"When the National Organization for Women Political Action Committee became the first national PAC to endorse Ned Lamont, there was no bandwagon to jump on. In fact, many Beltway politicos thought we had lost our senses, or worse-endorsing a relative unknown against a well-connected 18-year incumbent." Kim Gandy, August 8, 2006
There is no turning back the tide now. Activists energized by the win in Connecticut and the possibility of increasing the number of progressives in Congress are organizing for victories state-by-state, raceafter-race. Never afraid to take a stand, fight for an underdog, or lead what may seem to be impossible battles, six NOW state organizations received grants to increase women's political participation and make a difference in this fall's elections by increasing the women's vote.
"There is tremendous energy in the women's movement to change the direction of this country, and with each day our determination grows stronger," said President Kim Gandy. "NOW activists need resources and financial support to make the change that we know is possible."
The projects include a mix of NOW PAC (political action committee) projects and NOW Foundation-funded get-out-the-vote campaigns targeting women voters. The projects funded with PAC funds include a Washington State NOW PAC effort to help Darcy Burner win a seat in Congress in District 8, and to re-elect the state's prowomen members of Congress Rick Larsen (District 2), Brian Baird (District 3), and Jim McDermott (District 7). Activists in Washington will also work to defeat ballot initiatives seeking to require state and local government employees to verify the identity and immigration status of applicants for nonfederally mandated public health benefits, and to repeal the funding for the state's education legacy trust fund .
NOW activists in Pennsylvania received a NOW Foundation grant to register single Latina voters in Philadelphia. The Spanish-language campaign will provide information to Latinas highlighting issues of health care, day care, child care, education, social services, and crime in the community. NOW canvassers will concentrate on selected precincts with voter education programs, registration, and mobilization of Latino voters focusing on single Latina voters.
In the closely watched state of Ohio, NOW PAC is funding a workshop on "Ohio Voters' Rights" on September 30. Targeting 200 activists, the training will focus on interpreting the recently passed Ohio legislation addressing voter …