To: Virginia State Crime Commission
Re: Gun Bills
From: Virginia Chapter, National Organization for Women (NOW), Marjorie Signer, Legislative Vice-President
These comments about the issue of gun violence as it impacts women are submitted on behalf of the Virginia Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), a membership organization with local chapters throughout the Commonwealth working to bring women into full participation in society and promote awareness of issues that impact women economically, legally, socially, and personally. Gun violence is heavily intertwined with the issue of domestic and intimate partner violence ― and women are the most affected population of this lethal combination. Virginia NOW supports extreme risk protection bills (ERPO), also called “red flag laws,” that have been introduced in the Virginia General Assembly, including but not limited to HB4003.
Please join the Virginia NOW PAC board and advisors, our hosts, and special guests to celebrate Women's Equality Day and kick off our General Assembly campaign.
We're gathering Monday, August 26th, at Kilroy's in Springfield, 5250 Port Royal Rd., from 6:30-8:30 pm. Come meet our Equality candidates and engage with our leaders and ground troops. Help make history!
Virginia can be the final state to ratify the ERA in 2020 if we protect our pro ERA incumbents in November and win just two more seats in the currently anti ERA state House and Senate.
"Sign up! Speak up! Ante up!"
Statement of Connie Cordovilla, VA NOW President
July 5, 2019
Virginia NOW demands that VA Senator Amanda Chase retract her recent Facebook statements regarding women, rape and handguns. Responding to a discussion of 2nd Amendment gun rights, Chase remarked that it's "those who are naive and unprepared that end up raped. Sorry but I'm not going to be a statistic."
Join VA NOW President Connie Cordovilla and Legislative VP Marj Signer, Charlottesville NOW board members, and many other advocates and elected officials Tuesday July 9th in Richmond to rally for gun violence prevention.