Monthly Archives: March 2016

HB2 Protests Around the State Today – 3/24/16

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.  

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“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.

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Legislative alert: Special Session of NC Legislature called to discriminate

The NC Legislature has called a special session beginning Wednesday, March 23, 2016, to void Charlotte’s LGBT ordinance that allows transgender people to use the restroom consistent with their sexual identity. 
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Contact your legislators to let them know that you OPPOSE that bill. 
Note: Find your legislators at NC’s Who Represents Me?  Or use NC Justice Center’s action alert
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The most general argument against the bill (appropriate for legislators who do and those who do not support LGBTQ rights) is that the legislature should not over-rule local governments on this matter.  If you know that your legislator(s) is supportive of LGBTQ rights, you may also use LGBTQ rights arguments to support your position.
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Act quickly, because time will be short.  Please spread the word.
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Thank you for your activism.
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Robin Davis
NC NOW VP of Action
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More information at

3/23/16 Update:  Use NC Justice Center’s easy letter writing system at Take Action With NCJC!

ERA Alliance Launch Event – 4/12/16

Exciting news!  NC is making the first state alliance of the ERA Coalition organization.  Join us for our launch event!  It begins with a press conference at 2:30pm.  At 3:30pm, we’ll have a panel discussion, “Why the ERA?  Why now?” That will be followed by a book signing and reception at 4:30pm.  We are featuring Jessica Neuwirth, the author of “Equal Means Equal: Why the Time for the Equal Rights Amendment Is Now”  Neuwirth is President of the ERA Coalition.

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Equal Means Equal, by Jessica Neuwirth

Please join us! 

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NFL’s “Beat Her Unconscious” Pink Jersey Sale! $59.95

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.

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NFL Player Ray Rice dragging unconscious fiancée out of elevator.  

He himself just knocked
her out.

Photo Credit: TMZ Sports

NFL’s “Beat Her Unconscious” Pink Jersey Sale! $59.95

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Stacking the Deck Against Tarheel Women, on Economic Security

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.  

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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.

Rocking She Wins We Win Events – See Pix

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.
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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.  

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Gerrymandering: “Assault On Democracy?”

Great upcoming community event (not an NC NOW event).  This is a topic of many current, past and future conversations in NC, especially during a presidential election year.

Gerrymandering: “Assault On Democracy?”
How much is gerrymandering the “problem behind the problem” of our current political, moral and economic upheavals in NC?
What’s being done about it?

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016
Time: 7:00p.m.
Place: Community United Church of Christ
Address: 814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh, NC 27607 (Corner of Dixie Tr. and Wade Ave.)

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Join Community UCC’s Economic Justice Task Force in an expanded discussion and exploration of the issue with Jane Pinsky of the NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform. Pinsky has been director of the NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform since 2007. The Coalition, in which Common Cause North Carolina is a key player, works to make government, at all levels, more open and accessible to the citizens of North Carolina. It works on ethics, transparency, and redistricting reform.

She Wins, We Win event press advisory – 3/2/16

This Women for Hillary event is part of the “She Wins, We Win” campaign.  Ellie Smeal (Ms. Magazine and Feminist Majority), and Terry O’Neill (NOW) are coming to Raleigh for a rally and press conference on Thursday, Mar 3, at 11am at the Legislative Building. We have some really great speakers from North Carolina as well!

The forwarded press release includes the press conference speakers only.  The press conference will be followed by a rally in the Auditorium!

Our great speakers from around the state include Rev. Michelle Cotton Laws, Mandy Carter, fiery teenager Madison Kimrey, a mother/daughter team (11 year old daughter), individuals, and leaders of various women’s organizations. We are speaking on topics that are very important to women, like equal pay, education, LGBT issues, immigration, and reproductive justice.  Please join us!

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We’re all working for a better future for North Carolina and for America!

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Campus visits with Ellie Smeal and Terry O’Neill in NC

Join national and local women’s organization leaders, local community leaders, student leaders from area campuses, abortion rights activists, voting activists and state and local elected officials celebrating this historic campaign! We are excited to announce that Ellie Smeal, President of Feminist Majority, and Terry O’Neill, President of NOW, will join us for the kick-off of the “She Wins, We Win” campaign in NC.

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Feminist Majority President, Ellie Smeal
Photo Credit: PBS
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