Recent news accounts that the National Organization for Women accepted a donation from Chevron Corporation in exchange for filing an amicus brief in Chevron Corp. v. Donziger are false.
Press Releases for 2014
The arrest of U.S. women’s soccer goalie Hope Solo on charges of domestic abuse highlights a fact that NOW has long asserted: domestic violence is wrong, – no matter who the perpetrator is – male or female.
As the largest and wealthiest sports organization in the U.S., the NFL ought to be a role model. It could show employers everywhere how to deal with domestic violence when it occurs within their institution, and what policies and core values can prevent it.
Steve Bisciotti’s press conference today is just another attempt at damage control, but it won’t work. The NFL’s violence against women problem can’t be “handled” or “managed” — it needs to be repaired.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s today did nothing to increase confidence in his ability to lead the NFL out of its morass.
Roger Goodell must resign, and his successor must be fully committed to real and lasting change. The NFL doesn’t have a Ray Rice problem; it has a domestic violence problem.
The fact that Roger Goodell is assigning a current member of his leadership team to oversee new policies shows once again that he just doesn’t get it. NOW continues to insist on the appointment of an independent investigator with a mandate to address every aspect of the NFL’s violence against women problem, going back years, not months.
Appointing Robert Mueller as an independent investigator to only look into the Ray Rice domestic violence case is not enough – it’s just window dressing. The NFL does not just have a Ray Rice problem, they have a violence against women problem.
The NFL sets the example for college, high school, middle school and even elementary school football programs. And the example it is setting right now is simply unacceptable.
New leadership must come in with a specific charge to transform the culture of violence against women that pervades the NFL.
That’s the only way to restore honor and integrity to the country’s most lucrative and popular pastime.
Today in front of the White House, National Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry O’Neill joined roughly 300 others in an act of civil disobedience, urging President Obama to stop deporting parents and separating families.