Join ABB to Commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act!

Dear Friend,

This week marks the 35th anniversary of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the federal law that made it illegal to fire a woman just because she is pregnant.

We are busy commemorating the anniversary with activities all week long!

Congressional Briefing

Dina Bakst, ABB Co-Founder & Co-President, will speak at a congressional briefing on Wednesday, hosted by Senator Casey, Senator Shaheen, and Representative Nadler: “Making Pregnancy Discrimination a Thing of the Past.” Click here to learn more and share with your networks!

Tweetchat on the federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

We hope you will join us and the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Coalition this Thursday, Oct. 31, from 2:00-3:00pm ET for a tweetchat about how far we’ve come and what we still need to do to end pregnancy discrimination around the country. Follow #PWFA and @ABetterBalance  to participate. Senator Casey and Representative Nadler will be participating!


Rally for Pregnant Women and Mothers in New York State

Key workplace discrimination measures in the Women’s Equality Agenda (WEA), including stronger pregnancy discrimination protections, will die at the end of the year if the New York State legislature doesn’t act.

The Women’s Equality Coalition is holding a press conference and rally on Tuesday, October 29th at 11:00 am to call for passage of the WEA in the wake of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act’s 35th anniversary, so that pregnant women and new mothers get the fair and equal treatment they deserve.

Come help us make history!

New York City: Press Conference on Pregnancy Discrimination.

Tuesday, October 29th 11:00 am, Steps of City Hall in Lower Manhattan.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Gedmark at or 212-430-5982.

Even if you can’t attend the press conference, please join our twitter rally during the press conference, Tuesday, October 29th, 11am-12pm ET.

Here are some sample tweets:

Pregnancy discrimination has been illegal for 35 yrs but NY women are still fired b/c they are pregnant We need WEA! #WEAreStrong #UpgradeNY

#NYC just passed a law strengthening pregnancy discrimination labor protections–now NY needs to follow suit! #UpgradeNY #WEAreStrong #WEA

Thank you for all your support!

The ABB Team: Sherry, Dina, Phoebe, Jared, Elizabeth, Liz, Risha, & Rachel

Close the Wage Gap in Washington State

Dear Friend,

AAUW of Washington State is excited to share with you the latest development in our 2013-2014 Public Policy Impact Grant. Now you can easily take action on our policy issues of focus – equal pay and paid sick days – by signing the following petitions:

PETITION: Close the Wage Gap in Washington State

PETITION: Bring Paid Sick Leave to Washington State

The petitions are part of our joint AAUW Public Policy Impact Grant with AAUW of Oregon. We chose to focus on equal pay and paid sick days because these issues are key to women’s and families’ economic security. Women and families are stronger – and our economy as a whole is stronger – when women receive the equal pay they deserve and have the workplace flexibility to care for their medical needs.

Washington state has an opportunity to lead the nation on both these issues. We need your leadership and your support to be successful. Please sign the equal pay and paid sick days petitions today, and help us share them on social media!


Kelvie Comer and Barbara Sando

Zach Silk, Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility

I’d like to say that I can’t believe this — but almost nothing the gun lobbyists do surprises me anymore.

But here it is: A political operation working with gun lobbyists decided to declareDecember 14 — the anniversary of the tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary — “Guns Save Lives Day.”

You read that right.

Naturally, they immediately bowed to pressure to not hold their crass political event on the anniversary of the shooting deaths of 28 people — most of them children — to score cheap political points and raise cash to support their organization.

So they pushed it back — one whole day.

But they’re still trying to profit — politically and financially — off of an unimaginable tragedy. Please take a second to add your name to our open letter to make them cancel this ghoulish sideshow.

I’ve worked in politics a long time. But it is really rare to see something so crass and so brazen as to try to exploit the senseless deaths of children to build your network and raise money to support the very thing that stole them from their parents and friends.

It is unconscionable.

Even worse, their terrible antics give a bad name to so many well-intentioned gun owners — the majority of whom fully support sensible reforms like I-594, our initiative to require background checks on all gun purchases in Washington.

But these aren’t genuine people — they’re political consultants and lobbyists who only care about making headlines and lining their coffers.

The only way to stop them holding this event is for public opposition to grow so large, that they will be shamed into canceling this event. But we need huge numbers on this open letter to make it happen.

Make them cancel this ghoulish “Guns Save Lives Day” — add your name to our open letter today.


Zach Silk Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility

Support Exploration and Discovery … National Geographic

Dear Friend,

Take the next step in your journey or exploration and discovery.

I’m writing to invite you to join a select group of people within the National Geographic Society. These individuals care so much about ensuring a future filled with exploration and discovery that they generously support the National Geographic Society with tax-deductible gifts.We call them Contributing Members—and through this special introductory offer, you can join them for just $25!
As a nonprofit organization, National Geographic depends on visionary people who believe there are places left to explore and discoveries to make. I hope you’ll join today.Your gift will fund the work that brings science, knowledge, and discovery to our magazine’s pages, to classrooms across the country, and to the imaginations of people across the globe.That’s why our Contributing Members are so important. As a member, you’ll keep discoveries on every horizon!

Join now if you want to know what else is out there…

There are always more things to explore, more discoveries to make, and more solutions to find.That’s been National Geographic’s unique way of thinking since 1888, when we began funding the astonishing expeditions that changed the way people thought about the world—amazing journeys to Mount St. Elias on the Yukon-Alaska border, the North Pole, South Pole, and elsewhere.And more than a century later, we’re still exploring! We’re on a path to search the deepest parts of the ocean, the farthest realms of outer space, and remote places across the globe that have yet to be seen with human eyes or shared with the world.

As a Contributing Member, you’ll make these discoveries possible.

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  Join now if you want to delve deeper…National Geographic is committed to supporting visionary scientists ready to stretch the limits of understanding.Without National Geographic, Paul Sereno might never have unearthed “SuperCroc,” and Donald Johanson might not have discovered “Lucy”—the most complete upright-walking human ancestor of her age yet found.

Without National Geographic, the next discoveries might remain buried, the clues to our planet’s past hidden away. Your support as a Contributing Member will help prevent this loss.

Join now if you want to improve the world…

There’s a responsibility inherent in being on the frontlines of discovery and exploration: We must use the knowledge we gain to improve the planet.Your gift as a Contributing Member will help National Geographic do exactly that, through conservation and education efforts designed to make a difference today and in the future.Take the next step in your involvement with National Geographic by joining as a Contributing Member for just $25.

If you believe our world is better when we explore it, then don’t let this opportunity pass you by.Sincerely,John Fahey
CEO and Chairman of the Board

P.S. Support exploration and discovery by joining as a Contributing Member and help discover the next scientific breakthrough or unearthed treasure! Join now!

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For 125 years, the National Geographic Society has supported field-based
research, conservation, exploration and education that has provided the
world with scientific breakthroughs and discoveries that inspire people
everywhere to care about our planet. But we cannot do it alone.