Shore Area NOW
General Mtg Minutes       03/07/2017

Introductions
Abbie Spector – Acting President
Lynn Hansen – Treasurer
Theresa Falcone – Co-organizer
Mariel DiDato– Co-organizer; Repro. Rights Task Force
Tricia Maguire– Repro. Rights Task Force
Joanne DiDato – Guest Speaker

Reproductive Rights Task Force Report:
Immediate Goals – Healthcare Vigil with Planned Parenthood & Women’s Strike 3/8 4:30p-6:00p
Short Term Goals – identify potential local officials
Long Term Goals  - restore State funding to family planning centers

Next Task Force to Organize: LGBT Rights
Goals – presence at Pride in Asbury Park, application due April 15

Shore Area NOW Updates:
Meeting dates have been scheduled through end of 2017
Potential Candidates for Shore Area NOW President & Board Members
Nov. 2nd – Chapter Elections *must be a member for 3 months prior to participate*

Civics 101 with Joann DiDato:
•    Joann began as a demonstrator against the Vietnam War, now active Lobbyist with Results and does presentations for children in schools to get to know their government
*Contact us for a copy of the Advocacy Handbook *
•    Government Structure
•    How Bills become Laws
o    Authorizing bills – set policy
o    Appropriations bills – set funding
•    Contacting your Representatives
o    Think bipartisan! Don’t ignore Republican Reps
•    Lobbying the Government, *Follow-up*
•    Outline for a Letter to your Representatives, *FAX, DON’T MAIL LETTERS*

ACTION: Letter Writing!
Write a handwritten letter to your Senator or Assemblyman to Lobby for State Funding of Family Planning Centers.
Not sure how to start?
Refer to page 5 of Joann Didato’s Advocacy Handbook for an outline.

NJ/Federal BILLS OF INTEREST:
*See Attachment*

EVENTS
MARCH - Women’s History Month
March 8, 2017 - International Women’s Day; Participate in a Day Without Women
March 8, 2017 – Women’s Strike @ Rutgers Voorhees Mall 2:00p – 5:00p <LINKS>
March 8, 2017 – Women’s March to Trump Tower in NYC, meeting @ Columbus Circle 12p
March 8, 2017 – Nevada Assembly Floor Discussion & Vote to Ratify ERA 11a – 12:30p <LINK>
March 11, 2017 – Mon. Dem. Women’s Caucus Women’s Leadership Meeting  @ Thornbrooke Club House Shrewsbury, NJ 10:30a – 12p
March 26, 2017 – Senator Menendez honoring women, Keynote by Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood @ Montclair University
May 20 – NOW State Board Meeting * interested in attending? Email Abbie *
June 30-July 2, 2017 – NOW Forward Feminism Conference & National NOW Elections in Orlando, FL *interested in attending? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


How to Get Involved with NOW:
•    Take the Interest Survey (anonymous)
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KPTZHGF
•    Join NOW – Shore Area NOW #0275
www.now.org
•    Plan a monthly meeting? Speakers?

LINKS

Indivisible
https://www.indivisibleguide.com

Results
www.results.org

Shore Area NOW LINKS
http://now.org/chapter/shore-area-now/
https://www.facebook.com/ShoreAreaNOW

NJ State NOW
http://now.org/chapter/new-jersey-now/

National NOW
http://now.org

Submitted by Jill Stack