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.
NOW NATIONAL CONFERENCE
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
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
STRATEGY SUMMIT AND BYLAWS
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.
FLORIDA STATE NOW CONFERENCE
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
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
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.
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
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.
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 !
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.
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS ON APRIL 21st !
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