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 at “Lawmakers push ratification of 1972 Equal Rights Amendment.”
Audrey Muck introducing press conference. Photo Credit: Judy Lotas
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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.
Fayetteville NOW group at wreath laying ceremony, 12/3/16. Photo Credit: Roberta Waddle
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!
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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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.
Picture of coalition at 2/4/16 press conference which was held underneath Rep. Butterfields office building. This was the turnout despite the rain!
Photo Credit: Markatos Photography
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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Tagged collapse of communities, Economy, Jobs, labor, TPP, women
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.
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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 doing –lifting 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.
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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Tagged campus safety, Equal Rights Amendment, Families, Moral Monday, violence against women, women's rights
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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