"Great speakers. As a young woman, I promise to continue this fight for women's rights"
This was just one of several positive comments received about NOW - NYS's 2013 annual convention, held November 9, 2013 at the City College of New York.
Some of the women who participated in the 2013 NOW-NYS Convention Powerful group.
Attending the convention were Sonia Ossorio, president of the NOW-NYC chapter, Zenaida Mendez, president of NOW-NYS, and Rachelle Suissa, president of the NOW-Brooklyn/Queen chapter.
Terry O'Neill, National NOW President, speaking at the 2013 NOW-NYS Convention in NYC. Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, Executive Director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is on the left.
Attendees of the 2013 NOW-NYS Convention packed a powerful house at City College of New York.
NOW - NYS Names Leadership Award
after Dominican Philanthropist
At the 2013 annual convention on Saturday, November 9, 2013, City College of New York, NOW-NYS awarded the first-ever Rosalba Polanco Leadership Award, named after the great Dominican activist who in 2005 was a key organizer for NOW's Second National Women of Color Summit.
Ms. Polanco also revitalized Bronx NOW, with the group becoming the first-ever Spanish-language chapter in NOW history. Indeed, her sudden 2011 passing, at the early age of forty-six, was a blow to the Dominican community, both in NYC and in her native province of Santiago, Dominican Republic, where she also supported a child care center.
Rosalba Polanco believed that the key to solving the many problems confronting the Latino community was in helping women become self-sufficient through creating small businesses, a process through which
these women discover self-worth and self-esteem. The women become politically empowered by knowing their rights as US citizens and residents. Such important values and tools are reflected upon and passed on to families, all of whose members can then contribute to the overall growth and development of the Latino community.
The honorees are former NOW-NYS President Noreen Connell, Young Feminist Task Force Chair Donya Nasser, and Miriam Chico El-Amin, a registered nurse, counselor, educator, and trainer of child care providers.
NOW-NYS Decries Reproductive Rights Omission from W.E.A.; It's Our Body, It's Our Choice!
On June 22, the NYS Senate passed only nine of Governor Cuomo's ten-point Women's Equality Act. This followed passage of all ten points by the NYS Assembly. The point omitted by the Senate was the Reproductive Rights plank, which would have codified the protections of the US Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision(now under constant assault by religious conservatives) for all New York women. National Organization for Women – New York State President Zenaida Mendez was "appalled by the omission. It's our body; it's our choice!" she said. Read the rest of the news release.
More about the Women's Equality Agenda.
Zenaida Mendez President of the National Organization for Women-NYS, was arrested in the state capital on JUne 18, 2013,for demanding that the Women's Equality Act be brought to the floor for a vote.
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.
Be a Part of Women's History. Help Us Pass the
Women's Equality Amendment
Do you know that women are not represented in the U.S. Constitution? This past July, NY Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney re-introduced the Women's Equality Amendment which states "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United Stated or by any State on account of sex."
Donate $10 and sign our signature ad to tell the world that you believe in equality for all women. Donate here (in the Comment box type Women's Equality Amendment) or read more about our signature campaign.
Is your name listed here? See who is and then join us in our support of the ERA.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518.452.3944
Words To Live By
"Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences." -- Susan B. Anthony