Category Archives: Equal Rights Amendment

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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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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Women’s Rights and ERA Leader Keynotes in Winston-Salem on 10/6/18

Women’s rights leader and attorney Carol Robles-Roman was the keynote speaker for the ERA-NC Alliance meeting in Winston-Salem on Oct 6, 2018. Robles-Roman is Co-President and CEO of the ERA Coalition and the Fund for Women’s Equality. She has led Legal Momentum as its President and CEO. During Carol’s tenure, Legal Momentum has worked as a Lead Organization with the ERA Coalition on advocacy for an equal rights amendment to the United States Constitution, and she co-chaired its Legal Task Force. She has extensive experience in judicial selection and vetting.

NC NOW President Gailya Paliga, ERA Coalition Co-President Carol Robles-Roman and NC NOW VP of Membership Lori Bunton. Photo Credit: Lori Bunton

Oct 6 was hard day to be cheerleading for Women’s Rights due to the unfair partisan confirmation of the extremely unfit candidate for the Supreme Court of the United States, Brett Kavanaugh.

Here are some of Robles-Roman’s comments:

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National NOW Conference 2018 Was Full Of Stars!

“Speak Truth To Power NOW” was the theme of the 2018 National NOW Conference held in San Jose California from Jul 6-Jul 8, 2018.  NOW members came from around the country to attend. The conference included many plenaries and workshops. There also was a PAC discussion luncheon, full of more fabulous speakers. My single favorite experience was meeting Attorney Gloria Allred after a screening of new documentary “Seeing Allred” which we hope to show in NC soon! My favorites speakers out of many exciting speakers were Feminist Majority founder Ellie Smeal and Nevada Senator Pat Spearman, who was instrumental in ratifying ERA in Nevada. Both of these women have come to North Carolina in the past – and I would say – follow them anywhere!

Gloria Allred receiving a Lifetime Acheivement Award from NOW. Photo credit: Linda Tosti-Lane

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Women’s Equality Day with Fayetteville NOW on 8/26/18

FAYETTEVILLE NOW  is holding a Women’s Equality Day celebration on Sunday, August 26, 2018, 3pm, at the North Regional Library, located at 855 McArthur Road in Fayetteville.

It was on August 26, 1920 when the United States adopted the 19th amendment to the US Constitution, which prohibited states and our Federal government from denying the right to vote to its citizens based on their sex (affording women the right to vote).

Fayetteville NOW is excited to announce our program celebration will feature NC House Representative Deb Butler, NC House District 18 (Brunswick and New Hanover Counties).

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Panel on NC Being 38th State to Ratify ERA in Charlotte – 7/12/18

Charlotte NOW President Melba Smith Evans  had the opportunity to attend a cocktail reception in support of ratifying the ERA in NC. This event was hosted by Winston & Strawn, LLC, at their office in Charlotte, on 7/12/18.  The program included a panel discussion featuring ERA bill sponsors and a lawyer from the law firm. The panel addressed the status of ratification efforts in North Carolina, the practical and legal implications of the ERA, and how individuals can become involved. ERA-NC members and member organizations of the ERA-NC Alliance were invited (like NC NOW, BPW-NC, and more). 

Women and men are excited about ratifying the ERA in NC! Photo Credit: Melba Evans

The ERA was ratified by Nevada last year (3/21/17) and by Illinois this year (5/30/18) and following the three-state strategy, we now need only one more state to ratify the ERA.

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Fayetteville NOW – Upcoming Meetings and Events – July/Aug 2018

Tuesday, 7/17/18, 6pm – Monthly Meeting at Belden-Horne House, located on 519 Ramsey Street.  Plan for Women’s Equality Day event on 8/26/18 and officer elections at August monthly meeting.

Belden-Horne House in Fayetteville

Thursday, 7/19/18, 6pm – next in the “Community Conversations” series. At Downtown Library, 300 Maiden Lane, Fayetteville, in the Pate Room. We are continuing our healthy dialogue inspired by this three-part documentary, “Race: The Power of an Illusion.” This is the final phase for this series.  See flyer here.

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NC NOW Legislative Short Session Wrap-Up #7, 2 Jul 18

North Carolina NOW Legislative Wrap-up—3 July 2018 – By Robin Davis

ADJOURNMENT RESOLUTION—THEY’RE GONE, BUT THEY’LL BE BAAAACK!

The short session adjourned on June 26, 2018—but the Adjournment Resolution calls for a lame duck session beginning November 27.  This session will occur before the newly elected legislators take office; therefore, Republicans will retain their gerrymandered veto-proof majorities in both houses for one more session.

One section of full press conference room after the ERA NC Advocacy Day 2018 press conference. Photo Credit: Sen. Floyd McKissick

SIX PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS ON NOVEMBER BALLOT

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ERA NC Advocacy Day a Big Hit – 6/27/18

The ERA NC Advocacy Day on Wednesday, 6/27/18, included at least 100 women and a few good men from across North Carolina, many dressed in green and white. The event was organized by the ERA-NC Alliance and associated groups (including NC NOW, NC4ERA, RatifyERANC, AAUW-NC, LWV-NC, BPW-NC) as follows at the Legislative Building, 16 W. Jones St.

Many of the ERA NC event participants who came from across the state of NC. Photo Credit: Mike Oniffrey

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NC NOW Legislative Update #6, 25 Jun 18

This is the beginning of NC NOW’s 6th legislative update for the 2018 Short Session. The whole update includes summaries on constitutional amendments, further restrictions on early voting, and judicial redistricting, as well as ERA actions and bill tracking. The legislative updates are written by NC NOW VP of Legislation, Robin Davis.

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As many as four proposed amendments to the North Carolina constitution could be on the ballot this fall.  All of the proposed amendments are designed to appeal to the Republican base in hopes that they will increase conservative voter turnout.  For an overview, see:  http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2018/06/22/round-up-ncga-discusses-four-constitutional-amendments-hunting-and-fishing-voter-id-victims-rights-legislative-appointment-of-judges/

Attorney Aylett Colston organized an event at Bicentennial Mall in Raleigh at which people spoke out against voter id and voter suppression. Photo Credit: Phil Fonville

VOTER ID/STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

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