Category Archives: education

Voices from the Coverage Gap Event on 8/27/19 with Raleigh NOW

“Living without health insurance is like playing Russian Roulette with your life.” Jesse, Moore County. All over our State, many North Carolinians are unable to get the medical care they need because they don’t have any health coverage. Rebecca Cerese, the Health Engagement Coordinator for the NC Justice Center, amplifies their stories, in hopes of creating real policy change. She will be sharing some of these stories and discussing ways we can work together to fix this problem.

Filmmaker Rebecca Cerese at work

Filmmaker Rebecca Cerese at work, Photo Credit: Steve Whitsitt

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Event Summary: Many Issues with State Budget, Not Medicaid Alone

A coalition of organizations held a community conversations event “Public Education, Medicaid Expansion and the State Budget” in Fayetteville on Thursday, 7/25/19. Attendees heard from many very well qualified speakers on two panels – the first panel included community leaders, doctors, patients on need for Medicaid Expansion and returning public education to place of importance in state,  and the second panel included  some history of Medicaid expansion in NC and current shenanigans and chances with past and present lawmakers. 

Early full house from back Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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NC NOW Legislative Update #22 – 7/1/19

Go directly to the NC_NOW_Legislative_Update #22 (1 Jul 19), with summary and bill listings. Written by Robin Davis, NC NOW Vice President of Political Action and Lobbyist. Summary follows.

The legislature passed the budget on Thursday, June 27, and the governor vetoed it the next day.  Governor Cooper stated that he did not veto the budget solely because it does not contain Medicaid expansion.  He believes it also fails in the areas of education and the economy.  He will offer a counter-proposal.  For more information, see:  https://governor.nc.gov/news/governor-cooper-vetoes-gop-budget-fails-public-education-health-care-and-economy.   If an agreement between the governor and the legislative leaders cannot be reached before the end of the fiscal year, there will not be a government shut-down; everything will continue to be funded at its present level.

The budget also quadrupled support for Human Coalition, a Texas-based anti-abortion organization that runs a crisis pregnancy center in Raleigh whose main focus is to convince women to carry their pregnancies to term.  The Raleigh News and Observer has done in-depth reporting on Human Coalition and other crisis pregnancy organizations that receive state funding:  see https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article231719523.html

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NC NOW Legislative Update #20 – Updates on State Budget – 6/17/19

See NC_NOW_Legislative_Update #20 (17 Jun 19), with summary and bill listings. Summary follows.

Last week the House and Senate leaders appointed budget conference committee members to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the budget. Budget chairs from both the House and Senate will serve as chairs.  For committee members, see: https://www.ncleg.gov/Legislation/Bills/Conferees/2019/H966.  No Senate Democrats were appointed to the committee, and only two House Democrats were appointed: Rep. Charles Graham, D-Robeson, and Rep. Elmer Floyd, D-Cumberland–the only Democrats who voted for the House budget.

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NC NOW Legislative Update #13 – Proposed Budget Part 1 – 29 April 2019

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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Voices of Domestic Violence Town Hall – Triad – 4/11/19

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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FSU and Fay NOW Meet and Greet Event, 3/29/19

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.

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ERA: Alyssa Milano Wants It. How About You?

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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2019 Raleigh Women’s March Speakers and Quotes

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 Prez to Present at Minority Health Conference in CH, 2/22/19

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.

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