Category Archives: empowerment

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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Deep Purple is Always Cool – NC NOW T-Shirts Available

NOW has a new batch of “Forward NOW” t-shirts in, and can order more. Great when getting together to rally, protest, march, attend a meeting, or go to lunch! $20 each, discount if you buy 3 or more at a time. Here is the front and back of the t-shirt.

To order one or more t-shirts, use the NC NOW T-Shirt Order Form. Be sure to mark your sizes and quantities for each t-shirt – S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL. 

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Media Advisory: Women Rising Up NOW: NC NOW State Conference October 20, 2018

October 10, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:
Gailya Paliga, President, NC National Organization for Women, president@raleighnow.org, www.northcarolinanow.org

Lori Bunton, NC NOW VP of Membership, lbunton53@gmail.com

WOMEN RISING UP NOW: NC NOW STATE CONFERENCE ON OCTOBER 20, 2018

Raleigh, NC, 10/10/18 – North Carolina National Organization for Women (NOW) will hold its annual conference on October 20 from 9 am to 4 pm at NC Advocates for Justice building in Raleigh. We are proud to announce our keynote speaker is civil rights attorney Anita Earls. This year’s conference theme is ‘Women Rising Up NOW!’

Never has the need been greater than in 2018 for women to push back and move forward. Decades of progress towards women’s equality is being turned back by the current administrations in Washington, D.C., and in North Carolina. “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty,” Thomas Jefferson said so long ago.

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Davis: NC Women are Running and Winning in Record Numbers

Women candidates openly embracing issues of concern to women and their families are running in record numbers across the nation, and male candidates are making intensified efforts to address women’s issues.  North Carolina is reflecting the national trend.

Lori Bunton and others encourage all to vote. At protest of yet another special session on 8/4/18 at NC Legislative Building in Raleigh Photo Credit: Phil Fonville

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Triad Women’s Equality Day Event – 8/26/18

Celebrating the Voices and Victories of the past as we continue to unite women and “March on the Polls” this election season! Recognizing the urgency and importance of this year’s elections, we gather to celebrate women’s hard-won right to vote and take action to make sure we use that right in November to support women’s rights!

Theme: Continuing the March on the Polls
Date: Sunday, August 26th
Time: 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Place: Parkway United Church of Christ, 2151 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27123

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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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