Category Archives: civil rights

Equal Means Equal Screening and Discussion – 9/17/19

Equal Means Equal is a groundbreaking film on women’s rights.

Learn about the true status of women and girls in the United States. This documentary follows Kamala Lopez as she journeys across the country to learn what women think about their lives, and how or if they want them to change. The interviews tell the stories of four generations of American women grappling with the status of their rights, the issues they face and how these have impacted our society. Lopez talks with women from the well-known, such as actress Patricia Arquette, and legendary feminist Gloria Steinem, to the unknown, including gang girls and hotel maids, to find out how being female impacts daily life, whether economically, politically or socially.

The film runs 90 minutes. Afterward, there will be time for discussion. You will want to discuss!

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Upcoming Events in Raleigh – mid January thru February 2019

Here are some upcoming events in Raleigh – mid January through end of February. Join us at one or all! There are 3 big march events scheduled in this one month period – MLK March, Raleigh Women’s March and Rally and the HKonJ March and Rally. Plus an important advocacy day on a topic which would be a win/win/win for all of North Carolina – Medicaid Expansion.

1. The MLK March is on Monday, Jan 21, in downtown Raleigh. Meet on the Edenton St. side of the NC Capitol in Raleigh, at 10:40am. March step-off is at 11am. There are events all that weekend, including a breakfast before the march. Join us and carry signs or banner or just join us! Going to lunch afterwards as the group does every year.

Raleigh NOW’s facebook event on the march – https://www.facebook.com/events/754196291623076/

MLK march, 13 Jan 2017

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Stop Kavanaugh Events Around NC – starting 9/4/18

The Senate Confirmation Hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh begin on 9/4/18. Protests are planned around the state this week, many on Tuesday, September 4th. Feel free to make your own and post in a comment or email president at raleighnow.org so we can help advertise. 
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These events are focused on our US Senators, Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, since our Senators get to vote on this nomination. In fact, it is their Senate duty of “advice and consent.” Under the Constitution, presidential nominations for executive and judicial posts take effect only when confirmed by the Senate. The Senate’s job is to make sure the nominee is qualified, and if not, to vote no. 
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#SaveScotus rally in Raleigh on 7/10/18 with Tuesdays With Tillis group. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

Raleigh at Tillis’ office- The weekly Tuesdays With Tillis rally topic is “Stop Kavanaugh.” We always have a great showing for these, but this week we’re pulling in speakers on a variety of topics – reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, civil rights/discrimination, environment, workers’ rights, abortion access threats, immigrant rights, threats to Planned Parenthood services. These areas and more are threatened should Brett Kavanaugh get a lifetime appointment on the US Supreme Court.
Date: Tuesday, 9/4/18
Time: 11:30am-12:30pm
Place: 310 New Bern Ave, Raleigh NC

Facebook eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/587332478330068/.

Charlotte  – Grassroots protest on the first day of confirmation hearings.

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A New Horizon Is Coming – Fayetteville Women’s Rally, 1/20/18

Fayetteville Chapter of NOW is sponsoring a Women’s Rally, on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at 1pm at the Downtown Market House in Fayetteville, North Carolina. 

We are commemorating the anniversary of last year’s historic Women’s March on Washington (2017), and more importantly, we are celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court Decision Roe v Wade (January 22, 1973).  It’s that historic ruling that declared women’s right to privacy, afforded via the 14th amendment (due process), extends and affords women the right to have an abortion.

Additionally, we ask women who believe and realize that they can make a difference to stand with us, to join us.  It will be the women (and the men who support us) working to dismantle the barriers that create the following.

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Vote! You have the power of 10!

Be sure to vote in this municipal election, where you have the most say! Charlotte did their primary in September, and only 8.73% of voters voted (which is appalling). So you may say that each of those votes counted more than 11 times. Voter turnout may be low in Wake Co, too. Raleigh and Cary vote on Oct 10, 2017. So if it’s 10% turnout, your vote may count 10 times over!

People across NC can look up their voting sites, voting history and ballot at https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/. People can look up friends and family who live in NC too.

Early voting is now. In Wake County, early voting started on Sept 21 only at the Wake County Board of Elections Office at 337 S. Salisbury St in Raleigh. This site is open at 8:30am to 5pm from Monday to Friday this week (Oct 2 to Oct 6) and from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, Oct 7.

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Why nominee Neil Gorsuch is bad for the US Supreme Court

Please join some of NC’s progressive organizations as we speak out against Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Monday, March 20, at 11am, at 310 New Bern Ave, in front of Senator Thom Tillis’ office. See the facebook event for “Media event: Progressives speak out against Neil Gorsuch” at https://www.facebook.com/events/143022306221621/
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NOW Urges that Senator(s) filibuster the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch and, should a filibuster fail, vote “no”.
Main issues described in NOW’s brief.
  1. Republicans do not deserve control of this stolen seat.
  2. Gorsuch has a history of hostility toward all kinds of regular and disadvantaged people seeking protections from the privileged and the powerful.
  3. He tends to rule for billionaire donors and big corporations.
  4. He has a frightening willingness to limit women’s access to health care.
  5. He is extremely anti-abortion based on his writings.

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NC NOW Legislative Update #5 – 5 Mar 17

Governor Cooper introduced his proposed budget for FY 2017-2018 on March 1, 2017. It emphasizes increased spending on education and expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Since Republicans have veto-proof majorities in both houses, it is more aspirational than practical, and it is unlikely that the proposals in this budget will make much progress in the General Assembly. For highlights, see: http://www.wral.com/highlights-of-gov-roy-cooper-s-proposed-statebudget/16560168/

Durham Tech, where Governor Cooper proposed his first budget

Governor Cooper introduced his budget at Durham Technical Community College

There were dueling press conferences in the Legislative Building on the repeal of HB2. Proponents of a full repeal with no strings attached were pitted against supporters or the bipartisan HB186 that would repeal HB2 but also allow opponents of local ordinances to call for a referendum on any proposed ordinance. The Governor weighed in by observing that a compromise bill was possible if proponents of HB186 would negotiate over the referendum provision—which so far they will not do. For a fuller account, see http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/statepolitics/article135420484.html

Senator Norman Sanderson of Pamlico County has filed a draconian bill to crack down on local governments and public universities that don’t comply with federal immigration laws or violate the state’s 2015 law against sanctuary city policies. The bill (S145) would strip funding from state universities that do not comply with the law and deprive local governments of revenue from a wide variety of sources. There are disturbing indications that the Senate leadership may support this bill. A milder bill (H63) is being considered in the house that does not target universities and has a shorter list of state revenue sources that would be denied to municipalities. For more details see: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/statepolitics/article135544723.html

Lawsuit Updates
Since our Republican-dominated General Assembly has been passing law after law that is being or has been challenged in court, in addition to keeping up with new legislation introduced this session, I believe it is equally important to track the status of the various challenges to laws that have already been passed.

See the whole North_Carolina_NOW_Legislative_Update_5 from 5Mar17, including bill tracking.

Update on Women’s Marches in DC and around US on 1/21/17

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!

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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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Activist Mandy Carter being honored again

It has been my honor and my pleasure to introduce long time activist and my friend, Mandy Carter at past events. NC National Organization for Women (NOW) claims her, but her work and interests reach beyond women’s issues. Carter has spent her adult life as an activist working for women, on lesbians and gay issues, for African Americans. She works to better our lives and has founded organizations to continue and formalize work on these issues.

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Mandy Carter Reading Reverend Doctor Pauli Murray’s Poetry at the 2016 NC NOW Conference on 10/1/16. Photo Credit: Rachel Goldstein

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Pro-Choice Signature Ad Packets are ready!

Join us to deliver the Pro-Choice Signature Ad Packets to our legislators at their offices in Raleigh on Monday, 5/23/16.  We run our pro-choice signature ad in Indy Week every year to commemorate the Roe v. Wade anniversary.  Later during the year, we deliver packets including signature ads to our legislators to remind them of the many pro-choice residents of our state.

Members from around NC are delivering NC NOW’s pro-choice signature ad packets to all of our legislators on May 23, 2016. Please join us!  This year our packet includes a letter from NC NOW summarizing anti-choice legislation and the harm that HB 2 does, an article about anti-choice legislation signed into law in 2015, as well as an article about how disastrous HB 2 is for women.

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Roberta Waddle speaking out against HB465 on May 8, 2015, in Fayetteville NC. Part of “Don’t Break Your Promise” tour. Photo Credit: Hannah Osborne

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