#MilitaryMeToo in the News Again – 12/1/2020

What really happened with this victim advocate who had worked at Ft Bragg in NC? CBS aired Lindsey Knapp’s story and others in November 2020  on the CBS Evening News with Nora O’Donnell. See “Pentagon whistleblowers say they were fired or suspended for reporting sexual assault cover-ups: “People are afraid”” at cbsn.ws/2HpwN1k

This is continuing coverage of the #MilitaryMetoo problems NC NOW has been covering via articles and discussion panels. Our first panel was part of the opening night of our NC NOW State Conference on Oct 9. Linsdey Knapp wasn’t able to attend as a third panelist for that event, but we hope to have her for our next #MilitaryMeToo panel which should be the first week of January.

Photo Credit: Dog Tags Inc

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Focusing on RBG

We are focusing again on Ruth Bader Ginsburg, RBG. If we had had a normal Halloween in 2020, wonder how many girls and women would have dressed like her. Maybe should have an online contest! Enough women (and men?) have been sporting t-shirts and pins related to her. I have an “I Dissent” pin myself, and already had RBG clothing for me, my daughter, and my nieces. Now is a great time to look back on RBG, now that the Supreme Court confirmation fiasco is over, and as we are looking forward to the anniversary of Roe v. Wade in January, and our annual pro-choice signature ad.

Impala Racing Team honoring RBG at Bay 2 Breakers race in San Francisco, Photo by Panos Photography. 5/19/19. Article on this here

1. “New York landmarks lit blue to honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” 9/20/20, https://www.kiro7.com/news/trending/new-york-landmarks-lit-blue-honor-ruth-bader-ginsburg/WUPHATG4GRCZ5JABPFCEF6LPW4/

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Scheming, SCOTUS and Amy Covid Barrett

It’s hard to believe that the Republicans won the US Senate majority only in 2014. It seems like we’ve suffered much longer with Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell obstructing President Obama and then enabling Donald Trump. Since 2017, the Trump administration has managed to pack the courts all the way up to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) led by scheming and pressure from McConnell. The worst example of ramming a nomination through was the record fast confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett, a.k.a. Amy Covid Barrett. Not only is Barrett the anti-thesis of our beloved Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG). Barrett is the first Supreme Court nomination with zero support from the minority party – all Democratic senators voted no (against nominee Barrett) for the first time in 151 years. This 52-48 (majority/minority) vote was the closest high court confirmation ever to a presidential election. Here is a look at some of the judicial and legislative damage – first McConnell and packing of the courts, then Amy Covid Barrett.

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Source: Bloomberg

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Watch White Women Can We Talk – 55% Did What? Post Election Edition

Our “White Women, Can We Talk” event was 11/12/20 from 7:30pm EST to 9pm. Great participation and discussion. The focus of this event was looking back at the election – 55% of white women voted for Trump, 2% more than voted for him in 2016. How is that possible?! And what can we do about it? We also talked about why black and Hispanic men would vote for Trump. Next big thing in Georgia is the runoff elections for two hotly contested Senate races.

Zoom Attendees at 7:35pm

You can watch it via facebook live at https://www.facebook.com/nselaawardfanpage/videos/472842093685383

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White Women, Can We Talk? The Listening Tour. On 11/12/20

Join NC NOW for “White Women, Can We Talk? The National Listening Tour” with powerhouse State leaders of the National Organization for Women (NOW).

You don’t want to miss the Pandora’s Box Discussion where women of color connect with white women to become better allies. This is the post-election version.

November 12, 2020, 7:30pm EST -8:30pm EST

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Cook: Tribute to John Lewis

This tribute to civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis was written and read by NC NOW Administrative Officer Nancy Cook at the 2020 NC NOW State Conference.

By: RJ Matson

As you all know, U.S. Representative John Lewis died this year.  We all miss him greatly.  In October 2014 I found myself in the presence of this gentle giant.  John Lewis was short in stature.  In fact, when I met him and shook his hand, we were close to eye-to-eye level.  However, despite his lack of height, John Lewis towered above us all in a most humble yet dignified way. 

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Richards: Tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

How should we remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg? As the notorious RBG? As a cancer warrior? As only the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court? As a fashion icon, known for her collection of decorative collars? As a dissenter?

Can we simply remember her as Ruth? The outpouring of emotion at her death was in truth more than political.

From an Asheville tribute event on 9/20/20. Photo Credit: Drew Reisinger

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More About 2020 State Conference Workshops and Presenters

 

The conference will offer a choice of five workshops.   More about workshops and presenters here. Workshops include

  • “Microadvocacy: How to talk to Friends and Neighbors About Important Issues,” led by Vicky DeGroote, PoliticaNC Leadership
  • “Telling The Story: Helping Get Feminists Elected,” led by Tammy Brunner, a former NOW chapter president, former leadership trainer and recruiter at LEAD NC, and candidate for Raleigh Register of Deeds
  • “Everything You Wanted To Know About NOW,” led by Roberta Waddle and Cindy Thomson, NC NOW leaders 
  • “Intersectional Feminism Is Our Future,” led by Kolieka Seigle, president of California NOW
  • “Relational Organizing 101,” led by Sarah Moncelle, Feminist Majority  

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NOW PAC Endorsed Candidates for North Carolina Races in 2020 (Updated)

NC NOW is proud to announce the 9 candidates for U.S. Senate and House of Representatives representing North Carolina that the NOW PAC endorsed as of October, 2020. Incumbents are Congressman David Price (NC-4) and Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12). 

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Media Advisory: Voting Our Future NOW Conference on Oct 9-10, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACTS:

  • Nancy Cook, Administrative Officer, NC National Organization for Women, nancyclarkcook@yahoo.com
  • Gailya Paliga, President, NC National Organization for Women, nownorthcarolina@gmail.com, 919-539-7702

***Media Advisory*** 
NC NOW to Hold Virtual State Conference This Weekend

Raleigh, NC, October 5, 2020 – The North Carolina National Organization for Women (NC NOW) is holding its first annual state conference via Zoom this Friday evening and Saturday morning. “We are honored to have Dr. Valerie Johnson of Shaw University as Guest Speaker on Friday and our new National NOW President Christian Nunes as our Keynote Speaker on Saturday,” says NC NOW President Gailya Paliga.

The conference will include a panel discussion on “How the #MeToo Movement Can Help Fayetteville/Fort Bragg,” Dr. Johnson speaking about “Racial Injustice in the Justice System – For Women,” a choice of workshops, as well as its annual business meeting and updates on the ERA and legislative affairs.  Anyone interested can register online at https://bit.ly/3hzy81p.

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