United We Rise: the 2011 Pennsylvania NOW Convention
UNITED WE RISE! We must and will rise to fight the War on Women that is currently being waged against women in the US and here in PA. A war that includes:
Women continuing to earn only 78% of men’s salaries;
Congress and the PA General Assembly’s attempts to take away our reproductive rights;
Threats to public education; etc.
Join us at our biennial convention October 1, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Philadelphia Bucks County, 4700 Street Road, Trevose, PA 19053 (215-364-2000). We will be focusing on this war on women and how, United, we can fight back.
The deadline for reduced cost for lodging has passed, but rooms may still be available. The hotel's phone number is 215-364-2000.
This all-day conference starts with breakfast and is followed by a day of speakers and workshops. The workshops will focus on:
reproductive rights attacks,
maternity care, and caregiving,
working in coalitions,
voting rights, and
election work to make sure our united voice is heard.
In addition, we will be electing new officers, holding a luncheon PAC fundraiser, voting on the proposed by-laws change, and hosting a cocktail reception in the early evening. Breakfast and the reception are included in the Convention Registration Fee.
There will be two featured speakers at the convention and luncheon
PA PAC Fundraiser
The featured speaker at the PAC luncheon will be Siobhan “Sam” Bennett, President and CEO, Women’s Campaign Forum (WCF). The WCF, founded in 1974, is the only national, non-partisan political organization supporting women at all levels of office, during the earliest stages of their public life, when that support is needed most. The luncheon will also present current and past NOW PAC-endorsed candidates to the attendees.
Siobhan “Sam” Bennett has served as the President and CEO of the Women’s Campaign Fund (WCF), The She Should Run Foundation, and WCF PAC since March 2009. Under Sam’s leadership, WCF's and She Should Run's combined budget has more than doubled and the organization’s programmatic reach has expanded to every state in the country and been featured in national syndications, including USA Today and over 200 AP newspapers. Sam has lent her unique perspective as a candidate at the local and federal levels to broaden WCF’s impact on women leaders at all levels of government who support reproductive choices and options, and women who may run for office in the future.
This fundraiser will help get out our Voters’ Guide and to also support our endorsed candidates. Cost is a minimum $50.00/person. Deadline for registering for the PAC luncheon is Tuesday, September 27 at noon.
The featured speaker during our afternoon session is Terry O'Neill, National President of the National Organization for Women. Terry is a feminist attorney, former professor and activist for social justice; she was elected president of NOW in June 2009. She is also president of the NOW Foundation and chair of the NOW Political Action Committees, and serves as the principal spokesperson for all three entities. O'Neill oversees NOW's multi-issue agenda, which includes: advancing reproductive freedom, promoting diversity and ending racism, stopping violence against women, winning lesbian rights, ensuring economic justice, ending sex discrimination and achieving constitutional equality for women.
NOW member registration fee is $50.00. Non-member registration, including a one-year membership is $70.00. Current members can register and attend the convention on a sliding scale down to $0.00.
The PAC luncheon is a separate event with a separate registration fee. Since it is a fundraiser, the minimum cost for lunch is $50.00.
If you will be paying by credit card, use this site to both register and pay for both events.
If you will be paying by check, go to http://pennsylvanianow.blogspot.com/2011/09/pennsylvania-now-convention-just-3.html, download and complete the registration form, and email it to email@example.com. Then bring your payment(s) to the convention on October 1.
Thank you for your interest in the PA NOW Convention and for pre-registering.
See you on October 1! UNITED WE RISE!
When & Where
Pennsylvania NOW, Inc.
Pennsylvania NOW, Inc. was formed in 1971 after many local NOW chapters had already formed across the state. The need for state organization grew out of organizing efforts to change laws restricting women and to pass an Equal Rights Amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution. Today Pennsylvania NOW remains a grassroots, non-profit, volunteer organization with around 14,000 dues-paying members and contributors with 25 statewide chapters and CANs (Campus Action Networks). We belong to the National Organization for Women, based in Washington, DC which has over 500,000 members and contributors. NOW members are women and men, young and old, all colors, classes and backgrounds working together to bring about equal rights for all women.