I learned so much from a man I knew so little about, that man’s name was Gene R. Nichol. I went not knowing what to expect, I came out feeling empowered knowing that there’s someone out there who cares. For 2 hours it felt as if I was constantly being punched in the back by Mike Tyson, and kicked by Bruce Lee.
Professor Gene Nichol, Alfonso Cristobal, and Gailya Paliga Photo Credit: Alfonso Cristobal
Organizing a national Women’s March on Washington in Washington DC has been an adventure. First, let us recognize that there is a lot of interest in protesting in DC. Asheville NOW filled a bus in less than a week. Charlotte NOW is filling one now. And there are about 20 buses from North Carolina alone. At first the organizers didn’t realize they absolutely needed permits, where to send the buses, etc. Then, when Alice Cohan, of Feminist Majority (formerly of National Organization for Women/NOW) jumped in to help get permits, they found out many groups tried for permits for that date and those places, and they were working through the process. Then things changed and all protesters were being blocked from using normal rally/protest sites like large sections of Pennsylvania Avenue, as well as the Washington Monument, the National Mall and the Lincoln Memorial! Now there is an update from that – we finally have a site. But here is some background on the process. Never discount a bunch of angry women!
Picture from the March for Women’s Lives in 2004. Raleigh NOW delivered 3 buses and Mandy Carter of SONG delivered another from Durham. Our 4 buses traveled together to the national march.
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- Dec. 3 Annual wreath laying in memory of Beryl Mitchell – DV victim. Here is a link to an article about Fayetteville NOW’s 2015 memorial – “Not a bad father, daughter says, except ..“
- Dec. 5 Third Mirrors of Privilege, part of a series to open discussions on racism. This series follows the Cracking the Codes series discussed in the newsletter and at the NC NOW conference – read more at NC NOW Newsletter Oct-Nov 2016
- Dec. 6 Court Watch training
- Dec. 13, 6:00 pm, Holiday Party – Scrub Oaks Restaurant
- Dec. 14 – practice court watch training at court with Rakeem Jones assault victim at Trump event.
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December is busy with some celebrating and some reminiscing. Indoor event in Raleigh on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Outdoor holiday parade and march in Durham on Saturday, Dec. 10.
Join Raleigh NOW on Tuesday, Dec. 6, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of NOW with the documentary “She’s beautiful when she’s angry,” looking at why NOW was founded. Think about how far we’ve come. On the flip side, I am sure we’ll want to discuss how far we still need to go, as shown with the presidential campaigning and election.
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Not only is this cake beautiful, but it tasted amazingly good. I don’t even like cake much in general. But this beautiful cake, which sported the colors and the logo of the brand new ERA-NC Alliance group, was awesome!
Ketchie Creek Cake Photo Credit: Pat Sledge
It was served at the reception of our ERA-NC Alliance Launch event, “Why the ERA, Why NOW”? The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution that would expressly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex.
The launch event, which included a press conference, a panel discussion, and a reception, was to celebrate a coalition of women’s groups and individuals who are formally working together to get the Equal Rights Amendment passed. ERA-NC ALLIANCE is a non-partisan, lead organization of the National ERA Coalition. See the program and the lead organization for the launch event at ERA-NC Commissioning Program 4-12-2016v4
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“Women and men are equals, yet they are not treated equally under the law or in American society,” as ERA Coalition states.
See this and other quotes from the NC NOW President’s speech at the ERA-NC Alliance Launch event on Equal Pay Day (4/12/16) at Wake Forest University. The speech includes surprising statistics and interesting quotes (some below). Also includes some examples of NC’s war on women including how House Bill 2 is DISASTROUS for women! The speech file includes links to sources for some of the surprising statistics.
‘Happy Equal Pay Day’ said no woman ever! – anonymous
This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. And there are multiple Equal Pay Day dates.
Economic security was one of the topics covered in the morning of NC NOW’s state conference on Oct 10, 2015. Tazra Mitchell, Policy Analyst at NC’s Budget and Tax Center (BTC), spoke on economic security in NC, especially for women, due to changes in state budgets and policy. Mitchell’s work at BTC includes analysis of poverty, income inequality, and state fiscal policy.
Photo Credit: NC Budget and Tax Center
On the problems North Carolinians face, Mitchell pointed out that there are not enough jobs for people who want to work. 91 counties have more jobless workers than job openings. And the share of NC workers earning poverty wages is substantial, up from 2000. According to the Economic Policy Institute’s Analysis of US Census Bureau data, in 2013, 31.3% of workers earned poverty wages (versus 25.6% in 2000).
Mitchell is also the Second Vice President of NC Women United, a coalition of progressive organizations committed to achieving full equality and empowerment for women. Slides from her presentation are available on NCWU’s website at http://www.ncwu.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Broken-Economic-Model-and-Policy-Keep-Economic-Security-Out-of-Reach-for-Many-Tar-Heel-Women.pdf
Mitchell wrote about the NC NOW Conference on behalf of NCWU at http://www.ncwu.org/nc-nows-annual-conference/
Read more on the state conference “NC NOW Conference Focuses Feminist Power“
Note: This post was written on Oct 22, 2015, but didn’t get posted until March 2015. Still completely relevant today.
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By Sarah Moncelle
On Feb 1, 2016, the Wake County Commission for Women (WCCW) released the State of Employment for Women in Wake County, a wide-ranging and informative report that tracks and evaluates the current condition of Wake County women in the work force. In addition to assessing the level of income disparity between the sexes, the study identifies and investigates the barriers to access job-seeking women face when entering and re-entering the labor market. It further provides an overview of programs that exist to assist women in overcoming such impediments and offers a set of recommendations to reduce their effect.
The report reveals a significant income gap (almost 30%) between the sexes despite similar levels of education; currently, the median earnings for females over 25 in Wake County are more than $15,000 less than that of males. Holding true to wider trends at the state and national levels, this gap is even wider for women of color;
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Governor McCrory signed the anti-immigrant House Bill 318 on 10/28/15. I wonder if he ever took the time to find out why this bill is callous and cruel. He didn’t speak with the many organizations and people who have been rallying to get his attention across the street from the Governor’s Mansion for 4 weeks.
Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga
The anti-immigration parts take effect immediately, so a lot of police departments are going to be scrambling to understand what the bill does right now. Taking away food stamps from certain vulnerable populations takes effect next July.
Because this bill is expected to cause so many problems, NC Justice Center announced a #HB318 hotline to receive information about implementation problems with the new law: (919) 526-0676.
More on this bill in the following places, among others.
Articles on national issues affecting women to consider. What do you know about the Hyde Amendment? You must realize the need for “paid sick leave.” Ever consider the need for “paid safe time”? Have you heard about the Alabama Judge trying to be the next Kim Davis? Think about the Supreme Court ruling which opened the door for them – Hobby Lobby. And more right here.
To Fight Inequality, Support Women’s Work
“Income inequality has been rising in nearly all advanced countries since the 1980s, but the increase in women’s earnings has helped slow its growth. That means work-family policies that help keep women in the workforce—including paid family leave, paid sick days, and access to affordable child care—are some of the most promising and underused policy tools for fighting inequality, both in the present and in the future.”
More on policies that work at “To Fight Inequality, Support Women’s Work” from The Center for American Progress.
When we talk about paid sick, family and medical leave please include “paid safe time.”
“Domestic violence permeates our workplaces. About one in five full-time workers in America have experienced some form of domestic violence. Of those, 96 percent of victims had the crime spill over into work. Contrary to popular belief, domestic violence is not a private crime, and some workers have trouble addressing its aftermath because of the way workplaces are structured. Supportive employers and thoughtful public policy — such as paid safe time — can help these workers meet their needs.”