“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
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).
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.
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
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
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.
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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Take Action to Ratify ERA in NC, with the ERA NC Alliance, of which NC NOW is a lead member. Join us in person in this action, and you can also call or email from home.
One more state. Not one more generation. We urge you to participate in ERA-NC Advocacy Day on Wednesday, June 27th at the NCGA in Raleigh. This CALL TO ACTION comes on the heels of Illinois becoming the 37th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) on 5/30/18. Only one more state ratification is needed to amend the US Constitution. NC is now the face of the national conversation. Our state is poised to make history, becoming the 38th and final state needed to push the passage of the amendment over the top.
NC NOW Women at NCGA on 3/27/17, Photo Credit: Roberta Waddle
Here is the beginning of the summary of the NC NOW Legislative Update #5. Click North_Carolina_NOW_Legislative_Update_5.17_June_2018 to read the whole update. Other topics include Restrictions on Early Voting, Medicaid Expansion, ERA (including action to take on ERA), and Judicial Redistricting.
As expected, Governor Cooper vetoed the budget, citing inadequate funding for education and teacher pay raises, implementing unnecessary tax cuts, and the deplorable process used to pass the budget. Both the Senate and the House have overridden the Governor’s veto. For an overview of the shameful way laws are being made this session, see
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article213240389.html, News and Observer, 6/15/18.
Voting Rights Rally at Bicentennial Plaza in Raleigh on 6/12/18. Photo Credit: Phil Fonville
VOTER ID/STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
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Tagged Equal Rights Amendment, ERA, Income Tax Cap, NC budget, TABOR, voting
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.
This is the NC NOW Legislative Update (dated 20 May 18) for the NC General Assembly’s 2018 “short session” which began on 5/16/18.
NC Teachers show up as a sea of red for ed to greet the NCGA’s return for the “short session.”
Photo Credit: Vicki Vars Boyer
On opening day between 20,000 and 30,000 teachers from all across the state marched and rallied in Raleigh in support of higher pay for teachers and more funding for schools. Many took the opportunity to visit their representatives to explain that over the past 10 years teacher pay and per capita spending for students has actually declined when adjusted for inflation.