2006 National N.O.W Conference Resolutions

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Denis

It is wise to keep an eye on the enemy to see what their latest agenda is goinf to be. The one on PAS is particularly disturbing.

IN-STORE ACCESS TO BIRTH CONTROL

2006

WHEREAS, 90 percent of women use some form of birth control sometime between the ages of 15 and 44; and

WHEREAS, many pharmacies have refusal clause policies in place which allow pharmacists to deny birth control prescriptions on the basis of "personal or moral beliefs;" and

WHEREAS, many pharmacies assert that transferring birth control prescriptions to another store is a "reasonable accommodation" based on "personal or moral beliefs" when such policies in fact send women on wild goose chases in order to fill legitimate prescriptions; and

WHEREAS, many states have in place or are considering legislation that codifies corporate pharmacist refusal clause policies on the basis of "personal or moral" beliefs into state law; and

WHEREAS, such refusal clause policies discriminate on the basis of economic means, as some women may not have cars, the funds for additional travel, or flexibility to take time off work in search of their birth control prescriptions; and

WHEREAS, such refusal clause policies discriminate against women with disabilities and others with mobility issues; and

WHEREAS, such refusal clause policies cause particularly acute problems in rural areas, where some women need to travel 30 miles or more to get to another pharmacy; and

WHEREAS, such refusal clause policies ignore the time-sensitive nature of birth control prescriptions, including emergency contraception;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that NOW opposes all pharmacist refusal clause policies allowing for birth control to be refused on the basis of "personal or moral beliefs" without accommodating immediate, in-store access to birth control prescriptions during all hours of store operation; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that NOW opposes all state and federal refusal clause legislation allowing for birth control to be refused with the same conditions stipulated further above; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that NOW supports women's right to birth control and advocates for laws and policies that ensure immediate, in-store access to birth control, and which prohibit pharmacies from denying women access to birth control based on moral, political or religious grounds.


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NOW MUST ENGAGE ON INTERNATIONAL FEMINIST ISSUES

2006

WHEREAS, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women ("CEDAW") is an international Bill of Rights for women which obligates those countries that have ratified or acceded to it to take "all appropriate measures" to ensure the full development and advancement of women in all spheres--political, educational, employment, health care, economic, social, legal, marriage and family relations.; and

WHEREAS, the United States (U.S.) has neither ratified nor acceded to CEDAW and the National Organization for Women (NOW) repeatedly has pressured the United States to do so; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. government selectively cites the oppression of women as rationale for its aggressive foreign policy toward some states and governments while tolerating such oppression in others;

WHEREAS, United Nations Counsel Resolution 1325 obligates the U.S. to support participation of women in peace keeping and post-conflict activities and resolution; and

WHEREAS, NOW's agenda is increasingly a global agenda that parallels much of what feminists worldwide are struggling to achieve; and

WHEREAS, NOW made a thorough presentation in Geneva in June 2006 at the United Nations Human Rights Committee on the human rights of women in the U. S. under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; and

WHEREAS, NOW's participation in a global feminist network allows us to share strategies and support between and among feminists around the world and to learn from one another's strategies and approaches; and

WHEREAS, NOW is committed to ensuring that, in developing its issue positions, NOW will consider the impact of these positions in the U.S. and globally;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that NOW will maintain Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) consultative status with the United Nations; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that NOW establish an Ad Hoc Committee on Feminist Global Strategies and Issues that will more fully develop NOW positions on foreign policy and the impact of U.S. foreign policy and expenditures on women worldwide; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that NOW will expand collaboration with feminist global networks worldwide--with particular efforts to include feminists from the global South--to develop strategies to achieve equality for women, social justice and peace; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Ad Hoc Committee on Feminist Global Strategies and Issues, once established, will address the impact on women worldwide of U.S. foreign policy and expenditures and will develop strategies to counter these policies if needed; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Ad Hoc Committee on Feminist Global Strategies and Issues will bring recommendations for a NOW platform of action in this area to the 2007 NOW National Conference.


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CALL FOR FAIR IMMIGRATION REFORM LEGISLATION
2006

WHEREAS, women and children are more than half of the almost 12 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.; and

WHEREAS, immigrant women are among the most vulnerable to exploitation, abuse and human rights violations and face particular challenges due to inequalities between men and women, while having the additional responsibilities of family and home; and

WHEREAS, immigrant women often come to the U.S. to be domestic workers or caregivers, are subject to exploitation, work for substandard wages, and may have to leave their own children behind to be raised by relatives; and

WHEREAS, immigrant women and their children not only face language, cultural and community isolation and live at the margins of society without documents, but also suffer as victims of family and sexual violence and have little or no resources to get help including language and culturally sensitive counseling and services; and

WHEREAS, the current discussion in the U.S. Congress and in many cities with large immigrant populations is filled with racist and hate-filled calls for making felons out of undocumented immigrants, building more prisons, walls and electric fences, and promoting vigilante tactics;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the National Organization for Women (NOW) work at the chapter, state and national levels to mount an educational and advocacy campaign to emphasize the humanity of our immigrant families, neighbors and workers who deserve the rights, opportunities and responsibilities that our nation has afforded to the millions of previous immigrants who have come to our country in search of a new land, new opportunities and the chance to share in our promise of liberty and justice for all; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this campaign communicate our insistence that any "immigration reform" include: A path to permanent residency and citizenship, including a reasonable timetable, for undocumented immigrants who want to remain in the United States, including women, men and children and especially those who do not work outside of the home; promote reunification of families, including LGBT families; provisions to improve wages and working conditions of immigrant workers to protect them from exploitation, preserving the provisions addressing violence against immigrant women and families in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and a more efficient system to process those eligible to work and seek permanent residency/citizenship, one that excludes the building of fences, walls and prisons at the border; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that NOW work at the chapter, state and national levels to advocate for true, fair immigration reform.


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CALL FOR A REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE CAMPAIGN

2006

WHEREAS, one of the National Organization for Women's (NOW) priority issues affirms that reproductive freedom is a human right, and that this right includes the right to reproductive education, to have, or not to have children, to have the conditions that enable women to make optimal choices for their own lives, and the right to reproductive health services, including access to safe and legal abortion, effective birth control, and emergency contraception; and

WHEREAS, NOW recognizes that reproductive justice intrinsically correlates with sexism, poverty, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, and disability discrimination; and

WHEREAS, women of color and women with disabilities, including those with access to health care, experience discrimination in the health care system and often are not provided the same level of care as others;

WHEREAS, the Bush Administration and recent United States Supreme Court confirmations of newly appointed Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito to replace Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Justice Sandra Day O'Conner, pose a momentous threat to women's reproductive health; particularly in regard to affordable and accessible child care, pre- and post-natal care, health care for women and their families, programs to assist pregnant substance abusers, universal health care, comprehensive school-based sex education for youth, family planning and counseling, job security for pregnant employees, housing for low income women and accessible transportation; and

WHEREAS, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, more than 30% of Latinas and nearly 25% of African American women and significantly high numbers of women with disabilities are uninsured; and

WHEREAS, more than 87% of the counties in the United States do not have an abortion provider and many of these communities have significant populations of color; and

WHEREAS, significant threats to access to reproductive health clinics in South Dakota and recent attacks on the only clinic in Mississippi are endangering women, particularly low-income women; and

WHEREAS, following the 2004 March for Women's Lives, NOW made a commitment to safeguarding reproductive health and access and justice for all women; and

WHEREAS, NOW, as one of the organizers of the March for Women's Lives, is committed to continuing to build stronger relationships with women of color organizations;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that NOW extend an invitation to all women of color organizations and those that participated in the organizing of the March for Women's Lives, to join in a call for a Reproductive Justice Campaign to develop an agenda to build and strengthen ties in our communities; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the National Reproductive Justice Campaign articulate a plan of action developed by NOW and women of color organizations and allies that would include anti-racism training and organizational development; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that NOW provide chapters with a framework to guide reproductive justice campaigns in their communities and encourage chapters to collaborate with local allies to outreach to their local communities and to plan joint actions to defend and protect reproductive health and reproductive rights in their communities; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that NOW create training and education materials that will connect the relevance of reproductive rights, health care and justice to the race and ethnicity of all women, as well as women with disabilities, and sample actions for chapters, and that these resources be made accessible on both printed materials and downloadable via the NOW website.


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CALL FOR AN INDEPENDENT 9/11 INVESTIGATION

2006

WHEREAS, events of September 11, 2001 (9/11) have been the rationale for the war on terror, the wars on Afghanistan and Iraq, the Patriot Act and numerous other attacks on civil liberties, the use of torture, vast increases in military spending and the concentration of powers in the executive branch; and,

WHEREAS, 9/11 has been used by the Bush Administration to justify huge federal budget cuts that cripple social services to women and children such as child care, abuse protection, health care and education; and

WHEREAS, 9/11 has been used by the Bush Administration to undermine civil liberties granted in the First and Fourth amendments of the Constitution with measures such as the Patriot Acts; and

WHEREAS, the Bush Administration refused to have an investigation of 9/11 until public pressure forced him in 2003 to appoint a national commission;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the National Organization for Women (NOW) call for a new and truly independent 9/11 investigation that addresses the unanswered 9/11 questions.


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UNITED STATES TENNIS ASSOCIATION DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICES

2006

WHEREAS, the National Organization for Women (NOW) was founded in 1966, in part, to end discrimination in the workplace; and

WHEREAS, NOW has received numerous complaints against the United States Tennis Association (USTA), alleging that the USTA discriminates against its employee tennis umpires - including umpires Sande French, Cecil Hollins and Dudley Gayle - on the basis of sex, race, age and retaliation and that such complaints have received both national and international media coverage; and

WHEREAS, many of the allegations of discrimination are supported by sworn witness statements; and

WHEREAS, a USTA sectional President acknowledges in writing much of the alleged discrimination in tennis; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that NOW calls upon New York State Attorney General Elliott Spitzer; the City of New York (including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum and Commissioner/Chair of the Human Rights Commission Patricia L. Gatling) and the USTA President Franklin R. Johnson to immediately and fully investigate the aforementioned claims of discrimination, report the results back to NOW and the public and take appropriate action to eliminate such alleged unlawful activity; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that this resolution be forwarded to organizations with the similar goal of eliminating discrimination, such as the National Council of Women's Organizations, the NAACP and AARP, to consider passage of consistent resolutions.


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MOBILIZING TO CLOSE THE WAGE GAP - ECONOMIC JUSTICE FOR WOMEN

2006

WHEREAS, the National Organization for Women (NOW) has a long history of working to end discrimination against women in the workplace. Moreover, the issue of economic justice for women and children is a NOW priority; and

WHEREAS, a young woman who graduates from high school this year and goes straight to work at $20,000 a year will make $700,000 less than a young man graduating with her over her lifetime; a young woman who graduates from college into a $30,000 starting salary will make $1.2 million less than a young man getting his diploma in line right behind her over her lifetime; and a young woman who gets a degree in business, medicine or law and graduates into a $70,000 starting salary will make $2 million less than a young man at her side over her lifetime; and

WHEREAS, most women suffer from the wage gap with 2004 Census data showing women's median annual earnings were $0.76 per dollar earned by men and the gap was worse for women of color revealing African-American women earn only 69 cents for every dollar a man earns and Hispanic women earn only 58 cents to the male dollar and these women are less likely to work in professional and managerial jobs; and

WHEREAS, twenty-eight percent of single mothers with children live below the poverty level in the United States. Moreover, there is a lack of economic security for older women who have spent years doing low paid work as caregivers for which little or no Social Security taxes were paid and who eventually find themselves without economic resources due to the wage gap; and

WHEREAS, the wage gap is the result of a variety of forms of sex discrimination in the workplace, including discrimination in hiring, promotion and pay, sexual harassment, occupational segregation, bias against mothers, and other ways in which women workers and women's work are undervalued; and

WHEREAS, NOW recognizes all women have the right to achieve economic freedom with the support of, but without interference or coercion from the government and the budgets that have been passed by the Bush Administration have resulted in a wider wage gap between classes, increasing the feminization of poverty; and

WHEREAS, Women Are Getting Even (WAGE) Clubs use a set of tools originally developed by Dr. Evelyn Murphy, a PhD economist, which brings women together to discuss the challenges they have in the workplace and to take action to achieve economic justice; and

WHEREAS, WAGE Clubs enable NOW to bring together our members, other women, and other organizations interested in furthering equality in the workplace; and

WHEREAS, WAGE Clubs give women the educational tools and resources they need to fight back and obtain economic justice;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that NOW and its chapters work with the WAGE Project to end discrimination against women in the workplace; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that NOW take action on Women's Equal Pay Day to raise awareness of the discrimination women face in the workplace and actions that can be taken to end such discrimination; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that NOW be strongly urged to include informative articles in National NOW publications on how to start a NOW WAGE Club; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that NOW will work with its chapters to encourage the start of at least one NOW WAGE Club in every state by including information on NOW WAGE Clubs on the National NOW website, and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that NOW invite allied organizations, including women of color and women with disabilities, to convene an Economic Justice Summit in 2008 in order to strategize and implement NOW's ongoing economic justice campaign.


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NOW TO DENOUNCE SO-CALLED PARENTAL ALIENATION (SYNDROME)

2006

WHEREAS, the term Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) was created by the psychiatrist, Richard Gardner. It is used as a tactic in courts by litigating attorneys as a defense strategy for batterers and sexual predators that purports to explain a child's estrangement from one parent, or explains away allegations against the estranged parent of abuse/sex abuse of child, by blaming the protective parent; and

WHEREAS, there are no data to support PAS; and

WHEREAS, mothers are primarily pathologized and blamed for interfering with their children's attachment to their fathers and PAS is used by many evaluators and courts to discount children's fears in hostile and psychologically abusive situations as a form of entrapment, keeping the child from the protective parent; and

WHEREAS, abuse is continued via the court system thru a series of ruthless assaults from all angles strategically planned over time by an abuser, his criminal-divorce-personal injury attorneys and PAS therapists to fully discredit, blame and control a protective parent with the sole purpose of hiding abuse, infidelity, finances and to "win" possession of the child(ren), while proponents of PAS profit; and

WHEREAS, as documented in the PBS film, Breaking The Silence, The Children's Stories there are epidemic levels of abuse and dysfunction in our courts system where espoused judges repeat Richard Gardner's unsubstantiated doctrine and make binding recommendations in conjunction with PAS therapists and PAS attorneys; and

WHEREAS, the newly revised, 2006 edition of "Navigating Custody and Visitation Evaluations in Cases with Domestic Violence: A Judge's Guide," published by The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, includes a strong statement condemning the use of PAS which it calls a "discredited" syndrome that favors child abusers in custody determinations;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the National Organization for Women (NOW) denounces Parental Alienation Syndrome and recommends that any professional whose mission involves the protection of the rights of women and children denounce its use as unethical, unconstitutional, and dangerous.

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