Congratulations to Toni Van Pelt and Gilda Yazzie

Toni Van Pelt, newly elected President

Toni Van Pelt, newly elected President

Nevada Now would like to congratulate Toni Van Pelt for being elected the new President of National Organization for Women, and Gilda Yazzie for being elected the new Vice President.

Toni Van Pelt is the co-founder and president of the Institute for Science and Human Values (ISHV). She has spent decades volunteering, lobbying, and protesting for women’s rights and human rights. Van Pelt has been a member of NOW since 1989, and has been a Chapter Officer, State President, and a National Board member. “'As president, I will work tirelessly to build an unapologetically intersectional feminist movement,” said Van Pelt. “NOW’s progressive voice and grassroots strength are essential to resist misogyny and to achieve fundamental equality and justice for all.'”

Gilda Yazzie, newly elected Vice President

Gilda Yazzie, newly elected Vice President

Gilda Yazzie is a Native American activist, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation in Durango, Colorado. Yazzie has been a member of NOW since 1996, and has served on the national board since the early 2000s. Previously, she was the Chair of the Structure and Modernization Committee, the principal organizer of the 2005 Women of Color and Allies Summit, and is currently serving on the Budget Committee and the Structure and Process Committee.

“'We are eager to continue the fight to dismantle interconnected systems of oppression–including racial injustice, LGBTQIA discrimination, and economic inequality,” said Yazzie. “Challenging times lie ahead for feminists, but we will lead the grassroots movement to fight back!'”

We would like to thank NOW’s current President, Terry O’Neill, and Vice President, Bonnie Grabenhofer, for all their hard work and dedication the past eight years. Their tenure will end on July 31, 2017. Thank you for everything you have done.

For more information please see:

  • http://now.org/media-center/press-release/toni-van-pelt-elected-new-president-of-national-organization-for-women-now/
  • http://allfeministsunitednow.com/

Where are all of the Rape Kit Nurses?

Where are all of the Rape Kit Nurses?

If you are an adult victim of sexual assault in Las Vegas, there is only one hospital where you can go to have a rape kit completed. Only two nurses in that hospital have specialized training to do the exam.

In a metropolitan area of two million people, in a state with consistently high rates of domestic violence, the limited number of resources for sexual assault survivors seeking to prosecute, although troubling, is not unique.

BURN IT DOWN - CONTACT HELLER NOW

We must continue to pressure Heller

Senator Heller is flip-flopping on Trump Care, and he is a crucial vote for the Republicans. Without him, it will be harder for them to repeal the ACA.  Please take one minute out of your day, and help us with our #BombardHeller Campaign.  Use https://resistbot.io to call Senator Heller and write him a fax.  Here is a script:

Fight Back

Caller: Good morning/afternoon! I am calling to encourage Senator Heller to keep the ACA and to work with all of the members of the Senate to reform the current legislation. According to the CBO, TrumpCare will result in 24 million Americans losing their health care over the next 10 years. It will mean higher premiums for many Americans, worse coverage options, and even millions of people with employer coverage will lose their coverage as a result of this bill. TrumpCare also cuts $880 billion in funding for Medicaid, which will result in 14 million Americans from working families losing their coverage. It does all of this in order to give a major tax cut to the wealthiest Americans, insurance companies, drug companies and other corporations like medical device companies. This is unacceptable.  

Please tell Senator Heller that if he votes to repeal the ACA, I will volunteer to work in opposition to his re-election.  I look forward to Senator Heller doing the right thing!

 

Background

Senator Dean Heller is again talking about repealing the Affordable Care Act - the legislation that gave millions of Americans access to healthcare.  Repealing the ACA, and replacing it with the Republican "revisions" would be devastating to accessible healthcare for most women.  Among the changes the Republicans want to make is to repeal mandatory coverage for birth control.  They have also discussed scaling back maternity care.