Media Advisory: Voting Our Future NOW Conference on Oct 9-10, 2020



  • Nancy Cook, Administrative Officer, NC National Organization for Women,
  • Gailya Paliga, President, NC National Organization for Women,, 919-539-7702

***Media Advisory*** 
NC NOW to Hold Virtual State Conference This Weekend

Raleigh, NC, October 5, 2020 – The North Carolina National Organization for Women (NC NOW) is holding its first annual state conference via Zoom this Friday evening and Saturday morning. “We are honored to have Dr. Valerie Johnson of Shaw University as Guest Speaker on Friday and our new National NOW President Christian Nunes as our Keynote Speaker on Saturday,” says NC NOW President Gailya Paliga.

The conference will include a panel discussion on “How the #MeToo Movement Can Help Fayetteville/Fort Bragg,” Dr. Johnson speaking about “Racial Injustice in the Justice System – For Women,” a choice of workshops, as well as its annual business meeting and updates on the ERA and legislative affairs.  Anyone interested can register online at

NC NOW chose as its theme “Voting Our Future NOW” in continuation of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and in concert with the 2020 elections. The theme will be the focus of NOW President Nunes’ keynote address. The panelists for the #Military MeToo panel include Deanne Gerdes, Executive Director of Rape Crisis of Cumberland County and Captain Erin Scanlon (U.S. Army, Retired), a rape survivor and victim advocate.  Both speeches and the panel discussion will include time for question and answer.

The conference will offer a choice of five workshops.  “These workshops are geared to teach participants what they can do now and in the future,” says Paliga.  Workshops include

  • “Microadvocacy,” led by Vicky DeGroote, PoliticaNC
  • “How to Get Feminists Elected,” led by Tammy Brunner, a former NOW chapter president who is running for Raleigh Register of Deeds
  • “Everything You Wanted To Know About NOW,” led by Roberta Waddle and Cindy Thomson, NC NOW leaders 
  • “Intersectional Feminism,” led by Kolieka Seigle, president of California NOW
  • “Relational Organizing,” led by Sarah Moncelle, from Feminist Majority  

The Plenary will include the annual business meeting and election of officers, as well as updates on the ERA by ERA-NC Alliance Co-President, Lori Bunton, legislative affairs by NC NOW Vice President of Political Action, Robin Davis, and the Status of Women in NC by the Executive Director of the NC Council for Women, Mary Williams-Stover.

            Members of the media are welcome to attend, and can register as Guest. Members and non-members need to register on-line at  More on the conference can be found at   Registration and credentialing begin at 6 p.m. Friday night and 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning.  The conference ends Saturday at 1p.m.



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