After over four years of legal battles, Marissa Alexander was finally released from jail last week. For those of you who haven’t been following Marissa’s story, the Florida mother of three was arrested in 2010 on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after defending herself from her estranged husband, with whom she had… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Promoting Diversity & Ending Racism
NOW is appalled by the Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to issue an indictment in the death of Eric Garner. This is a grave miscarriage of justice which must not stand. As demonstrations and protests are conducted throughout the city, NOW calls on police and authorities to exercise restraint and refrain from engaging in violence.
Marissa Alexander’s plea deal provides a large measure of relief to her family and her supporters in Florida and around the globe. But it is not the justice she deserved. She should never have been prosecuted in the first place.
NOW deplores the fact that our justice system has utterly failed Michael Brown’s family and community. Even worse is the spectacle of the authorities’ militarized response to peaceful demonstrations, a response that is all too similar to the inhumane and racist tactics used in the Deep South against civil rights protesters in the 50s and 60s.
The crisis in Ferguson reveals a racial divide in the U.S. that far too many would rather ignore. We cannot ignore it any more.
The latest White House report calling for a “Working Group on Challenges and Opportunities for Women and Girls of Color” is a separate and unequal initiative. By design, it will fail to fully address the crisis facing women and girls at the intersection of race and gender.
The latest statement from the National Organization for Women regarding the 2014 Congressional election results.
The National Organization of Women was founded as a grassroots activist organization to affect change on a city, state, and national level. In the year 2014, nearly 50 years since its founding, NOW is still committed to highlighting the strong local chapters across the country that persist in grassroots efforts to create political change.
If the polls and pundits are right, voters who would likely support progressive, feminist candidates for U.S. Senate this year are more likely to stay home than right-wing conservatives.
We need to prove them wrong.
Following up on Part One we continue with additional information about what’s happening around the country that would depress voter turnout for the upcoming mid-term election. Of particular concern are tactics that would hinder electing feminist candidates for public office. We provide information on voting requirements in specific states and resources for activists who plan to help build the turnout of the Rising American Electorate – single women, persons of color and youth – for the November 4 general election.
Today, voting rights are still challenged by right-wing voter suppression tactics designed to restrict the participation of voters whose support would likely favor the anti-Citizens United, pro-woman and pro-labor agenda.