Yearly Archives: 2016

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Travel to the Women’s March on Washington with us!


As you may have already heard, CT NOW has chartered two buses to take people from Connecticut to the Women’s March on Jan. 21 in Washington DC!

Tickets are on sale now and going quickly. So if you want to join the hundreds of thousands of feminists from all of the US taking part in this historic event, purchase your tickets today. Prices are:

  • * $45 for CT NOW members
  • * $65 for a CT NOW member + 1 full-time student (2 seats total)
  • * $65 for non-CT NOW members

Find details and links to purchase tickets at Below, read the press release from national NOW that proudly states our organization’s support of the march.


Women’s Rights Are Human Rights

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Getting our grassroots game ready to go

men-of-quality-women-rightsThroughout the country, NOW chapters and grassroots activists are gearing up to be ready to fight any harmful or regressive initiatives that President Trump or a Republican-controlled Congress would attempt to pass.

Among NOW’s top concerns:

  • Attacks against Roe v. Wade by either restrictive legislation or strategic legal cases
  • Legislation that would reverse Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt and allow unnecessary and harmful regulation of women’s health centers or in other ways limit women’s access
  • Efforts to reduce funding for Title X family planning and maternal health programs, including defunding of Planned Parenthood
  • Repeal of contraceptive access under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the no-cost sharing Women’s Preventive Health Services requirement under the ACA
  • Efforts to repeal or replace key components (including expanded Medicaid coverage) of the Affordable Care Act which would weaken the program, result in less coverage and higher costs
  • Efforts to undermine Social Security by reducing retirement and disability benefits, increasing the retirement age or privatizing the program
  • Efforts to convert Medicare to a voucher program and to block-grant Medicaid
  • Any initiative that would weaken Title IX’s equal education requirements that provide protections for victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault and transgender students’ access to facilities
  • Repeal of Executive Orders that require overtime pay, fair pay and enhanced workplace safety of federal contractors and subcontractors.

These are just a few of what could be a long list of regressive policies and legislation that the Trump administration and a Republican-controlled Congress could–and will likely–attempt to adopt.

IT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT THAT ALL FEMINIST ACTIVISTS KEEP INFORMED AND BE READY AND WILLING TO TAKE ACTION! Please stay tuned and, if you’re not already a member of Connecticut NOW, consider joining today. We need to be united and ready to defend the many the programs and protections that women here, and throughout the US, count on.

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#WomenCanStopTrump >> Awesome video!! Together, we’ve got this!


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NOW Supports the Strengthening Social Security Act of 2016

A statement from national NOW President Terry O’Neill:

Millions of seniors are facing a retirement income crisis–and it’s often women that are hit the hardest. The Strengthening Social Security Act of 2016 would offer a desperately-needed expansion of benefits to those most in need.

Women are especially vulnerable to financial insecurity during their retirement years. After a lifetime spent working for lower wages than men, often in jobs without pensions or retirement savings accounts, many rely on Social Security for support. For nearly thirty percent of female beneficiaries over the age of 65, social security is virtually their only source of income.

The Strengthening Social Security Act of 2016 would expand the resources available to these individuals. Increasing monthly insurance benefits for widows and widowers, and adjusting the means for calculating seniors’ cost-of-living requirements, will have a measurable impact on women’s lives.

NOW thanks Representatives Linda Sánchez and Mike Honda for championing this critical issue, and calls for the swift passage of this bill.

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CT NOW Endorses 50 Candidates Running for the Connecticut General Assembly

Click here for a downloadable PDF of this news release.

HARTFORD–The Connecticut chapter of the National Organization for Women (CT NOW) has endorsed 50 candidates running for the Connecticut General Assembly seats, including 47 Democrats, two Republicans and one from the Green Party.

The endorsements are based on responses candidates gave to a CT NOW questionnaire. Questions were designed to show how candidates’ beliefs lined up with both CT NOW’s, and national NOW’s, legislative and policy priorities. Particular attention was paid to candidates’ answers on questions related to:

  • Reproductive rights and justice
  • Economic justice
  • Ending violence against women
  • Racial justice
  • LBGT rights (including marriage equality)
  • Constitutional equality

All Connecticut state senate and representative candidates were invited to complete the questionnaire. Only those who responded on time, and answered all questions, were considered.

“Issues at the core of today’s women’s movement–issues like reproductive rights, gender equality, family leave, access to education and equal pay–aren’t just women’s issues. They’re human issues,” said CT NOW President Cindy Wolfe Boynton. “They’re also issues that Connecticut state senators and representatives will likely face in the very near future, and that are at the core of what NOW is all about. Connecticut NOW is committed to helping elect officials who are equally committed to the advancement of women’s and human rights, and we are pleased to offer these endorsements.”

State 2016 candidates being backed by CT NOW include:

For State Senate

  • Democrat Dante’ Bartolomeo, 13th District
  • Democrat Ryan Rogers, 16th District
  • Democrat Timothy R. Bowles, 18th District
  • Democrat Catherine A. Osten, 19th District
  • Democrat Greg Cava, 32nd District
  • Democrat Arlene Avery, 35th District

For State Representative

  • Democrat Matt Ritter, 1st District
  • Democrat Raghib Allie-Brennan, 2nd District
  • Democrat Tom Currier, 8th District
  • Democrat Saud Anwar, 14th District
  • Democrat Andy Fleischmann, 18th District
  • Democrat Derek Slap, 19th District
  • Democrat Mike Demicco, 21st District
  • Democrat Joshua C. Shulman, 27th District
  • Democrat Russ Morin, 28th District
  • Democrat Joe Aresimowicz, 30th District
  • Democrat Matthew Saunig, 31st District
  • Democrat Beth A. Hogan, 37th District
  • Democrat Sharon Palmer, 38th District
  • Democrat Diana Urban, 43rd District
  • Democrat Kate Donnelly, 47th District
  • Democrat Linda Orange, 48th District
  • Democrat Kathleen M. Bachiochi, 52nd District
  • Democrat Susan Eastwood, 53rd District
  • Democrat Gregory Haddad, 54th District
  • Republican Jim Tedford, 56th District
  • Democrat David Alexander, 58th District
  • Democrat Tim Curtis, 60th District
  • Democrat William O. Riiska, 64th District
  • Democrat Gayle Carr, 66th District
  • Green Party’s Jimmie Griffin, 72nd District
  • Democrat Jeffrey J. Berger, 73rd District
  • Democrat Myrna Watanabe, 76th District
  • Democrat Catherine F. Abercrombie, 83rd District
  • Democrat Mary Mushinsky, 85th District
  • Democrat Steve Gifford, 87th District
  • Democrat Joshua Elliott, 88th District
  • Democrat Patrick Reynolds, 90th District
  • Democrat James Albis, 99th District
  • Democrat Matthew Lesser, 100th District
  • Democrat Liz Linehan, 103rd District
  • Democrat Linda M. Gentile, 104th District
  • Democrat Theresa W. Conroy, 105th District
  • Democrat Eva Bermudez Zimmerman, 106th District
  • Democrat Michael A. DiMassa, 116th District
  • Democrat Sean Ronan, 117th District
  • Democrat Kim Rose, 118th District
  • Democrat Frederick J. Streets, 120th District
  • Republican Anthony Pizighelli, 126th District
  • Democrat Chris Perone, 137th District
  • Democrat Jeffrey Tomchik, 138th District
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#SayHerName: Loreal Tsingine and Korryn Gaines

A statement from national NOW President Terry O’Neill:
At a time when police shootings of African-American men is under intense scrutiny, the incidence of shootings of women of color by police also demands specific attention. Vulnerable women are often placed in impossible situations, by the legal system, by the criminal justice system, by abusive relationships or family crises.
Two recent incidents raise a host of questions that local authorities have so far been unable or unwilling to answer. In Arizona, a Navajo woman named Loreal Tsingine was shot and killed by a Maricopa County police officer responding to a shoplifting report. Video of that incident shows that the officer could have de-escalated but instead intensified the encounter and ultimately shot Ms. Tsingine. And in Baltimore County, police broke down the apartment door of Korryn Gaines not to arrest her for committing a violent crime, but to serve several warrants. After an hours-long standoff, instead of de-escalating, the police moved in; the situation became more volatile, and they killed her. 

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the Tsingine incident, and we call up on the department to also investigate the death of Korryn Gaines.

Most police officers are trustworthy individuals who spend their working lives trying to keep our communities safe. But systemic racism is an infection that courses through too many police departments, undermining the best intentions of the best officers.

NOW stands in solidarity with our allies and we will continue to #SayHerName and demand accountability for these incidents. We also call for thoroughgoing reforms, grounded in principles of transformative justice, in our country’s policing system.

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March 2016 CT NOW newsletter & action alert hot off the press!

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Marathon reading of Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Cindy reading at Stowe CenterCT NOW President Cindy Wolfe Boynton was one of the volunteers who took part in the 24-hour marathon reading of Uncle Tom’s Cabin at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford earlier this month.

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We need your help! Register to phone bank for Hillary Clinton as part of the Ms. President NOW Team!

Hillary event imageAs we gear up for the Connecticut Democratic Primary, CT NOW will host at least two evenings of phone banking at the CT NOW Office in Hartford:

6-9 p.m. Thursday, April 14

6-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 19


Click the links for details and email to register. Be part of history and join us!

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We support Paid Family & Medical Leave. How about you?

PaidFamilyMedLeave_picCT NOW is proud to be one of the Connecticut organizations supporting this important legislation for Paid Family and Medical Leave. Use your voice to help do the same! Click here to learn more, plus read the press release issued today by Connecticut’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women. It includes the names of all who signed the letter sent to Gov. Dannell Malloy, including CT NOW.

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