One thing that George W. Bush's appointment to the presidency has done is infuriate a good portion of the populace. Since activism is more productive than anger, in the next few months Ms. will offer several installments of this activist guide. The guides will provide information on organizations that are working to make a difference. This is the third installment.
Greenpeace Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organization that uses nonviolent, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems, and to force solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.
"If Bush pushes the environmental deregulation backed by the corporate contributors who bought him his job, he'll be fighting a trench battle with the public that will leave him unfit for reappointment." John Passacantando, executive director
National Organization For Women NOW is the largest feminist organization in the nation, with more than half a million contributing members. Its official priorities are pressing for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will guarantee equal rights for women; achieving economic equality for women; championing the right to abortion, to reproductive freedom, and other women's health issues; supporting civil rights for all; opposing racism; opposing bigotry against lesbians and gays; and ending violence against women.
"Sometimes it's hard to maintain your fight when you're struggling as hard as you can just to stay even. But all of our movement has prospered in adversity." -Patricia Ireland, president
Chinese for Affirmative Action CAA's mission is to defend and promote the civil and political rights of Chinese and Asian Americans within the context of, and in the interest of, advancing multiracial democracy in the United States.
"Our organization filed a conditional opposition to the nomination of Elaine Chao as secretary of labor. We wanted her to provide assurances that she would enforce affirmative action laws, and also to disavow her allegiance to the right-wing Independent Women's Forum. She did neither. The advocacy community must hold Bush responsible for understanding the needs of communities of color. We must get Democrats back in control of Congress in 2002. Women's votes have been so important in maintaining any of the advancements we've made." -Diane Chin, executive director
9to5, National Association Of Working Women 9to5 was founded in 1973 by a group of clerical workers in Boston. It is a grassroots force of nearly 15,000 women. It keeps in touch with working women through its Job Problem Hotline (800-522-0925), which links trained counselors with women in the workforce who need help with job-related questions.
"You realize the importance of the Executive when you look at what Clinton vetoed [such as the "partial-birth abortion" bill]. Now there's nobody there to say no." -Ellen Bravo, codirector
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .
1/22/2015 BREAKING: House to Vote on Abortion Coverage Ban - After they were forced to scrap plans for a 20-week abortion ban, House Republican leaders decided late last night to instead ram through a vote today on a different extreme anti-abortion bill.
House Republicans are now pushing HR 7, a bill promoted as a ban on federal funding of abortion that would actually prevent women from using their own money to purchase health insurance that includes abortion care. . . .
1/22/2015 House Cancels Abortion Ban After GOP Congresswomen Drop Support - House Republicans cancelled plans to vote on a 20-week ban on abortion after Republican Congresswomen removed their names publicly as co-sponsors of the bill.
The vote on the unconstitutional 20-week ban had originally been scheduled for today, the anniversary of Roe v. . . .