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Above: The 2020 Rose Parade float  commemorating the Women's Suffrage Centennial

 

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5. Gold Resolution of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Sonoma honoring our NOW Chapter for producing the 2020 Woman's Suffrage Calendar - an historical document

1. NOW November 2022 Events

Monday November 21, 2022, 6:00-7:30 p.m. PDT, Sonoma County NOW Monthly Board and Membership Meeting via Zoom

Featuring guest speaker Dr. Dianna Grayer, MFT, Dr. Dianna Grayeractivist, author, playwright, and founder of Our Lives Matter Theater Company. Dr. Grayer will speak of her experiences in Sonoma County and what motivates her to write and produce plays.

Join us on Zoom
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Meeting ID: 828 4637 4496    Passcode: 035853

NOW’s purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life. Come join our chapter serving California North of San Francisco!

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2.  Ongoing Events

Monthly meetings are usually on the 3rd Monday of the Month 7:00 - 8:30 pm

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Monday October 17, 2022, 6:00-7:30 p.m. PST, Sonoma County NOW Monthly Board and Membership Meeting via Zoom

Featuring guest speaker Rosita Stevens-Holsey, author, activist and niece of Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray, Civil Rights and Women's Rights Attorney, Co-Founder of the National Organization for Women (NOW).

Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray     Pauli Murray, by Rosita Stevens-Holsey and Terry Catasus Jennings

Rosita Stevens-Holsey held a Q & A after the presentation. A short Board Meeting followed the Q&A. 

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October 8, 2022, Women's Wave Rally, organized by Marina Jurema
mmjurema@yahoo.com
in solidarity with the Women's March happening in DC on 10/8/2022. (womensmarch.com) Cities marched and protestied nationwide! The rally was at the Old Courthouse Square. The rally was in solidarity with women worldwide with a focus on the women and people who can get pregnant across our country losing their rights.

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Monday September 19, 2022,, Sonoma County NOW Monthly Board and Membership Meeting (in Person) featuring Film Showing of California Women Win the Vote. Meet at the Peace and Justice Center.

California Women Win the Right to Vote,  October 10, 1911

(Image source: https://wildwestwomen.org/product/california-women-win-the-vote/ )

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 Women's Equality Day Rally in Sebastopol, August 26, 2022

NOW rally for Women's Rights on Women's Equality Day (8/26/2022) in Sebastopol, CA

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Save Athena House - Special Zoom meeting Monday June 13, 2022 Past. See the June Newsletter for the background of this issue.  33 people participated in this past event. The meeting was chaired by Amy Nykamp, President of NOW Sonoma County. It is now on our YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/gRLJrEcAb5U  and can be seen on the video below:

 

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On June 2, 2022, NOW Sonoma County Chapter held a Q&A with Candidate for Sheriff Carl Tennenbaum via Zoom. Since then the vote has been tabulated by our Counrty Registrar of Voters with the outcome that Candidate Eddy Engram won at just over 50% of the vote. https://results.enr.clarityelections.com/CA/Sonoma/112993/web.285569/#/summary  The Zoom meeting with Carl Tennebaum was chaired by Amy Nykamp, President of NOW Sonoma County. It is now on our YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/q2MSrfIYa3I  and can be seen on the video below:

 

 

Carl Tennebaum

Learn via the zoom video above about Carl Tennenbaum! Candidate for Sonoma County Sheriff

Dear NOW friends,

The Sonoma County chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) fully endorses Carl Tennenbaum to be the county’s next sheriff. He has the enthusiasm and the knowledge necessary to head such an important office. Others may have more experience in Sonoma County, but Carl has four main advantages:

  1.  Carl supported the passage of Measure P, which the other two candidates did not.

  2.  Carl is not an “insider” and therefore, is bringing in a different and broader perspective.

  3. Carl worked on the streets of San Francisco with the underprivileged and underserved.

  4.  Carl has been integrating himself into our communities, to understand our specific challenges.

We encourage you to vote for Carl Tennenbaum to ensure we have a sheriff who will truly represent every person, not just those who are already in power.

"Why haven't we been endorsing candidates?," you may ask. I had been under the impression we couldn't do so, and only recently was informed that all NOW chapters can and should be supporting local candidates. Our Board unanimously chose Carl T. to endorse because, due to the reasons enumerated above, we believe he is the best to fill the role of being our next sheriff.

We are holding a Q&A with Carl on Thursday, June 2, from 12:00 to 1:30. Please send in your questions to info@nowsonoma.org by June 1st. We will take questions at the meeting, but those sent in first will get priority. We ask that you attend, whether or not you've already voted.


                                                                 Amy Nykamp
                                                                 President, Sonoma County NOW 

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On April 18th, Sonoma County NOW hosted the three candidates for Sonoma County Schools Superintendent: Amie Carter, Brad Coscarelli, and Ron Meza Calloway. We held this on Zoom in both English and Spanish. The results of the vote can be viewed at https://results.enr.clarityelections.com/CA/Sonoma/112993/web.285569/#/summary

Post Event: The video of the County Schools Superintendent Candidate Forum has been uploaded to our YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/VAjoQDwgoBI and can be viewed below.

 

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Women's Vigil in Sebastopol 2021.12.1

Women's Rights Vigil in Sebastopol CA 12/1/2021

   Women's Rights Vigil in Sebastopol, CA, 12/1/2021
Photo by Narayan and Janet Baltzo

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 Women's Rights Vigil in Sebastopol, CA. In December, the Supreme Courtheard arguments for the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which if lost, would mean that the 2018 Mississippi law forbidding abortions after 15 weeks would take effect. Currently, that law is on hold. Roe v. Wade is in danger and there are many states ready to pass their own legislation banning abortions if it's overturned as well.

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Friday, October 29th, from 6–8 p.m. Special Presentation for LGBTQI?A+ History Month. The event was recorded and can be seen until November 30,2021, if you request it by email to info@nowsonoma.org

October was LGBTQIA+ History Month (Coming Out Day was October 11th) and our Chapter hosted an online special presentation by two members of the Lesbian Archives of Sonoma County and one of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.    

Tina DuganTina Dungan is a life-long resident of Sonoma County who came out as a Lesbian in the early 1970s while a student in the first Women’s Studies Program at SSU. Since 2007, she has been working with others through Lesbian Archives of Sonoma County to capture the cultural and political history of that community. Ms. Dungan also teaches a class based on the Timeline through the Older Adults Program at SRJC.

Shad ReinsteinShad Reinstein came out shortly after Stonewall and has been involved in local and national LGBTQI culture and politics. She has been researching Lesbian history for several decades. She co-produced the documentary film, Mom’s Apple Pie, the History of the Lesbian Mothers’ Custody Movement. She is now researching a lesbian community from the 1930s. Her work with Tina on the timeline has helped her understand the history and culture of Sonoma County, her new home. 

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Saturday, October 2, 2021  10 am - Noon, Santa Rosa's Old Courthouse Square, Women's Rally to Mobilize and Defend Our Reproductive Rights.  This event was sponsored by the Sonoma County Democratic Party. The previous President of NOW Sonoma County Chapter and host of Women's Spaces Elaine B. Holtz was one of the featured speakers. Her speech can be seen at https://youtu.be/EuojDhmmbj0

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National Organization for Women (NOW) 2020 Woman's Suffrage Calendar August 26, 2021, Special Event: 101st anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment and Women's Equality Day, 6:00-8:00 pm. via Zoom, National Organization for Women (NOW)-Sonoma County Chapter

See the Zoom video of the meeting on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/amynykamp/videos/569402930857138

We commemorated the 101st anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment. August 26 is Women's Equality Day and we have a lot to celebrate! Our Centennial 2020 Woman Suffrage Calendar was recognized with a Gold Resolution by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors for being an historical document that played a key role in our county's remembrance of women's suffrage. We honored those women in our county featured in our calendar and those who were instrumental in the creation of the calendar. Among those participating were:

• Molly Murphy MacGregor - Founder of the National Women's History Alliance;
• Jill Ravitch - Sonoma County District Attorney, the first woman to be elected to this office;
• Gaye LeBaron - Historian and journalist with the Press Democrat;
• Lynn Woolsey - Former U.S. Representative (1993-2013)

Elaine B. Holtz, Former President, NOW Sonoma 2016-2021

These women each spoke on their vision of what NOW can do to help our community.

Post Event: The video of the forum has been uploaded to our YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/XP3AO9UxTDU and can be viewed below

 

The Zoom video of the 8/26/2021 Special Women's Equality Day meeting can also be viewed on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/amynykamp/videos/569402930857138

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Gold Resolution of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Sonoma honoring our NOW Chapter for producing the 2020 Woman's Suffrage Calendar - an historical document:

Gold Resolution of Board of Supervisors of County of Sonoma

Download pdf of the Gold Resolution - Click Here

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Ellen SnortlandOn Thursday July 15, 2021, our chapter membership meeting was followed by a presentation by Ellen Snortland, a long time women’s rights advocate and a board member of the National Women’s History Alliance.

 

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On Thursday, June 17, 2021, our chapter membership meeting was followed by presentations by Nancy Rogers on Juneteenth History and by
Karen Schneider on Pride Month History, and celebration of our outgoing President Elaine Holtz's 5 years of leading our Chapter.

Elaine B. Holtz

Elaine Holtz

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On Thursday, March 18, 2021, our chapter membership meeting was followed by a special presentation by Lilith Rogers in her on-woman show Rachel Carson Returns. If you missed the presentation you can see it on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPRWs0MvSjk .

       Silent Spring by Racheol Carson             Lilith Rogers

                                                                                                Lillith Rogers

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On Thursday, February 18, 2021, we had 60 participants at our Zoom meeting, and each had some time to ask questions or make a statement.

Speakers at NOW Sonoma zoom Meeting 2/19/2021

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Thursday, October 22, 2020, NOW (Sonoma County Chapter) hosted a Zoom Meeting to learn about Measure P on the November 3rd ballot. NOW Sonoma supported Measure P with an action.  See the Act page for the update on this successful action of its passage.

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August 26, 2020 City of Sebastopol celebrates the 19th Amendment Centennial and Women's Equality Day.

City of Sebastopol Celebrates 19th Amendment Centennial and Women's Equality Day August 26, 202 City of Sebastopol Celebrates 19th Amendment Centennial and Women's Equality Day August 26, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, August 13, 2020 from 6:30 to 8 PM NOW Sonoma presented a Special Members and Guests Online Zoom Meeting  featuring speakers Dr. Kim D. Hester Williams on African Women in the Suffrage Movement and Kolieka Seigle, NOW California President and Chair of the legislative arm of the CA NOW Political Action Committee who gave an update of NOW.

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Friday, January 24, 2020 Reception, From Suffrage to #MeToo at Museum of Sonoma County. The museum exhibit continues until September 13, 2020.
http://museumsc.org/suffrage-metoo/

 

 

From Suffrage to #MeToo at Museum of Sonoma County

Above: Museum Staffperson, Leslie Graves who coordinated Suffrage March to Reception, Molly Murphy MacGregor Co-founder of the National Women's History Alliance and Elaine B. Holtz.President of NOW Sonoma County.  Photo by Ken Norton.

From Suffrage to #MeToo at Museum of Sonoma County

Above: At the From Suffrage to #MeToo Exhibit, Elaine B. Holtz standing before a 1978 photo of her in the studio of Radio KBBF broadcasting the Women's Spaces Radio Show, the first Women's show in the County. Photo by Ken Norton.

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Saturday, January 18, Women's March Santa Rosa, Old Courthouse Square. See the fb page for more photos: https://www.facebook.com/srwomensmarch/

Santa Rosa Women's March 2020

Above: Approximately 3000 were led into the streets to march at Women's March Santa Rosa 2020 in Downtown Santa Rosa, Pro Bono Photo by Bill Clark.

Santa Rosa Women's March 2020 NOW Booth staff

Above: Santa Rosa Women's March 2020 standing before the NOW Booth are staff Eileen Bill, Carolyn Gooding, Ken Norton and Elaine B. Holtz, who flank friends of NOW Katie Jensen and Susan Jensen in the middle.

Santa Rosa Women's March 2020 Prayer Chapel Singers

Above: Prayer Chapel Singers with President of NOW Sonoma Elaine B. Holtz and March Coordinator Leslie Graves celebrating after the Women's March 2020. Photo by Ken Norton

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Sunday, August 25, 2019, Petaluma Progressive Festival hosted this year by Indivisible Petaluma, Walnut Park.

Petaluma Progressive Festival August 25, 2019

Ken Norton and Elain B. Holtz at the Women's Spaces and NOW booth at the Petaluma Progressive Festival on August 25, 2019.  Photo by - 2019 Photo by Nichole Perry

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Friday July 12, 2019, 5 to 7 pm, Rally on Migrant Detention, Santa Rosa Old Courthouse Square

Miigrant Detention Rally in Santa Rosa

Eileen Bill and Elaine B. Holtz, NOW members, at the Rally protesting the Detention of Migrants.                                                                                     2019 Photo by Ken Norton.

 

Miigrant Detention Rally in Santa Rosa

Rally protesting the Detention of Migrants.         2019 Photo by Ken Norton.

 

Miigrant Detention Rally in Santa Rosa

 Robin Latham, Alicia Sanchez,with Granddaughter,Vida, Elaine B. Holtz, and Therese Mughannam at the Rally protesting the Detention of Migrants.        2019 Photo by Ken Norton.

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Click Here to download the pdf of the notes from the first meeting on August 29, 2018 facillated by Board of Supervisor Member Linda Hopkins.

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Tuesday May 21, 2019, 5 to 7 pm, Stop the Bans Rally, Santa Rosa Old Courthouse Square

Elaine B. Holtz at the Stop the Bans Rally in Santa Rosa 5/21/2019

Elaine B. Holtz, President of NOW Sonoma, porotesting at the Stop the Bans Rally, May 21. 2019

 

 

Ken Norton, Webmaster of NOW Sonoma, protesting at the Stop the Bans Rally, May 21, 2019

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January 19, 2019, Saturday, Women's March in Santa Rosa

https://www.facebook.com/events/269734966995428/

Santa Rosa Women's March 2019

Elaine,B. Holtz, the President of NOW Sonoma County Chapter and the host of Women's Spaces, was honored to be one of the lead banner bearers, of the Santa Rosa Women's March 2019 which drew 4,500 marchers along with banner holders Dr. Jacqueline Lawrence of Legacy Showcase, her granddaughter Grace, Miss Sonoma County Tyler-Avery Lewis and Miss Sonoma County's Outstanding Teen, Pinkeo Phongsa.   .                                                                     2019 Photo by Leslie Graves.

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For more photos of the Santa Rosa March 2019 -Click Here.

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