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          P.O. Box 336, Ozona, FL 34660

          (727) 738-0007    wpinellasnow@att.net 

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NOW is the largest, most comprehensive feminist advocacy group in the United States. Our purpose is to take action to bring women into                    full participation in society — sharing equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities with men, while living free from discrimination.


January 17, 2017 Chapter Meeting


Our Next Regular Monthly Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 17th at Jason's Deli located at 25801 US Hwy 19 North in Clearwater.They     are next door to Burlington Coat Factory in the Cypress Point Shopping Center. We have an interesting program planned so please mark your    calendars NOW. We meet from 6:30 - 8 PM and many of us enjoy a meal, a soft drink or just a dessert there. They have a big menu of        typical deli offerings, a full salad bar and also many vegetarian and gluten free offerings. Our meetings offer you the occasion to make new friends,meet persons who are like-minded, listen to interesting speakers and to hear about up-coming local events. 

We want to be even more active during this post-campaign/election season and hope that you want to be more involved in NOW.  We want to continue to             be an to be an engaged and active chapter. Non-members are always welcome, so please consider bringing a friend or two who you  would like to                     introduce to NOW.  See you then. 

For December, members will get together at our annual END OF YEAR PARTY at a member's home.  Members are encouraged to bring guests.  We                hope that many of you will join us.  The party will be from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, potluck, on Saturday, December 17thRSVP bjstar@att.net or Beth           and let them know if you will be bringing a guest, and what food dish you will bring.

If you would like to receive our monthly e-mail newsletter which contains our newest information and a calendar of progressive events around the                    Bay Area, please write and give us your e mail address. Hope to see you at Jason's on January 17th, and the Party on December 17th. . 

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY ACTION EVENTS:

Peace Rally In Tampa

Tuesday, November 29, 2016,  2:00pm - 7:00pm

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 Ashley Dr N, Tampa

https://www.facebook.com/events/1137305782971514/


Ban Bannon: Rallynagainst Trump's Transition Terrors

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 4:00pm - 6:30pm

Demens Landing, 2nd Ave SE, Saint Petersburg

https://www.facebook.com/events/203446126730975/


Womens March on Washington

Saturday, January 21, 2017 Bus Trip and March - ALL DAY

https://www.facebook.com/events/692127054269714/

For more info, check out our Facebook page at: West Pinellas National Organization For Women https://www.facebook.com/groups/24142951402/ and our E-mail Newsletter


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RFRA:  RELIGIOUS FREEDOM OR LICENSE TO DISCRIMINATE?

(Religious Freedom and Restoration Act) 

Our chapter will be sponsoring a very important and timely event very soon at the UU Church in Clearwater on Nursery Road. This presentation is crucial in                    our understanding of some recent Supreme Court opinions. The same issues will be raised in several upcoming cases that the Court has agreed to hear this              session.  

The primary purpose of this event is to inform the public about RFRA and the dangers it poses to our nation in terms of the separation of church and state and              more specifically, as it is used to discriminate against women, the LGBT community, religious minorities, etc. 

We will also discuss upcoming legislation in our own Florida Legislature that will profoundly change the lives of many citizens in the most negative ways          possible.  Our representatives intend to legalize discrimination under the guise of religious freedom; we must be aware and ready to lobby against these                   egregious potential  laws.  

We hope that all of you will help us in advertising this event. Please advise other progressive organizations in our area about this presentation as it is of                      utmost  importance to all of us. 

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“WOMEN ON WAVES”

 

MANY OF YOU HAVE PROBABLY READ ABOUT OR ARE FAMILIAR WITH A FILM ENTITLED VESSEL WHICH TELLS THE STORY OF DR.               REBECCA GOMPERTS, THE DUTCH DOCTOR WHO BEGAN THE ORGANIZATION WOMEN ON WAVES TO BRING ABORTION CARE--BY BOAT--           TO WOMEN IN COUNTRIES WHERE ABORTION IS STILL COMPLETELY ILLEGAL.THE FILM FOLLOWS THE EVOLUTION OF HER JOURNEY                FROM OFFSHORE ABORTION PROVIDER, TO NOW, A PROVIDER OF ABORTION PILLS BY MAIL, THROUGH THE SISTER ORGANIZATION            WOMEN ON WEB. 

THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXCERPT FROM THEIR WEBSITE:  HTTP://WWW.WOMENONWAVES.ORG/:

WOMEN ON WAVES WAS FOUNDED 10 YEARS AGO WITH THE AIM TO PREVENT UNSAFE ABORTIONS AND UNWANTED PREGNANCIES BY          PROVIDING  sexuaL HEALTH SERVICES INCLUDING EARLY MEDICAL ABORTIONS WITH PILLS, ON BOARD A DUTCH SHIP OUTSIDE THE            TERRITORIAL WATERS  of COUNTRIES WHERE ABORTION IS ILLEGAL.
IN THE LAST 10 YEARS WOMEN ON WAVES HAS CREATED ENORMOUS PUBLIC INTEREST AFTER SUCCESSFUL SHIP CAMPAIGNS IN IRELAND (2001),                 POLAND (2003), PORTUGAL (2004) AND SPAIN (2008). THE CAMPAIGN IN PORTUGAL CATALYZED THE LEGALIZATION OF ABORTION IN FEBRUARY             2007.  UNFORTUNATELY, IN JUNE 2009 THE DUTCH GOVERNMENT CHANGED THE ABORTION LAW AND CLAIMED THAT THE EARLY ABORTION       SERVICES  WOMEN ON WAVES USED TO PROVIDE LEGALLY ON BOARD THE SHIP NOW FALL UNDER THE CRIMINAL LAW. WOMEN ON WAVES          DISAGREED WITH THIS INTERPRETATION BY THE DUTCH GOVERNMENT.  THE ORIGINAL LAW HAS SINCE BEEN UPHELD AND WOMEN ON WAVES          HAS BEEN ABLE TO CONTINUE ITS ACTIVITIES LEGALLY

WE ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS coalition of women who are putting their own lives on hold as they help women               around europe to receive full reproductive health care. PLEASE START TELLING YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT THE website so that        we can spread the word about this important work, by women and for women. PLEASE VISIT THEIR WEBSITE TO GET THE        WHOLE STORY.

 

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Dept. of Justice MAY 25, 2015 ISSUE  of "the new yorker'

To Have and to Hold

Reproduction, marriage, and the Constitution.

A WOMAN'S PLACE IS ON THE MONEY

W2O: THE ELEMENTS OF EQUALITY

We at  WOMEN ON 20's Website  applaud President Obama for acknowledging that it's time to put a woman's face on our paper currency. In fact,           for almost a year we've been plotting to petition him to do just that. It struck us, for instance, that most Americans today have no idea that there          was another woman behind Susan B. Anthony --  Elizabeth Cady Stanton -- who was instrumental in ensuring the rights that women enjoy today.

As an organization, it's our mission to make sure that when the new face of U.S. money is chosen, it is decided by We the People in a widely              publicized online referendum from a slate of candidates who embody the values, ambitions and ethics upon which this country was founded. Welcome                  to that voting booth. Explore the site, familiarize yourself with the candidates, learn a thing or two about our currency and what it stands for.  And                  leave with satisfaction of knowing that you've moved the country another vote closer to transforming American history into our story. 

The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote. So it seems fitting to         commemorate that milestone by voting to elevate women to a place that is today reserved exclusively for the men who shaped American history. That           place is on our paper money. And that new portrait can become a symbol of greater changes to come. 

Let's make the names of female "disrupters" -- the ones who led the way and dared to think differently -- as well-known as their male counterparts.             In the process, maybe it will get a little easier to see the way to full political, social and economic equality for women. And hopefully it won't take                        another century to realize the motto inscribed on our money: E pluribus unum, or "Out of many, one."   

 

WHY BOOT ANDREW JACKSON FROM THE $20?  TWO REASONS THAT ARE GAINING TRACTION:

Andrew Jackson was celebrated for his military prowess, for founding the Democratic Party and for his simpatico with the common man. But as the            seventh president of the United States, he also helped gain Congressional passage of the "Indian Removal Act of 1830" that drove Native American                      tribes of the Southeastern United States off their resource-rich land and into Oklahoma to make room for white European settlers. Commonly known                as the Trail of Tears, the mass relocation of Indians resulted in the deaths of thousands from exposure, disease and starvation during the westward      migration.   Not okay.

THE CANDIDATES

There are currently 15 candidates for you to consider in this first Primary Round of voting.  You may vote for 3 on the Ballot.  The top 3 vote-getters              will advance to the Final Round. When that begins, you may return and vote again. These candidates were chosen from a field of 30 through a vigorous        survey  process involving more than a dozen women’s historians and academicians.  

The candidates on the site are: Alice Paul, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Sojourner Truth, Rachel Carson, Rosa Parks, Barbara Jordan, Margaret              Sanger, Frances Perkins, Clara Barton, Susan B. Anthony, Patsy Mink, Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. 


RALLY FOR A BETTER TOMORROW

Our chapter participated in the RALLY FOR A BETTER TOMORROW which was held on Saturday, September 27th in the Walton Center Gymnasium in                    Tarpon Springs.  We've posted some photos on our Facebook page at West Pinellas National Organization for Women. We had atleast 15 members from our own           chapter, one  from Tampa NOW, half a dozen from Pasco NOW and a several members of Pinellas NOW. All in all it was a great day and gave us an                      opportunity to visit with one another.

 The purpose of the event was to gather community activists representing the entire spectrum of the Progressive Community to give their vision of the future,         to inspire action and to remind everyone present of the importance of Getting Out The Vote to elect progressives who support liberal causes, including women’s              rights and equality.  The RALLY featured speakers and organizations representing education, the environment, ethnic minorities, faith, health, LGBT, seniors,         women, youth, elected officials and candidates. Media celebrities, Rob Lorei of WMNF Radio and the PBS television program Florida This Week (which can                 be seen at 8:30pm every Friday evening)  and Patrick Mantegia, the editor of the tri-lingual newspaper La Gaceta, attended and gave very informative and                       inspiring presentations.  

Each speaker was tasked to give a 5-10 minute speech to present three specific actions  to be taken by individuals, businesses, organizations and/or local,                        state or federal government that would result in a better tomorrow for  their particular issue/cause/organization. Everyone was so well prepared and we                      learned so much from every speaker. It was a really inspiring day and if you missed it, there's always next year. 

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RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP

Many of the members of our two merged chapters have allowed their memberships to lapse. We hope             you will take the time to go online to either the Florida State NOW website or the National NOW website         and renew your memberships. http://www.NOW.org  and  http://www.FLNOW.org ....This is especially                  critical this year as we gear up for many important elections in November. Be the most informed person               in your circle of friends by joining or renewing your NOW memberships. Be part of the solution and join          the largest feminist organization in the world. We need you to be one of our activists- to get involved in               local issues, to volunteer for candidates and to be a vocal proponent of women's issues in our community. 

The Florida Legislature continues to attack our right to full health care and only a  concerted effort of all                the women in the state of Florida can change that. We need to help elect women-friendly legislators and             to raise the community's consciousness when legislators waste their precious 60 days in session with                more gun bills, raising speed limits and giving corporations more and more tax breaks. We need the                       passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in Florida and and then on to the U.S. Constitution. Women will              never be equal citizens of this nation until we are inside that document. We need to teach our neighbors             and legislators that even in the 21st Century, women do not have Constitutional equity in this country.We also need to convince our Senators to support CEDAW, a United Nations Treaty that the USA has never               ratified.  It is a crime that America is one of only 7 nations who have not signed on to the "Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women" along with such nations as Somalia and Iran. 

PLEASE JOIN US NOW !

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Our Chapter is also very involved in a new statewide campaign being led by the Tampa Bay Area Caucus           of which our chapter is a member. We intend to write our own reproductive justice legislation modeled     after New York State's Gov. Andrew Cuomo who has also submitted to his Legislature a bill containing a               10 Point Women's Equality Program.  We hope to make our chapter a vital part of this statewide           movement. 

Please don't miss our next meeting. And please consider bringing a friend or two with you. We need to       increase our membership numbers if we are going to continue to engage our Florida House and Senate             in our fight toward equality. 

Please call if there are any other issues that you would like to discuss or materials we can gather for you          to bring to the meeting. 


If you did not receive our latest newsletter which outlined a number of upcoming activities of interest to              our community, please send an e-mail to bjstar@att.net so we can forward one on to you. We try to make            our newsletters as helpful as possible and to include as much local information that we know about.                    Please call or write to get on our e mail or mailing list NOW.  




Connecting the Dots . . .

NOW is one of the few multi-issue progressive organizations in the United States. NOW stands against all oppression, recognizing that racism, sexism and homophobia are interrelated, that other forms of oppression such as classism and ableism work together with these three to keep power and privilege concentrated in the hands of a few.

Government, our judicial system, big business, mainstream media and other institutions treat many groups in our society like second-class citizens. Pitting us against each other is an essential mechanism for maintaining the status quo. Together, we can create the change we've been dreaming of—our unity is our strength.

NOW's Top Six Priority Issues

How Does NOW Take Action?

Educating the public and media about the status of and threats to women's rights

Organizing rallies, protests, demonstrations and marches of all sizes

Protesting businesses that mistreat women and people of color

Lobbying for and writing laws that promote full equality for women

Registering new voters and inspiring them to get to the polls

Recruiting and electing feminist candidates at all levels of government

Initiating and supporting lawsuits against violators of women's rights

Demanding fair and unbiased courts and judicial nominees

Working in coalition with progressive allies

Get Active in a NOW Campaign and Help Change the World!

 

Educating the public and media about the status of and threats to women's rights

Organizing rallies, protests, demonstrations and marches of all sizes

Protesting businesses that mistreat women and people of color

Lobbying for and writing laws that promote full equality for women

Registering new voters and inspiring them to get to the polls

Recruiting and electing feminist candidates at all levels of government

Initiating and supporting lawsuits against violators of women's rights

Demanding fair and unbiased courts and judicial nominees

Working in coalition with progressive allies

Get Active in a NOW Campaign and Help Change the World!

Save the Supreme Court
Protect the court from a right-wing takeover
by anti-woman, anti-civil rights judges

Women-Friendly Workplace Campaign
Demand discrimination-free workplaces
Protest "Merchants of Shame" like Wal-Mart

Campus Action Network/High School Clubs
Increase young feminist activism

Equal Marriage Rights NOW
Win full marriage rights for same-sex couples

Social Security Protection
Advocate for real improvements that help women

Love Your Body - NOW Foundation
Challenge dangerous beauty standards
Promote positive body images

NOW's Grassroots Power

Founded in 1966 by a small but determined group of women's rights advocates, NOW has more than 500,000 contributing members and hundreds of chapters across the U.S. NOW members are the heart, soul and muscle behind the group. They elect leaders, set policy and determine our agenda. NOW's vast and diverse membership gives us clout in the government, media and the public eye. By speaking out and taking action, NOW activists make change happen at the local, state and national leve. Because we don't rely on foundation or corporate dollars, NOW's work for equality and justice is made possible by membershup dues, individual donations and volunteer hours.

NOW Member Benefits

Each NOW member can get involved at your own speed. Once you join, you'll start receiving our National NOW Times newspaper, a great place to start if you simply want in-depth analysis on feminist issues. If that gets you fired up, you can sign-up for email alerts and take action right on our web site. Get even more involved by joining your local chapter at no extra cost. Then, you might want to attend a National Conference and help shape policy. It's up to you...but whatever you do, you'll be making a difference.

Join NOW



Women's Rights Activists GET RESULTS . . .

Women win the right to vote in 1920.

The birth control pill is approved in 1960.

The Equal Pay Act is passed in 1963.

The Civil Rights Act passes in 1964, outlawing sex discrimination in employment.

In 1967 NOW leads a successful fight to extend Affirmative Action in federal contracts to women.

In 1972 Shirley Chisholm, first African-American woman to run for president, is endorsed by NOW.

Women win Title IX in 1972, prohibiting sex discrimination in education and school athletics.

In 1973 Roe v. Wade establishes a woman's legal right to abortion.

In 1978 feminists win a ban on employment discrimination against pregnant women.

Sexual harassment is ruled an illegal form of job discrimination in 1986.

NOW wins money damages and jury trials for sex discrimination in Civil Rights Act of 1991.

Family and Medical Leave passes in 1993.

The Violence Against Women Act is signed in 1994 and mass action by NOW ensures funding.

NOW organizes to bring 1.15 million marchers to DC in 2004 for women's health, reproductive rights.

Public support for same-sex marriage has grown due to education and activism by groups like NOW.

. . . But The Struggle Is NOT OVER YET.

Women are paid only three-quarters of men's pay, while women of color make even less.

Racism, sexism and homophobia are rampant, limiting the potential of more than half the country.

A woman has never been President of the U.S., nor been nominated by a major party.

Women make up less than one-fifth of the members of Congress and state governors.

Women hold the top positions at less than three percent of the Fortune 500 companies.

Women are vastly under-represented in science and technology professions, the military, judicial
seats and many prestigious fields.

Increased restrictions on reproductive rights leave women and girls with less control over their bodies, health and well-being.

Women and girls are more than 85 percent of all U.S. rape and domestic violence victims.

Congress and most states do not grant equal marriage rights to lesbian and gay couples.

More than 90 percent of those struggling with eating disorders are women or girls; women are 85 percent of cosmetic surgery patients.

Poor women, women of color and women with disabilities experience a disproportionate amount of discrimination, violence, interference in their private lives, and other barriers to equality.

Women's equality still is not guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution — but we don't intend to quit!

 
To join West Pinellas NOW, please telephone  (727)-738-0007  or  E-mail: bjstar@att.net 
 
 
Please join our Discussion at: http://groups.google.com/group/westpinellasnow
 
 
 

 


 

Remember, Silence is the Greatest Act of Sedition.

 

GET INVOLVED, STAY INFORMED, BE ACTIVE !

 

 
 

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