From “Emerge America”: Are You Running for Office in 2018 or 2019

Are you running for office in 2018 or 2019?

Emerge America is hosting a 3-Day Candidate Boot Camp this August in Los Angeles!

This Boot Camp is open to Democratic women in Western states who plan to run for office in 2018 or 2019.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN! Click here to apply.

Stop SCOTUS, Save Roe!: The Senate Must Refuse Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Statement by NOW President Toni Van Pelt

07.10.2018
By naming Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, Donald Trump has set the table for a vote on repealing Roe v. Wade.  That was the promise Trump made during the presidential campaign.  In his final debate with Hillary Clinton, Trump said the Supreme Court would “automatically” overturn Roe once he became president, “because I am putting pro-life judges on the Court.”

Trump outsourced his Supreme Court nomination screening process to the radical Federalist Society, a group started during the Reagan era to move U.S. courts to the right. Its leader, right-wing activist Leonard Leo, has called abortion “a threat to human life,” and conservative activist Ed Whelan has said, “No one has been more dedicated to the enterprise of building a Supreme Court that will overturn Roe v. Wade than the Federalist Society’s Leonard Leo.”

Now, Leo, the Federalist Society and the network of anti-abortion extremists, billionaires and committees have gotten their wish.  After pushing Neil Gorsuch to the top of the pile last year, they are gearing up for a repeat performance now.

We can’t let them succeed. Mitch McConnell stole a Supreme Court seat by refusing to consider Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, and now Senate Republicans are at it again.  We are on the threshold of the most consequential Congressional elections in modern times. Voters are going to the polls to express their views on who should be setting the agenda in Congress and whose values should be reflected on the bench. We call on the  Senate to refuse to take up this nomination until the people they represent have voiced their opinions.

National Organization for Women Press Release

Anthony Kennedy’s Retirement Changes Everything

Statement by NOW President Toni Van Pelt

June 27, 2018

This changes everything. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement opens uncharted, unimagined territory for women’s rights.

Now, Donald Trump will have the chance to radically alter the Supreme Court for generations to come. Never mind repealing every initiative of the Obama Administration—the Trump Supreme Court could erase programs going back to the New Deal!

But it will start with Roe v. Wade. Donald Trump’s next Court pick will promise to repeal Roe and block access to women’s reproductive health care. And starting today, Donald Trump and his enablers in the Republican party will make every conversation about the Supreme Court.

Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell think they’ve just handed themselves a winning hand in the next election, but this week’s primary results dramatize how determined women are to elect candidates with strong, feminist priorities. Now, those voters have an even greater incentive to build a blue wave in November.

NOW is saddened and alarmed by Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, but we are more determined than ever to strengthen our grassroots movement and win overdue victories for women. We’re calling on Trump to hold on proposing nominations and urge the Senate to not approve any nominations until after this election. It’s time to hold the Trump administration accountable and do what’s right.

 

Lucie Brandon 1933 – 2018

Lucie Brandon MemorialContra Costa NOW members (from top, left to right) Katia Senff, Phyllis Bratt, Kem Tetlow, Nancy Bocanegra, Erika Maslan and Kathy DeFabio attended the memorial service for longtime member, Lucie Brandon, on June 9th.  Phyllis spoke on behalf of NOW, noting Lucie’s many contributions to the chapter.  Lucie was described as a powerhouse, and a dedicated activist who knew how to get things done.  She will be missed.

Illinois Passes The ERA

Illinois Passes the ERA,

Bringing Women One Step

Closer to Constitutional

Equality

Statement from NOW President Toni Van Pelt

May 31, 2018

After 36 years, the Illinois House has finally moved to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, bringing us one step closer to constitutional equality.

NOW salutes the hard work of Illinois NOW and its partners’ relentless efforts to pass the ERA.

The #MeToo movement has underscored the importance of strong legal protections for women’s rights, and our resolve to secure these Constitutional guarantees is unwavering. The hard-fought battle in Illinois shows that women are determined to win.

We know our work is not done and we will continue our efforts to help ratify the amendment in the remaining states. Not only will we work to urge our representatives to continue the fight for equality for women, but we will make sure the candidates we elect share our commitment to this cause.

Illinois has finally voted to put itself on the right side of history. There’s still more to be done to correct this shameful failure of our Constitution. But today, NOW activists celebrate our victory in Illinois and tomorrow we will continue the fight in Virginia and the remaining states.

15 Women Who Were Overlooked by History — Until Now

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15 Women Who Were Overlooked by History — Until Now

It was not customary, in New York City during the late 19th century, for a woman to accompany a man to a construction site. Petticoats tended to get in the way of physical work.

But when Washington A. Roebling, the chief engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge, fell ill with the bends, it was his wife, Emily Warren Roebling, who stepped in. She managed, liaised and politicked among city officials, workers and her husband on his sick bed to complete the world’s first steel-wire suspension bridge. In 1883, she would be the first person to cross the new bridge — carrying a rooster for good luck.

Roebling is one of 15 women featured in Overlooked, a project we launched today, in which we are revisiting 167 years of New York Times history to write the obituaries for women who never got them, but should have.

Ida B Wells

It is said that obituary writing is not about death, but life — the last word, so to speak, on a person’s time alive. A good obituary is a carefully crafted final testament to a mark left on society, culture, history, whether good or bad.

But who gets remembered — and how — has always been a matter of judgment. And so to look back at obituaries over time is to learn not only about lives lived, but about how society assessed those lives. In some cases, a gap is obvious in who was, and wasn’t, deemed worthy of an obituary.

Since 1851, The New York Times has published thousands of obituaries, for heads of state and Nobel Peace Prize winners, but also for the inventors of Stove Top dressing and the namer of the Slinky. The vast majority of those obituaries chronicled the lives of men, mostly white ones; even in the last two years, just more than one in five of our subjects were female.

Among the women who did not receive obituaries are Charlotte Bronte, who wrote “Jane Eyre,” and Ada Lovelace, a gifted mathematician who was the world’s first computer programmer. They were Mary Outerbridge, who brought tennis to the United States, and Qiu Jin, a Chinese feminist, author and revolutionary. Also Ida B. Wells, the muckraking journalist and leading voice of the anti-lynching movement (her wedding, however, did receive front-page attention).

It is said that obituary writing is not about death, but life — the last word, so to speak, on a person’s time alive. A good obituary is a carefully crafted final testament to a mark left on society, culture, history, whether good or bad.

But who gets remembered — and how — has always been a matter of judgment. And so to look back at obituaries over time is to learn not only about lives lived, but about how society assessed those lives. In some cases, a gap is obvious in who was, and wasn’t, deemed worthy of an obituary.

Since 1851, The New York Times has published thousands of obituaries, for heads of state and Nobel Peace Prize winners, but also for the inventors of Stove Top dressing and the namer of the Slinky. The vast majority of those obituaries chronicled the lives of men, mostly white ones; even in the last two years, just more than one in five of our subjects were female.

Among the women who did not receive obituaries are Charlotte Bronte, who wrote “Jane Eyre,” and Ada Lovelace, a gifted mathematician who was the world’s first computer programmer. They were Mary Outerbridge, who brought tennis to the United States, and Qiu Jin, a Chinese feminist, author and revolutionary. Also Ida B. Wells, the muckraking journalist and leading voice of the anti-lynching movement (her wedding, however, did receive front-page attention).

Qui Jing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some women, by contrast, received obituaries that now seem comically inadequate.

When Frida Kahlo died, in 1953, she was identified first as the “wife of Diego Rivera.” Susan B. Anthony was noted in 1906 to have “possessed a figure of medium size” and “a firm but rather pleasing face.” Harriet Tubman’s 1913 death merited only 132 words (though short obituaries were customary at the time).

Emily Warren Roebling, the Woman Behind the Man Who Built the Brooklyn BridgeRoebling
She was not an engineer. But she was instrumental to the construction of the great engineering feat.

 

 

 

 

Ida B. Wells, Who Took on Racism in the Deep South With Powerful Reporting on LynchingsWells
Wells is considered by historians to have been the most famous black woman in the United States during her lifetime, even as she was dogged by prejudice.

 

 

 

 

Diane Arbus Called Her Portraits ‘A Secret About a Secret’Diabe Arbus
A daughter of privilege, she photographed those on the outside, and her work has been hailed as brave and reviled as freakish.

 

 

 

 

 

Marsha P. Johnson, a Transgender Pioneer and ActivistJohnson
When she died at 46, under murky circumstances, Johnson was mourned by many friends but her death did not attract much notice in the mainstream press.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos from the Contra Costa Women’s March

 

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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

 

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

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 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

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