Charlotte NOW had a great turnout for a very informative and inspirational meeting on the “Trauma to Prison Pipeline.” The groups speaking, “Changed Choices” and “Safe Alliance”, inspired Charlotte NOW with the work they are doing as well as made attendees realize how much work still needs to be done. The Title IX Coordinator for Charlotte/Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) gave a report on what is being done in our schools for girls experiencing trauma.
Prior to the speakers, attendees enjoyed a very dramatic reading of Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I Woman” speech and an update on Harriet Tubman becoming the first woman on the $20 bill.
You can see video of her reading on the Charlotte NOW facebook page.
At this event, Charlotte NOW collected donations for Changed Choices, an organization that supports incarcerated women. They’ve been collecting supplies at each of our monthly meetings – like cleaning supplies, towels, twin sheet sets, paper goods, shelf stable foods, detergent and grocery cards. So keep that in mind when you attend the next one!
This following article relates to the Trauma to Prison pipeline event. These same women experience more trauma in our prisons that are suppose to be rehabilitating. Charlotte NOW heard these horror stories and worse from women who had been in prison and spoke at the NOW national convention last July. Female products were being taken away from them as punishment.
12 Pads Per Month? Arizona Legislature Will Vote on Restrictive Menstruation Rules, Global Citizen, 2/7/18.