National Organization for Women (NOW) Hosts Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Orlando, Fla. –Donald Trump has already taken drastic steps in his first four months in office to roll back women’s rights. The call for resistance is urgent. The National Organization for Women (NOW) will bring activists from around the country to Orlando, Fla. to counter this misogynist administration for its annual Forward Feminism Conference! This year’s conference theme, “Not Backing Down: Rising Together,” underscores the urgent need for targeted action to protect women’s rights in the current political climate.

What: Women’s rights activists from across the U.S. will come together to honor feminist leaders, build organizing skills, and set NOW’s strategic agenda for the year to come. NOW members will also vote to elect the next president and vice president of the organization, with results to be announced Sunday morning.

Who: Terry O’Neill, NOW president
Bonnie Grabenhofer, NOW vice president
Congresswoman Lois J. Frankel (Fla.-21)
Congresswoman Val Demmings (Fla.-10)
Janet Canterbury, co-chair of NOW’s advisory committee
Patricia Ireland, former NOW president
Eleanor Smeal, co-founder and president of the Feminist Majority Foundation
Marissa Alexander, founder of the Marissa Alexander Justice Project
Barbara Arnwine, founder and president of Transformative Justice Coalition
Mary T. Basset, commissioner of health for New York City
Karla Hernández-Mats, president of the United Teachers of Dade
Diana Ramirez, interim co-director of Restaurant Opportunities Center United
Patricia Schroeder, former U.S. congresswoman
Kim Schultz, vice president of the southern region for the Teamsters
And other Florida elected officials and feminist activists

When: Friday, June 30 – Sunday, July 2, 2017

Where: The Florida Hotel and Conference Center, 1500 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32809

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