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
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .