News from NOW
Categories: Economic Justice, Social Security
Tuesday, Apr. 12 marks Equal Pay Day, which occurs at a pivotal time for U.S. workers, particularly women. As feminists call attention to the persistent gender wage gap, we would do well to demonstrate its link to the various ways government and big business are breeding economic injustice in this nation.
The proposed 2012 Republican budget would wipe out critical social programs crafted over many decades to protect the most vulnerable and safeguard the middle-class. The White House and the Democratic leadership must stand up for simple justice.
Today the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Wal-Mart v. Dukes, the largest employment class-action suit in U.S. history. The company's challenge seeks to halt the case, which represents more than 1.5 million women, before it even gets to trial.
Conservatives want to severely cut Social Security, even though it has nothing to do with the deficit. NOW is pushing for the Social Security Protection Amendment that says "Hands off Social Security!" Take action today!
All NOW chapters, members and supporters are encouraged to find, or even register, local solidarity events on the We Are One national day of action taking place Monday, April 4, 2011.
Congress is on the verge of making deep cuts to family planning and other vital programs, which could result in a public health nightmare. Send a message to Congress opposing the elimination of family planning funding and other irresponsible cuts.
Speaker Boehner has declared barring federal funding for abortion care a 'highest priority' -- responding not to the call of his constituents but to the demands of the Catholic bishops. NOW is fighting back against these attacks, which target all forms of reproductive health care and threaten women's lives.
It's outrageous: the House of Representatives just voted to cut all funding from Planned Parenthood! This dangerous effort must be stopped in the Senate.
The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act represents a grave threat to safe, legal and accessible abortion. It is an unprecedented attack on private health coverage for abortion care and a shocking attempt to redefine rape.
President Terry O'Neill says: "In his State of the Union, President Obama proclaimed this to be "our generation's Sputnik moment." As the president reaches for the stars, NOW will be working to ensure that the women of this nation are lifted up as well.
With the new Congress, there is a serious possibility that proposals to slash Social Security benefits may go forward. Ask Pres. Obama to take a stand against Social Security benefit cuts and work with Congress to prevent any undermining of this vital program.
Please urge Congress to reject President Obama's tax package, and instead adopt a stimulus package targeting relief where it's needed most, will do the most good, and won't cut Social Security's dedicated funding stream.
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear retail giant Wal-Mart's challenge to a class-action lawsuit against the company involving more than 1.5 million women. The court will not review the actual charges that Wal-Mart routinely discriminated against its women employees. Instead, the challenge seeks to deny these women their day in court.
The agreement reached by President Obama with Republican leadership is the wrong way to stimulate our economy. With cuts to Social Security's dedicated funding stream, it is particularly troubling for women, who rely more on Social Security than men do.
"The only good news coming out of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform's final meeting today was that the co-chairs failed to muster 14 'yes' votes for their misguided proposal, so it will not be presented to the lame-duck Congress for immediate action. This result was due in part to the hard work of NOW members, Social Security advocates and many others whose calls temporarily shut down the congressional switchboard on Tuesday," said NOW President Terry O'Neill.