CH NOW: Peaceful March in RBG’s Honor in Chapel Hill – 9/23/20

Chapel Hill NOW members took part in a peaceful march to honor the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg at noon on Wednesday, September 23.  The event was arranged by Rosemary Waldorf, a former mayor of Chapel Hill. This gave participants an opportunity to demonstrate their respect for Justice Ginsburg’s lifelong commitment to justice, their sorrow at her passing, and their dedication to the principles she defended so tirelessly.

CH NOW President Geraldine Richards and Friend with CH NOW banner

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McGuire: ERA Activities in NC – Fall 2020

Exciting news and opportunities on upcoming ERA activities this fall from NC NOW and AAUW-NC member Denny McGuire.  She writes, “This is still a work in process but the bones are strong.” The ERA-NC Alliance is partnering with VoteEquality.US, which is taking its glammed-up ERA RV throughout North Carolina in September, October and November 2020.

Vote Equality RV

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Be Ready To Vote At NOW’s National Conference on First Day, Sept 26, 2020

NOW’s National Conference will be held virtually over 3 days in 3 different months, starting on September 26. Our new NOW President, Christian Nunes, is presiding.

The conference theme is “Fired Up! Ready to Vote!” NOW split the conference, as follows.

September 26, 2020 – NOW Conference Business, Election Report, District Caucuses Meetings and Board candidate forums.

October 17, 2020 – Engaging Plenary Session and Workshops

November 7, 2020 – Engaging Plenary Session and Workshops

Registration is free for all attendees.

We would like your help voting for some good bylaws changes and against some bad ones on September 26. National Bylaws changes proposed by past NOW President Toni Van Pelt are here. Election of national NOW board candidates is same date.  Here is the announcement of National NOW Board Candidates. Our (Eastern) district has no election required. More information on the conference plans follows.

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Richards: Support Chapel Hill NOW’s Campaign for Compass Center 2020

Did you know that Orange County has no emergency housing for victims of domestic violence desperately needing a safe place?

To fill this critical need, Compass Center for Women and Families is embracing a proven strategy known as “scattered housing.” They will lease 3 – 6 apartments across Orange County to shelter domestic violence victims. 

These apartments need to be ready to welcome those fleeing a desperate situation. This is where each of us can contribute to a better future for victims and their families.

The Chapel Hill chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is dedicated to ending violence against women and to supporting the needs of women and families. That is why we have established a gift registry at Target.com dedicated to supplying necessities for those sheltering at these apartments.

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NC NOW President Speaking At Asheville NOW Women’s March – now 9/21/20

(Updated on 5/20/20)

The Asheville Women’s March organizers are doing an online rally and concert on September 21, 2020 at 9:00pm to encourage voting in this all important election, to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the 19th amendment, to life up voices of organizers and to share the joy of music. They made some changes to do a tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the wake of her passing on Sep. 18.

When: Monday, September 21, 9:00pm-10:15pm
Where: Streaming on Youtube at Weblink: https://youtu.be/Iz4NF7y_vk4
or at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJcZZVaciug or find latest address at
www.womensmarchonasheville.com
Who: Speakers represent Planned Parenthood, NC NOW, Immigration Rights, Black Lives Matter, ERA-NC Alliance, religious leaders, and local elected officials.
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/301722794494573/

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Announcement of National NOW Board Candidates – Election is 9/26/20

These are the list of all national NOW board candidates on whom we are voting at the National Conference on 9/26/20. The Eastern and Hearland districts have uncontested elections at this time. Eastern could fit another candidate for an election after the conference. NC is in the Eastern district.

Pacific, contested
– Patricia Bellasalma (California)
– Christine Chin Ryan (Oregon)
– Karen Eyres (California)
– Denise Gore (California)
– Cheryl Wapes’a-Mayes (Washington)

Pacific NOW Candidates + CA State President – Denise Gore (CA), Kolieka Seigle (CA Prez), Cheryl Wapes’a-Mayes (WA), Karen Eyres (CA) – Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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Racial Injustice in the Justice System with Dr. Valerie A. Johnson

Dr. Valerie A. Johnson will speak on the systemic violence against women of color at the N. C. NOW Conference on Friday, Oct 9, at 7:45pm.

The history of policing of people of color in America has led to this moment where people are rising up to assert that Black Lives Matter. There tends to be a lot of  focus on killings of Black and Brown men. Dr. Valerie A. Johnson will focus on the systemic violence against women of color, which is often ignored besides notable exceptions like Breonna Taylor and Sandra Bland.

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NC NOW PAC 2020 Endorsements for NC – Statewide Legislative Elections

NC NOW announces NC NOW PAC endorsements for the 2020 NC General Assembly. These are 61 endorsed candidates for statewide legislative elections.  They are organized by county to make them easier to find. Note that you only get to vote for one person to represent you in the NC Senate and one in the NC House, you don’t get to vote for all candidates in your county. You can see your choices in your sample ballot, which NC voters can find at How to Find Your Sample Ballot in NC. While you are there in voter lookup, make sure you are still an active voter

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Davis: Lawsuit Challenges Abortion Restrictions in North Carolina

A lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina (ACLU-NC) along with abortion providers and reproductive justice organizations is challenging several medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion which have been passed in the last 10 years.  The suit was filed in Wake County Superior Court.

Clinic Defense in Charlotte NC, 2012

Clinic Defense at Hebron Clinic in Charlotte NC. Photo Credit: Sarah Shanks

These restrictions have pushed abortion out of reach in N.C. and have stigmatized essential health care. The suit holds that the restrictions deny basic rights guaranteed under the North Carolina Constitution  and disproportionately impact communities of color, especially Black communities, along with rural communities.

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Summer 2020 Articles: Military #MeToo, Breonna Taylor, Campus Rape Now Easier, More

Here are some recent articles that may interest you on the topics of  a military #metoo movement, murder of Breonna Taylor, how Campus Rape is now easier to get away with due to bad changes to rules of Title IX, how Covid-19 is Seriously Impacting Women’s Reproductive Health, and more.

Campus Rape Now Easier

You may have missed this one on what Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has done for campus rapists and how she’s changed Title IX rules. Title IX is the federal law which protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Anna Lynch writes, “How did the Department of Education become a protection racket for college campus abusers? Let’s break it down from the beginning.”  See
The Department of Education is a Protection Racket,” 8/5/20.

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