Something Positive from the first days of Trump

Here are some positive results from the events of the last two weeks. Copy and pasted from a friend.
For everyone who DID something, small or big, your efforts have been successful. Because of you:

  1. Federal hiring freeze is reversed for VA (Veteran Affairs).
    2. Court order partial stay of the immigration ban for those with valid visas.
    3. Green card holders can get back in country.
    4. Uber pledges $3M and immigration lawyers for its drivers after#DeleteUbertrends on Twitter.
    5. Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) enrollment ads are still going to air.
    6. The ACLU raised 24M over the weekend (normally 3-4Mil/year).
    7. HHS, EPA, USDA gag order lifted.
    8. EPA climate data no longer scrubbed from website.
    9. More people of different career/religious/economic/race backgrounds are considering running for political office than ever before.
    10. MOST importantly, since we live in a participatory democracy, the people are engaged.

While more is needed, sometimes you have to celebrate your wins. Stay vigilant, but also take self-care seriously. Activist burnout is a thing. Marathon, don’t sprint. #resist
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NOW and Feminist Majority Call on Trump to Shut Down Trump Model Management, Announce Launch of #WomenWant2Know Campaign

Statement of Terry O’Neill, National NOW President; Eleanor Smeal, Feminist Majority President; and Sonia Ossorio, NOW-New York President

09.22.2016

NEW YORK–The National Organization for Women (NOW) and Feminist Majority are calling on Donald Trump to shut down Trump Model Management until disturbing allegations about the agency’s treatment of girls and young women have been thoroughly investigated.

Our groups are launching the #WomenWant2Know campaign to raise questions that need to be answered by Donald Trump and pursued by the media because women’s lives and well-being are at stake.

Donald Trump attempts to portray himself as a friend to U.S. workers and to women, but models who formerly worked for Trump Model Management described exploitative working conditions. According to Mother Jones, Trump Model Management recruited aspiring models from around the globe—some as young as 14 years old. Three former Trump models said they worked without proper visas, were coached in evading immigration rules, and were required to pay exorbitant rents, as much as $1,600 per month, each, for a bunk in a two-bedroom apartment with five other people (at times, up to 11 others).

Models told Mother Jones that they felt exploited and “ripped off” by the company. One even went so far as to call her time there “modern day slavery.” Another said the working conditions at Trump Model Management made her feel “like a slave.”

One model who described being coached on how to lie to immigration officials said “Going through customs for this trip was one of the most nerve-wracking experiences of my life.” In another case, model Alexia Palmer told CNN Money that Trump’s agency never paid her the amount they promised on her immigration documents — which attorneys and other experts said “appears to have violated immigration law.”

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer has called on the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Labor to open an investigation into Trump Model Management’s employment practices and allegations that the company violated immigration laws. In her letter to the Labor Department, Sen. Boxer noted that “a Trump Model Management executive acknowledged that violations of the law may have occurred ‘many, many years ago.’ However, media reports indicate that immigration and labor violations took place within the last five years.”

We agree a federal inquiry is necessary to get to the bottom of these extremely troubling allegations. But in the meantime, Donald Trump must close Trump Model Management until we can figure out what is going on.

Contact

Feminist Majority: Beth Rader, beth@feministmajority.org or 703-522-2214 , NOW New York: Jean Bucaria, jean@nownyc.org , National NOW: M.E. Ficarra at press@now.org or 951-547-1241

NOW showing immigration documentary

On Tuesday, May 24 at 6 p.m., the Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) will host a viewing of the fi lm “Abrazos,” a documentary by award winning director Luis Argueta (“abUSed: The Postville Raid” and “The Silence of Neto”).  

The film tells the story of a transformational journey of a group of U.S. citizen children who travel from Minnesota to Guatemala to meet their grandparents for the fi rst time.   “Without saying a word about the injustice of immigration laws, [“Abrazos”] shows us how connected we are, yet how politics and borders arbitrarily infl ict separation,” said Judy Ancel, University of Missouri – Kansas City.  

The film will be shown at the Central Lincoln PUD meeting room, 2129 N. Coast Highway in Newport.   Following the fi lm, Central Oregon Coast NOW will conduct a brief business meeting. Anyone interested in the film or in the Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is encouraged to attend.  

For more information, please email centraloregoncoastnow@gmail.com or visit http://www.centraloregoncoastnow.com.

May 18, 2016 Newport News Time B1

Feminist Majority Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

January 26, 2016 by

JANUARY 26, 2016 – The Feminist Majority is proud to announce today its endorsement of Hillary Rodham Clinton for President of the United States. Hillary has a decades-long record of achievement in advancing both women’s rights and civil rights, and has made fighting for low-income families a priority. She has demonstrated the leadership and vision necessary to move our country forward.

Hillary has worked to close the gender and race pay gap, fought to end race-based segregation in education, and is a champion of reproductive rights. She has supported ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, fought for passage and reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, prioritized women’s rights globally, and successfully used her power in the Senate, along with Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), to push for FDA approval of emergency contraception. Hillary supports paid family and medical leave and played a major role in passing the State Children Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which provides 8 million low-income children with access to health care.

“Battle after battle, Hillary has proven that she will not only stand with the feminist community, but that our fight is her fight. As a self-identified feminist, Hillary has been proactive – from reproductive rights to closing the gender/race pay gap, to expanding Social Security, including care credits and fighting privatization of it and Medicare, to expanding Medicaid, to increasing access to healthcare and to promoting women’s equality here and globally. Hillary has repeatedly prioritized these issues,” said Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal. “Hillary has demonstrated her deep commitment to women’s rights and advancement. Through her actions and words, she has inspired women worldwide to take leadership, and countless nations of the world to prioritize women’s and girls’ advancement in the economy, education, and health care.”

“Women and girls, at long last, deserve a feminist woman in the White House whom we can count on to fight for us every day,” said Katherine Spillar, Feminist Majority Executive Director. “Not only can we count on Hillary to defeat efforts to make abortion illegal and family planning inaccessible, but she will lead efforts to make reproductive health services, including abortion, more accessible for low-income women and women of color. She will lead efforts to stop sexual assault in colleges, high schools, and in the military. She will reshape the efforts to gain paid family medical leave without increasing payroll taxes which disproportionately hit low and middle-income workers.”

“Hillary gets things done because she is a strong, trusted leader who never gives up fighting for people, families, and children. In fighting for comprehensive health care reform, she played a major role in securing SCHIP for the children of low-income families. She is a leader who is inclusive – she brings people together – and she will fight for immigration reform and the DREAMers.  She has the wisdom and experience to take our country forward,” said Dolores Huerta, co-founder of United Farm Workers, and Feminist Majority board member.

“Hillary Clinton’s vision for the future and her 2016 campaign have prioritized feminist issues like no other presidential campaign in history. She has pledged to end the Hyde Amendment, which prevents low-income women receiving Medicaid from accessing abortion care,” commented Gaylynn Burroughs, Feminist Majority Policy Director. “She supports the Equality Act to add to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protection against discrimination for the LGBT community, as well as ENDA to stop employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. She has committed to strengthening efforts to address climate change, create more affordable childcare, and build a more equitable tax code. She has also vowed to fight voter suppression and make it easier, not harder, for people of color, women, and young people to vote.” continued Burroughs.

 

CONTACT: Beth Rader

beth@feministmajority.org

(703)-522-2214

A Shameful Round-Up of Refugees

JAN. 8, 2016  The New York Times

President Obama once said this about his administration’s deportation priorities: “We’ll keep focusing enforcement resources on actual threats to our security. That means felons, not families. That means criminals, not children. It means gang members, not moms who are trying to put food on the table for their kids.”

Encouraging words, a year ago. But a new year has dawned upon an appallingcampaign of home raids by the Department of Homeland Security to find and deport hundreds of would-be refugees back to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. The targets are those who arrived in a recent surge of people fleeing shockingly high levels of gang and drug violence, hunger and poverty and who offered themselves at the border to the mercy of the United States, but ultimately lost their cases in immigration court.

Since New Year’s, the administration has been sending agents into homes to make an example of the offenders and to defend the principle of a secure border. A president who spoke so movingly about the violent gun deaths of children here has taken on the job of sending mothers and children on one-way trips to the deadliest countries in our hemisphere. Mothers and children who pose no threat, actual or imaginable, to our security.

The Homeland Security secretary, Jeh Johnson, said in a statement: “Our borders are not open to illegal migration. If you come here illegally, we will send you back consistent with our laws and values.” He added: “This should come as no surprise. I have said publicly for months that individuals who constitute enforcement priorities, including families and unaccompanied children, will be removed.”

It’s no wonder that Donald Trump is applauding the policy, and taking credit for it.

But Mr. Johnson is wrong to suggest that frightened Central Americans are a border-security threat. It’s not illegal to go to the border and seek asylum, as these families have. And his defense of our “values” jarringly sidesteps vital questions — Why are people fleeing? And if they are desperate to escape their murderous homelands, what is the best response of the United States?

It’s certainly not home raids that send powerless individuals unjustly back to mortal danger and, as collateral damage, spread fear and panic in immigrant neighborhoods across the country. The homicidal brutality in Central America has spawned a humanitarian disaster, but the administration has been treating it as a Texas border-security emergency, and a political headache. Perhaps this is why its efforts at deterring the migrant flow have not succeeded. Families have taken the journey anyway, not because they are determined to flout our immigration laws — but because they want not to be murdered.

The administration needs to recognize that this problem cannot be solved in backward fashion. The answer lies not in sitting idly until refugees arrive and greeting them with family prisons and prosecution. It requires addressing the root causes of the bloody violence in the region, and fixing the chaotic, underfunded legal system at the border, where migrants with no money or lawyers — or with bad lawyers — confront the infernal complexities of immigration and asylum law, and lose. The administration should have long ago begun building routes of escape for families in danger, with safe havens and in-country screening for those seeking resettlement, in the United States or elsewhere in the region.

While federal agents have been knocking on doors and spreading fear, advocacy groups have been scrambling to help the Central Americans. Humanitarian projects like CARA, a cooperative effort of legal services organizations, and Raices, which has worked for years with refugees in Central and South Texas, have placed urgent calls for funds and volunteers. Protection, due process and outstretched arms for terrorized families: That’s an approach consistent with America’s laws and values, not agents at the door, on the hunt for mothers and children.