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WEST PINELLAS NOW NOVEMBER CHAPTER MEETING

Date & TIME: Tuesday November 14 at 6:30 PM (WE ARE MEETING THE SECOND TUESDAY THIS MONTH BECAUSE OF THANKSGIVING)

Location: Jason's Deli - 25801 US Hwy 19 N., Clearwater, FL (in the Cypress Point shopping center; just south of the Westfield Mall)


END THE CRIMINALIZATION OF TRAUMA AND SEXUAL ABUSE SURVIVORS

In discussions of prison reform, one group is nearly always overlooked: women. They are often afterthoughts in policy discussions about ways to fix our broken system.

The mass incarceration wave that began in the 1980s had a devastating impact on women. Since 1980, the number of women serving time in prison has skyrocketed by over 700%, much faster than the rate of incarcerated men. The United States has less than 5% of the world's women, but it is now home to one-third of the world's incarcerated women. The vast majority of those women are black and brown, usually serving time for low-level, nonviolent offenses and reside in Lowell Prison in Ocala, Florida.

Lowell Prison, the largest prison in the United States, is only two hours from Tampa. In July 2017, a storm knocked out the prison's water pump. It took the authorities a long time to repair the problem causing shortage of water, no air conditioning and unsanitary conditions. In a Miami Herald article, a prison employee called the conditions subhuman. This in addition to previous reports that inmates are forced to have sex for basic necessities.

This is the reason West Pinellas NOW has identified this as a primary issue to work on in the coming year. This effort will better align us with NOW's National Action Plan: "END THE CRIMINALIZATION OF TRAUMA AND SEXUAL ABUSE SURVIVORS".

Atty Jan Shelly, who spoke to us in October, has formed a team dedicated to the issues facing women in prison. These include members of Awake North Pinellas, Huddle in the Harbor (Women's March group), ACLU/People Power and West Pinellas NOW. The first meeting will be held on December 2nd at 12:00 pm at the Countryside Library and will involve writing holiday cards.

Jan will be joining us on November 14th to update everyone on her progress and provide more information on the December meeting and beyond!

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COUNTY COMMISSONER PAT GERARD SEEKING RE-ELECTION

Commissioner Pat Gerard will also be joining us to talk about seeking another term as Pinellas County Commissioner from Largo. Commissioner Gerard was elected to the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners in 2014. Previously, she served as the mayor of Largo, elected in 2006 and then re-elected in 2009 and 2012. Before becoming mayor, she served as a Largo Commissioner for two three-year terms, first elected in 2000.

Commissioner Gerard has dedicated her career to human services. She served as a victims' advocate for the Largo Police Department from 1984-1986. From 1986 through 1992, she served as director of the Spouse Abuse Shelter of Religious Community Services. Since 1992, she has worked with Family Resources, Inc., serving as Chief Operating Officer and currently as Chief Grants Officer.

During Commissioner Gerard's tenure with Largo, the city built Pinellas County's first Platinum LEED certified building and streamlined the permit application process, allowing small businesses to grow and create new jobs during the economic downturn. Under her leadership, the city commission cut $12 million from the city budget in five years, keeping tax rates low.
 

JOIN US FOR AN INTERESTING AND INFORMATIVE EVENING!



West Pinellas National Organization for Women

          P.O. Box 336, Ozona, FL 34660

          (727) 738-0007    wpinellasnow@att.net        

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And Together We Can Make Equality a Reality


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Just go online to www.FLNOW.ORG and on the page it opens to, click on JOIN NOW .... it's that simple .... 

Please affiliate with our chapter, West Pinellas NOW.  Our code is FL 0640


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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 
 
 
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