BREAKING NEWS: Fabulous Feminist Ellie Smeal (Ms. Magazine and Feminist Majority), and NOW president Terry O’Neill are coming to Raleigh to kick off the She Wins, We Win campaign! They are just a few of the exciting speakers lined up! Join us on Thursday, March 3, gathering at 10:45 am at the Press Room, 1430 Legislative Building. For the rally, we will move to the auditorium on the 3rd floor of the Legislative Building, 16 W. Jones St.
See the facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1669257233347362/
Press Conference and Rally Speakers include
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Tagged civil rights, Economy, education, Equal Rights Amendment, voting, women, women's rights
The North Carolina General Assembly has been ordered to fix the congressional district redistricting maps. It is possible that NC’s primary will have to be moved back to accommodate these changes or to accommodate delays in getting fixed maps approved. Or that there will be 2 primaries – a late one on Congressional districts and an early one for other races.
On Feb. 5, 2016, a panel of federal judges invalidated two of North Carolina’s 13 congressional districts. The three-judge panel ruled that North Carolina’s 1st and 12th congressional districts were racial gerrymanders and ordered them redrawn by Feb. 19, 2016. Read more about this at “Questions abound after judges invalidate 2 NC congressional districts.”
North Carolina got 2 weeks to redraw the maps. They didn’t hold meetings for public input until the second week.
By Sarah Moncelle
On Feb 1, 2016, the Wake County Commission for Women (WCCW) released the State of Employment for Women in Wake County, a wide-ranging and informative report that tracks and evaluates the current condition of Wake County women in the work force. In addition to assessing the level of income disparity between the sexes, the study identifies and investigates the barriers to access job-seeking women face when entering and re-entering the labor market. It further provides an overview of programs that exist to assist women in overcoming such impediments and offers a set of recommendations to reduce their effect.
The report reveals a significant income gap (almost 30%) between the sexes despite similar levels of education; currently, the median earnings for females over 25 in Wake County are more than $15,000 less than that of males. Holding true to wider trends at the state and national levels, this gap is even wider for women of color;
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Tagged economic justice, Economy, gender pay gap, Jobs, reentering work force, women
Join us at a press conference on Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016, at 10am to show your OPPOSITION to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. Speakers will highlight how TPP will hurt the people of North Carolina, and how past trade deals have already hurt North Carolinians.
Trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) have been great for corporations but terrible for too many of people in the involved countries. The advantages for U.S. corporations is clear – to move production to countries that pay lower wages and have few regulations. The trade agreements also lowered or eliminated protective import-export tariffs on products crossing the border.
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.