To bring attention to the issues, PBC NOW and FACTS held a demonstration against court handling of domestic violence on May 13.
Earlier this year, USA Today published an investigative series titled “Florida blames mothers when men batter them – then takes away their children”. It focused on the child welfare system of Florida, exposing a well-established practice of removing children from mothers who seek help from an abusive relationship. Families Against Court Travesties, Inc. (FACTS), being committed to educating the public on these issues, is continuing the conversation with a panel of Family Court officials and litigants, set for May 22. FACTS was created by NOW board members in 2003 and continues to observe proceedings in both Family and Dependency Courts.
Outstanding Feminist of the Year Award of 2020 + 2021: PBC Commissioners Melissa McKinlay and Maria Sachs
2020 Black History Month Panel
Jim Bonfiglio, on the left holding an ERA round, is a long-time NOW member
National Day of Action to Stop Abortion Bans, May 21, 2019, Delray Beach
125 demonstrators participated in the National Day of Action to Stop Abortion Bans on May 21st. They gathered at 5:00 PM in Delray Beach in front of the County Courthouse. The indefensible attacks on women’s choice and women’s right to protect their reproductive health were addressed from different perspectives. We heard strong legislative messages from FL Senator Lori Berman, Congresspersons Lois Frankel and Alcee Hastings, Dr. Joan Waitkevicz spoke from her medical expertise, and Rabbi Barry Silver invited faith leaders Pastor James Copas and Buddhist Monk Kathleen Bishop Shokai who moved us with their ardent insistence on the aspects of freedom. Others who expressed their concerns and told their stories were Lori Mosher, Claudia Mendoza, and Michael Cantrell. Special thanks to Mark Offerman for designing our flyer, securing police protection and providing equipment, all within 3 short days.
We have a large collection of photos as well as two videos courtesy of Rolando Chang Barrero via the Hola Palm Beach Talk Show! Here is the album, which is also on our Facebook page:
Photos: National Day of Action, Delray Beach
Pride Fest 2019
All People’s Day, March 24, 2019
Joan W. and Lindsay B. the Rally to protest Session’s firing at the WPC Courthouse, early November 2018
Immigration Panel, April 21, 2018
The Palm Beach County Chapter of the National Organization for Women hosted an important program, Immigration: Everybody’s Issue on Saturday, April 21 at the Delray Beach Public Library at 100 West Atlantic Avenue from 11-12:30 PM. We assembled an extraordinary panel who form the Palm Beach County-Coalition for Immigration Rights:
- Julia Montejo, a Dreamer who can speak to her status and the turmoil other DACA families are currently enduring.
- Victoria Mesa-Estrada, Attorney at Law for Florida Legal Services .
- Adriana Gonzalez, Attorney for Personal Injuries.
- Barbara Eriv, Chair of the LWVPBC Immigration Committee.
Due to decades of a broken system of immigration in our country and an ugly history of discrimination, the rights of immigrants have been severely compromised. This dire situation has been shamefully exacerbated by the Trump Administration’s cruel tactics of xenophobia, mass deportations, and unchecked abuse from federal officials, and much more. It is imperative for all of us to become aware of the unique abuses suffered by immigrants, particularly women, in the political, economic, labor and social spheres in FL and across the U.S today. To help us understand how we can support legislation to protect immigration rights.
Pride Parade, 2018
City of Delray Beach, August 2017
Pride Parade, June 2017
Give ‘Em Health Rally, June 2017
The Susan B. Anthony Luncheon, February 2017
Women’s March, January 21, 2017
Women’s March (actually, rally) in West Palm Beach, coordinated with the massive one in DC and all over the world–even Antarctica!