Fayetteville NOW’s 20th SBA Event Honors Police Chief Gina Hawkins, 3/12/19

The Fayetteville Chapter of NOW invites you to the 20th annual Susan B. Anthony Birthday Celebration. This year we are honoring Fayetteville Police Chief GINA HAWKINS. The event is Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Fayetteville. Please register in advance using SBA Event Registration Form.

Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins, formal picture

Chief Hawkins was hired in 2017 is the first woman and first minority to serve in the permanent position of police chief for Fayetteville.  When she was hired in June of 2017, Fayetteville Observer wrote, “Hawkins has developed a reputation as a no-nonsense cop during her 28 years in law enforcement. She said she sees that as holding people accountable, upholding standards and keeping things on track.” 

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Press Release: Domestic Violence Awareness Town Hall in Brevard, 2/18/19

For Immediate Release

CONTACT: Gailya Paliga, President of NC NOW

February 15, 2019

Domestic Violence Awareness Town Hall Event in Brevard

NC NOW (National Organization for Women), SAFE Transylvania, and Progress NC have come together to bring community awareness to this very real problem.

WHAT: Domestic Violence Awareness Town Hall
WHEN: Monday, February 18, 2019 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
WHERE: Scott Commons, Brevard College at 1 Brevard College Drive, Brevard, NC 28712

Brevard, NC Domestic violence is a serious issue in the US and in North Carolina.

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DV Situation Playing Out Now in Western NC, Public Forums Planned

When our public figures are accused of domestic violence (DV), we can use the opportunity to widen awareness of what DV victims face, and how it impacts victims in rural areas differently. Getting help is complicated when the alleged abuser is a public figure. It took nearly a year for the wife of an elected official to get a restraining order against her husband in Western North Carolina. Rep. Cody Henson (R-Transylvania) was served with a 50B Ex Parte Domestic Violence Order of Protection on Jan. 31 , 2019. The situation is being revealed so far in news articles in Transylvania County and Buncombe County. The issue of domestic violence is being explored in public forums, which are currently planned for February and March of 2019.

NOW sign at grave of Fayetteville woman murdered by her husband. Fayetteville NOW does an annual vigil there. Photo Credit: Roberta Waddle

On 2/7/19, The Carolina Public Press published that an “NC legislator served with domestic violence order of protection,” 2/7/19, Carolina Public Press. 

“His wife, Kelsey Henson, told Carolina Public Press on Thursday [2/7/19] that she sought help for nearly a year from law enforcement and others from behavior she describes in court filings as harassment and emotional abuse.”

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DV Town Hall Opens Wider Discussion of Problem, 2/18/19

Domestic Violence (DV) activist and educator Kit Gruelle shares a deeply disturbing fact – the most dangerous place for a woman in America is her own home. Domestic violence crimes account for 40% of all calls to police and only half of the domestic violence incidences are reported. Across America, at least four women, on average, are murdered by abusive partners every day.

Acts of domestic violence go largely unreported because the victims are afraid of violent retaliation from their partners. Victims of domestic violence should be heard without fear for their or their loved one’s lives.

NC NOW (National Organization for Women), SAFE Transylvania, and Progress NC have come together to bring community awareness to this very real problem.

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NC NOW 2019 Legislative Update #2 – War on Repro Rights Again – 2/11/19

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The second NC NOW Legislative Update is available as of 2/11/19. Some bad news is the war on women’s reproductive rights has begun with the introduction of two threatening bills. Some good news is that bills were introduced to test the backlog of untested rape kits statewide, to address a problem of sexual abuse of children, and to address a domestic violence. Plus there are bills on Silent Sam controversy. The summary is here. Find the whole NC NOW Legislative Update at North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #2 – 11 February 2019

The war on women’s reproductive rights has begun with the introduction of two threatening bills.  

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NC NOW 2019 Legislative Update #1 – ERA is On! 2/4/19

NC NOW’s Legislative Update for the first week of the 2019 long session includes ERA Advocacy Day, link to new legislators from both parties, talk of medicaid expansion, update on rape kit processing, and revival of ‘floaters’ as ways for Republicans to control committees.

The General Assembly reconvened on Wednesday, January 30 to begin this year’s session. Members were sworn in on January 9, and this link lists the newly elected members of both parties: https://www.ncallianceforhealth.org/2019-nc-general-assembly-session-convenes/

ERA Advocates at the NC General Assembly on 1/30/19.  Photo Credit: Mike Oniffrey

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Action: Stop NCGA from Moving Press Into The Basement

The Legislative Leadership plans to move the press room in the Legislative Building away from the action AND INTO THE BASEMENT. No, seriously. Take action NOW! More on the situation and suggested actions here.

According to Media getting squeezed at Legislative Building,” 1/9/19, WRAL.com:

“For 56 years, ever since the Legislative Building opened, media organizations have had workspace across the hall from where news conferences are held and downstairs from the House and Senate chambers. But that’s about to change, and legislative leaders don’t want to talk about why.”

“Legislative Services Officer Paul Coble has decided to move the press to a smaller space in the basement in the farthest corner of the building.”

WRITE and/or call your representatives and Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger and Speaker of the House Tim Moore to tell them this is unacceptable. They are blaming Paul Coble, but Coble will listen to them. Meanwhile, Coble is refusing to talk to anyone about it.

Press room in the Legislative Building – press still there on 1/30/19. Photo Credit: WRAL.com

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ERA Advocacy Day at NCGA a Big Success! 1/30/19

On January 30, NC NOW, a lead organization of the NC-ERA Alliance, joined an Alliance call-to-action at the General Assembly. Advocates engaged in constituent visits to share materials supporting the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and to call on their representatives to co-sponsor ERA bills this session. ERA bills sponsored by Senator Floyd McKissick, Jr. (Senate) and Representative Carla Cunningham (House) are expected to be filed on March 5.

Women delivered two things to each legislator – a letter from the ERA-NC Alliance and Legalize Equality, a 30 minute DVD which makes the case for ERA. Great timing since January 30 was the legislators’ first day back and some legislators, and many legislative assistants, were available.

Representatives from many women’s organizations attended the event, which was organized by ERA-NC Alliance. ERA-NC Alliance is a coalition of mostly women’s organizations which are focused on getting ERA into the U.S. Constitution. 

ERA Advocacy Day Team, 1/30/19, at Legislative Building in Raleigh. Photo Credit: Mike Onnifrey

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Women and Allies Show Strength Again at Raleigh Women’s March on 1/26/19!

Thousands of marchers surrounded the NC Legislative Building while more waited and watched at Halifax Mall for the 2019 Raleigh Women’s March on Saturday, January 26, 2019. This is the third time women and allies showed up in the thousands in Raleigh to tell the world and the legislature that they are still fighting for change! Women organized women’s marches and rallies in at least 6 cities in January 2019. Here is a summary of the Raleigh event with theme, march, speakers, performers, signs.

Women and allies surround Legislative Building in Raleigh. Photo Credit: Jason Noble

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One State to Go – Let’s Make History: ERA 2019 on 1/30/19

North Carolina has a historic chance to be the 38th — and final! — state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Join us as we bring that message to our legislators. We need them to know that North Carolina wants equal rights for all – women and men! #ALLforERA  One more state. Not one more genERAtion. ERA Advocacy Day on 1/30/19.

Organized by the ERA-NC Alliance of which NC NOW is part.

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