Meet Your New NOW-NYS Leaders!

Sonia Ossorio, President
Jean Bucaria, Executive Vice President
Kristin Gardner, Legislative Vice President
Gabriela Moreno, Secretary

We are honored to have been elected by the members of NOW New York. Thank you for your support. We look forward to working with chapter leaders and members across the state to grow our strength, our power, and our impact on women's rights in New York.

Please stay tuned for many exciting changes, here online and on the ground. Thank you for your patience as we transition. You may temporarily reach NOW-NYS at nownewyorkstate@gmail.com or 212-627-9350.

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People's Climate March - Climate Justice Is a Feminist Issue, September 21, 2014

Climate March September 2014

Celebration of Prevention of Domestic Violence Program

Domestic Violence Program Celebration
NOW - NYS President Zenaida Mendez (center) with other ending domestic violence activists.

Let's Get to Work! November 11th Elections

Let’s get to work! The message was sent loud and clear!

On Tuesday, September 9, 2014, Democrats in New York made history. Zephyr Teachout proved that it can be done if only we would had state public financing of elections in New York State. Gubernatorial candidate Teachout ran a statewide race with only one paid staff: less than one million dollars in the bank, she won 23 counties, and received 34% of the votes. That is a real winner! Thank you to the NOW-NYS members and supporters! Grassroots activism is not dead. It is in a county near you.

Statistics show that women have the same chances of winning an election as men — if only they ran.

NOW-NYS will continue to make sure that from today forward, which ever ticket gets elected in the general elections on November 4, 2014 will make a difference:

Protect a woman's freedom of choice: NOW-NYS will continue to fight for the 10 points of the Women's Equality Act. NOW-NYS is working to make sure the NYS Senate passes all 10 points to ensure women's full equality. The Senate has failed to enact the full Women's Equality agenda, refusing to legally guarantee women's reproductive freedom. We must enact all provisions of the Women's Equality Act because New York's women deserve action guaranteeing every single one of their rights -- not just some of them.

Education: NOW-NYS believes it is high time NYC gains parity with the rest of the state in the area of education. All NY children should have the same educational opportunities not just the ones in richer zip codes.

Rights for the Undocumented: NOW-NYS supports providing access to state financial assistance for higher education to those immigrants wishing to pursue a college degree, along with supporting drivers licenses for immigrants. Driving your child to school should not be a crime.

Economy: NOW-NYS supports raising the minimum wage so every person with a full time job can finally rise above poverty. We support paid sick days and paid family leave insurance, so that no parent has to choose between paying the bills and nursing a sick child.

Environment: NOW-NYS supports banning fracking, clear and simple. Officially known as "hydraulic fracturing," fracking is a method of drilling for natural gas that risks contaminating our groundwater and endangering our environment with chemicals and radioactive elements. Instead, we support renewable energy sources such as solar power and wind.

Election Financing: NOW NYS supports public financing of all elections in the State of New York. In addition, it is unacceptable for one campaign donor to be allowed to give the equivalent of a regular New Yorker's years salary.

Please Join NOW-NYS at our annual convention on Saturday, November 8, 2014 in Brooklyn, New York from 10:00AM-4:00PM, place to be announced soon.

NOW - NYS PAC Endorses these Candidates

  • Diane Dwire (D) - Assembly District 126, website, 315-748-6777
  • Gustavo Rivera (D) - Senate District 33, website, 347-781-5144
  • Rebecca Seawright (D) - Assembly District 76, website
  • Marybeth Melendez (D) - Assembly District 64, website
  • Madelyn Thorne (D) - Senate District 49, website
  • Ted O'Brien (D) - Senate District 55, website, 585-697-0924
  • John Liu (D) - website
  • Cecilia Tkaczyk (D) - Senate District 46, website, 845-481-3575
  • Dell Smitherman (D) - Senate District 19, website

The NOW-NYS PAC has recommended the following congressional candidates to be endorsed by the National NOW PAC:

  • Nita Lowey (D) - District 17, website
  • Carolyn Maloney (D) - District 12, website
  • Domenic Recchia (D) - District 11, website
  • Martha Robertson (D), District 23, website

NOW - NYS President Zenaida Mendez
Speaks With CUNY Students

CUNY students

We Need Laws as Strong as NY Women!

Women's Equality AgendaThe National Organization for Women New York State (NOW-NYS) is working hard for a brighter future for women in New York.

Women in New York State expect and deserve full equality and NOW-NYS is leading the fight for passage of the Women's Equality Act this year.

In January 2014, the New York Sate Assembly passed the full Women’s Equality Act which includes sweeping reforms that will finally ensure true equality for the women of New York. We applaud the Assembly effort!

This legislation protects women's health and reproductive rights, ensures pay equity, combats sexual harassment, and includes stronger penalties for human trafficking.

NOW-NYS is working to make sure the NYS Senate passes all 10 points to ensure women's full equality. The Senate has failed to enact the full Women's Equality agenda, refusing to legally guarantee women's reproductive freedom.We must enact all provisions of the Women's Equality Act because New York's women deserve action guaranteeing every single one of their rights -- not just some of them.

The 10 points of the Women's Equality Act are:

1) Protect a woman's freedom of choice by enacting the Reproductive Health Act

2) Achieve pay equity

3) Stop sexual harassment in all workplaces

4) Allow for recovery of attorneys' fees in employment and credit and lending cases

5) Strengthen human trafficking laws

6) End family status discrimination

7) Stop source-of-income discrimination

8) Stop housing discrimination for victims of domestic violence

9) Stop pregnancy discrimination once and for all

10) Protect victims of domestic violence by strengthening order-of- protection laws

New York helped lead the country over four decades ago -- even before the Roe v. Wade decision -- and with bipartisan support took steps to provide access to full reproductive health. In recent years, that access is being challenged and prohibited in dozens of states.

Please join us by contacting your State Senator and make your voice heard. Let him or her know that we demand all 10 points NOW. Your advocacy will make the difference!

The National Organization for Women Advocates
for True, Fair Immigration Reform

Immigration affects women deeply as more than half of the almost 11 million undocumented immigrants are women and children. NOW-NYS supports immigration reform legislation that provides a path to citizenship, promotes the reunification of families, includes protections against exploitation in the workplace, and doesn't include fences, walls or border prisons. Read more.

Women Need Access to Reproductive Health Care!

With only one month remaining in the legislative session, now more than ever, we must tell our NYS Legislators that women need access to reproductive health care. As many of you know, women's rights and specifically reproductive rights are under attack in the War on Women.

The Reproductive Health Act has support from the majority of New York State residents (70%); NYS Legislators need to hear from you regarding this legislation. This act, if signed into law, will improve the health of every woman who resides in New York State, giving her access of contraception and safe and legal abortions without interference from the government.

It will put abortion procedures in the health code where they belong, instead of in the penal code.

Governor Cuomo has stated that he fully supports this legislation and will sign it into law when passed by the NYS Legislature.

Contact your NYS Legislator today and tell her/him to pass the New York State Reproductive Health Act. It's as easy as clicking a few times.

Find and contact your NYS Assembly member via phone and email

Send letters to editors of various publications

See a sample letter at the Young Feminists blog

Adult Women's Unemployment Rate Exceeds Men's for the First Time in More than Six Years

Read the report from the National Women's Law Center.

When someone tells you that feminism is dead and unnecessary, send them this article

Raped Cheerleader's Suit Misses Title IX Complaint - by Wendy Murphy, WeNews Contributing Editor.

"Title IX has been pigeon-holed as a sports-equity law for schools. Wendy Murphy says an unconscionable case of sex harassment against a Texas cheerleader shows how the widespread misunderstanding of the law hinders justice." Read the entire article.

Oppose the "Cat Food" Commission -- Build the Campaign Against Raising the Retirement Age

Your help is needed to build opposition in Congress against dramatic Social Security benefit cuts we expect will be proposed by President Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. Dominated by conservatives, the group has been dubbed the "Cat Food" Commission because of their apparent intention to push millions of people -- especially women -- out of the middle class and into poverty. Learn more about the Commission and what you can do.

Pass Pay Equity Legislation in New York State
NOW New York State is a member of the NYS Pay Equity Coalition. We are working diligently to make sure that women receive equal pay. The feminization of poverty is an issue that affects women in their everyday lives.

Women continue to make only 77 cents on the $1.00 that their male counterpart makes. It is time for New York State to pass The Fair Pay Act (A-2712/S-3936). This bill has been introduced into the NYS Assembly by Susan John. The NYS Assembly has passed this bill but, it has yet to pass the Senate. Senator Craig Johnson is the prime sponsor in the NYS Senate.

Take action. Print the Petition and send emails to your NYS legislators and Governor Paterson. Go to our Take Action section for a form letter that you can sign and send. We also have posted the Action Tool Kit that has been designed by the Coalition:

Equal Rights Amendment
Read why it is time to pass the ERA - Equal Rights Amendment - now! Sign our petition asking New York State legislators to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.

Young Feminists
NOW - New York State has received numerous requests from women on campuses asking how they can start a NOW chapter or a CAN (Campus Action Network). For more information on how you can start a NOW chapter or a CAN, contact us at info@nownys.org or call 518.452.3944

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