Huge Step Forward For Military Justice, Finally

We are finally seeing some progress with legislation to address failures in handling sex crimes and murder in the military. In large part, the mishandling of Vanessa Guillen’s murder and social media explosion on the case exposed problems and made this possible.

Citizens Deserve Input on State Budget, 2021

Kathy Greggs, a US Army combat veteran from Fayetteville, went to the Legislature to speak to the state House Appropriations Committee for Health and Human Services to urge lawmakers to expand Medicaid, expand workers’ rights, and pass affordable housing protections. Although Greggs and others were able to sign up to speak, they were told they couldn’t speak. Greggs didn’t accept that. Here is what happened.

North Carolina NOW Legislative Update – 12 July 2021

The budget process is finally moving forward. The Senate has passed its budget and will send it to the House. The House will then pass its budget. Finally, a conference committee will be appointed that will iron out the differences and send the result to the governor, who will either sign it or veto it. Governor Cooper has already denounced the Senate budget in a great tweet. To add insult to injury, the Senate is all but inviting a veto by Governor Cooper by including non-budget-related provisions in their budget bill that limit the governor’s powers during a state of emergency.

North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #22 – 28 Jun 2021

The budget process is finally moving forward. The Senate has passed its budget and will send it to the House. The House will then pass its budget. Finally, a conference committee will be appointed that will iron out the differences and send the result to the governor, who will either sign it or veto it. Governor Cooper has already denounced the Senate budget in a great tweet. To add insult to injury, the Senate is all but inviting a veto by Governor Cooper by including non-budget-related provisions in their budget bill that limit the governor’s powers during a state of emergency.

North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #20 – 14 Jun 2021

First step of progress on the state budget – but very far to go. Some history on unapproved budgets in NC. Take action on anti-abortion bill HB 453 – call Governor Cooper! Update on SB 35, seeking to raise the marriage age FROM 14!!

Watch Military #MeToo Panel #3 Here (DV Struggles in Military)

Fayetteville NOW, Raleigh NOW, and NC NOW held a panel on DV Struggles in the Military, focusing on Issues Fort Bragg and other military installations. NC NOW chapters are concerned about the level of domestic violence occurring in military families and on military bases. We have a special interest in the plight of military spouses. We bring attention to the struggles faced by the spouses and their children along with identifying what services are offered to them or denied them. This post includes the link to watch the panel.

North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #18 – 31 May 2021

With the notable exception of the action on House Bill 453, this was another slow week at the legislature.  There have been very few committee meetings or floor votes for two weeks since the crossover deadline of May 13. A state budget impasse continues. Be sure to take action on HB453 which is moving in the NC Senate.