NC NOW State Conference Summary – Oct 9 and 10, 2020

NC NOW State Conference was a huge success! We tried a split approach, holding some activities on Friday evening, Oct 9, and then continuing on Saturday morning, Oct 10. Our keynote speaker on Saturday was the new National NOW President, Christian Nunes. Nunes spoke on voting and voter suppression in this all important 2020 election, and also about her vision for NOW. This went with our theme of “Voting Our Future NOW!” Included here are links a recording of the Friday evening program which includes the recording of the Military #MeToo panel and to Dr. Johnson’s speech on “Racial Injustice in the Justice System For Women.”

We were on Zoom to make sure everyone stayed safe, which also opened the conference up to members who didn’t have to travel. This also made participation easy for NOW friends across the country.

Our special guest speaker on Friday evening was Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson speaking on “Racial Injustice In The Justice System For Women.” Dr. Johnson is Dean of the School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities at Shaw University in Raleigh. Dr. Johnson is also co-director of Shaw’s new “Center for Racial and Social Justice”. 

Also on Friday, NC NOW had its first panel on the Military #MeToo movement reaching Ft. Bragg, which featured the Executive Director of Rape Crisis of Cumberland County and Captain Erin Scanlon (Army, Retired).  It was moderated by NC NOW president Gailya Paliga.

Panelists: Deanne Gerdes and Erin Scanlon; Moderator: Gailya Paliga

You can watch both the panel and Dr. Johnson’s presentation at

Topic: North Carolina NOW State Conference
Date: Oct 9, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Meeting Recording:

Access Passcode: U9Bs=?8y

The Zoom events on Friday evening were done Webinar style. On Saturday morning, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, we had the rest of the conference done regular Zoom gallery style.

Zoom View of NC NOW State Conference with Keynote Speaker NOW President Christian Nunes


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