Great News! The Southeastern Pennsylvania Political Action Committee of the National Organization for Women (SEPA NOWPAC) in conjunction with the newly formed Delaware County NOW announced Pennsylvania NOW’s endorsement for my campaign to represent Pennsylvania’s 162nd Legislative District.
A bit of background, because I want more folks to know about this great organization…
SEPA NOWPAC promotes a stronger grassroots presence for progressive, feminist issues by endorsing political candidates in support of our issues at the local regional level in Southeastern PA. These issues include full equality for all women, including reproductive rights, economic equality for women, civil rights for all, constitutional equality for women, affirmative action, and the elimination of violence against women. NOW supports the Equal Rights Amendment, Affirmative Action, abortion without restrictions as stated in the original 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, Medicaid coverage for abortions, full access to contraception, legislation that reduces violence against women, affordable childcare for all, adequate education and training for women on welfare, and public funding of family planning.
Voter rich southeastern PA is fast becoming the hub of progressive politics in the state. It is fertile ground for feminist organizing. SEPA NOW PAC was formed to recruit and support candidates committed to feminist issues and thus contribute to the growth of progressive, feminist politics in Southeastern PA.
In making this announcement, SEPA NOW PAC Chair Helene Ratner said, “We are very aware that the people we elect in Southeastern PA don’t just affect their districts but the Delaware Valley region as a whole. It is our honor to announce our support for Mr. Butt for his strong stance on our issues.”
Friends, I have a deep sense of the impact of oppressive legislation on women across our region and the nation, including most recently, the anti-abortion proposal to unnecessarily limit women’s rights. Attacks on healthcare, public education, fair pay, labor organizing, marriage rights, even voting rights are often direct attacks at women, and I will be a voice for fairness and equity as I apply my experience in community development, education, and caregiving to the job of representing our community. Incidents of harassment and human trafficking touch me deeply, as well. I am extremely honored by this endorsement and will look forward to working with NOW on a range of issues affecting women and children.
As Helene says, “Whenever it is possible, NOW and our local PAC will be as supportive of Pro-Choice candidates as possible”.
And for everyone across the area, SEPA NOW PAC includes the Philadelphia, Delaware, Montgomery and Bucks County NOW chapters.