Stop the Assaults, Stop The Violence, #MeToo Event and Action

The President of NC National Organization for Women, Gailya Paliga, led #TuesdaysWithTillis on Nov 14, 2017, with the theme of “Stop the Violence, Stop the Assault/#MeToo.” It was chilly outside, but 45 people and 2 dogs protested anyway. This was Week #43 of the Tuesdays With Tillis protests and still going strong. The next week’s theme (11/21/17)  is DACA/Dreamers.

Sept 13, 2017 was the 23rd anniversary of the passage of VAWA, which is severely threatened with Donald Trump (who bragged about committing sexual assault) in office. The VAWA bill is gender-neutral and includes funding for rape crisis centers and hotlines, services for victims with disabilities, legal aide for survivors, and more.

Senator Richard Burr voted against reauthorizing VAWA in 2012, and Senator Thom Tillis isn’t on record yet. 

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What’s your #MeToo Story? Want to share?


According to CNN, “One fifth of Americans know someone who said #MeToo,” 11/9/17. “You don’t have to be a  young and beautiful film star to be harassed and humiliated.” Do you have a story to share? 

Tuesdays With Tillis Protester! Photo Credit: Stacie Borrello

Tuesdays With Tillis theme of #MeToo and sexual harassment/sexual assault. The topic is “Stop the Assaults, Stop the Violence.” Contact president at raleighnow.org if you have a story to share – which you could do in person, or by sending your story for someone else to read. Whether or not you want to share a story, join us to witness, and take action.

Date: Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017
Time: 11:30am-12:30pm
Place: 310 New Bern Ave, the Federal Building 

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Busy Week in Raleigh, Starting Today

Busy week in Raleigh starting on Tuesday, Nov 7. Important events on Nov 7, 8, 9 and 10! Plus topic for next Tuesdays With Tillis is #MeToo. Do you have a story to share?

Tuesday, Nov 7, 2017

Be sure to vote on 11/7/17 in most municipalities! Local elections is where people have the most say. And many elections in NC have hinged on a single vote. See “Your vote matters: 31 NC elections decided by 1 vote, 69 elections by 5 or fewer,” News and Observer, 10/24/17.

Photo Credit: Jacalyn Engler

The weekly Tuesdays With Tillis protest is 11:30am-12:30pm at 310 New Bern Ave, in Raleigh. The theme is Defeat the #TrumpTaxCuts. Tuesdays With Tillis at 11:30am at the Federal Building on New Bern in Raleigh. We have a great new sign! I love this protest, also because it is done in an hour. This is the 42nd week. Find on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/526075321078863/.

Raleigh NOW meeting on Nov 7, at 7:15pm, at Cameron Village Library in Raleigh (note: new location). Topics are pro-choice signature ad, and planning for the January Roe event. 

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Equal Means Equal in Northeast Raleigh on 11/10/17

Women are guaranteed equal rights under the law, right? No?!!

Equal Means Equal is being shown on Friday, Nov 10, in NorthEast Raleigh. If you haven’t seen it yet, you really should see it. If you’ve only seen it once, you may want to see it again. It shows us the real situation of women in the United States. Very intense. We will discuss afterward.

Date: Friday, Nov. 10, 2017
Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm
Place: at the Universalist Unitarians Peace Fellowship at 4104 Watkins Rd, Raleigh, North Carolina 27616

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Advocacy Basics Training on 11/9/17 Includes Using Social Media

Our Collective Voice: Understanding the Basics to Advocate for Change

Come learn the skills to help you to understand the basics of advocacy, including

  • What you need to talk to state legislators and federal representatives (how to find them and look up bills)
  • Using social media to boost your message to members and to officials
  • Fundamental strategies of making your case

Date: November 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Unity of the Triangle: 5570 Munford Rd., Raleigh NC
Register (Events): http://www.bpwtriangle.org
Cost: $10 

See facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/790803451091858/

Hosted by Business and Professional Women (BPW) of the Triangle, and NC NOW (National Organization for Women).

Senators Burr/Tillis – Stop Senate Judiciary Confirmations NOW!

Indictments are disqualifying

I have followed Senator Burr’s refusal to allow a hearing to fill the long-vacant seat on the Eastern NC District Court. Senator Burr denied the chance of a Senate hearing to fill the position from two highly-qualified female African-American nominees for that important position.

Retired NC Supreme Court Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson has held important federal positions as well. Photo Credit: CSPAN

Yet when North Carolina’s chief defender of voter suppression was nominated by President Trump, both of our NC Senators, Senator Burr and Senator Tillis, approved this man’s nomination without hesitation. This is wrong. Federal Prosecutor Jennifer May-Parker and Retired NC Supreme Court Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson should have gotten their chances first, and actually May-Parker should have gotten her hearing years ago, before this vacancy became an emergency. May-Parker had been recommended by Senator Burr in the first place. Timmons-Goodson was blocked by Senator Burr when the judicial position had been vacant for 10 years!  

I am offended that President Trump nominated Thomas Farr, the chief private attorney who defended North Carolina redistricting maps and a voter identification law authored by Republican state legislators that got struck down. Farr is much less qualified than Federal Prosecutor Jennifer May-Parker and Retired NC Supreme Court Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson.

Now there is a move to rush more of President Trump’s judicial appointments through. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictments of key Trump associates demands that all action to confirm Trump nominees must cease until the investigation is complete. The chance that the sitting president will be charged with conspiracy against this nation is too great to comply with. He must not be allowed to appoint the judges who will impact our law for generations. Stop the confirmation process now.

Sincerely,

-Gailya Paliga
President, NC National Organization of Women

Charlotte NOW and Health Care Challenges on 11/1/17

The Nov. 1 Charlotte NOW Meeting features Dr. Jessica Schorr Saxe as guest speaker.

Dr. Saxe worked as a family physician for the underserved for Carolinas HealthCare System for 34 years before retiring in 2015. In practice, she saw people who had not gotten the care they needed due to financial issues. That experience strengthened her conviction that health care should be a human right. She chairs Health Care Justice—NC, a chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program and serves on the national board. In 2016 she won the PNHP Quentin Young Health Activist Award in Washington, DC at their annual meeting.

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Place: International Cultural Center, 1817 Central Avenue Room 210

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Mobilizing Women NOW – Totally Worth It! Summary.

This year’s NC NOW conference in Fayetteville occurred at a time when women’s rights and reproductive choices are under greater attack than they have been in decades. As we all attempt to adapt to an administration that has been hijacked by special interests including climate deniers, the evangelical extremists and forces hostile to women, the theme of Mobilizing Women NOW could not be more important.

Attendees got to choose what interested them the most. Some workshops focused on dangers – like threats to reproductive rights  and a hostage budget that hurts women. Other workshops ways to fight back – lawsuits against gerrymandering, planning programs that pop, and working with other organizations and legislators to pass commonsense legislation. All of our workshops were on topics of current interest and presented by people who were well prepared. See the agenda, keynote and speaker biographies, workshop summaries and more at 2017 NC NOW Conference Program – Updated.

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2017 State Conference Reflections, by Ana Tampanna

It takes something to attend a conference. Arrangements must be made, decisions regarding travel are determined, cost figured in, and, invariably special events at home are missed. One must be committed to the perceived value of the conference in advance.

On October 21, 2017, I attended the state conference for NC NOW: women seeking positive change regarding women’s issues. Many of the women had traveled several hours, some had physical challenges and walked with canes, while young women had arranged for childcare to be able to attend. There were a variety of professions represented, including teachers, lawyers, life coaches, a doctor, a medical clinic manager, and an architect to name a few. Sessions and workshops were short, with carefully prepared presenters and lively engagement from the participants.

Women Mobilizing NOW Conference Photo Credit: Melanie DuPon

I returned with insights, new information, and impressions from the other women…increased awareness regarding women’s leadership. I felt comfortable in a safe space, the inspired energy from being around a strong team from the home chapter, and inspiration from the younger members who supported each other on their journeys as supportive women.

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Rape Culture Perpetuated by Politicians

Politicians contribute to rape culture. Never let statements like this go by. Found on facebook.

“Some girls rape easy.” – Rep. Roger Rivard (R-Wi), Oct 2012

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