Primary Elections September 9 - Vote!
A message from NOW-NYS President Zenaida Mendez:
Primary elections are just days away and there is much to do. Please consider volunteering for the NOW-NYS PAC's amazing slate of endorsed candidates. If we are going to stand any chance of passing our legislative agenda (Women's equality, fair elections, living wages, paid maternity leave, etc.) then we need to no only take back the NYS Senate but also ensure that more progressives are elected to the NYS Assembly and to the Governor's Mansion.
We need your help!
Zephyr Teachout is running for Governor. It takes a strong, progressive woman to challenge the good old boys network. Teachout will work for the average New Yorker, not for big business and millionaires. When she wins, Teachout will be the fist woman Governor of New York State. If Texas can elect a woman governor, why can't New York?! Volunteer to make history at teachoutwu.com/volunteer.
Please volunteer to help other NYS candidates endorsed by the NOW-NYS PAC:
- Diane Dwire (D) - Assembly District 126, website, 315-748-6777
- Gustavo Rivera (D) - Senate District 33, website, 347-781-5144
- Rebecca Seawright (D) - Assembly District 76, website
- Marybeth Melendez (D) - Assembly District 64, website
- Madelyn Thorne (D) - Senate District 49, website
- Ted O'Brien (D) - Senate District 55, website, 585-697-0924
- John Liu (D) - website
- Cecilia Tkaczyk (D) - Senate District 46, website, 845-481-3575
- Dell Smitherman (D) - Senate District 19, website
The NOW-NYS PAC has recommended the following congressional candidates to be endorsed by the National NOW PAC:
- Nita Lowey (D) - District 17, website
- Carolyn Maloney (D) - District 12, website
- Domenic Recchia (D) - District 11, website
- Martha Robertson (D), District 23, website
NOW - NYS PAC Endorses Zephyr Teachout for NYS Governor
NOW-NYS PAC President Zenaida Mendez announces NOW-NYS PAC endorsement of Zephyr Teachout for governor of New York State.
Read the press release from the Teachout Campaign.
NOW - NYS Elections
On November 8, 2014, New York State NOW will elect new officers. Would you like to be one?
Click here for more information.
We Need Laws as Strong as NY Women!
The National Organization for Women New York State (NOW-NYS) is working hard for a brighter future for women in New York.
Women in New York State expect and deserve full equality and NOW-NYS is leading the fight for passage of the Women's Equality Act this year.
In January 2014, the New York Sate Assembly passed the full Women’s Equality Act which includes sweeping reforms that will finally ensure true equality for the women of New York. We applaud the Assembly effort!
This legislation protects women's health and reproductive rights, ensures pay equity, combats sexual harassment, and includes stronger penalties for human trafficking.
NOW-NYS is working to make sure the NYS Senate passes all 10 points to ensure women's full equality. The Senate has failed to enact the full Women's Equality agenda, refusing to legally guarantee women's reproductive freedom.We must enact all provisions of the Women's Equality Act because New York's women deserve action guaranteeing every single one of their rights -- not just some of them.
The 10 points of the Women's Equality Act are:
1) Protect a woman's freedom of choice by enacting the Reproductive Health Act
2) Achieve pay equity
3) Stop sexual harassment in all workplaces
4) Allow for recovery of attorneys' fees in employment and credit and lending cases
5) Strengthen human trafficking laws
6) End family status discrimination
7) Stop source-of-income discrimination
8) Stop housing discrimination for victims of domestic violence
9) Stop pregnancy discrimination once and for all
10) Protect victims of domestic violence by strengthening order-of- protection laws
New York helped lead the country over four decades ago -- even before the Roe v. Wade decision -- and with bipartisan support took steps to provide access to full reproductive health. In recent years, that access is being challenged and prohibited in dozens of states.
Please join us by contacting your State Senator and make your voice heard. Let him or her know that we demand all 10 points NOW. Your advocacy will make the difference!
The National Organization for Women Advocates
for True, Fair Immigration Reform
Immigration affects women deeply as more than half of the almost 11 million undocumented immigrants are women and children. NOW-NYS supports immigration reform legislation that provides a path to citizenship, promotes the reunification of families, includes protections against exploitation in the workplace, and doesn't include fences, walls or border prisons. Read more.
Women Need Access to
Reproductive Health Care!
With only one month remaining in the legislative session, now more than ever, we must tell our NYS Legislators that women need access to reproductive health care. As many of you know, women's rights and specifically reproductive rights are under attack in the War on Women.
The Reproductive Health Act has support from the majority of New York State residents (70%); NYS Legislators need to hear from you regarding this legislation. This act, if signed into law, will improve the health of every woman who resides in New York State, giving her access of contraception and safe and legal abortions without interference from the government.
It will put abortion procedures in the health code where they belong, instead of in the penal code.
Governor Cuomo has stated that he fully supports this legislation and will sign it into law when passed by the NYS Legislature.
Contact your NYS Legislator today and tell her/him to pass the New York State Reproductive Health Act. It's as easy as clicking a few times.
Find and contact your NYS Assembly member via phone and email
Send letters to editors of various publications
See a sample letter at the Young Feminists blog
Adult Women's Unemployment Rate Exceeds Men's for the First Time in More than Six Years
Read the report from the National Women's Law Center.
When someone tells you that feminism is dead and unnecessary, send them this article
Raped Cheerleader's Suit Misses Title IX Complaint - by Wendy Murphy, WeNews Contributing Editor.
"Title IX has been pigeon-holed as a sports-equity law for schools. Wendy Murphy says an unconscionable case of sex harassment against a Texas cheerleader shows how the widespread misunderstanding of the law hinders justice." Read the entire article.
Oppose the "Cat Food" Commission -- Build the Campaign Against Raising the Retirement Age
Your help is needed to build opposition in Congress against dramatic Social Security benefit cuts we expect will be proposed by President Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. Dominated by conservatives, the group has been dubbed the "Cat Food" Commission because of their apparent intention to push millions of people -- especially women -- out of the middle class and into poverty. Learn more about the Commission and what you can do.
Pass Pay Equity Legislation in New York State
NOW New York State is a member of the NYS Pay Equity Coalition. We are working diligently to make sure that women receive equal pay. The feminization of poverty is an issue that affects women in their everyday lives.
Women continue to make only 77 cents on the $1.00 that their male counterpart makes. It is time for New York State to pass The Fair Pay Act (A-2712/S-3936). This bill has been introduced into the NYS Assembly by Susan John. The NYS Assembly has passed this bill but, it has yet to pass the Senate. Senator Craig Johnson is the prime sponsor in the NYS Senate.
Take action. Print the Petition and send emails to your NYS legislators and Governor Paterson. Go to our Take Action section for a form letter that you can sign and send. We also have posted the Action Tool Kit that has been designed by the Coalition:
Equal Rights Amendment
Read why it is time to pass the ERA - Equal Rights Amendment - now! Sign our petition asking New York State legislators to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.
NOW - New York State has received numerous requests from women on campuses asking how they can start a NOW chapter or a CAN (Campus Action Network). For more information on how you can start a NOW chapter or a CAN, contact us at email@example.com or call 518.452.3944