Winter Potluck!

It’s time for a Winter Potluck Dinner
Wednesday, December 14
6:30 p.m.
At the home of Kobby Hoffman
Bring a dish and gift for The Shelter (Wish List below)
Charlottesville National Organization for Women
and Blue Ridge Abortion Assistance Fund
Shelter Wish List
Non-perishable food items, paper towels, toilet paper, plastic wrap, aluminum foil, air freshener, plastic baggies, kitchen sponges, trash bags, tissues, laundry pods–high efficiency, green cleaning supplies, dish soap, dishwasher liquid/pods
White sheet sets–full, mattress pads–full & twin, comforters–full & twin, washcloths, towels
Feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes, deodorant, women’s razors, women’s shaving cream, hairbrushes/combs, hand soap, hand sanitizer, hair dryers, lotion, ethnic hair products
Pajamas, lounge wear, women’s underwear
Baby wipes, baby monitors, tear-free shampoo
Grocery store gift cards, bus passes (all day), telephone calling cards, alarm clocks, umbrellas, flashlights, batteries, journals
Happy Holidays To All and To All Equal Rights

In-Person Absentee Voting Tomorrow in NOVA

Saturday, October 1st

The following locations will be open for In-Person Absentee Voting tomorrowSaturday, October 1st from 9:00am until 5:00pm

For more information on Absentee Voting, visit


Making Women’s History in VA

Randolph Macon College in Partnership with the Women’s Monument Commission:

Making Women’s History in Virginia Conference


Friday, September 23, 2016 from 1PM until 5 PM

Birdsong Hall Dalton Dining Room 106 East Patrick Street, 2nd Floor

Ashland, VA 23005

Registration is Free

Click Here to Register:

Agenda Starting Promptly at 1PM

1:00 Welcome

1:10 Introductions

1:25 Virginia’s Women’s Monument Commission Panel Plans for the first Monument to Women’s Achievements on the grounds of a State Capitol in the United States 

  • Sandra Treadway, Virginia State Librarian
  • Honorable Nancy Rodrigues, Secretary of Administration
  • Jonas Courey, Consultant to the Women’s Commission
  • Samantha Bentley, Intern to the Women’s Commission

2:30 Break

2:45 The 2019 Commemoration

  • The 2019 Commemoration will recognize the impact of women over the past 400 years through a series of events culminating with a major Women’s Leadership Conference in 2019.
  • Kathy J. Spangler, Executive Director, 2019 Commemoration

3:00 “Development of a Virginia Network of Women’s/Gender Studies Program”

  • Debra Rodman of Randolph Macon College
  • Open Discussion with Women’s/Gender Chairs, Directors and Faculty

Charlottesville NOW Invites You:

An Event for Reproductive Rights

WHY: The Supreme Court just ruled again that states aren’t allowed to pass medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion. When we fight, we win. Now it’s time to make sure that everyone has access to abortion when needed.
John D’earth and Dahlia Lithwick to Headline Charlottesville All Access Event On Reproductive Rights Cultural event to shine a light on abortion access with music, art, and family-friendly festivities

Charlottesville, VA – Charlottesville will play host to one of 30 All Access events September 10th, a nationwide day of cultural and arts events bringing attention to abortion access. Nonprofit organizations Progress Virginia Education Fund, Blue Ridge Abortion Assistance Fund and Shift. will host the family-friendly celebration at Blue Moon Diner on Main Street. The program includes a performance from local music sensation John D’earth, a presentation from Dahlia Lithwick, a nationally noted author and commentator, and surprise video appearances.

All Access is a powerful cultural event featuring simultaneous concerts in five cities and dozens of other events taking place in cities across the country. More information about the All Access events is available at

Seven in ten Americans support abortion rights but it’s clear that we have an access problem. Eighty eight percent of U.S. counties have no abortion provider. Here in Virginia, 92% of localities have no abortion provider. We cannot exercise our right to abortion if we don’t have access. All Access will give each of us the opportunity to speak up in support of abortion access and the women who need it.
WHO: Author and commentator Dahlia Lithwick, musician John D’earth, Blue Ridge Abortion Assistance Fund, Shift., Progress Virginia Education Fund, and more.

WHAT: All Access Charlottesville

WHEN: Saturday, September 10th 6pm-8pm

WHERE: Blue Moon Diner, 512 W. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA

WHY: The Supreme Court just ruled again that states aren’t allowed to pass medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion. When we fight, we win. Now it’s time to make sure that everyone has access to abortion when needed.

Our Contact Information:

Blue Ridge AAF
PO BOX 5082
Charlottesville, VA 22905


PWC NOW Voter Registration!

YOU ARE INVITED:  Come hear from  NARAL VA, the LINKS, INC., JACK ‘N JILL, HOLA, and NEW VIRGINIA MAJORITY  who will come talk about their organization and discuss our collaboration.  The topic will focus on voter registration!!!  This is a great opportunity to hear what these Prince William powerhouse organizations have been doing and will be doing collaboratively!
Date:  September 10th
Time: 12pm-2pm
Where: Montclair Library
5049 Waterway Dr.
Dumfries, VA 22025

Light refreshments will be provided
More info can be found on Facebook event page:

Violating the Fence – August 26, 1981 White House Action

Virginia NOW’s Treasurer, Lee Perkins provides a historical account of the 1981 ‘Women in Chains’ ERA White House Action. Thanks, Lee for this incredible contribution.

The August 26th files

One year later – again the chains. This time to the White House fence. Out intrepid chainees moved downtown to the broad sidewalk in front of the White House.

his time the action was much bigger and attracted a lot of press. Needless to say, the Park Service was not happy because the occupants of the White House were not happy (When the White House is not happy, they pass the unhappiness along), calling in the multiple ‘protective services’ to cope with the dangerous army of women in white. At least, unlike real criminals, we didn’t shoot at them. So getting in a little women bashing probably made their day. (Apologies to Dirty Harry). Since it was a chaining event, we displayed the chain banner and, as always, the full text of the ERA.

Shortly thereafter, the press arrived in force. As didthe demonstrators with their unique messages.

Frankly, we…

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Women’s Equality Day Reception

You’re invited to come celebrate Women’s Equality Day with the Charlottesville chapter of NOW!

Come celebrate the hard-fought right to vote!



Right to Choose Rally

Come CELEBRATE the U.S. Supreme Court Decision Supporting a ‘Woman’s Right to Choice’ Rally 

This Thursday, July 7th from 11:20 am to 1:30 pm

At the Federal Court House – 255 W. Main St.

At the corner of Main St., Water St., and Ridge McIntire Rd.

We are gathering to show out support to end all TRAP laws and for abortion to remain legal, safe, and accessible to all. We invite other supporters to join us on Thursday to stand up for women’s rights.

We also want to take this opportunity to all the women and men who work to provide care and important health services to women. 

Organized by Charlottesville NOW and Blue Ridge Abortion Assistance Fund (BRAAF)

A Big Stride for Plan B

Plan B One-Step Now On Store Shelves!

Until recently, the Plan B One-Step pill was only available without a prescription to women 17 and older who presented proof of age at a pharmacist’s counter. Following a drawn-out legal battle, Plan B One-Step (levonorgestrel) is now available in pharmacies with no age or sale restrictions.
According to the Plan B One-Step wesbite,
“You can start by looking for Plan B One-Step in the aisle. Otherwise ask anyone in the store where it’s located. Then just take it off the shelf, and pay for it at the cashier. No prescription or ID required.” 
The website’s Store Locator lists pharmacies and stores that have pharmacies.
The government’s decision means that any woman or girl will soon be able to walk into a drugstore and buy Plan B One-Step without a prescription, the same way that men may purchase condoms displayed shame-free on the shelves, with no ID required for purchase.
Plan B One-Step costs about $50 without any coupons or discounts.
“This decision by the administration affirms what feminists have been fighting for all along – the morning-after pill should be available to females of all ages, on the shelf at any convenience store,” 
-Annie Tummino, Lead Plaintiff and Coordinator of the National Women’s Liberation.

This is a great victory for women’s sexual and reproductive freedom! 

Join us in ‘Playing the Woman Card’


Vienna Area NOW


Alexandria NOW

Arlington NOW

Prince William NOW

 invite you to an exciting evening with :

Ellie Smeal

President, Feminist Majority and eminent expert on the Gender Gap

Deal Women In:  Playing the Woman Card


because it’s the hand we’ve been dealt and we’re not folding

The power of the women’s vote

Maximizing the “gender gap”

Mobilizing voters

Supporting progressive candidates

Fighting to achieve equal rights and economic justice for ALL

Friday, June 17

Potluck at 6:30 pm ~ Meeting 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Center for Spiritual Enlightenment

222 North Washington St, Falls Church

Free Parking in the nearby Kaiser Permanante garage, after 6 pm. Entrance on Park Ave.

Special Invited Guest:

LuAnn Bennett

Candidate, House of Representatives from VA Congressional District 10

Space is limited so RSVP as soon as possible to Connie Cordovilla, NOVA NOW,

703-790-5362 or

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