Sign up for choice! Pro-choice Signature Ad.

Pro-choice Signature Ad Appeal (2018). As the anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision approaches, it is important for us to take a stand and make a public statement in support of the rights it protects. We invite you to join us in signing our annual pro-choice signature ad. The war against women’s reproductive rights has escalated to unprecedented heights. Numerous bills to restrict abortion rights or to outlaw it entirely have been introduced in Congress in 2017. See a few examples in the Pro-choice Signature Ad Appeal (2018).

Pro-Choice Signature Ad from 2016. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

You can sign up using the Pro-choice Signature Ad Appeal or you can sign up online here.

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Things we can do to fight all this!

People are asking ‘what do we do now’ in response to the US Senate passing that horrifying and devastating tax bill in the middle of the night on 12/2/17 (Friday night/Saturday morning). Others asked last night after watching the real status of women at the Equal Means Equal discussion.

We have many things we can do – fight this! We are not alone! We can use our voices! Go to protests if you can, but we have other ways to protest too. Protest from home – by phone and email! Write letters. Write ‘letters to the editor’ or op-eds to reach new people. Talk to people. Some truly aren’t hearing how bad things are. Fight in any ways that work for you!

Tuesdays With Tillis – We Will Not Be Silent! Photo credit: Gailya Paliga

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Raleigh NOW meeting on 12/5/17, 1/8/18

Next Raleigh NOW meetings. Note change for January 2018 meeting.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
Time:  7:15pm 
Place:  Cameron Village Library, second floor

Topics – women’s march plans, pro-choice signature ad, roe events, local protests on terrible tax bill, more.

Cameron Village Library view from parking lot Photo Credit: http://www.librarything.com

 

January Meeting will be Monday, Jan 8, 2018.

Snowflakes Rule at Wilmington’s Holiday Parade on 12/3/17

Women Organizing for Wilmington (WoW) is participating in the downtown Wilmington Winter Holiday Parade. They have a float and banners, too!

WoW writes, “we want women to join us in walking behind the puppet float—*WEAR A SNOWFLAKE COSTUME*. We’ll pass out candy and/or bubbles along the way, and we will have our own holiday carols to sing! This is a family event, so we’re choosing our messages in the holiday spirit of commUNITY, but we’re showing up in solidarity—all lit up!”

So join in if you can, preferably dressed up as a snowflake.

Date: Sunday, Dec 3, 2017
Time: 5:00pm-8:00pm
Place: Downtown Wilmington
Facebook Event: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/371218883322553/

Contact womenorganizingwilmington@gmail.com for more information and ideas.

 

Make your own Snowflake costume. The groups has ideas to share.

Tax Cuts Bill is a FIVE ALARM FIRE! Call or write now!

DC friends are hearing from Senate staff that there are not enough calls going to the Senate to stop the tax bill which will inevitably result in cuts to health care programs and more pain for the middle class and the poor. Please share widely. But first, call or write NOW! THIS IS A FIVE ALARM FIRE!!!!!!!

The “tax cuts and jobs act” bill does huge damage, including

  • eliminates the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate
  • reduces services affecting women’s reproductive health, including the right to safe, legal abortions
  • eliminates the personal medical deduction
  • eliminates tax law provisions that help to finance the development of health care facilities or the development of low-income housing

Sign at Tuesdays With Tillis protest in Raleigh in November, 2017. Photo Credit: Stacie Borrello

According to National NOW in “GOP Tax Bills Irresponsible – Will Harm Women and Families, there is a world of hurt just in one point itself, “the repeal of the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), resulting in at least a 10 percent hike in premiums, 13 million persons losing health insurance, and the eventual demise of the ACA.”

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Feminism Speaks: Open Mic by Charlotte NOW – 12/6/17

Charlotte NOW invites you to a fun feminist event – “Feminism Speaks: Open Mic by Charlotte NOW.”

Come share a joke, a story, a passion, a favorite reading or a song that relates to the theme of feminism! This is not just for members so invite your friends! This is not just for females because feminism affects us all! Carl McIntyre and friends will also be providing live music for us. Come join us for an evening of fun and entertainment! 

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Equal Means Equal Showing in Smithfield, 12/4/17

The Equal Means Equal documentary is being shown in Smithfield, NC on December 4, 2017.

NC NOW President Gailya Paliga is speaking about the documentary and running a question and answer session after the screening of the film.

Date: Monday, Dec. 4, 2017
Time: 5:30pm-8pm
Place: Smithfield Library, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield NC
Room: Multipurpose Meeting Room, 2nd Floor

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Domestic Violence Awareness Event, Press Release from Fayetteville NOW

Fayetteville NOW’s Press Release on upcoming Domestic Violence Awareness Event on Dec 2, 2017.

Wreath and grave at 2016 memorial service for DV victim Beryl Mitchell.

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Fayetteville NOW: 2017 Annual Wreath Laying Honoring Past DV Victim

In 1974 Beryl Mitchell was murdered in Fayetteville by her active duty military husband. They had two young children. Until nine years ago her grave had no headstone. Then her daughter, Christine Horne returned to Fayetteville to dedicate a headstone for Beryl’s grave. At that time, some members of Fayetteville NOW (National Organization for Women) vowed to lay a wreath
on her grave each year in her memory.

Here are the specifics for the 2017 wreath-laying ceremony.
Date: Saturday, Dec 2, 2017
Time: 11am
Place: Lafayette Memorial Park and Mausoleum, 2301 Ramsey Street

Wreath and sign from 2016 wreath laying ceremony Photo Credit: Fay. NOW

Unfortunately Beryl Mitchell is not alone as a victim of domestic violence. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in the US,

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Chapter meeting updates from Fayetteville NOW 2017-2018

Chapter meeting updates from Fayetteville NOW.

November 2017 Chapter Meeting: 
Date: Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017
Time:  7pm 
Place:  Quaker House, Hillside Ave.

This is the last meeting of Fayetteville NOW at the Quaker House. We have been fortunate and very thankful to have enjoyed the hospitality of Quaker House over the years. Starting in January, Fayetteville NOW meetings will be held at the historic Belden-Horne House, 519 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, NC 28306.

Historic Belden-Horne House, Fayetteville NC

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