Category Archives: empowerment

Women are Heroes at Women’s Theater Festival 2018

Women Are Heroes: Theme for the 2018 WTF Season

The Women’s Theatre Festival (WTF) launched their 3rd annual season of extraordinary theatre by women in the Triangle with a 2018 theme “Women Are Heroes.” According to their webpage, “WTF creates great theatre, provide opportunities, and are a leader in the shift of better gender representation in the theatrical community. WTF is a group of theatre artists, both women and allies, who seek to address gender parity, diversity, and inclusion in the theatre community.”

Learn more about WTF in this post. Come join NC NOW to table or visit the NC NOW table on July 1, 5-7pm, at an interest fair portion of the WTF conference. The conference runs Jun 30-Jul 1. Their third season runs from June through August 2018. See shows and get tickets at https://www.womenstheatrefestival.com/shows.

The WTF mission is to create, produce, and promote extraordinary theatre by women by producing a festival every summer where all shows 

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Take Action for the ERA in NC!

ERA Update and Action

Who to contact, what to say, how to reach them!

Based on the NC NOW Legislative Update #3 of the Short Session and from the ERA-NC Alliance organization.

On 5/30/2018 Illinois ratified the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) becoming the 37th state to do so.  Only one more state ratification is needed to amend the U.S. Constitution; however, before that can happen, Congress must pass legislation to rescind the time limit for ratification.

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Fayetteville Coalition Brought SPLC Speaker to Inform and Inspire – 5/15/18

Fayetteville NOW is part of a coalition that brought in Lecia Brooks, outreach director at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).  Brooks spoke about the growth of hate groups in the US to a crowd of about 75 people on 5/15/18. Brooks ended with an inspiring message.

SPLC Outreach Director, Lecia Brooks Photo Credit: Umass Amherst

“The Southern Poverty Law Center has been tracking hate-based organizations for years. These include white nationalist and supremacists, black nationalists, anti-semitic groups, anti-Muslim groups and others,” Brooks said.

“The organization lists 32 hate groups in North Carolina,” she said. That includes 3 in Cumberland County.

Read more about the event at “Speaker: Hate crimes continue in United States,” 5/15/18, Fayetteville Observer. 

This event was part of the Fayetteville Community Conversations Coalition series in Fayetteville NC. This was a great turnout, especially considering there were some other events sponsored the same evening. 

Fayetteville Chapter of NOW is one of the co-sponsors of the Community Conversations program. Other sponsors include the Cumberland County Library, Delta Sigma Theta, Fayetteville-Cumberland Human Relations Commission. Fayetteville NAACP also helped bring in this excellent speaker.

The event was announced at Fayetteville NOW Community events (April and May 2018). Thanks to Fayetteville NOW President Sharon Johnson for the update and the newspaper link.

#EnoughIsEnough Summit Report 4/25/18, By Lori Bunton

The National Organization for Women (NOW), in conjunction with the Feminist Majority Foundation, sponsored a one day summit and congressional briefing in DC, Enough.Is.Enough, to address sexual harassment and assault in the workplace and schools.  The goal of the summit was to have speakers from all walks of life-legislators, activists, academics and survivors-explore various facets of sexual violence in workplaces and in schools.  The speakers would address needed improvements in law and policy, recommendations for the most effective methods in preventing and dealing with sexual violence, and strategies to craft a more survivor-centric legal system.

Panel 2: Moving Forward Models: State Laws and Workplace Policies Photo Credit: Lori Bunton

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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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Feminist 5K Run/Walk/Roll – Jun 9, 2018

The Feminist 5k returns in 2018!
Sign up before May 9th for an early bird rate!
This is a fun run/walk/renunciation of the patriarchy.

It’s been quite a year, dealing with a federal administration in chaos, and with our own legislative leadership in NC. On the other hand, women are rising up! Joining existing organizations doing the work, like National Organization for Women, and making their own unofficial groups to make change. And the #MeToo movement has been a catalyst for long overdue recognition of how widespread Sexual Harassment is.

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Hillsborough – 2018 Women’s March Into Action!

Hillsborough NC in Orange County is having their own Women’s March and rally Event. They are the seventh NC city to have one  on Jan 20, 2018 (to NC NOW’s knowledge). Their theme is March Into Action!!

Date: January 20th, 2018
Time: 3-5 p.m.
Place: 100 E. King Street, Hillsborough NC, 27278
At the Historic Courthouse lawn and River Park Farmers Market Pavilion (East Margaret Lane)
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/284533385405088/

Organizers of this march wrote the following:

Several individuals working in collaboration have organized a local rally to be held on January 20th, 2018, from 3 to 5 p.m. This event is a “sister” march to the National Women’s March on Washington, as well as the Women’ March event being held in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Two more Women’s March Anniversary Events – Wilmington and Fayetteville

Exciting news! We have two more women’s march anniversary events in NC to the list of women’s events on Saturday, January 20, 2018!

Fayetteville, NC

Date: Saturday, January 20
Time: 1:00pm or noon (will clarify and update)
Place: Market House in downtown Fayetteville
Theme: Reproductive Rights Rally
(The 45th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision which gave women control over their own bodies is Jan 22nd.)

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Wilmington, NC

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Raleigh NOW meeting on 12/5/17, 1/8/18

Next Raleigh NOW meetings. Note change for January 2018 meeting.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
Time:  7:15pm 
Place:  Cameron Village Library, second floor

Topics – women’s march plans, pro-choice signature ad, roe events, local protests on terrible tax bill, more.

Cameron Village Library view from parking lot Photo Credit: http://www.librarything.com

 

January Meeting will be Monday, Jan 8, 2018.

Snowflakes Rule at Wilmington’s Holiday Parade on 12/3/17

Women Organizing for Wilmington (WoW) is participating in the downtown Wilmington Winter Holiday Parade. They have a float and banners, too!

WoW writes, “we want women to join us in walking behind the puppet float—*WEAR A SNOWFLAKE COSTUME*. We’ll pass out candy and/or bubbles along the way, and we will have our own holiday carols to sing! This is a family event, so we’re choosing our messages in the holiday spirit of commUNITY, but we’re showing up in solidarity—all lit up!”

So join in if you can, preferably dressed up as a snowflake.

Date: Sunday, Dec 3, 2017
Time: 5:00pm-8:00pm
Place: Downtown Wilmington
Facebook Event: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/371218883322553/

Contact womenorganizingwilmington@gmail.com for more information and ideas.

 

Make your own Snowflake costume. The groups has ideas to share.