From Nat’l NOW:

Respect, Protect, Reject 2012

Join us in calling for Congress to RESPECT women, PROTECT Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and REJECT any budget plans that threaten the economic security of women.

Sign Our Petition! http://respectprotectreject2012.org

Very soon, members of Congress will reach an agreement on how to reduce the federal deficit. As much as $4 trillion could be cut from the federal budget over the next decade. These cuts will touch upon virtually every program that serves and employs women. Currently, some negotiators are refusing to accept new taxes to raise revenues as part of the package, which could result in deep benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and an array of other critical safety net programs. The economic well-being of women, communities or color, persons with disabilities, low-income earners and their families are at stake.

Negotiators have a deadline to create an agreement and then to raise the debt ceiling by Aug. 2. We have a deadline, too; we have to step up the pressure on Congress now. We also have to make sure that Congress does not sell us out in a bad deal. We are not willing to allow women to be robbed to pay for the vacation homes and multi-million dollar bonuses for millionaires and billionaires.

The National Council of Women’s Organizations (NCWO) and its allies are making sure that women are respected in these negotiations. We must assure that programs which disproportionately serve and employ women are protected. Any effort to undercut these programs must be rejected.

Here’s what you can do NOW:

Sign our petition by clicking on this link http://respectprotectreject2012.org

  1. Send the petition via e-mail to your friends, colleagues and contacts – ask them to sign on.
  2. Tweet and retweet the RPR2012 tweet of the day; be sure to use the #RPR2012 hashtag.
  3. Re-post to your Facebook and tell all your friends to sign the petition.
  4. Take it a step further: write a letter, call, or meet with your elected representatives to tell them to reject cuts that threaten women’s economic security.
  5. Visit the RPR2012 Campaign website for talking points, fact sheets, and more important information.
  6. Call Your Senators (1-866-251-4044): Thursday, July 14 and Friday, July 15 are National Call-In Days to encourage senators not to sign onto a bad deal.
  7. Questions? Contact NOW Field Organizer Anita Lederer at fieldorg@now.org or call 202-628-8669 x134.

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Final Countdown for Paycheck Fairness:
Call Your Senators on Tuesday, Nov. 16.

TAKE ACTION:
The countdown is on and we need your help to get the bill across the finish line. On Tuesday, November 16, participate in the national call-in day! Call your senators at 1-877-667-6650 and ask them to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act this session!

BACKGROUND:
The moment is here – thanks to your support, we are within striking distance of passing the Paycheck Fairness Act! The Senate is back in session and precious few days remain for them to pass this critical bill.

Taking action has never been more important than it is right now. The Senate must make this bill a priority: the Paycheck Fairness Act would deter wage discrimination by closing loopholes in the Equal Pay Act and barring retaliation against workers who disclose their wages to coworkers.

This critically important bill will greatly advance equal pay for women and must be passed this week during the short lame duck session. Under Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) able leadership, the House passed the Paycheck Fairness Act as one of it first votes in the current Congress. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has promised to bring the bill to a floor vote during the lame duck session which begins today. Important point: there may not be an opportunity for such legislation to be adopted in the next Congress because of the change in leadership in the House. So the Paycheck Fairness Act needs to be adopted now — please call BOTH of your senators.

YOUR ACTION:
On Tuesday, Nov. 16, NOW and other leading organizations in the Paycheck Fairness Act coalition are hosting a nationwide call-in day to push the Senate to vote. We need only a few minutes of your time. Please dial 1-877-667-6650 and simple instructions will direct you to your Senators’ offices.

YOUR MESSAGE:
After you are put through, be sure to tell them the following:

* Your name, address, and that you are their constituent.
* You are calling to urge them to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.
* Women currently only make 77 cents to the dollar paid to men.
* The Paycheck Fairness Act would deter wage discrimination by closing loopholes in the Equal Pay Act and bar retaliation against workers who disclose their wages to coworkers.
* The House already passed the bill in January, 2010. The Senate must do the same this session and protect against any weakening amendments that arise.

The final hours are ticking by and every call makes a difference. Please, take a few moments on Tuesday, November 16 to call your senators at 1-877-667-6650 and ask them to pass Paycheck Fairness for women and their families before time runs out!
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Washington State NOW/PAC and the NOW PAC announce endorsements for the 2010 Elections!

Judie Fortier, chair of the Washington State National Organization for Women Political Action Committee (NOW/PAC), and Terry O’Neill, chair for the national NOW PAC announced endorsements for the 2010 Washington State Election.  In order to be endorsed, candidates must be feminist leaders and strong supporters of women’s rights issues including, but not limited to:

  • Support for reproductive rights without restrictions,
  • Economic equality,
  • Civil rights for all, with special emphasis on equal rights for people of color and lesbian and gays,
  • Constitutional equality for women,
  • Affirmative action,
  • Elimination of violence against women

Endorsements go to the strongest feminist candidate. Experience has taught us that, between two candidates with equal records on our issues, over time women candidates will generally perform better than their records would indicate, and that we must have large numbers of feminist women, a sort of critical mass, to win when women’s rights are at stake. However, while NOW PACs seek to bring more women into public office, it will not support a woman against a “good” man when he is the better candidate on our issues. Our goal is to elect the strongest supporters of women’s rights, and NOW PACs are the only women’s rights PACs that endorse strong feminist male candidates. When all other criteria are equal, the NOW PACs will support a woman candidate over a man.

Fortier and O’Neill stated that the following WA State candidates met the NOW/PACs’ criteria and were endorsed for the 2010 elections:

Office District Candidate
Senate 45 Eric Oemig
46 Scott White
47 Claudia Kauffman
House 1 – Pos 1 Derek Stanford
1 – Pos 2 Luis Moscoso
21 – Pos 2 Marko Liias
27 – Pos 1 Laurie Jinkins
27 – Pos 2 Jeannie Darneille
32 – Pos 1 Cindy Ryu
40 – Pos 1 Kris Lytton
US Senate Patty Murray
US House 8th Congressional Suzan DelBene

For additional information, please check the www.nowpacs.org and www.nowseattle.org web sites.

Action Alert! Sign the Petition Today!!
A Stark Choice

As we begin the New Year our state is faced with some stark choices about our future and the things we value.  Do we put college out of reach for more than 10,000 low-income students by cutting their financial aid or do we close unjustified tax loopholes? Do we kick hundreds of thousands of people (including 16,000 kids) off of health insurance or explore new sources of revenue?

These are the types of choices legislators will face when they return to Olympia, on January 11th, to decide how to close the $2.6 billion deficit the state faces due to the recession.

We need to send a loud and clear message that legislators should not balance the budget on the backs of working families, our kids, the most vulnerable, and the environment.  That is why we are joining organizations across the state to deliver thousands of petitions to the capitol on the first day of session.

Please sign onto to this petition at the link below:

http://www.fusewashington.org/page/s/firstdayaction

Last year the legislature cut $3.6 billion from the state budget for 2009 -2011.  These substantial spending reductions have cut into the muscle and bone of our education and healthcare systems, programs that support kids, the elderly and disabled, and projects that clean up toxic waste sites and protect clean air and water. In additional $2.6 billion in cuts would be devastating and include the following impacts:

  • 100,000 additional Washington State citizens would lose their health insurance – including 16,000 children – and the total number of uninsured in our state will top one million;
  • Class sizes will swell, early learning programs for children under 5 will be cut, school districts in less wealthy areas will lose funding and more than 10,000 students will be priced out of a college education;
  • 85,000 seniors would no longer be able to afford their medication;
  • 50,000 pregnant mothers would lose critical prenatal support;
  • The State would abandon programs to protect clean water and clean up toxic pollution;
  • Working parents across the state would lose access to childcare, threatening their ability to work

Fortunately there is a better way forward!  We can take a more balanced approach by closing unjustified tax loopholes and raise other sources of revenue to fund these programs.

To prevent these devastating cuts the Governor and Legislature needs to here from you!  Our goal is to get (Enter your organizations goal here) petitions signed.

Take action by clicking on the link below:

http://www.fusewashington.org/page/s/firstdayaction

Thanks!