West Pinellas National Organization for Women

          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.

FEBRUARY 17, 2015

West Pinellas NOW Chapter Meeting

Our February meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 17th, from 6:30 – 8pm at Jason’s Deli. This moderately-priced specialty sandwich shop is just south of Westfield-Countryside Mall on the East side of 19, at 25801 US Hwy 19, in Clearwater in the Cypress Pointe Shopping Plaza, right off Enterprise.


We have a very special speaker planned for our meeting and we hope that many of you will join us for her presentation. SHELBA W. is a chapter member with a very interesting background and a distinctive skill set. She is an expert in how women are portrayed and exploited in our the media and how this false depiction of young women affects us all. 

We are looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible our very special speaker. She will have information to share that is vital for our growth. We were very active last year, and we want to have an even better 2015. Please bring a friend or two who you would like to introduce to NOW.  See you then. 

If you would like to receive our monthly 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 the 17th. 


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 and fun day and gave us an opportunity to visit with one another in a wonderful setting filled with activists from all over the County. 


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, we are sorry because it was a very energizing and  motivating day. There's always next year. 


Our great candidates need your support at this crucial time. The General Election Vote by Mail ballots will be mailed in just a few weeks. It's time to step up if you haven't done so already. We have 2 members of West Pinellas NOW running in November and we ask that you join them in making the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation one of the best in the State. Please give of your time and energy. And please donate whatever you can. No amount is too small. 

JULIE BUJALSKI is running for Mayor of Dunedin


JUDITHANNE MCLAUCHLAN is running for Florida Senate D. 22







The two Pinellas County NOW Chapters have been working in concert for months now, organizing the sending of questionnaires to every candidate in our area and reviewing those questionnaires for submission of their names for endorsement to the Florida State NOW PAC.  The following candidates, in alphabetical order, have been endorsed:

JULIE BUJALSKI running for Mayor of Dunedin   (CHAPTER MEMBER)

RENE FLOWERS running for School Board, District 7

PAT GERARD running for County Commission, District 2   (NOW MEMBER)

GEORGE SHELDON running for Florida Attorney General

MARK WEINKRANTZ running for County Commission, District 4



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. 



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.

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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



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