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Native American Community Group Releases Illustrated ABC Handbook Detailing Steps for Young Native Women to Take When Raped

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Today, The Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center (NAWHERC) published What To Do When You Are Raped, An ABC Handbook For Native Girls. This book is a resource aimed at answering the questions women face following a sexual assault, from thinking through buying emergency contraception, to getting tested for STDS, to who to turn…

We must change culture of oppression in addition to the laws

In light of recent violence I am reminded of the quote from Nikki Giovanni, “The 60s were one big funeral day”. It is hard to know how best to respond to the multiple emotions that communities throughout Pennsylvania and the United States are feeling. Our nation was founded on very high principles of individual rights…

Philly NOW & PA NOW Statement on Raising the Retirement Age for Judges

Philadelphia NOW and Pennsylvania NOW oppose the proposal on the 2016 primary ballot to raise the retirement age for judges from 70 to 75. Keeping the mandatory retirement age at 70 at least ensures that there is some chance of turnover, other than by death or resignation. Judges routinely win retention elections despite well-publicized examples…

Broad Coalition Behind Mayor’s Budget Proposals Grows

Press Release 3-10 City of Phila/Mayor’s Office PHILADELPHIA – Today, School District leaders, FOP Lodge 5, the Dominican Cultural Association, Philadelphia NOW, the Maternity Care Coalition and other community leaders joined the broad coalition supporting the Mayor’s budget proposals. Their statements of support follow. These Philadelphians join the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, 32BJ SEIU, Philadelphia…

Senator Larry Farnese Helps PA #ProtectTheZone

Earlier this month state Senator Larry Farnese re-introduced Senate Bill 1105, a bill to reduce harassment and confrontations between women accessing abortion care and those determined to bar them by mandating a content-neutral buffer zone around the entrances to health clinics. SB 1105 is similar to the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.…

Women’s Advocates from China Meet With US Advocates & PA NOW

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Pennsylvania NOW President Caryn Hunt, Philadelphia NOW representative Karen Bojar and Maternity Care Coalition Director JoAnne Fischer met with a delegation of women advocates from the China Shenzhen Women’s Federation to exchange knowledge about advocacy campaigns in Pennsylvania and China. Certainly there are cultural differences, but we found many commonalities in our purpose to uplift…