May 2014 e-Newsletter
In this Issue:
2014 Annual Meeting
Reserve your Room
This year's annual meeting will be held in Washington, DC at the Renaissance Mayflower hotel from August 1-3. Join us for a weekend of political brainstorming and planning for another great year!
Call for Submissions: 2014 EMMAs!
We are preparing for another successful Exceptional Merit in Media Awards (EMMAs) in October 2014. The EMMAs were created to recognize and honor journalists and media outlets in radio, television, print and the internet. Journalists nominated for this award will be those doing exceptional work reporting on critical issues that impact women’s lives.
Qualifying submissions will be those published between June 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013. These submissions will be reviewed by a celebrity panel of judges; this year these awards will be presented in New York City. Past recipients have come from Bloomberg News, BBC News, Glamour, Marie Claire and such notable journalists as Sheryl WuDunn, Cokie Roberts and Eleanor Clift.
To find more information on the event, visit our EMMAs website: www.nwpc.org/EMMA
Watch for upcoming news for an online auction, featuring pieces of political history and memorabilia, gifts, jewelry, and other treasures. We are soliciting donations from our State Caucuses and members. If you have any items to donate, please send a picture and brief description to Paula Willmarth at firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome personal donations as well as donations unique to a Caucus state.
"Do I have the best credentials? Probably not. 'Cause, you know, whatever. But I have long and strong ties to this state ... People know."
-Scott Brown on his run against NWPC-Endorsed Senator Jeanne Shaheen
"Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.” -Dr. Maya Angelou #YesAllWomen
Dear NWPC Members and Friends,
This month brings some new surroundings for our National office, as we move from our office space where we have been housed with NOW, as that group restructured their office space. Our new offices will be housed within the National Center for Health Research, a nonprofit formerly known as the National Research Center for Women’s Health, and located at 1001 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 1100, Washington, DC. The location is a good one, and we look forward to this new setting.
We also will soon be wishing Bettina well as she leaves NWPC to take a position with another national organization, and working to advance the ERA, a cause for which Bettina has such strong passion. We have appreciated Bettina’s service and dedication to NWPC during her four years with the organization, and wish her all the best as she continues to advance her career. Her last workday with us is June 13th, so be sure to give her a call or send a note to let her hear from you.
On June 16, our new National Programs Director, Paris Bienert, will officially begin working for NWPC, though many of you may have spoken to Paris during the past few months when she has worked as an intern for us. I met Paris during one of my spring trips to DC, and took Bettina and Paris out of a lunch visit. She is with us now to help transition to the new offices, and to have Bettina share procedures and processes we have at national, and we are pleased Bettina can provide that guidance before she moves on.
Paris is definitely interested in the purpose of NWPC; she has interned at Emily’s List, organized and led a Choice Out Loud chapter at George Washington University where she served as Student Representative for NARAL Prochoice America, taught a class called “Presidential Elections: The Road to the White House” to high school students at the Bryn Mawr School Summer Teaching Institute, and also interned for US Senator Ben Cardin, and worked on political campaigns. Paris has a degree in International Affairs, and a degree in Women’s Studies, a minor in German language, from George Washington University. We are very pleased to have Paris join us!
Thanks to each of you who continue to take action in supporting the cause for equality, and for working on behalf of the National Women's Political Caucus.
Call to Action!
Missouri's 72-hour Waiting Period for Abortion to be Third in Country
The Missouri Senate passed a bill late on Monday, May 12th requiring women seeking safe, legal abortions to endure a mandatory 72 hour waiting period. Missouri will the be the third state, joining Utah and South Dakota, to enact this extreme legislation that attempts to create a barrier for women to access abortion services.
If the legislation, HB 1307, is not vetoed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon the waiting period will triple for women in a state that currently only has one health center that provides safe, legal abortions. This will disproportionately affect low-income women and women in rural areas.
The women of Missouri participated in a 72 hour "Women's Filibuster" outside the State Capitol in Jefferson City to protest the new legislation. We must fight back with them to prevent a National trend that continues to restrict women's access to safe medical care.
"Bill by bill, state by state, the anti-choice lobby is on the path to overturn Roe vs. Wade. We must not let this happen. I am asking you to contact our Missouri Governor and tell him to veto House Bill 1307."- Paula Willmarth, VP Communications (MO).
Join NWPC in the effort to send the message to Governor Nixon that he must veto HB 1307. Send an email as we partner with Planned Parenthood at this link.
After years of anti-choice legislation being brought to the floor in DC, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA-27)have introduced the Women's Health Protection Act. The bills, S. 1969 and HR 3471, would serve to protect women from state legislation that aims to limit women's reproductive rights. Their introduction also marks an important shift for progressives who are taking a stance to support Roe v. Wade.
At this time, the women of Missouri and every state in the United States have little recourse to fight conservative anti-choice legislation. This bill would force states to prove that the restrictions on abortion access definitively promote women's health. Contact your Senators and Representatives and tell them this bill must be passed in both the House and the Senate. Help make history to protect access to safe and legal abortion services.
“Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it empowers us to develop courage; to trust that courage and build bridges with it; to trust those bridges and cross over them so we can attempt to reach each other.”
-Dr. Maya Angelou