Category Archives: domestic violence

What I want for Valentine’s Day is Equal Rights for Women!

On Valentine’s Day, ERA bills were introduced in NC Senate and House. 

Sen. Floyd McKissick and Rep. Carla Cunningham work together introducing ERA bills in 2017 like the ones they both introduced in 2015. See WRAL coverage of the press conference atLawmakers push ratification of 1972 Equal Rights Amendment.”

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Audrey Muck introducing press conference. Photo Credit: Judy Lotas

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Fayetteville NOW Domestic Violence Awareness Event – 12/3/16

Fayetteville NOW does an annual wreath-laying ceremony to promote better awareness of domestic violence.  This is the eighth year that Fayetteville NOW has done this ceremony and lays a wreath on the grave where domestic violence victim Beryl Mitchell is buried. In 1974, Mitchell was murdered by her husband, who was later convicted of the crime. Mitchell’s daughter has attended ceremonies in the past.

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Fayetteville NOW group at wreath laying ceremony, 12/3/16. Photo Credit: Roberta Waddle

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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’s Equality Day screening of ‘Equal Means Equal’ in NC – 2016

Very excited about the Women’s Equality Day screening of ‘Equal Means Equal’ in NC. Friday, Aug 26, at 4pm, in Manteo!

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This is a must-see! Pulls you in right away. Do you remember these terrible quotes?  “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down!” Recent past, people. See the trailer here! Print your own copies or jump to links at Equal_Means_Equal_Announcment_Manteo_LVW_ERA_Links_v2_2016.

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Show Rep it is important to address TPP – 4/5/16 in Durham

Join a coalition of over 40 organizations at Congressman Butterfield’s ‘State of the District Address’ to emphasize how harmful Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is to women and the 99%.  
Our coalition of over 40 organizations (including NC NOW) has been trying to meet with Congressman BK Butterfield about TPP .  So far, he has not agreed to meet on TPP with the coalition, nor has he met with people who live in his district.  We’re taking this opportunity to show how important TPP is to so many people and organizations.
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Picture of coalition at 2/4/16 press conference which was held underneath Rep. Butterfields office building.  This was the turnout despite the rain!
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Meet at Durham Tech in Durham at 5:30 in front of the Educational Resources Center  for an event that goes from 6-7p.m.

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Thank a feminist if..

rEASONS TO tHANK A fEMINIST!

  now.logoIf you are female and …

  • you can vote, thank a feminist.
  • you get paid as much as men doing the same job, thank a feminist.
  • you went to college instead of being expected to quit after high school so your brothers could go because “You’ll just get married anyway,” thank a feminist.
  • you can apply for any job, not just “women’s work,” thank a feminist.
  • you can get or give birth control information without going to jail, thank a feminist.
  • your doctor, lawyer, pastor, judge or legislator is a woman, thank a feminist.
  • you play an organized sport, thank a feminist.
  • you can wear slacks without being excommunicated from your church or run out of town, thank a feminist.
  • your boss isn’t allowed to pressure you to sleep with him, thank a feminist.

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Thrilled that Congresswoman Alma Adams to keynote NC NOW state conference!

Big News! Congresswoman Alma Adams is the keynote speaker for the 2015 NC NOW State Conference, theme “Focusing Women’s Power NOW!”  Save the date – Oct 10, 2015, and join us in Winston-Salem, NC.

Conference registration form and more available at https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/conferences

Let’s actually support women and families in NC, Tara Romano’s Moral Monday Reunites Speech

Tara Romano gave an excellent speech on women and the harmful and spiteful legislation going forward in the Legislature.  Contrasting that with what the legislature SHOULD and COULD be doinglifting women and families up. Tara gave this at the Moral Monday Reunites event, on 29 April 2015. NC National Organization for Women is a member of NC Women United.

You can watch her speech at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vHSnkmogpA.  You can read it here (emphasis added by NC NOW).

My name is Tara Romano and I am president of North Carolina Women United.  I am proud to be working with so many women across North Carolina who know we deserve better than the  harmful and spiteful legislation we’ve see recently.

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Photo Credit: NC Policy Watch

As in the 2013 session, we’re hearing a lot of talk from legislators about women’s rights and safety and the protection of families.

It was empty rhetoric then, and it’s empty rhetoric now.  Instead we’re seeing policies based on the belief that women can’t be trusted to make our own decisions.

Supporters of House Bill 465 say it protects a women’s choice.  Unless, of course, she makes what they consider to be the wrong choice and then she’s forced to wait 72 hours to make a different choice.

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ERA Bill Being Introduced for Mother’s Day, 2015, take action!

Unequal pay for women persists even with laws on the books, pregnant women can get treated unfairly at work and civil claims of gender-based violence have been limited. ERA would make gender bias claims subject to the same high constitutional scrutiny as race bias claims receive.

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Women in NC and all over the US still need ERA in 2015

Even many people today don’t realize how far women have come – and women are still not treated fairly. Women didn’t get the right to vote in NC until 1972. “Not until 1971 did the General Assembly of North Carolina endorse the Nineteenth Amendment – http://ncpedia.org/women-suffrage” And women are still paid less for doing the same work, minority women paid much much less than white women and all men
(http://www.iwpr.org/initiatives/pay-equity-and-discrimination)

But you can help.  U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) have introduced joint resolutions that would rejuvenate efforts to ratify an equal rights amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution.  Their bill will remove the deadline for states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

You can take this action – write your US Senators (Burr and Tillis) and ask them to co-sponsor these ERA bills which are being introduced with Mother’s Day, 2015.  Or at least to support the Equal Rights Amendment bills.

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HB465 protests around the state, join us!

House Bill 465 triples the wait time before a woman is allowed to have an abortion to at least 72 hours (3 full days, and it may be longer than that depending on the clinic and the woman’s schedules).  Plus, HB465 forces doctors to send ultrasounds and more to DHHS!  NC NOW posted an article about problems with an earlier version of the bill (including that it would have broken the OB-GYN program at UNC-CH).  We also posted an article about the House hearing for HB465, in which some of the ‘conservative’ men (from a certain party) couldn’t be bothered to listen to the debate on the bill.  Find that article, and some of our good Representatives’ points on the bill at https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/2015/04/24/interfering-condescending-and-invasive-bill-hb465/.  There are still many problems with it, listed here.  Some organizations are working together to plan protests across the state to bring attention to the bill and pressure Governor McCrory to veto it.  You can help by participating in any protests, and getting the word out to friends and neighbors about how bad this bill is, writing letters to your local newspapers, etc.  The schedule of protests is first, and some more detailed problems with the bill are listed second.

The current protest schedule is as follows:

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