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Manhattan, NY – July 10, 2018 – We cannot let Trump create a Supreme Court that acts as a signed permission slip for the discriminatory policies of his administration. Judge Brett Kavanaugh ruled against allowing a pregnant teen in immigration custody access to abortion. He put the religious beliefs of employers above women’s access to contraceptive coverage. He even argued that a sitting president shouldn’t be subjected to criminal prosecution or civil suits.

The stakes couldn’t be higher. The fundamental rights of women to have control over their bodies and the fate of their lives are at risk. Since day one of the Trump administration women across the country have been leading the resistance and the fight for our democracy, our children, our health, and our lives, and the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh has only magnified our fight.

We will not stand for a Supreme Court that will further restrict abortion and threaten Roe – the law of the land on which women have relied for the past four decades. We will not go back to a time when women died trying to access one of the safest medical procedures. We demand our pro-choice Senate leaders do whatever it takes to deny the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh and any anti-choice justice to the Supreme Court.

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NOW New York advocates for the women and girls of New York, by defending reproductive rights, fighting economic inequality, and combating violence & discrimination against women.

Press Contact:

Rose Levy, rose@pacepublicrelations.com, 202-262-1635

Jean Bucaria, jean@nownyc.org, 917-328-5543

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This is the fight of our lives. Trump has vowed to overturn Roe v. Wade. With the resignation of Justice Anthony Kennedy, he now has a clear shot to do just that. Justice Kennedy was the swing vote upholding the right to reproductive freedom and privacy. We have finally reached the moment we’ve all feared: losing our rights and access to abortion is virtually certain unless we are able to stop the appointment of an anti-choice nominee to the Supreme Court.

Even before Justice Kennedy announced his retirement, we witnessed decisions that have restricted abortion, gun control, immigration, and voter rights, and that have given more freedom to corporations at the expense of individuals. We can’t let this go one step further.

Take Action NOW by calling your Senators to stop this attack on reproductive rights. 

If Trump gets to appoint a stalwart conservative and anti-abortion justice to the court, not only will Roe be endangered–but we face devastating rollbacks on anti-discrimination protections that have been established for LGBTQ individuals, people of color, and other marginalized groups.

We know Trump’s agenda. He has reinstated and expanded the Global Gag Rule, appointed anti-birth control science deniers to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, attempted to stop funding teen pregnancy prevention programs, aimed to defund Planned Parenthood, and is pushing ahead with a domestic gag rule that will undoubtedly result in clinics closing nationwide. With Trump set to appoint a conservative justice, our country will be set in a new direction that will restrict our rights for generations to come.

Roe is Trump’s next target, and we must act NOW to stop it.

We have too much on the line. Please consider a donation to help us fight back NOW, and join us by taking action and calling your Senators TODAY. Tell them they must support a nominee who will uphold Roe and the rights of women and girls. Our lives depend on it.

Here’s How YOU Can Take Action NOW:

Contact your Senators and urge them to stand up for women’s reproductive health by only supporting a nominee that will uphold Roe.

If you live in New York:

Senator Chuck Schumer (202) 224-6542

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (202) 224-4451

Here is a script you can use:

“Hi, my name is _____ and I reside in ______. I’m urging Senator ______ to only support a Supreme Court Justice nominee that will uphold Roe v. Wade. I’m also urging you to demand that Senator Mitch McConnell hold off the vote to replace Justice Kennedy – at least until after the midterm elections. Senator McConnell set the mark by withholding the vote on President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, before the election of 2016, and he must do the same in 2018. We will NOT accept another vote on a Supreme Court Justice before the midterms. “

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There has never been a more vital time to get engaged and get out and vote!  Women’s rights, LGBTQIA rights, children’s rights, and even our most basic human rights and dignity are being threatened on a daily basis. NOW is proud to endorse these women’s rights Congressional candidates in their primary election on Tuesday, June 26th.

Find out where your polling station is and information on voting in New York City here.

Not in New York City?  Get more info about where to vote in New York State here.

House of Representatives

Liuba Grechen Shirley (D)
2nd District: Long Island and Suffolk County


Yvette Clarke (D) – Incumbent
9th District: Brooklyn

Carolyn Maloney (D) – Incumbent –
12th District: Manhattan & Queens

Eliot Engel (D) –Incumbent
16th District: The Bronx and Westchester

Dana Balter (D) –
24th District: Cayuga, Onondaga, and Wayne Counties

All of these candidates have been endorsed by the National NOW PAC at the recommendation of NOW New York and its local chapters.

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Today, nearly 90% of US counties are without an abortion provider. Trump’s executive rule, that will ban medical professionals from providing or making referrals for abortion, is a serious threat to women’s reproductive freedom. The 60-day public comment period to block Trump’s domestic gag rule is open until July 31st. Submit your public comment here NOW!

This rule will cut federal funding to clinics offering these services and will impact family planning programs. This is, in effect, a domestic gag rule on abortion.

In her recent OpEd, our president, Sonia Ossorio, writes, “Our fundamental right to reproductive freedom is at stake, and we must take a stand against it. This is not just a woman’s issue.” Muzzling healthcare providers on abortion is unethical and dangerous, especially for the millions of low-income women who rely on clinics funded by federal family planning dollars. Women will not stand for attacks on their healthcare and ability to control their bodies and reproduction, and neither should men.

We should all be concerned.

President Trump’s executive rule is a brazen move to regulate women’s bodies by limiting access to abortion and birth control. This is exactly what women feared when Trump was elected – that he would turn back the clock on women’s rights, and this latest executive rule aimed specifically at our reproductive rights goes straight to women’s fundamental ability to control our destinies. This rule will strip millions of women who rely on these clinics of their ability to set the course of their lives.

The Trump administration is aiming to appease religious conservatives over the lives and health of millions of American women and girls. This stops NOW!

TAKE ACTION!

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently accepting open comments from the public on this rule.

Learn about the Reproductive Health Act & Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act. 

Read more about the devastating effects of Trump’s gag rule on Women in New York.

#NoGagRule   #ResistNOW

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May 25, 2018 – Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to New York police this morning. He was charged with one count of first-degree rape, one count of third-degree rape, one count of criminal sexual act in the first degree.

The National Organization for Women-NYC applauds the Manhattan DA’s office and the NYPD for working tirelessly to investigate and build and strong case against serial abuser Harvey Weinstein.This case means a great deal as it is indicative of a bigger shift underway in public attitudes toward sexual assault and sexual harassment — predators are finally facing some real consequences.

“The women who came forward and spoke out about Harvey Weinstein are heroes,” said Sonia Ossorio, president of NOW-NYC.  “By speaking out they are inspiring others to also come forward and helping to transform our society.” 
 
“The NYPD assigned its best detectives to an investigation that spanned 9 months, dozens of witnesses, and multiple cities. Prosecutors worked to secure the cooperation of survivors, and to analyze legal issues like the statute of limitations meticulously. This is what an effective criminal justice response to sexual assault looks like,” said Jane Manning, Director of Advocacy for NOW-NYC’s partner organization, Women’s Justice NOW.

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NOW-NYC advocates for the women and girls of New York, by defending reproductive rights, fighting economic inequality, and combating violence & discrimination against women.

Press Contact:

Rose Levy, 202.262.1635

rose@pacepublicrelations.com

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May 25, 2018 – Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to New York police this morning. He was charged with one count of first-degree rape, one count of third-degree rape, one count of criminal sexual act in the first degree.

The National Organization for Women-NYC applauds the Manhattan DA’s office and the NYPD for working tirelessly to investigate and build and strong case against serial abuser Harvey Weinstein.

This case means a great deal as it is indicative of a bigger shift underway in public attitudes toward sexual assault and sexual harassment — predators are finally facing some real consequences.

“The women who came forward and spoke out about Harvey Weinstein are heroes,” said Sonia Ossorio, president of NOW-NYC.  “By speaking out they are inspiring others to also come forward and helping to transform our society.” 
 
“The NYPD assigned its best detectives to an investigation that spanned 9 months, dozens of witnesses, and multiple cities. Prosecutors worked to secure the cooperation of survivors, and to analyze legal issues like the statute of limitations meticulously. This is what an effective criminal justice response to sexual assault looks like,” said Jane Manning, Director of Advocacy for NOW-NYC’s partner organization, Women’s Justice NOW.
 
For more information, contact Sonia Ossorio, president of NOW-NYC  (917) 332-8199.  
        
NOW-NYC advocates for the women and girls of New York, by working to defend reproductive rights, fight economic inequality, and end discrimination and violence against women.  As the largest NOW chapter in the country, they play a key role in shaping both the local and national debate on the issues that impact women.  Women’s Justice NOWis NOW’s charitable partner organization, supporting their public education and outreach efforts and providing legal help and referrals to women in need. 

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Manhattan, NY – JUNE 5, 2018 — Harvey Weinstein, appearing in court on Tuesday morning in Manhattan, pleaded not guilty to the sexual assault charges lodged against him last month. He was charged with one count of first-degree rape, one count of third-degree rape, one count of criminal sexual act in the first degree.
 
More than 80 women came forward with stories about Mr. Weinstein and Manhattan’s district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., was the first prosecutor to determine there was enough evidence to arrest Mr. Weinstein in connection with two of these incidents. Since then, authorities in Southern California and London have continued to investigate allegations against Weinstein.
 
The National Organization for Women-NYC applauded the Manhattan DA’s office and the NYPD for working tirelessly to investigate and build a strong case against serial abuser Harvey Weinstein. 
 
“Harvey Weinstein’s arrest was an official notice to sexual predators that no one is too rich or too powerful to fall,” said Sonia Ossorio, President of NOW-NYC. “It is deplorable that Mr. Weinstein’s lawyer is trying to reduce the act of committing rape to a false allegation. We’re confident justice will be served.”
For more information or to arrange an interview, please reach out to Rose Levy, rose@pacepublicrelations.com; 202-262-1635

NOW-NYC advocates for the women and girls of New York, by working to defend reproductive rights, fight economic inequality, and end discrimination and violence against women.  As the largest NOW chapter in the country, they play a key role in shaping both the local and national debate on the issues that impact women.  Women’s Justice NOW is NOW’s charitable partner organization, supporting their public education and outreach efforts and providing legal help and referrals to women in need. 

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Trump has officially announced his executive rule barring medical professionals from providing or making referrals for abortion if the clinic receives federal funding for family planning programs. This is, in effect, a domestic gag rule on abortion.

Muzzling healthcare providers on abortion is unethical and dangerous, especially for the millions of low-income women who rely on clinics funded by federal family planning dollars. Women will not stand for a domestic gag rule that prevents women’s health clinics from providing women with essential, medically accurate information to make informed choices over their own healthcare and lives.

President Trump’s executive rule is a brazen move to regulate women’s bodies by limiting access to abortion and birth control. This is exactly what women feared when Trump was elected – that he would turn back the clock on women’s rights, and this latest executive rule aimed specifically at our reproductive rights goes straight to women’s fundamental ability to control our destinies. This administration is stripping millions of women who rely on these clinics of their ability to set the course of their lives.

The Trump administration is aiming to appease religious conservatives over the lives and health of millions of American women and girls. This stops NOW!

TAKE ACTION!

#NoGagRule Rally for our Reproductive Health

Join us and Planned Parenthood this Thursday to fight back against this dangerous policy and demand access to the full range of reproductive health care and services we all need to lead healthy, empowered lives!

WHEN: Thursday, May 24 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
WHERE: City Hall Park, NYC

Check out and share the Facebook post on the rally here.

#NoGagRule   #ResistNOW

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ALBANY, NY, MAY 15, 2018 — Today, the National Organization for Women – New York (NOW-NY), Sanctuary for Families, Not on My Watch, and Women’s Justice NOW brought over 150 advocates, including survivors of sex trafficking, to Albany to lobby the state legislature in support of the End Child Sex Trafficking Act (A.6823-b / S.5988-A). Sponsored by Assemblymember Amy Paulin and State Senator Andrew Lanza, the legislation will close the loophole in New York law that requires prosecutors to prove force or coercion in cases of commercial child sexual exploitation and bring New York’s anti-trafficking laws into alignment with federal law.

At a midday rally, advocates and legislators called on the Assembly and its leadership to take swift action to pass the End Child Sex Trafficking Act which, in addition to aligning state and federal laws on sex trafficking, would alleviate the need for traumatized victims to testify against their trafficker in court and add protections to prevent young trafficking victims from being unnecessarily criminalized.

Sonia OssorioPresident of NOW-NY said, “We cannot stand by and let pimps get away with buying and selling young girls in our state.  New York has one of the highest burdens of proof in the entire country for holding sex traffickers accountable for the unconscionable rape and exploitation of children. This must come to an end now.”

Dorchen LeidholdtDirector of the Legal Center at Sanctuary for Families said, “New York State’s coercion requirement shields predators from criminal responsibility for child sex trafficking and leaves them free to prey on our state’s most vulnerable children. The End Child Sex Trafficking Act is narrowly tailored to stop them in their tracks while restoring their victims’ dignity and safety. Victims, survivors, faith leaders, communities, and advocates call on Speaker Carl Heastie to lead the Assembly in joining our federal government and 48 other states in protecting our children from the devastating harm of sex trafficking.”

Rev. Dr. Que English, CEO/Founder of Not on My Watch said, “Speaker Carl Heastie was our champion in the past.  We’re asking him to be our champion again and let justice speak loudly by passing the End Child Sex Trafficking Act.  New York State must stand firm so these serial rapists can’t continue to destroy the lives of our children and their families.”

Children are major targets of human traffickers: from 2000-2010, service providers in the NYC metro area worked with nearly 12,000 human trafficking survivors – many of whom were children. The number of sexually exploited children in Rochester treated by the Center for Youth Services has more than doubled since 2014, and at least 100,000 US-born children become victims of sex trafficking every year.

Assemblymember Amy Paulin, lead sponsor of the bill said, “When we passed the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act in 2015, we took a huge step forward in holding traffickers, pimps, and patrons accountable for their heinous crimes while providing protection and support to the victims. This bill is the last piece of that puzzle to prevent traffickers from slipping through the cracks.  We need to hold them accountable to the maximum extent of the law, given their heinous crimes, without retraumatizing the children who were their victims by forcing them to publicly confront the men who enslaved them.”

“If New York State truly is the progressive bastion we all claim it to be, then the End Child Trafficking Act will pass,” said Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte. “This bill will ensure that the burden of proof will not be placed on children. Children lack the emotional capacity to ‘prove’ their victimhood.”

“With over 2 million cases, child sex trafficking remains to be a prevalent issue that impacts many families. These children are victimized under dehumanizing settings that is not only emotionally scarring but impedes their right to a proper childhood. They have not been molded into an emerging adult and yet they are being forced into this solicited illegal sex trade that is estimated to earn over a billion dollars in revenue. I strongly stand alongside my colleagues in the Assembly as we fight to ensure that Child Sex Trafficking is put to an end,” said Assemblymember Maritza Davila.

“Given the complexity of human sex trafficking, it is necessary that we give prosecutors the ability to combat the victimization of minors without having to prove coercion. Current state law recognizes that minors do not have the maturity to give sexual consent. If a child is being sexually exploited for profit, it does not matter if coercion was used or not. Often times these victims are manipulated into trusting their traffickers and will not testify against them, even if fraud and coercion has occurred. I fully support this legislation and look forward to seeing it signed into law. It is time we have the same standard as federal law when protecting human trafficking victims,” said Assemblymember Pamela J. Hunter.

Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou said, “Across the country, states have passed laws designed to shield victims of child sex trafficking from the unimaginable trauma and abuse they have faced. Survivors of sex trafficking are on a long and arduous journey towards recovery. It is our job to support them during their path to recovery and as they seek justice for the crimes committed against them. Thank you to my colleagues and advocates for leading the fight to protect victims of child sex trafficking.”

“New York State needs to do everything we can to protect our children, especially our most vulnerable, and end child sex trafficking now,” said Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus. “Furthermore, re-traumatizing children by requiring prosecutors to prove force or coercion is absolutely wrong. It is time for the Legislature to right this wrong.”

“The physical and emotional trauma endured by the thousands of child sex trafficking victims in New York State is incomprehensible. And yet, New York State remains one of just two states in the country that require children below the age of consent, trafficked and sold into sex against their will, to prove in court that they were coerced,” said Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal (D/WF- Manhattan).“The law as written creates further emotional trauma for child victims, and only makes it harder for victims to obtain legal justice. We must pass this bill into law this session for the sake of children statewide.”

Assemblymember Latrice Walker said, “Child sex trafficking is happening in our own communities and devastating the lives of our most vulnerable children and their families. New York State needs the strongest laws possible to hold their exploiters accountable and protect victimized children from having to testify about the terrifying, traumatizing details of their abuse.”

Assemblymember Michael Blake said, “The End Child Sex Trafficking Act is a step forward in demanding justice for our youth. As a co-sponsor of this landmark legislation, I stand strong with my colleagues in putting an end to the sexual exploitation of our children and preventing criminal activity that destroys families and communities in the process. I applaud the advocates and survivors for raising a spotlight on the invisible nature of this epidemic. Black and brown girls and boys are oftentimes the most victimized, but they are not faceless and nameless. Protecting our children is of the utmost importance in our community as they are the future leaders of tomorrow and their lives matter.”

Assemblymember Walter T. Mosley said, “The End Child Sex Trafficking Act not only brings New York in line with many other states across the country, but will allow extra protection for trafficked children. By forcing children to testify against their traffickers, we are traumatizing them and hobbling the prosecution of these evil individuals. This bill is a first step towards a world free from child sex trafficking, and I am proud to stand in support of this bill, along with other efforts to keep all children safe by providing mental health support, non-judgemental drug treatment, and resources for victims of child abuse.”

Assemblymember Matthew Titone said, “This legislation will help protect some of New York’s most marginalized citizens. Although any child could potentially fall victim to this heinous crime, children who are homeless or runaways, LGBTQ, African American or Latino, and youth interacting with the child welfare system are more vulnerable to this type of exploitation. The exploitation of children for any reason is unacceptable, and that’s why it is essential that New York State put an end to Child Sex Trafficking.”

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The National Organization for Women – New York, Women’s Justice NOW, Sanctuary for Families, and Not On My Watch are current member organizations of the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition–organizations that have joined forces to increase public awareness of human trafficking in our communities, enact anti-trafficking laws, improve law enforcement response and increase social services to help people escape trafficking.

Press Contact:

Rose Levy, 202.262.1635

rose@pacepublicrelations.com

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New York State Attorney General’s Resignation Speaks to the Power of #MeToo

NOW-NY Calls for an Independent Investigation of Schneiderman and
Asks That New York Leaders to Appoint a Women’s Rights A.G.

NOW New York is calling for an independent investigation to examine the allegations against Eric Schneiderman and hold him fully accountable to the law.  Furthermore, the New York State legislature has a responsibility to appoint a champion of women’s rights to the position of A.G. and should make it a priority to consider strong women candidates.

“The fact that Eric Schneiderman resigned within hours of the credible allegations against him demonstrates the strength of the public reckoning we are in the midst of – an era of unchecked misogyny is ending.  Abusive men like Eric Schneiderman will be held accountable. We owe a debt of gratitude to the courageous women who came forward to expose him.” said Sonia Ossorio

In the immediate wake of explosive reports of intimate partner violence perpetrated by Eric Schneiderman, NOW-NY called for the A.G. to step down. It was untenable that he would continue to lead an office charged with protecting the rights of New Yorkers while violating the human rights of women in his own life.

Ossorio said, “We need an attorney general who will not only fight for women in public but will uphold the law and the values of justice and equality in every realm of their life.”

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