The NC Legislature went back in session on Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017, after initiating the legislative long session 2 weeks earlier. The NC NOW Legislative Update #2 talks about lawsuits in process, what the NC Legislature did during its first half week back in session, and what we may expect.
On lawsuits: “Since our Republican-dominated General Assembly has been passing law after law that is being or has been challenged in court, in addition to keeping up with new legislation introduced this session, I believe it is equally important to track the status of the various challenges to laws that have already been passed.”
Elementary School Art Classroom 2008 Photo Credit Gailya Paliga
On the Legislature’s first half-week: “The most significant issue addressed this week in the legislature is a measure to undo unintended consequences of a bill passed last session. This new law reduced class size in early grades without appropriating any funds to hire more teachers—forcing local school districts either to come up with the extra money or to discontinue programs in physical education and the arts in order to hire more classroom teachers. “
See more on those topics and what to expect in NC NOW Legislative Update #2 -28 Jan 17
The public forum on Reproductive Rights on Wednesday, 1/25/17, in Fayetteville, was fun and informative. Speakers covered legislation moving NC backwards since 2011, lawsuits gaining back some ground, and advantages and problems of ACA/Obamacare. Also got a taste of the Women’s March On Raleigh, and what’s next.
Part of the room with attendees for the panel. Photo Credit: Dr. Aziz
NC Justice Center Executive Director Rick Glazier covered legislation limiting access that we’ve endured in NC since 2011, and also talked about lawsuits restoring some of our rights. Glazier is a former House Representative from Cumberland County, and also a lawyer and former law professor.
Dr. Naveed Aziz spoke as a physician about the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) – the many things it has done for so many people, the unfair deal that pharmaceutical companies have, and also ACA’s burden on physicians.
Now that women (and men) have found their voices, we need to use them to influence the future of the United States at the hands of the new administration. We need to let everyone know that it wasn’t an isolated event! We need to keep pressure on Congress and the US Senate.
Women’s March On Raleigh, 1/21/17. Photo Credit: Ashley P.
House and Senate Republicans are going on a joint “retreat” this Wednesday (1/25/17) to Friday (1./27/17) “to sort our their priorities ” and they need to hear from you a.s.a.p. Send them off to their party’s discussions reeling from the calls to their DC and state offices.
Are you worried about health care and need to keep Obamacare in place? Read So What Would Happen If We Repealed Obamacare, The Hill, 1/4/17, to give you some ideas why it matters.
Here is some of the coverage of the Women’s March On Raleigh before the day of the march. Press is listed link first, then source and date. Source: Women’s March On Raleigh page, because it is not clear how long that page will be available.
Day before the WMOR:
We had a super successful Women’s March On Raleigh (WMOR). Original estimates we heard near the stage were 17,000 people at WMOR while the rally was in progress. An organization that helped us organize, Ready The Ground, had estimated 30,000 on the march route. People studying aerial view pictures after the march estimated over 40,000. As another gauge, it took almost over an hour and a half for the last people to leave City Plaza.
People In the Streets for the Women’s March On Raleigh Photo Credit: Matthew Lenard (via CBS)
Raleigh NOW members Sarah Moncelle, Shana Becker and Gailya Paliga were a few of the organizers of the WMOR. We pulled in our friends to help, as did other organizers.
It’s hard to tell how many people are going to something. Earlier in the week, we were using 3000 people, and later we talked about 3000-5000 people. Some organizers speculated 5000-7000 since interest on our facebook event page started growing by 1000 a day! We had programs and pledge cards printed for 3000. Didn’t want to waste paper. Then 17,000-30,000 people showed up at City Plaza, many in their pink pussy hats!
Fayetteville NOW does an annual wreath-laying ceremony to promote better awareness of domestic violence. This is the eighth year that Fayetteville NOW has done this ceremony and lays a wreath on the grave where domestic violence victim Beryl Mitchell is buried. In 1974, Mitchell was murdered by her husband, who was later convicted of the crime. Mitchell’s daughter has attended ceremonies in the past.
Fayetteville NOW group at wreath laying ceremony, 12/3/16. Photo Credit: Roberta Waddle
NC NOW Officer and Lobbyist Robin Davis summarizes the start of the 2017 legislative session for us. She really knows how to break it down!
Robin includes Governor Roy Cooper’s Legislative Agenda, the failed attempt to repeal HB 2 during an extra legislative special session, the 2017 election to address the gerrymandered districts, the role and importance of the courts in many of these areas. Robin also talks about what to expect in the long session and our role.
Our role is as follows.
Upcoming events in Raleigh – busy weekend! Don’t forget it is Martin Luther King Jr Day on Monday, Jan 16. Raleigh NOW will march in the annual MLK march as always. Joins us at 10:40am on the Edenton side of the Capitol! Look for the NOW signs. The streets are closed for this march.
MLK March 2014
Saturday, January 14: Join El Pueblo in Raleigh to learn how you can help create a community that protects immigrants and refugees. 10:30am-1pm at El Pueblo.
Sunday, January 15: Join Action NC in Raleigh for a rally to protect our health care and the gains of the ACA. “Our First Stand: Save Health Care.” This is part of the day of action and similar rallies are being held around the country. 3-5pm at NCAE, 700 Salisbury St.
Monday, January 16: Join MomsRising NC for their 7th annual MLK birthday party/family event in Durham: 10:30am -1pm at Northgate Mall