NC may have the most untested rape kits in the nation (15,160 reported), none reported from any college campuses (according to the report from Atty General Stein’s office), rape kits are mostly not being processed and money is not being provided to track them. One huge problem is rape is rampant at universities, and universities in NC and across the country are not handling them well. But when rapes are reported in NC, the state is falling down on the job – not processing the evidence and actually sometimes throwing away the evidence. Not processing the evidence wastes more money and causes more damage in the long run.
NC NOW Legislative Update #3 of the Short Session, 4 Jun 18 talks about the budget as the most controversial in modern history—not for what it contains, but for the process it went through. The process was explained in detail in NC NOW’s Legislative Update #2 for the Short Session, 28 May 18. This week, people learned more about some inappropriate recipients of taxpayer money, and what the budget did and did not do. The Legislative Update also lists the bills that NC NOW is tracking – bill numbers, summaries, and where they are in the process.
NC NOW members delivered the pro-choice signature ad packets to all of our representatives in the NC House and NC Senate on Monday, 6/4/18. The packets included a copy of the pro-choice signature ad that we ran in Indy Week in January (as we do every year), and a letter from NC NOW. See pictures, letter, issues here.
Information and Actions to take! The NCGA is giving taxpayer money away to Crisis Pregnancy Centers. They gave $1.3 million away in the 2017 budget, and have increased the amount in the 2018 budget. The money is going to 3 CPC umbrella organizations! Take action here!
Even just the titles of these articles give you an idea how terrible this state budget is. This is the state budget for which the NCGA leadership subverted the process so there can be no amendments or discussion on it. The first two scathing articles are about the Republican leadership circumventing the budget process. The next articles are about some of the things they have done in the budget they won’t allow to be changed – they are giving $1.55 million away to anti-abortion pregnancy clinics (aka Crisis Pregnancy Clinics). They cut suicide hotline money. They refuse to fund the tracking of the 15,160 untested rape kits. They are giving veteran teachers absolutely nothing. Again. And more.
First and foremost, the NCGA Short Session budget machinations. “The Republican leadership has devised a plan to pass their budget bill without going through the normal appropriations process and blocking any amendments. ” And some response to this underhanded and hypocritical move, including an action you can take.
Stop rush of Trump’s judiciary candidates, and sordid history of Senator Burr and the Eastern North Carolina Federal Judgeship.
Take action on the 20 week abortion bans passed by the US House of Representatives on 10/3/17, This is an outrageous effort to limit access to abortion on a federal and state level. As the bill moves to the U.S. Senate, we can take action to stop it! Reproductive rights are under attack, let’s raise our voices NOW to stop abortion bans. Below are action steps to #StoptheBans, because we want #NoAbortionBan.
Update: Emergency rally to stop the Graham-Cassidy bill at Tillis’ office on Saturday, 9/23/17, in Raleigh. Bring signs and yourselves. Lots of great speakers. Pix of some past protests.
Have you called your Senators yet to tell them to vote AGAINST the latest terrible Trumpcare proposal? Please do. We *MUST* persist. See what is in the latest bad bill, and where to call and write.