You’ll be glad you joined us for NC NOW State Conference!

NC NOW’s annual conference is in Fayetteville this year. Join us on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017, from 9am-4pm. Conference Registration Form here! We have exciting speakers, including Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, who is our keynote. We also have Lillian’s List’s Executive Director, Sarah Preston, speaking about getting women ready to run for office. We also have a lawyer who works at Fayetteville State University to tell us about what Title IX does for women now, and threats to it from the Trump Administration.

Local NOW Members you are likely to see at a state conference and a local protest in Fayetteville! NOW members made up about half the protester that day (the rest not in this picture). Photo Credit: Pam Wade

We’re also having two sets of workshops so participants can choose their topics and delve into them. Examples of these are “How to Have Powerful Programs that Pop!”  and “Recent Legislative Action on Sexual Assault—Chapter Activism
gets Results.”

Join us! You’ll be glad you did!

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Red Alert: Take Action Against Latest Healthcare Attack

Have you called your Senators yet to tell them to vote AGAINST the latest terrible Trumpcare proposal? Please do. We *MUST* persist. Like the NWLC tweeted, “This is a civil rights fight…Let’s not throw up our hands, let’s roll up our sleeves.” @SenKamalaHarris #ProtectOurCare

Call your Senators and tell them to vote “NO” on the Graham-Cassidy Bill. In NC, 
Sen. Richard Burr – Phone: (202) 224-3154
Sen. Thom Tillis – Phone: (202) 224-6342
See how to contact them by email (which obligates them to write you back) at “How to contact NC’s US Senators – Burr and Tillis.”

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Top Notch Panel in NC with Equal Means Equal

We had a full house at the Equal Means Equal showing and event at UNC-CH on 9/15/17. The week from 9/10/17 to 9/17/17 was full of Equal Means Equal showings on university campuses around the state., organized by Campus4ERA, ERA-NC Alliance and NC4ERA. The showing at UNC-CH was extra special, with top notch feminists on a panel after the screening. Feminist Majority Foundation Ellie Smeal! ERA Coalition president Jessica Neuwirth! Senator Pat Spearman, who recently led the effort to ratify ERA in Nevada! And our own ERA leaders in NC – Senator Floyd McKissick and Rep. Carla Cunningham! Emily Hagstrom was the student representative, and UNC-CH’s Dr. Gloria Thomas moderated. Not surprisingly, the room was full! Mostly students and also members of our organizations. NOW members came from Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh and Fayetteville.

Here is Ellie Smeal engaging our next generation into the fight.

Ellie Smeal talking with UNC-CH Students after Panel Photo Credit: Catherine Evangelista

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DeVos vows to revoke and replace campus sexual assault guidelines

In 2011, the U. S. Department of Education issued some guidelines to colleges and universities requiring them to handle rape allegations swiftly and fairly.  The problem was being taken seriously at last.

Now in 2017,  Betsy DeVos claims that these guidelines  have “weaponized the Office of Civil Rights.” Specifically, she maintains that  enforcing women’s civil rights under Title IX is unfair to accused rapists. Her own acting head of Education’s civil rights office told the New York times that “90 percent” of campus rapes “fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk’.”  Of course, being drunk is no excuse if you injure or kill someone with your car.

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Durham first NC County to endorse CEDAW!

The Durham County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution endorsing the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) unanimously on September 11, 2017 in their general meeting.

What is CEDAW?

The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, or CEDAW, is an international mechanism that outlines women’s fundamental human rights. The Counties and Cities for CEDAW campaign is a US national grassroots effort to provide tools and leadership to empower local women’s organizations and interested groups to effectively protect women’s human rights within their city, county, or state.

Why CEDAW in Durham?

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Equal Means Equal arrives in Cary on 9/18/17

Joint showing with NC NOW, Business and Professional Women-Triangle, and AAUW-NC. Discussion to follow the film. Get your ticket at etix dot com.

Update: This show begins at 6pm, not 6:30!
Trigger warning. Graphic film. And the status of women in America may surprise you. A lot.

Women’s March Celebration – 6 months later

NC NOW, Women Organizing for Wilmington, and Planned Parenthood co-sponsored an anniversary Women’s March in Wilmington to commemorate the 6 month anniversary of the local, national and international women’s marches. This rally was held on Saturday, Jul 29, from 10:00am to noon, in front of Thalian Hall, in Wilmington, NC. 

Partial group at front. Photo Credit: Women Organizing for Wilmington

 

The rally message was, “Get your pussy hats out and your pink ears on ’cause we’re taking it back to the streets on Saturday to tell our elected officials that we will not stop fighting for our rights! We rise; we rise; we rise—and we will never stop rising! We are WOMEN (and men who authentically support us) who come together from all corners to stand up for our families.”

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NC NOW Newsletter for July/August Available

8/24/17 – NC NOW Newsletter for Jul/Aug 2017

June and July were full of serious threats to healthcare via slashing or repealing ACA, both from Trump and Congress. 70% of adults on Medicaid are women. 75 million Americans depend on it. Read about how those bills target women more than you may know—on pg 4.

Read about other events in June & July and an action to take on pg 2. The Feminist 5K was a great success. The Young Feminist Committee of Fayetteville NOW’s held its first event on Jul 1. The second is planned for Sep. 2.

Tuesdays with Tillis protest at Federal Building at 310 New Bern Ave. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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Women Rise Up in Durham on 8/26/17

Our second Women’s Equality Day March and Rally in Durham was on a beautiful day and in a beautiful place – the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, NC. Thanks to the speakers, the attendees, the marshals, the organizers, the musicians and the dancers. Many of the organizers and most of the speakers were women of color. We used the occasion of Women’s Equality Day to celebrate women’s progress and to talk about what women still need.

Walltown Dancers on the main stage, music by Pots, Pans and Hands. Photo Credit: Stephanie Lormand

Police estimated that 3,000 people marched, and the American Tobacco Campus estimated that 2,000 attended the rally. We had a much larger turnout than at our first march and rally. Read about the Women’s Equality Through Time March and Rally in 2015

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Guess who is coming to Chapel Hill on 9/15/17!

National figures are joining us in Chapel Hill for a campus showing of Equal Means Equal. Jessica Neuwirth (ERA Coalition), Eleanor Smeal (Feminist Majority Foundation/Ms. Magazine) and Nevada State Senator Pat Spearman are guest panelists for the Campus 4 ERA launch on Fri., Sept. 15, 2017. Details are below. The event is open to the public, free admission.

Additional panelists are NC State Senator Floyd B. McKissick, Jr.; NC State Representative Carla Cunningham and Emily Hagstrom, Public Policy and Political Science Major, UNC-CH. The moderator is Dr. Gloria Thomas, Director, Carolina Women’s Center, UNC-CH. 

Update: Absolutely get there early! Parking info: Rams Head Deck – https://move.unc.edu/parking/visitor-parking/

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