Contact your members of Congress: NO to VAWA cuts, NO to Sessions as Attorney General! 

Action Alert: Trump is recommending budget cuts to the Violence Against Women Act VAWA. 
Please contact your Members of Congress: 
Your message: Protect VAWA and oppose ANY attempts to eliminate VAWA grant programs!  

Gender-based violence is not a partisan issue. Many Republicans have supported VAWA over the years. 
Since VAWA’s passage in 1994, gender-based violence has decreased by almost two-thirds! VAWA grants are vital to the health and wellbeing of victims and survivors of domestic violence & sexual assault. 
**Please continue to tell Senators Durbin & Duckworth to OPPOSE Senator Jeff Sessions’ confirmation as Attorney General. His legislative and prosecutorial history disqualify him from the position of the nation’s top law enforcement officer and victim advocate! PLUS HE OPPOSED VAWA REAUTHORIZATION IN 2013.**


CALL your members of Congress (1 Congressperson and 2 U.S. Senators and tell them NO repeal of Obamacare and NO defunding of Planned Parenthood!! U.S. Capitol Switchboard #202-224-3121 You can leave a short message with the staff who answers the phone. 
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Illinois NOW Legislative Action Alert:Paid Sick Leave legislation may move during next week’s Veto Session

SB 2147, The IL Healthy Workplace Act, sponsored by Senator Toi Hutchinson, may be voted on during Veto Session next week. 

Action Needed: call your state senator and URGE THEM TO VOTE YES ON SB 2147,                The IL Healthy Workplace Act. 

Contact info for your senator can be found HERE 

Join Chicago NOW and Speak Out for Women

Women Demand Respect: A Speak-Out On The GOP Attacks on Women 

Please join AFSCME Council 31, Chicago NOW PAC, Chicago Women Take Action, Citizen Action Illinois, Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans, Men4Choice, People’s Action, and Planned Parenthood Illinois Action, and SEIU Health Care Illinois-Indiana

Time: Thursday, October 20th, 11AM-1PM

Location: Wacker Drive & Wabash Avenue, Chicago (across the river from Trump Tower)

If you can attend, please let everyone know you’re with Chicago NOW by wearing your Chicago NOW t-shirt or by wearing purple. We hope to see you this Thursday!

Statement by IL NOW President Susan Straus on the attack on the LGBT nightclub in Orlando

Waking up to the horrific news and going out to do my errands seemed disconnecting one’s feelings and that these acts are just another day in our country. Yet, around our nation and around the world people of good will made the connection of hate and violent acts are the same if in Paris, Israel or Orlando or anywhere. There are also ugliness that come from those who rejoiced in the murder of the party goers in Orlando. There are many choices to make and I believe they are all connected

Tired of the arguments, tired of the moment of silence. It is time we act by our coming together and saying no more assault guns sold. Saying yes to finding the ways to end the glorification of all types of violence in the U.S.

Protect Transgender Students!

Illinois NOW Legislative Action Alert – April 1, 2016 
Protect Transgender Students!

 HB 4744, sponsored by Illinois House Rep. Thomas Morrison, would force transgender students to use separate bathroom facilities in schools. Similar anti-LGBT legislation became law in North Carolina last week.

 This bill has been sent to the House Human Services Committee where it could be heard on April 5. We need to stop this bill while it is still in committee.

 Since HB 4474 is in committee, we need you to contact ALL members of the Human Services Committee this week while they are on break. TELL THEM TO VOTE NO ON HB 4474! This bill is discriminatory to transgender students. Remind them that trans people are more likely to be victims of violence and not perpetrators of violence. SAY NO TO DISCRIMINATION! We cannot follow North Carolina.

 The link to HB 4474 is here

 The link to the list of the members of the IL House Human Services Committee is here.

Please click on each member’s name to access their contact information.   

 Thanks for all you do for NOW!