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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

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.”


M.E. Ficarra , , 951-547-1241

Reproductive Justice IS Economic Justice image

Statement of NOW President Toni Van Pelt

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.


M.E. Ficarra , , 951-547-1241

Orlando, Fla. — Members of the National Organization for Women voted Saturday to elect Toni Van Pelt president of the organization. Gilda Yazzie was elected vice president.
Toni Van Pelt, Gila Yazzie
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Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

This is an historic day for AZ NOW and the National Organization for Women.
July 2, 2017, Orlando, Florida, National NOW Conference: The NOW membership passes policy for the survival, dignity, and well-being of the indigenous women of the world. A huge thank-you to our own Kathryn Mitchell, and to Tupak Huehuecoyotl (Yauhtachcauh) and Eve Reyes-Aguirre (Nahuacalli) of  Tonatierra, and the entire membership of NOW!
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NOW’s Action Agenda:

What is the National Action Program?

  • The National Action Program is NOW’s set of action priorities for activists around the country. The Program includes five campaigns: (1) End the Sex Abuse to Prison Pipeline; (2) Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment; (3) Mobilize for Reproductive Justice; (4) Advance Voting Rights; and (5) Protect Immigrant Rights.

NAP-LogocropLobby legislators to ensure they oppose any measure to repeal the ACA unless its replacement retains existing protections against pre-existing conditions, lifetime coverage caps, and gender-based discrimination, and adds improvements such as including a public option in states without sufficient market competition from private insurers.

  • Lobby legislators to support improvements to affordable health care overall, for example with the EACH Woman Act.
  • Lobby Senators to filibuster the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch and, should a filibuster fail, vote “no”.

The intersectionality at the core of NOW’s work is a practice that places marginalized women at the center of our policy solutions and our advocacy. The National Action Program is intended to do just that, and to propose concrete actions our local chapters, state organizations, members and activists can take, as well as the general public interested in addressing such issues.

Why now?

This year, in 2017, we entered into an especially challenging political arena that requires our collective resistance. This–the National Action Program–is our contribution to that resistance. The current administration poses an increased and acute threat to any semblance of progress made in the recent past. This political reality has, however also inspired many across the country to increase their engagement in grassroots and political processes, and to take part in leading the societal change this country so needs.

How does the National Action Program relate to NOW’s other issue areas?

NOW’s official priorities are reflected in our six issue areas, which you can learn more about here. The National Action Program is comprised of five campaigns that encompass these core issues, while also addressing urgent needs that arise in our country’s increasingly problematic political climate.
This article has been reposted with permission by Kathryn Mitchell,

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Pro-Choice Rally Held in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 13: Tammy Gavitt, of Philadelphia holds up a sign during a pro-choice rally at Love Park November 13, 2003 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Members of Planned Parenthood, the National Organization for Women and NARAL Pro-Choice America rallied to generate support for a national rally in Washington, DC in April 2004. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

PO BOX 45558
Phoenix AZ 85016​
602-430-9454 (cell) *
Final National and Arizona NOWPAC Candidate Endorsements
10.18.2016 - Today, Kathryn Baumgardner, AZ NOW PAC Coordinator, released the total set of endorsements for the upcoming general election.
​The National NOW PAC has endorsed Hillary Clinton for U.S. President, Ann Kirkpatrick for U.S. senator, and five out of nine possible congressional races for a total of seven endorsed federal candidates. AZ NOW PAC has endorsed candidates in the State Legislature, Maricopa County and school board races with a total of 35 endorsed candidates.
​Listed here are endorsements of candidates resulting from their voting records, public statements, current endorsement survey answers and possible resulting interview. Feminists dedicated to electing a majority of public officials who are committed to the advancement of women’s rights at all levels of political office can depend on these endorsements.
            National NOW AZ Congress Endorsements: Raul Grijalva - Congressional District 3, Mikel Weisser - Congressional District 4, Talia Fuentes - Congressional District 5, Ruben Gallego - Congressional District 7, Kyrsten Sinema - Congressional District 9
            AZ NOW PAC Endorsements for Maricopa County: Diego Rodriguez – Maricopa County Attorney, Michelle Robertson – Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools, Jana Lynn Granillo – Board of Directors, Maricopa County Special Healthcare District, District 1 
              AZ NOW PAC Endorsements for School Board: Jeanee Casteen – Creighton Governing School Board, Amy McSheffrey – Creighton Governing School Board, Kiana Maria Sears – Mesa Unified School District Governing Board, Lynné Almy – Phoenix Elementary School District Governing Board, Lela Alston – PUHSD Governing School Board, Ericka Nicholes – Roosevelt School Governing Board
              AZ NOW PAC Endorsements for State Senate: Andrea Dalessandro – LD 2 State Senate, Nikki Check Bagley – LD 6 State Senate, Barbara McGuire – State Senate LD 8, Ralph Atchue – LD 11 State Senate, Tonya MacBeth – LD 15, State Senate, Scott Prior – LD 16 State Senate, Sean Bowie – LD 18 State Senate, Michael Muscato – LD 22 State Senate, Eric Meyer- LD 28 State Senate, Martin Quezada – LD 29 State Senate
                AZ NOW PAC Endorsements for State Representative: Daniel Hernandez Jr –LD 2 State Representative, Carmen Casillas – LD 8 State Representative, Randall Friese – LD 9 State Representative, Pamela Powers Hannley – LD 9 State Representative, Kristen Engel – LD 10 State Representative, Corin Hammond – LD 11, State Representative, Brandon Dwyer – LD 15 State Representative, Cara Prior – LD 16 State Representative, Sharon Standard – LD 16 State Representative, Denise “Mitzi” Epstein – LD 18 State Representative, Deanna Rasmussen-Lacotta – LD 21 State Representative, Tammy Caputi – LD 23 State Representative, Ken Clark LD 24 House Representative, Lela Alston – LD 24 House Representative, Kathleen Rahn – LD 25 State Representative, Kelli Butler – LD 28 State Representative
Contact: Kathryn Baumgardner,, 602-430-9454
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NOW’s purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.

Arizona Women Leaders to Sound the Alarm at Press Conference October 12: 
Trump and McCain a Danger to Women
Women Leaders in Arizona join effort to turn out women’s votes for Hillary Clinton for President and Ann Kirkpatrick for U.S. Senate
For Immediate Release​​ CONTACT: Candice Mercer
October 5, 2016​
​ 310-556-2500​​
**Media Advisory**
Arizona Women Leaders to Sound the Alarm at Press Conference October 12:
Trump and McCain a Danger to Women
Women Leaders in Arizona join effort to turn out women’s votes for Hillary Clinton for President and Ann Kirkpatrick for U.S. Senate
Women have the power to determine the outcome of the presidential and U.S. Senate race in Arizona. A coalition of women leaders has come together under the banner of She Wins, We Win campaign to announce plans for mobilizing the largest women’s vote in history to move forward progress for women.
The unprecedented coalition of women leaders is working to make sure voters know what is at stake in both the Presidential and U.S. Senate race in Arizona, and to sound the alarm on the dangers a Trump presidency would pose to women. The outcome of this election will determine our nation’s policies impacting women’s rights for the next 40 years: the make-up of the Supreme Court; access to reproductive healthcare including abortion and birth control; pay equality; paid family and medical leave; passage of the Equal Rights Amendment; civil rights; LGBT rights; the ability of our nation to deal with climate change; immigration reform; and reducing violence including sexual assault and gun violence.
WHAT: ​She Wins, We Win press conference featuring Arizona women leaders
**Spanish speakers will be available for interviews
WHEN: ​Wednesday, October 12, 2016
2:30 PM
WHERE:​ United Food and Commercial Workers Local 99
​877 S. Alvernon Way, Suite 100
​Tucson, AZ 85711
WHO:​Nancy Barber, Wife of Former Congressman Ron Barber
Montserrat Caballero, Las Adelitas Arizona Anti-Violence Advocates*
​Stephanie Coronado, Arizona Women’s Political Caucus
​Teresa D’Asaro, Co-Chair, UFCW Women’s Network Executive Committee
Laura Dent, Chief of Staff, Tucson City Council Member Regina Romero
Hon. Jennifer Eckstrom, Former South Tucson Mayor
Pam Grissom, Founder, Arizona List
Kaitlin Hooker, She Wins, We Win coordinator, University of Arizona
Jodi Liggett, VP of Public Affairs, Planned Parenthood Advocates Arizona*
Bianca Lucretia, Latina Transgender Activist/Founder, Tucson LGBTQ FREEDOM DAY PARADE
Barbara Matteson, Former President, Arizona Education Associate/National Education Association
Karen McGarrity, Small Business Owner, D-W/McGarrity, Inc.
Luci Messing, Founder, Pima County Education Caucus
Casey Murray, She Wins, We Win coordinator, University of Arizona
Tamara Prime, Chief of Staff, Tucson City Council Member Karin Uhlich
Katherine Spillar, Executive Director, Feminist Majority
Valerie Stanley, Board President, Juneteenth Festival
Victoria Steele, Former State Legislator
Nina Trasoff, Former City Council Member
Karin Uhlich, Tuscon City Council Member
Pat Wiedhopf, Arizona Women’s Political Caucus
Diane Wilson, Chair of Advocacy Committee, YWCA*
Barbara May Wright, AZ Co-Chair, Nation Writers Union Unit #16 UAW #1981
​*For identification purposes only
She Wins We Win is a campaign of the Feminist Majority
Paid for by Feminist Majority. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

The AZ State NOW website may contain advertisements for third parties or political ads. The advertisements on the AZ State NOW website should be labeled “advertisement” or “sponsored.” The AZ State NOW does not explicitly or implicitly endorse third parties in exchange for advertising and advertising does not influence content or actions.

10-9-16 Presidential Debate Watch Party Inez Casiano NOW Chapter invites members & non-members
Sunday, October 9th 5:30-8:00 pm (Debate Time 6-7:30)
And we get to support a local business! Grace owner of Tuck Shop, is an amazing feminist, host and small business owner - thanks Grace!

Tuck's Shop 2245 North 12th Street Phoenix, AZ 85012

Wine raffle, bumper stickers yard signs and other campaign fun will be there. Ohhhhh and even some of our favorite candidates, hmmmmmmm.


The AZ State NOW website may contain advertisements for third parties or political ads. The advertisements on the AZ State NOW website should be labeled “advertisement” or “sponsored.” The AZ State NOW does not explicitly or implicitly endorse third parties in exchange for advertising and advertising does not influence content or actions.

MujeresPorAnn.@NOWPAC respalda Kirkpatrick para el Senado de Estados Unidos en Arizona tabla de unión Capitán: #NOWporANN ya que el apoyo <3 #MujeresPorAnn el evento! boletos o donaciones
viernes 16/09/16 10:00 am a 11:30 am con LaSen. NY Kirsten Gilibrand en Phoenix
¿Cuánto cuesta un asiento a un costo de mesa? 10 asientos combinados de cualquier $$$$ $$.
Nivel Bronce: $2,500 tabla podría tener cada persona que paga $250, una persona que paga $1,000 con todos los demás que componen la diferencia, una persona que paga todo el $2,500, etc.
¿Cómo debería la gente pagar por un asiento en mi mesa?
Si paga con cheque, el cheque a nombre de "Kirkpatrick para el Senado" y en la sección de notas de escritura "Mujeres por Ann". Si en línea, por favor haga que pagan a través del correspondiente enlace regional única ActBlue:
AZ central:
Norte AZ:
Southern AZ:
Western AZ:
¿Cómo verifico que la gente que estoy invitando a sentarse en mi mesa han pagado?
Hay varias maneras. La primera consiste en un correo electrónico o Stephanie Eric el nombre o nombres de los que hay que añadir a su mesa y qué cantidad que deben esperar. La segunda es que puede introducir los nombres en la hoja de cálculo de Google que tiene un hipervínculo en su correo electrónico de confirmación inicial capitán de la mesa, escribe su contribución prevista en la columna "Pledge", y Eric o Stephanie escribirá en la cantidad que recibieron de la persona en el "A cargo" una vez que se recibe.
capitán de la mesa: #NOWporANN & Kathryn Baumgardner
¿Cómo va a asientos en el trabajo evento?
Las tablas se asignan números y el personal estará a su disposición para dirigir el día del evento.
Gracias de nuevo y por favor no dude con cualquier otra pregunta,
Stephanie D'Ulisse y Eric Chalmers


Friday, September 16, 2016 10:00am-11:30am Phoenix, Arizona


Ticket$ or Donation$

NOW PAC endorses Ann Kirkpatrick for US Senate in Arizona!

Sing with me? These boots were made for walkin'... and that's what we're gonna do... These are THE days these boots WILL INSPIRE A VOTE against you know who! Whoooo Hoooo!
Join Table Captain: #NOWforANN as they support the #WomenforAnn event. Get TICKETS or donate to this fierce feminist candidate. The date is Friday 9-16-16 10:00am-11:30am with special guest New York Senator Kirsten Gilibrand in Phoenix.
For more information about all NOW PAC Federal endorsed candidates connect with us here:
To learn more about the event contact Stephanie at (928) 362-8844 or RE: Table Captain #NOWforANN & Kathryn Baumgardner