February is Black History Month

Rosa Parks

 

By refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus in 1955, black seamstress Rosa Parks (1913—2005) helped initiate the civil rights movement in the United States. The leaders of the local black community organized a bus boycott that began the day Parks was convicted of violating the segregation laws. Led by a young Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the boycott lasted more than a year—during which Parks not coincidentally lost her job—and ended only when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that bus segregation was unconstitutional. Over the next half-century, Parks became a nationally recognized symbol of dignity and strength in the struggle to end entrenched racial segregation.

 

 

 

Black History Month

 

 

 

Contra Costa NOW Yoga Fundraiser for the Family Justice Center

Join us in support of Family Justice Center, serving families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.

Learn about the services provided by the center and how yoga is used to treat trauma.

Our meeting will include a presentation by Family Justice Center and conclude with a brief, gentle yoga flow led by experienced yoga instructor Jillian Bobowicz.

10:00 Meet & Greet

10:15 Family Justice Center Info Session

11:00 Yoga Gentle Flow by Jillian Bobowicz

Suggested donation of $15 per person.  No fee required to attend.

Please wear comfortable clothing. No prior yoga experience needed. Yoga mats will be provided.

To purchase tickets or for more information click Here

National Organization for Women Press Release: What Women Didn’t Hear from Donald Trump

What Women Didn’t Hear from Donald Trump
Statement by NOW President Toni Van Pelt

January 31, 2018

Washington, DC – Donald Trump’s State of the Union address was notable for what he didn’t say. He didn’t address any of the issues that matter to women. In Donald Trump’s America, a president doesn’t need to care about women’s health, pay equity or gender equality. Donald Trump turned his speech into another episode of the reality TV show that is his presidency. He brought in special guests, made dramatic pronouncements from the podium, hyped his accomplishments and lied about his record. Once again, we saw the real Donald Trump—a braggart, a bully, a pretender who has no patience for serious subjects and no interest in solving urgent problems.

We didn’t hear a word of real leadership from Donald Trump, but this November, Donald Trump will hear us. We have a message for Donald Trump.

You can’t stop us with your tweets. You can’t stop is with your bullying and you can’t stop is with your hate speech. We’re marching to the polls in November, and Donald Trump, we’re voting against you.

Photos from the Contra Costa Women’s March

 

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AAUW-DAW 2018 Local Scholarship

From the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek:

Please share with family and friends or anyone you know who meets our requirements and is worthy of a scholarship.

Click here to access home page of our website. Scroll down to Local Scholarship link. Click to access guidelines. Scroll down to connect to Scholarship Application link.

Thank you and special thanks to our 2018 Scholarship Chair, Kathie Hixon! Please contact her if you have any questions.

Holiday Party with STAND!

As part of our community outreach we collected donations of items for women’s shelters in our county through STAND! For Families Free of Violence.  Items included women’s underclothes, women’s socks, children’s underclothes, children’s socks, adult pajamas, child pajamas, diapers, hygiene supplies (deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, tampons, pads, hairbrushes, bath soap-liquid, hand soap-liquid), bed sheets, towels, pillows, back packs w/school supplies, journals and pens.

Rhonda, director of STAND!, raised our awareness of how STAND! operates and the various problems it faces.  Funding is mainly through grants, then donations.

Below is a photo of the Board members in front of a table with various donations.

Stand Party

 

From Planned Parenthood

2017 was a year of Resistance.  Because of your support, we were able to:
Make our voices heard at the state capitol TWICE.
Pass a budget that improves access to sexual and reproductive health care.
Continue fighting for Planned Parenthood health centers and the 800,000 Californians who rely on them.

THANK YOU!
Here’s to continuing our work in 2018.

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Photos From Our Paint Nite Event: Contra Costa NOW Stands with Planned Parenthood

 

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Photos from the Garden Party 8/19/2017

Photos from our garden party

What a wonderful turnout!  We had raffle prizes, a feminist quiz, suffragette video, delicious food, and good company.

Nancy and Joe

Nancy B and Joe

 Mary, state board rep and past president with our newest member Olin.  Olin adores Mary! and vice versa!

Mary and Olin

Laura and Jim

Laura and Jim

Chapter members enjoying conversation

Karen S and chapter members

 Kathy and Dorothy

Kathy and Dorothy

Erika, president; Katia, action committee chairperson and Olin’s mom; and Adel from Planned Parenthood

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Darnelle and Lesley, longtime members

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 Current Board Members:  Kathy, treasurer; Erika, President; Nancy, VP Action; Phyllis, VP Public Relations; Karen VP Membership

Board Members

Unacceptable, Betsy DeVos: Stand with survivors of sexual assault

Unacceptable

Under Betsy DeVos’ Department of Education (DOE), campus sexual assault survivors are on their own.

DeVos recently met with misogynistic “men’s rights groups” and rape deniers about weakening Title IX protections for campus sexual assault survivors.1 And that’s not all. DeVos has also appointed Candice Jackson – an anti-feminist activist who publicly doubts women who report sexual assault – as acting head of the DOE’s Office for Civil Rights. This is beyond appalling.2

We cannot remain silent while DeVos undermines policies that protect students from discrimination and violence, empowers rape deniers and appoints anti-feminist activists to run the DOE’s investigations of schools that fail to properly handle reports of sexual assault. We must raise a massive public outcry to demand that DeVos do her job, immediately fire Candice Jackson and publicly commit to protecting all students from hate.

Tell Betsy DeVos: Fire Candice Jackson and publicly commit to protecting all students from discrimination, hate and violence.

DeVos has already refused to say whether she will stand up for LGBTQ students. Now it seems she is turning her back on sexual assault survivors as well. DeVos devoted one third of her summit on Title IX to “men’s rights groups.” These groups elevate a false narrative that most sexual assault charges are false, promote victim-blaming, and attempt to harass and intimidate assault survivors to get them to drop their cases.3

At around the same time of DeVos’ summit with “men’s rights groups,” Jackson, the acting head of the DOE’s Office for Civil Rights, told reporters from the New York Times that:

“90 percent of sexual assault accusations fall into the category of, ‘We were both drunk’, ‘we broke up, and six months later I found myself under a Title IX investigation because she just decided that our last sleeping together was not quite right.’”4

This is not the first time Jackson has made such appalling statements. She is a long-time anti-feminist activist who has almost no experience with civil rights law. She once claimed she faced discrimination because she was white.5 She has also made many victim-blaming statements over the years and has shown a deeply troubling skepticism of women who report sexual violence.6

Jackson is completely unqualified to run the DOE’s Office for Civil Rights. A top DOE official in charge of enforcing policies to protect students from discrimination and violence should never trivialize sexual assault or discourage students from reporting it.

Tell Betsy DeVos: Fire Candice Jackson and publicly commit to protecting all students from discrimination, hate and violence.

One in five women are sexually assaulted in college.7 Schools are responsible for responding to student reports of sexual violence, but many universities have a terrible record of sweeping sexual assault cases under the rug to protect their bottom lines.8 When schools do not do their jobs, many survivors end up suing educational institutions and must endure drawn out and sometimes humiliating investigations just to get basic accommodations like class schedule changes and mental health coverage.9

In the face of this epidemic, the Obama administration issued a 2011 Dear Colleague Letter to clarify how Title IX, which mandates gender equality in education, should be used to fight campus sexual assault.10 The guidance makes it easier for students to report sexual violence to their institution. It also requires schools and universities to handle reports quickly and fairly and provide accommodations for survivors so they do not face their assailants daily in their dorms and classrooms.11,12

According to a recent Title IX DOE report, there are 344 open sexual violence investigations at 242 postsecondary schools on the books right now.13 Title IX will only protect students from hate and violence if DeVos makes sure that schools enforce it. Speak out now to demand that she stand up for sexual assault survivors.

Thank you for your activism.

References:

  1. Casey Quinlan, “Betsy DeVos echoes ‘men’s rights’ activists on campus rape,” ThinkProgress, July 14, 2017.
  2. Laura Bassett, “Betsy DeVos Is Under Fire For Scaling Back Campus Rape Investigations,” HuffPost, July 6, 2017.
  3. Kaitlin Menza, “Betsy DeVos’ Campus Rape Talks with Men’s Rights Groups Are a Travesty,” SELF, July 14, 2017.
  4. Kellman and Feldman, “Education Department Official Apologizes for ‘Flippant’ Sexual Assault Remarks – Again,” TIME, July 13, 2017.
  5. Annie Waldman, “DeVos Pick to Head Civil Rights Office Once Said She Faced Discrimination for Being White,” ProPublica, April 14, 2017.
  6. Bassett, “Betsy DeVos Is Under Fire For Scaling Back Campus Rape Investigations.”
  7. Michelle J. Anderson, “I’m a college president. Betsy DeVos should help me deal with campus sexual assault.” The Washington Post, July 13, 2017.
  8. Laurie Kellman and Carole Feldman, “Education Department Official Apologizes for ‘Flippant’ Sexual Assault Remarks – Again.”
  9. Teen Vogue, “Betsy DeVos, This is What Sexual Assault Survivors Want to Know: ‘Who are you here to serve?’” July 12, 2017.
  10. Jeannie Suk Gersen, “The Trump Administration’s Fraught Attempt To Address Campus Sexual Assault,” The New Yorker, July 15, 2017.
  11. Teen Vogue, “Betsy DeVos, This is What Sexual Assault Survivors Want to Know: ‘Who are you here to serve?’”
  12. Andrew Kreighbaum, “DeVos Hints at Changes in Title IX Enforcement,” Inside Higher Ed, July 14, 2017.
  13. Kellman and Feldman, “Education Department Official Apologizes for ‘Flippant’ Sexual Assault Remarks – Again.”

 

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