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Get Out The Vote 2016

Your Vote CountsThanks to the 13 members/friends who participated in training to become voter Registrars last week! Our first set of opportunities to register voters are at Sterling Towers, Taft, and Harrison Homes. If you are currently a Deputy Registrar in good standing, please use our sign-up tool to pair up with a Registrar. More opportunities will be added to the sign-up tool later. Go to Sign-Up Genuis to grab your spot.

If you want to be a registrar but couldn't attend (or want to check on recertification) you can get trained 1-on-1 at the Election Commission office, 542 SW Adams St (next to Peoria Police Dept.) Parking between the 2 buildings. Their hours are 8:00-5:00 Mon-Fri.


We can also discuss these plans at the Peoria NOW potluck on Saturday, August 6, at 6:00 PM. Contact us for details. It will be a time to reconnect and meet new members, and hear about the 2016 NOW National Convention from our own Barbara Miller.  Barb not only represented Peoria and Illinois NOW, she was elected to the National NOW Steering Committee!  


In Sisterhood,
Peoria NOW

Statement of NOW President Terry O’Neill on the shootings at Pulse in Orlando


The horrific attack in Orlando was in every sense a crime against humanity. The LGBTQIA community came to a club to celebrate Pride month, to dance, to live openly and joyously — to be human. And then someone whose heart was filled with hate savagely took that humanity away from them.

We cannot say that we live in a free society when LGBTQIA people have to always wonder if horrific violence is just around the corner, or creeping up in the rearview mirror. Hate crimes against this community haven’t disappeared just because courts, political leaders and businesses now support expanded rights. We must remain vigilant against the threat of violence, but we must also speak out against a climate of bigotry and hatred that rejects or devalues LGBTQIA rights.

Activists and leaders of the National Organization for Women will continue to work with our allies to reject the politics of hate and discrimination. We will not be divided by gender, sexual orientation, religion or politics. We are united in celebrating our differences, and strengthened by our love for one another.

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2016 NOW Conference

The National Organization for Women is turning 50 and we want you to celebrate with us! In June, NOW will commemorate 50 years of feminist grassroots activism with our 50th Anniversary Gala and Forward Feminism Conference at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. On June 23, we will honor a stellar group of women with NOW’s Intrepid Awards. The Forward Feminism Conference will follow on June 24-26. We hope you can join us in celebrating 50 years of advocacy for equality and justice.

Read more at National's web site.NOW_2016-Conference-Concepts_r6

Girl Up Film and Fundraising Event

Girl Up at East Peoria Community High School is a club dedicated to raising funds and awareness for girls around the world. Visit for more information on the International Girl Up Campaign.

Join Girl Up at East Peoria Community High School to help raise funds and awareness for girls in developing countries around the world! On April 9, 2016, EPCHS Girl Up will be hosting its 2nd annual charity show at the Apollo Theatre to raise money for the Girl Up Campaign. All proceeds from this special event will be donated to the Girl Up Campaign at the United Nations.
Doors open at 6:30 PM, show begins at 7:00 PM.
Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT) – Add to Calendar
Apollo Theatre – 311 South Main Street, Peoria, IL 61604 

Click this poster image to access site and secure tickets. ​
Girl Up Fundraising Event

For more info contact their FaceBook page!:

October 2014 Newsletter

Peoria's GirlsEmpo presents the 2nd Annual Fall Fundraiser An Evening of Art & Magic; Illinois NOW Annual State Conference; NOW helps Center for Prevention of Abuse with November 29 Shopping Day at Global Village; Martha Willi’s background on November 29 Shopping Day.

August 2014 Newsletter

Presentation – Making the Case for Programs Targeting Girls' Education and Empowerment; Annual Women's Equality Day Celebration; GirlsEmpo 2014 Fall Fundraiser; Wanted: Volunteers for Voter Registration Project.

Dolores Klein, June 18, 2014


Dear friends,

Peoria NOW lost a long-time leader, and many of us a dear friend, when Dolores Klein died early this morning.

Dolores, and usually her husband Ed, took their experience and passion for equality from the Civil Rights movement of the 60's to the Women's movement of the 70's, 80's, 90's and into this century, until they were slowed by health problems in recent years.

Dolores and Ed raised their own children plus a host of foster children, and Dolores liked to describe herself as a Homemaker for Equality during the battle for ERA ratification in Illinois.  She mentored many young feminists, wrote wonderful letters to the Editor of the Peoria Journal Star, started and circulated Peoria's Clothesline Project of t-shirts to give sexual assault survivors a way to express their feelings, and maintained more Peoria and Illinois NOW history in her mind than most of us will ever know.  Dolores served as Peoria NOW president, newsletter editor, and in other leadership roles.  Sometimes she and Ed were co-presidents.  Dolores was a recipient of local and state awards for her activism on behalf of equality for women and is listed in the Book of Life and Legacies at the National Women's Hall of Fame.

A Celebration of Dolores' Life is being planned for June 28 at Avanti's on Knoxville.  Further details will be described in her obituary.  Dolores is survived by Ed, who resides at Courtyard Estates, 117 N Western, Peoria 61604.  He would appreciate hearing from friends and admirers.


(for Delores Klein and all who worked for the ERA)

She calls from a rickety card table filled with
Buttons and clothespins, collects contributions for
Homemade brownies and potato salad but
Ample hands and a worn apron can fan into many
A woman’s voice, the beginnings of talk.
Forget supposed safety found behind gates;
Over fences, a load of wet t-shirts can be
Shaken out into light-filled banners, snapped 
Sharp against backyards of poverty, abuse,
Despair and in the face of disbelief, bodies 
Are able to form a hard line, wrists laced,
Knuckle to bone, can stop traffic, use paper plus
Pencils to create slogans and letters, rewrite
History and pen legislation, brew up strong
Hot coffee to fuel campaigns, conferences,
Take part in debates, and lo and behold,
Elections, convert one-time ballrooms into
Circles of healing where even a wounded
Girl can learn to engage in a war dance,
Please pass the petitions, don shoes for
Marching, time to glory in our colors spread
Across concrete streets, over statehouse lawns,
Past time to demand that any great and would-be
Gods acknowledge all we made-from-scratch
Goddesses as gardens full of hope spring up
Across a mighty nation, invade the almighty
Constitution, shoot tendrils out, watch ideas take
Root around planet earth, she who bids come join us,
We who hold up the whole of bright sky and 
Practice chanting, chant we will, we all can and
We will have equal rights one fine day.
by Cinda Thompson, copyright  2003