Monthly Archives: February 2017

Why We Need ERA – Event in Durham on 3/26/17

Screening of Equal Means Equal Documentary followed by facilitated discussion. Refreshments provided.

Equal Means Equal No More Excuses

Date: Sunday, Mar. 26, 2017
Time: 2pm-5pm
Place: Pauli Murray Project, Bay 4 of the Smith Warehouse
             114 S Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27708

Print the poster to share at equalmeansequalposter-durham-26mar17.

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What I want for Valentine’s Day is Equal Rights for Women!

On Valentine’s Day, ERA bills were introduced in NC Senate and House. 

Sen. Floyd McKissick and Rep. Carla Cunningham work together introducing ERA bills in 2017 like the ones they both introduced in 2015. See WRAL coverage of the press conference atLawmakers push ratification of 1972 Equal Rights Amendment.”

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Audrey Muck introducing press conference. Photo Credit: Judy Lotas

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More events for March, 2017

This post is in addition to the many events posted on 2/2/17 for February and March, including a showing of Equal Means Equal on 3/26/17 with Durham NOW in Durham.

Rally to end gerrymandering – 3/1/17
Democracy NC set up a lobby day to end gerrymandering on 3/1/17 (listed in the earlier post). And they have added a rally afterward – maybe because they filled all of the lobbying appointment spots (9am-1pm) and people still want to have a say!

If you’re on facebook, mark yourself at https://www.facebook.com/events/274748426279577/

We Will Be Heard – Burr/Tillis Town Hall on 3/5/17, 2-4pm.

Community members in the Triangle area will be holding a Citizens Town Hall to gather and make our voices heard. We will speak out about issues that concern North Carolinians, and send our comments to US Senators Burr and Tillis if they do not attend. They were invited.

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NC NOW Legislative Update #3 – Bill Tracking

NC NOW Legislative Update #3 was provided by political consultant and lobbyist Paula Wolf. These are bills of interest to women, besides education bills which are tracked by dedicated organizations.

Of special note – Dare County Republican Beverly Boswell sponsored two anti-abortion bills, including a ‘Life at Conception’ bill, House Bill 163 . See more at http://abc11.com/1767430/.

There are 5 bills dealing with repeal of HB 2 right now.

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Advocacy 101 Event Full of People and Ideas

Many people came early to the Advocacy 101: The Basics event in Raleigh on Thursday, Feb 16, 2017. This event was a nonpartisan basic skills session for the citizen advocate. It was a great event that filled up (100 people) in 3 days!!  Stay tuned for another one likely in the end of March.

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Paula Wolf and Gailya Paliga at front. Photo Credit: Catherine Evangelista

We covered 4 main areas with 4 presenters.

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So many friends old and new at HKonJ, a homegrown phenomenon!

We had an unbelievable turnout at the Moral March and HKonJ Assembly on 2/11/17, in Raleigh. According to signs and songs, people are upset with NC’s leadership, and also with chaos from the whitehouse, and unfit nominees being confirmed to 45’s administration despite valid arguments against them and many protests. One example is Betsy DeVos, and Senators Burr and Tillis ignoring their constituents. Read more in “Burr and Tillis: F for Fail!”

Marchers gathered at Memorial Auditorium, at 2 E. South Street, for speeches and singing, and marched together to the end of Fayetteville St, with the State Capitol in the background.

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Hats and signs! Photo Credit: Elise Paliga

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Paliga: Burr and Tillis – “F” for FAIL

I am outraged that Senators Burr and Tillis’ votes for Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos have thrown North Carolina’s children under the bus – the school bus. Senator Tillis even served as PTA President for his daughter’s High School, but that didn’t stop him from putting in office an unqualified – but filthy rich – nominee who many believe is hostile to public education. And let it be made clear this is not proof of supporting women in leadership – both Tillis and Burr have blocked well qualified African-American nominees like Loretta Lynch, Jennifer May Parker and Patricia Timmons-Goodsen.

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DeVos has no personal experience in public education, not as student, parent, teacher or administration. In fact, she has worked to undermine public education, spending more than two decades promoting taxpayer-subsidized vouchers for private and parochial school tuition and promoting publicly funded but privately run charter schools. She also tried to strip teacher unions of their influence. 

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Bunton: Galvanized to action, I went to DC to march!

The election of Trump galvanized many people in this country to take action. As a woman, mother and grandmother, I was more than appalled that my fellow citizens could elect someone so uniquely unqualified to lead one of the largest democracies in the world. I knew that I couldn’t sit back quietly. That even though I had retired from the workforce, I could not retire from speaking truth and lifting my voice for those who couldn’t. When I learned of the plans for the Women’s March on DC; I jumped on the bandwagon along with over 500,000 and possibly a million like minded people!
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View in Subway – All Going To The Women’s March, One Subway of Many! Photo Credit: Lori Bunton

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Articles on the national situation

A snapshot of how things are going with the new administration. Articles you may have missed.

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Photo Credit: Planned Parenthood Global

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Upcoming events in February and March 2017

NC NOW works with many other groups to make events happen.

With this administration in office, many protests are occurring spontaneously, and we try to post those on the NC NOW facebook page. Luckily, some marches, rallies and other events are planned in advance with enough time for us to post on our website! Here are some happening in February and March of 2017. 

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Photo Credit: Kevin A. Smith

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