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TAMPA NOW ENDORSED CANDIDATE, Toni Van Pelt, Elected New President of National Organization for Women (NOW)
Orlando, Fla. — Members of the National Organization for Women voted Saturday to elect Toni Van Pelt president of the organization. Gilda Yazzie was elected vice president.
Van Pelt and Yazzie were elected by NOW members at the annual Forward Feminism Conference, which drew nearly 500 activists from around the country. Van Pelt, of Seminole, Fla., is the current president of the Institute for Science and Human Values, and brings decades of experience volunteering for women’s rights nationally and in Florida NOW leadership. Yazzie, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation in Durango, Colo., has served on NOW’s national board since the early 2000s. Both will relocate to Washington, D.C. to lead the organization.
To read more about this monumental announcement, click here.
At our March meeting, we formed committees focused on creating and executing actionable items in response to the 2017 Florida Legislative session. These committees are run by the chapter members. If you are a Tampa NOW member and interested in joining a committee, contact us and tell us which committee you would like to join or to find out more about our stance on the legislative items below. The committees are formed around the following bills:
HB 623 / SB 666 : Provides sexual orientation & gender identity to be added to non-discrimination in public lodging and public food service establishments. Creating the "Florida Competitive Workforce Act." Adding sexual orientation and gender identity to Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992. (FLNOW supports this bill.)
HB 319 / SB 410: Revising provisions prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex to include discrimination on the basis of gender identity; prohibiting an employer from providing less favorable employment opportunities to employees based on their sex or gender identity; creating the “Helen Gordon Davis Fair Pay Protection Act." (FLNOW supports this bill.)
HB 203 / SB 348: Creates "Florida Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act"; prohibits abortion of unborn child capable of feeling pain; provides parameters for making such determination; requires physicians to report abortion information to DOH; provides criminal penalties & civil & criminal remedies; creates special revenue account to pay for certain costs & expenses incurred by state in defending act. (FLNOW is opposed to this bill due to lack of scientific evidence in support of the claims made.)
HB 203 / SB 348
Tampa's NOW's Committee focusing on HB 203 / SB 348 put together this video in March 2017.We encourage you to call your representatives to voice your disagreement to HB 203 / SB 348 prior to the end of the legislative session on May 5, 2017.
IN THE NEWS
In January 2017, Chapter President, Tori Taylor, and other local members met outside the Federal Courthouse in downtown Tampa to oppose the confirmation hearings scheduled for US Attorney General Nominee, Jeff Sessions. Read the full article at WMNF.org.
NOW TURNS 50
In 2016, NOW celebrated 50 years. This video was created for the annual national conference of NOW, looking back at NOW's 50 years of progress for the rights of women and looking ahead to even more.