Category Archives: Courts

Bus to Rally in DC Against Fake Clinics (CPCs) Telling Lies – 3/20/18

“What’s more important? The right to spread lies, fear and shame under the guise of free speech? Or the right of people seeking health care and counseling during pregnancy to receive accurate, unbiased, and comprehensive information from a licensed medical facility? An upcoming Supreme Court case may decide just that.” – Lynne Walter, Naral Pro-Choice NC

The Supreme Court said in November 2017 that it would decide whether California violates free speech guarantees to require “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs) to tell patients the truth about access to contraception services and abortion assistance. Even though the opening arguments start this month (March, 2018), standard media is not covering the case – but the anti-abortion groups are!

Crisis Pregnancy Center Protest
Photo Credit: Whole Woman’s Health Blog

On Tuesday, March 20, the U.S. Supreme Court (in Washington DC) will hear oral arguments in (National Institute of Family and Life Advocates) NIFLA v. Becerra, a case that fake women’s health centers brought to the court to overturn a California law (California Reproductive FACT ACT) that provides people with access to full and accurate information about their reproductive health options. Becerra is California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.

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Upcoming Events – January 2018

Welcome the new year with hope and ACTIVISM!

1. Monday, January 1, 2018 – Celebrating 2017 as A Year Of Resistance in Wilmington

Women Organizing For Wilmington are celebrating “2017: A Year of Resistance” on Monday, Jan 1, 2018. 12 noon at 102 N. Third Street. Rain or Snow! More at

2. Help with the planning of Women’s March Anniversary events around NC

Winston-Salem meets every Monday, Raleigh meets every Tuesday up to the Jan 20, 2018 marches. Contact organizers through the events. See event listing at Women’s March Anniversary Events (2018) in NC

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Equal Means Equal Showing in Smithfield, 12/4/17

The Equal Means Equal documentary is being shown in Smithfield, NC on December 4, 2017.

NC NOW President Gailya Paliga is speaking about the documentary and running a question and answer session after the screening of the film.

Date: Monday, Dec. 4, 2017
Time: 5:30pm-8pm
Place: Smithfield Library, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield NC
Room: Multipurpose Meeting Room, 2nd Floor

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Equal Means Equal in Northeast Raleigh on 11/10/17

Women are guaranteed equal rights under the law, right? No?!!

Equal Means Equal is being shown on Friday, Nov 10, in NorthEast Raleigh. If you haven’t seen it yet, you really should see it. If you’ve only seen it once, you may want to see it again. It shows us the real situation of women in the United States. Very intense. We will discuss afterward.

Date: Friday, Nov. 10, 2017
Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm
Place: at the Universalist Unitarians Peace Fellowship at 4104 Watkins Rd, Raleigh, North Carolina 27616

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Senators Burr/Tillis – Stop Senate Judiciary Confirmations NOW!

Indictments are disqualifying

I have followed Senator Burr’s refusal to allow a hearing to fill the long-vacant seat on the Eastern NC District Court. Senator Burr denied the chance of a Senate hearing to fill the position from two highly-qualified female African-American nominees for that important position.

Retired NC Supreme Court Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson has held important federal positions as well. Photo Credit: CSPAN

Yet when North Carolina’s chief defender of voter suppression was nominated by President Trump, both of our NC Senators, Senator Burr and Senator Tillis, approved this man’s nomination without hesitation. This is wrong. Federal Prosecutor Jennifer May-Parker and Retired NC Supreme Court Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson should have gotten their chances first, and actually May-Parker should have gotten her hearing years ago, before this vacancy became an emergency. May-Parker had been recommended by Senator Burr in the first place. Timmons-Goodson was blocked by Senator Burr when the judicial position had been vacant for 10 years!  

I am offended that President Trump nominated Thomas Farr, the chief private attorney who defended North Carolina redistricting maps and a voter identification law authored by Republican state legislators that got struck down. Farr is much less qualified than Federal Prosecutor Jennifer May-Parker and Retired NC Supreme Court Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson.

Now there is a move to rush more of President Trump’s judicial appointments through. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictments of key Trump associates demands that all action to confirm Trump nominees must cease until the investigation is complete. The chance that the sitting president will be charged with conspiracy against this nation is too great to comply with. He must not be allowed to appoint the judges who will impact our law for generations. Stop the confirmation process now.


-Gailya Paliga
President, NC National Organization of Women

EME making rounds at NC College Campuses in Sept. 2017

College women today still need to worry about major issues – safety on and off campus, being treated fairly, being paid fairly, health care coverage, and what happens when they decide to have children. Many don’t realize that the only right guaranteed for women in the Constitution is the right to vote. Even today.

We recognize the continued struggle for women to gain full constitutional inclusion in American society. We are sure that the fix for these and other problems is through the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). We’re spreading the word about the problems that women face by bringing the documentary “Equal Means Equal” to the big screen at college campuses around NC from Sept 10-17. Look for your campus showing at

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Protest for Special Prosecutor NOW! (5/12/17)

Justice requires a special prosecutor to investigate Russian interference in our election and potential illegal actions by current administration. Senators Burr and Tillis are in downtown Raleigh at the Sheraton Raleigh on Fayetteville at a ‘conservative’ event.

PROTESTS ARE HAPPENING NOW! Friday, May 12, 2017. Go join them if you can. As per upcoming events post – protests were planned (permit covers) from 11:30am to 9pm. Press Conference at 4pm – BE THERE AT 3:30PM.


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NC NOW Legislative Update #14, State Budget and Constitutional Amendments

The legislative update begins as follows. Find the whole update at North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #14.

After frantically passing more than 200 bills last week to meet the crossover deadline, the legislature did very little this week to move bills along. We are still sorting out what occurred last week and looking forward to what to expect in the coming weeks.

The budget is where the action is. Senate leadership says the Senate is on track to pass its version of the budget next week. A $581 million budget surplus is projected for the fiscal year ending June 30, which gives legislators some flexibility to expand spending and/or cut taxes. The goal is to pass a two-year budget before the beginning of the next fiscal year on July 1—a goal that often is not attained. The House will pass its version of the budget, and then a conference committee will be appointed to iron out differences between the House and Senate budgets before a final vote. The governor also drew up a budget, but the legislature probably won’t pay too much attention to it. See:, 5/5/17.

On April 25 the Senate passed a bill (SB676) that exempts bills that ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution and bills to amend the North Carolina Con-stitution from the April 27 crossover deadline—which means that any of these bills passed by the House after April 27 may be taken up by the Senate.

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NC NOW Legislative Update #7

Legislative Update for the week ending March 19, 2017, by NC NOW’s lobbyist, Robin Davis

Governor Cooper has issued his first veto.  He vetoed the bill that would make elections of District and Superior Court judges partisan.  Cooper, who led the fight to make judicial elections nonpartisan in 1990 when he was a state senator, said that judges should be elected based on their experience and ability, not on their political party.  He also noted that candidates not affiliated with a party would have a very difficult time getting on the ballot because they would be required to get signatures of 2 percent of the voters in their districts.  A three-fifths vote in both houses will be required to overturn the Governor’s veto, which is the expected outcome because Republicans have veto-proof majorities in both houses.

Both the House and the Senate have turned their attention to their respective budgets.  The budgets differ in details, but both houses are proposing plans that will benefit business and the wealthy through changes in the tax laws with the Senate plan more drastic than the plan being considered in the House.  For more details and a comparison of the proposed plans, see

As protest at the legislative building increases, the General Assembly police are studying ways to increase security.  This is an issue we need to keep an eye on.


Videoing protesters in NC Legislative Building during protests of ‘Special Sessions’ in December. 12/15/16. Photo Credit: Susan Eder

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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
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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