PASCO COUNTY NOW (National Organization for Women)
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Pasco County NOW takes action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.

From the President - Elaine TognerI

Elaine Togneri

I am writing this on Friday before the election results are in.  As of Thursday night Republicans have returned 11,000 more ballots than Democrats in Pasco.  It is scary.  I am fearful for everyone up and down the ballot.  There’s no doubt that we are in Trump country.  I see Trump signs everywhere.  They have plastered the early voting places with them.   Candidates are only allowed two signs in the ground, but they have more than ten.  We have had to lodge complaints with the SOE.  Driving home from volunteering, Maggie and I see a car with a fancy silky Trump flag, then a motorcycle passes us with “Bikers for Trump” emblazoned on the back of his shirt.

It is difficult to watch the reporting of how close the election is.  Are Hispanics underreported?  How many Republicans are not voting the party line?  Is it true they have cannibalized their Election Day turnout and won’t be able to keep up with Democrats and NPAs?  And which way are the NPAs swinging?  What impact have FBI leaks made on the race?

I saw something that said we can’t expect a woman to be elected for the first time without a huge fight.  Ain’t that the truth? One bright spot, we don’t have to prove that sexism and misogyny still exist, or dispute the myth that women have equal rights.  I’m expecting an influx of eye-opened millennials into our organization next year.

If Hillary wins the presidency, we will have finally shattered that glass ceiling.  Let’s rejoice and enjoy the victory.  Soon enough we will return to the fight for a progressive agenda that ensures women’s rights, protects the planet, and promises a bright future for all.

Wednesday after the election

Please wear black to mourn the loss.

In SIsterhood,

Elaine Togneri 

Quote of the Month for Nov. 2016

"We've chosen the path to equality, don't let them turn us around."

Geraldine Ferraro


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