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Support Equal Pay!

For the last two weeks, supporters of equal pay have been making calls to the Senate, and we can’t thank you enough. Well, we still need your calls, and we’re excited to let you know that the toll-free number is still working, so please read on . . .

U.S. women need fair pay now — and two minutes of your time could help them get it!

The Paycheck Fairness Act directly affects working women and families in your state and across the country. Nationally, a typical woman working full time, year round still is paid only 77 cents for every dollar a typical man is paid. PFA is the next step in closing this disparity. Call your senators today at 1-888-876-9527 and ask them to support the Paycheck Fairness Act!

Currently there is no broad prohibition against penalizing or even firing employees just for TALKING about their salaries. By keeping workers in the dark, employers prevent them from ever learning they are experiencing pay discrimination. The Paycheck Fairness Act changes that.

Your senators vote will be crucial in passing this bill that will help to close that wage gap.

STEP 1: Let your senators know that constituents want them to support the Paycheck Fairness Act. Women and families need equal pay in this economy. You can help: Call 1-888-876-9527 today.

Once you call, you will hear directions explaining how to speak with your senators, and then you will be patched through directly to their office.

STEP 2: Double your impact by forwarding this message to friends and family!

Women need fair pay now. Will your senators support equal pay? Every call counts, and the vote is expected next week! Your call is needed today. Please dial 1-888-876-9527.

2012 Illinois NOW PAC Endorsements

We hope you are registered and ready to vote tomorrow, March 20th!! NOW is ready, and we have our list of 2012 endorsements to help you at the voting polls tomorrow:

Congressional candidates endorsed by national NOW PAC:

Federal Races

Name Office District Election Result
Leslie Coolidge U.S. House 6 race pending
Tammy Duckworth U.S. House 8 race pending
Ilya Sheyman U.S. House 10 race pending
David Gill U.S. House 13 race pending
Cheri Bustos U.S. House 17 race pending

 

Illinois State Senate:

Kevin Allen, 23rd District, DuPage County

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120131/submitted/301319688/

 

Illinois State Representatives:

Kelly Cassidy, 14th District, Chicago

http://www.housedem.state.il.us/members/cassidyk/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/05/viagra-amendment-ultrasound-mandate-illinois_n_1321800.html

Robert Martwick, 19th District

http://www.robertmartwick.com/

 

Illinois Judges:

James Shapiro

http://judgeshapiro.org/

Celia Gamrath

http://judgegamrath.com/

 

Get out and honor our foremothers by VOTING!!

 

Send a TIRE to Kansas Rep Pete DeGraaf!

Kansas NOW has a great action – for a $5 donation, they will send Kansas Rep Peter DeGraaf a tire! Check it out:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=204330099608974

Or you can go directly to their website for brief information and to donate:  http://www.ksnow.org/KS_NOW/Welcome.html

Why would you want to do such a thing, you ask? Well, you must have missed his oh-so-charming remarks this week. That’s okay, we have the story for you here:

“Kansas representative Pete DeGraaf is fighting for a bill that would exclude abortion coverage in cases of rape. He thinks the state should stay out of that problem, and it should just be something that women “plan ahead for”:

Bollier asked him, “And so women need to plan ahead for issues that they have no control over with pregnancy?”

DeGraaf drew groans of protest from some House members when he responded, “I have a spare tire on my car.” “I also have life insurance,”he added. “I have a lot of things that I plan ahead for.”

You heard the man, ladies. You should all just get organized and make plans now for the aftermath of your rape. Maybe set up a cookie jar in the kitchen and tuck a dollar bill in it now and then, as your rainy day rape abortion fund. Your supportive boy friends and spouses can cheerfully contribute, too, and if you’re a member of a lesbian couple, you could have a matching pair (for cute!). Get one for your daughters, too, and start them on saving a little bit every year — after all, young girls get raped, too, so you might as well make it a regular feature of their lives.

By the way, the compassionate Pete DeGraaf is also an associate pastor. I am not surprised.”

If you’re still reading…stop! and head over to Kansas NOW’s website right. now. !