April Activities with Charlotte NOW, 2017

The National Organization for Women Charlotte chapter has been busy and has room for you to join in! Charlotte NOW was represented at the Healthcare Justice NC “Medicare for All” rally and press conference in front of Carolina Medical Center Main on April 8, 2017, in Charlotte by Melba Evans. Evans spoke about some of the advantages for women in a Medicare for ALL healthcare plan. Other speakers included Physicians for National Health Plan, NAACP, League of Women Voters, Action NC, Charlotte Women’s March. 

Photo Credit: Melba Evans

Notice about the event was posted on the Charlotte Women’s March website at https://charlottewomensmarch.wordpress.com/2017/04/06/medicare-for-all-rally-saturday-april-8th/

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There was a great turn-out for Feminist Exploration Day at UNC-Charlotte on April 19, 2017, sponsored by UNC-C Women and Gender Studies Program. The event included a resource fair and breakout sessions. Charlotte NOW had been invited to inform students and faculty about the National Organization for Women. 

“So happy to see so many young people engaged in issues of equality and justice. Many males attended the event in support of challenges and issues that women face today.”
-Melba Evans

UNC-C Feminist Exploration Fair Photo Credit: Melba Evans

 

First Community Voices Event With WMOR Organizers, March 29, 2017

It’s been almost two months since the Women’s March drew a half million protesters to Washington, an estimated 30,000 people to a sister rally in downtown Raleigh, and people to 12 more marches around NC that same day. The question on everyone’s mind – including the News & Observer is – “What next?”

Photo Credit: Carly Jones

At the James B Hunt Library at NC State University, four of the organizers of the Women’s March on Raleigh were asked to sit on a panel to answer questions from the N & O, as well as ABC11 and an audience of about 100+ people. Panelists were

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Science is a Women’s Issue

Historically, science has provided keys to eliminating sexist, racist, and environmentally damaging policies. But science is under attack: President Trump conflates scientific fact with matters of opinion, and has moved to slash funding to education, healthcare, research, and environmental protections. Women are on the front-lines of this assault.

Educating girls and women in sciences is essential to overcome threats to our health and environment. If women are not at the table, then neither will be women’s interests and needs – think reproductive health-care, environmental threats that disproportionately affect women and unborn children, and diseases that afflict only women. Today, women make up only 29% of the STEM workforce, and Trump proposes no initiatives to promote women in sciences. On the contrary, his budget proposal guts federal education spending by $9 billion.

Photo Credit: Scientific American

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NC NOW Legislative Update #12 – vetoes, ERA is HOT topic!

23 April 2017

This Week

Governor Cooper vetoed two bills.  House Bill 239 would reduce the number of appeals court judges from 15 to 12.  It was prompted by three Republican judges nearing mandatory retirement age.  If the number of seats were not reduced, the Governor would be able to make appointments to fill the vacant seats.  In his veto message, Cooper noted that this move is a partisan attempt to pack the appeals court with Republican judges.  The legislature is expected to override the veto, just as it overrode the veto of a bill requiring party labels on all judicial races.  Clearly, our state courts at all levels are being politicized.

NC Governor Roy Cooper, Photo Credit: roycooper.com

The Governor also vetoed Senate Bill 68, which altered the party affiliation of both state and local election boards. 

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Tax Day Protest In Fayetteville – 4/15/17

Fayetteville NOW sponsored a silent, non-violent protest on April 15th, 2017 at the Market House in downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina.  The protest went from noon to 1:00 p.m. They did so to express their disappointment in this President’s continuous refusal to disclose his personal tax returns and to air other concerns with this administration.

People were invited to express their own objections to this administration (whether it’s the tax issue, election hacking and/or this administration’s Russian associations, health care issues, Supreme Court nominee, his environmental (EPA) positions, etc.).”

Photo Credit: Pam Wade

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Events week of 4/16/17, great tax march signs!

Did you go to any of the many tax marches that were around the country on 4/15/17? Buzzfeed captured some great signs.  There was wonderful coverage of the Tax March On Raleigh with HUNDREDS of people on many TV stations, including WRAL. See WRAL’s at “Raleigh ‘Tax March’ protesters demand release of Trump’s tax returns.” The News and Observer really low-balled the count in “Protesters say Trump keeping tax returns secret is worrying“, not clear why. 

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NC NOW Legislative Update #11 – more derision and secret budget deals

The week ending 15 April 2017 has been another busy week at the NCGA, as captured in North_Carolina_NOW_Legislative_Update_11.v3.16Apr17.

A bill introduced in the legislature again made North Carolina the object of national derision.  House Bill 780, Uphold Historical Marriage, declared that the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage is null and void in North Carolina and that the constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage should be enforced.  After a national outcry, Speaker Moore publicly announced that this bill will never be heard in committee, that it is dead.  But damage had already been done. See http://www.wral.com/gay-marriage-ban-filed-in-nc-house-/16639157/, 4/11/17.

Then neo-Confederate Rep. Larry Pittman (also a sponsor or HB780) attracted national attention by stating that Abraham Lincoln was the same kind of tyrant as Hitler. 

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