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.
Great news on the Irwin Detention Center from the Georgia NOW President, Triana Arnold James. Georgia NOW had been fighting the alleged sterilizations and other terrible conditions at the Irwin Detention Center in Georgia since last September when a whistleblower exposed conditions there. Nurse Dawn Wooten became a whistleblower last September when she exposed that a doctor waas sterilizing many many women without their consent at this detention center, ‘shoddy Covid care’ as well as the shredding of medical records at Irwin. In addition, The Daily Beast had reported last fall that the doctor who ordered and performed the hysterectomies, Dr. Mahendrakumar Amin, is not even a board-certified OB-GYN. How dare ICE use someone like that. Raleigh NOW was also very interested in this situation, and a member had written to the Georgia state medical board on the terrible doctor. Investigations were reopened on detention center and on this doctor. Action to take to help detained immigrants.
Find the program for the Second Military #MeToo Reaches Ft. Bragg Panel – 1/7/21 at Military_MeToo_Reaches_Ft._Bragg_Program.v5. Please download or save for your own use.
Chapel Hill NOW is supporting the Compass Center for Women and Families in providing shelter victims of domestic violence.
Over 45 people attended the protest for justice for Vanessa Guillen at the State Capitol in Raleigh on 7/25/20, from 5pm-8pm. Here is a summary with pictures, one of the speeches, and a poem that was performed. This was one of 3 protests for Vanessa Guillen that I know about that day. We were flattened along the sidewalk due to fencing around the Capitol grounds.
Twists in a legal case of rape in the military at Fort Bragg clearly demonstrate that the U.S. Army still is failing in its responsibility to investigate and prosecute sexual harassment and assault charges from their members. The military at Fort Bragg interfered in Captain Erin Scanlon’s military sexual assault case in multiple ways, interfering with her support system and taking over the case. Months after her alleged rapist was acquitted, Scanlon filed a claim against the Army on grounds that her case was mishandled at Fort Bragg. The military denied the claim, citing the controversial Feres Doctrine. Since then, Scanlon has left the Army, and has become an outspoken advocate for military oversight.
The next NOW state presidents push: Denim Day 2020 on Apr 29. Denim Day is a campaign to get people to focus on Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This is an inspiring and powerful opportunity to practice solidarity and support survivors by renewing our commitment to exposing harmful behaviors and attitudes surrounding sexual violence. NOW state presidents are using this to push Congress to reauthorize VAWA, and thanking those who are already working for this. Continue reading
Please join us for the online Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and People (MMIWGP) rally scheduled for 4/25/20, from 10am-1pm. Emcee Crystal Cavelier, Founder of MMIW NC Coalition and Co- Organizer of March has provided an agenda. NC NOW is one of the cosponsors, and NC NOW President Gailya Paliga is one of the speakers. Find link to event and the agenda in this post.
On Saturday, April 25th, families of victims along with state-wide women’s organizations will host a Facebook live gathering that focuses on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and People (MMIWGP). This online event will go from 10am to 1pm EST. A host of speakers and performers are participating in this online rally. This is a call to action for activists, supporters and families to raise awareness, attention and bring justice to the many indigenous women and girls who have disappeared or have been murdered in NC.
We are so very excited about the Raleigh Women’s March on Sunday, Jan 26, 2020! See video inviting you to Raleigh Women’s March here. You may recognize someone in this one ;-). The march begins at the Legislative Building at 16 W. Jones St and ends up at Halifax Mall. We have great speakers andContinue reading “Insiders View of Raleigh Women’s March – 1/26/20”