PRESIDENT’S BLOG

Email from Lisa M. Maatz, AAUW November 11, 2016 Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy. Voters made history November 8 by electing political outsider Donald J. Trump to the White House. AAUW intends to approach our work with both the new administration and Congress with our mission in mind. After this hyperpartisan election year, AAUW’s nonpartisan leadership and research-based advocacy is needed now more than ever.

It is now, after an election, that the real work begins. AAUW will find common ground with the Trump administration and the new Congress on issues that are important to women and working families. Women want progress on issues that affect them, and AAUW intends to be a valued ally and fierce critic, depending on what is warranted. Most importantly, in true AAUW fashion, we will not hesitate to speak truth to power.

Election 2016 touched on many issues that affect women and families at every level: local, state, and federal. We still face congressional gridlock over the Paycheck Fairness Act, resulting in more states taking matters into their own hands to work toward equal pay. Students are still waiting for real action on college affordability and high student debt, and they expect a continued commitment to combating campus sexual assault. Working families are still looking for good jobs with paid family and medical leave and other workplace equity policies. And Americans still don’t have the basic necessity of a full Supreme Court.

Members of AAUW worked hard to get out the women’s vote on Election Day by registering and educating voters, holding candidate forums and town halls, and writing local op-eds and letters to the editor urging women to make their voices heard. These efforts were a part of the AAUW Action Fund’s “It’s My Vote: I Will Be Heard” campaign, which aims to turn out millennial women voters, a group that is often underrepresented at the polls.

Candidates must now work to deliver on their promises. Women voters expect our newly elected officials to work together on solutions. AAUW believes democracy demands work every day of the year, and hyperpartisan rhetoric only damages the chances for reasonable consensus. Women voters are watching. We’ve laid out our priorities, and we will hold each and every candidate accountable.

Email from Kate Kendell, Esq.  NCLR Executive Director  November 11, 2016 This morning after the election, I promised you that NCLR will fight on and never give up. Since then, the outpouring of love and support from so many of you has been truly humbling. We remain fierce in our resolve because we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with YOU.

Please know this—we are never going back. We know the fear and terror that this election has struck in the hearts of so many of you. But do not despair. We are ready for this battle, and we will prevail.

NCLR is a seasoned champion for LGBTQ rights and we have fought in good times and in bad. We know how to confront an unsupportive, even threatening, administration because we have done it before.

Already, we are taking steps to block any attempt by the coming Trump administration to undo the gains we have fought so hard to achieve. Across the country, we are arming LGBTQ youth and their families with information and support about how to protect their legal rights. We are bringing cases on behalf of transgender students, LGBTQ workers, and LGBTQ asylum seekers. We are partnering with family law attorneys to stand up for the rights of same-sex couples and to defeat any attempts to weaken our freedom to marry. We are joining with legal aid organizations to help transgender people get new passports and other ID documents. We are joining with social justice organizations across the nation to create the most organized, inspired, and motivated movement for freedom and equality this country has ever known!

Email from Richard Trumka President, AFL-CIO November 10, 2016 I am not going to sugarcoat it: Tuesday was a tough night.

We worked our hearts out but came up short. I know many of you stepped up throughout this election, signing up to volunteer, sharing videos and graphics with your friends, and having tough conversations with people in your community. Thank you for putting your sweat and tears into working to advance our country. While the outcome of this election was not what we hoped for, the values you fought for during this election campaign have and will continue to shape our nation for the better.

The reality remains: Donald Trump is our next president. We must ensure that our country moves forward on the agenda that you have stood for in this election, that our democracy is protected and that we safeguard the most vulnerable among us.

For too long, the political elites have embraced economic policies that hold down wages, increase inequality, diminish opportunity and ship America’s jobs overseas. Voters in both the primary and general election have delivered a clear message: enough.

Our beliefs should not be dependent on who is in office. Fairness, dignity and equality are things we’ve always fought for. Therefore, the work of the labor movement continues with fresh urgency.

This election exposed the dark presence of racism, misogyny and anti-immigrant appeals that must be answered with inclusion, decency and honesty. Tuesday was a setback, but we need to be more committed than ever to helping everyone win a voice on the job and in our democracy.

As a movement, we must continue to work to represent everyone fighting for basic human dignity, expanding our diversity and growing our ranks to give working people a strong, united voice. We must show unity today because when we stand together—whether as union members, neighbors or friends—that’s when true progress is made.

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October 21, 2016 A vote for Hillary is a vote for women
I’m ready to fight tooth and nail to elect Hillary Clinton, because she believes what we believe: reproductive care is instrumental to women’s health, and to the health of our nation.

Not only that: Hillary knows that our constitutional right to abortion is meaningless if we can’t access quality care. A woman should never, EVER be turned away from a doctor because of the state she lives in, who she works for, or how much she makes.  Statement by NOW President Terry O’Neill

“Senator Tim Kaine will Fight for Women”  Statement by NOW President Terry O’Neill July 22, 2016 Washington, DC – From day one, Tim Kaine will be a vice president who will work to break down the barriers that hold women and marginalized communities back. Women will face difficult and far-reaching challenges during the next four years, and Tim Kaine is a proven leader who has rightly been called “courageous, principled, and value driven.”

Sen. Kaine is a proud co-sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, led the fight to restore the contraceptive coverage requirement guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act, and supports women’s access to safe, legal and medically appropriate abortion care. Sen. Kaine has also consistently championed universal pre-K, sensible gun regulation, and comprehensive immigration reform, and is an unwavering opponent of the death penalty.

The combination of Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine stands in sharp contrast to the turn-back-the-clock, step up the war on women platform of Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Women know this is the most important election in a generation, and we also know that we have a steadfast advocate in Tim Kaine.

LGBT Response

lesbianJuly 2016 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.

As we consider solutions to violence and hatred let’s remember that terrorists do not represent Islam any more than Timothy McVeah represented Christianity. In my home town of Toledo, Muslims are a vital part of the fabric of the community. They are the doctors, my mom’s oncologist and my husband’s first neurologist, the lawyers, the business people and the wonderful restaurateurs who contribute to my community every day. We have far more examples of the exemplary citizens and human beings who make up Islam than those few sick individuals who make the news. To find out what Islam really means we can look to Dr. Mona Hanna Attisha who put her career on the line to save the children of Flint from lead poisoning. She spoke up when no one else would and was ridiculed until she was proven right. That example of courage and compassion is one that we must look to as we seek answers and solutions in the aftermath of the