Thurston County NOW

Thurston County NOW

http://www.now.org

https://www.facebook.com/National-Organization-for-Women-Thurston-County-WA-110137092362730

NOW chapters focus on six priority issues including reproductive rights, ending sex discrimination/constitutional equality, promoting diversity and ending racism, economic justice, stopping violence against women, and LGBTQIA rights. Our chapter welcomes new members to help fight for women's rights on the local and national level. The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. http://www.now.org/ OW is the largest, most comprehensive feminist advocacy group in the United States. Our purpose is to take action to bring women into full participation in society — sharing equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities with men, while living free from discrimination. NOW is one of the few multi-issue progressive organizations in the United States. NOW stands against all oppression, recognizing that racism, sexism and homophobia are interrelated, and that other forms of oppression such as classism and ableism work together with these three to keep power and privilege concentrated in the hands of a few. Government, our judicial system, big business, mainstream media and other institutions treat many groups in our society like second-class citizens. Pitting us against each other is an essential mechanism for maintaining the status quo. Together, we can create the change we've been dreaming of — our unity is our strength. How Does NOW Take Action? Educating the public and media about the status of and threats to women's rights Organizing rallies, protests, demonstrations and marches of all sizes Protesting businesses that mistreat women and people of color Lobbying for and writing laws that promote full equality for women Registering new voters and inspiring them to get to the polls Recruiting and electing feminist candidates at all levels of government Initiating and supporting lawsuits against violators of women's rights Demanding fair and unbiased courts and judicial nominees Working in coalition with progressive allies Information from NOW's National website http://www.now.org/

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