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Letter of appreciation to Commissioner Stephanie Singer

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The Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization for Women and the Philadelphia Chapter of Coalition of Labor Union Women would like to express thanks to Commissioner Stephanie Singer for the invaluable information she provided to the public about the political process. Our organizations, supported by a grant from Bread and Roses, in 2013 organized very well-attended workshops “How to Run for Judge of Elections and Election Inspector,” and in 2014 even better attended workshops on “How to Run for Committeeperson.”

The success of these workshops was largely due to Commissioner Singer and her staff who provided a wealth of information--information which has always been available to political insiders but not readily available to the general public. Commissioner Singer conducted workshops not only for our organizations but for any non-partisan civic group which requested this.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 17:36


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Philadelphia and Pennsylvania NOW PAC endorsements for Philly area:

Brad Koplinski, Lt. Governor

State Senate:
Brian Gralnick, 4th District

State House:
Micheal O'Brien, 175th District
James Clay, Jr., 179th District
W. Curtis Thomas, 181st District
Brian Sims, 182nd District
Steven Kinsey, 201st District
Jared Solomon, 202nd District

Democratic State Committee:
Karen Bojar, 4th Senatorial District


Last Updated on Friday, 16 May 2014 18:20

Philly NOW Elects New Officers

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Nina Ahmad, Ph.D. to lead the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization for Women

New Slate of Officers Elected to the Philadelphia Chapter of the multi-issue progressive feminist advocacy group

Philadelphia, PA – The Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization of Women (NOW), a key feminist advocacy group in the region has elected its new slate of Officers for the 2014-2016 term. Nina Ahmad, Ph.D., co-owner and Executive Vice President of Government Affairs of JNA Capital, Inc. has been elected as the President of the Chapter. Dr. Ahmad brings a wealth of experience in engaging diverse audiences through community outreach as the Chair of the Mayor’s Commission on Asian American Affairs of Philadelphia and is involved with a host of other organizations including serving on the Board of Women’s Campaign International, which focuses on women’s equality through building skills that help women become effective agents of change. Dr. Ahmad stated, “As a mother of two daughters I am alarmed at the current regression of women’s rights in our country; hard-fought rights earned with blood, sweat and tears. Our future generations should not have to fight these same battles.” She further stated, “I envision our Chapter being engaged in ensuring the promise of equal opportunity for all women by leveraging our collective assets.    To that end, I am committed that our chapter membership will be multigenerational and diverse, and from all walks of life.”

In addition to Dr. Ahmad, the following slate of Officers was voted in for the 2014-2016 term:
Executive Vice President: Natalie Catin, Principal for Grover Cleveland Mastery Charter School is a fierce advocate for enhancing educational opportunities for all children and furthering the feminist agenda.

Vice President for Finance: Kathy Black, Health and Safety Director for AFSCME DC47 is also the Philadelphia Chapter President of the Coalition of Labor Union Women, will continue to fight for women’s rights.

Vice President for Membership: Sharon Hurley, computer specialist with extensive administrative experience is focused on engaging our membership in feminist issue areas and on creating strong member network.

Secretary: Melody Lam, recent graduate of Temple University with a Bachelors of Science in Biology, is eager to leverage her organizational skills and experience in civic engagement/minority empowerment.

Treasurer: Louise Francis, the Consulting Principal and founder of Francis Analytics and Actuarial Data Mining, Inc. is a long time member of the Chapter, who has been engaged in advocating for feminist issues.

Delegate to the State Board: Karen Bojar, Professor Emerita of English and Women’s Studies at the Community College of Philadelphia, is a longtime feminist activist, past President (2001-2009) of Phila- NOW and looks to strengthen the relationship between Philadelphia NOW and Pennsylvania NOW.

Delegate to the State Board: Sharon Hurley (see above) will liaise with Pennsylvania NOW.

Delegate to the State Board: Sharon Williams Losier, practicing attorney and owner of Losier & Associates, is a civil rights activist engaged in furthering the feminist agenda and will liaise with Pennsylvania NOW .

The National Organization for Women:
The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 April 2014 21:58

Interested in Philly NOW Endorsement?

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To all candidates who are interested in requesting the endorsement of the Philadelphia NOW PAC, please be advised the deadline for submitting the completed questionnaire is April 1, 2014.  The questionnaire can be obtained by sending a request to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Once the completed questionnaire has been received, Philadelphia NOW PAC will determine if the candidate will be invited for an in-person interview.  the PAC members will then vote on the endorsement of the candidate. 


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Make a Difference! How You Can Strengthen Democracy in Philadelphia

Come to this non-partisan training; learn how you can win one of these positions. Help strengthen women’s voices in our political process and protect the right to vote!


When: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 from 5:30-7:30 pm Where: 1606 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA Speakers: Stephanie Singer, City Commissioner Tracey Gordon, Deputy City Commissioner


Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 19:34

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