The January, February and March 2019 newsletter is available. January and February have been a whirlwind of activity – 6 women’s marches around the state, getting people to other marches, NC NOW’s annual pro-choice signature ad, and organizing other events and advocacy days. Also, strong reactions to administration activities and lawmakers. There is plenty more to do in March and the rest of the year! NOW chapters choose what they want to do—Charlotte NOW actively working against ICE raids, Fayetteville NOW continues to work collaboratively against racism and sexism. Raleigh NOW is involved with rallies at Senator Tillis’ office highlighting ICE raids and the domestic gag rule (Mar 12). Following NC NOW’s website and on facebook will help you keep much more up to date on activities.
ERA is in the air and in the news! See March 5 ERA bill introduction and more on (page 1), and read about ERA Advocacy Day (1/30/19) on page 2.
Raleigh NOW is doing dinner and a movie with “Seeing Allred,” about Women’s Rights Attorney Gloria Allred, and a potluck. Fayetteville is having its 20th annual Susan B. Anthony event on March 12 (page 5), and Triad NOW is starting a new tradition with an International Women’s day luncheon on March 9 (page 4). NOW events are listed on the calendar on page 1. General meeting dates and contacts for NOW chapters are also listed on page 1.
NC NOW president Gailya Paliga was the emcee at a domestic violence awareness town hall in Brevard that was organized in response to a restraining order against state lawmaker (Rep. Cody Henson, R-Transylvania). It took his young wife almost a year to get legal help in the form of the restraining order. The event went far beyond that case, highlighting experts and victims. Summary on page 3-4 of the newsletter and on the website. NC NOW and Progress NC organized this together.
NC NOW is part of the health care coalition which planned the Medicaid Expansion Advocacy Day on 2/27/19. 500 people signed up! The press conference included lawmakers, two victims and a doctor who loses patients because of no or insufficient health care and other problems Medicaid expansion would address. People came from all over the state and scheduled meetings with their representatives. A whole bus came from Wilmington.
You help push for what is best for women and allies by protesting in person, by writing, by voting! But also by joining and staying a member of NOW —membership form on pg 6. Join an existing chapter or make your own chapter (with us), and start learning together and planning education or protest events. Stay up-to-date through email, our NC NOW website and facebook pages, events, and chapters. Send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Find past newsletters online at northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/newsletters/.
Be sure to check chapter’s facebook pages for more timely and up-to-date upcoming events and event reports.