WHEREAS the National Organization for Women (NOW) has a long standing commitment to diversity which involves individuals from all walks of life, levels of education, and physical and mental abilities, and
WHEREAS NOW strives to provide for and be inclusive of all members, including those individuals with disabilities, and
WHEREAS the Disability Rights Conference Implementation Committee (CIC) is responsible for implementing the Disability Education resolution, and
WHEREAS the Disability Rights CIC has reviewed NOW's accessibility of its office, conferences, and printed materials to determine where improvements could be made and has put forward a draft budget in line with its findings.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that NOW commend the Disability Rights CIC for its work so far, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that NOW provide resources to attain the goals outlined in the draft budget, and in order to accomplish this the National NOW Board requests the CIC provide at the February 1996 Board Meeting further details regarding what the computer and software for providing large print and talking print would provide and alternatives available for them, and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the CIC provide the most competitive price for the cost of the laptop computer.
RACISM AND SEXISM IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM:
THE OJ SIMPSON TRIAL AND ITS AFTERMATH
WHEREAS NOW recognizes that the justice system, like other social institutions, is infected with racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry; and
WHEREAS the OJ Simpson trial and its aftermath reaffirm that our society does not deal effectively with the issues of sexism, racism, classism, or violence against women; and
WHEREAS NOW is an organization comprised of diverse individuals with different life experiences and different opinions, all of whom support feminist principles, the ultimate goal of equality for women and the elimination of all forms of discrimination; and
WHEREAS NOW is committed to exposing and eradicating all forms of racism and actively supports all those who experience its impact, both individual and institutional; and
WHEREAS NOW is committed to exposing and eradicating all forms of violence against women, especially domestic violence which often leads to the murder of women by someone who purported to love them; and
WHEREAS NOW recognizes that women of color are often put in the unfair position of being told to choose between their allegiance to their communities of color or to the feminist community when responding to complex issues which encompass race, class, and/or gender; and
WHEREAS NOW does not create hierarchies of oppression, as if one form of discrimination were worse than another, but rather condemns all forms of discrimnation;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that NOW reaffirms its commitment to activism to eradicate violence against women and to eradicate racism as issues with equal organizational priority; and
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that NOW recognizes the need to coordinate its public statements and actions so that they consistently represent NOW's priorities.
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that NOW recognizes the importance of not ranking or trading off issues as if they were not equally onerous and deserving of our activism; and
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that NOW requires all who speak on behalf of the organization at any level -- local, state, or national -- to consider seriously that the impact of any statements may go well beyond the immediate situation or location involved; and
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that NOW demands the intense examination of all parts of the justice system, from police departments to the courts to the elected officials who make the laws, so that the incipient racism, sexism and classism that infect our societal institutions can be rooted out and can assure all victims of discrimination that they will have fair and just treatment without regard to race, gender, or economic status; and
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that NOW commits itself to intense internal examination of its own residual racism so that as an organization it is sensitive to the impact public events and political situations may have on its diverse membership, so that it can lead by example to a more equal and just future.
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