Agenda

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Thursday, June 29

Time Activity
4:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Registration and Credentialing

Friday, June 30

Time Activity
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Registration and Credentialing
Exhibitors and Vendors

8:30 AM – 9:45 AM

Breakouts A: Workshops

10:00 AM- 11:15 AM

Plenary I: Welcome, Rules, Candidate Speeches, Speakers and Honorees

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Break

11:30 AM – 12:45 PM

Breakouts B: Workshops

12:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Lunch on your own

2:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Plenary II: Speakers and Honorees

4:00 PM – 4:15 PM

Break

4:15 PM – 5:30 PM

Breakouts C: Workshops

4:15 PM – 5:30 PM

Special Breakout Session: Candidate Forums

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Special Breakout Session: Candidate Forums

6:30 PM – 6:45 PM

Break

6:30 PM

Dinner on Your Own

6:45 PM

Special Constituency Caucuses

Saturday, July 1

Time Activity
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Registration and Credentialing

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Exhibitors and Vendors

8:45 AM – 10:00 AM

Breakouts D: Workshops

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Break

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Plenary III: Candidate Speeches

11:45 AM – 12:00 AM

Break

12:00 AM – 1:45 PM

PAC Lunch

1:45 PM – 2:00 PM

Break

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Breakouts E: Workshops and Issue Hearing

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM

Break

3:30PM – 4:15 PM

Officer Farewells

4:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Break

4:30 PM – Open for 2 hours

Voting – Officer Elections

4:45 PM – 6:30 PM

PAC Party

6:30 PM

Dinner on Your Own

Sunday, July 2

Time Activity
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Exhibitors and Vendors

8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Registration and Credentialing

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Announcement of Election Results

9:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Plenary: Strategic Plan & Resolutions

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Break

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Plenary: Strategic Plan & Resolutions

1:30 PM

Adjourn


 

2017 National NOW Conference Workshops

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FRIDAY

BREAKOUTS A – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

NOW’s National Action Program – Advance Voting Rights
Heroes Ballroom
The right to vote has been at the forefront of civil rights advocacy for decades. Currently, voter suppression has manifested itself in a variety of ways, including racial gerrymandering, voter ID with photo laws, and disproportionate distribution of election day resources. Voter suppression laws affect all women; however, a disproportionate burden falls on women of color and low-income women, students and the elderly. The 2016 election was the first presidential election since the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was weakened through the Supreme Court’s ruling in Shelby v. Holder, which cleared the way for states to enact voter suppression legislation. During this panel, we will provide an overview of how NOW is partnering with the Voting Rights Alliance and others to bring a feminist lens to this issue of voter suppression, and ensure advocates are equipped to bring their concerns about this issue to their elected officials.
Board Committee Chair Bear Atwood, with Judi Polson, Meredith Ockman

NOW’s National Action Program – Protect Immigrant Rights
Legacy North 1
Right now, immigrants across the country are facing extreme xenophobia. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids are breaking apart families–deporting individuals whose documents may not be in order, but who nonetheless help to sustain the U.S labor force and create vibrant communities.The restaurant industry employs 1.1 million undocumented immigrants, and 52% of all restaurant workers are women; individual restaurants are uniquely poised to make a difference in the lives of immigrant workers, and activists can help make this happen.This panel will explore how the National Action Program is beginning to support the efforts of the Sanctuary Restaurants movement and encourage NOW activists to participate in their local communities–namely by reaching out to their favorite restaurants to bring them into this nation-wide movement.
Board Committee Chair MonaLisa Wallace, with Jocelyn Morris, Monica Weeks

Abortion Rights in the Balance: The Meaning of the Supreme Court Decision in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt and Our Next Steps in the Fight for Reproductive Rights
Legacy North 2
Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt is a landmark Supreme Court decision. The Center for Reproductive Rights – which brought the case — will discuss the strategies used inside and outside the courtroom, what the decision means going forward, and next steps participants can take to protect the right to abortion in their states. In these times with a restored conservative majority on the Court and many state legislatures controlled by abortion rights opponents, the subject could not be more important to feminist activists. Whole Women’s Health is an important tool that will protect access to care.
Moderator Scott Ruskay-Kidd, with Hillary Schneller, Edwith Theogene, Jill Mizell

So You Want to Become Active in NOW
Legacy South 1
Local actions are the building blocks of NOW. Since November, we’ve seen an incredible upsurge in membership and requests to start new chapters, establish NOW task forces and create action teams. We’ll explore the options, processes, and resources for getting started. We’ll share tips for building strong chapters, organizing task forces and taking action to advance women’s rights. We are excited to see a new era of expanded feminist activism – together we can accomplish great things!
Moderator Bonnie Grabenhofer, with Kim Villanueva, Diana Egozcue, Elissa Blattman

Media Advocacy: Reshape the News to Prevent Sexual Violence
Legacy South 2
Sexual violence is in the news nearly every day and, this news coverage frames public perceptions, policy, and sexual violence prevention efforts. How can victim advocates, spokespersons and feminist activists shift the media conversation to demonstrate that sexual violence is preventable? Join the Berkeley Media Studies Group and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center to explore strategies for creating news about prevention and improving the coverage of sexual violence overall. The panelists will share strategies that individuals and organizations can use in media advocacy to change the dialogue.
Moderator Laura Palumbo, with Pamela Mejia

BREAKOUTS B – Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

NOW’s National Action Program – A Digital Engagement Training for Chapters
Legacy North 2
In recent years there has been a surge in political and social grassroots activism in the digital world. Whether it is trending #hashtags or live stream videos, political activism often begins in the digital sphere. In order to keep NOW at the center of the national dialogue on women’s rights, we must learn to effectively engage with all audiences on social media. NOW’s National Action Program will a comprehensive look at digital engagement and advocacy for our state chapters. In this workshop, we will explore the nuances of branding, marketing, language, and aesthetics. Every chapter of NOW has a unique value add that supporting advocacy work across the county. With this workshop, we hope to provide our chapters with the tools and skills they need to conquer the digital ‘Wild West’.
National Action Program Team Staff Members Tyler Goodridge, Angela Abadir

NOW Political Action Committee Workshop – Taking Back Political Power at the State Level
Legacy North 1
In the current political climate we must turn our focus to state level organizing to preserve our rights. All of our hard-fought rights are on the line in state capitals. Two-thirds of state legislatures are controlled by anti-equality, anti-reproductive rights, and anti-woman legislators. This has happened due to GOP control of the redistricting process following the 2010 Census. But there is renewed energy by our allies to gain control of redistricting in a number of states. How can feminist activists increase our political power in the state legislatures and governor’s mansions to preserve our rights and take back the Congress by influencing the redistricting process?
Moderator Linda Berg, with Dr. Janet Canterbury, Robin Davis, Georgia State Rep. Renitta Shannon

Violence Against Women in the Digital Age: The Time is NOW to Stop this Trend
Forum West 1 & 2
Despite strides made to combat gender-based violence, it is growing. Abusers use technology as a shield to perpetrate violence and exert power and control. The law is slow to recognize technology as a vehicle for violence. Action is needed to reform the law and bring perpetrators to justice. Come hear Legal Momentum President Carol Robles-Roman and panelists discuss ground-breaking initiatives to stop the use of the internet to harass, abuse and entrap women. Legal Momentum is the former NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund.
Moderator Pat Reuss, with Jennifer Becker, Teresa Drake

What Life Was Like for Women Before NOW: An Intersectional Look Back on Women’s Inequality
Legacy South 1
Participate in this collaborative workshop and listen to the stories of two African-American women, an American Indian and a White American woman about discrimination in the 1940s through the 1970s and how it affected their families’ lives. How does it differ from today? Has feminism made the difference? Where do we go from here? These long-time, dedicated NOW leaders will offer their perspectives.
Moderator Toni Van Pelt, with Gilda Yazzie, Kathy Wilson, Jocelyn Morris

Ratify Women! Intersectional Feminist Organizing with Cities for CEDAW, the UN Women’s Treaty
Legacy South 2
To respond to the global gender gap, violence against women and other oppressions, feminists and allies have organized to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Over 60 U.S. cities and states have implemented this U.N. treaty to end gender discrimination by addressing violence, health, child care, pay equity, racism, homophobia and more. Come learn how to advance CEDAW in your community.
Moderator Jan Strout, Jerilyn Stapleton, Nuri Ronaghy

Practical Activism Skills: How to Organize Rallies, Marches, Nonviolent Direct Action, Press Conferences, Fund-raisers, Lobby Meetings, Plus Recruit New Members and Build Chapters
Legacy South 3
This activist training workshop is an opportunity to hear about skills and strategies from experienced and talented NOW leaders. Come learn the basics about how to organize various types of large public events, community events including fund-raising and consciousness-raising. Also, get tips and advice for effective lobbying with elected officials and best practices for chapter and task force building. Panelists have years of dedicated feminist organizing and can help you understand how to do it effectively.
Moderator MonaLisa Wallace, with Monica Weeks, China Fortson-Washington, Anne Rozenzweig

Women of Color at the Forefront of Resistance and Change
Forum West 1 & 2
This workshop will present the collaborative work of In Our Own Voice and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum in lifting up the voices of women of color. Their voices will join in advocating for policies that respect bodily autonomy, access to health care and resist oppressive laws and regulations that limit our rights. Participants will engage in discussions and hear recommendations for effective national, state and local advocacy that centers those most impacted by limited access to sexual and reproductive health care– women of color, young people, immigrants and those with low incomes.
Moderator Michelle Batchelor, with Aliya Khan

Storytelling as Protest: Telling a Resistance Story to Move the World
Forum East 4
“A story is a trick for sneaking a message into the fortified citadel of the human mind,” – Jonathan Gottschall, Literary Scholar. This workshop is led by Deborah Finkelstein, who has trained over 100 TED and TEDx speakers, along with scores of academic, technology, theater, and government leaders, in public speaking, story-telling and improvisation. These techniques will help activists in making presentations, advocating with elected officials, speaking before different audiences, and in fund-raising presentations. Learn how to make a compelling and memorable presentation that will change people’s minds.
Moderator Deborah Finkelstein, with Leah Laird

BREAKOUTS C – Friday, 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

CANDIDATE FORUM
Legacy North 1
Hear from the next leaders of the National Organization for Women! Candidates for NOW president will share their vision for the organization, and answer questions from the audience. Forum attendees are invited to remain in their seats, and hear from the candidates for vice president during breakout session D.

CANDIDATE FORUM
Legacy North 2
Hear from the next leaders of the National Organization for Women! Candidates for NOW vice president will share their vision for the organization, and answer questions from the audience. Forum attendees are invited to remain in their seats, and hear from the candidates for president during breakout session D.

At the Crossroads of Economic and Reproductive Justice
Legacy South 1
Women’s ability to contribute to the economic productivity of the nation depends upon an economic agenda that articulates reproductive justice as an integral aspect of women’s multifaceted lives. One key action is to advocate for insurance coverage of abortion care. The panel will discuss intentional efforts towards integrating reproductive health, rights and justice into a woman-centered economic agenda. They will highlight a policy agenda that centers women and girls of color and share a report, “Pillars of Equity.”
Moderator Heidi Williamson, with Marcela Howell, Jessi Leigh Swenson, Aliya Khan

BREAKOUTS D – Friday, 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

CANDIDATE FORUM
Legacy North 1
Hear from the next leaders of the National Organization for Women! Candidates for NOW vice president will share their vision for the organization, and answer questions from the audience. Candidates will swap rooms between breakout sessions C and D; audience members who wish to hear from all four candidates are invited to remain in their seats between sessions.

CANDIDATE FORUM
Legacy North 2
Hear from the next leaders of the National Organization for Women! Candidates for NOW president will share their vision for the organization, and answer questions from the audience. Candidates will swap rooms between breakout sessions C and D; audience members who wish to hear from all four candidates are invited to remain in their seats between sessions.

Coalition Building Across Privilege and Cultural Differences: A Unification Kit
Legacy South 1
A diverse panel of scholar-activists and therapists will share theory-based strategies in describing how to build strong coalitions of diverse people for effective activism. Tapping into the passion of those who have experienced social injustice and educating them to gain control of social and political power will enhance their ability to build strong relationships that bridge privilege and cultural differences. Feminist and community psychology models can be used by NOW chapters and allied organizations to form strong and inclusive coalitions.
Moderator Camille O’Bryant, with Betty Block, Barbara Gilbert, Jeanne Schul

SATURDAY

BREAKOUTS E – Saturday, 8:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

NOW’s National Action Program – Mobilize for Reproductive Justice
Heroes Ballroom
Reproductive rights are seriously compromised in this political climate. The agenda of the Trump administration, as well as the hostile actions of conservative state legislators, disproportionately affect low-income women, rural women, women of color, and the LGBTQIA community. NOW affirms that reproductive justice is an issue of life and death, not a mere matter of choice. This panel will discuss the National Action Program’s focus on opposing any measure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, supporting improvements to affordable health care, and preventing any Supreme Court ruling that would effectively overturn Roe v. Wade.
Board Committee Chair Meredith Ockman, with Cindy Drabeck, Carla Josephson, Nancy Campbell Mead

NOW’s National Action Program – Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment
Legacy North 1
Women are still not guaranteed equal rights under the U.S. Constitution. NOW has made ratifying the ERA a top priority because equality in pay, job opportunities, political power, education, and access to health care–in particular for women of color, women with disabilities and the LGBTQIA community–will remain an elusive dream without a guarantee in the U.S. Constitution. An ERA would also make it significantly more difficult to roll back progress on women’s equality — an acute concern because of the current administration’s attempts to repeal many progressive gains. As such, in this panel we will discuss the National Action Program’s ongoing support of a three-state strategy (now only two more states are needed because of Nevada’s recent ratification) to ratify the ERA, as well as a start-over strategy. We will also look at the campaign’s support for having an inclusive and intersectional ERA interpretation, and relatedly, how we are continuing to educate and inspire women –particularly young women– as to why the ERA is still so important through the Visions for Equality campaign.
Board Committee Chair Jacquelyn Kozin, with Audrey Muck, Barb Miller, Gina Austin Fresh

Casualties of the War on Drugs: The Mass Incarceration of Women in America – Examining the Experiences of Incarcerated Women and Proposing Solutions
Legacy North 2
This workshop will explore the alarming rise in the number of incarcerated women and the need for a criminal justice reform movement that centers their experiences. Presenters will discuss the reasons for the growing incarceration rate; the devastating effects on women, families, and communities; and opportunities for action. Three experts from the ACLU will explore the need for a more robust understanding of the experiences of incarcerated women – a majority of whom are women of color — and for a heightened effort in support of criminal justice reform.
Moderator Laurie Morin, Monica Bhattacharya, Amy Fettig

Violence Against Women on Campus and in the Military, Advocating for Survivors
Legacy South 1
Amid unprecedented challenges to Title IX initiatives, this workshop highlights the vital partnership between the Domestic Violence Action Center and the University of Hawaii system to make campus settings safer while students pursue their educational dreams. The discussion aims to model and inspire close relationships between DV programs and educational institutions to address intimate partner violence. Also speaking is a former Victims’ Advocate in the Air Force, who represented assault survivors, and who currently conducts public education on the need to change military culture.
Co-Moderators Marci Lopes and Christina Prejean with Karla Silva Park, Krystal Pherai

Indivisible Women: Mobilizing and Rising Up in America
Legacy South 2
Women account for over 86% of the resistance to the Trump administration. Indivisible Women (IW), established in a Red District in a Blue state is recognized as one of the larger Indivisible groups in the nation. Using the Indivisible Guide with a positive spin and designing it exclusively for women, IW is creating a new model for women’s leadership. To be discussed: how do we create a vision large enough to attract the disenfranchised and how do we maintain and sustain this movement? Hear the stories of small town rabble-rousers who are giving voice to communities and to women that are often marginalized.
Moderator Elisa Parker, with Marilyn Nyborg

Strategies to Build Support for Title IX/ Gender Equity in Education
Legacy South 3
Join activists in continuing progress to fully implement Title IX to end sex discrimination in all levels of education. Learn how to maximize help from Title IX Coordinators, equity experts and websites and to turn attacks into opportunities to educate the public on the need for gender equity in education. Title IX helps assure gender equity in both academics and athletics, and it plays an important role in protecting students from harassment and sexual assault. With a new administration, will Title IX continue to remain strong in its promotion of educational equity?
Moderator Connie Cordovilla, with Sue Klein, Crystal Coombs

From Then to NOW: The History of Women’s Health and Feminist Activism in the South
Forum West 1 & 2
Graduate students from Texas State University Rachel Brown, Kathryn Hedger and Madison Reitler will present work about the history of activism in the south, as well as larger feminist activism on abortion, queer feminism, and women–particularly women of color–with HIV/AIDS. As members of Central Texas NOW, a new group, the panelists will emphasize the power in using historical women figures to grow interest in young people and speak about the importance of including women from all background in our storytelling to show the diverse history of women’s organizations.
Moderator Rachel Brown, with Madison Reitler

Issue Hearing
Forum East 4
Proposed resolutions will be discussed and voted on, followed by consideration during the Sunday plenary session.

BREAKOUTS F – Saturday, 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Now’s National Action Program – End the Sex Abuse to Prison Pipeline
Legacy North 1
Girls are affected by sexual violence at an alarmingly high rate in the United States: in fact, one in four girls will experience sexual assault before the age of 18. In middle and high schools, many girls who are survivors of sexual assault are routinely denied equal education opportunities–penalized for their trauma-induced behavior–instead of receiving wraparound trauma-informed services. According to Title IX, federally-funded schools must ensure that vulnerable girls are able to fully pursue their education. This panel will unpack the phenomenon of the “sex abuse to prison pipeline,” and the role played by schools. The panel will also present on how the National Action Program is supporting lobbying school districts to ensure the presence of a Title IX Coordinator and the implementation of a Title IX policy for traumatized students.
Board Committee Chair Michele Hamilton, with Beth Corbin, Jocelyn Morris, Judi Polson

NOW Political Action Committee Workshop
From Activism to Elective Office: How to Take Your Community Leadership to the Next Level
Legacy North 2
Have you ever thought about running for office? Don’t know where to start? Come to this workshop to learn what you need to do to run for office and how you can encourage other feminists to throw their hats into the ring. The 2018 election could be another “Year of the Woman,” greatly increasing feminist representation in Congress and state legislatures! Join activist candidates, elected officials and campaign training experts in this wide-ranging discussion about what it takes to run for office, and stay in office long enough to effect change.
Moderator Jacqueline Kozin, with Hala Ayala, Maine State Rep. Lois Galgay Reckitt, Kentucky State Rep. Kelly Flood

Turning a Feminist Lens on Trump and the 115th Congress: Challenges for the Resisterhood
Legacy South 1
With an unpredictable, ill-prepared president and a right-wing, Republican-controlled Congress, feminist activists have their work cut out for them. We are seeing many progressive initiatives repealed, while an anti-equality, anti-consumer, anti-worker and anti-environmental corporate agenda moves forward. Feminists and progressive allies must lead the opposition by promoting our own great ideas to achieve equal pay, universal and affordable health care, reproductive justice for all women, affordable child care, strong consumer protections, an affordable college education, a fully-funded Violence Against Women Act and more.
Moderator Gailya Paliga, with Jan Erickson, Pat Reuss

Healthcare, ACA and Women’s Rights: Why Are We Fighting?
Legacy South 2
This workshop will discuss the importance of the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and argue for improvements to the ACA. Learn about the latest efforts to replace the ACA and their implications. Discussion will center on key portions of our health care system as they affect women, such as insurance coverage for contraceptives, no-cost sharing preventive care services, insurance coverage for persons with pre-existing health conditions, and more. Panelists include four veterans of the battle to bring improved health care access to the people of Georgia.
Moderator Dana Bowers, with Triana Arnold James, Shannon Duncan, Sharon J. Hill, Catherine Cooper

Local Politics as Sites of Resistance and Opportunity for Women of Color
Legacy South 3
This workshop will consider some of the possibilities for representation of women of color at all levels of politics by discussing women’s representation within local ethnic politics. It will examine practices of gender discrimination within racial and ethnic politics and suggest ways to push back against this discrimination. In addition, speakers from The Afiya Center will discuss reproductive justice and other challenges encountered by women of color-led organizing. The panelists will suggest strategies for fundraising, advertising and campaigning, and using “strategic intersectionality” to organize.
Co-moderator Marsha Jones, with Arielle Bennett and Co-moderator Marsh Jones with Deneen Robinson

Survival Kit for Activists, Educators and Families in a Changing Immigrant Environment
Forum West 1 & 2
Self-care in these stressful times is essential. Hear from the experts: how they are assisting students and their families who are facing uncertainty with the Trump administration’s plans to deport undocumented immigrants. Will the Dreamers be allowed to stay in the U.S. and finish their education? Will immigrant families end up in detention for lengthy periods? Learn more about how mass deportation will place hardships on immigrant women and their children and cause serious harm to the U.S. economy and especially to local communities.
Moderator Maria L. Elizondo, with Agueda Cantu, Arthur D. Elizondo, Gigi Gabriel

Issue Hearing
Forum East 4
Proposed resolutions will be discussed and voted on, followed by consideration during the Sunday plenary session.