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Gender Justice Advocate Appointed
The Michigan Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jen Salamone to the position of LGBTQ Task Force Chair. Ms. Salamone has a M.S.Ed in Counseling and a B.S. in Psychology. She is a Student Affairs Professional with a passion for teaching and art as activism. Currently Ms. Salamone lives in Flint and is the Program Manager for the Ellen Bommarito LGBTQ Center at the University of Michigan-Flint. She also has experience as a Project Coordinator for the Women's Educational Center at the University of Michigan-Flint. (download press release)
Flint, Michigan Community, Labor, Public Health, Environmental Leaders Urge Congress to Fund Water Infrastructure Improvements
Michigan NOW and and other state (and national) organizations signed letters to the House and Senate in support of Flint funding.
About the Water Crisis In Flint: As many as 12,000 children in Flint may have been exposed to lead in the city’s drinking water, after the city’s emergency manager changed the source of water to the Flint River in 2014 to save the city money. The river water corroded the plumbing, causing the aging pipes to leach lead into the water. No amount of lead exposure is safe, and lead is particularly damaging for children’s developing brains.
Water Infrastructure Funding: The Senate is currently considering a bipartisan version of the Water Resources Development Act that includes assistance to help Flint and other communities improve or replace their aging water infrastructure. The House has yet to take up a water resources bill or enact any measure providing funding for Flint.
2016 NOW Primary Endorsements
See the full list of MIchigan NOW candidates endorsed candidates
Justice and Equality: Rising NOW!
2016 MI NOW Conference
Michigan Chapter of the National Organization of Women Recognizes Women of Flint
The Michigan Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) held our annual conference on April 9th at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. At the conference five amazing women from Flint were recognized for their work to bring public attention to the poisoning of the Flint water supply. Bishop Bernadel Jefferson, Melissa Mays, Nayyirah Shariff, Claire McClinton, and LeeAnne Walters (not present) were given the Michigan NOW Activist of the Year award.
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