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National NOW Times >> Winter 2003/2004

In This Issue

March for Women's Lives Will Make History
On April 25, 2004, women and men from across the country will march on Washington, D.C., to demand reproductive freedom and demonstrate the depth of support for these life-and-death issues.

On Nov. 5, 2003, the day that George W. Bush signed the so-called 'Partial-Birth' Abortion Ban, NOW organized a large protest at the Ronald Reagan Federal Building.
On Nov. 5, 2003, the day that George W. Bush signed the so-called "Partial-Birth" Abortion Ban, NOW organized a large protest at the Ronald Reagan Federal Building. photo by Lisa Bennett

Don't Gamble with Women's Rights! Come to the NOW Conference in Las Vegas in July 2004
NOW is calling on all feminists and their allies to join us at the Riviera hotel in Las Vegas on July 16-18.

Reproductive Rights Trampled Under Bush's Command
On Nov. 5, 2003, George W. Bush made his position on reproductive rights clear when he signed the deceptively-named Partial-Birth Abortion Ban into law.

Will FDA Ignore Danger of Silicone Breast Implants?
The issue of breast implants is a personal health question for hundreds of thousands of women, who need complete information in order to make informed choices about their health and safety.

CLEAR Act Threatens Immigrant Women Victims of Violence
In the name of homeland security, conservative members of Congress are proposing a huge step backward for battered women: legislation that would undermine the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act.

The Health Care Crisis for Women—There Is a Solution
The recently passed Medicare prescription drug legislation—a "reform" that removes the government guarantee of health care coverage—is emblematic of the mess that U.S. health care has become.

Inside the Bush Administration: Cronyism Despite the Human Cost
More than three dozen of Bush's largest campaign contributors stand to reap financial windfalls—from the energy bill alone—apparently as a reward for raising extraordinarily huge campaign contributions.

Grocery Store Workers Caught Up in Wal-Mart's Race to the Bottom
Grocery store workers in Southern California are fighting to save affordable health care for themselves and their families.

What Is the Real State of the Union for Women in the U.S.?
Here is NOW's own "State of the Union" for women in the United States—the part that George W. doesn't want you to think about.

Radical Right Ignores Courts on Marriage Rights, Attempts to Write Discrimination Into U.S. Constitution
While the recent Massachusetts ruling on equal marriage rights was a clear victory, threats to freedom at the federal level loom ominously.

Feminist Visionaries Help Future Generations
The gifts of a number of visionary warriors for women's rights make it possible for NOW to continue fighting for equality.

Drive for Equality Underway, Big Challenges Ahead
As we enter 2004, few remember a time in our political history where women's rights were more in jeopardy.

Women of Color Play Crucial Role in April 25 March
The Bush administration is violating human rights indiscriminately. If we don't unify and mobilize across these divisive barriers, soon we will have fewer rights to defend.

Harmful Medicare Prescription Drug Bill Passes
Senior women, low-income and disabled persons were dealt a hard blow when Congress passed and George W. Bush signed into law the so-called Medicare, Prescription Drug, Modernization and Improvement Act.

NOW Acts: Chapter Activities Are As Diverse as NOW Members
The chapters of NOW can set their own priorities and goals, and usually take on a multi-faceted agenda including local, state and national actions covering a wide range of issues.

In Memoriam: NOW Grieves the Loss of Four Leaders
Dr. Shepard G. Aronson, Gene Boyer, Rhoda M. Bradshaw, Mary Jean Tully

Forum Inspires Women's Rights and Disability Rights Supporters to Work Together
The common concerns of the women's rights and disability rights movements converged in October at the "Women with Disabilities and Allies Forum: Linking Arms for Equality and Justice for All" in Bethesda, Md.

Feminist History Preserved By Those Who Lived It
The Feminist Pioneers Project will document the individual contributions of hundreds of pioneer feminists who participated in the early years of the Second Wave women's movement (1963 to 1975).

Powerful New Generation Prepares to March
Every generation has a march that creates a collective feminist consciousness, initiates new activists and changes lives. This generation of young feminists knows the March for Women's Lives on April 25 is their march.

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