National NOW has been holding webinars on Restructuring and Modernizing NOW ( see invitation below) that you have probably not been following. After all, " Restructuring and Modernizing"--what could be important, or even interesting, about that?
Dear NOW activists,
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It is important that you get informed about this before it is too late Go Here for more details
NOW-NJ follows the progress of bills in the New Jersy Ledgislature that are of interest to Women in the Garden State.
Last updated 2/27/15
The following five bills are of particular interest:
A1084/S1815 Imposes time constraints on submission and analysis of rape kits
support Sexual Assault Evidence Submission Act; March 5 hearing Asm Judiciary – discussion only
A2992/S1847 Clarifies that "upskirting" constitutes invasion of privacy
Asm hearing March 5
A3864 Protects right to privacy underneath clothing; establishes crime of "upskirting"
Asm hearing March 5
A3938/S2552 Upgrades crime of photographing, filming, or disseminating photos or films showing a person's intimate parts or sexual conduct when person has not consented to the photography, filming, or disseminating
support; Asm hearing March 5
A4162/S2718 Requires Attorney General to appoint special prosecutor when criminal complaint is filed against law enforcement officer
Asm hearing March 5
Speeches and Panel Discussions from the 2014 NOW New Jersey Conference. These videos will be added to soon, check back often. Conference photo slideshow here
On Thursday, June 26, 2014, the US Supreme Court ruled that the 35 foot buffer zone surrounding an abortion clinic in Massachusetts was in violation of the right to free speech. Chief Justice Roberts delivered the opinion, which can be found in its entirety here:
As you know, NOW has been heavily involved in fighting for a buffer zone in Englewood -- and we have had success, as many of you know. Englewood currently has an ordinance calling for an 8 foot buffer zone at all medical facilities. While we do not know for sure how the SCOTUS ruling will impact Englewood, we know we will continue to fight to protect the rights of women in our communities. We are heartened by the response of Englewood's attorney (see The Record article below), who expressed that he is “confident the local ordinance could withstand a legal challenge and did not foresee the city halting its enforcement.”
If you would like to see a video treatment of analysis of the decision, here is an outstanding clip from the Rachel Maddow Show:
For an article summarizing the decision of the Court, please visit:
|This is an excellent analysis of what this ruling means for other buffer zones:
|This article deals with the potential impact on the Metropolitan Medical Associates clinic in Englewood, NJ, where NOW has worked diligently to help protect the patients. As you know, North Jersey NOW was instrumental in getting the Englewood buffer zone law put into effect, and we are not done yet!
| One final article that refers to the buffer zone in Englewood, NJ:
| Many of us couldn't help but notice the Supreme Court itself enjoys a buffer zone. Sign NOW's petition to highlight the hypocrisy of the Court:
NOW is hopeful that Englewood ordinance will hold up in the face of challenges – there are important differences between the 8 foot buffer zone in Englewood, and the 35 foot buffer zone the court struck down. No matter what happens, NNJ NOW will remain diligent in fighting for the rights of women. Now, as always, we need your support and donations in any amount. If you are up for renewal, please renew. If you are still an at- large member, please renew in our NNJ chapter. For those of you who can, donations are always welcome.
Contact your Representitive and Senators urging them to support Senate bill S457 and House H.R. 847 Click Here