Daily Archives: February 24, 2017

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When Armed Police Attack Unarmed Children, Adults Need To Speak Out

A statement from NOW President Terry O’Neill:

Another gut-wrenching video has been released showing unchecked police violence against unarmed–and in this case underaged–civilians. This time, it’s an off-duty officer in Anaheim, CA who was enraged when a young girl walked across his lawn. He responded by calling her a “C-word” and when a 13-year old boy came to her defense the policeman grabbed the boy by the throat and pulled him through his yard. When three other boys came to the 13-year old’s defense, the officer pulled out his gun and fired.

The LAPD arrested 13-year old Christian Dorscht and another minor involved in the initial confrontation, along with 22 others, including four minors, who gathered in the streets to protest the incident. The officer in question was not arrested but was removed from the field for three days, while the LAPD investigates the incident.

Not good enough. Law enforcement must not be allowed to tolerate police violence against unarmed civilians or give the appearance that they condone such behavior. The officer must be placed on leave immediately, and the young people he terrorized should receive adequate compensation for the officer’s recklessness.

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Shame on Donald Trump for Rolling Back Rights for Transgender Students

A statement from national NOW President Terry O’Neill:

Donald Trump’s decision to discriminate against transgender students is a shameful and unconstitutional attack on civil rights and human decency. Title IX is clear—the federal law prohibits sex-based discrimination in educational programs. Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions and Betsy DeVos are choosing to ignore Title IX in order to please their religious conservative base and to further an overarching white supremacist, misogynist agenda.

Seventy-five percent of transgender students report feeling unsafe in school, and if/when a transgender student is pushed out of school, they are at heightened risk of ending up in the juvenile justice system or being targeted by sex traffickers seeking at-risk youth. Tragically, nearly fifty percent of transgender people report attempting suicide, a figure that is further elevated among people who experience rejection, discrimination or violence at school or home.

In a letter to Donald Trump signed by more than 1000 parents of transgender children, the president was told, “No young person should wake up in the morning fearful of the school day ahead.” NOW calls on Donald Trump to reverse this ruling and instruct the Departments of Justice and Education to enforce—not erode—Title IX protections on behalf of transgender students.

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Attention Must Be Paid to Jehmu Greene’s Candidacy for DNC Chair

A statement from national NOW President Terry O’Neill:

As the DNC gathers this weekend to choose a new party chair, they would be wise to listen to the progressive, feminist voice of Jehmu Greene.

Women, especially women of color, have been the backbone of the Democratic Party for many years, and this was abundantly clear in the 2016 elections. Let’s not forget that in 2016, Democrats adopted the most progressive, feminist platform ever, and Hillary Clinton made history by winning the popular vote by 3 million. Women’s voices, articulated by next generation leaders like Jehmu Greene, need to be prominent, not sidelined, in the debate over the future direction of the Democratic Party.

As the Republican Party becomes more and more entrenched in advancing a white supremacist misogynistic agenda, our nation needs a political party that will fight for us — even when the experts insist we can’t win. Even when the consultants insist on taking for granted — and therefore turning away from — women and communities of color. Even when they say we can’t overcome the dark money of the radical right.

We need at least one of our major political parties to stand for real democracy, for shared prosperity, for social, racial, economic and gender justice.

Jehmu Greene knows that in order to succeed, the DNC needs to be bolder than ever — including setting moonshot goals of 80 percent voter turnout and full gender parity in elective office; ensuring at least half of staff and consultants be women or women-owned businesses and at least half be people of color or minority-owned businesses; and transforming donor participation so the majority of funds come from grassroots fundraising.

NOW has not historically made endorsements in intra-party elections; nevertheless, we deeply appreciate Jehmu Greene’s courage and vision, and we urge the party to embrace the priorities she has laid out.

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