Posts Categorized: Legislation

NOW Celebrates ERA Ratification Day in Virginia

RICHMOND, VA — Today’s formal ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in Virginia is a cause for celebration.  This day has been a long, long time coming, and credit for this historic victory is due to the new leadership of the Virginia legislature—and the groundswell of feminist activists and voters who put them there.  After successfully passing the state House… Read more »

Donald Trump and Bill Barr Distort the Law—Again

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It’s no surprise that President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr would unleash the full force of the Department of Justice to thwart ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).  In a newly released legal opinion, the Office of Legal Counsel asserts that the 1979 deadline for passage “has expired and is no longer pending before the States.” … Read more »

Harvey Weinstein’s Civil Settlement Doesn’t Let His Criminality Off The Hook

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The $25 million settlement that Harvey Weinstein and executives from his bankrupt film studio reached with some of the women who accused the producer of rape, sexual harassment and other criminal conduct must not be a “get out of jail free” card for Weinstein.    The payout for the survivors participating in the… Read more »

Faith-based adoption agencies can reject LGBT families under new rule proposed by Trump administration

This is “extremist policy-makers” using religion to justify hurtful and hateful policies says National Organization for Women President, Toni Van Pelt. “The HHS rule has nothing to do with religious freedom and everything to do with intolerance and right-wing politics.”

The Time is NOW: Unlock the Future for Women and Girls in Immigration Prisons

HOUSTON, TEXAS – Immigrant families are being inhumanely locked away in horrific and immoral detention facilities in Texas and around the nation and women and girls are suffering the most. Those fleeing to the U.S. are often seeking refuge from sexual violence, assault and poverty and they deserve a fair and humane immigration process. If… Read more »

Decriminalize Prostituted People—Not Prostitution

Washington, D.C. – The Council of the District of Columbia-Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety- is considering a bill that would decriminalize those who buy and profit from the purchase of sex acts in the District.  If passed into law, this bill will provide blanket approval for the exploitative and violent activities of those… Read more »

San Diego Rally Raises the Voices of Women and Girls Detained in Immigration Prisons 

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA –  Gathering near the Otay Mesa Detention Center, where a 37-year-old detainee died suspiciously just last week and sexual assault complaints have increased by 158 percent in the past year, hundreds of activists are rallying today with the National Organization for Women and our Unlock the Future partners for the humane treatment of immigrant… Read more »