calendar & events
Meetings, conferences, classes, discussions, rallies, marches, trainings, panels, and more!
For upcoming events, see the right-hand side of the page, "News from NOW."
Phone banking for women's rights
Monday October 2, 2017
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Democratic Coordinated Campaign Office
156 Carlton Road (on lower level behind Beer Run)
Although an off year, November 7 is an important election in Virginia. Join Charlottesville NOW to make phone calls in support of candidates who support women's rights and are endorsed by the Virginia chapter of NOW.
Come network with us, maybe share a bite to eat, and make a difference in turning out voters to vote for progress for women in Virginia.
No experience needed. Just bring your passion for defending and advancing equality for all. Now's the time to get involved, before it's too late!
- Pizza and Politics!
Monday, September 18, 2017
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Gordon Avenue Library
1500 Gordon Avenue
November 7, 2017 is an important election day in Virginia. Besides the Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General, all of Virginia's House of Delegates seats are up for re-election, and it is urgent that we all engage in the process to protect and advance women's rights!
Come munch on pizza and learn about candidates, positions, and how you can make a difference!
- Reading of Declaration of Human
September 6, 2017 5:30 pm
Free Speech Wall
In this troubled time, we join together on Wednesday, September 6 for the Worldwide Reading of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Charlottesville NOW will participate in the local reading along with Amnesty International and many other local human rightssize organizations. The reading will begin at 5:30 pm at the Free Speech Wall on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.
The full text of the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1984, can be found here.
and Sabroso Festivals!
Save the date and watch for details on these family-friendly events! We'll be there to support the LGBTQ community and pass out goodies at the Pride Festival and then continue the party a few blocks away at the Cville Sabroso celebration of Latin American cultures, with food, music and dance. Its goi'ng to be a fun-filled day. Join us!
Women's Equality Day
August 24, 2017 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Entertainment and Inspiration
Friends | Film | Festive Fun
Hors d'Oeuvres & Desserts
Reception celebrating the 97th anniversary of women earning the right to vote. Join us to honor those who made it possible and get inspired to continue fighting for equality as we share festive food, special media presentations, and lively conversation. See the beautiful short film, "Votes for Women" with archival photos, stock footage and period music. Help us get more feminist books into the library by pledging a book to donate from the library's wish list. And, don't miss taking a selfie with a suffragist!
- Spring 2017 Film Series
Gender Stereotyping in the 21st Century:
Harming Our Children, Limiting Human Potential
- Ma Vie en Rose:
May 31 at 6:30 pm, Northside Library
As expected in life, usually in films boys shun all things feminine and refrain from acting like a girl, but in this funny, warm Belgian flick a 7-year-old boy insists he is a girl.
- Little Heroes:
May 6 at 2:30 pm, Northside Library
Because girls are not expected to be powerful, female bravery is seldom portrayed in movies but this endearing family film about a brave girl and her loyal dog is a wonderful exception.
- Miss Representation: March
29th at 6:30 pm, Northside Library
This film exposes how the disparaging portrayal of girls and women in our culture by mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America by pressuring them to be youthful, beautiful and sexy, not leaders.
- The Mask You Live In: February
28th at 6:30 pm, Northside Library
A thought-provoking film that looks at the way boys and young men struggle with gender stereotypes, further complicated by race, economic class, and circumstance, and the idea that success for men is tied to dominance, power and aggression.
- Ma Vie en Rose: May 31 at 6:30 pm, Northside Library
Reception Celebrating 44th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade January 25, 2017
5:15 - 7:00 pm Northside Library
Co-sponsored by the Blue Ridge Abortion Assistance Fund
Hors d’oeuvres reception celebrating the 1973 Roe v. Wade Decision that legalized abortion in the U.S. Film: MOTHERHOOD by CHOICE, Not Chance by award-winning director Dorothy Fadiman.
Women’s Equality Coalition Lobby Day January 23, 2017
All Day - Virginia State Capitol, Richmond, VA
On the Monday after the inauguration activists from around the state went to the capitol in Richmond to meet with and lobby key legislators of the Commonwealth on important bills regarding women’s health and safety, economic opportunities and democratic participation.
Saturday January 21,2017 come to the Womens March in DC
Cville has filled many buses going to join people from all around the country to show we are a strong political force.
If you are not going to DC PLEASE JOIN US AT : Cville Gathers at IX ART park 10-12, Saturday January 21.
- October 25, 2016 at 7 PM in the
Madison Room of the Central Library Downtown. Join a
discussion with MJ Swanson, a financial adviser, on “Financial
Security for Women--in an Unequal World.” Free
parking available - Your parking garage ticket is stamped
at the Library front desk.
- Prepare To Be Liberated! Come
see Michael Moore's newest and greatest film “WHERE
TO INVADE NEXT”. November
30, 2016 at 6 PM at the Northside
Library on Rio Rd West. Sponsored
by C NOW & the Blue Ridge Abortion Assistance
- Saturday, September 10th, cities across the country will host "All Access" events talked about abortion access in our communities. CNOW SUPPORTS local groups hosting an event right here in Charlottesville. It was a fun night full of comedians, speakers including Dahlia Lithwick and Whole Woman's Health's Amy Hagstrom Miller, and music from local artists including John D'Earth. The event also featured people sharing their abortion stories and why access to abortion is so important. Join us - speak up, speak out, and show the world that abortion rights supporters are the majority and will be heard. All Access Charlottesville was at 6 pm Sept 10. at the Blue Moon Diner at 512 W. Main Street in the tented parking lot.
- CNOW participated in the 5th Annual PRIDE Festival on Saturday September 17, 2016 at LEE PARK
- August 26, 2016 Women's Equality Day celebrated, the 96th Anniversary of women obtaining the right to vote. Cville NOW celebrated by presenting a Women's Equality Day Proclamation which asked our local officials to support women's rights. We had a reception and presentation of books at the Central branch of JMRLibrary, Tuesday August 23 , from 5-7 in the Mcintire Room See Youtube slide show in the column with News from Now.
- Tuesday June 28 at 7 pm at the Central
Library, a FREE screening of the film “TRAPPED”,
which won a prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. The
film profiles clinics in southern States who are fighting
the TRAP laws (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers).
This film is so timely, the Supreme Court heard arguments
in March from Texas clinics opposing TRAP laws and the
decision may be known in June. Rotten Tomatoes'
TOMATOMETER score is 100%. Free parking available - Your
parking garage ticket is stamped at the Library front
desk. Sponsored by Blue Ridge Abortion Assistance Fund and
C NOW. Flyer
- CELEBRATE the US Supreme Court Decision that supports a Woman's Right to Choice Thursday July 7 at 11:30 am-1:30 pm RALLY at the Federal Court House -255 W. Main St, at the corner of Main St., Water St. & Ridge McIntire Rd.
- On Saturday July 9, CNOW was at the
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center for the
first ever Day Soiree, an outdoor festival with food,
games, craft vendors and entertainment. The City Center is
celebrating Jefferson School’s 150th Anniversary year.
- CNOW participated in the African American Cultural Arts
Festival and Community Health Fair AT WASHINGTON PARK on
SATURDAY July 30
- For the month of May 2016 CNOW used the Freedom of
Speech display case to present a Timeline of U.S. Women's
History and Rights. This was based on library books that
CNOW had previouly donated to JMRL.
- On Wednesday March 2, CNOW joined with other activists for a historic rally at the US Supreme Court in DC. The Court heard oral arguments on HB2, the terrible Texas law that could shut down most Texas abortion clinics and impact the future of access to legal abortions nationwide.
- Special Film presented by CNOW & UVA FIFE March 15 at 7 PM at UVA Newcomb Hall “SHE'S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE'S ANGRY“ Prize winning film, shown to sellout crowd at VA Film Festival 2014. This stirring and Informative documentary resurrects the rise of the women’s movement in the USA by showing an enticing blend of historical clips and interviews. The film captures the spirit of the time. The story resonates today for present day activists who are creating their generation's own version of feminism.
- 2016 Film Series sponsored by CNOW
& Blue Ridge Abortion Assistance Fund. This film
series features the work of Dorothy Fadiman, winner of
Critics Choice Award for Stealing America: Vote by Vote.
Ms Fadiman's awards include an EMMY, an OSCAR nomination,
and a GOLD MEDAL from PBS.
The three films of this exciting series in the Abortion Rights Film Trilogy. Films were shown at 7 p.m. at the Downtown Central Library
- April 19: The
Fragile Promise of Choice Abortion in the U.S.A.
A compelling documentary which examines the erosion of abortion rights and abortion access in the U.S. today.
- February 16: From
Danger to Dignity The Fight for Safe Abortion
This film combines rare archival footage with interviews that document the courageous efforts of those who fought to break the silence, change the laws and end the shame which surrounded abortion when it was a crime.
- January 20: When
Abortion was Illegal The Dangers of Back Alleys
Nominated for an Oscar. This film illuminates a largely undocumented era, from the end of the mid-19th century through the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973, when abortion was a criminal act. Come join us for a Celebration & Reception for the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
- ERA Rally - Centennial Rally for Equal Rights JOIN OTHER VIRGINIANS on Tuesday February 16, 2016 from 10 am to 3 PM. Look at the Rally website for detail. Many groups are involved in this Rally including The National Organization for Women, The American Association of University Women, The League of Women Voters, and Women-Matter. We will be car pooling from Charlottesville. Email CNOWCVILLE@YAHOO.COM if you can drive or if you need a ride.
- CNOW 2015 Fall Film Series: The Grey Area:
Feminism Behind Bar October 19, Monday at 7 , JMRL
Gordon Ave Library Century Room on the lower level, enter
from the parking lot. Go to our Facebook
event for more information:
- CNOW participated in the Cville PRIDE Festival for the last 3 years. This year the Festival was Saturday September 19, 2015.
- Aug 12, at 7 PM we had a discussion on "How
feminism has failed." led by Jaime Hartless, from UVA.
Feminism has been criticized for being centered on white
women. How can we make feminism more inclusive and
supportive of marginalized voices? Follow this link to CNOW
Facebook for more information & suggested
readings. Debate these questions and more. We met at the
Jefferson Madison Regional Library, on East Market Street
in the 3rd floor McIntire Room.
- August 26, 2015 Women's Equality Day celebrates, the
95th Anniversary of women obtaining the right to vote.
Cville NOW celebrated by presenting a Women's Equality Day
Proclamation which asked our local officials to support
- On August 26, 2015 CNOW presented 5 books to the library
to commemorate Women's Equality Day. Reception was from 5
to 7 PM in the McIntire Room of the Jefferson Madison
Regional Library, on East Market Street.
- During the summer of 2015 (June, July, and August)
CNOW continued our discussions of important news
- C NOW participated in the AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL & HEALTH FAIR for the past 2 years. This year the Festival was Saturday July 25, 2015.
- On May 19, Tuesday at 7PM, our Spring Speaker
Series on Women's Reproductive Health
hosted Dyan Aretakis, FNP speaking on LARCs (Long
Acting Reversible Contraceptives). 7 pm
at the DOWNTOWN CENTRAL LIBRARY, 3RD FLOOR Madison ROOM.
See Facebook. Dyan
Aretakis is a family nurse practitioner & practices at
the UVA Teen Health Center.
- June 19-21 the 2015 National Conference was in New
Orleans, Louisiana. This year's National Organization for
Women’s conference hosts a Strategy Summit & Bylaws
Convention at which NOW's members did discuss, debate and
vote on modernizing NOW's organizational structure.
- End of March – JMRL central library. CNOW had a display
in the lobby for the month of APRIL. My body my
choice; your body your choice.
This display generated discussion. Please read the Cville Weekly article.
- Take Back the Night on the campus of UVA April 13 to 17
- See Facebook
- April 10 – 12 Young Feminist Conference April (804)
379-3800, in Richmond at the Double Tree Motel, 1021 Koger
Center Blvd. http://www.vanow.org/join/2015-conference
- On April 23 at 7 PM at the JMRL downtown (Central)
Library . CVILLE NOW & Cville Jazz Society & JMRL
Library presented The Film : The Girls in the
Band. This is a history of the all-girl bands
and the talented female jazz and big band instrumentalists
from the late 1930's to the present day.
- NEWS about our SPRING SPEAKER SERIES (March, April,
May): the overall topic was Women's Reproductive Health.
- On April 21, Tuesday at 7PM our Spring Speaker
Series on Women's Reproductive Health hosted Dr. Frances
Casey for a talk on "DEMYSTIFYING ABORTION".
We will meet in the parlor at the Thomas Jefferson
Unitarian Church , 717 Rugby Rd. Dr. Casey will discuss
many issues, including the counseling process, the
sedation used during an abortion, the pain involved, the
length of the procedure. These topics will apply
both to medical and surgical abortions. Dr. Casey is
Director of Family Planning Services at MCV Hospital
- March 22nd, at 7 pm – CVILLE NOW showed the newly
released film Vessel (2014) in
the Fellowship Hall of TJ Unitarian Church. A fearless sea
captain sails a ship through loopholes in international
law, providing abortions on the high seas, and leaving in
her wake a network of emboldened activists who trust women
to handle abortion on their own terms. For more
information on the film: Vessel website
- The last meeting for our FALL SPEAKER SERIES was on
November 12, 2014. Our discussion topic was "Is
Alzheimer's Disease a Women's Issue?" The speaker was Kate
Fraleigh of the Alzheimer Association.
- On Oct. 8, 2014 our Speaker Series
presented Jules Irvin Rooney, a Virginia
attorney. Her topic is Title IX and the
epidemic of college mishandling of sexual assault.
- Charlottesville NOW participated in GAY PRIDE FESTIVAL
Sept. 13, 2014 at Cville Lee Park
- Sept 10, 2014 our Speaker was Andrew
Patrick from Virginians for Responsible Gun Laws The
discussion was about "GUN LAWS and WOMEN".
- CELEBRATE WOMEN'S EQUALITY DAY on Aug. 26, 2014 from 5
-6 PM at Main Library. CNOW is having a RECEPTION to
celebrate and to donate books to the library. Meet the
authors of "THAT IT MAY BE WELL WITH YOU", about the
founding of the famous women's shelter in Baltimore. There
are also young adult books being donated. View the flyer
- July 26, Saturday. Cville NOW will participate in the
UVA Health Fair that is held in conjunction with the
African American Cultural Arts Festival at Washington Park
, located on Preston Ave. We will be passing out
information about Women's Reproductive Health concerns
from 10 am to 2 pm.
- May 14 at 7pm the Spring Speakers Series at the
Charlottesville Downtown Library - "Helping Youth Be
Themselves" Learn about how ROSMY is helping LGBT youth
between the ages of 14 and 20. The speaker is Beth
Panilaitis, Executive Director of ROSMY.
- MAY 1 , Thursday 6:30 PM- As part of our Spring Speakers
Series we'll be screening "After Tiller"
at UVA Newcomb Hall Theater . The film will be followed be
a discussion. This is a free screening of the Sundance
Film Festival documentary. "After Tiller"
explores the subject of later-term abortions in the wake
of the 2009 assassination of practitioner Dr. George
Tiller and the wave of state laws restricting access to
the procedure. The United States only has four remaining
providers of late-term abortions. They risk their lives
every day to ensure that pregnant people have access to
this safe, legal medical procedure. Check our Facebook
page for screening details and directions.
- March 12 at 7pm Charlottesville Downtown Library -
"Why Do We Hurt The Ones We Love?" and "How Can We Protect Our Children From Violence?"
- Cartie Lomack, director of the Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE) discussed these questions.
- Charlottesville NOW participated in GAY PRIDE FESTIVAL Sept. 14, 2013 at Cville Lee Park
Women's Equality Day Proclamation celebrating August 26, 2013, the 93th Anniversary of women obtaining the right to vote and asking the local officials to commit not to discriminate will be happening in August 2013.
- Albemarle County Board of Supervisors in a 3/3 vote rejected our proclamation. http://www.newsplex.com/home/headlines/Rejected-Womens-Equality-Day-Sparks-Outcy-from-Womens-Group-220262791.html
- At the Sept 11, 2013 meeting they pasted a short version which CNOW does not approve of. See Kobby (CNOW President) : http://www.newsplex.com/home/headlines/Alb-Supervisors-Approve-Womans-Equality-Proclaimation-223405141.html See proposed original Proclamation.
- City of Charlottesville City Council approved the complete version. Proclamation
On August 26, 2013 to honor Women's Equality Day we presented 2 books to the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.
- GRACE and GRIT, My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond by LILLY LEDBETTER.
- Don't Assume I DON'T Cook! Recipes for Women's Lives , the National Organization for Women Cookbook.
Check them out of the library!
During July 2013 Tannis Fuller, VP and Kobby Hoffman, President attended the National Organization for Women (NOW) Conference in Chicago and helped pass policies for NOW to act on in the coming year including getting the US Congress to uphold and strengthen the Right to Vote as the constitution 15th and 19th amendments cannot be abridged nor denied; Reproductive rights; Fair wages for services workers who earn below minimum wage plus tips and the Equal Rights Amendment by whatever path that will be effective: 3 state rule, CEDAW, starting over… As Terry O'Neil, President NOW said "… Women need the ERA whatever the path. Conservative politicians 'war on women' is a stark example of why women must have stronger legal protections. A push for an equality guarantee in the Constitution can be an effective tool in countering attacks…" http://www.now.org/issues/constitution/05102013newpathtoratifyera.html
Members attended the June 15, 2012 Virginia Board of Health meeting in Richmond where existing abortion clinics were offered exemption from onerous building requirements. They joined hundreds of citizens protesting the TRAP regulations.
"Gel The Gov" press conference was held on the downtown mall to protest Virginia mandatory ultrasound legislation.
Cville NOW president Kobby Hoffman spoke with NBC29 about mandatory pre-abortion ultrasounds.
THE VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY is meeting for this year. THERE ARE SEVERAL ISSUES THAT YOU MAY WANT TO BE INVOLVED WITH: Each of these different Lobby Day's are easy, fun, and a great way to get involved, whether or not you’ve participated in the past, or are looking for new ways to become active.
So......LOBBY OUR LEGISLATORS IN RICHMOND
1 st- One issue is whether or not to lift the nearly 30 year ban on uranium mining Conservation Lobby Day will be January 23, 2012 Register Today at www.KeepTheBan.org
2 nd -Equality Virginia Lobby Day 2012 is next Tuesday, January 24th, go to www.KeepTheBan.org to see bills that the GLBT are watching:
Can’t make it to Lobby Day, but still want to have your voice heard? Then Virtual Lobby Day is just the fit for you! Virtual Lobby Day makes it easy to participate, and can be done with a couple clicks of the mouse. EV will provide you with information on bills and talking points, and you will send an email message to your legislators.
3 rd- Charlottesville NOW is organizing a LOBBY DAY for Wednesday Feb 1. We will be car pooling to go to Richmond to meet with legislators.
Leave a message on our Voice Mail at 963-0669, if you are interested.
4 th- Planned Parenthood and NARAL VA will be coordinating a statewide Day of Action with an emphasis on raising awareness and lobbying to help protect women's health.
Our Day of Action will include new components for activists including:
Phone banks across Virginia connecting constituents directly with lawmakers
Online outreach across social networks to publicize our issues
Local pro-choice honk and wave visibility events at high traffic intersections
Letter writing parties
Supporters willing to take action on Feb. 23rd. We'll contact you with specific volunteer shifts and opportunities!: http://www.ppaction.org/ Also contact Courtney.Jones@ppfa.org for details or contact: http://www.naralva.org/events/lobby-day.shtml
- Help the fundraising for
for Help in Emergency.
NATIONAL NOW ANNUAL CONFERENCE: “A Feminist Wake-Up Call”
SAVE THE DATE – Friday Jun 29 to Sunday July 1 at Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport
stay tuned for more 2012 conference updates also attend Regional Conferences
Attend the NOW conference in your region this spring and help elect national leadership!
See the 2011 NOW Conference website for what happened.
- Women's Equality Day Proclamation
celebrating the 90th Anniversary of women obtaining the
right to vote.
- Albemarle County Board of Supervisors edited and passed a proclamation on August 11, 2010 and August 3, 2011. See proposed Proclamation. Read it.
- City of Charlottesville City Council passed the complete version as proposed on Monday, August 16, 2010 and August 1, 2011. Proclamation Read it.
- For background information: "My Favorite August":
Op-Ed column by Gail Collins, New York Times, August
for a history of the 70 years leading up to the ratification of 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Read it.
- VANOW State Conference on "Bridging
the Gap - Second Wavers and Third Wavers Together,"
Saturday, April 24.
At James Madison University in Harrisonburg starting at 9:30 am. Learn more.
- From TV to Twitter: The Media's Links to
Healthy & Risky Behavior conference on
Learn more and register now on the Women's Health Virginia website.
- National NOW Annual Conference July
2-4 in Boston. Theme: "Loving Our Bodies, Changing the
See the 2010 NOW Conference website for more.
- Take Back the Night, April 8.
See Take Back the Night for more.
- Pro-Choice Lobby Day, Thursday, Feb.
11, 2010 in Richmond.
- CNOW Holiday Potluck, Wed. Dec. 9,
2009 at the Charlottesville Downtown Library.
Bring an appetizer or dessert to share! We'll also be collecting for the Shelter for Help in Emergency, so please bring a donation of laundry detergent, garbage bags, bus passes, prepaid calling cards, Food Lion gift cards, toilet paper, or paper towels.
- Self-Defense Classes, Thursdays, 6-9PM from Oct. 8-Nov. 5, 2009
- “Herstory” Exhibit in the Charlottesville Downtown Public Library during month of January
- Panel on HPV and Cervical Cancer Vaccine
Sept. 23, 2008
View the news coverage or PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Mark Stoler and Dr. Jennifer Young. More info: Poster | Article.
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