NC NOW Legislative Update, 21 May 2018

This is the NC NOW Legislative Update (dated 20 May 18) for the NC General Assembly’s 2018 “short session” which began on 5/16/18.

NC Teachers show up as a sea of red for ed to greet the NCGA’s return for the “short session.”

Photo Credit: Vicki Vars Boyer

On opening day between 20,000 and 30,000 teachers from all across the state marched and rallied in Raleigh in support of higher pay for teachers and more funding for schools.  Many took the opportunity to visit their representatives to explain that over the past 10 years teacher pay and per capita spending for students has actually declined when adjusted for inflation.

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Feminist 5k in Raleigh is 6/9/18 – Still time!

The second annual Feminist 5k is Saturday, Jun 9, 2018. Come join us – it will be lots of fun again this year. You can run, walk or roll! Come visit the NOW table too! We may share again with ERA-NC Alliance.

NC NOW and ERA-NC Alliance table together under cover of the canopy. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

Register by May 28 to guarantee getting a T-shirt. I love mine from last year! If you’re a NOW member, use NCNOW as a code to get a special discount. You can always join NOW here. If you want to print the flyer out to share, get it at Feminist5k2018_flyer_rev. Proceeds benefit the Women’s Center of Wake County, this year as last. Read about last year’s event at Feminist 5k Included Wonder Woman!

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Action to Protect Food Assistance (#HandsOffSNAP)

A Congressional Committee has twisted the Farm Bill, H.R. 2, into a cruel and punitive bill that would take food assistance away from children, families, people with disabilities, older workers, low-wage workers, and those unable to find jobs.

The Farm Bill traditionally is a bipartisan effort every 5 years, but in this case not a single Democrat on the committee voted for it. This version pushed by Republicans on the House Agricultural Committee includes wide cuts and a reorganization of SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as Food Stamps). The Farm Bill is up for a vote in the House on May 14, 2018 – so please take the easy actions to write your Congressperson NOW! Act now with the Budget and Tax Center action, or with MomsRising action.  See more on actions at the end of the article.

Photo Credit: Michael Eisenberg

If Republicans in Congress have their way, millions of people who get food aid through SNAP will have to find a job or attend job training classes for about 20 hours each week, or lose their benefits. There are so many good reasons why people on the SNAP program can’t work, but another problem is we just don’t have the jobs or training programs in too many parts of NC.

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Charlotte NOW Upcoming Events, May 2018

Upcoming events in Charlotte with Charlotte NOW.

RBG Documentary Trailer

1. RBG Documentary on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) is being shown in Charlotte 
Date: Sunday, May 13
Time: 1:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Place: Regal Cinemas Manor Twin
Address: 609 Providence Rd., Charlotte
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/187012108589144/

2. ProChoice Charlotte Clinic Defender Training
Date: Tuesday, May 15
Time: 9:15am-12pm
Place: 3220 Latrobe Dr, Charlotte, NC 28211
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/131742864351312/

3. Next Charlotte NOW Meeting in June, 2016

Date: Wednesday, June 6
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Place: UUCC at 234 North Sharon Amity 

Protect Food Assistance (SNAP) Rally in Raleigh, 5/8/18

Excited about this event in Raleigh on Tuesday on saving food stamps for those who depend on them. The Farm Bill would hurt so many people.

NC NOW President Gailya Paliga is emcee. Main speakers are Beth Messersmith from MomsRisingNC and Brian Kennedy II, from NC’s Budget and Tax Center. The Raging Grannies are coming with original music. Please join us!

Also, there is a social media campaign on this with some organizations. #HandsOffSnap. 

Here are the specifics of the rally.

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#EnoughIsEnough Summit Report 4/25/18, By Lori Bunton

The National Organization for Women (NOW), in conjunction with the Feminist Majority Foundation, sponsored a one day summit and congressional briefing in DC, Enough.Is.Enough, to address sexual harassment and assault in the workplace and schools.  The goal of the summit was to have speakers from all walks of life-legislators, activists, academics and survivors-explore various facets of sexual violence in workplaces and in schools.  The speakers would address needed improvements in law and policy, recommendations for the most effective methods in preventing and dealing with sexual violence, and strategies to craft a more survivor-centric legal system.

Panel 2: Moving Forward Models: State Laws and Workplace Policies Photo Credit: Lori Bunton

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NC NOW Newsletter Available – April/May/June 2018

NC is in the midst of a primary election. NOW has Political Action Committees, PACs, at two levels—state and federal. Read about them here. We also cover some recent events and show upcoming events around NC, like the Community Conversations in Fayetteville. Exciting speaker on May 15 there. Pro-choice signature ad delivery is Monday, June 4, at Legislative Building in Raleigh.

Be sure to check chapter’s facebook pages for more timely and up-to-date upcoming events and event reports.

See NC NOW Newsletter for April-June 2018 V3.

Fayetteville NOW at FTCC, 5/1/18

Fayetteville NOW participated in Fayetteville Technical Community Center (FTCC) Women’s Empowerment Day. 

The motto is  “When you empower women, you empower humanity! Picture it!”


Photo Credit: Fayetteville NOW

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Triad NOW Meeting – UN-CSW Report – 5/1/18

Triad NOW Monthly Meeting – May 2018

Date: Tuesday, May 1st
Time: 7 PM

Place: Parkway United Church of Christ
2151 Silas Creek Pkwy, Winston-Salem, NC 27103

In March 2018, five members from Triad NOW attended the 62nd UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York City. Part of the fun was that each of us have different issues we’re passionate about – climate change, ending violence against women, developing women leaders, women in the media – so we were attending different sessions and frequently didn’t see each other until dinner and a nightly debrief session! At our May meeting, we’ll share our ‘wow’ moments as well as ideas for Triad NOW and women in the Triad as a result of the multitude of sessions we each attended.

NC NOW PAC and NOW PAC 2018 Primary Endorsements

NOW PAC is endorsing in four Congressional races for NC’s 2018 primary. The NC NOW PAC continues endorsements from previous years, unless there has been a problem, as with votes against our issues and interests. More interviews and endorsements will be done after the primary on 5/8/18. All legislative seats (NC House and NC Senate) are up for grabs in 2018! Read more about 2018 elections in 2018 election news

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