Philadelphia NOW’s call to Philly DA to act on racist and misogynistic emails

The Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), a key feminist advocacy group in the region, speaks out against Frank Fina and E. Marc Costanzo’s hateful emails.

Philadelphia, PA- The Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) strongly denounces the demeaning, misogynistic and racist emails sent by Frank Fina and E. Marc Costanzo on state owned computers while they worked for the Attorney General’s office and who currently are prosecutors in the Philadelphia DA’s office. That Frank Fina was involved in prosecuting sex crimes makes this all the more egregious. This gross misconduct points to the culture of misogyny & racism that permeates the highest levels of government. There must be consequences for such behavior in order to change this culture and to repair & restore public confidence in our law enforcement entities. We urge the District Attorney Seth Williams to respond to this matter with the utmost urgency. Nina Ahmad, President of Philadelphia-NOW stated that ending violence against women and girls is one of NOW’s key priorities. “NOW is unique in its intersectional approach to the issue of violence against women & girls. We emphasize that there are many interrelated aspects to the issue — including racism that compounds the severity of sexual violence against women of color.” NOW notes on its national website that domestic violence; sexual assault; sexual harassment; violence at abortion clinics; hate crimes across lines of gender, sexuality and race; the gender bias in the judicial system that further victimizes survivors of violence; and the violence of poverty emphasized by the radical right’s attacks on poor women and children — all of which result from society’s attitudes toward women and efforts to “keep women in their place.” Natalie Catin-St Louis, Executive Vice President of Philadelphia-NOW reflected that “As a woman of color, I couldn’t imagine working under such circumstances. Such revelations underscore how much farther we must traverse as a society to root out misogyny and racism that are so deeply embedded in our institutions.”

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.


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