Here are some pictures from the 8 city tour protesting House Bill 465, updated title “72 Hour Consent in Person or By Phone.”
A list of problems with HB465, and protest tour stops around the state can be found at https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/hb465-protests-around-the-state-join-us/
Photo Credit: Hannah Osborne
Asheville, Monday, May 4 – Pack Square Park Amphitheater, 60 Court Plaza
The next place to defend your right to vote is near where you live.
The State Board of Elections is holding 9 public hearings across the state to hear your comments about a fuzzy part of the new photo ID law. The law says the ID must “reasonably resemble” the voter. But what does that mean?
To clear up any confusion, the State Board of Elections (SBOE) has written preliminary rules that tell precinct officials how to decide if the ID “reasonably resembles” the voter.
Unfortunately, some anti-voter groups want to make those rules so strict that they would disenfranchise a lot of people — as the rules have done in Texas and other states.
Tara Romano gave an excellent speech on women and the harmful and spiteful legislation going forward in the Legislature. Contrasting that with what the legislature SHOULD and COULD be doing –lifting women and families up. Tara gave this at the Moral Monday Reunites event, on 29 April 2015. NC National Organization for Women is a member of NC Women United.
You can watch her speech at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vHSnkmogpA. You can read it here (emphasis added by NC NOW).
My name is Tara Romano and I am president of North Carolina Women United. I am proud to be working with so many women across North Carolina who know we deserve better than the harmful and spiteful legislation we’ve see recently.
Photo Credit: NC Policy Watch
As in the 2013 session, we’re hearing a lot of talk from legislators about women’s rights and safety and the protection of families.
It was empty rhetoric then, and it’s empty rhetoric now. Instead we’re seeing policies based on the belief that women can’t be trusted to make our own decisions.
Supporters of House Bill 465 say it protects a women’s choice. Unless, of course, she makes what they consider to be the wrong choice and then she’s forced to wait 72 hours to make a different choice.
Posted in discrimination, domestic violence, economic justice, Equal Rights Amendment, Medicaid, ncga interference, reproductive rights, voting, women
Tagged campus safety, Equal Rights Amendment, Families, Moral Monday, violence against women, women's rights
The “Moral Monday Reunited” event on April 29, 2015, marked the 2 year anniversary of the first Moral Monday protest of immoral and cruel policies coming out of the NC General Assembly in Raleigh. Greensboro’s News and Record covered the event in “20 arrested at NC Legislature protesting GOP’s policies”. I believe my friend, Rabbi Ari Margolis, had the perfect response to a comment in the article. This response was part of the speech he gave onstage, completely independent of the article or the comment. At the end of the article, Todd Poole complains that the demonstrators are hiding under ‘a false cloak of morality.’ Ironic, since Moral Monday demonstrators are protesting immoral (and cruel) actions of the NCGA.
Rabbi Margolis said in his speech, “While I believe in the separation of church and state, as long as there are those passing a legislative agenda in the name of their religious ideas and beliefs, we have the obligation to stand up and let them know that they do not own a monopoly on religious thought.
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Tagged Families, Moral Monday, ncga interference, public education
NC NOW delivered copies of our pro-choice signature ad with NC NOW’s view on reproductive rights and related issues to every NC Senator and Representative in the NC House. NC NOW does a pro-choice signature ad every year to commemorate the Roe v. Wade anniversary. The ad runs in the Indy Weekly, and includes columns of names of pro-choice men and women in North Carolina.
Here is a picture of the 2014 pro-choice signature ad.
This year, the pro-choice signature ad packet included a folder with the following:
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Tagged abortion, bad law, Families, health, ncga interference, North Carolina, reproductive rights, women
House Bill 465 triples the wait time before a woman is allowed to have an abortion to at least 72 hours (3 full days, and it may be longer than that depending on the clinic and the woman’s schedules). Plus, HB465 forces doctors to send ultrasounds and more to DHHS! NC NOW posted an article about problems with an earlier version of the bill (including that it would have broken the OB-GYN program at UNC-CH). We also posted an article about the House hearing for HB465, in which some of the ‘conservative’ men (from a certain party) couldn’t be bothered to listen to the debate on the bill. Find that article, and some of our good Representatives’ points on the bill at https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/2015/04/24/interfering-condescending-and-invasive-bill-hb465/. There are still many problems with it, listed here. Some organizations are working together to plan protests across the state to bring attention to the bill and pressure Governor McCrory to veto it. You can help by participating in any protests, and getting the word out to friends and neighbors about how bad this bill is, writing letters to your local newspapers, etc. The schedule of protests is first, and some more detailed problems with the bill are listed second.
The current protest schedule is as follows:
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Tagged abortion, discrimination, Families, ncga interference, reproductive rights, women, women's rights