Pennsylvania NOW Times Spring 2010
Spring 2010 newsletter of Pennsyvania NOW Inc.
Pennsylvania NOW PENNSYLVANIA Inc. NOW TIMES Pennsylvania NOW Times Spring 2010 New Executive Board Elected Inside this issue: Pennsylvania NOW also lives in Shani Robin, New Executive Committee 1 elected our new Wilkinsburg, Member At Large of Voters’ Guide - PAC 2 Executive Committee Allegheny County the Executive for 2010-2011 at the and is the other Co- Committee. Shani Fundraising Update 3 biennial convention President of East lives in State College, Legislative Updates 4-7 held in State College End NOW. She is Centre County. She on December 5, 2009. returning for her is a member of Ni-Ta- NOW/PAC Endorses Lois 7-8 Our new officers are: third term as Nee NOW. And this Treasurer. is her first term on the Joanne Tosti- Executive Northwestern PA NOW. Vasey, President. Mary Kay Committee. This is also her third Joanne lives in Peterson, term on the Executive Bellefonte, Centre Secretary. Mary Susan Woodland, Committee. County. She is Co- Kay lives in Honey Member At Large of President of Ni-Ta- Brook, Chester the Executive Nee NOW. This County. She is Committee. Susan will be her third President of lives in Edinboro, Erie term as President Chester County County. She is the of Pennsylvania NOW. And this will President of NOW. be her sixth term as Secretary. Kathleen Wilson, Vice President. Doris Pridgen, Kathleen lives in Member At Large Wilkinsburg, of the Executive Allegheny County. Committee. Doris She is Co- lives in President of East Philadelphia. She End NOW. This is a member of will be her third Philadelphia NOW. term as Vice This is her forth President. term as a member of the Executive Pamela Macklin, Committee. Treasurer. Pamela Members of PA NOW Executive Committee (l to r): Joanne Tosti-Vasey, President; Kathleen Wilson, Vice President; How to contact Pennsylvania NOW Pamela Macklin, Treasurer; TREASURER’S Shani Robin, At-Large MAIN OFFICE E-Mail OFFICE Member; & Susan PENNSYLVANIA NOW Joanne Tosti-Vasey, President PENNSYLVANIA N0W email@example.com Woodland, At-Large P.O. Box 68 Member. Missing from Bellefonte, PA 16823 Treasurer’s Office Kathy Wilson, Vice-President P.O. Box 8614 firstname.lastname@example.org picture are Mary Kay Phone: 814-280-8571 Fax: 814-355-3057 Wilkinsburg, PA 15221 Pamela Macklin, Treasurer Peterson, Secretary & Doris 412-242-4448 email@example.com Pridgen, At-Large Member. Mary Kay Peterson firstname.lastname@example.org PENNSYLVANIA NOW TIMES Page 2 National NOW/PAC & PA NOW PAC Voters’ Guide Primary Election Day is Tuesday May 18, 2010. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. The following information is provided to you from the National NOW PAC and the PA NOW PAC. National NOW/PAC: The National NOW PAC makes endorsements in all Federal races. As of May 6th, 2010 the following people have been endorsed in Pennsylvania: U.S. Senate: U.S. Congress: Joe Sestak (D) http://joesestak.com Lois Herr (D) 16th CD http://herr2010.com U.S. Congress: Bryan Lentz (D) 7th CD http://votelentz.com Ryan Bucchianeri (D) 12th CD http://ryan2010.com Manan Trivedi (D) 6th CD http://trivediforcongress.com Pennsylvania NOW PAC: The Pennsylvania NOW PAC makes endorsements for all statewide and local races. This year, there are races for Governor, Lt. Governor, half of the PA State Senate, all PA House races, and all precinct-level and state committee level seats for both the Democratic and Republican parties. As of May 6th the following people have been endorsed. We are continuing to interview other candidates. We will update our endorsements at http://www.panow.org as they become available. Click on PA NOW PAC and then on PAC Endorsements for full details. Governor: Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee Joe Hoeffel (D) http://joehoeffel2010.com Lt. Gov: Jonathan Saidel (D) http://saidel2010.com Pamela Macklin (D) Allegheny Co., 38th SD Pennsylvania House of Representatives: Barbara Ernsberger (D) Allegheny Co., 43rd SD Tonya D. Payne (D) 19th HDhttp://tonyapayne.com Karen Cochran (D) Bucks County st Tina Davis (D) 141 HD http://votetinadavis.com Stephanie Fineman (D) Bucks County nd Babette Josephs (D)182 HD Joanne Tosti-Vasey (D) Centre County http://reelectbabette.com Ruth Damsker (D) Montgomery County Pennsylvania Senate: Karen Bojar (D) Philadelphia Co., 4th SD Ruth Damsker (D) 12th SD http://voteruth.com PAC Donations The PA NOW PAC needs your help to put out a voter’s Yes, I want to help support the PA NOW PAC guide and to assist NOW endorsed candidates for statewide and local office. we need funds donated Yes, I wish to make an nondeductible donation to directly to the PA NOW PAC. If you are interested in help the PAC: $25__ $50___$100___$250___ electing public officials who fully support the full equality of Other $____. women, then please donate to the PA NOW PAC by credit card online at http://wwww.panow.org or mail your Donation over $250.00 require the following additional information: donation to PA NOW PAC, P.O. Box 8614, Wilkinsburg, PA Occupation: _______________________________________ 15221. Thank you! Employer: _________________________________________ Method of Payment Name: Check (PA NOW PAC) Credit Card # Exp. date Discover Address: Visa Signature MasterCard Phone: Voters’ Guide paid for by PA NOW PAC & NOW/PAC American Express Pennsylvania NOW Times PENNSYLVANIA NOW TIMES Page 3 NOW is the time to dig deep! Prepare to fight, keep the pressure on! Women’s rights are under What can we do? Send your tax deduction deductable donation to attack: our Pennsylvania NOW Education Fund, P.O. Right to a legal, safe abortion Box 8614, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221 or online at Right to have birth control http://panow.org/edfund.htm. The Fund is a not- Right to pay equity for-profit organization, that focuses on raising Right to privacy and self the consciousness of people and in particular determination young women and corporations on feminist Right to freedom from issues. The overwhelming sexist and violent discrimination media from video games to television to movies Right to disability rights is increasing. We saw this in the Super Bowl Right to freedom from sexual advertising. Now there is a new Japanese video assault, domestic violence, stalking game promoting rape and molestation “until our Right to equal sports scholarships women and daughters learn to like it”. Right to herstory Right to healthcare What can we do? Right to quality public education Our President Joanne Tosti-Vasey, Vice President Right to organize Kathy Wilson and NOW leaders speak to organizations, college students and at events What can we do? addressing feminist issues. Invite them to speak Help us go “green” save trees to your organization or campus event. and money (paper, printing, What can we do? postage). Keep your favorite TV stations phone numbers Help us save your money for by your side. Pick up the phone and call the station or corporation when you see or hear actions. anti-female sexually explicit, violent, or degrading Email “email@example.com” behavior or advertising to or about women. with your latest email address E.g. billboards advertising a gun show depicted a with “PNT mail” in subject woman with a target on each breast. Email, line so we can send you a link write or call the corporations whose ads are to our Spring Newsletter. degrading or support these shows or talk show hosts. YES — Make a Financial Commitment to your future I will make a financial commitment to ensure Pennsylvania NOW is at the table with our friends to STOP the right wing agenda to eliminate women’s rights and women’s unity PENNSYLVANIA NOW TIMES Page 4 Legislation PA NOW is monitoring HB 164—PA NOW passage of this bill in the patients the ability to several pieces of supports passage of General Assembly. choose the best legislation in the this bill. This bill adds treatment plans for the Pennsylvania General breastfeeding as a HB 2245 — PA NOW individual patient. Assembly. protected class under supports passage of Referred to Senate the PA Human this bill. This bill adds Banking and Insurance Reproductive Justice Relations Act, which is language to the Committee on Pennsylvania’s anti- Pennsylvania Human November 10, 2009. Emergency Relations Act to make it Contraception discrimination law. Bill For more information, sent to Appropriations illegal to discriminate see SB 402 — PA NOW Committee from against someone in http://pennsylvanianow. supports passage Children and Youth employment based on blogspot.com/2010/03/t WITHOUT any Committee on either their marital or hree-bills-for-women- amendment. It requires February 11, 2009. familial status. HB 2245 on-ides-of-march.html. hospitals to provide passed out of the House Emergency HB 1303—PA NOW State Government Contraception (EC) to all supports passage of Committee on March 9, this bill. This bill would 2010 and is currently in Health Care sexual assault victims who come to the prohibit discrimination the Appropriations The Federal Health emergency room. The against a woman who Committee. Rep. Carroll Care bill passed in hospital & staff must is breastfeeding in has agreed to urge Congress in March provide every woman terms of hiring, firing, expanding the definition 2010. It is a good start. clear & unbiased or discipline and must of family status to include However there are information on EC. Anti- allow these women to family responsibilities serious problems with choice advocates & express their milk across the life span. the bill for women that legislators want to during break periods. Please call Rep. Carroll need to be fixed. These amend this bill to allow Complaints must be and you state legislator include: hospitals & doctors to opt filed with the PA to urge them to add this out of providing EC. This Department of Labor amendment to the bill The bill contains a is currently sitting in the within 90 days of and then vote for the bill sweeping anti- Senate Public Health violation. Bill sent to in its entirety. For more abortion provision. and Welfare Committee Appropriations details go to This provision Committee from http://pennsylvanianow.bl ultimately achieves Reproductive Health Children and Youth ogspot.com/2010/03/thre the same outcome Committee on e-bills-for-women-on- as the infamous HB 28 — PA NOW Stupak-Pitts November 10, 2009. ides-of-march.html. supports passage of Amendment, namely this bill. This “Pharmacy Note, the new Federal Eating Disorders the likely elimination Act” requires Health Care Law of all private as well pharmacists to fill all requires workplaces SB 1138 — PA NOW supports this bill. to as public insurance legal prescriptions with 50 or more coverage for without delay unless employees to create increase awareness and show support for this abortion. It imposes there are medical lactation-friendly a bizarre contraindications, policies and create legislation that would require insurance requirement on duplications, incorrect private spaces (NOT in insurance plan dosages, drug-allergy bathrooms) for companies to cover non- hospital residential care enrollees who buy interactions, drug abuse, lactation purposes. coverage through or inability to pay for Rx. This law can, in PA for eating disorder patients, thereby the health insurance This bill was referred to NOW’s opinion, be the Health and Human used to urge for quick allowing doctors and (Continued on page 5) “ PENNSYLVANIA NOW TIMES Page 5 Legislation (Continued) (Continued from page 4) The bill also working to have preexisting conditions or permits gender- Congress eliminate the ability to pay; these bills exchanges to write rating, the practice Hyde amendment and also preserve the two monthly checks of charging women will continue their work private health care (one for an abortion higher premiums for passage of a single– system with the right of care rider and one for simply because payer health care individuals to choose all other health care). they are women. program at both the state their own doctors. PA Even employers will Large-group plans and federal levels. NOW urges passage have to write two (more than 100 of the Economic separate checks for employees) sold Pennsylvania is one of Impact Study as well each of their through the the states at the forefront as HB 1600 / SB 400. employees exchanges will be for passage of Single- requesting the permitted to Payer Healthcare, which Care Giving abortion rider. discriminate PA NOW supports. There are two bills in the HB 245 — PA NOW against women -- supports this bill, which President Obama having an General Assembly on made an eleventh- this issue. amends the Family especially harmful Caregiver Support Act hour agreement to impact in issue an executive SR 267 in Re SB 400: to provide lottery fund workplaces where State Health Care monies to assist order lending the women weight of his office to Economic Impact persons who are predominate. Study—This resolution primary at-home the anti-abortion measures included in Preexisting creates a study to review caregivers of the bill. This conditions the impact of PA’s “functionally dependent executive order helps restrictions/costs proposed “Family and and victims of chronic to cement the are not entirely Business Healthcare dementia” who earn misconception that eliminated. Security Act” (SB 400) less than 200% of the Hyde Insurance on the state. A federal poverty income. Amendment is companies will no bipartisan majority (34 of This bill unanimously settled law rather longer be able to 50) of the PA Senators passed the House on than what it really is - deny health who have signed on as March 30, 2009. It has - an illegitimate tack- insurance to sponsors of the bill. In remained in the Senate on to an annual people with order to get a hearing to Aging and Youth must-pass preexisting pass the Resolution, Committee since then. appropriations bill. conditions. But pressure needs to be put Poverty Issues they don’t have to on to Senators Dominic The bill permits age- Pileggi, Joseph Scarnati, HB 1766 – would provide the require a 90-day rating, the practice of coverage at the Jake Corman, and Don imposing higher White. Please call them residency period in PA same cost they before being eligible for premiums on older quote to people and tell them you want a people. This practice hearing NOW! any Dept of Welfare without the benefit. NOW opposes has a preexisting disproportionate SB 400 and HB 1600. In these poor economic condition. This These are the bills that times, this could put impact on women, would include whose incomes and will create the “Family families lives at threat if conditions like and Business Healthcare this denial prevents savings are lower diabetes, high due to a lifetime of Security Act” Both bills access to food, housing, blood pressure, provide comprehensive, and/or health care that systematic wage obesity, etc. discrimination. universal health would otherwise be National NOW is coverage regardless of (Continued on page 6) PENNSYLVANIA NOW TIMES Page 6 Legislation (Continued) (Continued from page 5) that denies services to bill would creates a SR 253—PA NOW citizens and legal “Sexual Violence Victim supports this bill. available. Bill is currently residents of the US. Protection Order” for VICTORY! This is a in the House Health and Most people denied sexual violence victims. Resolution directing the Human Services services through this Basically, this is a Joint State Government Committee. program are people of Protection From Abuse Commission to Lesbian Rights color. HB 44 was law for victims of sexual establish an advisory referred to House assault. This bill is committee to study the HB 300— LGBT Civil Health and Human awaiting a final vote in problem of human Rights Bill. PA NOW Services Committee. the Senate before being trafficking and to make supports this bill, which HB 1184 was referred sent to the House. a report to the Senate seeks to amend the PA to the House on the issue of human Human Relations Act to Intergovernmental Human Trafficking trafficking, including a prohibit discrimination Affairs Committee. SB SB1227— PA NOW proposed State plan for based on sexual 9 was passed by the supports this bill. This the prevention of human orientation & gender full Senate on April 3, bill mandates the posting trafficking and any identity in employment, 2009 and has sat in of the National Human recommendations for housing, & public the House State Trafficking Resource changes in State law, accommodations. HB Government Center hotline, in key policies and 300 has passed out of Committee since then. locations throughout the procedures. Adopted by the House State Stopping Violence state to provide Senate on April 20, Government Committee Against Women assistance, tip reporting 2010. on March 5, 2009 and is and training on human now in the House Protection from Abuse Shackling of Pregnant trafficking to victims, Women Appropriations community members and Committee. HB 1191—PA NOW supports this bill. It law enforcement. Posting SB 1074—PA NOW Promoting Diversity & creates a “Criminal of signs would be supports this bill. This Ending Racial Protective Order” for required in massage bill prohibits correctional Discrimination people who are being parlors, spas, facilities within the state stalked, intimidated, or restaurants, bars, from shackling pregnant SB 9, HB 44, & HB 1184 threatened by another. taverns, hotels or clubs women during labor and – requires all recipients It adds a Civil that have a valid liquor or delivery. FYI, most of public benefits over Protection from Abuse malt or brewed beverage jurisdictions in age 18 to sign an Order to prevent abuse license, adult Pennsylvania either affidavit and then have (sexual or physical) entertainment have no policy or have their names checked even in cases where enterprises, hotels or explicit policy allowing through the US there is no familial motels found to be a this procedure. Department of Homeland relationship between drug-related nuisance, Currently, only the PA Security SAVE (federal the perpetrator and the airports, train stations or Department of Systematic Alien victim. It also creates bus stations, and Corrections and the Verification of a permanent state- welcome centers and Philadelphia Prison Entitlement) program to wide registry of ALL rest areas operated by Board are the only know prove they are citizens or criminal and civil the Dept of jurisdictions known to legal residents of US protective orders. This Transportation. This bill prohibit this practice before receiving benefits. bill is in the House was referred to Senate (Philadelphia NOW PA NOW opposes all Judiciary Committee. Labor & Industry helped create this three bills as they target Committee on February prohibition in the city). legal immigrants with a SB 432 – PA NOW 4, 2010. In addition, the Centre flawed database system supports this bill. This (Continued on page 7) PENNSYLVANIA NOW TIMES Page 7 Legislation (Continued) (Continued from page 6) procedures. a Senate floor vote. believe that allegations Restrictions could HB 463 – Joint Custody of abuse are County Prison Board is include – stay away bill mandates that in presumptively false, currently rewriting their order, travel contested custody cases, simply a nuclear policy after they agreed restrictions, removal of physical custody goes to weapon in the ongoing to not shackle a pregnant child’s passport or stop the parent who in the divorce custody war. A woman in January 2010 order for passport, and opinion of the court is study conducted in at the behest of PA visitation restrictions. more likely to allow 2008 by a statewide NOW. This bill has While this bill may help visitations. Contrary to parental education passed the Senate and protect children from Fathers’ Rights groups’ program found that only was referred to the familial kidnapping, it arguments, only 1% of 9% of these allegations House Judiciary could also prevent cases are litigated. were false. With this Committee on March 18, international women Mothers usually get belief by professionals 2010. who are fleeing a custody by agreement of in the court system, domestic violence the parties in the rest of custody of children by Family Law situation from leaving, their alleged abuser divorce cases. In HB 90 – Uniform Child resulting in the entire addition, there is a would be more likely to Abduction Prevention Act family remaining in pervasive attitude in the happen if this bill – bill creates procedures danger. Until this courts that allegations of passes. PA NOW for determining when a conflict is resolved, PA child abuse are not true. therefore opposes this child is likely to be NOW opposes this Many professionals bill. This bill continues abducted allowing a bill. This bill has involved in custody to sit in the House court to implement child passed out of the cases involving Judiciary Committee. abduction prevention House and is awaiting allegations of child abuse NOW/PAC Endorses Lois Herr for Congress On Saturday, November November 21, 2009 NOW PAC endorsing 7, 2009, Congressman Pennsylvania NOW, Lois for this seat. Thanks in large part to Joe Pitts of Lancaster, National NOW, and The National Pitts' efforts, the PA , along with Bart Planned Parenthood Organization for Women House's version of Stupak, inserted an PA Advocates held a Political Action health care reform now amendment into the protest rally against Committee is proud to stands as the greatest House version of the Rep. Joe Pitts for co- announce our threat to women's health care bill that authoring the Stupak- endorsement of Lois fundamental right to denied access to Pitts amendment to the Herr for Congress in abortion in decades. abortions through the health care reform bill . Pennsylvania's 16th That's why we're here proposed health During the rally, the District. Lois is taking on today on Joe Pitts' insurance reform (A National NOW PAC the all-important home turf -- not only to slightly different version announced their challenge of unseating express outrage at his of this prohibition put into endorsement of long- Rep. Joe Pitts, co-author actions but also to the Senate version of the time NOW member of the outrageous demonstrate our bill by Senator Nelson and women’s rights Stupak-Pitts commitment to getting became law in March advocate Lois Herr for Amendment. Lois rightly Lois Herr elected in this when the health care bill this seat. called this amendment "a district next November. was signed into law by direct attack on the President Obama). Here’s the speech Lois is dedicated to given by Terry O’Neill, freedom and privacy of Two weeks later, on American women." providing affordable Chair of the National (Continued on page 8) NONPROFIT ORG US POSTAGE Pennsylvania NOW Inc. PAID PITTSBURGH PA PERMIT NO 1099 Pennsylvania NOW Inc. P.O. Box 8614 Wilkinsburg, PA 15221 Political Information Enclosed Pennsylvania NOW Inc. GOING GREEN! Save costs and to save Trees. We will be sending out future copies of the Pennsylvania NOW Times See the PA NOW via email to everyone for whom we have an email address. PAC Voter’s Please send us your name and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org; Guide on page 2. put “PNT email” in the subject line. To continue receiving a paper newsletter, please write to our main office (see front page) or call 814-280-8571. Thank You! Endorsement of Lois Herr by NOW/PAC (continued) (Continued from page 7) We have a battle ahead of us, but I am confident health care to every that the people of person in the United Pennsylvania's 16th States, but not at the District will see the light. expense of women's The current health care access to reproductive debate has revealed the health services. She is a cynical side of law- longtime NOW member making and exposed and a strong supporter of those legislators who are constitutional equality, only too willing to throw equal pay, affirmative women overboard for the action, equal marriage sake of political rights and the full range expediency. To those like of feminist issues. Lois Joe Pitts, I say: if understands the hurdles women's rights aren't that women face every safe when you're in day in this country, and office, then we'll just when we send her to have to replace you. And L. to R.: Congressional Candidate Lois Herr (D), Capitol Hill, she will work I can't think of a better PA 16th CD; PA NOW President Joanne Tosti- to improve the lives of candidate to take your Vasey; Lancaster Councilwoman Louise Williams; women and girls. seat than Lois Herr. National NOW President Terry O’Neill; and State Representative Barbara McIllvaine-Smith. Representative Barbara McIllvaine-Smith.
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