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 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.
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