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VA NOW Demands VA Senator Amanda Chase Retract Statement on Rape and Guns; Urges Her Defeat

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." 

Rally Tuesday July 9 in Richmond to Prevent Gun Violence

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.

Scrap TRAP - Submit comment today

Today, we're asking you to take action to protect reproductive health services in Virginia. You've probably heard about "TRAP" restrictions on clinics. Yes, NARAL Pro-Choice VA and other leaders of the women's health community made some progress but we have suffered a setback. Please take a few minutes to submit a public comment to the Virginia Board of Health regarding politically motivated


Act to Prevent Gun Violence

Governor Northam has called for a special session of the General Assembly to address the epidemic of gun violence. This is a bold move and one that Virginia NOW supports 100%. Not only are we all affected by gun violence tragedies like the one in Virginia Beach but as women's advocates we know that women bear a special burden: a staggering portion of violence against women is fatal, and a key


NOW National Conference, July 19-21 in Minneapolis

Define YOUR Feminist Agenda at the NOW National Conference 
July 19 - 21, in Minneapolis

The conference, Feminist Agenda Rising: Our Time is NOW, is a can't miss weekend celebration of feminist empowerment.

Join us in Minneapolis where you’ll attend informative, relevant workshops, enjoy inspiring speakers, including Comedian Lizz Winstead, State Senator Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Representative Betty


State-by-State Attacks on Women's Constitutional Rights Must Stop

We've seen the frightening headlines from around the country, with states like Missouri, Georgia and Alabama enacting immoral and unconstitutional abortion bans. A legislator in Texas even proposed a bill that would give women the death penalty for having abortions! 

This dangerous legislation isn't just happening in the states. The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing for a bill


#StopTheBans Day of Action

We hope that all of our dedicated grassroots activists are joining with NOW and our partner organizations today in hosting or attending events for the Day of Action to Stop Abortion Bans around the country. 

If you haven’t already registered, you can visit to RSVP and use the convenient map to find an event near you! 

Don’t forget to bring along your NOW rounds, stickers


'Women of color are not here to play:' List of women eyeing statewide office grows longer at weekend town hall

by Mechelle Hankerson, originally published in the Virginia Mercury

Del. Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, doesn’t think there are too many black women eyeing Virginia’s highest posts.

“We hear of two African-American women thinking about running for governor and that’s awesome,” she said at an event hosted by the national political organization She the People Saturday at Virginia Union


Trump Expansion of Religious Refusal Targets Women, Shreds Democracy and Puts Politics Over Health Care

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Trump Expansion of Religious Refusal Targets Women, Shreds Democracy and Puts Politics Over Health Care
Statement by National NOW President Toni Van Pelt

May 3, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Donald Trump announced an expanded “conscience rule,” otherwise known as a religious refusal, that will further erode the


Join Us in Richmond on February 14, 2019

Virginia NOW invites you to join other members, friends and supporters Thursday, February 14th to rally on the Capitol steps in Richmond in support of the Equal Rights Amendment. National NOW President Toni Van Pelt will be speaking! Together, we can make history by making Virginia the 38th state to ratify the ERA.

The Resolution to ratify the ERA has resoundingly passed the Senate but is being

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