On Friday, 4/26/19, the House rolled out part of its budget. It includes an appropriation of 3 million dollars to test untested rape kits—Attorney General Josh Stein and Governor Cooper requested 6 million dollars. The anti-abortion Human Coalition, which funds crisis pregnancy centers, will receive 1.2 million dollars. Expect more budget information next week. For more information, see: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article229714994.html
It is always necessary to watch the budget bills because they often contain policy measures in addition to appropriations. For example, the House Education budget, released on Friday, April 26, contains a provision designed to prevent teachers from taking time off during a school day to go to the legislature to rally in support of educational issues, including their pay. The bill would require schools not to grant teachers a personal leave day unless they verify that a substitute teacher is available. Many school districts have closed schools on May 1 because there are not enough substitutes to fill in for the teachers who have taken a personal leave day to go to Raleigh.
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Every town hall is a unique experience. The Voice of Domestic Violence Town Hall in Winston Salem on 4/11/19 included experts, survivors, current warriors with powerful stories and valuable information to share! Event summary here.
Panel and Characteristics of Abusers slide. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga
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The Fayetteville State University (FSU) Sociology 400 class has been working with Fayetteville NOW and other organizations at FSU. As part of collaboration, the Sociology students organized a NOW Meet and Greet event at FSU on 3/29/19. Here are a summary and some pictures from the event.
Photo Credit: FSU Sociology 400 Class
In partnership on this Service Learning Partnership event were the class, Fayetteville Chapter of the National Organization for Women, the Fayetteville State University Office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning, The Women’s History Month Committee, Fayetteville State University Black Feminist Scholars, and Fayetteville State University Spectrum Organization.
Women have been working to get equal rights in the United States for 170 years! Too many people don’t realize women don’t have equal rights. Why is ERA catching fire now? What will it do for women and families? How can you help? North Carolina women are pushing now and pushing hard! Learn more and join the effort!
Actresses Alyssa Milano and Patricia Arquette are on board, and using their star power to bring more attention to the need for ERA. Milano said at a press conference in DC, “It’s 2019 and I still don’t have equal rights under the Constitution. Neither do any of you, the nearly 162 million women across the U.S. The absurdity is mind-boggling: because I have a vagina, my opportunities for equality and justice are limited.”
Patricia Arquette and Alyssa Milano in front. Ellie Smeal behind.
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Quotes from some of the speakers and performers at the 2019 Raleigh Women’s March. Such impressive speakers and we would prefer to be able to capture each speech and performance, but here are some pearls of wisdom. Performers got their messages across in their own unique ways.
Longtime activist Mandy Carter was one of our EmCees and also our speaker on LGBTQ issues.
Event emcees – Ashley Popio and Mandy Carter Photo Credit: Women Mobilizing NC
“I’ve been wondering how change happens. And I think the best way to describe it is the changing of hearts and minds and public policy.” – Mandy Carter
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NC NOW President Gailya Paliga to do a workshop with a UNC professor on activism and advocacy in Chapel Hill on Friday, 22 February 19. Attendees will learn about organizing events – in person events with Paliga. Attendees will learn about Professor Deen Freelon’s research of online activism, specifically #BlackLivesMatter and internet trolls. 2019 marks the 40th annual Minority Health Conference with UNC, all organized by students.
2019 Raleigh Women’s March, pre-rally picture from stage. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga
Paliga is talking about steps to organizing events large and small, including examples from the 3 women’s march events in Raleigh, annual state conferences, weekly protests like Tuesdays With Tillis in Raleigh and the Women Organizing for Wilmington events, and quickly organized events like the Domestic Violence Awareness Town Hall in Brevard last Monday.
“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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Beautiful space, great workshops – these are more reasons to attend the NC NOW State Conference
in Raleigh on Saturday, 10/20/18.
Pictured is the Atrium of the NC Advocates for Justice building. Workshops are listed below.
The conference workshops include ways feminists can make a difference now and support themselves in these challenging times. The workshops are split into two timeslots, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Fayetteville NOW participated in Fayetteville Technical Community Center (FTCC) Women’s Empowerment Day.
The motto is “When you empower women, you empower humanity! Picture it!”
Photo Credit: Fayetteville NOW
NC NOW Legislative Update #1 – 11 Feb 2018
It is difficult to report on legislative matters because so many of the most important developments take place behind in secret and are never documented. As an article in NC Policy Watch summarizes:
“Whether it’s cutting off debate on legislation, holding surprise, late night sessions, regularly ignoring the committee process, burying new and controversial laws that were never previously discussed in omnibus budget bills that cannot be amended, holding an endless series of “special” legislative sessions, refusing to record and archive all sorts of important proceedings, or even directly and blatantly punishing lawmakers who dare to speak up during debate, Republicans have evidenced little shame. Much as has been the case with gerrymandering, legislative leaders have not so much invented new tactics and tricks as they have cynically perfected and expanded the use of old ones.”
This unhealthy pattern continues.
This week the General Assembly reconvened, and legislators lost no time ramming through complex, multi-issue legislation with almost no discussion. House Bill 90 was voted out of the Appropriations Committee and passed the Senate on the same day. This omnibus bill offers a fix for the unfunded class size mandate, takes away the governor’s control of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline mitigation fund, and reorganizes the State Board of Elections (for the third time)–three unrelated issues in a single bill.
View of 2018 HKonJ rally from stage. Photo Credit: Phil Fonville
The Problems with House Bill 90