Welcome to our newest Officers
Read more about our newest Officers of the National Action Center, here.
National NOW Conference Goes Virtual
Join us for our first-ever virtual conference, to be held over three Saturdays in the fall! Let’s get “Fired Up-Ready to Vote!” as we enter the final stretch of the presidential campaign.
Women will be the deciding force in the next election—and that’s why we are partnering with the Feminist Majority for this year’s conference. You’ll have double the opportunity to engage with the most interesting people on the issues that will determine the future of the feminist agenda.
Check out the plan of conference activities*:
12:30 p.m. EDT – evening, September 26th – Conference Business, NOW Elections Report, Proposed Bylaws Amendments, District Caucus Meetings and Board Candidate Forums
12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT, October 17th – PAC Plenary Session and Engaging Workshops
12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT, November 7th – Women, Money, and Power Plenary Session and Engaging Workshops
Because the virtual conference platform presents challenges to NOW’s traditional parliamentary process of motion making, we plan on sending you the proposed agenda, conference rules, election report, and bylaws amendments by early September. Should you wish to propose edits to those items, you will need to submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 12, 2020. All proposed changes will be reviewed by the Structure and Process Committee and the Executive Committee to be incorporated or rejected. The final proposed conference agenda, rules, election report, and bylaws amendments will be voted on at the conference on September 26th. We are looking forward to seeing you and together we will get “Fired Up-Ready to Vote!” Register here at no charge.
We Want To Feature YOU at the National Conference!
We are collecting video snippets for our opening plenary session, to be viewed at our national conference on September 26th. Please send a video snippet of around 30 seconds in length to email@example.com (please state your name and where you are from at the beginning of the video).
The video can be on EITHER of the following prompts:
- Tell us why you are FIRED UP AND READY TO VOTE!
- Tell us why RACIAL JUSTICE is important to you (and/or Tell us how you are helping achieve RACIAL JUSTICE)
Remember to state your name and where you are from at the beginning of the video clip. Please submit your videos on or before September 22nd to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, NOW staff is teleworking to ensure the health of their family and peers. The status of your order is still pending and will be shipped once we are able to return safely to the office.
Please do let National know if you have any questions or concerns regarding your order and we will make sure to work with you.
Chapter Annual Report:
Thank you so much to those who have submitted their chapter annual reports for 2019. Please be aware that the Chapter Annual report for 2019 will be on the Members Only page until December 31, 2020. Eligibility for rebates includes the submission of the most recent annual chapter annual report. The form to complete can be found on the Members Only page.
Chapter Leader Portal:
- If you are a chapter leader and you do not have access to the chapter portal, please reach out to Supria. The chapter portal is a resource for your chapter to track members, update chapter information, and view chapter transactions.
- If you have held or will hold chapter elections, please update your chapter officer listing via the portal before your last day in office. Please bear in mind that, in order to add an officer to your chapter officer list, they must be affiliated with the chapter. If affiliations need to be changed, please reach out to our Member Specialist, Priscilla, at email@example.com.
- Your chapter’s profile now includes a page that displays the chapter’s rebate eligibility status. The page also highlights the requirements of receiving rebates and if your chapter meets those requirements.
Please be sure to stay up to date with your dues. If an officer’s membership expires, the system automatically removes them from office, and portal access is revoked. To prevent this from happening, please ensure your dues are paid.
Upcoming Events & Actions:
- Georgia NOW: White Women Can We Talk? Listening Tour, on September 26th.
- Rhode Island NOW: The FB event for the upcoming White Women Can We Talk? Listening Tour, on September 29th:
Past Events & Actions:
- Georgia NOW: BLM Supporters Disrupt Loeffler Event
- Georgia NOW: GA NOW President Calls for the Removal of a Confederate Statue
- Rhode Island NOW: RI NOW Presents Hilary Levey Friedman, Linda Scott, and Dr. Michele Harper in Conversation
Board Candidate Info and Proposed Bylaws Amendments are now posted
NOW will be electing a new board this fall to serve from 2020-2022. Our elections committee has been working hard to organize these elections in light of postponing our conference. A statement and photo of each candidate can be found here (link needs to be added). More information about our process of electing board members can be found in our Bylaws on the Members Only page.
Politics and Advocacy
- Join us in celebrating the first-ever International Equal Pay Day with EPIC: September 18, 2020
- September 28th is the 20 anniversary of mifepristone (Ru-486).
- Women’s Movement Motion and Brief
- Progress in the ERA Case – Getting Closer to a Decision
Welcome to our new PAC Coordinator, Kenya Rice
The NOW PAC has endorsed 150 federal candidates, which includes 18 Senate races and 132 House races. We are near the end of the primary cycle and gearing up for our main initiative this cycle; flipping the Senate. You can follow the PAC on social media @nationalnowpac on Twitter and Facebook. You can also see all of our endorsed candidates at nowpac.org.
NOW is a multi-issue, multi-strategy organization that takes a holistic approach to women’s rights. Our priorities are gaining economic equality and securing it with an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will guarantee equal rights for all women; championing abortion rights, reproductive freedom, and other women’s health issues; opposing structural racism; fighting bigotry against the LGBTQIA community; and ending violence against women. Read more about our Core Issues, here.
Campaigns, Initiatives, and Events
- Messages from NOW President, Christian F. Nunes
- NOW Racial Equity Education Webinars
- We have one more webinar currently scheduled for: October 18th, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. EDT.
To register, click on the date listed above. The webinar is presented by the Racial Equity Institute called Groundwater. You can also find the registration link posted on the Members-Only website. Please only register if you can commit to attending, contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as your schedule changes to remove yourself from the registration list and allow others to sign up.
NOW in the News
A key component of NOW’s mission is to monitor and elevate the country’s progress and shortcomings regarding women’s issues through press statements and media outreach. Recent highlights include our work for economic justice and equal pay, our celebration of 100 Years of women’s voices at the ballot box, and Senator Kamala Harris’ nomination.
Below is a sample of our recent press statements or read more here: Media Center
- Women’s Equality Day: NOW Celebrates 100 Years of Women’s Voices at the Ballot Box
- NOW Demands Justice for Jacob Blake
- NOW Joins Coalition to Release the Blueprint for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice
- August 13 is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day
NOW Demands that the Road to Racial Justice MUST include Economic Justice for Black Women
- NOW Salutes the Historic Choice of Kamala Harris as the Democratic Nominee for Vice President
- NOW Honors 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act Would Repeal the Helms Amendment, Which Bars U.S. Foreign Assistance Funding for Abortion, Expanding Abortion Access Globally
Recent highlights include our work for economic justice and equal pay, our celebration of 100 years of women’s voices at the ballot box, and Senator Kamala Harris’ historic nomination.
- Women may be feeling the ramifications of pandemic for ‘decades to come’ (yahoolife!)
- Meet The Forgotten Female Scientist Who Debunked Theories Of Male Superiority (Forbes)
- Thumbs Up: Kamala Harris – on the Shoulders of Giants (IS)
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What’s Up NOW is a bi-monthly publication of the National Organization for Women. If you have suggestions or news items to include, please contact us at email@example.com. The next issue will publish in September 2020.