Virginia Ratified ERA, NC Still Pushing in 2020

This has been such a long time coming! ERA is now ratified in 38 of 38 states needed for the 3 state strategy for passing ERA!! NC NOW and others will continue our fight in NC because we don’t want another 19th amendment – do you know that NC didn’t ratify the 19th Amendment-women’s right to vote-until 1971!! What an embarassment. We don’t want another ratification in NC like that one – waiting 50 years to do the right thing! Here is some recent history with ERA in NC.

Read more about Virginia’s ERA success in “Virginia Lawmakers Pass Equal rights Amendment In History Vote!,” 1/15/20, Washington Post.

ERA Vigil in front of Legislative Building, 5/15/13. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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Upcoming Events in Early 2020 with Fayetteville NOW

Please join Fayetteville NOW with any or all of the following events including a Roe v. Wade anniversary event, an event on organizing against racism, and the 21st annual Susan B. Anthony Birthday Reception event.

1. Monday, Jan. 13, 6:00 pm  Roe Event: Votes For Women and Reproductive Rights, featuring former legislator Diane Parfitt and Dr. Naveed Aziz.  Please come and bring a friend.  Cumberland County Main Library, Pate Room. 6pm-7:30pm. Fayetteville NOW event. 

See also Diane Parfitt: We need to Get Real about sex education and Dr. Naveed Aziz: He tried to wait until age 65, and Medicare, but did not make it

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Protests Make A Difference!

Get those marching shoes on! Long time study says protests make a difference! This 2018 Stanford study shows that both liberal and conservative protests have had a real impact on U.S. House elections, based on 30 years of data. 

“On average, a wave of liberal protesting in a congressional district can increase a Democratic candidate’s vote share by 2% and reduce a GOP candidate’s share by 6%. A wave of conservative protests, like those by the Tea Party in 2010, will on average reduce the Democratic vote share by 2% and increase the Republican share by 6%.”

Impeachment is topic at this Tuesdays With Tillis protest in Raleigh. Photo Credit: Jacalyn Engler

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More NC Women’s Marches in 2020

More women’s march for 2020 in addition to those in Charlotte, Raleigh and Wilmington. Please comment or message me if you know of any more. Here is Black Mountain and Albemarle. Albemarle has the first, kicking the women’s marches in NC off on 1/11/20.
Black Mountain – led by girls!
Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020
Time: 11am-12:30pm
Place: Black Mountain, NC
FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/352293505617569/

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Impeachment Important Even At The Holidays – Rallies Around NC on 12/17/19

On the Dec 15, 2019 “Meet the Press”, Chuck Todd was supposed to be looking at “‘what does the rest of America think about all of this [impeachment discussion]’?” Todd recognized impeachment was “[w]ell dominating the conversation here in Washington, but we have been wondering just how much voters beyond the Beltway care about the hearings on Capitol Hill?”

The answer came loud and clear on 12/17/19, by the slew of impeachment rallies across the nation, including many across North Carolina. Tuesday, Dec 17 is the evening before the impeachment vote in the US House on 12/18/19. Over 600 rallies registered with some organization, but I’m sure many many more that popped up but didn’t bother to register with anyone.

Photo Credit: Red T Raccoon

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2020 Women’s Marches – 3 So Far!

It’s official, there are Women’s Marches in the works across  North Carolina. Plan your January accordingly!

Updates will be here, and follow the events on the NC NOW facebook page.

Front of the Women’s March On Raleigh on 1/21/17 Photo Credit: News and Observer

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Tis The Season For ERA – Green ERA NOW T-shirts Available

Women are very excited about women winning big in the last Virginia election. As Carol Jenkins sees it, a nearly 100-year push to add the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is closer to reality now than it’s ever been. Advocates like us think with the win of the VA House and Senate, “the once solidly conservative Southern state that’s voted down the ERA time and again might instead be the critical 38th to approve it.” There are a few hurdles left, but we believe passing the ERA would offer the strongest possible protection for women and girls against discrimination.

Women and advocates should show up as a green and white force at events and at the legislature. Your ERA t-shirt will pique the interest of those who see you. Get your green ERA NOW t-shirts here!

She Changed The World Event at the Capital in Raleigh, 9/7/19; Photo Credit: Ana Tampanna

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Start 2020 with Strong Statement via Pro-Choice Signature Ad

Pro-choice Signature Ad Appeal (2020)

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. A slew of abortion ban bills were introduced around the country in 2019.  See a few examples in the NC and Other State Abortion Bans – What Are We Looking At?

Wide Shot of the Stop The Ban Rally in Raleigh. This is not all of us! Photo Credit: Sam Bennett

In North Carolina, we’ve just experienced one of the least productive legislative sessions in North Carolina history. The NC General Assembly finally adjourned in November with no more damage done to reproductive rights—but the threats are real and ongoing. Our governor vetoed an outrageous bill claiming to protect born-alive fetuses from murder on the grounds that existing law already protects born-alive infants. Other equally outrageous bills were introduced, but died in committee. Anti-abortion forces no longer enjoy free reign to implement their extreme agenda here in North Carolina—with one major exception.

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New Topics, Exciting Keynote, Diverse Attendees at 2019 State Conference on 11/9/19

The 2019 State Conference in Charlotte on 11/9/19 included new topics, an exciting keynote, diverse attendees and many first timers. We had members and attendees from 18 to 80 and Rep. Deb Butler’s speech was a highlight for all! Our conference theme was “The Time For Justice Is NOW.” NOW covers all issues affecting women, but we delved into a few new areas for NC NOW – how climate change hurts women and gender equity.  NC NOW officers were elected, an annual task. We also hosted a panel on threats to reproductive access, an update on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), six workshops and more. We were honored to include a tribute to long time feminist activist and NC NOW board member Jan Allen.

Conference view from the back. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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Upcoming Fayetteville NOW Events – Dec. 2019 – Jan. 2020

Upcoming events with Fayetteville Chapter of NOW for December 2019 through January 2020. 

Fayetteville NOW’s “Believe Women” rally in October 2018 Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

  • Saturday December 7,  11:00 am, Lafayette Memorial Park, 2301 Ramsey Street.  Wreath Laying on the Grave of Beryl Mitchell – victim of Domestic Violence (DV).  To raise awareness of DV.  We’ll go to lunch afterwards.  Contact Roberta at rwaddle@nc.rr.com.

    Read about this annual wreath laying event that Fayetteville NOW does at https://wp.me/p22b2e-1uC.

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