SUPPORT OHIO FAMILIES AND CHILDREN
Ohio NOW opposes SB 262 which would reduce child support payment amounts owed to low income custodial parents and children well below the estimated economic costs of raising children. The child-support calculations mandated by this Ohio bill would reastically reduce the support that keeps many Ohio families and children from falling into or deeper into poverty. The child support guidelines are not just a technical question for experts or an argument over fairness to parents. They have a major impace on the well being of children, and especially low income families with children.
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It’s been 43 days since President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland, by all accounts a superbly qualified candidate, to the U.S. Supreme Court.
But Ohio Senator Rob Portman has said that he will not do his job and will not even consider a nominee until after the Presidential election in November.
This is nothing but political obstructionism, setting an absurd precedent that a U.S. President serving out his last 11 months in office would somehow not hold all the Constitutional powers granted him as our sitting President.
Maria Mueller, an Advanced Placement teacher of U.S. Government for Mason City Schools, spoke for many of us in her recent guest column in The Cincinnati Enquirer, asking what sort of example are Senate Republicans setting?
“Portman advances that it isn’t the Senate’s duty to give advice and consent, but an option, like deciding to have dessert after dinner….The more educators must admonish our students to discount what they hear from politicians regarding the Constitution, the less trust they have in the government where those politicians serve.”
NOW Celebrates 50 Years of Pioneering Grassroots Feminism in 2016
50th Anniversary Events: June 24-26 in Washington, D.C.
Washington, DC – The National Organization of Women (NOW), the iconic activist organization that promotes equal rights for women, will be celebrating its anniversary at the 50th Anniversary Gala and NOW Conference, June 24-26, 2016.
NOW’s celebrations will recognize not only its history of cutting-edge activism on behalf of women, which include some of the most significant victories of the 20th century, but also the important work ahead as the organization pushes forward with its cutting-edge, intersectional and multi-agenda advocacy for the 21st century. As the largest feminist grassroots organization in the nation, with hundreds of thousands of members and activists and hundreds of chapters around the country, NOW conducts national awareness, grassroots organizing, and legal campaigns and lobbying to lead societal change for equality.
NOW was founded by feminist pioneers, including Betty Friedan and Pauli Murray, who saw the need for a civil rights organization specifically focused on women’s rights. NOW led the charge in some of the first battles against sex discrimination in the courts and through attention-grabbing demonstrations and boycotts. It played key roles in the passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act, the nomination of the first female Supreme Court justice, and the House passage and long fight for the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution. It made front-page news with historic marches and mass demonstrations including a record-breaking 750,000 person March for Women’s Lives in 1992.
NOW made history with its controversial inclusion of a lesbian rights plank in its platform in 1971, and continued to declare early support for a broad range of social justice causes. Today its priorities include economic and racial justice, global feminism, the rights of low-wage workers and continuing LGBTQIA advocacy.
NOW was present at the creation of the grassroots struggle for women’s rights in the U.S, and it has been instrumental in numerous victories and accomplishments over the past 50 years. Looking forward, NOW is helping write the history of 21st century feminism with new energy and new generations of supporters.
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