Encore Presentation of Cracking Codes Starts 10/9/17 in Fayetteville

Fayetteville NOW, Quaker House, Fayetteville Chapter of the NAACP, and other organizations have been running a video series to open and facilitate discussions on racism. The video is shown and discussed in 3 parts, one part per session for 3 sessions. Each session is standalone and is also useful as part of the series. They have run this with documentary ‘Cracking the Codes: The System Of Racial Inequity‘ multiple times, and they have also used another documentary the same way.

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Take Action Against The 20 Week Abortion Ban!

On October 3, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a 20-week abortion ban— a major effort to limit access to abortion on a federal and state level. As the bill moves to the U.S. Senate, we can take action to stop it! Reproductive rights are under attack, let’s raise our voices NOW to stop abortion bans. Below are action steps to #StoptheBans, because we want #NoAbortionBan.

First, contact your US Senators Burr and Tillis and demanding they vote “NO” on the 20 Week Abortion Ban. Take the first action at National NOW Actions, and it will route emails to your Senators and also gives you their phone numbers. That is at http://bit.ly/2xeESPX!

But we can do more! Get samples of what you can say, email, text and tweet, at Take Action on 20 Week Abortion Ban

Some of the messages and tweets you can use, from Take Action on 20 Week Abortion Ban follow!

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Upcoming ERA Events – Oct 2017

Here are some upcoming events which either are about the Equal Rights Amendment or include it.

National and state ERA experts in panel at UNC-CH for the screening of Equal Means Equal, 9/15/17. Moderated by Dr. Gloria Thomas, director of the Carolina Women’s Center. Photo Credit: Senator McKissick

National Actions To Take NOW!

We have 3 actions to take on national issues. Oppose the House Budget which slashes trillions of dollars from healthcare, food and income assistance, education and more. Oppose HR 38 – giving domestic violence offenders the right to stalk and kill their intimate partners across state lines! Oppose HR 36 – another abortion ban.

Thank you to National Task Force to End Sexual & Domestic Violence and to National Women’s Law Center for the information.

Action Alert 1: Tell your Rep. to vote “NO” on the US House budget: it slashes trillions from Medicaid, Medicare, food and income assistance, education, housing and more. It takes the money to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy, and for corporations!

Monday-Wednesday, Oct 2-4: Call Your Rep and Say NO!

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Vote! You have the power of 10!

Be sure to vote in this municipal election, where you have the most say! Charlotte did their primary in September, and only 8.73% of voters voted (which is appalling). So you may say that each of those votes counted more than 11 times. Voter turnout may be low in Wake Co, too. Raleigh and Cary vote on Oct 10, 2017. So if it’s 10% turnout, your vote may count 10 times over!

People across NC can look up their voting sites, voting history and ballot at https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/. People can look up friends and family who live in NC too.

Early voting is now. In Wake County, early voting started on Sept 21 only at the Wake County Board of Elections Office at 337 S. Salisbury St in Raleigh. This site is open at 8:30am to 5pm from Monday to Friday this week (Oct 2 to Oct 6) and from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, Oct 7.

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Emergency rally to stop the Graham-Cassidy bill on 9/23/17, Raleigh

Update: Emergency rally to stop the Graham-Cassidy bill at Tillis’ office on Saturday, 9/23/17, in Raleigh. Organized by the Tuesdays With Tillis group in the Triangle.

Rally with signs, singing, and chants; health care professionals in white coats and scrubs, people who will be directly affected by this obscene legislation; people on medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, women who depend on Planned Parenthood, and people who care about their neighbors and the 32 million Americans who stand to lose their health insurance if the Graham-Cassidy bill passes.

Tuesdays With Tillis Protest on 7/11/17. A doctor is speaking. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

When: Saturday, September 23 from 10 am until 12 pm
Where: Senator Thom Tillis’s office, 310 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh NC
What: “Save our Health Care: This is an Emergency”

Facebook event is at https://www.facebook.com/events/319083261892223/.

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You’ll be glad you joined us for NC NOW State Conference!

NC NOW’s annual conference is in Fayetteville this year. Join us on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017, from 9am-4pm. The registration form is in the NC NOW Call To Conference Newsletter. Register online via eventbrite here. We have exciting speakers, including keynote speaker Secretary of State Elaine Marshall. We also have Lillian’s List’s Executive Director, Sarah Preston, getting women ready to run for office. We will hear about what Title IX has been doing for women, how the Trump Administration is threatening to change it. 

Local NOW Members you are likely to see at a state conference and a local protest in Fayetteville! NOW members made up about half the protester that day (the rest not in this picture). Photo Credit: Pam Wade

We’re also having two sets of workshops so participants can choose topics to explore. We’re having workshops on problems women face (through legislation, gerrymandering, clinic threats). And tips on programs and legislation via “How to Have Powerful Programs that Pop!”  and “Recent Legislative Action on Sexual Assault—Chapter Activism gets Results.”

Join us! You’ll be glad you did! Click to see the conference flyer.

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Red Alert: Take Action Against Latest Healthcare Attack

Have you called your Senators yet to tell them to vote AGAINST the latest terrible Trumpcare proposal? Please do. We *MUST* persist. Like the NWLC tweeted, “This is a civil rights fight…Let’s not throw up our hands, let’s roll up our sleeves.” @SenKamalaHarris #ProtectOurCare

Call your Senators and tell them to vote “NO” on the Graham-Cassidy Bill. In NC, 
Sen. Richard Burr – Phone: (202) 224-3154
Sen. Thom Tillis – Phone: (202) 224-6342
See how to contact them by email (which obligates them to write you back) at “How to contact NC’s US Senators – Burr and Tillis.”

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Top Notch Panel in NC with Equal Means Equal

We had a full house at the Equal Means Equal showing and event at UNC-CH on 9/15/17. The week from 9/10/17 to 9/17/17 was full of Equal Means Equal showings on university campuses around the state., organized by Campus4ERA, ERA-NC Alliance and NC4ERA. The showing at UNC-CH was extra special, with top notch feminists on a panel after the screening. Feminist Majority Foundation Ellie Smeal! ERA Coalition president Jessica Neuwirth! Senator Pat Spearman, who recently led the effort to ratify ERA in Nevada! And our own ERA leaders in NC – Senator Floyd McKissick and Rep. Carla Cunningham! Emily Hagstrom was the student representative, and UNC-CH’s Dr. Gloria Thomas moderated. Not surprisingly, the room was full! Mostly students and also members of our organizations. NOW members came from Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh and Fayetteville.

Here is Ellie Smeal engaging our next generation into the fight.

Ellie Smeal talking with UNC-CH Students after Panel Photo Credit: Catherine Evangelista

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DeVos vows to revoke and replace campus sexual assault guidelines

In 2011, the U. S. Department of Education issued some guidelines to colleges and universities requiring them to handle rape allegations swiftly and fairly.  The problem was being taken seriously at last.

Now in 2017,  Betsy DeVos claims that these guidelines  have “weaponized the Office of Civil Rights.” Specifically, she maintains that  enforcing women’s civil rights under Title IX is unfair to accused rapists. Her own acting head of Education’s civil rights office told the New York times that “90 percent” of campus rapes “fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk’.”  Of course, being drunk is no excuse if you injure or kill someone with your car.

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