The August NC NOW newsletter is hot off the presses and available at https://northcarolinanow.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/ncnraleigh-now-newsletter-august-2015-v2.pdf
Weird mid-summer realities are being exposed because the NCGA is still in session—over 3 weeks past when the budget was due on Jun 30th. Many of our conservative lawmakers are in San Diego with ALEC this week (Jul 22-24) and 8,592 of our Teacher Assistants could become unemployed over the next two years if they don’t fix the budget, more on page 4. And remember, one of the first punitive pieces of legislation done in 2013 (House Bill 4) SLASHED unemployment amounts and how long people can receive it (from up to 26 weeks to around 12-16 weeks). If the TAs are eligible for unemployment.
Update on bad unemployment benefits situation from Mar 23, 2015 article, “1 in 5 eligible workers drawing jobless benefits” at http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/in–eligible-workers-drawing-jobless-benefits/article_621b76ba-d1ad-11e4-88e9-4f5d2d9c288e.html
There is a statewide push to expand Medicaid, read about the press conferences in 6 cities on page 2. Find a quick action you can take on page 3. And have you seen the study that found the vast majority of women don’t regret having abortions? Article on page 5.
We have upcoming events on page 1 and 5. The Women’s Equality March and Rally is 8/28/15 in Durham and our state conference is 10/10/15 in Winston-Salem.
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