Equal Means Equal

Equal Means Equal Flyer

WHAT: Public Screening of the Documentary Film ‘Equal Means Equal’ by Kamala Lopez

WHO: The Peoria Chapter of the National Organization for Women is hosting a screening of the film ‘Equal Means Equal’ directed by Kamala Lopez. The event is co-sponsored by Bradley University’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

Peoria NOW would like to invite members of the public to attend this presentation free of charge. There will be a brief discussion about the film immediately after.

TRIGGER WARNING: This film contains potentially distressing material, such as scenes depicting physical violence and openly discussing sexual assault, which may not be suited for a younger audience. Viewer discretion is advised.

WHEN: May 6th, 3pm to 5pm.

WHERE: Bradley University, Westlake Hall Auditorium, 814 N Glenwood, Peoria, IL 61606

MEDIA CONTACT: For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Brittany Miller @ miller.rampenthal@gmail.com

EQUAL MEANS EQUAL offers an unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today. Examining both real-life stories and precedent-setting legal cases, director Kamala Lopez uncovers how outdated and discriminatory attitudes inform and influence seemingly disparate issues, from workplace harassment to domestic violence, rape and sexual assault to the foster care system, and the healthcare conglomerate to the judicial system. Along the way, she reveals the inadequacy of present laws that claim to protect women, ultimately presenting a compelling and persuasive argument for the urgency of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.

Source: http://equalmeansequal.com/synopsis/

Illinois March on Springfield

April 25th, 2017 

More than 50 organizations have joined a coalition to educate and organize around dozens of progressive bills being proposed in the Illinois House and Senate this session. 

They will bring together people across the state for the Illinois Women March on Springfield for a progressive agenda and responsible budget for all, Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

The bills include the Women’s Agenda, the People’s Agenda of labor issues, plus issues including immigration, homelessness, criminal legal reform, the environment, LGBTQ, gun safety efforts, healthcare, economics, education and passing a responsible budget in Illinois.

The complete agenda, with more bills expected, is available on the March website: http://www.illinoiswomenmarchonspringfield.org/

You can also visit the Illinois March on Springfeild Facebook page to indicate your interest and participate in discussion. 

March 22nd ERA B-Day Party and Women’s History Trivia Night

On Wednesday, March 22nd the Peoria chapter of NOW will be celebrating the Birthday of the Equal Rights Amendment with a Women's History Trivia Night at Pizza Works in Peoria Heights.  The details of the event are included in the linked flyer.  Contestants will compete in teams of 4-6, you can put together your own team or be matched up that evening.  Even if you don't want to play, please join us for refreshments, birthday cake, and feminist fellowship. RSVP at Google Docs.  

This event will raise funds for a public screening of the award winning documentary Equal Means Equal which examines the current status and treatment of women in the United States and makes an argument for the importance of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.  Details of the spring film screening will follow.  

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.

See source.

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