Please join NOW members and leaders at Veteran Feminist of America’s “Sharing Our Stories” event in Durham on 3/31/17. This event had been previously posted on 2/2/17 in the set with upcoming February/March events on 2/2/17.
“Historians and Feminists: An Intergenerational Conversation” will begin at 9:30 am with a keynote address by Dr. Nancy MacLean. That will be followed by three panel discussions between Second Wave activists and young historians who are studying the women’s movement. Find out more at http://www.sharingourstories2017.org/. If you want to attend but don’t have a ticket, I would suggest you go to the event and see if they have room.
Just last week, on March 22, 2017, the state of Nevada ratified the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), 45 years to the day after it was passed by Congress and sent to states! This is big exciting news for women who want a permanent guarantee of basic human rights for women locked in the US Constitution.
That’s the good news. Let’s turn our attention to the stalemate that is the passage of the ERA in North Carolina. North Carolina, where only about 25% of legislators are women. (13/50 in Senate, 29 of 120 in House, per http://www.ncleg.net/library/Documents/WomenintheGA.pdf )
I’m proud to say that the National Organization for Women (NOW) has a long history of working for the ERA nationally and in North Carolina. Most of the women I know who joined NC NOW in the 1970s or early 1980s did so to pass the ERA. And many are still working for equality and fairness for women and others. Still. You could say we have a thing or two in common with Senator Elizabeth Warren – we persist.
In fact, there are two events at the NC General Assembly as part of Women’s Mobilization Monday on March 27, 2017 – a press conference at 3pm and another event at 6:30pm. We’d like to get more people there for 6:30pm, but come to either one or both!
Photo Credit: NC4ERA.Org
Jan Allen has received many awards for her work to champion reproductive rights over the years. She is a lifetime member of NC NOW, but she also co-founded Lillian’s List in 1997. Lillian’s List does active recruiting, training and supporting of progressive pro-choice woman candidates. Because of her successful work, September 3, 2015 was declared “Jan Allen Day” by the Town of Chapel Hill!
Jan received that honor for all of the work that she has done to champion reproductive freedom in North Carolina. Jan received the Susan Hill Award from Naral in 2013.
Jan will be recognized again at the “Sharing Our Stories” event on 3/31/17, in Durham NC.
When Jan’s 80th birthday was celebrated at a Lillian’s List Chapel Hill Reception, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall introduced Jan. Secretary Marshall said, “There is not a more dedicated feminist or champion of reproductive freedom in the entire state than Jan Allen!”
Jan’s work shows the powerful change people can enact on their community if they just try. Thank you, Jan!
*TODAY* we must call our US Representatives in the House and demand that they oppose the American Health Care Act, which is the first step in repealing the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). We must call today! The vote is scheduled for Thursday, Mar 23, 2017. If you can’t get through on the phone – definitely use email! Most congresspeople have a contact us interface you need to use. Do it! That way, too, your rep will likely email you a response.
“The latest version of the bill allows states to kick new mothers off Medicaid, in addition to defunding Planned Parenthood and eliminating coverage for women’s reproductive healthcare,” according to a March 21st press release from Congressional Members of the House, and other sources. Find it at In Updated Repeal Bill, Republicans Tell New Mothers: Find Work Immediately or Lose Coverage.
Call your Congressman or Congresswoman. If you live in North Carolina, find your Congresswo/man by looking up your address/zip code at http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx. Use the third map – United States House Of Representatives.
NOW Urges that Senator(s) filibuster the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch and, should a filibuster fail, vote “no”.
There are many things wrong with this man as a judge and worse as a Supreme Court justice.
According to NOW, “Neil Gorsuch has a long history of hostility towards the claims of workers, consumers, children, immigrants, LGBTQIA people, incarcerated people, people with disabilities, and others seeking protection from the privileged and powerful. Equally disturbingly, “his track record on money in politics comes down decisively on the side of billionaire donors and big corporations.” As if that weren’t enough: Gorsuch has shown, through previous judicial decisions, that he is not a supporter of women’s rights, will not protect their access to birth control, nor their constitutional right to abortion through Roe v. Wade.”
Neil Gorsuch Photo Credit: Aaron Burnstein/Reuters
From another view, can you imagine the Republicans allowing Hillary Clinton to nominate someone to the Supreme Court while she was under investigation by the FBI and by Congress?
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The Charlotte NOW chapter convened on July 5, 1972 and Charlotte NOW President Cindy Thomson was there. Thomson and another one of the original members of Charlotte NOW are presenting on chapter history for Women’s History Month. Thomson has stayed active with NOW all these years!
Second Wave Feminism Marchers and Signs – Look Familiar? Photo Credit: thinglink
In February 2017, Charlotte NOW did a presentation on Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, who were part of the First Feminist Wave. At this March event, Charlotte NOW will talk about the Second Wave Feminism that began in the mid-1960’s. Maybe you have a story to share. And if you are part of the Third Wave, beginning in the 1990’s, they’d love to hear from you, too.
In addition to the history program, Charlotte NOW members will elect new officers. If you are a member and wish to be more involved, e-mail cltnow at yahoo.com or join online here.
Date: Monday, March 27, 2017
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Place: Unitarian Universalist Church; 234 N. Sharon Amity Road; Charlotte, NC 28211