Upcoming events for April 2015

Rally, Silent Sentinals, action at home, WAD, Signature Ad delivery

1. Trust Women Rally on Wednesday, April 8, 2pm

Join NC NOW and other women’s organizations at the Trust Women rally to tell our elected officials to TRUST WOMEN and stop playing politics with women’s reproductive health!  In this case, the sore point is anti-abortion language the conservatives stuffed into what had been a bi-partisan bill to fight human trafficking.

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We’re meeting in front of Senator Thom Tillis’ office (same place where Jesse Helms used to work), at 310 New Bern Avenue Raleigh, NC 27601.

Find the event on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1580336125538857/

It is also listed on NC NOW’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/NC-NOW-National-Organization-for-Women/180024368705304

I plan to mention other obstruction our Senators have been doing.

2. Either way – take an easy action from home!

Whether or not you can make the rally, give our elected Senators an email on the same topic.

Take this easy action from wherever you are – home, work, stuck in traffic. It does 2 things for you – encourages voting for excellent US Atty General nominee Loretta Lynch and encourage congress to pass a clean bill against human trafficking – get the anti-abortion mess out of there.

https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/this-easy-action-is-a-twofer/ 

3. Protect Access, Defend Women’s Health (Fight HB465!)

In Chapel Hill or the Triangle this Thursday? Women and men need to turn out to protest this latest massive anti-abortion bill, House Bill 465, on Apr 9 at noon at UNC.

As per NC NOW’s legislative update,
“The war against women escalated with the introduction of House Bill 465. This bill goes beyond any other bill ever introduced in North Carolina. It would ban abortions (with few exceptions) in facilities connected to the UNC and East Carolina medical schools—which would have the effect of preventing these schools from teaching their students how to perform abortions. It would also extend the waiting period for abortions from 24 to 72 hours, ban all doctors except ob/gyns from performing abortions, and burden doctors and clinics with costly, time-consuming and unnecessary bureaucratic reporting requirements. For a summary of the abortion laws introduced here so far, see:

http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2015/04/02/north-carolina-gop-takes-two-pronged-approach-restricting-abortion-rights/

The facebook event for the protest is at https://www.facebook.com/events/1587281848213783/

4. Be a Silent Sentinel at the NCGA on Apr 14  (and related)         

NC NOW and NC4ERA members are doing a Silent Sentinel protest for about an hour outside Rep. Leo Daughtry’s office at the Legislative Building, 16 W. Jones St. Daughtry is the Chair of Judiciary 1. This is not a civil disobedience action. We plan on having ERA and NOW signs if permitted, standing in such away as never to block traffic or access. Silent Sentinel is in the tradition of the Suffragists who stood silently outside the White House during the struggle for the women’s right to vote.

Date: Tuesday, Apr 14
Time: 2-3pm
Place: NCGA/Legislative Building, 16 W. Jones St, at Rep. Daughtry’s office

5. Learn how ERA helps us

(and how we can help it at the NAACP NC’s Advocacy Day)

Marena Groll from NC4ERA and Gailya Paliga from NC NOW will highlight the present situation about the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the NCGA. We need supporters to advocate that Rep. Carla Cunningham’s House Bill 166, be passed out of Judiciary 1 Committee favorably.

April 14th is also Women’s Equal Pay Day nationally.

6. How we can help ERA

Urge the Judiciary Committee to move the House ERA bill along!

2 ERA bills were introduced this session, thanks to the hard work of NC4ERA and Ratify ERA NOW (with other organizations like NC NOW helping as needed).

Contact the House members of Judiciary 1 Committee to urge them to pass H166 out of their Committee favorably.  It’s kind of stuck.
Take action at http://www.nc4era.org/alerts.html

See more on these bills at http://www.nc4era.org/

7. Women’s Advocacy Day is April 21

I know you’ve seen the notices in our Legislative Updates.  NC NOW is part of NC Women United, and our Women’s Advocacy Day is Tuesday, April 21.  Dream Hamptom is the keynote.  Last time we were thrilled to have people from as far as Fayetteville and Asheville in town or on their way to attend (when the snow hit.  Please join us.  You want to register again, bring friends if possible. http://www.ncwu.org/our-programs/womens-advocacy-day/

There will be inspiration and training.  You can make your own appointments with your representatives or NC NOW can help you.  Our representatives need to face us and know whether we agree with their work or strongly disagree with it and why.  It says a lot to take the time to meet them in person, and the training has tips and talking points.

Read more about the event and about the legislative agenda at https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/womens-advocacy-day-new-date-april-21-2015-join-us/

8. Pro-Choice signature ad packet delivery

We are delivering NC NOW’s pro-choice signature ad packets to all of our representatives in the NC Senate and NC House on Monday, April 27, at 5:30pm.
It is an interesting activity, sometimes you can talk with one of our legislators but more often we delivery and go.  Then we go out and eat together afterward.  If you want to join us, email nownorthcarolina at gmail.com

9. Support our work!

Support our work by joining or rejoining NOW, at https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/join-now/. You can also support our work by making a donation to NC NOW at https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/donate-now/.

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