TONI & GILDA recognizing the interconnected systems of oppression of:  Violence Against Women Racial Injustice LGBTQIA Persecution Economic Inequality Reproductive Intrusion and Discrimination Women’s Second-Class Legal and Cultural Status
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Vote For TONI & GILDA NOW STRONG Leading the Grassroots Feminist Revolution in Challenging Times!                            As leaders of the Foremost Women’s Rights and Women's Justice Movement, TONI & GILDA will bring decades of experience, courage, strength, and confidence as a Grassroots Organizers, Coalition Builders and Fundraisers.   There has never been a more compelling call for leadership to energize the grassroots fight for diversity, inclusivity and cooperative community action. NOW is in the forefront of recognizing the interconnected systems of oppression and the intersectionality of Racial Injustice, LGBTQIA Persecution, Economic Inequality, Sexual and Domestic Violence, Intrusive Reproductive health and justice limitations, and Women’s Second-Class legal and cultural status.   NOW has identified and worked to eliminate restrictions imposed by the institutional interlocking of economic, religious, political and cultural systems of racial and sexual oppressions and inequalities.   NOW must strike out to eliminate discriminatory and harmful policies and practices that are enforced by intimidation, bullying, and brutality both in the home and in the community at-large.
Good Morning, Thank you so much for electing Gilda and me as President and Vice President. We are humbled and we are honored. And I'm so excited! I can't wait to get to Washington to do our work. First and foremost, we want you to know we intend to keep our campaign promises. We have been challenged in this election, all of us in this room and throughout the organization  to look within, to recognize the problems of racism and homophobia and the alienation of our young feminists. The culture within NOW is sadly and not unexpectedly no different than what we have to deal with….. every day in our lives, throughout the country and the world. Women, especially women of color and our LGBTQIA sisters and brothers are marginalized and denigrated…young women are discounted. Too often they don't believe they are heard when they speak truth to power. This has to change. This is our most important work. We cannot move forward until we address the serious problems that we have within our own organization, bringing those issues to the forefront of our agenda, unpacking racism, dealing with privilege. And we have to move forward, taking the needs of our marginalized sisters seriously bringing their concerns, their challenges about our organization and our society to the forefront of NOW's agenda.        We pledge to listen, to  acknowledge, to validate, to learn, and to change our behavior toward each other. We pledge to be visibly inclusive, embrace our sisters … women of color, marginalized women, women with disabilities, and our marvelous….. brilliant….. emerging….. young feminists. We cannot call ourselves true leaders of the women’s movement without all of us at the table, with an equal voice, brainstorming, arriving at decisions to create a just and equal organization and society. But before I proceed I want to honor and praise the feminist leaders who came before me; Eleanor Smeal, the visionary strategist and astute political stateswoman, Molly Yard, Patricia Ireland, Kim Gandy and Terry O’Neill and to Bonnie Grabenhofer, a visionary in her own right for their decades of dedicated service and leadership. And I want to thank our worthy opponents, China and Monica, for their courage to run and to challenge all of us to grow to be the best we can be.   Gilda and I, along with our national board, state and chapter leaders, our grassroots will chart NOW’s course to confront and deal with the serious challenges women, children face in the Trump era. With you at our side. Again thank you for your vote and confidence in us. We will not let you down. July 2, 2017 Toni Van Pelt Acceptance Speech
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