Monthly Archives: April 2016

Medicaid Reform and Expansion Panel Writeup

NC NOW still sees the need to expand Medicaid and is worried about the plans to reform Medicaid.  A few of us attended a panel “Medicaid Reform and Expansion: A Panel Discussion” on April 20th, 2016 at the NCSU McKimmon Conference Center (starting at 7:30pm).  This League of Women Voters (LWV) sponsored event featured a panel discussion about Medicaid reform and expansion in North Carolina. Panelists were Susan Shumaker, President of the Cone Health Foundation; Rob Luisana of Pilot Benefits; and Representative Marilyn Avila, House District 40 (R-Wake).  Dr. Jim Foster was the moderator and MC (he is standing at the podium in this picture).  Dr. Foster is a Retired Cardiologist, and a member of the LWV-ODC.

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Photo Credit: LWV-Orange/Durham/Chatham Counties

First Dr. Foster explained the difference between Medicaid and Medicare.

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Best Cake Ever! And other highlights from ERA-NC event.

Not only is this cake beautiful, but it tasted amazingly good.  I don’t even like cake much in general.  But this beautiful cake, which sported the colors and the logo of the brand new ERA-NC Alliance group, was awesome!

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Ketchie Creek Cake Photo Credit: Pat Sledge

It was served at the reception of our ERA-NC Alliance Launch event, “Why the ERA, Why NOW”?  The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution that would expressly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex.  

The launch event, which included a press conference, a panel discussion, and a reception, was to celebrate a coalition of women’s groups and individuals who are formally working together to get the Equal Rights Amendment passed.  ERA-NC ALLIANCE is a non-partisan, lead organization of the National ERA Coalition.  See the program and the lead organization for the launch event at ERA-NC Commissioning Program 4-12-2016v4

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Quotes! Speech! Why ERA NOW?

“Women and men are equals, yet they are not treated equally under the law or in American society,” as ERA Coalition states.

See this and other quotes from the NC NOW President’s speech at the ERA-NC Alliance Launch event on Equal Pay Day (4/12/16) at Wake Forest University. The speech includes surprising statistics and interesting quotes (some below). Also includes some examples of NC’s war on women including how House Bill 2 is DISASTROUS for women! The speech file includes links to sources for some of the surprising statistics.

‘Happy Equal Pay Day’ said no woman ever! – anonymous

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This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.  And there are multiple Equal Pay Day dates.

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Latest on ERA-NC Alliance Event on 4-12-16, tips

Please join us on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 for the kick-off event on an Alliance to work on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in NC.  Our panel discussion and reception will be held at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem.  Parking tips at the end of the post!
Our panel discussion is at 3:30pm on the topic of “Why the ERA? Why now?”  The panel will be followed by a reception, and signed copies of Jessica Neuwirth’s book, “Equal Means Equal: Why the Time for the Equal Rights Amendment Is Now” will be available.
The date and time of the event are the same, and here is the list of speakers.  Our panel features

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Latest Newsletter – full of news on HB2 on women, ERA-NC event, Roe events, etc

The January to April 2016 newsletter is full of statewide news and important national events.  From the press release about how HB 2 is DISASTROUS for women, to a look at status of the Supreme Court of the United States, to our upcoming ERA-NC Alliance event on Apr 12, 2016, to events we had in March with national feminists Ellie Smeal (Ms. Magazine/Feminist Majority) and Terry O’Neill (NOW), to a statement on what happened with Melissa Harris-Perry! Take a look!

NC NOW Newsletter Jan-Apr 2016

Supreme Court Case Zubik v. Burwell attacks birth control coverage!

Supreme Court cases are so important!  Conservatives are going after birth control coverage, if you can believe it, and the case is at the Supreme Court!  Find out more about Zubik v. Burwell, a case on whether religious institutions other than than churches should be exempt from the contraceptive mandate regulation under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  

The contraceptive mandate is a regulation adopted by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the ACA that requires non-church employers to cover certain contraceptives for their female employees. Churches are already exempt under those regulations.

The Supreme Court started hearing the Zubik v. Burwell case on March 23, 2016.  

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NOW activists in DC demonstrating at Supreme Court building.
Photo Credit: NOW Facebook Page

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NC NOW Press Release: HB 2 Disastrous for Women

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Gailya Paliga, President of NC National Organization for Women
(NC NOW)

Phone number: 919-539-7702
Email address: president@raleighnow.org
Website: www.northcarolinanow.org

NC NOW: HB 2 Disastrous for Women

Raleigh, NC, 4/7/16 – Much of the public discussion over HB 2 has focused on its harm to the LGBT community (which includes women) and the backlash of opposition from businesses, sporting event organizers, and elected officials inside and outside of NC.  However, the new law goes way beyond the LGBT community.  The extensive changes to protections in this bill (now law) hurt women in shocking ways.

  • HB 2 eliminates all existing state law remedies for women from being demoted, transferred, or terminated from their job because of their sex,” according to Rick Glazier, in “18 Questions, 18 Answers: The Real Facts Behind House Bill 2,” 4/1/16. Rick Glazier is the Executive Director of the NC Justice Center, a lawyer, and the former Representative of Cumberland County, which he served for 7 terms.

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Fayetteville NOW and Quaker House Win Community Award for Work Against Racism

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Roberta Waddle from Fayetteville NOW/NC NOW and Lynn Newsom from Fayetteville’s Quaker House pictured with Ron McElrath and members of the Human Relations Commission at the Human Relations Awards “Recognition and Scholarship Banquet” on Mar 31, 2016. Quaker House and Fayetteville NOW received the Ronald McElrath Commission/Organization Award for their work on racial justice and working against violence.

Read about the event and the award at “Community Recognition Awards: Recognizing those improving quality of life in Cumberland County

Fayetteville NOW and Quaker House’s next series of the 3 part “Cracking The Codes – a Search for Racial Justice” series begins 4/4/16, with one in April, one in May and one in June.  You can go to individual sessions, you do not need to attend all 3.  Each session includes a section of video, and discussion with facilitators.

More on the “Cracking the Code” series was posted on 2/27/16 at Fayetteville NOW hosts another round of “Cracking the Code” .

TPP Press Conference on 2/3/16 – pix plus

Here are some pictures from the press conference.  See the diversity and the number of organizations represented.  I am still hoping for a link to the speeches.

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Speaker: Ajamu Dillahunt, Black Workers For Justice
Photo Credit: Markatos Photography

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Show Rep it is important to address TPP – 4/5/16 in Durham

Join a coalition of over 40 organizations at Congressman Butterfield’s ‘State of the District Address’ to emphasize how harmful Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is to women and the 99%.  
Our coalition of over 40 organizations (including NC NOW) has been trying to meet with Congressman BK Butterfield about TPP .  So far, he has not agreed to meet on TPP with the coalition, nor has he met with people who live in his district.  We’re taking this opportunity to show how important TPP is to so many people and organizations.
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Picture of coalition at 2/4/16 press conference which was held underneath Rep. Butterfields office building.  This was the turnout despite the rain!
Photo Credit: Markatos Photography

Meet at Durham Tech in Durham at 5:30 in front of the Educational Resources Center  for an event that goes from 6-7p.m.

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