Monthly Archives: March 2015

Actively support Medicaid Expansion

Support Medicaid Expansion

Over 500,000 people are affected by Governor McCrory’s decision not to expand Medicaid. Over 1000 people die in NC each year as a result of this refusal. Beside the human cost, NC has lost BILLIONS of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs ALL OVER NC by refusing to expand Medicaid.

http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/12/19/new-study-shows-that-state-lost-billions-of-dollars-and-thousands-of-jobs-by-refusing-medicaid-expansion-legislators-can-still-change-course/

Governor McCrory officially recognized that he could follow the lead of many Republican Governors across the nation who have expanded Medicaid to help their states. See more at: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2015/01/07/mccrorys-firm-grasp-of-the-obvious-on-medicaid/

There was a Medicaid Expansion Advocacy Day in Raleigh last week, and there is a demonstration at the Governor’s office in Charlotte on Monday, Mar 30, at 5pm.

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Women’s Advocacy Day new date – April 21, 2015 – Join us!

Please join NC NOW at NC Women United’s Women’s Advocacy Day, which has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Join us in Raleigh and bring friends and family! We had 5 Asheville NOW past and present officers drive in to attend the last one. Registration and details are at http://www.ncwu.org/our-programs/womens-advocacy-day/. Please register for this one if you plan to attend.

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You can read about what women’s organizations want organized into 4 categories in the 2015 legislative agenda. The categories are increase economic self-sufficiency, expand access to health care, end violence against women, and increase civic participation and equality.

The legislative agenda also includes a special statement on NC’s revenue problem – how the 2013 budget is making it impossible to sufficiently support public programs like public education, Medicaid, the court system and Health and Human Services programs.  There is an extra section on how public education has been hurt by vouchers and funding cuts.

This easy action is a twofer!

Together we can move our Senators

Both U.S. Senators from North Carolina have said they plan to vote against NC native Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General. NOW has an action you can take encouraging them to vote for this very qualified candidate from anywhere you can access the internet (your office, kitchen, phone on the move).

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Use the same action to tell your Senators (Richard Burr and Thom Tillis) to confirm Loretta Lynch as Attorney General and to pass a ‘clean’ Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. At first, many Senators held up Loretta Lynch’s nomination as an excuse to complain about President Obama.  Now they are holding Lynch up to try to force an anti-abortion clause on what had been a bipartisan bill against human trafficking.

http://now.org/take-action/senators-confirm-loretta-lynch-as-attorney-general-pass-a-clean-justice-for-victims-of-trafficking-act/

Senators are supposed to ensure that the nominees are qualified and competent, and vote based on that criteria.  The Senate Judiciary Committee had approved Lynch last February.   When they return on April 13, 2015, Lynch’s nomination will be hanging for 150 days!!

Read more background on this stalled nomination at https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/tell-your-senators-to-stop-playing-politics-with-our-next-us-attorney-general/

The picture of Loretta Lynch is from the Senate hearing (credit: Ron Sachs).

New terminology to cover old problems

We now have new terminology to cover old problems – ‘manterrupting’
and ‘bropropriating.’

Manterrupting: unnecessary interruption of a woman by a man.
Bropropriating: a man taking a woman’s idea and taking credit for it.

These problems are covered in some interesting places recently – Time Magazine, and the New York Times among them.

Time Magazine is where Jessica Bennett introduces the terms.
http://time.com/3666135/sheryl-sandberg-talking-while-female-manterruptions/

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You won’t believe how unsafe universities are for undergraduate women!

Can you believe the following statistics from a US Senate survey and report?

  • 1 in 5 undergraduate women are victims of sexual assault on campus.
  • Fewer than 5% of these rape victims report their attack to law enforcement.
  • 8% of institutions don’t allow confidential reporting of rapes and sexual assaults.

Senator Claire McCaskill (Missouri) had the US Senate survey campuses across the country and documented the findings in “Sexual Violence On Campus: How too many institutions of higher education are failing to protect students” at
http://www.mccaskill.senate.gov/SurveyReportwithAppendix.pdf.  This next statistic shocks again.

  • More than 40% of schools in the national sample have not conducted a single investigation in the past five years.

So it is clear that a lot of reported sexual violence goes UNINVESTIGATED.

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Tell our Senators to stop playing politics with our next US Attorney General

U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch has been waiting to be nominated for U.S. Attorney General for over 4 months, since last November.  Find out about the job, who she is, what is causing the delay, the part our own Senators are playing in the delay, and what you can do to move her nomination forward.

What does the US Attorney General do?

The US Attorney General leads the Dept of Justice (DOJ), and is in charge of enforcing the laws of the United States federal government.  DOJ includes many law enforcement agencies, like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), US Marshals, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  The Attorney General is also the chief legal adviser to the President.  Many federal laws are the last defense on the legal rights and futures of women across our country.

How far has US Attorney General nomination gotten?

President Barack Obama nominated Loretta Lynch, a U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of NY, on Nov 8, 2014.  Since then, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved her with bipartisan agreement on Feb 26, 2015, with 9 Democrats and three Republican voting for her.  The nomination should have gone to the full Senate during the first or second week of March.  However, the Senate Majority Leader is refusing to hold the vote.

Many Senators, including North Carolina’s Sen. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis plan to vote against this extremely well qualified North Carolina native.  And we can do something about that.

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Simple Justice, Long Overdue – Why We Need ERA Now!

Many people today take for granted that equal rights between men and women are enshrined in the U.S. Constitution – and are shocked when they learn that they are not. To this day, the right to vote is the only right guaranteed to the women.  And women make up more than 50% of the U.S. population.

The National Organization for Women has a long history of working for the Equal Rights Amendment.  Most of the women I know who joined NOW in the 1960s, 1970s or early 1980s joined to pass the ERA. That is true of NC NOW activists as well.  And many are still working for equality and fairness for women and others.

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TPP and how trade agreements can hurt women especially

Over the past 20 years, free trade agreements have served to disadvantage American workers and undermine domestic food safety in the US, but they have also stolen jobs and caused communities to fall apart in developing countries. When communities fall apart, it only gets worse from there.  People may hear about the effects of instability in general (mass immigration to the US to escape violence and poverty in Central America, for example), and not realize instability can be especially worse for women.

21 years ago (2014), the US, Canada and Mexico enacted NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. A new trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), has been in the works for years, and is now coming to a head.  TPP is a regional NAFTA-style trade agreement which would grant even greater privileges to transnational corporations.  TPP involves possibly 12 or more countries.  However, problems caused by the first and much smaller NAFTA have not been addressed yet, and are very telling as to what TPP could cause for workers, communities and women in developing countries and other countries involved in TPP.

These trade agreements have been great for corporations but terrible for workers. NAFTA has caused major problems for farmers, communities, and more violence against women. Here are some examples.

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Don’t give anyone the right to discriminate – reject SB 2!

Take action against SB 2, which would give magistrates the right to decide who gets their services according to their own personal beliefs and prejudices.

Reject SB2 Right To Discriminate

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To take action (contact your representatives) on a bill..

How to contact your NC Senator or NC House representative about a North Carolina bill.  

Use the maps to find who your NC Senator and your NC House Representative are.  Go to http://www.ncleg.net/representation/whorepresentsme.aspx, and type your address above the maps for NC House of Representatives, for NC Senate, and for your US Congressman or Congresswoman. The map will give you the district number (differs for NC House and NC Senate), and you can click through to “Open Member Page” which takes you right to your representative.

With the information you find, you can call or write your Senator and say that you like, or that you object to, or that you strongly object to a bill.  And you can call or write your House representative to say same.  

To look up a specific legislators in the NC House or Senate, go to http://www.ncleg.net/. In the box in the upper right corner of the page, find the ‘View Member Info’ option, and scroll down to find your representative.  Click on your representative’s name.

To find NC bills, go to http://www.ncleg.net/
You will type the bill number in the box in the upper right corner of the page. You can search by bill number and bill title/text.  Note – bill titles can be deceiving.  The anti-abortion bill known as the Motorcycle Abortion bill of 2013, number HB854, which adds a 24 hour waiting period to all abortions, is titled “Women’s Right to Know.”

Senate Bills begin with SB, like the 2015 bill, SB2, which allows magistrates to choose who gets their services (magistrates can opt out of doing their job if they object to something about the people they are supposed to serve).  House Bills begin with HB, as in the Motorcycle Abortion bill of 2013 was HB854.  You can also find it under H854 in the ‘Full Site Search’ option in the box.  The anti-abortion bill from the 2015-2016 session is HB465.  It is faster to find bills in the current session.  During the 2015-2016 session, type “HB465′ in the “Find a bill” for the current session.

NC NOW lists bills of interest to women and NOW’s main issues in the NC NOW Legislative Updates, which are available to NC NOW members. For more information, contact nownorthcarolina at gmail.com.