Women’s Equality Day Celebration 2020 – Women Of Cumberland – 8/26/20

Fayetteville NOW invites you and your friends to join us for our virtual celebration of “Women’s Equality Day ” at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. Our keynote speaker will be the Honorable Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson, candidate for the 8th Congressional District of the US Senate. We are honoring other important women from Cumberland County also. Watch the Fayetteville Chapter of NOW Facebook page for weekly posts on honorees.

 

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Screening of Muck’s Brazen Belles – 8/20/20

You’re invited to a free, online screening of the first part of Audrey Muck’s new docu-series, “Brazen Belles!” on Thursday, August 20th at 7:30 pm EST – it’s about women’s rights activists in South Carolina, though their experience reflects that of women across the South and the nation. Part One is about suffrage.

Details and registration are at www.brazenbellesmovie.com.

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Save The Date: NC NOW State Conference on Oct 9 and 10, 2020

NC NOW’s annual conference is the evening of Friday, Oct 9 and the morning through 1pm of Saturday, Oct 10. Our theme is “Voting Our Future NOW!” Please join us for an excellent program. We’ll be on Zoom to make sure everyone stays safe.

Big Developments in Vanessa Guillén Case, Including Legislation Introduced on 7/30/20

There were many big developments in the Vanessa Guillen murder this week, including legislation introduced on Thursday, July 30. The family of Vanessa Guillén and their lawyer, Natalie Khawam, had a press conference on July 30 timed with introduction of a bill in Guillén’s name. The #IAmVanessaGuillen Bill addresses some major problems in how the military handles sexual assault and sexual harassment cases. Before she was murdered, Guillén had told her family at least two of her superiors had harassed her on base, one stalking her. She had been afraid to report them. Also exposed by her case are problems with the way the military investigates (or doesn’t investigate) disappearances of service members. The family also demanded a congressional investigation into Vanessa’s death, and that is being set up. Now is the time to make changes and there is movement on many fronts.

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Three Protests in Raleigh for Justice for Vanessa Guillen on 7/25/20

There were at least three protests for Vanessa Guillen in Raleigh on Saturday, July 25. Some of these protests are being organized by younger women moved to action, very grassroots. NC NOW had learned about the noon caravan (first one) and NC NOW became involved in the evening one at the state capitol (third one). There was an article on the second one in the News and Observer on July 26. Here is information on all three.

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Great Turnout at Protest for Vanessa Guillen in Raleigh on 7/25/20

Over 50 people attended the protest for justice for Vanessa Guillen at the State Capitol in Raleigh on 7/25/20, between 5pm and 7pm, but organizers reported closer to 80 people by the end at 8pm. Here is a summary with pictures, also including a few of the many speeches and a poem that was performed. This was one of 3 protests for Vanessa Guillen that we know about that day. Protesters were flattened along the sidewalk due to fencing around the State Capitol grounds.

Pastor Edgar A. Vergara Millan addressing the crowd. More people to left. All trying to fit on sidewalk. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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Press Release: Peaceful Protest for Justice for Vanessa Guillen in Raleigh on 7/25/20

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***PRESS RELEASE***
Peaceful Protest for Justice for Vanessa Guillen on 7/25/20
Hosted by a Grassroots Coalition of NC Women & NC NOW

RALEIGH, NC, July 24, 2020 – America tragically lost one of its own protectors, Specialist Vanessa Guillén, a 20-year-old Soldier from Houston, Texas, who was brutally murdered on Fort Hood Army Base while she worked. Her death has ignited the #IAmVanessaGuillen movement, and thousands of young women and service members have come forward with their stories of military sexual harassment and assault that have gone uncorrected. Thousands of North Carolinian women, Latino/as, and military service-members have taken to social media and the streets, demanding Justice for Vanessa Guillén and her family.

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NOW PAC Endorsed Candidates for North Carolina Races in 2020

These are the NOW PAC Endorsed Candidates for North Carolina Races in 2020 as of June, 2020. Incumbents are Congressman David Price (NC-4) and Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12).

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Military Interference in Sexual Assault Case of Captain Erin Scanlon at Fort Bragg

The legal twists and turns in a rape case involving a soldier stationed at Fort Bragg clearly demonstrate that the U.S. Army is still failing in its responsibility to investigate and prosecute sexual harassment and assault charges from their members. The military at Fort Bragg interfered in Captain Erin Scanlon’s military sexual assault case in multiple ways, interfering with her support system and taking over the case. Months after her alleged rapist was acquitted, Scanlon filed a claim against the Army on grounds that her case was mishandled at Fort Bragg. The military denied the claim, citing the controversial Feres Doctrine. Since then, Scanlon has left the Army and has become an outspoken advocate for military oversight. 

Captain Erin Scanlon as a First Lieutenant in 2017 Photo Credit: Erin Scanlon

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Press Release: When Women Gather: Uniting for Positive Change on 7/25/20

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COALITION OF NC WOMEN’S ORGANIZATIONS SPONSOR EVENT ADDRESSING RACISM IN THE WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT

RALEIGH, NC, July 15, 2020 – This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which granted many women in the US the right to vote. However, 1920 was not the end of the fight for suffrage. As Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson explains: “When our volunteer committee sat down together to plan this event we did so out of a need to tell a fuller story of suffrage. Early on we decided that we would commemorate, not celebrate, the passage of the 19th Amendment. How could we fully celebrate the enactment of an Amendment that in practice left so many women – Black/African, Asian, Native American, Latina – out of the franchise? And we also know that with this more inclusive 19th Amendment narrative we have an opportunity to engage in the process of reconciliation.”

A coalition of NC women’s organizations is sponsoring a virtual event, “When Women Gather: Uniting for Positive Change,” on Saturday, July 25th at 9:30am to 12:00pm. It is free and open to all. 

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