NOW SOUND FEBRUARY 2004
The Middlesex County Chapter of the National
Organization for Women meets the first Wednesday of each month at the
East Brunswick Library. The meetings are open to the public. Please
confirm the meeting by calling the library at 732-390-6950.
February 4th: Chapter Meeting at 7:30 at East Brunswick Library
(off Ryder’s Lane in Municipal Complex. Short films on the
upcoming March to Save Women’s Lives (see Below) and Packing the
Courts: The Battle Over President Bush’s Judicial Appointments (see
March 3rd: Chapter Dinner Meeting at 6:30. Everyday Gourmet
Restaurant. Rt 130 North in Lions Plaza Shopping Center, North
Brunswick. Contact me at Middlesex@nownj.org
for more information.
March 28th: Second annual event honoring Women Who Made a
Difference. 1:00 PM at the Sheraton Hotel in Raritan Center,
Edison. Save the date. Click
here for additional details
April 7th: Chapter Meeting 7:30 at East Brunswick Library
April 25th: Washington, DC, March to Save Women’s Lives. 10:00
am meet at Lincoln Memorial; 11:00 am step off. It is an election
year and your participation can make a big difference. (See bus
County Bus to Washington
Chapter Board has deemed participation at the March so critical that we
have priced the tickets to barely cover the expense. The round
trip ticket is $20. Seats will be sold on a first come, first
served basis, so send your checks payable to Middlesex County NOW to
this address as soon as possible:
Park, NJ 08904-1432
your name, and contact number. Include your e-mail address if you
have one. I will contact you with a confirmation number.
That confirmation number will be your admission to the bus. We are
planning to leave the Route 18, East Brunswick Flea Market parking lot
at 6:00 am. The approximate return will be around 7:00 pm. Please
take advantage of this low price and join us. We need to show
Washington that WE WILL NOT GO BACK on reproductive and other human
rights issues. Contact us at Middlesex@nownj.org.
here for more New Jersey-specific March information.
NEED YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS
e-mail it to: Middlesex@nownj.org.
VISITED THE NOW-NJ
Website? The Webmanager, Middlesex Chapter’s own Alan Gross,
has created a wonderful and informative site that is very user
friendly. It is updated with Chapter information.
Outraged by Bush’s Underhanded Appointment of Pickering
outraged by George W. Bush’s installation of Charles Pickering on the
federal appeals court while Congress is in recess,” said NOW President
Kim Gandy. “We’re no longer surprised by the underhandedness of this
President –Bush apparently thinks that he can act unilaterally
wherever and whenever he please.”
has vigorously opposed Pickering’s nomination to the 5th Circuit Court
of Appeals for more than two years, and the Senate Judiciary Committee
rejected this foe of women’s rights once before.”
here for the complete text of NOW's press release.
November, I was visiting Australia. On many occasions I was asked
the question “where are you from?” When I said New Jersey, the
usual response was familiarity with the state because of The Sopranos.
Being perceived as a resident of “the mob capital” was very
disheartening, especially being an Italian-American.
started to turn around this month with the news of the Domestic
Partnership Legislation. It even looked up further with the
introduction of the proposed Paid Family Leave. Just when you
start to feel better, something happened to burst the bubble.
a lot for business and airports have become my second home. I
always cruise the souvenir shops, looking for hats from local teams or
the local edibles. Last week I was at Newark Airport and could not
believe my eyes. New Jersey souvenirs now consist of a BADA-BING
display. For those of you without HBO, Bada Bing is a NJ strip
club on The Sopranos. This is what foreigners and locals can pick up to
remember New Jersey – the NJ Turnpike and now glorifying a place (even
imaginary) where women are treated like meat. Sometimes, it is
hard to be proud!
Coalition Against Sexual Assault Needs Volunteers for an Event
NJCASA is a non-profit organization that works toward the elimination of
sexual violence against all people. They are holding a conference and
Dinner on April 22/23 at Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch. They are
looking to us to help volunteer. Please respond to NJCASA at
609-631-4450 or visit their website: www.njcasa.org.