Chicago NOW Health Team Meeting

Event: Chicago NOW Health Team Meeting
What: Club/Group Meeting
When: Tuesday, March 30, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Where: T’s Bar and Restaurant

RSVP: chicagonow.org@gmail.com

Come Make a Difference!
This will be a fun, casual meeting where you can meet like-minded feminists and learn about our upcoming volunteer opportunities in Women’s Health. We are interested in hearing your ideas as well!

About us:
The Chicago NOW Health Team aims to have an impact on health issues that affect women disproportionately in order to improve the health of all women in Chicago.

Scott Lee Cohen Steps Down

Scott Lee Cohen, the elected candidate for Lieutenant Governor, was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend in 2005.  His ex-wife also listed both physical and sexual abuse in her divorce papers.  Illinois needs leadership that is capable of making effective policy decisions to end violence against women and girls.  We applaud Scott Lee Cohen’s decision to step aside and allow another candidate to represent the Democratic Party in the Lieutenant Governor’s Race.

Violence against women and girls is never OK.  If you or someone you know is a victim of violence, please visit our resource locator page to get more information on counseling services.  If you would like to get involved with Chicago NOW’s  Stop Violence Against Women team, please visit our Issues page or contact us via email.

Click here to read a Progress Illinois article on the response to Scott Lee Cohen from the women’s community.

Do You Dare…

Chicago NOW invites you to our annual cocktail reception and fundraiser:

Women Who Dared

This event is the Chapter’s opportunity to thank Chicago leaders for their contributions to the feminist community. For 2009, the chapter is proud to honor Lorie Chaiten, Director of the Reproductive Rights Project for the Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU of Illinois, and Jennifer Koehler, Deputy General Counsel to Governor Pat Quinn.

What: Cocktail reception and silent auction

When: Wednesday, September 16th, 6pm-9pm

Where: Flourish Studios*, 3020 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60657, www.icanflourish.com

Ticket Info: $25 in advance or $30 at the door; $60 includes Chicago NOW Membership; $10 for students

Click here to purchase tickets.

We are asking all attendees to please bring a personal care item or toiletry to donate to Deborah’s Place. You can learn more about the organization at: www.deborahsplace.org.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, e-mail us at cnowweb@yahoo.com.

New Illinois Domestic Violence, Stalking Laws

Advocates praise new domestic violence, stalking laws

Two new state laws strengthening protections for victims of domestic violence and stalking were welcomed today by advocates who have long complained that Illinois does too little to stop these crimes.

Under existing law, stalking victims are unable to obtain an order of protection unless they have a domestic relationship with the stalker or have suffered an attack.

Beginning Jan. 1, a victim will be able to secure an order of protection against anyone who intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly engages in repeated and unwanted contact with them or with a member of their immediate family or household. Victims must prove they are alarmed or experience reasonable apprehension regarding their safety or the safety of family members.

A second law requires that parolees accused of domestic violence be automatically arrested for violating their parole.

It also doubles to 4 years the mandatory supervised release term for a number of domestic crimes and requires 40 hours of domestic violence training for parole officers handing offenders convicted of domestic violence felonies.

Read the rest of this Chicago Tribune article here.