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Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a reality for many women. In fact, more than 1 in 3 women in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. In addition to the hundreds of thousands of federal employees who have gone without pay, survivors of IPV are some of those who have been most negatively affected by the shutdown.

Fueled by Trump’s border-wall obsession, the shutdown poses a huge threat to 40,000 domestic violence survivors that seek shelter every day. Many of these shelters, which depend on federal funding to keep their doors open, are struggling to pay staff and provide services. As we approach week four of the shutdown, shelters are increasingly concerned about their ability to operate under such conditions. The message from the administration is clear: building a physical wall to be able to claim the mantle of national security is more important than the real safety and security of our nation’s women and families.

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Rally Held on Wednesday, January 16th
9AM – 10AM | RCA & Sony Headquarters | 25 Madison Ave.

We proudly joined with our allies, Black Women’s Blueprint, Girls for Gender Equity, Color of Change, CREDO, and UltraViolet to protest RCA’s continued support of sexual predator R. Kelly and their silence and complicity in his long history of abuse of young Black girls.

Lifetime’s docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, is an undeniable investigation into R. Kelly’s decades of sexual abuse perpetrated on young Black women and girls and those in the music industry who have not only enabled him, but profited from him. It’s long overdue that his survivors are finally being heard. Despite years of public outcry and advocacy to #MuteRKelly and hearing from the young Black women and their families who have stepped forward to say #MeToo, RCA Records has remained silent.

It’s past time for RCA Records and their parent company, Sony, to drop R. Kelly NOW.

Check out the live feed from the event here.

Advocates from #MuteRKelly, Black Women’s Blueprint, Care2, Color of Change, CREDO, Girls for Gender Equity, NOW-NYC, and UltraViolet, held a rally outside Sony Music’s HQ in Manhattan, calling on Sony Music and its subsidiary, RCA Records to immediately drop R. Kelly in the wake of the Lifetime docu-series Surviving R. Kelly, which details Kelly’s decades of sexual abuse perpetrated against young Black women and girls, and those in the music industry who have not only enabled him, but profited from him.

At the protest, dubbed the “Rally to MuteRKelly/Protect Black Girls,” advocates delivered petitions signed by more than 217,000 people demanding RCA Records drop R. Kelly. The protesters also presented Sony Music and RCA Records with a “Record Label of Shame” award. Joanne N. Smith, Founder & President of Girls for Gender Equity; Jamilah Lemieux, Writer/Cultural Critic (“Surviving R. Kelly”); Jade Magnus Ogunnaike, Director of Organizing, Color of Change; Sharaya Tindal, Communications Campaign Manager, Black Women’s Blueprint; and Natalie Green, Spokesperson and Communications Manager, UltraViolet all spoke at the rally.

Check out the Facebook event.
Don’t forget to share and sign Color of Change’s petition to Drop R. Kelly Now.

The post Tell RCA: Drop R. Kelly NOW! Protect Black Girls appeared first on NOW-NYC |.

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Twenty states are poised to ban abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned, says a new report. This means over 25 million women, more than a third of women of reproductive age in America, could lose access to safe, legal abortion.

These 20 states include Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Here in New York State, we have the chance to change this. With a pro-choice majority in the State Senate, we’re pushing for the Reproductive Health Act in our state.

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Twenty states are poised to ban abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned, says a new report. This means over 25 million women, more than a third of women of reproductive age in America, could lose access to safe, legal abortion.

These 20 states include Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

If Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed, he would likely have the chance to rule on a pivotal abortion case within his first year on the bench. 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 Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

This is the fight of our lives.

Take Action: Call Senators to Stop the Vote & Withdraw Kavanaugh Nomination!

Not only Roe will 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 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.

NOW-NY Press Statement on Judge Kavanaugh

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“After years of sexually harassing and abusing women at CBS, the company must do right by past, current and future employees. That starts with not rewarding Les Moonves with a fortune many lifetimes over,” said Sonia Ossorio, president of NOW NY. “We implore shareholders and board members to start setting the company’s course in a new direction.”

In September, CBS announced that Moonves would be removed as as the CEO of CBS, but remain on as an informal advisor. Earlier this month, the New York Times documented that investors believe that Moonves “engaged in multiple acts of serious non consensual sexual misconduct in and out of the workplace,” including lying during the course of the investigation and attempting to destroy evidence against him. Moonves has threatened to sue CBS’ Board of Directors in an effort to preserve his $120 million exit package.

We joined together this morning with UltraViolet outside of CBS’s annual shareholder meeting. We sent a clear message to the stakeholders and board of directors inside: don’t give former CBS CEO and sexual abuser Les Moonves any money. It is enough: the CBS’ Board of Directors must refuse to pay out a massive $120 million golden parachute severance to Les Moonves!

Watch the live stream of the event on Ultraviolet’s Facebook Page.

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Statement from Sonia Ossorio, President, NOW-NYC in response to the news that Former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will not face criminal charges:

“Mr. Scheiderman is yet another powerful man who hasn’t been held accountable in a court of law for his abuse of women. Mark my word we will be going to Albany to strengthen the laws to ensure that women are protected from physical abuse and these abusers will be held accountable.

Mr. Schneiderman used his office as a weapon to exert political and law enforcement power on his victims. These survivors have done a great public service in bravely taking him on. Eric Schneiderman has no power left to yield against women.

The Eric Schneiderman case must be seen as a victory. The women who came forward were heralded, not dismissed and he has no power left to yield against them or anyone. This victory will play forward in Albany when the new Democratic legislature makes sexual abuse crimes against women and children a top priority.”

Interested in lobbying with us? Join our Legislative Action Group NOW!

The post Another Powerful Man Not Prosecuted for Abuse appeared first on NOW-NYC |.

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Across New York and in tight races across the country, women broke new ground and won 118 seats in Congress at the Midterm Election on November 6th – more than at any time before in history. Together, we knocked on more than 5,000 doors and made more than 5,000 calls in support of pro-women’s rights candidates. Together, we will continue to make change.

With newly elected leadership in place, we have an unprecedented opportunity to win a Reproductive Health Act, a Child Victim’s Act, and more.

Sign-up NOW to join us on buses to Albany or on-the-ground across our state to defend women’s rights locally.

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Join our Flip the Vote Blue Bus

We’re off to Pennsylvania on Saturday, October 27rd on the Flip the Vote Blue Bus!

Join us as we canvass for Democratic candidate Susan Wild — a community advocate, mother of two and strong advocate for women — in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District. Wild supports a woman’s right to choose, protections in the workplace and closing the gender pay gap. We will knock on doors and encourage every progressive voter to come out on Election Day so we can flip the House!

Get in quick, seats are going fast!

Register for a seat on the bus here.

The post SATURDAY 10/27: Join Our Bus to Pennsylvania! appeared first on NOW-NYC |.

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Phone Banking to Flip the House Blue @ NOW- NYC

With only a few weeks left until the election it is critical that we act NOW to ensure strong women’s rights leaders are elected into office; leaders who will listen to women.

10/30/2018 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

11/03/2018 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Come and join the NOW-NYC team in our office to phone bank for the strong women’s rights candidates we have endorsed. You’ll receive training before making calls and snacks and refreshments will be provided.

We’re counting on you to help us!

Register here.

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It was a hard two weeks, as women and survivors were silenced by too many of our elected officials. We may be disappointed and outraged, but this will only inspire us to redouble our efforts, to elect new leaders this November 6th. People are fired up, united in protest, and now is NOT the time to give up.

It’s more clear than ever that we have to vote in leaders who will listen…

Our leaders are ignoring us and that’s why we need to replace them.

Join the Women Electing Women NOW Team of volunteers for the most consequential midterm election of our lives here.

Republicans are fired up over Kavanaugh’s nomination and that is why we need you to take action NOW. We must seize this pivotal opportunity to elect leaders who will denounce sexism and racism and who will stand up for women.

Our greatest power is at the ballot box this November 6th. 

Join us in our canvassing, phone-banking, and get-out-the-vote efforts NOW!

As NOW-NYC President Sonia Ossorio said, “We are going to have to live with the results of this vote for decades. In fact, our daughters and sons are going to be the most deeply impacted by what happens in the next 48 hours. We unequivocally believe that Kavanaugh’s record and his performances at his nomination hearings do not meet the standard of integrity and character we must uphold for our Supreme Court.”

To read about what’s at stake, click here.

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