Monthly Archives: September 2016

In defense of Wildin David Acosta

Acosta’s Durham community managed to keep his case alive in the hearts and minds of his Durham school community, city community, and in the news. Their work gives him a chance to plead his asylum case, keeps the ICE raids and deportations in the news, and keeps attention on the terrible way that the United States is treating children, families and individuals.


Wildin David Guillen Acosta’s school community worked very hard to keep attention on his situation. One of the teachers who helped him sent NC NOW a list of articles that the Riverside High School students and teachers wrote.

The effort began in Durham. “As Acosta’s deportation looms, Riverside students ask for Durham’s help,” 3/18/16, by Riverside High School Student Morgan Whithaus, at Whithaus includes the danger that Acosta is facing as well as other damage the immigrant raids and detainments are causing for the school.

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One saved, one lost of the NC 6 plus more

There is a group of 6 immigrant teens ‘detained’ by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) for deportation, including two teenagers from Charlotte, NC, and at least one teenager from Durham, NC. These boys are called the ‘NC6.’ More teens have been detained, including at least 2 girls from El Salvador. Many of these teens have been grabbed on their ways to school.  Of the Durham teenagers, one has been at least temporarily spared, another just deported to the country where her father was murdered. Learn more about how the Durham community fought to get one back to give one a chance at the 2016 NC NOW State Conference. Find out how the US is treating these teens and other immigrants, including women and even younger children.

Charlotte teenager Yefri Sorto-Hernandez was grabbed on his way to classes at West Mecklenburg High School on Jan. 27, 2016. Durham teenager Wildin Guillen Acosta was grabbed on his way to his High School on Jan 28, 2016. Durham teenager Ingrid Portillo Hernandez was taken later, on May 17, 2016, also while she was on her way to school. According to “Charlotte immigrant teens at center of controversial ICE arrests,” “Sorto-Hernandez’s case has earned national attention, in part because Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are being accused of using schools and bus stops to corral teens not legally in the country.”

These arrests of teenagers at school and on their way to school are happening in NC despite a “Sensitive Locations Memorandum” which designates safe spaces for students including schools, hospitals, religious institutions, and more. According to “Educators save one student from gang violence and deportation, lose another,” 9/23/16,

“Educators say that DHS’ failure to follow their own Sensitive Locations Memorandum—which designates safe spaces for students on their way to school or in a school setting—is deeply troubling and indicates a larger policy failure to properly monitor and investigate ICE misconduct, particularly at school bus stops.”


Rally to free Wildin Acosta Photo Credit: ABC 11

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The Hyde Amendment Turns 40 – Let’s End It NOW!

The horrible Hyde Amendment will be in place for 40 years on Sept 30, 2016. 

The Hyde Amendment is a legislative provision that bans federal funds from being used for most abortions. These restrictions particularly harm low-income women and women of color. The Hyde Amendment started out as a way to ban Medicaid funding for abortion, targetting poor women. The Hyde Amendment became effective in 1977. It has been reauthorized every year by Congress as part of budget appropriations for the Department of Health and Human Services. It treats abortion differently than other services in the Medicaid program, and limits coverage of abortion to limited circumstances. It inspired other federal programs to interfere with abortion coverage as well.


According to the NWLC’s “The Hyde Amendment Creates an Unacceptable Barrier To Women Getting Abortions,”

“Restrictions on Medicaid coverage of abortion disproportionately affect women of color. In 2012, 20 percent of Medicaid enrollees were African-American, 29 percent were Hispanic, and 9 percent were Asian-American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, American Indian, Aleutian or Eskimo.

Since its introduction, Congress has enacted bans similar to the Hyde Amendment to restrict more women from getting abortion funding. According to Guttmacher Institute, abortion is not covered for the following groups of people. 

  • Military personnel and their dependents (started 1979)
  • Federal employees and their dependents (started 1983)
  • American Indians and Alaskan Natives
  • Poor women in the District of Columbia (since 1989)
  • Women in federal prisons (since 1989)
  • Peace Corps volunteers  (since 1979)

Stay tuned for possible action on the Hyde Amendment near the anniversary. #BeBoldEndHyde

Life was very different 50 years ago, when NOW was founded

Our state conference is a great time to look at where women were and what we still need to reach actual equality. The WHOLE PURPOSE OF NOW is to get women *actual* equality – social, economic and political equality!


2004 March For Women’s Lives in DC. Raleigh NOW sent 3 or 4 buses for this huge event!

You may know that 2016 is NOW’s 50th anniversary. Some of you were with me at NOW’s national conference in DC celebrating this – we had a great showing from NC. So we’ve been looking at how things were in 1966 and how they are now. Life was very different 50 years ago. 

  1. A single woman could be denied a credit card; a married woman couldn’t get a credit card without her husband’s signature!! His signature was required as a cosigner!
  2. A single woman couldn’t get birth control and a married woman may not be able to get it either! 
  3. Marital Rape was not a recognized crime! A woman couldn’t refuse to have sex with her husband.

NOW was founded because women were mad about the unfair treatment and not going to take it any more!  The founding group of women saw value of being organized. NOW is still here and still fighting against many more problems.


Founding conference in October of 1966. There is a listing of who each woman is!

To find out more about our conference, and to sign up, go here. If you want to help set up or clean up, email president at If you want to donate items for a silent auction, go here.

Limited edition 50th anniversary conference t-shirt available!

Limited edition 50th anniversary t-shirt, available at the NC NOW conference.


If you order BEFORE the conference, it costs $15.
At or after the conference it costs $20. An ad to save $5 can be found in the conference program.

These are the purple color of our Forward NOW t-shirts, Gilden brand t-shirts.

Use the 2016 t-shirt order form. Any questions, please email

Read more about the conference and/or register for it at

Women Making History NOW

2016_conference_flyer-rlg-v3This year at our annual NC NOW state conference, we feature North Carolina State Auditor Beth Wood as our keynote speaker. Learn about ‘the female effect.’ Any idea how things were for women in 1966, when NOW was founded? How are women doing now? And what can we do now? Join us in Raleigh this year! We’ll have activities, panels and workshops covering legislative changes to reproductive rights, public education, immigration, voting access and rights, ERA plans, and more.

Women Making History NOW Conference Press Release – 9/5/16


CONTACT: Gailya Paliga, NC National Organization for Women,,

September 5, 2016

Women Making History NOW: NC NOW State Conference October 1, 2106

Raleigh, NC – 2016 is a banner year to celebrate “Women Making History NOW!” NC National Organization for Women (NC NOW) will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Organization for Women’s founding, as well as the nomination of the first woman for president by a major political party, at our annual conference on Saturday, October 1 in Raleigh. We’ll look at how far women have come in 50 years and what we still need to do for all people to be treated truly as equals.

Conference attendees will hear from local and regional speakers about legislation affecting women’s economic security, reproductive rights, education and more. Workshops will address racism and the shocking treatment of immigrants. We will also make plans to improve women’s lives through ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, thoughtful state and federal legislation, and more.


State Auditor Beth Wood

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Diverse Group Celebrated Women’s Equality Day in Fayetteville – 8/27/16

Fayetteville NOW and Quaker House celebrated Women’s Equality Day with an afternoon event at the Headquarters Library in Fayetteville. By mid program, the room was full of people, 8 local organizations were set up with information and staff, and we still had half the program to go! 60-70 people enjoyed a great afternoon Women’s Equality Day program in Fayetteville on Saturday, Aug 27, 2016.  Topics included financial equality, voting issues and its impact on women and the Equal Rights Amendment. The event commemorated the 96th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave American women the right to vote. 2016 also marks the 50th anniversary of NOW, and NC NOW’s state president talked about how things were for women in 1966, and NOW’s history.

ERA Advocate Marena Groll. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

The struggle for women to vote did not end with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. “When the 19th Amendment was passed in 1920, it legally enfranchised all women, white and black. However, within a decade, state laws and vigilante practices effectively disenfranchised most black women in the South. It would take another major movement for voting rights – the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s – before black women in the South would be effectively enfranchised,” according to National Women’s History Museum.

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“Why the ERA, Why NOW” Press Conference Videos Available

Did you miss the ERA-NC Alliance press conference last April? Maybe you went and want to enjoy the speeches again! Videos of the 3 speeches from the press conference from 4/12/16 are now available online.  The theme of our event was “Why the ERA, Why NOW”?  The event was held on “Equal Pay Day” which recognizes when women (on average) finally make what men had made (on average) the year before. 


Gailya Paliga, Dr. E. Faye Williams, Roberta Madden at ERA-NC Alliance Press Conference at WFU.                  Photo Credit: Diana Gray

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Encourage women to vote via letters – next Raleigh NOW meeting

Have you been able to help get out the vote this year? Register any voters? Encourage friends to vote? Help with interviews for endorsements?

There are many ways to get out the vote. Here is one you can do from a distance – either from home, or at a house party with friends, or at a meeting – writing letters to encourage women to vote.

woman reading pages

Our letters will not be this long!

There are a few organizations running letter writing campaigns. NC Women Matter (NCWM) is coordinating a non-partisan, grassroots letter writing campaign with other non-profits, like AAUW-NC and LWV-NC.  NCWM leader Pat Orrange says you will enjoy “both the civic engagement and the social networking!”

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