October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Violence Against Women Act has still not been reauthorized – over a year after it should have been reauthorized, and over 6 months since the House of Representatives passed it. Let’s push our US Senators to do their jobs!
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The keynote speaker for North Carolina NOW’s 2019 State Conference is state Representative Deb Butler, who represents downtown Wilmington and parts of Brunswick County.
Rep. Butler gained national attention for her impassioned rebuke of House Speaker Tim Moore after he called for a vote on Governor Cooper’s veto of the state budget during a session that Democrats and the media had been told would be a non-voting session. Republican representatives, by contrast, had been told to “be in your seats.”
Take action to move the NC ERA bills along by contacting NC General Assembly Members to Support Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. This guide was provided by the ERA-NC Alliance. Also, get friends and coworkers to ask about ERA when you wear one of the green ERA t-shirts.
One of the postcards you can print and write your letter on. Photo Credit: ERA-NC Alliance
Fayetteville NOW is a cosponsor of “Organizing Against Racism Groundwater Training.” This event provides an excellent opportunity to explore the root causes of racism and begin a conversation about diversity, equity and inclusion.
Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Place: Methodist University, 5400 Ramsey St, Fayetteville NC
Matthews Ministry Center
Registration cost: $25 includes lunch and training materials
See Training Flyer Interactive 1 for contact information and how to register.
Annual Remember My Name Domestic Violence Vigil in Fayetteville on Thursday, Oct 10, 2019
This event recognizes those individuals who have died during the past year as a result of domestic violence (DV). Join Fayetteville NOW members as Fayetteville pauses to remember DV victims this year as they do every year.
Cumberland County Courthouse Photo Credit: nccourts.com
There are many examples of injustice around us: women’s health being targeted, disparities in school suspensions along racial lines, women’s reports of sexual assault and harassment being discounted, treatment of migrants and immigrants, mass incarceration of minorities, underpayment for women’s work, re-segregation of our schools to name just a few.
NOW is part of the resistance, in fact, we help organize resistance! Please join us at our NC NOW State conference to learn more about injustices and what we can do about them! Join us in Charlotte on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, 9am-4pm.
NC NOW, Triad NOW and ERA-NC Alliance were among the 53 organizations and businesses at the Women Breaking Barriers – at the State Capital in Raleigh on 9/7/19. This event was organized and sponsored by the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR). It was a kick off for a series of events marking the 100 year anniversary of the 19th amendment from which some women won the right to vote. The League of Women Voters (LWV) and other cosponsors helped organize the program, provided speakers, and did a skit, among other things. There were opportunities to participate and learn about inspirational North Carolina women past and present – through speeches, skits and activities at tables on the grounds. The event ran from 10-3pm.
Women in period costume Photo Credit: Ana Tampana
See whole report including summary and bill tracking at NC NOW Legislative Update #29.v1
The fireworks over the House vote to override the budget veto continue. Rep. Darren Jackson has taken a lie detector test and challenged Speaker Moore to do the same. At issue is whether Rep. Jackson was told that the session where the vote to override the budget veto was taken would be a no voting session. Speaker Moore dismissed the challenge claiming that it was a publicity stunt. See: https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nc/charlotte/news/2019/09/23/representative-takes-lie-detector-test-after-budget-veto-override
There are significant differences between white supremacy and white nationalism. Even some reporters, including from CNN and Fox News, seem to be confused between the two. These terms are being used sometimes interchangeably with regard to the many senseless massacres in the US, including the El Paso TX and Dayton OH massacres that happened the same weekend in August 2019. But white supremacy and white nationalism are not the same, and the distinctions are important.
Women are taking back Constitution Day, an underutilized and under-appreciated holiday – celebrating the day the U.S. Constitution was signed in Philadelphia in 1787. The U.S. Constitution is a statement of the basic principles and laws of our nation that determine the powers and duties of the government and guarantee certain rights to the people in it. States and groups can also have constitutions. The U.S. Constitution is regarded as the oldest written and codified national constitution in force. Constitution Day is the perfect time to educate people that women are not equally protected under our constitution, and about what could remedy that. The Equal Means Equal documentary by Kamala Lopez shows how women and girls are treated in multiple areas, the systems are failing them.
Screening Equal Means Equal on 9/17/19 Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga