Planned Parenthood Capitol Day

Contra Costa NOW members, behind the desk of Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governer, in support of Planned Parenthood Capitol Day, #CAStandsWithPP.

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Planned Parenthood Capitol Day

#ContraCostaNOW at Planned Parenthood Capitol Day, #CAStandsWith PP.  Left to right:  Jo-Anne, Kathy, Diane, Erika, with the Golden Bear

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National Organization for Women Press Release

For Immediate Release
Press Inquiries Contact: 951-547-1241

“The Verdict on Trump’s First 100 Days Is In—He’s Guilty of Turning Back The Clock On Women”
Statement by NOW President Terry O’Neill

April 29, 2017

Washington, DC – Donald Trump’s first 100 days have taken a terrible toll on women.

Perhaps his most dangerous move was the illegitimate installation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, a jurist who has a record of hostility to reproductive rights and prioritizing corporate interests over access to basic health care. And Donald Trump, who campaigned on the promise to appoint Supreme Court Justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, would surely not have made this choice if Gorsuch’s views on Roe were in any doubt.

The Trump Cabinet is a who’s who of sexism and disregard for women. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin made millions on the fraudulent reverse mortgage scheme known as “widow foreclosures,” which capitalized on a loophole that forced the elderly out of their homes upon the death of a spouse.

Trump’s Health and Human Services Secretary, the ethically challenged Tom Price, has launched a crusade to eviscerate Obamacare and remove essential health benefits such as prenatal and maternity care. Trump’s Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos lacks even the most basic understanding of Title IX, the landmark legislation that outlaws sex discrimination in educational institutions and programs that receive federal aid, and addresses sexual harassment, gender-based discrimination, and sexual violence.

The list goes on—Ben Carson, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, is a neurosurgeon who knows little about housing policy and opposes the existing rule that requires local communities to assess segregation and try to address it. And Attorney General Jeff Sessions is an appalling throwback to the bad old days when white men did a they could to stop African Americans from exercising their right to vote. Sessions has also referred to Roe v. Wade as “one of the worst, colossally erroneous Supreme Court decisions of all time,” voted three times against the Violence Against Women Act, and opposed the 2009 Hate Crimes Bill, denouncing the inclusion of rape as a hate crime.

Trump’s Muslim ban victimizes women and children seeking refuge from persecution and violent regimes, and his draconian policies on immigration hurt immigrant women, split families apart and keep domestic violence victims from asking for help.

One of Trump’s first actions as president was to expand the “global gag rule,” which prohibits international health care providers from giving women truthful information about their reproductive choices. Trump has also slashed funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which provides lifesaving resources to millions of women and girls around the world.

From rolling back EPA regulations that limit environmental damage affecting women and children to reviving the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines that disproportionately affect Native women and low-income women of color, and so much more, Donald Trump has been busy these past 100 days turning back the clock on women’s rights, safety and health.

The good news is that, together with our allies, NOW’s leaders and activists throughout the country have stopped Trump from doing even more damage. We will keep marching, protesting, lobbying and pushing back on Donald Trump and his destructive, anti-woman agenda. He won’t like what he hears, but he can’t silence our voices.

For Press Inquiries Contact

M.E. Ficarra,, (951) 547-1241

Contra Costa NOW at the Earth Day Science March

Photos from Earth Day March

Earth Day


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Contra Costa NOW Members Sending Postcards to Their US Senators and Congresspersons


NOW Launches New National Action Program

With women’s rights facing more severe threats than we have seen in decades, NOW is fighting back. We are standing up for the rights and well being of all women, in all our diversity and in all communities. We are showing up for our allies in Muslim communities, in immigrant communities, in LGBTQIA communities. We have a message for Donald Trump and every politician enabling his white male supremacist agenda: We are leading societal change and promoting feminist ideals — and you need to get out of our way.

I am thrilled to let you know that today we are launching NOW’s expanded National Action Program. This program encompasses five action campaigns that not only defend the gains we have made, but also work pro-actively to achieve real equality for women and girls.

  • Our campaign to Mobilize for Reproductive Justice will work to defeat Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court, and we will fight to defeat Trump’s Alternative Health Care Act (Trumpcare), which would defund Planned Parenthood, drastically cut maternity care coverage, and imperil access to birth control. We will also promote pro-active bills like the EACH Woman Act to guarantee full coverage of abortion care in all plans including Medicaid–thus permanently repealing the Hyde Amendment–and the Women’s Health Protection Act to stop states from using deceptive legislation to shutter abortion clinics.
  • Through our campaign to End the Sex Abuse to Prison Pipeline, we will urge the Title IX coordinators in middle and high schools around the country to ensure that students who are survivors of sexual assault receive the wraparound services they need in order to stay in school, recover from their trauma, and thrive. Survivors in far too many public schools, especially girls of color and LGBTQIA students, face penalties, punishment, and school pushout instead of the trauma-informed services they need.
  • Our campaign to Advance Voting Rights recognizes and responds to the impacts on women in communities targeted by right-wing voter suppression schemes. We will work with our allies in the civil and human rights communities to overturn measures like racial gerrymandering, voter ID laws, and voter purges. And we will work with our civic engagement allies to encourage women of color not only to vote, but also to run for public office and for leadership roles in their political parties.
  • Our renewed campaign to Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment includes working for ratification of the 1972 ERA by three more states (to meet the constitutional requirement that three-fourths of the states ratify a proposed amendment), as well as supporting a start-over strategy for a new ERA, and engaging younger women and girls in the struggle for women’s constitutional equality. In this effort, NOW is committed to an inclusive and intersectional ERA interpretation that includes equitable access to all aspects of reproductive health care, and centers marginalized people including LGBTQIA individuals, immigrants, women of color, and women with disabilities.
  • Finally, our campaign to Protect Immigrant Rights will work with our allies in the immigrant rights community to oppose Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim ban and to stop the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s abusive raids, detentions, and deportations that tear families apart. We will in particular work to keep restaurant workers safe from abusive enforcement tactics, knowing that the restaurant industry employs over one million undocumented workers, second only to the construction industry.

NOW’s national action program will propose concrete actions our local chapters, state organizations, members and activists can take, as well as anyone in the general public interested in addressing such issues, along with resources and platforms for engagement. The program will also grow and evolve as we respond in very real-time to the harmful and discriminatory actions of Donald Trump’s administration.

As NOW members and leaders, your role is central to our success. The tools created by the NA Program are intended to be helpful for you as you engage your communities, and your representatives, both locally and nationally. We want to hear from you: your successes, your challenges. How can we better support and equip you to do this important work? This program will strive to increase engagement at all levels of NOW–from the local to the national–and to build unity among our thousands of dedicated grassroots activists across the country.

This is undeniably a challenging time for all of us. But we have been so inspired by the millions of people who have already stood up and committed themselves to resistance just in the last few months. Let’s build on this momentum and make sure this current administration knows we are here, we are watching them, and we are prepared to take the necessary action to defend our rights–and especially the rights of the most marginalized across this country.

Many thanks for everything you already do, everyday.


In solidarity,

Terry, Bonnie, and the rest of the team at NOW


From NARAL, CA License Plates with the Message: California Trusts Women

Donald Trump and his anti-choice allies are obsessed with defunding Planned Parenthood and making abortion and contraception all but impossible to access. If they cut off federal funding to reproductive health-care centers, it could jeopardize care for many Californians.

We aren’t going to sit back while our fundamental rights are threatened. So we’re launching a campaign to create a license plate with a simple message: “California Trusts Women.”

Join us to kick off this campaign by pledging to buy a “California Trusts Women” license plate when they become available. The funds go toward making sure Californians can access quality reproductive health-care.

We need at least 7,500 people to sign this pledge to get our bill, sponsored by State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, moving!

Now more than ever, we need to stand up for reproductive freedom and protect the right to health care for all. We need to take the momentum from our amazing women’s marches around the state and the country and drive real change in our communities.

With a “California Trusts Women” license plate, you can show your commitment to reproductive freedom and raise money to provide family planning services to low-income Californians and allow abortion clinics to keep their doors open.

The first step to making this license plate program a reality is to get the state legislature to vote in favor of the bill. We need to show them there is overwhelming demand for a pro-choice license plate.

Sign the pledge to get a “California Trusts Women” license plate when they become available.

We have lots in store for this campaign, starting with mobilizing people around the state to support this bill. Then, we’re commissioning work from three California-based women artists to design the plate and you’ll get a chance to weigh in on the design you like best.

It’s a long road between now and getting these license plates on our cars, but we know we’ll get there with your support.

Thank you for all you do for reproductive freedom.
Amy Everitt
State Director, NARAL Pro-Choice California


This is what victory looks like. Thank you #SCOTUS for a win for women everywhere! #MyDecision


Photos from “Celebrating Sisterhood”


Terry,Mary, Selma, PhyllisPhyllis receiving award

State Resolution Honoring Contra Costa NOWMark


Certificates of Recognition

Certs of recognitionContra Costa NOW has recently begun working with the Women’s Empowerment (WE) club at Diablo Valley College (DVC). As part of that collaboration we are excited to announce that we have awarded Certificates of Recognition to eight members of WE for their outstanding contribution in the areas of education, activism, empowerment efforts, leadership and personal growth.

Recipients must be a rostered member of WE DVC during the current semester. They must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in order to qualify and show proof of 40 hours minimum club participation or activist work. These awards are open to all genders and sexes.

NOW member Karen Brockwell presented the certificates to the recipients at the December 9th WE meeting at DVC. The recipients were Addison Flannery, Jenna Forslin, Scarlett Arreola-Reyes, Lauren Wardle, Emma Phillips, Nikole Rodriguez, Andrea Corrigan, Sabrina Larez.

We want to thank these young women for their hard work and commitment to bettering themselves and the world around them. They represent the hope of a more egalitarian future. And we wish them well in their further educational and activist efforts.

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