News from NOW
On Friday, May 18, NOW will hold a picket outside WMAL 630 AM, the Washington, D.C., radio station that carries Rush Limbaugh's show. The picket is a part of NOW's "Enough Rush" campaign, aimed at targeting local radio stations that broadcast The Rush Limbaugh Show and local businesses that continue to advertise on it.
NOW condemns today's passage of H.R. 4970, the House Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill. Sponsored by Representative Sandy Adams (R-Fla.), H.R. 4970 not only strips important provisions that were passed by a bipartisan Senate vote of 68-31, but also changes and weakens many initiatives and preventive provisions that have been included in VAWA by both Republicans and Democrats over the past 18 years.
Radicals in the House are poised to host a hearing on a dangerous new abortion ban for D.C. H.R. 3803 and its Senate companion would ban abortion care at 20 weeks in Washington, D.C., imposing penalties and/or jail time on doctors who provide this necessary health care, even those stepping in to preserve a woman's health.
On 5/16, the House is expected to vote for the Republican version of VAWA. Call your rep. ASAP to oppose this bill and urge open debate on the House floor. Unless this bill is amended to restore important protections, NOW will consider a Yes vote a vote against VAWA.
POLITICO's Jake Sherman interviewed NOW President Terry O'Neill about her opposition to the House Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act: "Unless I see really a decent set of amendments to the [House Republican bill], the vote on the floor for House bill 4970 is a vote against the Violence Against Women Act and will be scored by this organization."
Being able to connect with family members on Mother's Day is important to so many of us. But, for the more than two million people incarcerated in the United States, that connection can come at a steep price. We want justice for prisoners! Tell the FCC to address the high cost of prison phone calls.
NOW Foundation, IWPR, and the NCPSSM Foundation briefed congressional staff on their research examining the challenges facing elderly women and their families in the U.S. Their report, 'Breaking the Social Security Glass Ceiling: A Proposal to Modernize Women's Benefits,' also proposes initiatives to ensure Social Security benefits are adequate for all Americans, particularly for women and women of color.
NOW applauds President Obama's announcement today supporting marriage equality. This marks a proud moment in history, and is an especially welcome antidote to yesterday's vote in N.C. enshrining discrimination into that state's constitution. We commend the president for standing with the LGBT community and millions of others in this country who support marriage for same-sex couples.
The National Organization for Women condemns the vote today in the House Judiciary Committee. In a 17-15 vote, the Republican-controlled committee passed a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act that completely undermines the spirit of the landmark bill passed 18 years ago.
NOW urges North Carolinians to vote against "Amendment One" as they head to the polls on May 8. The proposed measure would amend the state's constitution to say "Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in the state."
With the radical right waging a war on women in Congress and statehouses across the nation, it is more important than ever that we elect feminist candidates to office this November. We need candidates like Elizabeth to shut down this offensive and get the United States moving in a positive direction.
The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women, of which NOW is a member, issued this release explaining why "a vote for amendments and substitutes is a vote against VAWA."
It's hard to tell what's more offensive. The haute couture style of the Newsweek cover photo, which presents the blindfolding of a woman as elegant and refined. Or the accompanying article, which uses the popularity of the book "Fifty Shades of Gray" -- which Katie Roiphe describes as the "skinny-vanilla-latte version of sadomasochism" -- to speculate that women are not comfortable with power and might even find it boring.
The latest Social Security trustees report projects that the system has a surplus of $2.7 trillion and revenue sufficient to pay all benefits through 2033. Those bent on dismantling and/or privatizing the system will try to twist these facts, but don't be fooled Social Security is financially sound, and it's even possible to improve benefits to meet the realities of today's families.
The National Organization for Women is launching the "Enough Rush" campaign, which aims to deliver the powerful message to Rush Limbaugh and his apologists that bullying is no longer profitable.