|Get Involved: Work Against Sexual Assault
Stanford swim star Brock Turner sexually assaulted an unconscious woman behind a dumpster on the school’s campus. There were two eyewitnesses. He was convicted of three counts of sexual assault and faced a maximum of 14 years in prison.
Yet, Judge Aaron Persky ignored the statutory minimum of 2 years and handed down a sentence of only 6 months in prison and 3 years probation. Judge Persky worried that a longer prison sentence would have a “severe impact” on the rapist and his swimming prospects. Judge Persky treated the survivor as if she didn’t matter, as if it was the perpetrator’s case, as if it was the perpetrator’s fear, his injuries and his reputation that mattered.
We are outraged, and we are taking action. NOW is proud to partner with the Committee to Recall Persky, recallaaronpersky.com, the official campaign to get this judge off the bench.
JOIN ACTION ON GUN CONTROL IN OH
Last week House Democrats, led by civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis, inspired millions by holding the House floor for 26 hours in protest over Republican inaction on sensible gun legislation.
In solidarity with Congressman Lewis and his Democratic colleagues, ProgressOhio is joining the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence and advocates across the state at Ohio Congressional district offices to push for action on gun violence prevention legislation.
Ohio NOW stands with the LGBT community in morning and in the rejection of hatred and fear. Each of us must be free to love who we love.
by Anita Rios, President of Ohio NOW The events in Orlando over the weekend leave me so sad that each word chokes. But we have to continue to speak up and stand up in love and compassion for the LGBT community. For several years NOW chapters have participated in Pride events throughout the state. NOW will have a table at Toledo Pride and will march in the parade on August 26th and 27th. We will also participate in Columbus Pride on June 17 & 18, and in Cincinnati Pride on June 20 & 21. Let’s show that we will not let hatred and fear rule us and make these pride events the biggest ever!
As we consider how to prevent future acts of mass violence let’s call for tighter gun control laws. Respect for the second amendment is not in conflict with common sense gun control. Let’s call for a ban on assault weapons and for a reasonable waiting period for all gun purchases. As citizens and as voters we have the power to make this the last time that a person filled with hate and or madness walks into a nightclub or a school or a movie theater and creates horror. We can do that by making sure that people who value guns more than people do not get elected to office. Hold candidates and elected officials responsible for where they stand on gun control. Do not vote for candidates who do not pledge to make our communities safer through common sense gun control.
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