Speeches and Panel Discussions from the 2014 NOW New Jersey Conference. These videos will be added to soon, check back often.
They're at it again. Unelected bureaucrats are meeting behind closed doors making decisions that could cost tens of thousands of good jobs.
It’s called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. We don’t know what’s in it, but we know who wrote it: corporate lobbyists and representatives of countries that include repressive regimes with no concern for labor or environmental standards.
We should have learned our lesson by now. Bad trade agreements create a race to the bottom which benefits only the multinationals. It lets them export jobs, undermine environmental standards and restrict internet freedom.
Now they want "fast-track" rules on a secretly negotiated treaty. Fast track means Congress skips the amendment process and skips to vote all before they even know what is in the treaty.
The corporate lobbyists don’t want the public to have the chance to see what’s in this deal -- and they don’t want Congress to change what they are trying to foist on America.
As Sen. Elizabeth Warren said, "they have to be secret because if the American people knew what was going on, they would be opposed."
American jobs and strong environmental protections are too important to rush through another bad trade agreement.
National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (#NHHAW) is right around the corner and will take place November 15 – 23, 2014.
This is an opportunity for advocates to draw attention to the reality of these problems right here in New Jersey, with a coordinated social media campaign. Currently the campaign is at 68% of its goal.
Join Monarch Housing Associates and the Anti-Poverty Network in “donating” a social media post and NHHAW could become a trending topic!
To join the campaign click the Join the Thuderclap link on this link: http://goo.gl/IWj6r2
Or directly to the Thunderclap page: http://goo.gl/apstq4
To schedule a post and join the campaign scroll down to the links for Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr and click on them to schedule a post for Saturday November 15th.
It is easy and takes less than a minute,
Some strategies that would help include:
Posting with your organizational accounts
Posting with your personal accounts
Reaching out to your faith based community, co-workers, family and friends.
Together we can make sure hunger and homelessness is on the minds of every one of our peers as we move into a very challenging time of year for people who live in poverty.
Women work a lifetime at unequal pay, and part of the reason for lower lifetime earnings is that many women drop out of the paid workforce, or go part-time, in order to provide unpaid caregiving to children or other family members. That's a hardship during our working years. It shouldn't follow us into our retirement years. But right now, it does.
That just isn't right. So we're teaming up with Social Security Works, the Center for Community Change Action, and other allies to help pass the Social Security Caregiver Credit Act of 2014 (HR 5024).
This important bill would provide an earnings credit for caregiving time when an individual leaves the workforce or has reduced earnings because of caregiving. Their Social Security benefit would take that caregiving time into account.
A recent poll shows that 67% of people support caregiver credits. It's time for Congress to listen to what we want.
The establishment of a caregiver credit would bolster the economic prospects of unpaid caregivers and would provide vital retirement security to vulnerable people -- disproportionately women, especially women of color, and low-income families.
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.
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