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Spring 2011 issue of the Pennsylvania NOW Times, the semi-annual newsletter of Pennsylvania NOW, Inc.
Spring 2011 issue of the Pennsylvania NOW Times, the semi-annual newsletter of Pennsylvania NOW, Inc.
Pennsylvania NOW PENNSYLVANIA Inc. NOW TIMES Pennsylvania NOW Times Spring 2011 Inside this issue: What are They Thinking!? What are They Thinking? 1 Voters’ Guide 2 Here’s what the federal “Kids? Their parentsTerry O’Neill , President and state legislators can’t show me their United We Rise! 3 of National NOW has are saying: papers. Why should called these attacks a Proposed By-Laws Change 4 they be fed? Keep ‘em “war” on women. She Legislation 5 “Cut the state budget and funding for out of the food banks says that all of these bills Education Fund 7 education. Oh, & yea, and domestic violence should have new names Chapter Exchange 8 to make sure we really shelters.” (PA HB 41that more clearly reflect cut education, take and SB 9) what they actually intend more funding out of These are just some of to do. Titles like: on companies and public schools & send it the messages being "Let the Women Die employees whose to private & parochial sent to women and Act," for a federal insurance covers schools.” (Governor’ children this year by bill that allows public abortion. Corbett’s 2011-2012 the Tea Party and the hospitals to let a To that we’d add, budget proposal Republicans who pregnant woman die (education cuts) and “Let’s Starve the Kids” control the US House rather than perform a PA SB 1 (school for the state bill that of Representatives, the life-saving abortion; vouchers)). denies women and Pennsylvania General "Public Health children access to WIC Defund Planned Assembly and the Nightmare Act," that and food banks if they Parenthood” (US HR 1 Governor’s office in permanently do not have the and US HR 3). Harrisburg. eliminates funding for paperwork to prove that “Let’s shut down all What are you Title X family they are citizens of PA; abortion clinics” (PA thinking!? planning programs; and HB 574 and SB 3). It appears as if these and “Take Us Back to the “Taxes? We can’t tax conservative legislators "Stupak on Early 19th Century” for Marcellus Shale. Why believe that women, Steroids," for the state budget and should we? The oil children, people of another bill that vouchers bill that gut and gas industry keeps color, and permanently outlaws public education funding us in office. internationals are public funding for from Kindergarten (Governor’s 2011-12 threatening the power abortion care and through college. budget proposal) of rich white men. imposes tax penalties We need to stand up and be heard. These attacks must stop. Check out PA NOW’s How to contact Pennsylvania NOW legislative summary starting on p. 5. Pick an issue you MAIN OFFICE TREASURER’S E-Mail are passionate about. And PENNSYLVANIA NOW OFFICE Joanne Tosti-Vasey, President let your legislators know that P.O. Box 68 firstname.lastname@example.org you are watching. Tell them Bellefonte, PA 16823 PENNSYLVANIA N0W Kathy Wilson, Vice-President they need to stop this war Phone: 814-280-857 Treasurer’s Office email@example.com on women NOW! P.O. Box 8614 Pamela Macklin, Treasurer http://panow.org firstname.lastname@example.org http://pennsylvanianow.blog Wilkinsburg, PA 15221 Contact information for your Mary Kay Peterson PA legislators can be found spot.com email@example.com at http://bit.ly/PAGenAssem. PENNSYLVANIA NOW TIMES Page 2 PA NOW PAC Voters’ Guide PA NOW PACVoters’ Guide Primary Election Day is Tuesday, May 17, 2011. The following recommendations by the state NOW Political Action Committee (PA NOW PAC) are presented here for your information. These endorsements are current as of April 20. Any additional endorsements made between now and the May 17 Primary will be posted on our PAC Endorsement page at http://www.panow.org. Click on “PA NOW PAC” and then on “PAC Endorsements..” Pennsylvania NOW PAC Endorsements The Pennsylvania NOW PAC makes endorsements for statewide and local races. At the State level, there is one opening for Justice on the PA Superior Court and one openings for Justice on the PA Commonwealth Court. At the County level, all County Commissioners or County Executive (Allegheny County) plus all Row Offices are up for election. In addition, some counties have openings for the county-level Court of Common Pleas. At the local and district level, people are running for District Court Justice, Borough and City Councils, Township Supervisors, and Mayors. The PA NOW PAC has two levels of approval for candidates. "Endorsement" is the highest level of endorsement and is given only to those candidates who support all of our issues and will take a leadership position on those issues if elected. "Support" is given to those candidates who are good on most of our issues but have a problem with one or two and we believe that these candidates are significantly better than their opposition. As of April 24, all of the listed candidate have received full endorsement. Any additional endorsements or supports will be posted on our webpage at http://www.panow.org/pacendorsements.htm as they are made. Statewide Wilkinsburg Borough Council, 1st Register of Wills & Clerk of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Ward Orphans’ Court Court (note: you can only vote for Paige Trice (D) Rogette Harris (D) one person in this race) www.voterogette.com Wilkinsburg Borough Council, Kathryn Boockvar (D) 2nd Ward Lancaster County http://www.boockvar.com Manheim Township Commissioner Beverly McCoy (D) Barbara Behrend Ernsberger (D) Doreen Kreiner (D) Bucks County http://www.ernsbergerforjudge.co http://www.kreinerforcommissioner.com m Commissioners (vote for two) Montgomery County Allegheny County Det Ansinn (D) http://www.bucksvictory.com Clerk of Courts Controller Diane Marseglia (D) Ann Thornburg Weiss Valerie McDonald Roberts (D) http://voteweiss.com http://www.bucksvictory.com http://allieswithvalerie.com Dauphin County Controller County Executive Clerk of Courts Diane B. Morgan (D) Rich Fitzgerald(D) http://dianemorgancontroller.com http://www.voterichfitzgerald.com Shamaine Daniels (D) http://www.shamainedaniels.com Recorder of Deeds Pittsburgh City Council, District 9 http://espanol.shamainedaniels.co Linda M. Hee (D) Phyllis Copeland-Mitchell (D) m http://heefordeeds.com http://mitchell4citycouncil.org The PA NOW PAC needs your help. In order to put out a voter’s guide and to assist NOW endorsed candidates for statewide and local office, we need funds donated directly to the PA NOW PAC. If you are interested in electing public officials who support full equality of women, then please consider donating to the PA NOW PAC. Mail your donation to the PA NOW PAC, P.O. Box 8614, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221. You can also donate online to the PAC via credit card at http://panow.org/PAC_file/ PANOWPAC.htm. Thank you! Pennsylvania NOW Times Page 3 United We Rise: the 2011 PA NOW Convention UNITED WE RISE! We feminist issues & the war on Names, contact if they are not staying need & will rise to fight the women. information, & overnight. The luncheon War on Women that is Each workshop will last qualifications of the will feature current & past currently being waged against 1.25 hours. Proposals for these moderator & presenters. NOW PAC-endorsed women in the US & here in workshops are now being Elections candidates speaking on their PA. A war that includes: 1) accepted. Please send your We will be holding elections for races and why it’s important women continuing to earn proposals to Pennsylvania President, Vice-President, for NOW & NOW members only 78% of men’s salaries, 2) NOW by August 1, 2011. Secretary, Treasurer, & three to become involved in Congress & the PA General Send your proposals to At-Large Executive Committee elections. Assembly’s attempts to take firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to members. The four officers This fundraiser will help away our reproductive rights; PA NOW, P.O. Box 68, must run together as a slate. If get out our Voters’ Guide to 3) Threats to public Bellefonte, PA 16823. Based you are interested running for also support our endorsed education; 4) attempts to deny on the proposals received, we office, you must contact our candidates. Cost is a citizenship to children born in may merge some of the Elections Committee. minimum $50.00/person. the US of foreign nationals; & proposals into one workshop. Chairing this committee will You can use the form on the attacks on the new federal Each proposal needs to be Cindy Purvis (814-460-3568, left to send in your health care law combined include: email@example.com). Lois registration. You can also with a lack of movement on Proposed Title Herr (717-371-5721, register online with your universal single-payer health Issue or Theme of firstname.lastname@example.org) and Irene credit card for the luncheon care, 5) etc. Workshop Boyle (215- 913-0108) are the at http://panow.org/ Join us at our biennial Short abstract (no more other two members of this PAC_file/PANOWPAC.htm. convention October 1, 2011 at than 50 words) committee. Then follow-up the online the Crowne Plaza Hotel Summary of workshop PAC Luncheon Fundraiser payment with an email to Philadelphia Bucks County, Goals/Objective of We have moved the Treasurer Pamela Macklin, 4700 Street Road, Trevose, workshop, including three traditional PAC fundraiser from email@example.com, saying PA 19053 (215-364-2000). specific takeaways or calls Sunday to Saturday so that more your PAC donation is for the We will be focusing on this to action people have a chance to attend PAC luncheon. war on women & how, Registration Fees United, we can fight back. Since this is PA NOW’s Lodging is $99 + tax/ 40th anniversary, we are PA NOW Convention and PAC Luncheon night; deadline for this rate is offering an early-bird September 15. Mail your checks/credit card information to: PA NOW, P.O. Box registration fee. Registration 8614, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221. Make convention registration This all-day conference for those who register by check out to PA NOW, Inc. & a separate PAC Luncheon check to will include workshops PA NOW PAC. Women’s Equality Day on focusing on these types of August 26, 2011 will be attacks as well as how to get $40.00. After that day, NOW involved in elections, voting, #____Early Registration (by 8/26/2011) $40 $____ member registration will be & legislative advocacy to $50.00. Non-member make sure our united voice is #____ NOW member (after 8/26/2011) $50. $____ registration, including a one- heard. In addition, we will be year membership is $70.00. electing new officers, holding Current members can a luncheon PAC fundraiser, #____Sliding scale NOW member (starting @ $0) $____ register & attend the voting on the proposed by- convention on a sliding scale laws change (see p. 4), & down to $0.00. Use the form #____ Non-member registration ($70, includes membership) $____ hosting a cash-bar reception to the left or register online in the evening. with your credit card at Workshops #____ PAC Luncheon ($50 or more, via separate ck.) $____ http://panow.org/ There will be three banks contribution.htm. Then of workshops with the first follow-up the online Name_________________________________________________ bank focusing on voting, payment with an email to elections, & general Address_______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org, saying advocacy. The afternoon Credit Card #_________________________Exp. Date__________ your donation is for your workshops will focus on Signature______________________________________________ registration. PENNSYLVANIA NOW TIMES Page 4 Proposed Bylaws Amendment Philadelphia NOW special membership representative for direction of a more Chapter is proposing an meeting called for chapters with 10-50 democratic formula. amendment to the the purpose of members, two (2) Chapters pay dues to Pennsylvania NOW amending the representatives for the national and state Bylaws to increase the bylaws. chapters with 51-150 organizations in number of chapter members, three (3) proportion to the delegates on the The following presents representatives for number of their Pennsylvania NOW State the proposed change chapters with 151-250 members. For each Board based on the and Philadelphia NOW’s members, four (4) member 22.85 percent number of members in rationale for making this representatives for goes the chapter, 34.37 each chapter. change. The vote on this chapters with 251-400 percent to the state, and The process for amending proposal will occur at the members, and five (5) 42.8 percent to the the by-laws is as follows PA NOW Convention on representatives for national organization. (quoting from the bylaws): Saturday, October 1, chapter with 400 However, 2011 at the Crowne members. representation on state The bylaws may be Plaza—Bucks County in Rationale amended by a two- board is not in Trevose, PA (see article proportion to thirds (2/3) vote of on the Convention on The following is the membership; thus there the State page 3 for further detail). rationale given by is a considerable gap Convention, State Philadelphia NOW for Conference or a Proposed Bylaws proposing this change. between the financial special membership Change contribution of members The various units of NOW and their meeting called for The rules governing have different formulas for purposes of representation at state representation. representation. For amending the board meetings were example, at the national Philadelphia NOW is not bylaws, provided: devised 40 years ago. convention when voting proposing a proportional The current by laws for national officers, a system. Under a A That the state: chapter with 300 members proportional system, a amendment has chapter with been proposed by Section IV Structure; C. has 11 times as many approximately 300 The State Board; 1. votes as a small chapter the State Executive members would have Committee, State Composition. The State with 10 members. 30 votes as compared Board or by petition Board shall be Current rules for to a chapter with ten of five (5) per cent of composed of one (1) representation on state members which would the membership at representative from each board treat a chapter with have one vote. large or by a chapter having at least 50 members as equivalent ten (10) members and to a chapter with 300 The proposed by laws Chapter, and change would merely two representatives from members. Both have 2 each chapter having at votes. narrow the gap between B. That a written a chapter’s numbers/ notice of the least fifty (50) members.The proposed change financial contributions proposed Philadelphia NOW would mean that a chapter and its representation amendment has proposes to change this with 300 members would on the state board. It been mailed to all clause to read: have 4 votes and thus 4 would be a step towards members in good times as many votes as a fairer, more democratic standing at least Proposed change: chapter with 10 members. representation. thirty (30) days Section IV Structure; C. This is significantly less before the meeting of The State Board; 1. than the national formula, the State Composition. The State but would move the state Convention, State Board shall be organization in the Conference, or at composed of one (1) PENNSYLVANIA NOW TIMES Page 5 Legislation PA NOW has been this bill or any similar bill . rural women of orientation to the Ethnic monitoring several pieces This bill bans private Intimidation Act (hate Pennsylvania. Passed out of legislation in the insurance plans sold in of the House Health crimes). This is the bill Pennsylvania General Pennsylvania’s state Committee on April 11, that would return these Assembly. These bills exchange, created under protected classes to the 2011 by a vote of 19-4. For have been introduced for health care reform, from more details, read our hate crimes bill that were possible passage by the covering even medically purged by the Supreme January press statement at General Assembly during necessary abortion Court in 2008 due to the http://bit.ly/HR574Apr2011. this 2011-2012 term. Any procedures. If a person way the legislature bill not passing both wants to have abortions Health Care passed the original bill. houses by the last day of covered, they will have to HB 42—PA NOW opposes Referred to the Senate the legislative business in seek separate insurance this bill. “An Act providing Judiciary Committee 2012 will have to be coverage completely for the rights of individuals February 18, 2011. reintroduced. Some of outside of the exchange. to purchase private health Promoting Diversity these bills are good for Passed out of the Senate care insurance; and women and children. Banking and Insurance & Ending Racial prohibiting certain Many of them are bad and Committee on January governmental action.” This Discrimination reverse our steps towards 25, 2011 by a vote of 12-2 bill guts the federal health Immigration equality. and re-referred to Senate care insurance law by Appropriations Committee HB 41 and SB 9—PA The bills are listed by topic on March 1, 2011. For eliminating penalties for area along with a any employer or individual NOW opposes. Both more details, read about bills require identification statement of where PA who decides not to be our opposition on our blog for “lawful presence” in NOW stands on each bill. at covered by health the United States as a insurance. Voted out of http://bit.ly/SB3Jan2011. prerequisite to the receipt Education House Insurance of public benefits. SB 1—PA NOW HR 574—PA NOW Committee on February 7, Among the restrictions opposes. This bill opposes this bill. This 2011 14-9 strictly along are denial of any benefit removes funds for public bill requires freestanding party line with 2 non-voting that the state or local education from struggling abortion providers to (1D & 1 R). Recommitted government provides school districts by creating comply with ambulatory to House Appropriations including, in the case of a voucher program to surgical facilities February 8, 2011. HB 41, access to any send taxpayer monies to regulations. This bill does local food banks and Lesbian Rights private and parochial not improve patient safety “services provided to schools with little or no and will force safe HB 708—PA NOW women, infants, and oversight as to the providers to close, supports this bill. This act children through the education provided in increase the cost of an creates civil unions in PA Special Supplemental these schools. abortion by as much as for LGBT couples. It does Nutrition Program for Pennsylvania NOW $1,000, force women to not require clergy to Women, Infants and opposes school vouchers. seek care in other states perform services against Children” (WIC). (Let’s For more details about or from marginal or illegal their religious tenants. starve the kids!). Both why we oppose this bill practitioners, and create Introduced and referred to also require that the and what has happened two overlapping sets of House Judiciary Committee identification be verified with it, see our series of regulations that are in on February 16, 2011. through the flawed blogs on SB 1 at conflict with each other federal Homeland http://bit.ly/eP4AVL. and in violation of the SB 586—PA NOW Abortion Control Act. It supports this bill. An act to Security’s “Systematic Reproductive Justice will have the harshest add actual or perceived Alien Verification of SB 3—PA NOW opposes impact on the poor and ancestry, disability, gender, Entitlement (SAVE)” (Continued on page 6) gender identity, and sexual PENNSYLVANIA NOW TIMES Page 6 Legislation (cont’d) database. HB 41 was program to confirm throughout the state to 1227 not yet introduced. referred to the House employee Social Security provide assistance, tip State Government numbers, and to deny any reporting and training on TSA Airport Screenings Committee on January form of registration human trafficking to HR 16—PA NOW 19, 2011. SB 9 was (including driver’s victims, community supports. House voted out of the Senate licenses) to individuals members and law Resolution calling on State Government who can not prove that enforcement. Posting of Congress to limit the use of Committee on February they are legal residents ofsigns would be required in advanced imaging 8, 2011 by a vote of 8-3 the US. This bill could airports, train stations and technology and enhanced & referred to the Senate cause serious problems bus stations; welcome pat downs to those people Appropriations for victims fleeing centers and rest areas; under arrest and with a Committee on March 1, Domestic Violence massage parlors and search warrant for probable 2011. situations without any spas; adult entertainment cause as well as exercising identification. Referred toenterprises featuring nude greater oversight upon the HB 857 the House Labor & Industry or partially nude dancing TSA to place greater “Commonwealth Committee on March 1, or providing live adult Citizenship Act—PA restriction on the use of 2011. entertainment; hotels & these search techniques NOW opposes this bill. restaurants, bars, taverns, taking into concern the This bill that is part of Stopping Violence hotels or clubs that have a issue of personal privacy. Rep. Metcalfe’s anti- Against Women valid liquor or malt or immigration ““National Once passed in House, the brewed beverage license; resolution is sent directly to Security Begins at Protection from Abuse hotels or motels found to Congress (no votes in Home” package . This be a drug-related SB 58–PA NOW Senate or signature by the bill seeks to prevent nuisance; and truck stops Governor are needed). supports this bill. This automatic citizenship for that cater to long-haul bill creates a “Sexual Referred to State House children born in the US Violence Victim Protection truck drivers. Bill is Government Committee to illegal aliens. It Order” for sexual violence supported by the Tavern January 20, 2011. denies citizenship rights victims. Basically, this is Association & the Tourism within the border of a Protection From Abuse & Lodging Association. HB Pennsylvania to any 235 referred to House law for victims of sexual child born anywhere in Judiciary Committee on assault. Voted the US whose parents January 26, 2011; SB unanimously out of aren’t either citizens of Senate Judiciary the US or who are legal Committee on February 8, resident aliens and who 2011 and referred to the now reside in PA. Senate Appropriations Referred to House Committee, where it was Judiciary on March 1, also voted unanimously 2011. out of committee on April HB 858-PA NOW 11, 2011. opposes. This is another Human Trafficking bill that is part of Rep. Daryl Metcalfe’s anti- HB 235 & SB 1227 —PA immigration “National NOW supports this bill. Informal discussion of local NOW chapter leaders at the Security Begins at This bill mandates the April 2011 board meeting in Wilkinsburg (l to r): Jasmin Home” package. This posting of the National Rakestraw and Michele Hamilton, Co-Presidents, Ni- bill requires all PA Human Trafficking Ta-Nee NOW; Kathleen Wilson, Co-President, East employers to enroll in Resource Center hotline, End NOW; & Susan Woodland, NW PA NOW. the federal E-Verify in key locations PENNSYLVANIA NOW TIMES Page 7 Pennsylvania voters stayed home last November. Our mothers, sisters, children & brothers are now suffering from State & Federal selected budget cuts that are undermine the fabric of our Democracy. Governor Corbett & the Pennsylvania Legislature are gutting our public school and higher education programs with up to & over a 50% cut in different parts of the education budget. We must stand up and fight. If not NOW when? The Tea Party,The Right, What can we do? Educate ourselves on who is using their wealth to and Supreme Court Attack suppress our rights. Research how they make their Women’s Rights: money. Then spend our money wisely. Right to a legal, safe abortion We may have to work a little harder, walk a little Right to have birth control further, change our preferences; we know it can Right to equal pay change peoples’ behaviors! Right to privacy and self What can we do? determination Keep our favorite TV stations phone numbers by Right to freedom from discrimination our side. Pick up the phone and call the station or Right to disability rights corporation when we see or hear anti-female Right to freedom from sexual sexually explicit, violent, or degrading behavior or assault, domestic violence, stalking advertising to or about women. It works—thanks Right to Social Security & Medicare to us Glen Beck no longer has his show on the FOX Right to healthcare network! Right to quality public education Right to organize What can we do? VOTE—Register citizens to vote. ♦ Call our friends What can we do? More than ever help and family to vote. ♦ SCREAM ♦ Write letters to yourself and your families please: Send local newspapers. ♦ Keep calling our state Reps and your tax deduction deductible donation to Senators and the talk radio shows. our Pennsylvania NOW Education Fund, P.O. PA NOW is now Box 8614, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221 or online accepting camera-ready at http://panow.org/edfund.htm. And if you ads for our Spring & Fall can commit to a sustaining donation of $10 or PNTs with Voters guide & $20 per month, please email for the State Conference email@example.com. Our Education Fund is a Program : not-for-profit organization, that focuses on Page $375 Half $200 raising the consciousness of people on 1/4th $100 1/8th $50 women’s issues. Bus Card $30 Contact: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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. See above left for ways you can make your donation. Thank you! 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. See the PA NOW PAC Voter’s Guide on page 2. Chapter Exchange Ni-Ta-Nee NOW “Stupak on Steroids” bill) & State College Human women's reproductive rights. cuts to Planned Parenthood. Relations Commission! Yea! As a member of the Healthy Public education programs. Lobbying efforts. Local Locally, we distributed flyers We are also planning a Families, Healthy housing issues. We’ve done for Pay Equity Day (April 12), media event in early May Workplaces Coalition, we them all! & have spoken out on three with Better Choices of participated in several rallies ordinances in State College: Pennsylvania to promote & press events to promote The chapter hosted worker rights & an Earned the creation of an alternatives to PA’s Budget viewings of the video "I Had Sick Time bill, so all workers inclusionary housing cuts in human services. an Abortion" w/ guest in Philadelphia would have ordinance, a revision of the speaker & National NOW VP Philadelphia NOW the ability to accrue sick time employment anti- for Action Erin Matson. We Our primary focus since the to be used in event of discrimination ordinance, & also showed "Training election has been to fight illness, or to care for a sick the expansion of the fair Rules,” the documentary dependent. That bill has housing ordinance to include back against the legislative about homophobia in onslaught at the national & passed out of its committee. public accommodations. women's sports. state levels against We hosted a Progressive On April 18, State College Forum with local legislators Several members attended reproductive rights & also passed the Fair Housing & in December, & have co- the State Lobby Day on Jan worker rights. We worked to Public Accommodations sponsored two forums 25 for the Human Trafficking halt the progress of SB 3, ordinance that includes dealing with our local Bills SB1127 & SB1128, & that bans abortion in the protections for familial elections. Our PAC has attended a State Senate state exchanges. We spent status, marital status, gender endorsed various pro- meeting on SB3, the bill that a lot of time lobbying on that identity, & sexual orientation. choice, feminist candidates bans abortion in the state issue, as well as on SB 1, At the same meeting, for the upcoming election. health exchanges. the school voucher bill. Michele Hamilton, Co- We are planning a women's We traveled to Washington President of Ni-Ta-Nee As a member of the Raising Women's Voices coalition, rights rally for May. DC for the April 7 rally NOW was appointed to the against HB1 (the federal we participated in several — Susan Woodland, NW PA rally & visibility events for NOW
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