Advocacy Day on May 3
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The Columbus Athenaeum
32 North 4th Street, Columbus, OH
Freedom of Choice Ohio will hold our annual Advocacy Day on May 3, 2017. This year, Ohio women and men will gather at the Ohio Statehouse to demand an end to the anti-woman agenda pushed by Governor Kasich and the legislature. Kasich has passed multiple abortion bans, defunded Planned Parenthood, and is using his Department of Health to harass abortion providers.
We’ll learn more about the multiple threats to reproductive health care and a forthcoming proactive legislative agenda. Armed with information and training, participants will engage their legislators to show that their constituents do not support abortion bans or attacks on funding.
Nevada Ratifies Equal Rights Amendment – 36th State
After a hiatus of over 30 years, another state has ratified the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution! Tears of joy were shed when the Nevada Assembly on Monday, March 20, voted 28-14 to ratify the ERA. The measure had already been approved in the Nevada Senate and as soon as the Senate approves on Thursday a minor technical amendment, the ratification becomes final. This makes Nevada the 36th state to ratify; only two more states are needed to reach the required 38. Read more about the three-state ERA strategy here. https://www.facebook.com/events/1945086029058897/).
ACTIONS FOR AFTER TAX DAY
Thank you for your actions on Tax Day. Now we need to say “Spending 60% of our tax $ on weapons, war and death is insanity!“ Tell your member of Congress to stand strong against Trump’s proposed $54 billion increase. Our war spending has been stimulating terrorism globally while destroying life, communities and the planet. The U.S. military just dropped hundreds of millions in bombs last week to destroy more lives without a plan for sustainable peace. And associating the name of “Mother” with a massive bomb is obscene. Mothers bring life, not destruction, and our tax dollars should support life, not destruction.
The U.S. budget already allocates over 1 trillion dollars to the Pentagon and other related military spending. Now Trump wants to increase that by $54 billion! This increase will come at the expense of protections for our planet, education for our children, and humanitarian aid for those in need. Rather than feeding the hungry, more of our tax dollars will be used to create more refugees and escalate regional tensions that could lead to nuclear obliteration. From North Korea to Syria, to Afghanistan, both Trump and the media are beating the drums of war.
This means that our resistance must be even stronger! Join the Tax Day #No54BillionForWar Twitterstorm to tell Congress not to increase military spending. Then arrange to meet with your members of Congress while they are in their home districts to tell them that the people don’t want a war economy.
On tax day we raised our voices to have our money spent on life and peace rather than war and destruction. Now continue your activism.
Take Action: please call senators Brown and Portman as soon as possible. The Capitol switchboard number is 202-224-3121 or go to the Senate directory for the office number. This phone number can also provide you with the name of Members of Congress.
NOW NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Now, more than ever, we need to work together to advocate for gender equality. Support our 2017 Forward Feminism Conference and help us show that women’s rights are human rights!
2017 Forward Feminism Conference
Friday, June 30 – Sunday July 2
This year’s Conference will take place at:
The Florida Hotel and Conference Center
1500 Sand Lake Road
Orlando, FL 32809
You can help support NOW’s incredible work in the following ways (look for an option that works best for you!):
- Advertise in our conference program book! Choose from full page to business card size and full color to greyscale. Advertising in our program book is a great way to increase your visibility and spread your message, all while declaring your support for women!
- Exhibit at our conference! Join us in-person at our conference as an exhibitor! You’ll have the opportunity to engage directly with our conference attendees to promote your organization and work. We will have dedicated space in a high traffic area, so attendees can’t miss you! For exhibitors, NOW is pleased to offer a special rate to NOW Chapters and nonprofits.
- Become a sponsor! Sponsorship levels start at just $500 and feature amazing benefits such as verbal and visual recognition, exposure on NOW’s online media, advertisement in program book, and complimentary tickets to the Conference. With our Conference expected to bring hundreds of supporters from across the county, sponsorship is a terrific way to increase your visibility and declare your support for women.
Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you at the Conference!
ORGANIZE WITH OHIO NOW
Join Ohio NOW as we work at setting agenda for the rest of 2017. With the 2017 President and Congress on same page as well as Ohio Statehouse being against women, fighting violence against women, employment rights, the LGBTQ community, unions, and the list can go on, join NOW members as we plan strategy.
Attend the next Ohio NOW State Board Meeting to help organize on:
May 13, 2017
starting at noon
@Grandview Library, 1685 W. First Avenue, Columbus
We need your support to accomplish our goals for 2017. Consider joining if not already a member and donating to OHIO NOW.
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