Category Archives: Courts

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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De Pas: Shocking VAWA Statistics; US Senators, Do Your Job!

The statistics are shocking: A woman is murdered by a male, intimate partner with a gun every 16 hours; one in five women and one in 29 men are raped in their lifetimes; one in four women and one in seven men experience severe physical abuse by an intimate partner in their lifetimes; one in six women and one in 19 men experience stalking in their lifetimes; and these acts disproportionately impact women and members of underserved communities.

#VAWA is topic at Tuesdays With Tillis event on 4/9/19. Senator Tillis has an office at this Federal Building in Raleigh. Photo credit: Jacalyn Engler

                I am writing today to urge our community and our elected officials to support the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) with necessary enhancements and specific, targeted fixes. VAWA, for which authorization lapsed mid-February 2019, saves lives, supports families, and needs to be reauthorized promptly. A strong, bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill (H.R. 1585) passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 263-158. The Senate is currently working on its own bill, and it must be substantially similar to the House bill to:

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Stop The Terror, Close The Camps, 7/2/19

The treatment of immigrants and immigrant children is heartbreaking, and must be stopped. Children’s situations are reported in their own words, in  “Children Inside Texas Detention Centers Describe Squalid Conditions” by the RollingStone, on 6/27/19. One child after another states how bad conditions are inside Texas detention camps.

Trail of onesies because babies and children are taken from their families

Photo Credit: Stacie Borrello

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NC NOW Newsletter Available – January/February/March 2019

The January, February and March 2019 newsletter is available. January and February have been a whirlwind of activity – 6 women’s marches around the state, getting people to other marches, NC NOW’s annual pro-choice signature ad, and organizing other events and advocacy days. Also, strong reactions to administration activities and lawmakers. There is plenty more to do in March and the rest of the year! NOW chapters choose what they want to do—Charlotte NOW actively working against ICE raids, Fayetteville NOW continues to work collaboratively against racism and sexism. Raleigh NOW is involved with rallies at Senator Tillis’ office highlighting ICE raids and the domestic gag rule (Mar 12).  Following NC NOW’s website and on facebook will help you keep much more up to date on activities.

Charlotte NOW at Charlotte Women’s March – 1/26/19 Photo Credit: Charlotte NOW

ERA is in the air and in the news! See March 5 ERA bill introduction and more on (page 1), and read about ERA Advocacy Day (1/30/19) on page 2.

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Beware of Ballot Falloff/Ballot Fatigue—Important Choices at End!

The farther down the ballot an office is, the fewer the number of votes that will be cast for it. This is called “ballot fatigue. NC’s 2018 general election, the ballot is 2 pages long (the ones I have seen, anyway). It is common for people who go to the polls not to vote for every contested position or proposed initiative. The difference between how many people go to the polls and how many actually vote on a specific issue or candidate is called voter falloff. For example, if a million voters cast ballots for president, but only 200,000 are cast for supreme court justice, then the falloff is 800,000 or 80%. The level of falloff varies from race to race and issue to issue.

Random Sample Ballot from the 2018 general election. See how Judicial Offices are at the end of the partisan offices. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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Kirkendale: Re-energized to Persist at the 2018 NC NOW Conference

“Ladies all across the world
Listen up, we’re looking for recruits
If you with me, lemme see your hands
Stand up and salute
Get your killer heels, sneakers, pumps or lace up your boots
Representing all the women, salute, salute.”

“Salute” by Little Mix

Audrey Muck aptly chose this song as accompaniment to her update on the ERA, inspiring us to dance in and out of our seats – much needed during the 2pm time slot! The Women Rising Up NOW! 2018 State Conference couldn’t have come at a better time for me personally: deeply discouraged by the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, following two back to back trips to Washington DC to join the “angry mob” of dedicated women, survivors and allies from across the country in bird-dogging, direct actions, and speak-outs at the U.S. Senate and at the Supreme Court, I missed the company of kindred spirits acutely.

Photo Credit: Jenn Alexander

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Insightful #BelieveWomen Posts on Social Media

Capturing some great posts about the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett #Kavanaugh testifying on Thursday, 9/27/18. Will the Senate Judiciary Committee actually take a vote tomorrow when only one of many accusations will have been heard in any way by the committee, and this one barely explored, not investigated. This is a crazy way to handle these accusations which are part of Kavanaugh’s job interview. As his potential employer, I’d be running like the wind to get away from him. But also, there are 5 major different accusations against Kavanaugh, each of which has other related witnesses. Just talking to the first woman, with no witnesses and no plans to talk to other people, is completely insufficient for any investigation. We need the FBI involved for a real investigation, and so there are consequences to lying.

Would like to mention how beautifully Dr. Ford has been handling it, and how badly Senator Chuck Grassley, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is handling himself. See “People Are Fed Up With Sen. Chuck Grassley Interrupting Women In Senate Hearing,” HuffPost, 9/27/18. The way #Kavanaugh behaved during his time will be the stuff of legends, and some of that behavior is referenced below.

Quotes:

If you don’t believe there’s such a thing as rape culture and that it still prevails in the US, please consider the fact that Mark Judge, who was involved in the sexual assault with Kavanaugh, is allowed to hide away in some luxury beach home during all this, while his victim, Blasey Ford, is forced to publicly relive what is undoubtedly one of the most, if not the most, traumatic events of her life in front of the whole nation in front of a panel of men whose sole goal is attack, degrade, and discredit her.  
– SS, Morrisville, 9/27/18

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Kavanaugh confirmation is in serious trouble. 9/18/18

Many topics were covered at the 9/18/18 #StopKavanaugh protest, including the threat Kavanaugh poses to disabled people, his views and comments about Native Hawaiians’ rights, and the current status of Kavanaugh’s situation thanks to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation of sexual assault. This post includes links to the speeches on threats to disabled people and how the confirmation situation is in serious trouble. Speakers were at the Tuesdays With Tillis rally in front of Senator Thom Tillis’ office. Tillis is on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Chanting outside of Senator Tillis’ office in Raleigh. Photo Credit: Michael Eisenberg

Kavanaugh is a right-wing ideologue (it takes a special talent to see birth control as a form of abortion) whose confirmation would endanger health care, workers rights, women’s control of their own bodies, voting rights, consumer protection and more, for generations. He also sounds more like a Republican politician than a conservative judge, as Senator Dianne Feinstein said in her LA Times op-ed,”Why I’m voting ‘no’ on Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination.”

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Town Halls Around NC – #SaveRoe and #SaveSCOTUS – August 2018

The threat to overturn the historic Roe v Wade decision, as well as threat to women’s basic health care in general, has increased since the election of 45, the nominations of both Neil Gorsuch (now seated on SCOTUS, Supreme Court Of The United States) and Brett Kavanaugh. We must stand firm and fight for the preservation of reproductive rights and the sanctity of #SCOTUS.  Make plans to attend any town hall meetings near you to show your support for Roe and SCOTUS. These town halls are hosted by Progress North Carolina, NC NOW, Naral Pro-choice North Carolina, Equality NC, Action NC and more organizations.

Upcoming events:

Update on 8/22/18: the Triad #SaveScotus event is being rescheduled from 8/23/18 to 8/29/18.

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Tell Your NC Representatives To Let Vetoes Stand

Write your representatives and the NCGA leaders and tell them NOT to override Governor Cooper’s vetoes. Read more about the situation with the #NCGA interference in the constitutional amendment captions and the NC Supreme Court election at “Tell the NCGA to stop their dirty tricks. #NixAllSix! 8/4/18.” See how to contact them and get an idea of what you could say here.

#NixAllSix and #SHAME signs – the right size for the galleries. Photo Credit: Arsidez Leon

Here is a polite version of a letter to use verbatim or as an example. Also see here where to look up your current state representatives too (not the ones in the November election).  You are welcome to edit and use your own words. If you write them, it is likely their office will respond. If you call, less so.

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