News from NOW
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is at it again. In addition to playing a major role in the right-wing war on women, the all-male hierarchy of the Catholic Church is trying to silence an organization dedicated to helping women and men who have been victimized by clergy.
The NOW/PAC is proud to announce its endorsement of Elizabeth Warren for U.S. Senate from Massachusetts. Warren is a tough and effective advocate for economic justice, standing up to Wall Street and the big banks to stop the predatory financial practices that target so many women and men struggling to make ends meet.
Bigoted bully Rush Limbaugh has been rewarded for his hostile, hate-filled speech for far too long. The National Organization for Women calls on Clear Channel Communications to pull the plug on Limbaugh's gilded microphone immediately.
The Senate's defeat of the so-called "Respect for Rights of Conscience Act" today saved countless U.S. women from being denied contraception coverage in their employee health plans.
Media Hall of Shame: Rush said . . . "What does it say about the college co-ed Susan [sic] Fluke who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex, what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex."
NOW Foundation has joined with a broad coalition of social justice organizations to address abusive telecommunications practices. The project concentrates on two important issues that have a disproportionate impact on women, people of color, immigrants and low-income communities: prison phone rates and mobile phone billing.
NOW President Terry O'Neill writes on Huffington Post: "The right-wing commitment to keeping women in check is surprisingly strong and reveals a frightening disrespect, even contempt for women who aren't sufficiently submissive. Turning the clock back includes shaming women for their sexuality and punishing them for terminating a pregnancy..."
Send a message to your Congress members today, urging them to vote down any effort to restrict contraceptive coverage in health care.
NOW President Terry O'Neill writes on The Huffington Post: "Despite President Obama's accommodating move last week, conservative leaders are hurtling along in their attempt to restrict birth control. They've gained a righteous head of steam so quickly they don't seem to care that they're about to careen off the tracks."
Check out the winners of the 2012 Love Your Body poster contest. Eighth grader Francesa Spruiell is this year's grand prize winner. You can send all four designs as e-cards and learn about entering the 2013 contest yourself.
A report released today by the Restaurant Workers Opportunities Centers and 11 women's groups, including NOW Foundation, provides in detail the poor working conditions and poverty level wages paid to tipped restaurant workers, two thirds of whom are women.
Today the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that eliminated same-sex couples' right to marry, violates the U.S. constitution.
NOW was an early proponent of the first Violence Against Women Act, holding a rally on Capitol Hill in 1995 that brought together tens of thousands of activists to demand full funding for the bill. The act must be reauthorized every five years, so 20 years later feminists are still rallying for VAWA.
After an overwhelming nationwide reaction to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation's decision to cut grant funds from Planned Parenthood, the board of directors announced today a new revision to its funding policy.
NOW/PAC-endorsed candidate Suzanne Bonamici (D) soundly defeated Tea Party favorite Rob Cornilles (R) in Tuesday's special election in Oregon's 1st Congressional District. Bonamici, a strong supporter of NOW's issues, will be the first woman in recent years to be part of Oregon's congressional delegation.