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National NOW Times >> Spring, 2001
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Bush Cabinet: Threats to a Feminist Agenda
"Stop Ashcroft!" This became the anthem of progressive groups after the nomination of John Ashcroft as Attorney General on Dec. 22, 2000. For many people, the possibility of John Ashcroft becoming the nation's chief law enforcement officer was more than enough reason to take to the streets.

Let's Talk about Gender
GenderPAC is hosting, and NOW is co-sponsoring, the 1st National Conference on Gender, May 18th-20th in Washington DC. As president of NOW, Patricia Ireland will give a keynote address on Friday at the opening of the conference.

Sometimes You Have to Rock the Boat
In Memoriam:
Dorothy Haener

Have a Heart: Help Prevent Hate Crimes
To help create a better understanding of hate crimes and how they effect the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community, NOW activists across the country took action this Valentineís Day to speak out against hate crimes on the day devoted to love.

Slavery, Violence Against Women Continue Worldwide
Despite extraordinary progress, women all over the world are still abused, enslaved, and violated on a daily basis. The new millennium does not greet all women with the freedom and hope they deserve as human beings.

Legislative Update - A Whole New World in D.C.
Who would have guessed that we would have a president who was not popularly elected, propelled into office by a three-vote electoral college margin on the basis of electoral manipulation, voter intimidation and a five-to-four Supreme Court vote?

Native American Women and Violence
A report released by the Department of Justice, American Indians and Crime, found that Native American women suffer violent crime at a rate three and a half times greater than the national average.

Outrage over theft of the presidency was not confined to protests in the District of Columbia as George W. Bush was sworn in. From Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon, NOW members organized and participated in pro-democracy rallies on inauguration day.

Stamping Out Workplace Discrimination and Harassment at the Post Office
ďIím sure Iím not the only one who doesnít want my 34 cent stamps to support a system that allows such workplace abuses to run rampant.Ē said NOW President Patricia Ireland.


NOW's Board Meeting Resolution

Taking Back the Senate Starts NOW
While feminists now have unparalleled representation in the Senate, the cause has not been significantly advanced in the House of Representatives as a result of the 2000 elections.

NOW Declares State of Emergency - Campaign to Save Women's Lives

In response to continuing aggression against womenís rights, the National Organization for Women has declared a state of emergency to save womenís rights to self-determination and reproductive freedom.

The Bad News Keeps Getting Worse
Those of us who campaigned against Bush, those who warned that abortion rights, reproductive freedom and all womenís rights would be threatened by a second Bush administration, were devastated by the new presidentís early actions.

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