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National Organization for Women:
News & Action Summary
September 14, 2013
IN THIS ISSUE:
"An all-out assault on women's reproductive health and rights continues in many state legislatures — a stark reminder that elections have consequences. The disastrous 2010 elections saw Tea Party extremists flooding into state legislatures (as well as the U.S. Congress), and although they campaigned on economic issues, once in office their first order of business was to begin blocking women's access to abortion care, birth control, and other family planning services." Read about assault on reproductive rights here.
NOW President Terry O'Neill has a new piece at The Huffington Post: "Women, working families, the elderly and everyone struggling in today's economy need an ally at the Fed, not an ambitious insider with a poor record of leadership and independence."
Read in full here.
Montana NOW has been at the forefront fighting for justice in a disturbing rape case that involves a 14 year old victim (who later committed suicide), the rapist (a former teacher) receiving only a 30-day sentence and a victim-blaming judge. You can find out more at Reuters, CNN and MSNBC. You can also "like" Justice4Cherice on Facebook or follow #justice4cherice on Twitter for updates.
NOW activists in New Mexico are planning to go all out to fight a potential 20 week abortion ban initiative for the city of Albuquerque. Dana Middleton says "We are organizing phone banking up in Santa Fe for the next 9 weeks..... to call Albuquerque voters that we know are pro-choice and need to get to the polls in November to vote the ballot initiative down." You can find out more about what our activists in New Mexico are up against at The New York Times.
Fayetteville NOW hosted a forum addressing North Carolina's Stand Your Ground law on August 30. You can read about it at the Fayettville Observer.
On September 5, NOW's first virtual chapter Young Feminists & Allies (YFA) hosted a Google Hangout with #SolidarityisforWhiteWomen creator Mikki Kendall.
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