Monthly Archives: December 2014

NC NOW Pro-Choice Signature Ad celebrates Roe v. Wade!

On Jan 22, 2015, we’ll celebrate the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the decision which gave women control over their own bodies and lives.  This year as every year, NC NOW will run a pro-choice signature ad in the Indy Weekly to celebrate the anniversary, highlight that North Carolinians support safe and legal access to abortion.  We will deliver copies of the ad to all of our representatives in the NC Senate and NC House when the long session starts in 2015.

Here are some previous signature ads!

signature ad live collage

The text of the signature ad says

“We, the undersigned, support a woman’s right to safe, legal and accessible birth control and abortion.  We condemn the acts of violence and intimidation directed at women and their health care providers.  We agree that these rights extend to all women regardless of economic status, and, as taxpayers, affirm our support for family planning services and for abortions for indigent women.”

Take a look at our appeal letter at sigad2015.pdf

To add your name or donate online, go to


Vote! 7 Reminders Why from the War on Women (2012)

Another piece of history!  Here is a view of the national War on Women from the National NOW Times newsletter in the fall of 2012.

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Elections have consequences. After the last election cycle, radical right-wing men swept into office at federal and state levels, introducing a record number of restrictions on reproductive rights.

The NOW National Action Center is working around the clock in partnership and coalition with our grassroots chapter network and allied organizations to educate and mobilize voters in 2012. Contact your local chapter to get involved. And when you’re talking with your friends, your family and your community, be sure to remind them how terrible the War on Women has been and how critical it is that they vote.

Here are seven reminders why everyone you know should vote.

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Women Pay Steep Price for Benefits of Health Care Reform

The Affordable Care Act improved health care a lot, and continues to help people – but here is a NOW article from 2010 explaining at what price it came, and also reiterating a more efficient and less costly solution – single payer.

Originally posted on the national NOW website and in the National NOW Times, at

Although Republican lawmakers did all they could to derail health care reform (including using the abortion issue as a political football), the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act finally passed after a grueling process of deal making and compromises. Had it not passed, inside-the-beltway pundits were poised to declare President Obama virtually irrelevant; instead, they pronounced the law a major victory for him. But some of the compromises made to ensure passage will have far-reaching, damaging impacts on women. NOW and its allies are already gearing up to “reform the reform” and repeal the Hyde Amendment, which was used to justify the anti-abortion provision.

NOW has advocated for a single-payer health system since the 1990s. Unfortunately, the new law is based on our flawed and expensive system of private health insurance. Under the law, everyone must have insurance, with a few limited exceptions and penalties for those who do not purchase coverage. The roughly 70 percent of people who have insurance through their employers will stay in those plans, for the most part. Unfortunately, it’s not a universal reform: 23 million people, one-third of whom are undocumented immigrants, won’t be covered.

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Found some serious NOW history here, still true!

The Nuts ‘n’ Bolts of NOW
July/August 1996

Note: This article written by Gayle Forman was originally published in Ms. Magazine, July/August 1996, and was reprinted on the now site with permission.

Dec 2014 update – NC NOW’s president has been looking for this article – most of it is still true today, including membership dues (Dec, 2014).

NOW was conceived in a conversation and born at a women’s conference with a paper napkin serving as its birth certificate. It all started when Pauli Murray, an African American feminist and Episcopalian minister, suggested to Feminine Mystique author Betty Friedan that women needed a group to advocate on their behalf, much as the NAACP advocated for African Americans. Then in June of 1966 at the Third National Conference of the Commission on the Status of Women, which was held in Washington, D.C., 27 women and one man, including Friedan and Murray, established the National Organization for Women. NOW’s official statement of purpose, which Friedan scribbled on a napkin, remains the same today: “to take action to bring women into the full participation in the mainstream of American society now, exercising all privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men.”

In the last 30 years (now 48), NOW has adopted more than a dozen resolutions and stances on an array of issues, including women in poverty, the Equal Rights Amendment and lesbian rights. But the organization has five official priorities: the passing of an equal rights amendment to the U.S. Constitution, opposing racism, advocating for abortion and reproductive rights, supporting lesbian and gay rights and ending violence against women.

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FB: Even expanding Medicaid this late would only help NC!

Posted on the NC NOW facebook page on May 4, 2014.

Good news, surprising only to these doomsayers. The bigger boon to NC would be expanding Medicaid. The BILLIONS of DOLLARS in FEDERAL MONEY would provide health care for working people (many single moms), freeing up money for their local communities. The FEDERAL MONEY would also provide jobs in the medical field to cover these new people – estimated were 18,000-25,000 new jobs. The FEDERAL MONEY would also help hospitals and clinics, all across NC, most notably in rural communities. Expanding Medicaid is a win/win/win on health coverage, money for businesses and hospitals, and providing new jobs.

Expand Medicaid NOW

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FB: Deportations have gone wild, are tearing apart families

NC NOW facebook posting from Feb 20, 2014.

Some immigrant families are being torn apart – any attention of the police in some cases can trigger jail and deportation. According to the booklet, more people have been deported from the US since 2000 than in the full century before it.

It is crazy difficult to immigrate legally to the US, with backlogs and crazy processes. This is the horror of how the US is dealing with it now.

“Immigration judges often cannot consider the individual circumstances of anyone’s case and must order automatic detention and deportation, even if you have a green card, TPS, DACA or are a refugee.”

Even if you have kids born here and have been living and working in the US for decades.

Just wrong.  Please take a look.

FB: Targetting of Asheville’s Femcare clinic in 2013

This explains a lot about the targetting of the Femcare clinic in Asheville last year. It was originally posted on NC NOW’s facebook page on 3/13/14.

ASHEVILLE — When state health inspectors suspended Western North Carolina’s only abortion clinic’s operations in the aftermath of a heated debate over a new abortion law last summer, some observers questioned the timing.

Now, Carolina Public Press has obtained internal records from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services that shed light on behind-the-scenes political and public relations maneuvering surrounding Femcare’s three-week closure.



Not the justice she deserved (but thank goodness Marissa is getting out)

Great press release on the injustices to Marissa Alexander. As you probably know, Alexander is the Florida woman who was not allowed to use Florida’s Stand Your Ground (SYG) law in her defense after she fired warning shots to try to scare away an abusive husband who was ignoring a protective order against him by accosting her and her new baby). She was originally jailed for 20 years for firing the warning shot into the ceiling!! Later the (conservative) prosecutor went after her with a 60 year jail sentence!!!


Declaration on Immigrant Rights

(Strong statement on immigrant rights.  Waiting for NC NOW board approval.)

We, the members of the North Carolina chapters of the National Organization for Women, recognize the intrinsic value of immigrants, both documented and undocumented, to the overall strength of our local communities. Their contribution as laborers, taxpayers, and entrepreneurs positively affects the growth of our economy. More importantly, the diversity of languages, traditions, beliefs and experiences of our immigrant communities brings new depths of cultural identity into the beautiful social fabric of North Carolina. NC NOW declares that our fight to ensure women’s rights and gender equality is inherently connected to the rights of immigrant women, their children, and families. We argue that policies and actions that marginalize immigrant women and threaten their security is a violation of their human rights and destructive to our communities.

NC NOW supports fair, comprehensive immigration reform legislation that includes:

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Interactive presentation on support for same sex marriage – 12/2/14, 7:30pm

Things are legally changing fast for same-sex marriage – what does it mean and how do we reach more people?

Two or maybe three more states were added to the marriage equality map just 2 weeks ago (by 11/24/14).  What is the best way to reach the people who are still against same-sex marriage/marriage equality? Is there are similar problem with women’s rights?  Marriage Equality USA has a plan!

Join us at the Raleigh NOW meeting on Tuesday, Dec 2, at 7:30pm for the Heart of What Matters presentation to learn about how to reach groups with mixed feelings on a topic, and see it in action.  This topic is marriage equality.

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