Category Archives: clinic violence

Pro-choice? Then show them!

Every year, NC NOW runs a pro-choice signature ad filled with names of pro-choice North Carolinians from across the state. The ad runs to commemorate the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that gave women control over their own bodies, and is a fundraiser for NC NOW. We also deliver copies of the ad with a letter from NC NOW on legislative priorities to all of the state legislators after the legislative session starts. We have been doing this every year for decades! Now more than ever, our legislators need to be reminded that they represent pro-choice women and men, and that we vote! If you’re pro-choice – put your name to it! Let them see it in black and white (and purple).

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If you want your name in the ad, please include how you want it to appear. The signature ad is NC NOW’s main fundraiser, so please make a donation. Names are due by Monday, Jan 16, 2017. 

If you want to use a credit card, you can either run it yourself online at pro-choice signature ad – 2017 or put the information in the attached pro-choice signature ad appeal letter and mail it in. If you want to send a check, please use the 2017 signature ad appeal letter. If you mail something in, you may also want to email president at raleighnow.org, in case something happens with the mail.

If you do it yourself online then we never see your credit card number or anything, so that is the recommended way, but both ways work. Also if you do it online, please fill in the fields on the page so I get an email telling me who signed up.

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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Women Making History NOW

2016_conference_flyer-rlg-v3This year at our annual NC NOW state conference, we feature North Carolina State Auditor Beth Wood as our keynote speaker. Learn about ‘the female effect.’ Any idea how things were for women in 1966, when NOW was founded? How are women doing now? And what can we do now? Join us in Raleigh this year! We’ll have activities, panels and workshops covering legislative changes to reproductive rights, public education, immigration, voting access and rights, ERA plans, and more.

NC NOW May to July newsletter available online!

There is a lot going on with the fallout from the law known as HB 2 continuing to batter NC, the second primary that was Jun 7, the NCGA trying to change so much during the short session, protests at the legislature, continued stonewalling of African American women for federal positions (by Senator Richard Burr), teachers in the streets! Read about some of it in the NC NOW newsletter May-June 2016.

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The newsletter mentions to tragic mass shooting that happened at a gay nightclub at 2am on June 12, 2016, in Orlando, FL. A gunman “carried out the worst mass shooting in United States history, leaving 50 people dead and 53 wounded.” It does not include the Charleston 9 hate crime shooting that was the following week (after the newsletter was published). On Jun 18, 2016, nine people were murdered at a historic African-American Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where they were doing bible study. The victims included the female pastor and a Democratic Senator, also female. These two hate crimes happened within a week of each other, both in the Southeastern US.

Also read about how you can get involved. Note that chapter meetings are listed on front page of the newsletter.

Special treat: the Wisdom from the Internet on page 5.

CPC wants to move right next to women’s/abortion clinic in Raleigh

There is a big rezone case going on in West Raleigh – a Crisis Pregnancy Center (CPC) wants to rezone the house right next to an abortion clinic on Jones Franklin Rd in Raleigh. At this time, they claim they plan to use the building of the house, but to completely redesign the yard for parking, etc. The case, Z-7-16, passed the zoning commission and goes to the Raleigh City Council on Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016, at 2pm. The Raleigh NOW president is going and plans to speak, based on experience with clinic defense and also issues and workarounds with rezones. Would love to have other pro-choice and concerned citizens supporting the clinic and many concerned neighbors.

E.L. Sanders lives in that neighborhood and has been writing letters to the editor (ltes) and organizing to help the clinic and her neighborhood. See “E.L. Sanders: Harassment not needed at clinic,” News and Observer, 5/6/16.

This is what the clinic and neighbors don’t want!  Harassment. Dangerous access from next door. Doctors and staff in more danger of attacks.

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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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Free early screening of TRAPPED in Raleigh on 5/6/16

We are screening ‘Trapped’ on Friday, May 6, at 7pm at WorkPlace Options (WPO), 2912 Highwoods Blvd, in Raleigh. Filmmaker Dawn Porter examines how abortion laws affect doctors, patients and clinics in different states.

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Trapped is about TRAP laws – the Targetted Regulation of Abortion Providers. TRAP laws provide other ways to financially handicap and often close women’s clinics.

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