Date: Sun, 13 Apr 1997 07:48:58 -0400 (EDT)

Subject: NOW is shrinking

From: LITTLE.G <G.Little@az05.bull.com>

I found the NOW membership figures particularly encouraging. As of last April, if I remember correctly, NOW's membership was reported in *Time* magazine as "under 275,000." A year later, this account reports it to be "under 200,000." The number of women that NOW doesn't speak for continues to grow, while NOW itself is shrinking by leaps and bounds. For comparison, there were 600,000 in Promise Keepers about the same time, and snowballing (how big are they now?); and 3,000,000 in the NRA. If we assume geometric progression, NOW should be down to a mere 75,000 three years hence. If we assume arithmetic progression instead, it should vanish altogether about the turn of the year 2000: a fitting event to usher in the new millennium and put the old one behind us.

Date: Sun, 13 Apr 1997 16:10:50 -0400

From: Susan Ciccantelli <susancic@netreach.net>

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Subject: Re: NOW is shrinking

N.O.W. WILL soon be THEN.

Date: Mon, 14 Apr 1997 21:44:14 PST

From: Paul M Clements <pclem@juno.com>

Subject: Re: NOW is shrinking

To the best of my recollection, the last election of a national president for NOW saw only 900 votes cast. That tells me that the hundreds of thousands of "members" are phantoms. As real as most domestic violence statistics.

Paul Clements

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From: John Gregory Maguire <jmaguire@ultranet.com>

Subject: Re: "Husband battering exposed"--Update about the standard lie

Dear men and women:

Appropos of the Detroit News clip whih G. Palumbo sent around recently about violence in the home by women against men is this "ACTION ALERT" from NOW which continues the lie.

I have included at the top of the ACTION ALERT the comments I made when I sent the piece to five editors at the Boston Globe. Feel free to steal from those comments if you want to be in touch with editors you know. And also feel free to contact these Congress men and women and state your point of view.

JOHN MAGUIRE, boston

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TO MATT STORIN, SCOT LEHIGH, ELLEN OBRIEN, Ellen Goodman, Eileen McNamara of the Boston Globe.

Just a day or two after sending you the piece from the Detroit News, this announcement comes from NOW. Some of you will have seen it.

It helps prove what I said the other day about the consistent, persistent

and apparently consciously planned political lie that "only men hit, and

only women are victims"

Right here, in NOW'S own words (appended below, unedited, after the ####s) we see *again* the OBVIOUSLY CENTRALLY DICTATED POLITICAL LINE of NOW: whose announcements are usually and sadly printed without *any* critical thought in the Globe:

"Only women and children flee from domestic violence situations. Men cannot be victims of violence in the home. Men only are `batterers.' Only men are rapists, only men commit domestic violence, and only men need to be critiqued, supervised and corrected by us, the official approved government-paid victim-advocates and manhood-surveillors."

Today's NOW bulletin urges its members to pressure congress to DOUBLE the money available to the friends of NOW who will "staff" these female-only shelters. This is feminist pork-barrel stealing and lying. It shows complete disregard ot the facts about violence in the home. The bulletin, and the campaign, clearly has this two-fold purpose:

1. To provide patronage income and steady jobs to feminists, and

2. To embody and make real the BIG LIE of the party, that the basic status of women in this society is to be victimized by men.

I wouldn't care if NOW's consistent and cynical lying didn't have consequences. Suppose they ran a campaign to prove that the RED SOX were the greatest--it would be a lie, but what harm would come? I would be happy to give NOW $72 million if they would just stop lying about men and women and children--but of course, they can't. Like many totalistic groups, they're in business to gain power by lying, and they've enjoyed that buzz that goes with lying for too long to give it up.

But today's lie--the April 25 lie--has consequences. Let's remember what they are.

When NOW sets out in public this implicit and obvious falsehood--that women never do violence against men inside the home--and shows that editors can be intimidated into obediently going along with these obviously unlikely stories, serious damage to society results. Damage happens:

1. In the consciences and courage of editors, who become intimidated and know it inside themselves.

1a. In the hearts of citizens, who can see the editors' intimidation and fear.

2. In family life, where children are being propagandized to mistrust their fathers and wives to mistrust their husbands.

3. In divorce courts, where this drum beat of false information about manhood is a tool used by divorce lawyers to crystallize women's decisions to abandon their marriage vows. and, often their children's welfare.

4. Throughout the country where, as this propaganda campaign of falsehoods contributes, A MILLION AMERICAN CHILDREN A YEAR ARE PUT THROUGH THE PERMANENTLY DAMAGING, DEPRESSING AND CRIPPLING EXPERIENCE OF BEING VICTIMIZED BY DIVORCE. .

As you read this, ask yourself who you believe--the Detriot News, or this propaganda bureau. Anyway, here is today's truth-killer on "battering" from NOW propaganda central:

Rod Van Mechelen

Member: - HTML Writers Guild

Typically, when the pop feminists force through legislation that has to do with violence, it has a way sneaking up and biting them because often the first ones to be penalized are women.

They may have learned this lesson by now, but as they will not stop their attack on men, they need to find a way around it that targets men without looking like they're bigots.

Take a look at the hate crimes section below. We should try to anticipate how they will try to skirt around this to protect female perpetrators from prosecution without appearing too biased.

Perhaps more significantly, we should escalate our own efforts to educate the public and legislators to how NOW and other such groups are, themselves, "hate groups."

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OFFENDER GUN BAN MAY BE WEAKENED

NOW is waging a battle to keep in place a ban that was passed last year by Congress to prohibit misdemeanor domestic violence offenders from owning or possessing firearms (felons are already prohibited, but few domestic violence offenses are prosecuted as felonies). Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA) is sponsoring H.R. 26 that would make application of the ban prospective, excusing anyone who prior to September 30, 1996 was convicted of a domestic violence offense, while Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) is offering H.R. 445 which would exempt government employees (police, military, etc.) from the ban. Rep. Helen Chenoweth (R-ID) is also sponsoring a repeal of the ban (H.R. 1009). To the dismay of the domestic violence community, Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-MN) is sponsoring a version of the Barr bill (S. 262) in the Senate.

Members of Congress are responding to a campaign conducted by some police departments and professional organizations, backed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), to limit the effectiveness of the ban. Some police officers and their professional associations have complained that the new ban is difficult to enforce and is unfair to some officers who may have committed an offense many years ago, but maintained a clean record since. The NRA has indicated that opposition of the ban is part of its long range strategy to get rid of all bans on firearms.

A hearing was held on March 5 in the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime where representatives of police groups and domestic violence survivor advocacy organizations presented testimony. Several press conferences were conducted by the ban's chief proponent, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), together with Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), John Conyers (D-MI), and Sheila Jackson- Lee (D-TX). Leaders of women's rights and domestic violence survivor advocacy groups as well as family members of victims, like Denise Brown, sister of Nicole Brown Simpson, offered support for the ban. NOW President Patricia Ireland and NOW Action Vice President Rosemary Dempsey spoke at these events as well.

NOW wrote to House and Senate Judiciary committee members that retaining the ban is necessary because "incidents of domestic violence which involve guns are 12 times more likely to result in death than domestic assaults involving knives, physical force or other means," according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. The letter also noted that rates of domestic violence among law enforcement officials is much higher than is found in the general population, according to a number of studies.

Apparently, the outcry on gutting of the gun ban was effective in that some committee members appear to be backing away from their earlier support of the legislation. With continued pressure and more favorable news articles and editorials, like the strong statement of opposition to watering down of the gun ban in the New York Times (3/20) and the Atlanta Constitution (3/11), support for maintaining the ban may be gaining.

ACTION NEEDED:

Immediate contact with members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees is needed. It especially important to let House Judiciary Crime Subcommittee Chair Bill McCollum (R-FL), full committee Chairman Henry Hyde (R-IL) and Senate Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT) know that this is a bad bill.

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NOW CONTRIBUTES TO NEW HATE CRIMES REPORT

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights released in mid-March a long-awaited report, "Cause for Concern: Hate Crimes in America," which contains detailed information on the extent of crimes related to race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, and ethnicity. The report emphasized that violent crimes are on the rise with growth of various extremist groups who are responding to uncertainty over their economic well-being and to divisive rhetoric from some public officials. Public debate over affirmative action, immigration, and welfare, the report noted, has exacerbated the problem. Hate groups are now using the Internet, public access television, and grassroots organizing to spread their message.

"Cause for Concern" is the first comprehensive assessment of the hate crime problem in the U.S., and researchers noted that the 25,000 hate crimes reported from 1992 - 1995, represent only a part of the true picture with not all law enforcement agencies reporting to the federal government. Additionally, crimes against women which may be gender- or sex-based are not counted at all.

NOW assisted in the preparation of sections of the report which pertain to sex-based hate crimes, noting that women as a class are not covered in either the criminal statutes prohibiting certain types of hate-based crime or by the Hate Crime Statistics Act that requires the FBI to collect crime reports. The National Crime Victims Treatment Center reported that close to 700,000 adult women are raped each year, while the U.S. Department of Justice statistics office indicates that intimate partners committed more than a million assaults, rapes, and murders of women between 1992 and 1993. Not all these crimes could be classified as hate crimes, but many could easily fall into that category with the identified characteristics of hate language, sexual assault, mutilation, and extreme brutality and cruelty.

The report states that, "Many crimes against women reflect a resistance to their efforts to achieve equality. These crimes are often intended to intimidate women into staying in--or returning to--their "place of subservience to men at home, in the workplace, and throughout society."

Recommendations include expansion of the federal criminal civil rights statutes to cover gender, sexual orientation, and immigration status as well as enactment of tougher hate crime laws at state and local levels, with "penalty-enhancement" provisions that impose harsher punishments for criminal acts motivated by bias.

A copy of the report is available from the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights/ Leadership Conference Education Fund, 1629 K St., NW Suite 1010, Washington, D.C. 20006. Phone: 202-466-3311.

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ADDING SEX AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION TO HATE CRIMES STATUTES

Legislation is being readied to add new categories of hate crimes to federal statutes (Section 245 of Title 18 U.S.C.) which would include prohibitions against sex- or gender-based and sexual orientation-based crimes. Activists are busily meeting with key committee members in Congress to build support for the bill. NOW has joined forces with other women's rights, lesbian and gay rights, and civil rights groups to press for the change to the statutes.

Attorney General Janet Reno issued a statement on March 11 indicating that new data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other sources "have shown a disturbing rise in the number of hate crimes based on race, color, national origin, religion and sexual orientation." She added that, "We must also work to improve the ability of the Federal government to respond. Federal hate crime statutes do not now permit us to prosecute offenses motivated by a victim's sexual orientation." The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs recently released data showing an increase in the number of hate crimes related to a victim's sexual orientation.

ACTION NEEDED:

Write, call, fax or e-mail your member of Congress urging the inclusion of sex and sexual orientation categories in the hate crimes statutes. Contact should first be made to members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, especially Sens. Biden, Leahy, Toricelli, Durbin, Campbell, Specter, Sessions and House Judiciary Chair Henry Hyde (R-IL).

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WOMEN'S RIGHTS

ERA IS RE-INTRODUCED

The Equal Rights Amendment was introduced on March 19th by Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) (S.J. Res. 24), with 14 Senate co-sponsors, and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) (H.J. 66), with 44 House co- sponsors. The language is the same as has been introduced each Congress for many years.

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Date: Sat, 26 Apr 1997 09:25:37 -0400 (EDT)

##########################now's action alert##################

>April 25, 1997

>

� We need your help! Federal funding for battered women's shelters could >be doubled when the House Appropiations Committee meets during the week of >April 28th. You can help assure that committee members vote for this key >amendment increasing funding by $72.8 million. The proposal is sponsored by >long-time domestic violence program advocate, Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY).

>

� As you are aware, most shelters are filled to capacity and some have >long waiting lists. Doubling federal funding will mean that many more >women and children fleeing domestic violence be able to find safe shelter. >Many homeless women and children are fleeing from domestic violence >situations. Because three to four million American women are battered each >year by their husbands or partners, the demand for shelter space is great.

>

� Please contact immediately any of the Representatives--all House >Appropriations Committee members -- listed below and let them know the >importance of this increase in shelter funding. Even if a listed member is >not from your district, please call, write, e-mail, and fax your message of >strong support to as many committee member as you are able. This funding >can save lives.

>

� The committee vote will be held at any time after Monday, April 28th.

>

>The following Republican members should be contacted first:

>(see http://www.house.gov/appropriations/members.htm for links)

>

>Bob Livingston, LA

>Joe McDade, PA

>Bill Young, FL

>Ralph Regula, OH

>Jerry Lewis, CA

>John Porter, IL

>Harold Rogers, KY

>Joe Skeen, MN

>Frank Wolf, VA

>Tom DeLay, TX

>Jim Kolbe, AZ

>Ron Packard, CA

>Sonny Callahan, AL

>James Walsh, NY

>Charles Taylor, NC

>David Hobson, OH

>Ernest Istook, OK

>Henry Bonilla, TX

>Joe Knollenberg, MI

>Dan Miller, FL

>Jay Dickey, AR

>Jack Kingston, GA

>Mike Parker, MS

>Rodney Frelinghuysen, NJ

>Roger Wicker, MS

>Michael Forbes, NY

>George Nethercutt, WA

>Mark Neumann,WI

>Duke Cunningham, CA

>Todd Tiahrt, KS

>Zach Wamp, TN

>Tom Latham, IA

>Anne Meagher Northup, KY

>Robert Aderholt, AL

>

>Then, if you have time, these Democratic members may be contacted:

>David Obey, WI

>Sidney Yates, IL

>Louis Stokes, OH

>John Murtha, PA

>Norman Dicks, WA

>Martin Sabo, MN

>Julian Dixon, CA

>Bill Hefner, NC

>Steny Hoyer, MD

>Alan Mollohan, WV

>Marcy Kaptur, OH

>David Skaggs, CO

>Nancy Pelosi, CA

>Peter Viscloski, IN

>Thomas Foglietta, PA

>Esteban Torres, CA

>Nita Lowey, NY

>Jose Serrano, NY

>Rosa DeLauro, CT

>James Moran, VA

>John Olver, MA

>Ed Paster, AZ

>Carrie Meek, FL

>David Price, NC

>Chet Edwards, TX

>now@now.org

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