Category Archives: ERA

First Community Voices Event With WMOR Organizers, March 29, 2017

It’s been almost two months since the Women’s March drew a half million protesters to Washington, an estimated 30,000 people to a sister rally in downtown Raleigh, and people to 12 more marches around NC that same day. The question on everyone’s mind – including the News & Observer is – “What next?”

Photo Credit: Carly Jones

At the James B Hunt Library at NC State University, four of the organizers of the Women’s March on Raleigh were asked to sit on a panel to answer questions from the N & O, as well as ABC11 and an audience of about 100+ people. Panelists were

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NC NOW Legislative Update #12 – vetoes, ERA is HOT topic!

23 April 2017

This Week

Governor Cooper vetoed two bills.  House Bill 239 would reduce the number of appeals court judges from 15 to 12.  It was prompted by three Republican judges nearing mandatory retirement age.  If the number of seats were not reduced, the Governor would be able to make appointments to fill the vacant seats.  In his veto message, Cooper noted that this move is a partisan attempt to pack the appeals court with Republican judges.  The legislature is expected to override the veto, just as it overrode the veto of a bill requiring party labels on all judicial races.  Clearly, our state courts at all levels are being politicized.

NC Governor Roy Cooper, Photo Credit: roycooper.com

The Governor also vetoed Senate Bill 68, which altered the party affiliation of both state and local election boards. 

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Take Action: Move NC Adopt ERA Bills Along!

North Carolina has an important role to play in adding the ERA to our US Constitution and our responsibility is to demand its passage!

Senate Bill 85 and House Bill 102, “NC Adopt Equal Rights Amendment,” are stuck in their Rules Committees. They must be heard AND passed along for a full vote in the House and Senate. Call today!

House Rules Committee Chair, David Lewis – 919-715-3015 – insist that he give HB102: NC Adopt Equal Rights Amendment a hearing and vote to approve the bill. (Click on the link to see the title, history, text, sponsors and co-sponsors of the bill.)

Senate Rules Committee Chair, Bill Rabon – 919-733-5963 – insist that he give SB85: NC Adopt Equal Rights Amendment a hearing and vote to approve the bill.

ERA Bill Sponsors pictured with women’s group leads – Pat Sledge (BPW-NC), Gailya Paliga (NC NOW), Audrey Muck (ERA-NC Alliance/NOW), Sen. Floyd McKissick (SB85 Sponsor), Virginia Adamson (BPW-NC), Rep. Carla Cunningham (HB102 Sponsor), Joyce Mitchell (DWNC). Photo Credit: Sen. McKissick

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What’s up with ERA, HB2? Find out in 9th Legislative Update.

ERA YES!

Nevada has ratified the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)! The re-introduction of the ERA for ratification in various state legislatures (including North Carolina) is part of the “three-state strategy” for ratification (although now [after Nevada] it has become a two-state strategy). 

This has brought new interest to ratifying ERA across the nation. North Carolina already had introduced bills to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment both Houses of the North Carolina legislature, and NC NOW is working to spur action on these bills.

The ERA NC Alliance, which includes NC NOW, held a Women’s Mobilization Monday on Monday, March 27, to advocate for ratification of the ERA. Events included a press conference at 3:00 pm in the General Assembly Press Room and supporters assembling in the House gallery at 6:30 pm where they were recognized. There must have been 70 women present at 7pm. There was lots of press at the Press Conference at 3pm.

 NC NOW subset of Women Mobilization Monday
Photo Credit: Roberta Waddle

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NC NOW Legislative Update #7

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.

See http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article138206883.html

Videoing protesters in NC Legislative Building during protests of ‘Special Sessions’ in December. 12/15/16. Photo Credit: Susan Eder

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The time is now for you help pass the ERA! From NC4ERA

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.

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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…

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Why We Need ERA – Event in Durham on 3/26/17

Screening of Equal Means Equal Documentary followed by facilitated discussion. Refreshments provided.

Equal Means Equal No More Excuses

Date: Sunday, Mar. 26, 2017
Time: 2pm-5pm
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.

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