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
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .
10/30/2014 UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case - The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .