Press Releases for 2019

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 »

Why We Observe Indigenous Peoples’ – Not Columbus – Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. — NOW is proud to continue to support the growing national movement to observe Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Oct. 14 rather than Columbus Day.  It is wrong to honor a figure who colonized, enslaved and massacred thousands of Indigenous People in the Americas.  Instead, we must lift up the experiences of Native American… 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 »

Abortion Rights Case Makes It Clear We Need Pro-Choice Legislature in Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a split decision that continues to limit women’s reproductive health and rights in Virginia, a federal district court ruled this week on four Virginia laws that have impeded abortion access for years. The laws are a result of Republican leadership in Virginia and their determination to deny women full health care.  “In… Read more »

Media Advisory- Coalition Demands: Unlock the Future for Women and Girls in Immigration Prisons 

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – Immigrant families are being inhumanely locked away in horrific and immoral detention facilities in Southern California 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 they are to be held in… Read more »

Orwell Or Trump? White House Tells UN to Adopt Anti-Reproductive Health Doublespeak

Washington, D.C. — It’s not enough for Donald Trump and his henchman at the Department of Health and Human Services to attack abortion rights and put women’s health at risk.  At this week’s United Nations General Assembly, HHS Secretary Alex Azar tried to erase the words “reproductive health and rights” from the dictionary.  At the UN’s first high-level… Read more »

Native Women’s Equal Pay Day: Break the Wheel of Oppression

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Violence. Erasure. Subjugation. Today, we acknowledge the role that the wage gap plays in the many forms of centuries-long oppression of Native American Women.  2019 has marked a year of highs for American Indian and Native Alaskan women, including the election of two Native congresswomen to the U.S. House of Representatives. Yet women… Read more »

Child Abuser Mark Fugler Must Stay in Jail

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A former Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University professor who was convicted by a jury of sexual misconduct with a child is getting the Jeffrey Epstein treatment by a Florida judge. Mark Fugler was sentenced to 15 years in prison in June for showing pornographic material to a 7-year old girl, masturbating in front of… Read more »

America’s Game is America’s Shame

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The day after Antonio Brown became a player for the New England Patriots, a federal lawsuit was filed accusing him of rape and sexual assault. And the day after that, the Patriots, whose owner Robert Kraft was charged with two counts of solicitation of prostitution at a Florida day spa, responded by… Read more »

Stop Mitch McConnell’s Sneak Attack on Justice and Women’s Rights—Defeat Steven Menashi’s Nomination to the Court of Appeals

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Mitch McConnell likes to run his do-nothing Senate at a turtle’s pace, but there’s one thing that makes him run like a rabbit—confirming federal judges.  The worse the nominee, the faster he acts.  Steven Menashi, a legal aide to Donald Trump with an appalling record of inflammatory rhetoric, and hostile views towards women, communities… Read more »