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									                                                                                                  Pennsylvania NOW
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                                     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                                             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
                                                                                         on women NOW!
                                 P.O. Box 8614         Pamela Macklin, Treasurer                            Wilkinsburg, PA 15221                                      Contact information for your
                                                       Mary Kay Peterson               PA legislators can be found
                             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 Click on “PA NOW PAC” and then on “PAC

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 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)                                         
                                        Wilkinsburg Borough Council,
    Kathryn Boockvar (D)                2nd Ward                         Lancaster County                                              Manheim Township Commissioner
                                          Beverly McCoy (D)
    Barbara Behrend Ernsberger (D)                                         Doreen Kreiner (D)
                                        Bucks County                                      
    m                                Commissioners (vote for two)
                                                                                Montgomery County
Allegheny County                        Det Ansinn (D)
                                           Clerk of Courts
                                        Diane Marseglia (D)                        Ann Thornburg Weiss
   Valerie McDonald Roberts (D)                                          
                                     Dauphin County                             Controller
County Executive
                                     Clerk of Courts                              Diane B. Morgan (D)
   Rich Fitzgerald(D)                                                       Shamaine Daniels (D)
                                        Recorder of Deeds
Pittsburgh City Council, District 9
                                       Linda M. Hee (D)
   Phyllis Copeland-Mitchell (D)        m                               

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
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 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:                   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       and Irene           credit card for the luncheon
care, 5) etc.                           Workshop                       Boyle (215- 913-0108) are the      at
    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, 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.)    $____
    There will be three banks                                                                             contribution.htm. Then
of workshops with the first                                                                               follow-up the online
bank focusing on voting,                                                                                  payment with an email to
elections, & general                  Address_______________________________________________    , saying
advocacy. The afternoon               Credit Card #_________________________Exp. Date__________           your donation is for your
workshops will focus on               Signature______________________________________________
                             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

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
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
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
                                                    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        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
                          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
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                                            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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