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Maryland NOW US Senate Candidate Forum a Success!

May 6, 2015

Maryland NOW’s US Senate Candidate Forum featuring Representatives Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen was a smashing success. Terry O’Neill, NOW President, did a great job moderating. The event made national media attention as the first forum for the seat being vacated by Sen. Barbara Mikulski. Links to some of the media are included below. Photo from the event are on our Facebook page as well as here.

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2015 Final Legislative Report

April 30, 2015

Maryland NOW Legislative Agenda 2015

 PRIORITY LEGISLATION

 SB0040/HB0385: Labor & Employment- Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

Synopsis: The proposed legislation would enable Maryland workers to earn a limited number of annual paid sick and safe days from their employer.

Main Sponsors: Sen. Catherine Pugh- District 40 (D)• Del. Luke Clippinger- District 46, (D)

No Action Taken in Committee

 

SB0269/HB0225: Domestic Violence- Additional Relief 

Synopsis: This bill expands the relief available in a final protective order by authorizing a judge to order any other relief the judge deems to be appropriate under the circumstances to protect a person eligible for relief.

Main Sponsors: Sen. Susan Lee- District 16, (D) • Del. Kathleen Dumais- District 15, (D)

PASSED with amendments

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Why I’m breaking up with the Lyric Opera House

March 27, 2015

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

By Sonja Kinzer

The Lyric has always been special to me.  Eighteen years ago my husband and I had our first date at the Lyric.  That night, and every other event we’ve since attended and eventually brought our daughter to, held that same sparkle for me.  Going to the Lyric has always been a special treat and I’m more than a little sad to see that sparkle fade.  I’ll again go to the Lyric.  I’ll be there tomorrow in fact.  For this event, I hope others will join me.  If not, that’s alright too.  It’s just something I personally feel the need to do.

Finding out that the Lyric was hosting Bill Cosby tomorrow (3/27/15), a man who has been accused of some of the most revolting and violent crimes against women that this country has ever seen, has made me so internally angry and sad.  I called them.  I left a message.  Others have left messages.  I asked for a phone call.  Others asked to have their calls returned.  Nothing.  This I did not understand.  Hello?!  I felt like screaming…I am your demographic!  Over here!  I’m the woman who has the kid you want me to bring to Cinderella.  I’m the one you wanted to come see Celtic Women…yeah, I’m her.  Only, no one bothered to see me at all.  Just like no one is really paying any attention to the many, many women who have come forward with their horror stories.

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Maryland NOW Legislative Agenda 2015

March 7, 2015

Maryland NOW members with Sen. Roger Manno, MDNOW Lobby Night 2015Maryland NOW members with Sen. Roger Manno, MDNOW Lobby Night 2015

Maryland NOW Legislative Agenda 2015

 

PRIORITY LEGISLATION

 

SB0040/HB0385: Labor & Employment- Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

Synopsis: The proposed legislation would enable Maryland workers to earn a limited number of annual paid sick and safe days from their employer.

Main Sponsors: Sen. Catherine Pugh- District 40 (D)• Del. Luke Clippinger- District 46, (D)

 

SB0269/HB0225: Domestic Violence- Additional Relief 

Synopsis: This bill expands the relief available in a final protective order by authorizing a judge to order any other relief the judge deems to be appropriate under the circumstances to protect a person eligible for relief.

Main Sponsors: Sen. Susan Lee- District 16, (D) • Del. Kathleen Dumais- District 15, (D)

 

SB0078/HB0503: Rape Survivor Family Protection Act

Synopsis: A bill to terminate the parental rights of rapists when a child is conceived as a result of rape.

Main Sponsors: Sen. Jamie Raskin- District 20, (D) • Del. Kathleen M. Dumais- District 15 (D)

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Passing of Marlys Becker, Former Maryland NOW President

January 25, 2015

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By Connie Hickey, Montgomery County NOW Member, Past President of Montgomery County NOW

With regret we note the recent passing of Marlys Becker, a longtime member of Montgomery County NOW who served as president of Maryland NOW from 1976 to 1979, and as a member of the Montgomery County Commission for Women from 1980 to 1982.

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What Does the Crisis in Ferguson Have to Do With Reproductive Justice?

December 10, 2014

by , National NOW President (and Maryland NOW member)

The crisis in Ferguson, Missouri is a watershed moment not only in civil rights, but in reproductive justice as well. Here’s why.

The central tenet of reproductive justice is that every woman has the right to have children, not have children, and to parent the children we have in safe and healthy environments.

To do that, she must have sufficient social, economic and political power to be able to chart her own future. Throughout U.S. history, African American women have routinely been denied this basic right.

Under slave codes, enslaved women lacked legal status not only to refuse sex and childbearing, but also to keep the children they bore. Slaveholders regularly removed children from their mothers after weaning, either for sale to third parties or simply to prevent the formation of family bonds and loyalty.

Fast forward to the 20th century, and children were still being taken from African American mothers, only then it was being done by social workers/government agencies who saw pathology in Black single mothers far more frequently than in white single moms. The vilification of single moms of color was reflected in the infamous Moynihan Report of 1965 which blamed “Black matriarchy” for the deprivations facing African American communities — a now-discredited accusation rooted in ideology rather than evidence.

And now in the 21st century, children are STILL being taken from their mothers, only now it’s in the form of treating their teenage and young adult kids like criminals and locking them up (the school-to-prison pipeline) or outright killing them, like Michael Brown, Renisha McBride, Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, etc.

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On the State of the ERA … and My State

November 17, 2014

By Holly Taggart Joseph

I could be mad that the ERA wasn’t in place well before my birth. And sometimes I am.

I could be mad that the resounding effort to pass it in the 70’s and 80’s wasn’t successful. And sometimes I am.

I could be mad that so many are proud of the work they did so long ago on the ERA rather than the work that they might be doing now. And sometimes I am.

I could be mad that not enough is done to pass it quickly now. And sometimes I am.

I could be mad that so many don’t even know that there isn’t an ERA. And sometimes I am.

I could be mad that so many don’t even know enough to be mad that there is no ERA. And sometimes I am.

But I think that all of my energy should be channeled into passing the ERA in my lifetime – for my generation, for my children’s generation, for my grandchildren’s generation, and all to follow.

One more expression of equality would give us all one more thing to be happy – and not mad – about. And I hope that one day that will be.

Post-Election Updates

November 16, 2014

Two weeks have passed since Tuesday’s election. While an overwhelming number of our endorsed candidates won (please see below), the results nationwide and for our state’s highest office were disappointing. Despite running as strong champions of women’s reproductive rights, equal pay, and other priorities so important to us, many of our candidates lost.

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Maryland NOW PAC Endorses Candidates in General Election

October 21, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 21, 2014

Maryland NOW PAC AND Montgomery county NOW PAC Announce General Election Endorsements

Maryland NOW PAC (MDNOW PAC) and Montgomery County NOW PAC (MCMDNOW PAC) announce the following endorsees for the General Election. The list of endorsed candidate winners is included below, by district. Those from Montgomery County – in Districts 14-20, and 39 – were endorsed by the MCMDNOW PAC.

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Press Release: USA Today Editorial Board Praises Maryland’s Abortion Safety Regulations

October 10, 2014

USA Today Editorial Board Praises Maryland’s Abortion Safety Regulations

 

Larry Hogan Refuses to Answer Whether He Would Maintain Maryland’s Current Regulations or Put Abortion Clinics Out of Business

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 10, 2014

 

Contacts: Maryland NOW PAC phone: (410) 347-1455

Sandy Bell, Chair, Maryland NOW PAC sandy.bell@marylandnow.org

Sara Wilkinson, Maryland NOW President sara@marylandnow.org

 

SILVER SPRING, MD – On Wednesday, in a national USA Today editorial condemning newly enforced Texas abortion clinic regulations that use “safety as a pretext to put providers out of business,” Maryland was praised for truly putting women first:

 

If states are really interested in safety, however, they’d look to Maryland for instruction…The changes satisfied abortion foes and advocates alike.

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