The Senate passed its budget more than a month ago, and now we are beginning to get a peek at parts of the House budget. Thursday morning part of the House education budget was released in the House Education Appropriations Committee. However a critical part of the education budget—salaries—was not revealed. The bottom line of the appropriation is $10.1 billion for K-12 for the first year of the biennium and $10.08 billion for the second year. For community colleges, the amount is approximately $1.2 billion each year.
Also, learn about terrible process used to push budget through.
Take action on anti-abortion bill HB 453, The scheduled override vote on this bill was postponed, not yet rescheduled – so write them now. SB 729 is a proposed amendment to the NC Constitution which would effectively ban affirmative action! It is pushed by a state Senate leader whose gerrymandered redistricting map was found by a court to discriminate against Black voters with “surgical precision.”
NC NOW announces the NC National Organization for Women Political Action Committee (NC NOW PAC) endorsements for statewide offices in the 2020 General Election, and also federal NOW PAC’s endorsements in Congress. We are excited to announce our support for candidates who have demonstrated a true commitment to women through their words and/or actions. We show the PAC Endorsements on one page. They include 91 statewide endorsements from and 9 federal ones.
NC NOW Legislative Update for Jun 1, 2020. There have been shocking developments concerning alleged sexual harassment and verbal assault in the General Assembly. Senator Erica Smith has accused Senate colleagues of harassment, assault, and bullying in incidents dating back to 2015. Complaints against legislators are handled internally and secretly by the Legislative Ethics Committee consisting of legislators who are historically reluctant to condemn any of their colleagues. These issues came to a head on September 11, 2019, when reporters witnessed Sen. Paul Lowe (D-Forsyth) being escorted out of a committee room by other Senators.
Crystal Cavelier traveled from Robeson County to speak on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women at the 2020 Raleigh Women’s March. Here is her speech. She is willing and able to speak more on this topic.
If you have not seen this important documentary, Equal Means Equal, now is your chance! 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.
It’s been a hard 4th of July with discoveries of more crimes against children and families, and a mockery of our country by a president who avoided armed forces. Consider what a long time NOW member wrote about how her views of Independence Day have changed. “As our nation celebrated the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, a peculiar feeling came over me. One I’d never felt before on the 4th of July. I felt…left out. Definitely as if I was on the outside looking in.” -KRL
Information about 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.