The weekly Tuesdays With Tillis protests continue into and beyond the 116th consecutive week of rallies around Senator Thom Tillis’ office in Raleigh. The topic on Tuesday, April 9, was the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). NC NOW President Gailya Paliga was one of the speakers, and messages about violence against women were also conveyed through song and chants. Karen Ziegler was the emcee. There was also singing, chanting, marching, and interactive discussion of issues.
Karen Ziegler set the agenda and asks some important question concerning VAWA. Karen said, “Violence Against Women is a red line that runs through so many things with this administration.” And attendees came up with examples, including policy violence toward immigrants, attacks on reproductive rights, and with the global gag rule and new never before done domestic gag rule. The clear need for an Equal Rights Amendment to protect women in the US came up.
Karen introduced Gailya Paliga who talked about what VAWA does, why it’s reauthorized every 5 or so years, what kind of changes are in the 2019 version. See more about what was in Paliga’s speech at About the Violence Against Women Act.
Karen also had written the letter that attendees signed and that would be sent to Senator Thom Tillis.
The Triangle Raging Grannies sang a song about Pass the Violence Against Women Act! VAWA the refrain of “No more rape and no more beatings, women rise, we’re tired of BLEEDING! We’re rising up to tell you that our bodies are our own – pass the violence against women act!”
Jonathan Halperen performed “Still I Rise”, a song he wrote for the Raleigh Women’s March.
There was marching and chanting.
The event ended with Imagine. Our most excellent Michael Flaherty led Imagine and supported other songs.