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 

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Girl Up Fundraising Event

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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

May 2014 Newsletter

NOW Potluck/Guatemala GirlsEmpo; Illinois Choice Action Team – Clinic Escort Training; Peoria NOW Funds; Your Contact Information.

Peoria NOW May 31 Event Flyer

Peoria NOW May 31 Event Flyer 

2014 Women’s History Month Awards Event


Join us at Peoria NOW's annual awards ceremony to honor local women who have worked to improve the lives of women and girls. This year’s theme is It’s About Time! Illinois NOW Takes on 2014.  

Date: Saturday, March 8 
Time: 10:00 a.m. – Noon 
Place: Peoria Public Library, Main Branch, Auditorium, 107 NE Monroe St, Peoria, IL 61602 

Keynote Speaker: Jonelle Polk McCloud, Manager at Proctor Recreation Center. 

Her topic will be “Empowering Young Women.”   She will also be given an award for her development of J.E.M.S., a basketball league for local area girls. 
Other awards will be given to:  

  • Dr. Linda Lyman, professor at Illinois State University's College of Education, for her research about educational leadership, particularly her recent book about women leaders in education with an international perspective. 
  • Rosalie Howell, activist and advocate for women's issues, and founder of Peorians for Reproductive Health Care (PRHC). 
  • ICAT (Illinois Choice Action Team) Peoria Clinic Escorts, who assist patients arriving for abortion services at National Health Care, Inc., to find the correct clinic. 

February 2014 Newsletter

Women's History Month Awards Event; 2014 National Women's History Month Theme; Created Equal Film Program – Slavery By Another Name; Peorians for Reproductive Health Care; Illinois Choice Action Team, Peoria Clinic Escorts; This Year's Fundraising Auction 

Pro-Choice Rally

Peorians for Reproductive Health Care is sponsoring a rally to celebrate and protect the January 22, 1973, Supreme Court ruling in the case Roe vs. Wade. 

Place:  Federal Building, downtown Peoria, corner of Main and Monroe
Time:  noon-1:00p.m.





Clinic Escort Training

Peoria Clinic Escort training, provided by the Illinois Choice Action Team, is scheduled for January 25.

Since the initial ICAT training in November, there has been a dedicated team serving as escorts at the National Health Care clinic during clinic appointment hours (approximately 4-6 times per month.)  The escorts’ mission now is to increase volunteer numbers so that the few who participant don't become burned out. ICAT will conduct another training session Saturday, January 25, at Bradley University, Baker Hall room 256 from 2-4 pm.  For registration information, contact us.

Here's your chance to make a difference.

NOW Special Meeting: Clinic Escort Info

The Peoria Chapter of the National Organization for Women will host representatives from the Illinois Choice Action Team and Peorians for Reproductive Health Care at a meeting on Saturday, January 11, at 2:00 p.m. at Lakeview Library.

The meeting is free and open to the public.  For more information or to get involved please contact us.