficarra , press@now.org , 951-547-1241

Introducing Dorene Campbell and Salie Travis, AZ NOW’s new State Coordinators for Chapter Development!

Dorene Campbell, Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans, Salie Travis

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 chapterdev@aznow.org to find out how you can join and how they can help you get one started in your area.

Today we honor the birthday of the “Mother of Women Suffrage”. No, not Susan B. Anthony or Elizabeth Cady Stanton. ESTHER HOBART MORRIS was born on this day in 1814.

Orphaned at 11, she learned millinery and was a successful businesswoman by her 30s. Upon her first husband’s death, she moved with her son to Illinois to claim land left by her husband to her, only to be denied the right to claim her inheritance—very possibly the beginning of her activism. An abolitionist in Illinois, she spearheaded the first women’s suffrage campaign in the country after moving with her second husband to Wyoming in 1869.
 
Knowing the territory needed more women, and not wanting the long delays the Eastern women were experiencing, she invited two opposing candidates for the new territorial legislature to tea and got their promises to support suffrage if they were elected. The winner kept his promise, and the women’s right to vote and hold office became law—the first in the country.

We will remain out of the union a hundred years rather than come in without our women.

Despite threats that the territory would be denied statehood unless they reneged on the women’s vote, territorial leaders telegrammed back to DC: “We will remain out of the union a hundred years rather than come in without our women.” The statehood narrowly passed in 1890, with Susan B. Anthony and other prominent feminist leaders watching in the galleries. When the current justice resigned in protest over the passage of women’s suffrage, Esther became the nation’s first woman justice of the peace. (Funny how that works sometimes, eh?)
 
In 1960, Wyoming designated her the “Mother of Women Suffrage”, and statues stand at the entrance to the state’s capitol and in the National Statuary Hall in DC.
 
She was 6’ tall, smoked cigars, and held her own in the Wild West. Esther Hobart Morris, trailblazer and Mother of Women Suffrage, happy birthday and thank you for furthering the rights of women.

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Statement of NOW President Toni Van Pelt

08.03.2017
The Democratic party, determined to win back the majority in the House of Representatives at any cost, is throwing its support behind anti-choice candidates. That’s a huge mistake. Reproductive justice is at the heart of women’s health, welfare, safety, and economic security.
This week Rep. Ben Ray Luján, chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said in an interview that, in order to pick up 24 more seats in the House, Democrats would fund candidates who oppose abortion rights. This marks a painful pivot from the 2016 party platform, which spelled out “that every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion—regardless of where she lives, how much money she makes, or how she is insured.”
That platform was driven by smart policy, and smart politics–because it recognizes that progressive abortion policy is central to achieving economic justice. That’s why women, and all progressives, should decry this new posturing–which has Democratic leaders trying to appeal to a mythical group of moderates, by shrugging off reproductive rights as a fringe issue. The truth is this: they’ll never achieve any of their progressive goals, economic or otherwise, if abortion rights get pushed out of the picture.
Most important of all: Democrats can’t risk women’s lives to play this political game. This is even more urgent for marginalized individuals. Women of color, young people, and LGBTQIA+ individuals are hit hardest when abortion access is gutted–and that would almost certainly be the case if the Democrats throw their support behind anti-choice candidates.
I’m calling on grassroots activists across the country to march into their Congressional Democratic offices and make their voices heard, and to to work at the local Democratic party level–as individuals, or with their NOW chapters. NOW has been a proud fighter for abortion rights and reproductive justice for over 50 years. The Democratic party cannot and should not take us for granted. Party leaders must think again, and get it right this time.

Contact

M.E. Ficarra , press@now.org , 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!