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

What did you miss if you didn’t attend the National Conference?

Ask Alice Donovan who happened on and joined a demonstration in support of the House Democratic Sit In that demanded a Vote on Gun Control legislation. Florida NOW members got to meet Nancy Pelosi, John Lewis, and others. The legislators were moved by their support and applauded the demonstrators. Alice has pictures. Maria was jealous.

Or how about the open bar, salmon baked in pastry, sushi, and flatbread pizzas served at the NOW Gala where Intrepid Awardees were honored? Congratulations to Christine Brennan, best-selling author and national sports columnist; Elizabeth Shuler, labor activist and AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer; Chandra Wilson, award-winning actress and director; and the founders of AWARE (Assisting Women through Action, Resources & Education).

Or you could have joined Florida members who visited Senator Bill Nelson’s office arranged by our legislative director Judi Marraccini, or attended the National Board Meeting to hear the inside story on NOW’s strategic plans of action.

Maybe you would have enjoyed attending the workshops that ranged from talking politics, documenting our history, stopping fake clinics, ratifying the ERA, working with immigrant women, integrating faith, workshopping intersectionality, protecting LGBTQIA rights, and developing our strategic action plans.

We heard from past NOW presidents and were energized by coalition speakers who received awards and demonstrated the depth and success of intersectional grassroots activism.

You could have reconnected with old friends like Boo Grego and I did, sharing rooms with longtime NOW members who don’t live in our area. Or had a family vacation like Doris Rosen whose daughter and granddaughter accompanied her. Or connected with new likeminded friends. And shopped the feminist tables of jewelry, book, and organizations in the Exhibit Hall. Of course, exploring Washington DC with all its monuments, free museums, and lush parks lined with trees was a plus.

Did I mention the Don’t Assume I Don’t Cook Book that we all received when we checked in? It has Recipes for Women’s Lives with tidbits of history and favorite recipes. Now you know what you missed.

Next year, the conference will be in Orlando. No airfare required. If you can get away for a weekend, it’s a wonderful experience. Florida NOW usually has the largest contingent and we use the app GroupMe to communicate our thoughts on votes, so no need to worry that you won’t know what’s going on. It’s an election conference and one of our Tampa Bay Area members plans on running. Come and support our good friend Toni Van Pelt for NOW President.


In SIsterhood,

Elaine Togneri 

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