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.

MAY 19th, 2015

West Pinellas NOW Chapter Meeting

Our May meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 19th, 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.


This month, chapter member, Deb A. has offered to present the state-mandated Third Party Voter Registration Course that everyone needs to take before they can register voters. It is so very important that we begin to register new voters NOW rather than waiting until next year. We are activists and leaders in this community and this project is essential if we intend to take back the Florida Legislature and our Nation once again. Deb is a certified instructor and will have all the forms and present all the information we need to learn so that we too can visit our neighbors or work in teams to find those persons right in our own districts who have been removed from the voter rolls or who have never registered before. We can only win elections if we get people to the polls in November 2016 -- it's our responsibility to do that. 

Progressives are the majority in this State and there is no reason that our candidates don't win except that we don't GET OUT THE VOTE. Please join us on May 19th to learn about the Florida voter registration statute and to get certified to register voters ourselves. 

We always look forward to seeing as many of you as possible for this really interesting evening. It offers you the opportunity 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 than last year, and want to have a great 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 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 the 19th. 


 JUNE 19 - 21, 2015

You can get all the particulars about the weekend long meeting and also register for the conference online at: 2015 National NOW Conference  This year we’ll be in New Orleans at the Hyatt Regency on Loyola Avenue. (504-561-1234); Call for your room reservations as soon as you can to ensure that you get the special NOW room rate at a discount.


Remember too, that members can register for the conference on a sliding scale so that it is more affordable. There will be people driving from Florida to New Orleans which will make the trip less expensive than flying. We hope that many of you will seriously consider attending. Being surrounded by feminists and having the  opportunity to meet hundreds of progressives just like yourself is a wonderful experience and we can honestly say that there is nothing  like a National NOW Conference. You’ll never forget the conversations and new friends you make there. You’ll also have a lot of fun. See the NATIONAL NOW CONFERENCE for more details. 


Please take the time to visit the website at: https://nowconference2015.wordpress.com/ and become familiar with the proposed changes to our National By-laws that will be considered at the National Conference in June. As members of this nearly 50 year old organization, we can't stress the importance of these potential amendments that will chart a new course for NOW. Both By-laws and administrative procedures will be up for review. Our plan is to engage with as many members in as many states as possible prior to the Conference, to dialogue our vision of NOW's needs and future. Our hope is to arrive at the conference with a clear plan of what we want and how to proceed as a unified whole, rather than getting to New Orleans and beginning our strategy there. The changes could be great and grave so the decisions that will be made will have huge ramifications. Please take the time to review the proposals and then we'll discuss them on Tuesday, April 21st at the next meeting.  



The Florida NOW State Conference will be held in Sarasota County at the Ramada Inn Venice. The dates are May 15 – May 17th. The Conference theme is   “Wonder Women by the Bay”.   The location is close enough so that we can drive back and forth each day. This is an election conference so we hope that many of you will be interested enough to drive south to meet the candidates. Visit the Florida NOW website for more info: Florida NOW




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."



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.


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. 


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. 




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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