NOW Regional Meeting: September 20-22

To All Members of NOW in New Mexico.
Save These Dates for NOW’s Regional Meeting:
September 20-22, 2013 in Albuquerque.

Friday evening, September 20th – Santa Fe NOW and New Mexico NOW bi-annual Business Meeting to elect new officers and approve updated bylaws.
September 21-22nd – Regional NOW meeting with representatives from New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, and Kansas.  Learn what other chapters are doing to further NOW’s mission and address critical issues for our state and region.  Meet activists from other states. 
Registration:  $25 in advance; $30 on site (includes box lunch on Saturday). To register now, please email us at nowsantafenm@gmail.com to let us know you’re coming and send a check made out to “Santa Fe NOW” to Janet Gotkin, 2600 W. Zia Road, E5, Santa Fe NM 87505. You will be able to register online through our website soon, but we’re still working out the glitches.
Place:  Hotel Blue in Albuquerque.  Reserve through the website for a low rate: $79 double room with two queen beds; $89 with king bed.  Includes full breakfast.  Hotel Blue: www.thehotelblue.com or 1-877-878-4868.  The Hotel offers a free shuttle from the Albuquerque airport.
A copy of the updated Santa Fe NOW and New Mexico NOW chapter bylaws, a list of candidates for Board positions, and an updated Agenda will follow in early September.

IMPORTANT

Please let us know if you’re planning to attend. RSVP to nowsantafenm@gmail.com and let us know your preference for lunch – chicken, tuna, or vegetarian.  Check out NOW’s website for updated information:  www.nowsanta.org Join Santa Fe NOW’s Facebook group for more information. See  you there!
 

Press Conference for “Respect ABQ Women” Campaign

As reported by KOB Channel 4

It was a full house today, August 1, for the kick-off press conference for the campaign, "Respect ABQ Women." Watch the video!

JOIN US THIS THURSDAY, AUG 1st TO KICK OFF OUR CAMPAIGN TO DEFEAT THE ABQ BALLOT INITIATIVE THAT BANS ACCESS TO ABORTION IN NEW MEXICO.

RESPECT ABQ WOMEN!
OPPOSE ANY BALLOT INITIATIVE THAT RESTRICTS A WOMAN'S ACCESS TO ABORTION!

Thursday, Aug 1, 2013, 11am
La Mesa Presbyterian Church
7401 Copper NE,  Albuquerque

11:00 PRESS CONFERENCE
11:30 to 1:00: Update audience on the Respect ABQ Women campaign to defeat the ballot initiative, including opportunities for people to volunteer in these efforts.

How Many More Buttons ’til Equality?

 

ERA: Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

 

Women’s Equality Day Celebration & Rally for the Equal Rights Amendment

 

                   Sunday, August 25, 2013, 1-3 PM

    Tiguex Park Mountain Road & 19th St NW, Old Town, ABQ

 

Photo: Marijke’s ERA Buttons by: B J McGuire MD

 

Facebook.com/NmWomensEqualityDay       

Twitter: @NMWEday  

 feministcaucushsnm@hotmail.com

Carpool from Santa Fe: newmexdana@yahoo.com

 

 

 

Photo: Marijke’s ERA Buttons by: B J McGuire MD

 

WED Coalition: Feminist Caucus-Humanist Society of NM, Albuquerque Progressive Women, Progress Now NM, UNM Women’s Resource Center, Southwest Women’s Law Center, Freedom from Religion-Abq, Santa Fe NOW, Albuquerque NOW, League of Women Voters of Central NM, W.O.R.D., YWCA, NMRCRC and more.

International Human Rights Activists Meet with NOW Members

Saturday, May 18, 2013 — The Council on International Relations in Santa Fe arranged a meeting between Santa Fe NOW and a group of nine visiting Human Rights workers from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan. Dana, Janet and I (Janiece) only had one hour with these remarkable young people, but what an experience. Some, if not all, of these people live and work in dangerous conditions every day for the rights of women and all oppressed peoples in their country.

I spoke with Ms. Shazia Hina from Pakistan who said that she started her own agency, Pakistan Rural Development Program, but her family regularly asks her to quit as they fear for her life. Of her successes, she said she helped to get a school re-opened in a rural area where the building was being used as a barn for years by the landlord. As I understand it, the government stepped in to ensure the school opening. She said many things are changing for the better, albeit slowly.

I spoke with Jafrul Hasan Sharif from Bangladesh who works for the human rights of workers, such as those who were victims of the recent clothing factory building collapse. Most workers in the clothing factories are women who are often the sole support for their families, including parents, he told me.

For me, it was an emotional conversation with those around me, whose passion, kindness and compassion virtually radiated from their hearts. I feel both hopeful and hopeless after spending time with these remarkable people. But I am forever touched by the experience.

Take Action before May 9th for the ERA!

The Santa Fe NOW chapter endorses the ERA resolution to remove the ratification deadline.

We have started our campaign to get the 113th US Congress to agree to  endorse the 3-state strategy to ratify the ERA. Our first step is to ask our Delegation in Washington DC (Senators Udall and Heinrich and Representatives Lujan, Pearce and Lujan-Grisham)  to sign on as co-sponsors. Below is a simple and short script  with contact information  you may use to email, phone or fax them. This will take no more than 5 minutes. Please help us reach them before May 9 when the resolutions will be introduced in Congress. We'd like to have as many co-sponsors as possible sign on by that date.
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Take Action Now on the ERA 3-State Strategy
Sample script for telephone call/fax/email to your Congressional Delegation in Washington DC below. (Feel free to use your own words and personalize it by mentioning that you are a mother, working woman, student, etc. and/or member of the Santa Fe Chapter of the National Organization of Women. When you call, ask to speak with their Legislative Director. You may also leave the message on their voice mail.
 
US Representatives for NM:
Ben Ray Lujan (Andrew Jones, Legislative Director)  202-225-6190; fax 202-226-1528;  NM03BLIMA@mail.house.gov

Steve Pearce (Jessica Blake, Legislative Director)   202-225-2365; fax 202-225-9599; pearce.house.gov
Michelle Lujan-Grisham (Leticia Mederos, Legislative Director) 202-225-6316; fax 202-225-4975; lujangrisham.house.gov
 
This is (your name).  I live at (address or zip code) and am a constituent of Representative ____.
On May 9th, Representative Rob Andrews of New Jersey will introduce a resolution to remove the deadline for ratification of the ERA so that it will become part of our Constitution once 3 more states have ratified it. I'd like to urge the Congresswoman/man to sign on as a co-sponsor as soon as possible so that we can move forward to guarantee all women in this country equal protection under the law. Please convey this message to Representative_______. Thank you very much for your attention and support.
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US Senators for NM:
Tom Udall (Andrew Wallace,
Legislative Director) 202 224-6621; fax 202 228-3261; TomUdall@TomUdall.com
Martin Heinrich (Jude McCartin, Legislative Director) 202-224-5521; 202-228-2481; heinrich.senate.gov

This is (your name).  I live at (address or zip code) and am a constituent of Senator ____.
On May 9th, Senators Ben Cardin of Maryland and Mark Kirk of Illinois will introduce a bi-partisan resolution to remove the deadline for ratification of the ERA so that it will become part of our Constitution once 3 more states have ratified it. I'd like to urge the Congressman to sign on as a co-sponsor as soon as possible so that we can move forward to guarantee all women in this country equal protection under the law. Please convey this message to Senator_______. Thank you very much for your attention and support.

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Thank you for taking action!
For more information:
http://www.equalrightsamendment.org

Sylvia M. Ramos, M.D.
Chair, Feminist Caucus
Humanist Society of NM
ERA Action Network | Humanist Society of New Mexico   
505-401-0601

The Roe v. Wade Anniversary

The Roe v. Wade Anniversary was a success! Legislators from all over New Mexico lining up to speak, pledging that we will not go back to the dark days before Roe! Santa Fe's own Martha Burke, Mayor Coss, Coalition members. Men, women, and children — it was a sight to behold. Thank you everyone who participated and helped to plan this — Santa Fe NOW women (of course) and Coalition for Choice members. And, this wonderful event was followed by a Planned Parenthood-sponsored 40th birthday party for Roe v Wade.

Tabled House Bill 84, Unborn Victims of Violence Act

Last week, the Coalition for Choice stopped a bill, that was an attempt to create personhood of the fetus, from being passed. House Bill 84, Unborn Victims of Violence Act was on the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee Agenda. Chairman Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon, Rep. Gail Chasey, and Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero voted against the bill and voted to table it. The Coalition was there to speak and stand in opposition to it. There will be more to do this coming week. Contact Dana Middleton, Santa Fe NOW President to get involved.

January 25th Rally to Celebrate Roe v Wade

The New Mexico Coalition for Choice

Invites you to celebrate the

40thAnniversary of
Roe v. Wade

at two gala events in Santa Fe
 

January 25, 2013
1:30pm

Rally for Choice at the Roundhouse

The Rotunda at the Capital Building (The Roundhouse) 411 State Capitol,
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Celebrate 40 years of safe and legal abortion
in the U.S.
Learn how you can help keep reproductive rights safe for all New Mexican women.
Make your pro-choice voices heard.

 

And then it’s a party!
40th Birthday Party for
Roe v. Wade
3pm

Three-tiered birthday cake and coffee, a chance to socialize and connect with friends and activists.

Hosted by Planned Parenthood
of New Mexico

at the Santa Fe Community Foundation
501 Halona Street (off Paseo de Peralta, one block past Old Santa Fe Trail and The Roundhouse),
Santa Fe, NM 87501

 

Please come.  Bring a friend. Forward to your pro-choice friends and colleagues and ask them to forward to their lists. Post on Facebook, Twitter or other social network sites. 

 

For more info:  nowsantafenm@gmail.com or www.nowsantafe.org

 

 

 

 

 

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Urgent: Take Action Now to Ratify the ERA

TAKE ACTION letter from Sylvia Ramos, Chair, Feminist Caucus-HSNM:
   
The 112th Congress will soon be history and we need to call, email or tweet our Congressmen who have not yet signed on as co-sponsors of Senate Joint Resolution 39 and House Joint Resolution 47 that do away with the deadline for ratification of the ERA. So far, 17 Senators and 54 Representatives have joined as co-sponsors. Senator Tom Udall, Representative Ben Ray Lujan and Representative Steve Pearce have not yet done so. Now that the elections are over, they may be more willing to do the right thing by women, so it's a good time to ask. A lot of different national groups work to build sponsorships during the Lame Duck session and we need to be among those vying for their interest.

Below are sample phone scripts you may use to call or use as a template for an email. If you want to see some of the tweets Carolyn Cook of United for Equality has been sending, go to https://twitter.comU4ERA201539) Please help to take one more step toward making the ERA a reality, so our little girls and boys may grow up in a country where their opportunities and achievements will be based on their talents and work and not on their gender.
Thank you.
Sylvia
Sylvia M. Ramos, M.D.
Chair, Feminist Caucus- HSNM
505 401-0601

 FeministCaucusChair@humanistsocietyofnm.org
Twitter for the Feminist Caucus  is:
 https://twitter.com/FeministCaucus    or  @FeministCaucus
The United for Equality ERA twitter address is:  @U4ERA2015
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TWO PHONE SCRIPTS
1. Take Action Now on the ERA- 3 State Strategy
Sample script for telephone calls to your Congressional Delegation in Washington DC:
(Feel free to use your own words and personalize it by mentioning that you are a mother, working woman, student, etc. and/or member of __ (your specific organization)________.
When you call, ask to speak with their Judiciary or Women’s Issues Contact. You may also leave the message on their voicemail.
 
US Representative Ben Ray Lujan-    202 225-6190;   Fax 202 226-1528   email: NM03BLIMA@mail.house.gov
US Representative Steve Pearce-     202 225-2365;    Fax 202 225-9599
 
This is ______ (Your Name) ____________.    I live at ____ (Address or zip code) _________
and am a constituent of Representative ____ (Name) ____________.
These days it seems that the rights of corporations are more important and protected than the rights of women who comprise over half of the American population.
As you may know, House Joint Resolution 47 was introduced in the House by Congresswoman (now Senator-elect) Tammy Baldwin. The name of this resolution is Removing the Deadline for Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Has the Representative signed on as co-sponsor yet? If not, I’d like to urge him to do so as soon as possible so that we can move forward to guarantee all women in this country equal protection under the law.
I will appreciate your conveying this message to Representative ______________.
Thank you very much for your attention and support.

 

 2.  US Senator Tom Udall,   202 224-6621;   Fax 202 228-3261  email: TomUdall@TomUdall.com
 
This is ______ (Your Name) ____________.    I live at ____ (Address or zip code) _________
and am a constituent of Senator Udall.
These days it seems that the rights of corporations are more important and protected than the rights of women who comprise over half of the American population.
As you may know, Senate Joint Resolution 39 was introduced in the Senate this year by Senator Ben Cardin. The name of this resolution is Removing the Deadline for Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Has Senator Udall signed on as co-sponsor yet? If not, I’d like to urge him to do so as soon as possible so that we can move forward to guarantee all women in this country equal protection under the law. Please convey this message to him.
Thank you very much for your attention and support.