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NOW New York State

 

REPORTER
A publication of National Organization
for Women - New York State, Inc.
Vol. 1, Spring/Summer 2005

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President's Message
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President's Message

Marcia PappasI am proud to be your President, and I have never been prouder to be a NOW member. The new Executive Committee, elected on December 4, 2004 at the Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Springs includes: Lori Gardner, Executive VP, Barbara Kirkpatrick, Legislative VP, Sue Dague, Treasurer, and Gaby Moreno, Secretary. They are working with me to ensure that NOW remains the premier women's organization it has always been. Legislators, once again, know who we are. When NOW-NYS speaks, Legislators listen to the needs of women from around New York State.

The media in Albany and beyond is enthused by NOW- New York State 's presence. When I announced I would campaign for the Presidents position, when I won the honor of serving, and when Albany Area NOW President Laura Draiss-LaCroix and I traveled to DC to bid on the 2006 National NOW Conference, the media showed great interest. Also, as we face the threat of No Fault Divorce Legislation, and the loss of reproductive rights, the press wants to know WHAT NOW-NYS THINKS.

When Speaker Sheldon Silver held a press conference supporting Emergency Contraception, NOW-NYS WAS ASKED TO JOIN that press conference in support of this much-needed legislation for women. STUDENTS ARE STANDING IN LINE TO INTERN with NOW. University, law school, and local high school students ARE STARTING NOW CHAPTERS. We are energizing our base and convening chapters around the state. At this time, NOW New York State has an unprecedented opportunity to be involved in the launching of a campaign to secure a NEW YORK STATE ERA, even as we work for the historic Federal ERA.

These campaigns will ensure a world with “No Woman Left Behind.” What more can I say in this short message, but to thank all of you for the work you do on behalf of women. I know that in 2005-2006 we will face challenges that at times may seem insurmountable. But as I’ve mentioned many times throughout my NOW activist years, Together Everyone Achieves Mores. It's about health care, it’s about reproductive rights, its about loving whom you choose without discrimination, it's about creating a safer world for women and girls, and most of all, IT'S ABOUT YOU!

In Sisterhood,
Marcia A. Pappas
President, NOW New York State

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