Evans: The Women’s Wave Rocked the Vote!

Tuesday was a historic day! More women ran for office in 2018 than ever before and more women won! Voters were determined more than ever to elect feminists to positions of leadership. We have ushered in the most diverse Congress in history with huge wins for women, minorities and LGBTQ. Thank you to all who canvassed, made phone calls, wrote letters, protested, marched, walked out, showed up, voted and got up every day exhausted, but found the strength to go on.  

Stacey Abrams has done an amazing job in Georgia against massive cheating by her opponent. Votes are still being counted. No matter what, she has won her points and impressed the country with her grace and eloquence. Photo Credit: USA Today

Here is what happened:

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About NC’s Justice System with Retired Judge in Fayetteville on 11/13/18

Join Fayetteville NOW and partners for an evening of conversation with the Honorable Superior Court Judge Gregory Weeks (Retired) on his experiences in the justice system and discussing his perspective on racial disparities within our system of justice. This event is Tuesday, November 13th, 6pm at the Pate Room, Main Library downtown Fayetteville.  

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What’s Next With Constitutional Amendments in NC (2018)?

Four of the six constitutional amendments passed in the 2018 midterm elections in North Carolina (11/6/18). Thank goodness, two of them failed. As NC Policy Watch wrote in “NC voters pass 4 constitutional amendments; lame-duck session looming,” 11/7/18, NC Policy Watch,

“North Carolina voters wrote four blank checks [on 11/6/18] to GOP lawmakers who already said they plan to hold a lame-duck legislative session to implement constitutional amendments.”

Photo Credit: Jacalyn Engler

The NC General Assembly is convening on Nov 27th and these are some things we can do to try to block some of the damage.

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Beware of Ballot Falloff/Ballot Fatigue—Important Choices at End!

The farther down the ballot an office is, the fewer the number of votes that will be cast for it. This is called “ballot fatigue. NC’s 2018 general election, the ballot is 2 pages long (the ones I have seen, anyway). It is common for people who go to the polls not to vote for every contested position or proposed initiative. The difference between how many people go to the polls and how many actually vote on a specific issue or candidate is called voter falloff. For example, if a million voters cast ballots for president, but only 200,000 are cast for supreme court justice, then the falloff is 800,000 or 80%. The level of falloff varies from race to race and issue to issue.

Random Sample Ballot from the 2018 general election. See how Judicial Offices are at the end of the partisan offices. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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Kirkendale: Re-energized to Persist at the 2018 NC NOW Conference

“Ladies all across the world
Listen up, we’re looking for recruits
If you with me, lemme see your hands
Stand up and salute
Get your killer heels, sneakers, pumps or lace up your boots
Representing all the women, salute, salute.”

“Salute” by Little Mix

Audrey Muck aptly chose this song as accompaniment to her update on the ERA, inspiring us to dance in and out of our seats – much needed during the 2pm time slot! The Women Rising Up NOW! 2018 State Conference couldn’t have come at a better time for me personally: deeply discouraged by the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, following two back to back trips to Washington DC to join the “angry mob” of dedicated women, survivors and allies from across the country in bird-dogging, direct actions, and speak-outs at the U.S. Senate and at the Supreme Court, I missed the company of kindred spirits acutely.

Photo Credit: Jenn Alexander

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How to Find Your Sample Ballot in NC

Here are detailed instruction on how to find your sample ballot in NC.

Start with the link to voter lookup in NC – https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/. So here are more detailed instructions to see your sample ballot. Be sure to check your voter status (active or inactive).

1) Voter lookup screen looks like this:

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NC NOW Silent Auction Preview

Maureen Wertheim put together a beautiful collection of Silent Auction items for the NC NOW State Conference. Please take a look in silent auction items description MW.v5. Join us to bid on them. Here are a few samples.

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Conference Workshops – Women are Rising Up! 2018

Beautiful space, great workshops – these are more reasons to attend the NC NOW State Conference in Raleigh on Saturday, 10/20/18.
Pictured is the Atrium of the NC Advocates for Justice building. Workshops are listed below.
The conference workshops include ways feminists can make a difference now and support themselves in these challenging times. The workshops are split into two timeslots, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

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Deep Purple is Always Cool – NC NOW T-Shirts Available

NOW has a new batch of “Forward NOW” t-shirts in, and can order more. Great when getting together to rally, protest, march, attend a meeting, or go to lunch! $20 each, discount if you buy 3 or more at a time. Here is the front and back of the t-shirt.

To order one or more t-shirts, use the NC NOW T-Shirt Order Form. Be sure to mark your sizes and quantities for each t-shirt – S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL. 

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“I Believe Her” Rally with Fayetteville NOW on 10/5/18 – Report

Women and allies gathered Friday at the Market House in downtown Fayetteville at the “I Believe Her” rally to reaffirm that we #BelieveWomen, #WeBelieveChristineBlaseyFord, #WeBelieveAnitaHill, and to #StopKavanaugh. This rally was organized by Fayetteville NOW.

“The event was held in response to the hearings on Capitol Hill for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the testimony presented by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school.” 

#BelieveWomen rally at the Market House in Fayetteville. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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