“Demand Justice for Women NOW” was the theme for our 2014 NC NOW State Conference, which we held in at the Chapel Hill Friends Meeting building.
We had members from across NC, from Fayetteville to Asheville. Three life members of NOW attended – Jan Allen, Mandy Carter and Margaret Mays.
Durham NOW’s Marena Groll is telling us about the history of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The slide says “US Senate BLOCKS Paycheck Fairness Act. THE FIGHT IS ON!” Groll’s presentation was titled, “The ERA: What’s A Nice Amendment Like You Doing in a Battleground State Like This?”
Sherry McLendon, VP of Asheville NOW, is presenting on how to communicate in the era of social media. Her presentation was titled, “Freedom of the Press Doesn’t Mean Wrinkle Free: How to Stop Skirting the Issues, Control Media Messages, and Advance Public Dialogue about the Equal Rights Amendment”
How things have changed with the internet!
Our legislative panel included (left to right):
- Vivian Connell, Public Schools First NC, on public education
- Esther Barkley, President of Durham NOW, on Seniors and tax changes
- Gloria De Los Santos, director of Durham Action NC, on a mix
- Tazra Mitchell, policy analyst with NC’s Budget and Tax Center, on economic security and how the budget hurts low income wage earners and middle income too.
Keynote Speaker, Rep. Pricey Harrison, talked about bad laws for reproductive health care and the environment. The environment has always been her passion.
Charlotte NOW President, Louise Clark, told us about immigration problems and realities. It was news to many, and interesting to all!
I wish I had pictures of breakfast and lunch, which were wonderful. Breakfast included some fancy crumb cake from Morrisville. Lunch covered multiple counters!
As a special treat, a Duke student working with the Pauli Murray Project in Durham read some of NC NOW co-founder Pauli Murray’s poetry.
Be sure to join us next fall! Asheville NOW wants to host!