New Topics, Exciting Keynote, Diverse Attendees at 2019 State Conference on 11/9/19

The 2019 State Conference in Charlotte on 11/9/19 included new topics, an exciting keynote, diverse attendees and many first timers. We had members and attendees from 18 to 80 and Rep. Deb Butler’s speech was a highlight for all! Our conference theme was “The Time For Justice Is NOW.” NOW covers all issues affecting women, but we delved into a few new areas for NC NOW – how climate change hurts women and gender equity.  NC NOW officers were elected, an annual task. We also hosted a panel on threats to reproductive access, an update on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), six workshops and more. We were honored to include a tribute to long time feminist activist and NC NOW board member Jan Allen.

Conference view from the back. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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Upcoming Fayetteville NOW Events – Dec. 2019 – Jan. 2020

Upcoming events with Fayetteville Chapter of NOW for December 2019 through January 2020. 

Fayetteville NOW’s “Believe Women” rally in October 2018 Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

  • Saturday December 7,  11:00 am, Lafayette Memorial Park, 2301 Ramsey Street.  Wreath Laying on the Grave of Beryl Mitchell – victim of Domestic Violence (DV).  To raise awareness of DV.  We’ll go to lunch afterwards.  Contact Roberta at rwaddle@nc.rr.com.

    Read about this annual wreath laying event that Fayetteville NOW does at https://wp.me/p22b2e-1uC.

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Offen: State Budget Money for CPCs Violates Separate of Church and State

The 2019 state budget has allocated over $2.6 million to crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) and anti-abortion organizations. CPCs interfere with women seeking abortion care and give false information. They pose as legitimate clinics while they don’t generally have medical personnel. They overtly push Christianity, so them being given money by the state violates the separation of church and state.

-Paul Offen submitted this Letter to the Editor to the News and Observer in August 2019

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Fayetteville NOW Offering Court Watch Training on 11/20/19

Fayetteville NOW has an on-going court watch program in which they observe mostly domestic violence cases.  Fayetteville NOW Court Watchers are required to be NOW members, attend a training session and go to court with a NOW Court Watcher and submit a report to be certified.  Once certified, we ask that watchers attend court at least once a month and submit a report afterwards.

Fayetteville NOW is offering a Court Watch Training on Wednesday, November 20, at 10:00 am at the Rape Crisis Center, 519 Ramsey Street.  Fayetteville NOW offers the initial training to non-NOW members but to complete the process, trainees must be NOW Members.

Fayetteville NOW’s Cynthia Mixon Photo Credit: Pam Carver

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Not For Ourselves Alone in CH on 11/16/19

Join Chapel Hill NOW on Saturday, November 16th, to watch and discuss part 1 of Ken Burns documentary “Not for Ourselves Alone: the Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.” Following the film, Chapel Hill NOW will lead an informal discussion of the successes and failures of these remarkable women. Most importantly, they will consider what people today can learn from their experiences that people can apply to their own activism.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton Photo Credit: Wikipedia

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Limited Edition 2019 Conference T-shirt Available

We have a few special limited edition conference/Time For Justice Is NOW t-shirts left. These lavender t-shirts were sold on a first come first serve basis at the 2019 NC NOW State Conference. If we don’t have your size available, we will get back to you with options.

Limited time: Conference T-Shirt Available, $15+S&H
+Shipping if applicable

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Silent Auction Update for State Conference – 11/9/19

We are excited to announce that the NC NOW State Conference has received more than 25 submissions for the silent auction and will probably get a few more. Here are some examples, and some directions for you if you are bringing an item for the auction on Saturday.

Pottery by Jan Anderson Ceramics. Jan Anderson is the President of Charlotte Women’s March.

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Reproductive Rights Forum with Triad NOW – 11/5/19

 In the last 6 months there have been attacks on the basic rights of women to determine when they choose to become pregnant, or when they believe it is in their best interest to terminate a pregnancy. Legislation that severely limits those rights has been proposed throughout the United States. Many of these proposals are in direct conflict with Roe v Wade, the established law that protects a woman’s right to abortion.

TriadNOW, NARAL Pro-Choice NC and ACLU of NC are sponsoring an educational forum on Tuesday, Nov 5, at 6pm in Winston-Salem. 

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NC NOW Legislative Update #30—11/4/2019

It’s over—for now.  The legislature adjourned on October 31 after the longest session in 18 years.  It will reconvene on November 13 to consider legislation addressing court-ordered redistricting of our congressional districts and other narrowly defined matters. The 2020 short session will begin on January 14, 2020.  Considering how many major issues remain unresolved, including the budget and Medicaid expansion, the short session may not be so short.

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Media Advisory: The Time For Justice Is NOW on 11/9/19 (NC NOW State Conference)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACTS:
Gailya Paliga, President, NC National Organization for Women, president@raleighnow.org
Melba Evans, President, Charlotte NOW, cltnow@yahoo.com

November 3, 2019

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** 

The Time For Justice Is NOW: NC NOW State Conference on 11/9/19

Raleigh, NC – 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. NC National Organization for Women is working on some of these issues at our annual conference on Saturday, November 9, 2019, in Charlotte.

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