Action Needed: CNOW Demands Racial Justice​

Racial justice is one of CNOW’s core issues. Grounded in our belief that human rights are indivisible, CNOW is committed to identifying and disabling barriers to equality and justice that are imposed by racism. We aim to combat systemic racism through intersectional feminism. We know racial justice is important to all members of our community, but we also must recognize that we do not all experience that deep-rooted fear that we or our loved ones could be harassed or killed simply while jogging, while in their homes, while bird watching in a public park or while interacting with law enforcement over a non-violent incident. Accordingly, we cannot look away. We must continually repeat the names of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Christian Cooper and George Floyd.

Your feelings of rage, fear, devastation, despair, and anxiety are justified. Let’s channel our anger into collective action.

It is not enough to stand next to each other advocating for justice when tragedy based in racism goes viral and ripples through our communities. Relentless action must be taken through voting, legislation, policy, funding, education, criminal justice reform, economic equality, and access to justice. CNOW is active in these fights and will join in yours. There is power in numbers. For the sake of our humanity, this is our call to action for critical change.

Emergency Action: Rally to Save Roe – Monday, May 20th!

Georgia. Alabama. Ohio. Indiana. Missouri. The list of states passing reckless, dangerous and unconstitutional bans on abortion seems to grow by the day. One thing is clear beyond any doubt – anti-abortion forces will not stop until Roe v. Wade is overturned and access to safe, legal abortion ceases to exist. We must act now to save Roe.

Join us this Monday, May 20 at 5:00 p.m. at Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago (Adams and Dearborn) for the Rally to Save Roe!

We will be joined by a coalition of organizations committed to protecting access to women’s reproductive healthcare, and we will learn how we can take action in Illinois. Right now, the Illinois House of Representatives is considering the Reproductive Health Act, a measure designed to protect and ensure access to abortion care, contraceptives and maternal care in Illinois. Contact your state representative and MAKE them vote on this bill here.

The rally also will feature a number of women dressed as handmaids, based on characters from Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” – a dystopian novel about a future world that treats women as property of the state. We cannot allow that story to move from fiction to reality.
Join us for this event – and spread the word.

Join CNOW at Equal Pay Day Chicago 2019!

Help us raise awareness of pay inequality in Chicago and around the world.

Equal Pay Day Chicago 2019

Thursday, March 28, 2019 │ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Daley Plaza │ Clark & Washington Streets │ Rain Location: Lobby

Each year, Equal Pay Day is recognized worldwide to bring greater awareness to racial and gender pay disparities.

The 9th Annual Equal Pay Day Chicago will be held in advance of this year’s nationally observed date of April 2 – which symbolically marks how far into this year the average woman must work in order to earn as much as the average white man last year. The local event is both a focal point to raise awareness of pay equality and a platform for organizations to collaborate across the state.

AGENDA

Keynote Speaker
Michelle Silverthorn, Founder and CEO, Inclusion Nation

Additional Speakers

  • Jim Bennett, Director, Illinois Department of Human Rights
  • Cherita Ellens, CEO and President, Women Employed
  • Mona Noriega, Chairman and Commissioner, Chicago Commission on Human Relations
  • Toni Preckwinkle, President, Cook County Board of Commissioners
  • Anna Valencia, City Clerk of Chicago
  • J. Bryan Wood, The Wood Law Office LLC

Performance
Tatiana Hazel, Musician

Join CNOW in the fight for pay equality at Equal Pay Day Chicago 2019!

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Help CNOW Honor the Work of Sista Afya during Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month we at the Chicago Chapter of the National Organization of Women (CNOW) are working together to honor and support the work of Sista Afya. Sista Afya is a local community based organization that supports the mental wellness of millennial Black women in Chicago. Sista Afya has been in existence for a year and has already made a positive impact in the Chicago community through its mission to build community, share information, and connect black women to quality mental health services. Sista Afya provides mental wellness education, resource connection, community support, and mental wellness merchandise that is simple, accessible, and centers the experiences of Black women. Sista Afya works to address the service gaps that Black women in Chicago may experience within the healthcare system due to discrimination and/or lack of accessibility to quality mental health services.

Camesha Jones is the Founder of Sista Afya and is a millennial black woman who has overcame personal experiences with mental health recovery and through her lived experiences she has become a mental wellness advocate for Black women in Chicago. Jones is no stranger to working to uplift black women as she has received a Bachelors in Sociology from Spelman College a private women’s liberal arts college in Atlanta that centers the empowerment of Black Women and a graduate degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

She has 7 years of experience serving the community in various systems that include and are not limited to: violence prevention, mental health, HIV/AIDS prevention, and program coordination of youth development programs. She’s worked and received training from organizations such as: National Council of Negro Women, Children’s Defense Fund, UCAN, Build Chicago, and Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program.

To support the work of Sista Afya please donate to the online fundraiser to support the work of black women’s mental wellness

More information about the organization can be found here: https://www.sistaafya.com/

CNOW Speaks Out Against Sexual Abuse in CPS

There has recently been increased national attention on keeping our students safe while they are at school. This debate typically revolves around the school shooting epidemic, but Chicago Public Schools have another epidemic that has yet to be dealt with appropriately.

The Chicago Tribune recently reported an extensive analysis concluding that over the last decade, police have investigated 523 reports of children being sexually assaulted inside CPS. In many of these reported cases, CPS failed to alert child welfare investigators or police, despite being mandated reporters. In some cases, inadequate background checks led to employment of educators who had been arrested or convicted of sex crimes against minors. Coaches, security guards, teachers, and fellow students have been sexually assaulting children with little to no accountability.

We know that if there are 523 reported cases of sexual misconduct, there are hundreds of instances that have gone unreported due to students’ understandable fear of retaliation, or the proven lack of consequence for perpetrators.

Chicago NOW takes a strong stand against sexual harassment and sexual assault, especially when it affects our youngest generation. The damage that CPS has caused these students is insurmountable and needs to be rectified immediately. CPS must be held accountable to protect its student body. Chicago NOW asks CPS to publicly indicate how they plan to protect their students moving forward.

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