Woman Up! The Time for Action is NOW!
Florida NOW State Conference
June 1-3, 2018
See full agenda with Workshops and the Conference Schedule.
Toni Van Pelt:
Toni Van Pelt, a longtime feminist and humanist activist, was elected president of NOW in July 2017. She is also president of the NOW Foundation and chair of the NOW Political Action Committee, and serves as the principal spokeswoman for all three entities. Van Pelt oversees NOW’s multi-issue agenda, which includes: achieving constitutional equality for women, advancing reproductive rights and justice, promoting racial justice, stopping violence against women, winning civil and human rights for the LGBTQIA+ community, and ensuring economic justice.
Senator Bill Nelson:
Sen. Bill Nelson is a true son of Florida, his family coming to the Panhandle in 1829, and his grandparents homesteading in the early 20th Century on land that today is the Kennedy Space Center. From a spot near there Nelson would launch into space in 1986 and spend six days orbiting the Earth aboard the space shuttle Columbia.
Nelson has earned a reputation as a thoughtful, moderate voice in an increasingly partisan political world. Nelson’s public service career began in 1972, with his election to the Florida Legislature. He then served six terms in the U.S. Congress representing Orlando and the Space Coast, becoming an early champion of the environment.
In 1994, Nelson was elected to the Florida Cabinet as state Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner and Fire Marshal. During his six years in the post, he showed he was a common-sense problem solver and strong consumer advocate. Nelson was first elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2000. Since then, he’s stood up to the insurance companies, Wall Street banks and Big Oil. He’s exposed the lies of BP about the Gulf spill. And he’s created a blueprint forward for our nation’s space agency. Now in his third term, he’s continuing to fight for lower taxes, better education, Medicare and Social Security.
Ersula Knox Odom:
Ersula Odom portrays Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune in a production dedicated to her legacy. In addition, she is a longtime member of the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival planning committee, a member of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, the Smart Family historian, the host of KEPX Radio’s Princess Memories, an Eckerd College graduate. She is the author of At Sula’s Feet and African Americans of Tampa.
Lakey Love is a scholar and activist. She is currently the TransAction Training Coordinator at Equality Florida.She will participate in the Bethune presentation by adding an interview format. The presentation is sponsored by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council.
Founder and Executive Director of the Florida Coalition against Human Trafficking
Anna I. Rodriguez of Bonita Springs is considered by many to be an indomitable force in the global fight against human trafficking. A native of Puerto Rico, she immigrated to Miami in late 1974. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Florida Coalition against Human Trafficking, an organization whose mission is to eradicate human trafficking locally, nationally, and internationally. Ms. Rodriguez works tirelessly to raise the consciousness of communities and professionals throughout Florida in an effort to inspire others to join the fight to combat human trafficking. She also serves as an international liaison between the U.S. Department of State and has been asked to meet with and provide valuable information to visitors from Uzbekistan, India, United Arab, Germany, Russia, Italy, UK, Haiti and other countries. Ms. Rodriguez also serves as a trainer for the Organization of American States and has conducted trainings in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean since 2006. Ms. Rodriguez’s passion continues to inspire others to become bridge builders uniting to rescue victims of human trafficking, the “invisible slaves of the 21st century”.
Early morning Yoga provided by Purple Dot Yoga.
Saturday night Dance Party DJ’d by O’Hagan Entertainment. There will also be a live performance of the incredible Granny D with a Q&A after with Rae Claire Johnson.
Doris Haddock, Granny D, is a true American hero! On February 29, 2000, this 90-year-old woman with arthritis and emphysema completed an historic march to Washington, DC. For 14 exhausting months, Granny D trudged 3,200 miles through sun, rain and snow from California to Washington, DC, all to rouse the American public to the cause of campaign finance reform. She believed that the influence of money in politics had betrayed our representative democracy – so she walked to talk to people along the way to encourage them to stand up and MAKE A DIFFERENCE!