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National NOW Conference Calls Feminists to Link Arms in Dangerous Times

by Kassandra Kearse, Conference Manager

1999 Lesbian Rights Summit As every candidate knows, NOW is legendary for its ability to organize at the grassroots level and to create winning campaigns: "When I ran for U.S. Senate, NOW was the only organization to support me from the beginning ... and with the power of its grassroots, statewide network, became the field organization that made my victory possible," declared Carol Moseley Braun, who became the first African-American woman elected to the Senate in 1992.

This summer, you can learn from the experts and build your organizing and campaign skills at the NOW Political Institute, free to all registrants at the National Conference and just in time for the critical 2002 elections.

In addition to the Political Institute's campaign training, from grassroots organizing to coalition building to fund-raising, your conference registration also brings three days of fun and feminism. 1997 Young Feminist Summit

From Friday, June 21, through Sunday, June 23, join with NOW activists and chapter delegates in St. Paul, Minn., to hear dynamic feminist speakers, cheer progressive politicians, enjoy great entertainment, participate in workshops, voice your concerns in issue hearings, network with activists across the country, have fun together, and (of course) help set the organization's priorities for the coming year.

"Women are faced with more challenges to our rights in 2002 than we've experienced in years," said NOW Executive Vice President Karen Johnson. "That's why we titled this conference 'Linking Arms in Dangerous Times.' Together, we can strategize and energize for the hard work ahead."

1998 Women of Color and Allies Summit "Twin Cities NOW is honored to be the host chapter for the 2002 National NOW Conference: 'Linking Arms in Dangerous Times' in St. Paul," said conference coordinator Kathy Ahrens, President of Minnesota NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund.

While Minnesota is well known for its beautiful lakes, it's also home to a strong activist community, boasting numerous women's and feminist organizations. The Radisson Riverfront St. Paul, on a bluff above the Mississippi River, is our host hotel. Only 10 minutes from the airport and the Mall of America, skyways connect the hotel to restaurants, shopping and entertainment.

2001 National NOW Conference New this year is the addition of an art show, "The Passionate Feminist: Beyond the Remembered." Chaired by long-time activist Cindy Mark, the art show will accommodate up to 50 artists showcasing original handmade works in several categories such as "my sensuous self," "women at work," and "mind, body & soul of a woman." For more information please contact Cindy Mark at

Additional information and updates on the conference are available online — be sure to check often. In addition to general conference information, you can find these online forms:

1998 National NOW Conference Register early for the best rate, and please consider adding an extra contribution to assist those who cannot pay the full fee.

As always, free childcare will be provided but must be requested in advance so that we can arrange for sufficient childcare providers. For the same reason, please cancel the request if you find that you cannot attend or will not be bringing your children. Please indicate childcare needs, with number and ages of children, on your registration form.

Additional attractions in the Twin Cities include a trip across the Mississippi River to Historic Fort Snelling, a stone fortress where you can relive the outpost life of early Minnesota. The Minnesota Historical Society maintains a "living history museum" at the fort where costumed guides recreate the activities and ceremonies of everyday army life during the 1820s. 1995 National NOW Conference

At Harriet Island you can board a river boat for an afternoon or dinner cruise. Paddle boat excursions are available from May through September. For additional information regarding St. Paul and its many attractions you can access the links on the conference page or visit St. Paul Convention and Visitors Bureau page.

If you have questions about the 2002 National NOW Conference, call Conference Manager Kassandra Kearse at the NOW Action Center, 202-628-8669, ext. 108, or send email to For more information about the Political Institute, contact NOW's Political Director Linda Berg by e-mail at or call her at ext. 121.

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