Women’s Rights Groups Announce Joint Campaign to Block Alito
The Feminist Majority Foundation, with the National Organization for Women and the National Congress of Black Women, today announced Freedom Winter '06, part of a joint campaign to stop the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito. “Make no mistake about it: Alito is no Sandra Day O’Connor,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF). “As the pioneering woman on the Supreme Court, Justice O’Conner has been the fifth vote to preserve affirmative action and the right to abortion. The appointment of a reactionary judge like Samuel Alito to O’Connor’s seat could reverse decades of progress for women.”
In the spirit of Freedom Summer 1964, when thousands of students from across the country traveled to Mississippi and other Southern states to register and mobilize African American voters in unprecedented numbers, Freedom Winter ’06 is mobilizing students to save women’s rights and civil rights. “[T]he message from women, especially young women, [is]: This is a fight for our future, and we are ready,” said Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women.
“Young women are committed to defeating Alito because we have the most to lose if he is confirmed – Alito’s confirmation could delay progress for women and roll back the clock on women’s rights for generations to come,” said Crystal Lander, FMF Campus Program Director.
“Young people are coming to Washington, DC from colleges and universities in 35 states, giving up their winter vacations to help block Alito’s confirmation because they don’t want to lose rights necessary for modern life,” said Smeal.
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10/31/2014 Women of Color in Tennessee Are United in Opposition to Amendment 1 - Just days before the general election in Tennessee, a coalition of community leaders, clergy, and advocates led a press conference encouraging women of color to vote no on Amendment 1, a dangerous and far-reaching measure on the state's ballot.
SisterReach, a grassroots organization focused on "empowering, organizing, and mobilizing women and girls in the community around their reproductive and sexual health to make informed decisions about themselves," organized the press conference "to call attention to the unique concerns Black and poor communities throughout Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee face on a daily basis" and to emphasize how the upcoming election "could further limit [black women's] reproductive, economic, political, and social autonomy."
"We assemble today to impress upon black women and women of color, many of whom are heads of households, to get out and vote," said SisterReacher Founder and CEO Cherisse Scott at the event.
SisterReach has been educating voters about the particularly dangerous impact of Amendment 1 on women of color. . . .
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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. . . .