In an unprecedented move, the NC House made a bill, just filed on 3/23/16, and the NC House and Senate approved this bill on the same day as part of a special session they called themselves, since the Governor refused to call it.
The conservative North Carolina legislators decided to rein in local governments with a bill that prevents cities and counties from passing their own anti-discrimination rules after Charlotte passed a broad anti-discrimination measure that was due to go into effect on April 1, 2016. But the NCGA House Bill 2 (HB2) goes much further than blocking Charlotte’s ordinance. Organizations and people are still trying to figure out all of the ramifications of this legislation. Meanwhile, North Carolinians are shocked and appalled, and really mad! Of course the bill and the bad process has made national news.
“The Republican-controlled General Assembly took action after the city of Charlotte recently approved a broad anti-discrimination measure that allows transgender people to use the restroom aligned with their gender identity.”
Protests against HB2 are already organized around the state for today, Mar 24, 2016. Here are ones in Raleigh, Charlotte and Asheville.
Remember this disaster? NFL football player Ray Rice knocks out his fiancee cold. It’s caught on video, yet Rice is rewarded by the NFL – with a pink jersey showcasing his game jersey number on it. Until the rest of the video coverage was leaked and the NFL couldn’t pretend anymore.
This article was published in the Onslow Times on 7/30/14. It was written by Marena Groll, who did a column for the Onslow Times. Marena’s articles are no longer available online at the Onslow Times (which folded), so at least now we have this one here.
NFL Player Ray Rice dragging unconscious fiancée out of elevator.
He himself just knocked
Photo Credit: TMZ Sports
NFL’s “Beat Her Unconscious” Pink Jersey Sale! $59.95
Economic security was one of the topics covered in the morning of NC NOW’s state conference on Oct 10, 2015. Tazra Mitchell, Policy Analyst at NC’s Budget and Tax Center (BTC), spoke on economic security in NC, especially for women, due to changes in state budgets and policy. Mitchell’s work at BTC includes analysis of poverty, income inequality, and state fiscal policy.
Photo Credit: NC Budget and Tax Center
On the problems North Carolinians face, Mitchell pointed out that there are not enough jobs for people who want to work. 91 counties have more jobless workers than job openings. And the share of NC workers earning poverty wages is substantial, up from 2000. According to the Economic Policy Institute’s Analysis of US Census Bureau data, in 2013, 31.3% of workers earned poverty wages (versus 25.6% in 2000).
Mitchell is also the Second Vice President of NC Women United, a coalition of progressive organizations committed to achieving full equality and empowerment for women. Slides from her presentation are available on NCWU’s website at http://www.ncwu.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Broken-Economic-Model-and-Policy-Keep-Economic-Security-Out-of-Reach-for-Many-Tar-Heel-Women.pdf
Mitchell wrote about the NC NOW Conference on behalf of NCWU at http://www.ncwu.org/nc-nows-annual-conference/
Read more on the state conference “NC NOW Conference Focuses Feminist Power“
Note: This post was written on Oct 22, 2015, but didn’t get posted until March 2015. Still completely relevant today.
Posted in Cheated out of pay, discrimination, economic justice, families, gender wage gap, ncga interference, taxes, Uncategorized
Tagged Economy, ncga interference, poverty, women
We had a rocking press conference and pep rally at the Legislative Building in Raleigh on Thursday, Mar 3, 2016. Ellie Smeal, President of Feminist Majority, and Terry O’Neill, President of NOW, joined NC women’s rights leaders, and student leaders to share why Hillary Clinton has helped our main issues or inspired us individually.
We included leaders and advocates for access to reproductive health care, civil rights, LGBTQ issues, equal access to education, and more. We agreed that Hillary’s campaign is the first presidential campaign in history to prioritize feminist issues, and to champion the fact that we cannot close the income gap and build a more robust economy without dealing with injustice based on sex, race, gender identity, ethnicity, and homophobia.
UNC-CH students speaking
Photo Credit: Sen. McKissick’s Office
The 3 part event included a press conference, a rally, and then a more intimate discussion with Ellie Smeal and Terry O’Neill.
Posted in abortion, Courts, discrimination, economic justice, gender wage gap, immigration, lgbt, reproductive rights, Supreme Court, TRAP laws, violence against women, voting, women
Tagged abortion, campus safety, lgbt, medicaid expansion, women