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2021 Michigan NOW Annual Member Meeting and Mini Conference

Sat, Jun 5, 2021 • Online Event • Register Now

This is the annual meeting for Michigan NOW members. This is a virtual meeting that will focus on National NOW, Michigan NOW, and local chapters. State board elections will be held. Only current MI NOW members will be allowed to cast a vote for candidates running for the Michigan NOW board.

Register Online (Registration Closes June 2)

Coping with StressDuring the Pandemic

Guest Article
Feeling stressed out, stuck, overwhelmed? You are NOT alone! Stress is something that everyone deals with at varying degrees throughout life. However, with all that is going on in the world at this timewith the pandemicand the economic, cultural,and political upheavals,stressors areamplifiedfor all of us. Here are some self-coping skillsthat maybeused asreminders or help you manage stressand build resilience for the long-term.

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Statement from the Michigan NOW State Board

Michigan NOW Community Members:

Recently some articles appeared in The Daily Beast regarding reports of hostile and discriminatory practices at our national NOW office. Michigan NOW is deeply disturbed by these allegations and they have led us to question the management/leadership at our national level. We take these allegations seriously and demand that they be addressed immediately.

These allegations depict an environment that works in opposition to NOW’s top priority issues: ending violence against women, racial equality, LGBTQIA+ rights, and economic justice. We affirm our commitment to these core principles and to intersectional grassroots feminism. We expect our organization to bring the experiences and voices of marginalized women to the center of our discourse so we can more effectively understand and counter the forces that seek to oppress women. It is especially important that we root out any such forces that may exist within our own organization. We demand that our national board thoroughly investigate these allegations of abuse and discrimination and take immediate steps to re-establish a working environment that reflects the stated values of our organization.

We expect our organization to hold itself to the same standards it hold others, if not higher. We demand accountability and transparency. We make these demands to ensure the integrity of NOW.

The Michigan NOW state board (with one objection) voted to approve and release this statement.

2019 Michigan Women’s Justice
and Clemency Project

The Clemency Project advocates for clemency for domestic violence victims. Please read the short bios of these women. Consider sending them a note so they know they are not forgotten. And PLEASE write to the Governor and ask’for clemency for them. To learn more about the terrible conditions at the Michigan women's prison and the increase in inmate deaths, click on the link below to read the letter the Clemency Project sent to state officials

Summary   •   Letter

Gun Safety Resolution

Passed by the NOW national board on March 11, 2018. Read full resolution.

Pivotal Books on Injustice and Inequality

A Washtenaw County NOW project, 2017

Download article from Washtenaw NOW Chapter

Michigan NOW supports Equality Michigan’s request that the Michigan Civil Rights Commission issue an interpretive statement finding that the prohibition on sex discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations found in Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act includes a prohibition on discrimination based on an individual’s gender identity and sexual orientation. (download letter)

News from Michigan Voices for
Women’s Health Coalition

Abortion is Healthcare: Advocates Applaud Proactive Reproductive Health Bills

Package of legislation introduced to eliminate burdens to make legal abortions affordable and available. (download press release)

Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility

If you do a quick search you will find many articles regarding overcrowding and understaffing at the Michigan women’s prison (Huron Valley). Our current newsletter also has an article by Georgina Hickey that tells about her experiences volunteering in the Michigan women’s prison.

In the current budget negotiations legislators are proposing deep cuts to corrections, especially to the women’s prison. Please contact your elected officials and ask them to preserve current funding for the women’s prison. Find your elected officials here.

Flint, Michigan Community, Labor, Public Health, Environmental Leaders Urge Congress to Fund Water Infrastructure Improvements

Michigan NOW and and other state (and national) organizations signed letters to the House and Senate in support of Flint funding.

About the Water Crisis In Flint: As many as 12,000 children in Flint may have been exposed to lead in the city’s drinking water, after the city’s emergency manager changed the source of water to the Flint River in 2014 to save the city money. The river water corroded the plumbing, causing the aging pipes to leach lead into the water. No amount of lead exposure is safe, and lead is particularly damaging for children’s developing brains.

Water Infrastructure Funding: The Senate is currently considering a bipartisan version of the Water Resources Development Act that includes assistance to help Flint and other communities improve or replace their aging water infrastructure. The House has yet to take up a water resources bill or enact any measure providing funding for Flint.

See copies of the House and Senate letters.