Welcome to Treasure Coast NOW!
The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.
The Treasure Coast is home to women and men of varied backgrounds, ethnicity, political beliefs, sexual orientations and ages. Treasure Coast NOW exists to bring a unified voice to St. Lucie County and beyond -a strong presence that promotes inclusion and equality, no matter our differences. Join us today and let's get to work!
Call for Board Members -Open seats:
Youth Outreach Director
Contact us if you are interesting in serving on this new and growing board...we'd love to have you!
·Martin County (Planned Parenthood) is having a free pap day event on Monday August 19th between 9am and 12pm.. Women must have an appointment and they can call 772-692-2023 to schedule.
September 17th -Open meeting- We will discuss pertinent legislation and important actions and we can take and language we need to follow.
October 15th - Domestic Violence Month - panel and presentation
November 19th - No meeting - Holiday Break
November 8th - Showing of The Invisible War in honor of Veteran's Day
December 6th - 3rd Annual Take Back The Night - downtown Fort Pierce
December 17th - TBD
January 21st - Roe v. Wade
February 18th - Black History Month - Celebrating Nina Simone & Sweet Honey in the Rock
March 18th - Celebrating Women's History Month and local FL Women
April 15th - Sexual Violence Awareness Month
NOW Calls for Justice for Trayvon Martin
Statement of NOW President Terry O'Neill
July 15, 2013
The acquittal on Saturday, July 13, of George Zimmerman has left Trayvon Martin and his family without justice. NOW stands as an unwavering ally in the struggle to end racial profiling and other forms of oppression that continue to plague our society, as we know that racism and sexism are inextricably linked.
We cannot allow our country to be a place where an unarmed teenager walking to his own home can be shot with impunity by a self-styled neighborhood watch vigilante. The gun death of a teenager should not require the protests of thousands to get a proper investigation. Young people of color should not have to fear going out in public, walking down the streets of their neighborhoods, or sitting in their own cars. Racial profiling is a menace; we will not let the unsubstantiated -- and racist -- fears of some run roughshod over the rights and lives of people of color.
NOW activists have added their voices to the groundswell demanding that the Department of Justice investigate George Zimmerman for violating the civil rights of Trayvon Martin. We will continue in our common struggle for equality and justice for all people.
NOW Activists Buoyed by SCOTUS Decisions on Equal Marriage
Statement of NOW President Terry O'Neill
June 26, 2013
The National Organization for Women is elated for the many same-sex couples whose loving, committed relationships will now be recognized in law a result of today's Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's Proposition 8. While we still have not achieved a full constitutional right for same-sex marriage, we are buoyed by the court's decisions to strike down the discriminatory DOMA and to allow the federal trial court's overruling of Proposition 8 to stand. A longtime supporter of marriage equality, NOW has opposed DOMA and Proposition 8 from the start and has sought to advance the rights of those treated as second-class in our society.
Today's DOMA decision represents an enormous victory and a joyous day for married same-sex couples and their families -- and for the promise of equal justice under the law. Put simply, the court will impose a "careful consideration" standard of review on laws that treat couples differently based on sexual orientation. For thousands of same-sex couples, today's ruling means that they can better protect one another and their children by ensuring equitable access to the federal safety net.
In advocating to overturn Proposition 8, NOW has staunchly maintained that state constitutions are meant to defend the rights of minorities, even (or especially) when the majority threatens to eradicate them. Discriminatory legislation such as Proposition 8 has no place in a nation dedicated to equal rights for all people. With Proposition 8 now a thing of the past and same-sex marriage soon to be fully recognized in California, equal marriage rights cover over 30% of the country's population. Obviously, our struggle is far from over.
With these decisions adding to the momentum for marriage, NOW and our allies will continue working to win the freedom to marry throughout the United States.