From National NOW:
We are happy to report that the ability to affiliate with a chapter when joining NOW and renewing membership has been restored to the website.
When recruiting new members, you may direct them to now.org/join, and have them select your chapter from the drop down menu on that page. Renewing members may go to now.org/renew and do the same.
As was previously the case, both of these pages are accessible from the homepage of the website; members and potential members will be able to easily navigate to these pages, even if you do not speak with them directly.
Indiana NOW is excited about this fix–we hope this will help all of our chapters across the state gain more members, more easily!
Contact us with any questions or concerns via the comments!
Please join us at our annual state conference on September 23rd at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful!
Check back for a more thorough agenda for the day!
Some things to note:
–Registration starts at 8:30am
–Conference begins at 9am with Indiana NOW business.
–First session/activity begins at 9:30am-9:45am
Thanks to the Younger Women’s Task Force of Greater Lafayette (YWTF) and the Alliance for Justice, Indiana NOW is becoming a part of the effort to block Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination. As YWTF explained in their post about the call:
Trump has nominated Amy Coney Barrett – a Notre Dame Law professor with no judicial experience, limited courtroom experience, and plenty of dangerous ideas about the role of religion and the law, reproductive rights, criminal justice, and more – to fill a lifetime appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit…According to Barrett, judges should put their religion above the law and can ignore vital precedents like Roe v. Wade and those establishing critical workers’ rights. She has criticized the Miranda doctrine, which requires police to inform those arrested of their rights, including their right to an attorney; is known for her conviction that life begins at conception, and has blasted the Supreme Court for creating a system of “abortion on demand;” and believes in an extreme form of “originalism” when interpreting the Constitution which would take us back to the 18th century. This nomination threatens so many of the critical issues we’ve fought so hard for: reproductive justice, criminal justice, and workers’ rights, the advances in basic civil rights for people of color, women, and LGBTQ people.
Join us tomorrow for a call with more details on why we need to stop Barrett, and for specifics on HOW we can stop her!
Date: Wednesday, August 30
Time: 12:00 p.m. EST
RSVP here: http://bit.ly/BarrettCall
Welcome to our first post in Indiana NOW’s reading list blog series!
One of the frequent types of posts you’ll see on our blog are reading lists or book reviews, on feminist works. We believe that reading feminist theory, fiction, memoir, etc. helps all of us to continue cultivating and expanding our feminism.
We hope that you will enjoy these suggestions–tell us in the comments if you have any others!
National NOW’s Back to School Reading List
We’re celebrating back-to-school season with an exciting collection of feminist reads! Now is a great time to brush up on your intersectional feminism by diving into a new book. From classics to new releases, thought-provoking theory to riveting memoir, we’re sure you’ll want to add a few of these to your reading list.
Also check out the following articles from last week on Charlottesville, resisting white supremacy, why the Democrats must be advocates for abortion access, and more:
Resources shared here were created by SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.
Reproductive justice (as coined by Sistersong, which you can read here) encompasses more than just birth control or abortion rights. In fact, the biggest piece of the reproductive justice is its third tenet–the right to parent (or not) in safe communities free of violence, and with the necessary resources for a happy, healthy life. And even more important is the reproductive justice framework’s commitment to analyzing power systems, focusing on intersecting oppressions, and centering the voices of the most marginalized populations, including women of color. As Audre Lorde said so eloquently and consistently:
That’s why Indiana NOW is signal-boosting Sistersong’s campaign to combat the maternal health crisis that is affecting black women in disproportionate rates. As Sistersong and the Center for Reproductive Rights’ human rights report, “Reproductive Injustice: Racial and Gender Discrimination in U.S. Health Care” explains:
Nationwide, Black women are nearly four times as likely to die in childbirth as their White counterparts…Socioeconomic factors and geography also drive disparities [in maternal health and mortality rates]. Women of color comprise more than half of U.S. women living in poverty, and the poverty rate for both Black women and Latinas is three times that of Whites. High cost of health care, poor access to providers for women who depend on publicly financed care, a lack of prenatal care, and inadequate maternal and postnatal care all contribute to higher rates of maternal death in low-income women. (6-13)
As these facts explain, this is a very serious issue that we need to fix in this country. #BlackMamasMatter and as part of NOW’s commitment to reproductive justice and racial justice, we hope that you will share these resources with your chapters, boost them on social media, and plan some local action campaigns to organize for better health care for women of color.
Follow the conversation: #BlackMamasMatter #RJ2017
RESOURCES [quoted from Sistersong]:
[Image from the Center for Reproductive Rights]
- REPORT on FACTS AROUND ISSUE:
- TOOLKIT TO ORGANIZE FOR RJ FOR MAMAS OF COLOR: “The Black Mamas Matter meeting brought together researchers, service providers, policy experts, and community organizers to identify innovative strategies for improving maternal health outcomes for Black women. Out of this gathering came an innovative toolkit of resources to support the development of state strategies.”
- ORGANIZATION INFO: BLACK MAMAS MATTER ALLIANCE: “Organizers also identified the need to have a more structured effort to continue to recognize, celebrate, and support Black mamas. The Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA) was launched in 2016.”
We hope that your NOW chapters will get involved in this important issue. We also encourage you to contact Sistersong with any questions, or to ask to join their planning group.
From National NOW’s National Action Program
No singular experience can capture social justice in the U.S. Race, religion, ethnicity, age, class, sexuality: the unique identities we encompass shape our place in society and more importantly–how we define equality.
NOW’s Visions for Equality Campaign is dedicated to capturing the vast spectrum of images and stories, informed by the unique experiences of women across the country and sharing them with the world. Visions for Equality is about uniting people who experience gender discrimination in all of its iterations–and together voicing a demand for constitutional gender equity.
In honor of Women’s Equality Day on August 26th, we are asking all of our activists to come together and submit their own interpretation of equality.
How Do You Picture A World Moved By Justice And Equity?
On this day, National NOW will dedicate all of our social media posts to your visions. For 24 hours we will post each and every Vision you send us to Twitter and Instagram under the hashtag #V4E . We want to ensure that every voice is heard and that every single person is given the opportunity be seen.
Submitting your Vision is easy! Simply take a picture holding your idea of equality and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. For a step-by-step guide on submissions, click click here.
Want to attend an event near you? Click here for more activities and actions around this momentous occasion.
We are overjoyed to launch our new blog, run by and for Indiana NOW chapters across the state! We have one simple goal for our blog–to use it as a hub for discussions on organizing to resist the intersecting oppressions that we are all faced with on a daily basis. This blog exists as a space to share organizing resources [such as toolkits, workshops, action ideas, formal NOW rules and procedures, social media campaigns, and any other organizing resource that you can think of]–if we think it will help your chapter plan and facilitate a successful action, then we will post it. We are also interested in posting original content from our NOW members.
If you have a resource you want to share here, or if you have a personal story related to one of NOW’s key issues, or if you have any other ideas for recurring blog content/want to help run the blog, then email us at email@example.com!
Watch for organizing resources, coming soon!