Urge Senators Durbin and Kirk to VOTE NO ON TPP!

Yesterday, the House passed the “fast track” bill which will expedite passage of the harmful trans pacific partnership trade agreement. This agreement will hurt women both here in the U.S. and abroad. (see NOW issue advisory and talking points at links below for more information). This bill will go to the Senate and could be voted on in a matter of days.

 PLEASE contact your Senators immediately. All Senators should hear from you, even those who agree with us and oppose the fast track bill and the TPP. Pressure on them to pass this bad legislation will be great and we need to let all Senators know the damaging economic impact this will have on women and their families.

 * This will lead to the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs here in the U.S., mostly held by women, and exert downward pressure on wages here in our country.

* This will also lead to further exploitation of workers in the trade partner countries and weaken efforts to combat human rights abuses.

 If you call, ask for the chief of staff or legislative director or their voice mail. Only these key staffers will have access to the Senators to relay our concern and outrage asap.

 If you send an email, use the two bullet points above and any additional comments about the harm of this bill.

 Attached is a file of contact information for all U.S. Senators, including the emails for the chiefs of staff. You should direct any email you send directly to this top staffer.

 Please take a few minutes to do this because we need to hold Senators, especially those who tell us they care about women and families, accountable for their vote on this economic justice issue. 



ERA Forum October 2

Join us for an ERA Forum

What:  The AAUW Springfield Branch and NOW are bringing a panel of renowned women together to discuss the Equal Rights Amendment.

Learn how you can play a role in the ratification process.

When:  Thursday, October 2, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Where:  The American Lung Association Building, 3000 Kelly Lane, Springfield

The Equal Rights Amendment
Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United
States or by any state on account of sex.
Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the
provisions of this article.
Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.

NOW Action Alert! Call Senators Durbin and Kirk on CRPD and CEDAW

Please call Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk on Monday or Tuesday to urge that they vote to ratify the Convention on the Rights for Persons with Disabilities. The full Senate could be voting this coming week to ratify this important international treaty and the vote could be close since a two-thirds vote is required. We need to generate thousands of calls, so please help out.

CALLS ARE NECESSARY BECAUSE TIME IS SHORT – THE CAPITOL SWITCHBOARD # IS 202-225-3121. IF THE SWITCHBOARD IS BUSY, PLEASE FIND THE OFFICE PHONE NUMBERS FOR BOTH OF YOUR SENATORS http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm AND MAKE THOSE CALLS. You should ask to speak to the staff person who handles health or international issues, but must likely you will be asked to leave a voice mail message.

It’s a very short message: “I am a voting constituent of Senator_________ and I am strongly urging that he/she take leadership to bring to a full Senate vote the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Even though the U.S. has been a leader in advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities, we need to join the world community by ratifying the CRPD.”

AND: URGE them to bring to a floor vote the ratification of CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women – known as the Women’s Rights Treaty. Hearings on CEDAW were held in a subcommittee late June and we hope that there will finally be a floor vote soon to ratify this important treaty. We have been waiting 35 years for CEDAW ratification!

The Senate previously held a vote to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, but failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed. Another effort is being made to ratify the CRPD and, last Tuesday, the treaty was passed out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with a 12 – 6 vote. There is strong bipartisan support for this treaty, with former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kans.) committed to helping push for the necessary two-thirds. Advocates hope that the floor vote can be scheduled before Senate recesses for the month of August – just one more week to go — and we need to generate lots of calls.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an international human rights treaty of the United Nations intended to protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities. Parties to the Convention are required to promote, protect, and ensure the full enjoyment of human rights by persons with disabilities and ensure that they enjoy full equality under the law, according to Wikipedia. The Convention has served as the major catalyst in the global movement from viewing persons with disabilities as objects of charity, medical treatment and social protection towards viewing them a full and equal members of society, with human rights. The CRPD’s core provisions pertain to reasonable accommodation, prevention of discrimination, accessibility, situations of risk and humanitarian emergency, recognition before the law and legal capacity, access to justices, right to education and health, habilitation and rehabilitation, work and employment, adequate standard of living and social protection, and right to vote. More information on the CRPD: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CRPD and at http://www.disabilitytreaty.org/

Let’s Pass the ERA in the House! It’s Time!


Please contact your Illinois state representative and urge them to co-sponsor and VOTE YES on the Equal Rights Amendment ERA, SJRCA 75.

You can find the link here:


Contact info for your representative is here:


Thanks for your help and keep up the great work!

It’s Time for Illinois to Pass the ERA

SJRCA 75, the Equal Rights Amendment, sponsored by Senator Heather Steans, passed out of the
Illinois Senate Executive Committee yesterday with a vote of 11 YES votes, 4 NO votes.
A Senate floor vote may come up in the next couple of days
Call your Senator and URGE A YES VOTE on the ERA, SJRCA 75.
Contact info can be found here: http://www.ilga.gov/senate/
Click on your senator’s name for their contact info.

ERA in Senate Executive Committee

Urge members of the Illinois Senate Executive Committee
SJRCA 75, sponsored by Senator Heather Steans, is the Equal Rights Amendment. This bill has been assigned to the Senate Executive Committee and is set for hearing this Wednesday, May 21, at 2 PM.
SJRCA 75 provides for the ratification of the proposed equal rights amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
ACTION NEEDED: Please contact members of the Senate Executive Committee and URGE them to VOTE YES on the ERA.
Below is the link with the names of the committee members. You can call ALL of the members since this bill is still in committee. You can click on their name to get contact info. PLEASE CALL TODAY, TUESDAY, or WEDNESDAY MORNING. You can leave a simple message for each Senator, “VOTE YES on the ERA” 
Please forward this info and let’s get those calls and emails going.
Thanks for your help with this!

Illinois NOW Mini State Conference

Sunday, October 6

1:30-5 PM

Joliet Public Library

Main Branch

150 N Ottawa St Joliet, IL 60432

Illinois NOW strives to bring the latest and most relevant feminist issues to attendees. We welcome ALL equality-minded individuals to come and benefit from the work we do and networking opportunities offered at our annual state conference – and this year proves to be no exception! Don’t miss this inspiring and motivational day of thought and activism!

This year’s theme is It’s About Time! Illinois NOW Takes on 2014.

Elections * Lunch * Silent Auction * President’s Award

We invite you to join us as we take on organizing and planning for actions and issues such as the 2013 March on Springfield, the state of the ERA in Illinois, and the 2014 National NOW Conference theme of racism and women of color.

Conference Pre-registration deadline: Friday, September 27th
You can register below via Paypal
OR for a conference registration mail-in form, email illinoisnow@aol.com. If you need hotel info or assistance during the conference
(child care, signer, alternative housing), please call Susan at 217/898-3152.
For all conference questions, contact us at Illinoisnow@aol.com or 217/898-3152.

Only $10 (for lunch) for NOW members/$20 for non NOW members  (includes lunch and NOW membership!)


Registration (includes lunch)

Urge Your IL House Rep. to VOTE YES on SB 10

Illinois NOW Action Alert – Support Marriage Equality 2/27/13

Please contact your Representative to VOTE YES on SB 10.

Senate Bill 10 (Sen. Heather Steans/Rep. Greg Harris), the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, passed out of the House Executive Committee yesterday and is now on 2nd Reading in the IL House. Please contact your Representative and urge them to Vote YES on SB 10.

Contact the Capitol switchboard at 217/782-2000 and ask to be connected to your Rep’s office. You can then leave your message with their staff person – VOTE YES on SB 10!

Thanks for your help and please spread the word.