Legislative Update for the week ending March 19, 2017, by NC NOW’s lobbyist, Robin Davis
Governor Cooper has issued his first veto. He vetoed the bill that would make elections of District and Superior Court judges partisan. Cooper, who led the fight to make judicial elections nonpartisan in 1990 when he was a state senator, said that judges should be elected based on their experience and ability, not on their political party. He also noted that candidates not affiliated with a party would have a very difficult time getting on the ballot because they would be required to get signatures of 2 percent of the voters in their districts. A three-fifths vote in both houses will be required to overturn the Governor’s veto, which is the expected outcome because Republicans have veto-proof majorities in both houses.
Both the House and the Senate have turned their attention to their respective budgets. The budgets differ in details, but both houses are proposing plans that will benefit business and the wealthy through changes in the tax laws with the Senate plan more drastic than the plan being considered in the House. For more details and a comparison of the proposed plans, see http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article138891468.html
As protest at the legislative building increases, the General Assembly police are studying ways to increase security. This is an issue we need to keep an eye on.
Videoing protesters in NC Legislative Building during protests of ‘Special Sessions’ in December. 12/15/16. Photo Credit: Susan Eder
The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) will finally ensure that women are given equal protection in the United States Constitution. Here is how you can help move the bills along in North Carolina. Read about how the ERA will help women at ERACoalition.org.
URGENT- The time is now for you to help pass the Equal Rights Amendment. This is our last chance in NC until 2019! Send two emails, one to the House Rules Committee, the other to the Senate Rules Committee. Just copy, paste, send…. thanks! Provided by NC4ERA, a project of NC NOW.
At Press Conference when ERA bills were introduced into Senate and House for 2017 session on 2/14/17 Photo Credit: Sen. Floyd McKissick
1) The House Rules Committee
Simply copy all the following addresses together and paste into your Email program…
Screening of Equal Means Equal Documentary followed by facilitated discussion. Refreshments provided.
Date: Sunday, Mar. 26, 2017
Place: Pauli Murray Project, Bay 4 of the Smith Warehouse
114 S Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27708
Print the poster to share at equalmeansequalposter-durham-26mar17.
December is busy with some celebrating and some reminiscing. Indoor event in Raleigh on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Outdoor holiday parade and march in Durham on Saturday, Dec. 10.
Join Raleigh NOW on Tuesday, Dec. 6, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of NOW with the documentary “She’s beautiful when she’s angry,” looking at why NOW was founded. Think about how far we’ve come. On the flip side, I am sure we’ll want to discuss how far we still need to go, as shown with the presidential campaigning and election.
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What does the National Organization for Women mean to you? And did you enjoy the conference?
Here are a few stories from attendees at NC NOW’s state conference on October 1, 2016 where we celebrated NOW’s 50th anniversary. Our theme was “Women Making History NOW” for obvious reasons, with an excellently qualified woman on her way to the White House, an African American woman as Attorney General, and more.
NC NOW State Conference Logo for T-shirt. Click here to order an anniversary celebration t-shirt.
Here’s a story from a mom of high school teens who organized one of the workshops.
“NOW meant so much to me as a young woman. Even when I was in elementary school my friend and I were so impressed with “the Women’s Lib”.
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This year at our annual NC NOW state conference, we feature North Carolina State Auditor Beth Wood as our keynote speaker. Learn about ‘the female effect.’ Any idea how things were for women in 1966, when NOW was founded? How are women doing now? And what can we do now? Join us in Raleigh this year! We’ll have activities, panels and workshops covering legislative changes to reproductive rights, public education, immigration, voting access and rights, ERA plans, and more.
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Tagged abortion, attacks on public education, Equal Rights Amendment, immigration, public education, women, women's rights
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CONTACT: Gailya Paliga, NC National Organization for Women,
September 5, 2016
Women Making History NOW: NC NOW State Conference October 1, 2106
Raleigh, NC – 2016 is a banner year to celebrate “Women Making History NOW!” NC National Organization for Women (NC NOW) will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Organization for Women’s founding, as well as the nomination of the first woman for president by a major political party, at our annual conference on Saturday, October 1 in Raleigh. We’ll look at how far women have come in 50 years and what we still need to do for all people to be treated truly as equals.
Conference attendees will hear from local and regional speakers about legislation affecting women’s economic security, reproductive rights, education and more. Workshops will address racism and the shocking treatment of immigrants. We will also make plans to improve women’s lives through ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, thoughtful state and federal legislation, and more.
State Auditor Beth Wood
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