2016 RI NOW PAC Candidate Questionnaire
Thank you for your interest in the RI NOW PAC endorsement process. The mission of the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Organization for Women is to take action to bring women into full participation in all aspects of public and private life without experiencing barriers based on gender. It is our core belief that, in order for women to do this, there must be:

1) both the right and the access to a full range of reproductive health care options,
2) equal opportunity on the road to economic prosperity,
3) equal civil rights regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity,
4) freedom from violence in all forms, and
5) a commitment to equality, including racial, economic and gender justice and equality.

The RI NOW PAC seeks to elect candidates who share our vision for a more just society for women. It is our first priority to increase the number of women in positions of power who can work directly to improve the status of women in society. However, in races where there is no progressive female candidate, the RI NOW PAC seeks to identify and support our male allies. If you are interested in being considered for endorsement, you must answer every question in this candidate questionnaire and send by mail or preferably, submit online at rinow.org/pac by Wednesday, July 27, 2016 by 5:00pm. Responses received after this date will only be considered as time allows.

If you have any questions, please contact RI NOW PAC Chair Amanda Clarke at aclarke@rinow.org. Congratulations on your decision to represent your community. We look forward to reviewing your endorsement questionnaire!

The following contact information is required to be considered for endorsement.

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Name of Candidate Committee *
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Party Affiliation *
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Email *
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Mailing Address *
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Office Sought (including Town and District #, if applicable) *
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Organizational Affiliations
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1) Do you support a woman's constitutionally protected right to choose abortion as part of access to a full range of reproductive health care services? *
2) Will you actively work to oppose attempts to restrict access to reproductive health care services or politicize women's health, such as elevating the legal status of a fetus, mandatory ultrasound, mandatory waiting periods, or "Choose Life" license plates? *
3) Do you support efforts to ensure that age-appropriate, medically accurate, comprehensive health education, including sex education, is provided in grades K-12 in Rhode Island public schools? *
4) Do you support full civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered individuals, including the right to marry and to be free from all forms of discrimination and violence based on gender identity or sexual orientation? *
5) Will you actively oppose efforts to violate the separation of church and state, such as attempts to codify into law the religious views of a particular group, whether pertaining to abortion, contraception, or LGBT civil rights? *
6) Ensuring equality doesn’t necessarily mean providing an equal playing field for all people, especially for those who have endured historic inequity. Women of color in particular are marginalized based on gender and race, this intersection is a key consideration in policy making. Do you support policies, like affirmative action, that help address historic inequity and create a more equal, diverse and just society? *
7) Currently, persons who are convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence offenses can still legally own and carry firearms. Would you support legislation that prohibits those convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor from purchasing and possessing a firearm? *
8) Restrictive Voter ID laws are especially harmful to women voters, because many women lack proof of citizenship in their current legal names. Women also make up the majority of college students and senior citizens, populations that are less likely to have qualifying forms of identification. Minorities are also less likely to have valid and current photo IDs. Are you committed to ensuring that Rhode Island's Voter ID law does not adversely impact women or minorities, and will you work to fix or repeal the Voter ID legislation if it does?* *
9) States around the country are seeking to implement immigration reform. According to the Immigration Policy Center, women are disproportionately harmed by heightened enforcement of immigration laws at the state level. Abusers, traffickers, and exploitative employers keep immigrant women from seeking local law enforcement protection by convincing them that police officers will seek to have victims deported rather than protect them. Will you oppose state level efforts to implement or enforce immigration laws that would jeopardize the health and safety of women? *
10) Affordable child care is essential for working parents. The state’s Child Care Assistance Program provides affordable child care to 9,684 children (December 2015, KidsCount RI) of low-income working parents, that number has increased since the recession but still falls far short of the children served at the program’s peak of 14,333 children in 2003. Will you prioritize funding for child care to ensure more children have an opportunity to participate? *
11) According to a 2011 report by Crossroads RI, over the course of the prior decade, the total number of unaccompanied women becoming homeless rose by 65%. In addition, a 2012 Crossroads report showed that families make up 40% of the homeless population in our state. Will you support adequate and ongoing funding to address homelessness as well as support a legislation designed to provide rights for homeless persons and set standards for homeless shelters? *
12) Do you support equal pay for equal work and will you actively work to close the wage gap by 1) supporting policies to ensure that employers don't discriminate based on gender, 2) supporting policies that improve pathways for women to enter nontraditional fields, and 3) ensuring that low income women have the supports they need (e.g. child care and education and training) to get an economic foothold in the workplace? *
Is there anything else you would like to share with us regarding your track record on or commitment to equal rights and opportunity for women?
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