Resist NOW: Taking Action – June 20, 2017
TAKE ACTION WITH NOW-NYC
While Trump continues his attack on women at the federal level, it’s more important than ever that we defend women’s access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare, including birth control and abortion, here in New York City.
We have 48 hours left to pass these three bills!
- The Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (S. 3668) will ensure that all New Yorkers have access to the birth control method they need, at no extra cost – regardless of partisan politics in Washington. Learn more here.
- The Reproductive Health Act (S. 2796) ensures that abortion is safe, legal, and accessible for women and codifies the protections of Roe v. Wade into state law.
- Feminine Hygiene Supplies for Incarcerated Women (S. 6176) supplies all women in state correctional facilities with free quality feminine hygiene products. This bill ensures that women in New York state prisons are treated with respect and decency and receive access to essential medical supplies.
- Call your State Senator and ask them to support with a YES vote on these bills. Call the Senate Switchboard at 518-455-2700 or click here to find your Senator.
- Call Majority Leader John J. Flanagan and ask him to bring these bills to the floor for a vote NOW: 518-455-2071.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- The Department of Commerce has removed its mention of gender identity and sexual orientation from its equal opportunity employment statement. Withdrawing specific mention of sexual orientation and gender identity protections undercuts LGBTQ federal employees who serve at the Department of Commerce and demonstrates that their rights are not a priority.
- The Department of Education is scaling back investigations into civil rights violations at the nation’s public schools and universities, including the mishandling of sexual assaults on college campuses. The Trump Administration’s order to overlook investigations into sexual assault is one more indication that they are failing to adequately address the issue of violence against women.
- And just something that can keep us going for now… Trump will not immediately eliminate protections for “Dreamers,” children who came United States and are still undocumented. The Department of Homeland Security announced that it would continue the program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), intended to protect young people from deportation.
DID YOU MISS IT?
Why Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault Cases Remain Difficult To Prove – WNYC Radio – 6/14 (also aired on National Public Radio)
After 16 hours, Jury Unable to Reach Verdict at Bill Cosby trial – The Phoenix – 6/14
Child Marriage is Sharply Curtailed by New York State Legislature – New York Times – 6/8