Category Archives: education

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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Kirkendale: Re-energized to Persist at the 2018 NC NOW Conference

“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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Conference Workshops – Women are Rising Up! 2018

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.

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Fayetteville NOW at FTCC, 5/1/18

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

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NCGA Reconvened – what happened already, updates on redistricting and judges

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.”

(http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2018/02/06/darkness-descends-general-assembly/)

This unhealthy pattern continues.

They’re Baaaaaack!

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

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Advocacy Basics Training on 11/9/17 Includes Using Social Media

Our Collective Voice: Understanding the Basics to Advocate for Change

Come learn the skills to help you to understand the basics of advocacy, including

  • What you need to talk to state legislators and federal representatives (how to find them and look up bills)
  • Using social media to boost your message to members and to officials
  • Fundamental strategies of making your case

Date: November 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Unity of the Triangle: 5570 Munford Rd., Raleigh NC
Register (Events): http://www.bpwtriangle.org
Cost: $10 

See facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/790803451091858/

Hosted by Business and Professional Women (BPW) of the Triangle, and NC NOW (National Organization for Women).

National Actions To Take NOW!

We have 3 actions to take on national issues. Oppose the House Budget which slashes trillions of dollars from healthcare, food and income assistance, education and more. Oppose HR 38 – giving domestic violence offenders the right to stalk and kill their intimate partners across state lines! Oppose HR 36 – another abortion ban.

Thank you to National Task Force to End Sexual & Domestic Violence and to National Women’s Law Center for the information.

Action Alert 1: Tell your Rep. to vote “NO” on the US House budget: it slashes trillions from Medicaid, Medicare, food and income assistance, education, housing and more. It takes the money to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy, and for corporations!

Monday-Wednesday, Oct 2-4: Call Your Rep and Say NO!

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EME making rounds at NC College Campuses in Sept. 2017

College women today still need to worry about major issues – safety on and off campus, being treated fairly, being paid fairly, health care coverage, and what happens when they decide to have children. Many don’t realize that the only right guaranteed for women in the Constitution is the right to vote. Even today.

We recognize the continued struggle for women to gain full constitutional inclusion in American society. We are sure that the fix for these and other problems is through the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). We’re spreading the word about the problems that women face by bringing the documentary “Equal Means Equal” to the big screen at college campuses around NC from Sept 10-17. Look for your campus showing at http://www.nc4era.org/campus-movies-sept-10-17.html

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