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NOW New York State

 

NOW-New York State's Issues

ERA, Reproductive Rights, Racism, Gay Rights, Violence Against Women, Immigration Reform, Pay Equity, Domestic Relations and the NYS Women's Equality Agenda

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bullet Women's Equality Agenda  The Women's Equality Agenda/Act is legislation designed to end discrimanation and inequality based on gender and to restore New York as a leader in women's rights. Read all 10 points of the Women's Equality Agenda.
Equal Rights Amendment  NOW-New York State supports passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, also known as The Alice Paul Amendment. Until ratification of the ERA, steps must be taken to guarantee the full rights of every citizen and eliminate inequities in existing law. More information on the ERA.
Reproductive Freedom and Health Care  The right to control one's own body is fundamental to the freedom and integrity of every human being. Full reproductive rights must be protected for all women regardless of age or ability to pay. In addition, NOW-New York State affirms that adequate health care is a right that must be extended to every citizen. Support the NYS Reproductive Health Act. More information on reproductive health care.
Ending Racial Discrimination  NOW-New York State supports legislative initiatives to eliminate racism. NOW-New York State supports the repeal of the death penalty and Affirmative Action programs. More information on racial and ethnic diversity and Affirmative Action.
Lesbian Rights  Legislation supporting equal marriage, domestic partnerships, and gay civil rights is supported by NOW-New York State. More information on lesbian rights, marriage equality and GENDA - Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act.
Ending Violence Against Women  Women as a class are targets of violence including rape, sexual abuse, battering, stalking, harassment, and genital mutilation. NOW-New York State is committed to assuring the full safety and protection of all citizens and non-citizen residents within the state. More information on ending violence against women.
bullet Immigration Reform  NOW - New York State supports real 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. More about immigration reform.
Ending the Business of Human Trafficking  The United States is the second highest destination in the world for trafficking victims, bringing in an estimated 17,500 women every year.  New York is a leading entry, transit, and destination point for victims. Brothels disguised as massage parlors are prevalent throughout the state, shamelessly advertised in local newspapers and online. More information on anti-trafficking.
Pay Equity  NOW-New York State supports legislation that provides equality in jobs, pay, child care, credit, insurance, pensions, fringe benefits and Social Security. NOW-New York State is actively opposed to punitive welfare reform that harms the most vulnerable women and children in our society. More information on women in the workplace and welfare reform. Watch this video to hear the real stories of five of the 44 million Amricans forced to go to work sick because they don't have paid sick days. Produced by the New York State Paid Family Leave Coalition of which NOW - NYS is a member.

Domestic Relations  As a result of current divorce practices and laws, women and children are falling into poverty. Every effort must be made to assure fairness in all domestic relations law. More information on family issues.

Disorder in the Courts! Participate in this very important survey
From New York to California, women have suffered at the hands of courts that are biased against women. NOW - New York State is asking custodially embattled parents, lawyers and judges to complete a survey. The survey will be used by NOW - NYS to update its research for legislative purposes. The survey is available as a PDF document or a Word document.

   

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