NOW holds women’s town hall in Boerum Hill

The National Organization for Women sponsored the city's second women's town hall meeting in Boerum Hill Thursday, seeking to organize women against what the group says is an anti-women agenda sponsored by the president and his attorney general.



Attendees included state and local leaders, assault survivors and other women. They say that last year, the state received nearly $8 million in federal funding for survivors of domestic and sexual assault. They oppose plans to cut that funding.



NOW says it is using the town halls to amplify survivors' voices while documenting the need for nonprofits, hospitals and law enforcement agencies who help such women.



They say they're fighting to protect the Violence Against Women Act, which has transformed the way the government responds to domestic and sexual violence. It also serves as a model for other countries.



NOW is calling on the New York congressional delegation to continue to fully fund the act and oppose any legislation or budget cuts that would seek to dismantle it.



Earlier in the day, President Donald Trump signed legislation allowing states to deny federal funding to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.



The next town hall meeting will be held on Long Island on April 19.


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