One thing that George W. Bush’s appointment to the presidency has done is infuriate a good portion of the populace. Since activism is more productive than anger, in the next few months Ms. will offer several installments of this activist guide. The guides will provide information on organizations that are working to make a difference. This is the second installment.
National Abortion & Reproductive Rights Action League*
For more than 30 years, NARAL has been the political arm of the
pro-choice movement. The group works to educate Americans and
officeholders about reproductive rights and health issues and to elect pro-choice candidates at all levels of government.
“We don’t want a dramatic event—like the overturning of Roe—to get people’s attention. Then it’s too late.”
-Kate Michelman, president
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Planned Parenthood is the world’s largest and oldest voluntary family-planning organization.
“We received more than three million hits on PPFA’s roevbush.com Web site in the first two weeks it was up. And we delivered 118,000
e-mails and faxes against Ashcroft to senators, and many more phone calls. On President’s Day, pro-choice Americans donated money to Planned Parenthood in George W. Bush’s name, and a card was sent to Bush informing him of the gift.”
-Joan Coombs, senior vice president for external programs
The mission of the AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families—to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our nation. To accomplish this mission, it seeks to build and change the U.S. labor movement.
“Equal pay for women is still on the table. A bill was voted on last summer in the Senate: Democrats were for it, Republicans were against it. But we’re not waiting for federal action. We’re going to the states. There are 30 states considering new or stronger equal-pay laws.”
-Karen Nussbaum, director, Working Women Department
National Black Women’s Health Project
NBWHP seeks to improve the health of black women by providing wellness education and services, health information, and advocacy.
“In Bush’s first few days, we saw major threats to women’s health in the area of reproductive rights. We will ratchet up our efforts, working with administration policymakers and in Congress. We will take a leading role in briefings and work with a broader range of allies—the civil rights, human rights, and economic justice communities.”
-Brenda Romney, director of programs and policy
Poverty and Race Research Action Council
PRRAC is a nonpartisan, national, not-for-profit organization convened by civil rights, civil liberties, and antipoverty groups to link social science research to advocacy work in order to address problems at the intersection of race and pover