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For upcoming events, see the right-hand side of the page, "News from NOW."

Past Events

    Impact of COVID on Women and Families
    7:00pm Thursday, May 6
    Virtual Meeting



In honor of Mother's Day, speakers will address the disproportionate impact of COVID on women, with increased stress related to jobs, childcare, home schooling online, family/work balance and relationships. The panel includes Joey Conover, Clark School PTO President; Janette Martin, President of Albemarle/Charlottesville NAACP; Victoria McCullough, Client Services Operator at Sin Barreras; and Jennifer Bates, Director of Training and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion of Region Ten Community Services Board.

    The Power of Women to Impact Climate Crisis
    7:00pm Wednesday, April 14
    Virtual Meeting



There can be no climate justice without gender equality. Join Susan Kruse, Executive Director of the Community Climate Collaborative to learn more about how women are not only the most likely to feel the impacts of climate change but are also leading the charge for comprehensive solutions. Jointly sponsored by Charlottesville NOW and the Sierra Club Piedmont Group.

    Women's History Month Program
    7:30pm Monday, March 22
    Virtual Meeting
    



    "The Pleasures of Age": Old Women and Political Power in the U.S. Woman Suffrage Movement
    Corinne T. Field, Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality, University of Virginia

    In 1885, on her 70th birthday, Elizabeth Cady Stanton declared that "fifty not fifteen is the heyday of woman's life," and by the 1890's she was hailed as the "grand old woman of America" and compared to Lincoln and Washington. Sojourner Truth in the 1870's turned her embodied performance of old age into a political claim for reparations for formerly enslaved people. Professor Field will reveal why 19th century suffragists demanded respect and security for older women as an essential dimension of political empowerment and why these hopes remain largely unrealized over a century later.

    Mapping Cville: Legacy of Racist Covenants
    7:00pm Tuesday, February 23
    Virtual Meeting



Jordy Yager, Digital Humanities Fellow at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, shares his project that maps housing discrimination in Charlottesville. Mapping Cville documents the racist covenants that prohibited sale of homes to African Americans. The redlining enabled whites to build wealth through home ownership while blacks, restricted to poor neighborhoods lacking infrastructure, slipped into poverty. The project shows how past decisions and patterns impact today's realities - 90 years later, some Charlottesville neighborhoods still have a large majority of white residents.

    Inauguration Celebration
    7:00pm Tuesday, January 20

    Virtual Meeting



Cheers to renewed hope for 2021!  Let's toast together at C'ville NOW's virtual inauguration party. Very casual. Meet, greet and chat. Dress up in your coziest PJs, grab your fave drink and join in celebrating the historic election and inauguration of our first woman Vice President!

    Reproductive Rights Under Threat
    7:00pm Tuesday, January 12

    Virtual Meeting



In January Charlottesville NOW commemorates the 48th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision with a program on current threats to reproductive rights. Charlottesville Commonwealth's Attorney Joe Platania and Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Areshini Pather will speak on the state of the US Supreme Court cases as well as relevant Virginia laws.

    Criminal Justice Reform
    7:00pm Wednesday, December 9

    Virtual Meeting



Legal Aid Justice Center Attorneys Shannon Ellis and Ashley Moore will share their work and insights around the cradle-to-prison pipeline that results from the over-criminalization of girls and young women of color, starting in pre-school, plus stories from inside the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women and what is being done there to improve conditions for the incarcerated women.

RSVP to cvillenowevent@gmail.com to receive link to access event.

    Virtual Friendsgiving!
    7:00pm Thursday, November 19
    Virtual Meeting via Zoom



    Join us to celebrate and commiserate - there is reason for both as we begin to wind down 2020. No speaker, no agenda, just a chance to get better acquainted, tell our life-this-year stories and share our aspirations for 2021 for ourselves and for Cville NOW. Post-election chance to debrief, exhale and laugh together - important self-care as we ready ourselves to forge ahead! Wear your favorite activist shirt! Send a few photos of you as activist to add to the slide show we'll enjoy during the party!

    Charlottesville NOW’s Annual Book Drive

    Take action! Lift up women's voices and history and ensure HerStory is told by donating feminist books to our libraries. It's easy to act with Cville NOW's annual book drive to benefit the Jefferson Madison Regional Library. View and purchase books for children and adults at this wish list. Or buy from a local bookstore, but please make sure the book has the same ISBN number (found under book details in this list), and note on this list that you purchased elsewhere. 

    Books should be shipped or dropped off to:
    Meredith Dickens, Collection Manager
    Jefferson-Madison Regional Library
    201 E. Market St., Charlottesville, VA  22902


    The Lie That Binds

    7:00pm Tuesday, October 13

    Virtual Meeting via Zoom



Speaker will be Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America and author of "The Lie That Binds." Her new book lays out how the Radical Right uses abortion to advance a regressive policy agenda, revealing that as fewer followers shared their prejudices on other social justice issues, conservative political operatives intentionally targeted abortion to be the rallying cry to maintain control in a changing world.
Stacey Abrams calls it a  "brilliant, systematic takedown of the extremist, hypocritical forces that seek to control women's bodies [and] a clarion call for renewed American activism to protect a woman's right to determine her own health care, including her right to abortion, at a time when those rights are more at risk than at any point in the last 45 years."

Hogue is a lifelong activist and organizer around social justice issues including reproductive freedom, climate change, and media reform. We're delighted to have her join us for our October chapter meeting to discuss her book and inspire our work just weeks ahead of what may be the most important election of our lifetimes.

    Commemorating the 19th Amendment: Part 2
    7:00pm Tuesday, September 22
    Virtual Meeting via Zoom

    Panel of speakers: Andrea Douglas, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center; Leslie Harris Scott, Charlottesville-Albemarle NAACP; and Ella Jordan, 100 Black Women of Charlottesville Metropolitan Area.

    Details:
    Although the 19th Amendment granted voting rights to all women nationwide, in practice many were still unable to vote. State laws disenfranchised most African Americans, and it would take the civil rights movement of the 1960s before all blacks in the south could vote. The panelists will discuss the years from the Civil War to 1920 when the 19th Amendment was passed, the Jim Crow years when many gains were lost prior to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the voter suppression efforts that continue today such as purging voter rolls, eliminating convenient polling stations and making absentee voting difficult. And they'll share local action efforts and ways you can help ensure that the political power earned by women in 1920 is accessible to all today and in the future.

    HerStory Her Voice: Commemorating the 19th Amendment
    7:00pm Tuesday, August 25
    Virtual Meeting via Zoom


    Featuring Marianne Julienne, co-author of new book, The Campaign for Woman Suffrage in Virginia. Using pictures to bring the stories alive, Ms. Julienne reveals what's missing from the history we've learned: the role of Virginia suffragists in gaining nationwide voting rights for women. They spoke on street corners, marched, rallied, lobbied, picketed the White House and even went to jail. In 2020, the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, we gather to honor these remarkable women as we work to carry out their legacy in Virginia. Wearing of suffragist attire/sashes/colors (purple, gold and white) is encouraged!
    REGISTER at CharlottesvilleNOW@gmail.com to receive Zoom link for this meeting.

    5th District Candidate Forum
    Thursday, May 14, 6:30-8:30pm

    We will hold a virtual candidate forum with all four 5th District Candidates.
     
    Climate Emergency

    Thursday, April 16 6:30-8:30pm
    Virtual Meeting

    Tune in via Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/events/247818243285137/

    At this meeting co-hosted with Piedmont Group of the Virginia Sierra Club, we'll have speakers from Al Gore's Climate Reality Project and the Youth Climate Strike. In addition, we'll hear from city and county government staffers on the climate action plans of Charlottesville and Albemarle. While dealing with the Coronavirus crisis, the climate crisis is still an emergency. Tune in for what to know and do.
    March 8 - International Women's Day


    Brunch at Common House
    Sunday, March 8, 10am - 3pm, 206 W. Market St.
    Join Cville NOW members for a la carte brunch or High Tea, Downton Abbey style.
    Those of us planning to attend the parade in Richmond (see below) will do earlier brunch, between 10am and 1pm.
    Details on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2691587164411002/ 
    Reservations required. RSVP @ concierge@commonhouse.com or 434-566-0192. 
Tell the concierge that you're with Charlottesville NOW.

    Equality Parade in Richmond
    Sunday, March 8, 3pm at the Capitol
    VAratifyERA is hosting an ERA ratification celebration parade in Richmond with speakers, entertainment, and food trucks - and a historic photo taken on the Capitol steps. Cville NOW will join in the fun in the Title IX section of the parade - email us at CharlottesvilleNOW@gmail.com if you're interested in carpooling. Details here: https://varatifyera.org/celebrate38/

    4,000,000 Steps to Freedom
    Thursday, Feb 20, 6:30-8:30 pm

    Northside Library, 705 Rio Road W.

    
UVA's Sarah Corning presents her research on migrant women in transit. She went to Mexico's southern border to gather the experiences of women fleeing Central America in the hope for refuge. From the harrowing conditions in their home countries to the hope - and hazards - on their way to the US border, these women are on a mission, and their stories and determined spirits can help us steer toward humane immigration policies.

    Come join the discussion and learn how you can take action with NOW's campaign to Unlock the Future for Women and Girls.


    ERA Happy Hour Hosted by Women of the 5th, Charlottesville NOW, League of Women Voters
    February 10
     Kardinal Hall 5:30-7:00 pm

    Informal celebration of Virginia's ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment

    Rally for the ERA and support returning legislators

    Join Charlottesville NOW to welcome new and returning legislators, rally for the ERA and much more! Get on the bus with us, leaving the Shops at Stonefield promptly at 8:45 am. Purchase your tickets here and find more details of VAratifyERA's planned schedule here. Note: Charlottesville NOW has some scholarship money available. If you can't afford the cost right now, please contact us and we'll purchase your ticket for you.

    Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020!

    Wednesday, December 11, 6:30-8:30 pm

    Northside Library, 705 Rio Road W.

    
At our last chapter meeting of the year, we welcome special guest Delegate David Toscano for an overview of the 2019 election results and projection for what's ahead for our issues in the General Assembly next year. Will the ERA finally be ratified during 2020, the year of the 100th anniversary of women earning the right to vote?

    Rally for DACA

    Tuesday, November 12, 5:30 pm

    Federal Court House Corner of West Main and Ridge/McIntire Road

    Join Cville NOW, Virginia Organizing, Sin Barreras, Legal Aid Justice Center and other partners to RALLY TO PROTECT DREAMERS as the Supreme Court takes up the DACA case. We'll meet in front of the Federal Courthouse.

    More info: In 2012 President Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which allows young people brought to the U.S. without documentation (Dreamers) to remain in the country, get a work permit and live without fear of deportation. The Trump Administration intends to end the program, putting 700,000 young immigrants at risk. The Supreme Court will take up the case on November 12.

    Violence Against Women
    October 10, 6:30-8:30
    Northside Library,
    , 705 Rio Road W.

    Jonathan Yglesias, Policy Director for the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, will share information on state and federal action priorities.

    Pride Festival


    Saturday, September 14, all day

    Sprint Pavilion, on the mall in downtown Charlottesville


    Join Cville NOW at this fantastic, fun event. Email us if you want to help at our booth.

    Pizza and Politics

    Thursday, September 12, 6:30-8:30 pm
    Northside Library

    Meet the Virginia General Assembly candidates from the greater Charlottesville area. Invited speakers include Creigh Deeds and Amy Laufer for Senate and Tim Hickey, Jennifer Kitchen, Elizabeth Alcorn, Ann Ridgeway and Sally Hudson for Delegate. Learn how you can help them flip Virginia from equality blockers to equality champions! 

    Community Read for Unity Days
    
Tuesday, August 13, 7:00-8:30 pm

    Northside Library, 705 Rio Road W.

    In support of Unity Days Cville, Charlottesville NOW invites everyone to join in a Community Read for Racial Justice. Read one or both of these New York Times bestsellers and join the conversation on August 13:

    White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

    So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America.

    Find the books at your local library or buy from your favorite bookseller.

    Chihamba's 30th Annual African American Cultural Arts Festival
    Saturday, July 27, 10:00 am - 7:30 pm


    Booker T. Washington Park, 1001 Preston Ave., Charlottesville

    Join Cville NOW at this fabulous event! Stop by our booth! Email us if you can help.

    Candidates and Gerrymandering

    Tuesday, April 23, 6:30-8:30 pm

    Northside Library, 705 Rio Road W.

    During ERA ratification efforts this year, we learned that the only path to success is to get different legislators. We start now! Come meet some pro-ERA Virginia General Assembly candidates from the greater Charlottesville area - Senate District 17 (Ben Hixon and Amy Laufer) and House Districts 25 (Jennifer Kitchen), 57 (Kathy Galvin and Sally Hudson), 58 (Elizabeth Alcorn) and 59 (Tim Hickey). Get informed and ready to vote in the Primary Election on June 11 and the General Election on November 5.

    Also at this meeting Virginia 2021 will update us on progress made during the 2019 legislative session and what comes next in their quest to end partisan gerrymandering in Virginia.
  • International Women's Day Happy Hour

    Friday, March 8, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
    Common House, 206 W. Market St.

    Come raise a glass to women! Each year on March 8, countries around the world celebrate the historical, political and cultural achievements of women on International Women's Day. Let's toast all that women have accomplished, and cheer the local women who fought to get the ERA ratified by Virginia in 2019.
       
    Common House is a private club, but anyone attending the happy hour as a guest of Cville NOW is welcome to stay for dinner and use Common House for the evening.

  • Rally for the ERA on Valentine's Day

    T
    hursday, February 14, 10:30 am
    On the steps of Virginia State Capitol
    1000 Bank Street, Richmond

    Join Charlottesville NOW at the "Lead Virginia Forward, One State to 38" rally next Thursday, February 14th, on the Capitol steps at 10:30 AM. This Valentine's Day, let's come together in force and declare, "Virginia is for equality lovers!"

    Speakers at the rally will include Toni Van Pelt, President of NOW National; Ellie Smeal, President of Feminist Majority Foundation; and Carol Jenkins, President of ERA Coalition.

    Email
    charlottesvillenow@gmail.com if you would like to join carpools as a rider or driver.


  • FREE Screening: Equal Means Equal
    Thursday, January 31, 6:30 pm

    Northside Library
    705 W. Rio Road

    An unflinching look at how US women are treated today, this film shows how outdated, discriminatory attitudes inform and influence seemingly disparate issues, including in our workplaces, foster care system, healthcare conglomerate and judicial system. Revealing the inadequacy of present laws that claim to protect women, the film presents a compelling and persuasive argument for the urgency of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.
  • Women's Equality Coalition's Women's Lobby Day
  • Monday, January 14, 11 am - 6 pm

    Join activists from across the Commonwealth for Women's Equality Coalition's Women's Lobby Day. Rally for women's equality, followed by a quick orientation, training and lunch before afternoon meetings with lawmakers about issues important to you: such as healthcare, paid family leave, reproductive healthcare and women's equality. Child friendly and lunch provided. Details and sign up here: http://act.progressva.org/survey/womens-equality-coalition-lobby-day_2019/?source=PV
  • Rally for the ERA in Richmond
    Wednesday, January 9, 9 am - 5 pm.

    Join us on the bus to the Capitol for a fun day with ERA advocates. We'll turn out in numbers too big to ignore to wave + clap + cheer for the legislators arriving for the 400th Virginia General Assembly session and remind them they need to do the right thing this year and ratify the ERA! Click here to sign up. Find more details on Facebook.
  • ERA at UVA
    Wednesday, November 14, 10:00 - 11:30 am

    Join us in the Dome Room of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia when the 10 Days of ERA Bus Tour stops in town. Hosted by the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and featuring UVA faculty and state legislators.

  • Free Screening to Celebrate Women's Equality Day:
    Iron Jawed Angels

    Sunday, August 26
    6:00 pm
    Violet Crown Theater
    200 W. Main Street

    Hosted by Delegate David Toscano
    Sponsored by Charlottesville NOW and League of Women Voters of Charlottesville Area

    ENTERTAINING! INSPIRING!
    Join us for this star-studded award-winning film portraying Alice Paul (Hillary Swank) leading rebellious young women who put their lives on the line in their 1913 efforts to gain voting rights for women. Since Paul also authored the Equal Rights Amendment, screenings held around the state on August 26 will kick off ERA ratification efforts in the Commonwealth. Brief remarks after the film, and Del. Toscano will share insights into getting the ERA through the General Assembly next session.
        
    Film: 125 minutes
    Not Rated but has mature content, so not recommended for children

    FREE but you must RSVP at Eventbrite to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-event-celebrating-womens-equality-day-hosted-by-del-david-toscano-tickets-48862879187

    THIS EVENT WILL SELL OUT - RESERVE YOUR TICKETS TODAY!
    You must arrive by 5:45 to claim your ticket. Any unclaimed tickets will be released to those on the waitlist.
  • Candlelight Vigil Against Gender Violence

  • Sunday April 29
    6:00 pm
    Freedom of Speech Wall
    605 East Main Street (in front of City Hall and next to amphitheater)
    Hosted by We Are the Line (WATL) of Charlottesville High School

    WATL is a group of Charlottesville High School students who work to increase awareness about violence against women. The theme for this year's vigil is the disparity of power in today's society and how that leads to the exploitation of women by men in positions of authority. Show up with Charlottesville NOW to support the students and the cause.

  • March for Our Lives Charlottesville

    Saturday, March 24

    2:00 - 4:00 pm
    Sprint Pavilion

    On March 24, kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington, DC. In Charlottesville, we'll support them by rallying at home to demand that their lives and safety become a priority, as well as ending gun violence and mass shootings. Together let's help make sure voices of the March For Our Lives movement are heard.



    Join Charlottesville NOW to send a strong message that we've had #ENOUGH. We refuse to allow one more needless death.



    Organizers for this rally include: Indivisible Charlottesville, The Charlottesville group of Moms Demand Action, Charlottesville Clergy Collective, Women of the Fifth, Charlottesville Coalition for Gun Violence Prevention, Together Cville, Indivisible Nelson County, Charlottesville NOW, Minority Rights Coalition at UVA, UVA Student Council, and others in the Charlottesville community.

  • Festival of the Book!

    Saturday, March 24
    4:00 - 5:30 pm
    Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
    233 4th St NW
    Hosted by Charlottesville NOW and Maxine Platzer Lynn Women's Center at UVA

    The Fight for Women's Right to Vote
     
    Johanna Neuman (Gilded Suffragists) and Elaine Weiss (The Woman's Hour) discuss the efforts of suffragists and the down-to-the-wire campaign to achieve women's right to vote, an almost one-hundred-year-old story that continues to resonate today with its aspects of civil rights, tactics, race, and class.
     
    New York City socialites turned a feminist cause into a fashionable revolution: "This flowing account of women, whose financial contributions, celebrity, style, and innovative strategies revitalized a cause and changed history, will be welcomed by all readers." -Library Journal

    The nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history.  "Anyone interested in the history of our country's ongoing fight to put its founding values into practice-as well as those seeking the roots of current political fault lines-would be well-served by picking up The Woman's Hour."
    -Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Hidden Figures
  • Galentine's Day Meetup, plus One Billion Rising

  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018
    5:00 pm IX Art Park

    520 2nd St. SE

    Meetup for Galentine's Day
    5:00 - 6:00 pm  (or longer if you wish)

    One Billion Rising
    6:00 - 8:00 pm

    Join us for a Galentine's Day Meetup for all NOW friends and allies at Three Notch'd Brewery and Craft Kitchen. Stop by for drinks or enjoy dinner. Afterward you can head to the lower level of same building for One Billion Rising, a family-friendly evening of art, music, and dancing in solidarity for ending violence against women. See event on Facebook for more details.

  • Special Event -- Field trip with Cville NOW members

  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018
    6:45 pm Byrd Theater

    2908 W. Cary St., Richmond


    Join Virginia Delegates and Senators for a special screening of the award winning documentary, "Equal Means Equal." Kamala Lopez, producer/director of the film, will participate in a 30-minute panel discussion afterwards. Tickets are $5. More information and advance ticketsIf you would like to connect with others who are going, email charlottesvillenow@gmail.com.
  • Pre-Session Postcard Campaign for Equal Rights Amendment

  • 4:30 - 6:30 pm Thursday, December 21
    Cville Coffee, 1301 Harris Street

    Let's alert our elected representatives--Virginia must ratify the Equal Rights Amendment during the upcoming legislative session! It's time to put women in the U.S. constitution!

    Come write postcards to key legislators and your representative to support ratification of the ERA in the 2018 Virginia general assembly. They need to know this issue matters to Virginians BEFORE they go into session in January. Nevada ratified in March--let Virginia be next!

    We'll supply the postcards, some words and addresses of the lawmakers. Can't stay to write cards? Just stop by and pick up some cards to send later. Just mail them prior to December 31, 2017.

    Get an overview on the ERA Campaign in Virginia: Equal Rights Amendment Ratification in Virginia, 2018
  • Women4Women Wednesdays

  • Wednesdays - Oct. 18, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1
    6:00 - 8:00 pm
    Democratic Coordinated Campaign Office
    156 Carlton Road (on lower level behind Beer Run)
    Phone banking to help get out the vote in support of candidates who support women's rights and are endorsed by National and Virginia NOW PACs. No experience needed. Calls to friendly folks to ask for volunteers - no persuading calls.

  • Meet and Greet with Angela Lynn

  • Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 6:00-7:30 pm
    Old Trail, Crozet (address provided with RSVP)

    Come meet and talk with Angela Lynn, candidate for delegate of the 25th district, endorsed by the Virginia NOW PAC. We need more women in the Virginia assembly, so let's support this inspiring, progressive woman!

    RSVP:
     charlottesvillenow@gmail.com

  • Event for Ralph Northam

  • Sunday, October 22, 2017, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
    The Three Notch'd Craft Kitchen & Brewery
    Ix Art Park, 520 2nd Street, SE, Charlottesville, VA

    Join Charlottesville NOW, Tom Perriello and the Charlottesville Community for a family-friendly event in honor of Ralph Northam. Lt. Gov. Northam has been endorsed by both the National and Virginia NOW PACs. Let's support this women's rights advocate and do what we can to get him elected.

    Performance by Adrian Duke
    Refreshments provided by Three Notch'd
    Cash Bar

    Donate online (kids free)

    https://act.myngp.com/northam/oct22cville
    or at the door. 

  • 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
Century Room
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 Rights

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.

  • Pride and Sabroso Festivals!

September 16 All Day
Pride - 11 am - 7 pm at the Pavillion
Sabroso - 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm at the Ix Park

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
    Northside Library

    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.


  • 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

     Facebook information  - Another facebook link

    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 Fund.

  • 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. Today
      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 women's rights.

  • 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 articles.

  • 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 in Richmond.

  • 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 here.

  • 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

  • We started a blog in 2012. See videos and comments on the VA TRAP regulations and laws. 

  • We Are Woman March - We helped organize bus and carpools to August 18, 2012 Washington DC event in front of the U.S. Congress.
    • 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 the Shelter 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 13, 2010
        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 June 11.
      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 World."
      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.
      Learn more.
    • 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.

    As part of the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States, Charlottesville NOW is dedicated to an intersectional multi-issue and multi-strategy approach to women’s rights.  We take action to promote feminist ideas, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political and economic life.