NC NOW Legislative Update #16 of 2017 is available. This legislative update includes the latest on the Senate budget, like proposed slashes to food stamps program, and how the House is going to try address some of the outrages of it.
“Last week the Senate passed its budget in a rushed process that allowed for
only limited debate and less than 72 hours of public availability before passage.”
“This week the process of sorting out what the budget contains beyond
appropriations and cuts continues. In addition to budgetary items, the budget
also includes new policies. Including policies in a budget bill is a way to bypass
the normal legislative process and pass controversial matters with little or no
public notice or debate. N. C. Policy Watch has identified twelve significant
policy changes buried in the Senate budget.” See
“One of the most disturbing provisions of the Senate budget is a policy change concerning eligibility for SNAP, the program that used to be called food stamps, that would effectively cut off 133,000 people from receiving nutritional assistance. The move was not motivated by saving the state money because the program is paid for entirely with federal funds and costs the state nothing.” See http://www.wral.com/senate-budget-would-cut-off-food-aid-to-133-000/16703663/, 5/15/17.
And there is more, because thank goodness that “[t]he House is working on its version of the budget which is expected to correct some of the outrages in the Senate version. “
Plus, see the updates and the bill tracking that are included in all of this session’s legislative updates.
See NC NOW Legislative Update 16.
Did you write NC (US) Senators Burr and Tillis about stopping the AHCA (Trumpcare) bill yet? The AHCA bill that the Republicans forced through the US House on May 4, 2017 is devastating.
“This bill will put women directly in harm’s way by making health care inaccessible to people with pre-existing conditions–including those who have survived domestic violence, experienced postpartum depression, or undergone a cesarean section. ” As NOW.org wrote in their suggested email action at http://now.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/AHCAEmailYourSenators.pdf.
Congress’ own Congressional Budget Office estimated that 24 million people would lose health insurance from the plan. This estimate is from the March 2017 version of the bill that was not put up for a vote (due to expected failure), and the current plan (May 2017) is only worse. Read more about the harm this plan would do at https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/costestimate/americanhealthcareact.pdf.
A more readable description of the damage this bill does is at Vox.com, “These are all the people the Republican health care bill will hurt,” 5/4/17, at
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Tagged health care, medicaid expansion, Obamacare, reproductive rights, tax giveaways, Trumpcare, women
Historically, science has provided keys to eliminating sexist, racist, and environmentally damaging policies. But science is under attack: President Trump conflates scientific fact with matters of opinion, and has moved to slash funding to education, healthcare, research, and environmental protections. Women are on the front-lines of this assault.
Educating girls and women in sciences is essential to overcome threats to our health and environment. If women are not at the table, then neither will be women’s interests and needs – think reproductive health-care, environmental threats that disproportionately affect women and unborn children, and diseases that afflict only women. Today, women make up only 29% of the STEM workforce, and Trump proposes no initiatives to promote women in sciences. On the contrary, his budget proposal guts federal education spending by $9 billion.
Photo Credit: Scientific American
On Valentine’s Day, ERA bills were introduced in NC Senate and House.
Sen. Floyd McKissick and Rep. Carla Cunningham work together introducing ERA bills in 2017 like the ones they both introduced in 2015. See WRAL coverage of the press conference at “Lawmakers push ratification of 1972 Equal Rights Amendment.”
Audrey Muck introducing press conference. Photo Credit: Judy Lotas
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Tagged Equal Rights Amendment, reproductive rights, violence against women, women
Political Consultant and Lobbyist (and Past NC NOW Lobbyist) Paula Wolf writes a letter to the editor (LTE) back to Indy Week, a triangle periodical. The whole LTE is shown here. The Indy carried the first 3 paragraphs of Paula’s LTE with some other input. The link to the Indy article is at the end.
With all due respect to the reporter, the “5 Things We Want to See From New Governor Roy Cooper,” 1/4/17, Indy, has some glaring oversights.
Women’s reproductive freedom has been trampled upon by the GOP since they got the majority in 2010. Mandatory scripts for doctors; transvaginal ultrasound; medically unnecessary building requirements; taxpayer funding of medically inaccurate information by anti choice “clinics” and defunding Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy prevention programs, to name a few. Access to healthcare is blockaded by not expanding Medicaid.
Fayetteville NOW joins protests against HB465 in May 2015. Hb465 is the bill that added tracking of women’s personal medical records and tracking of doctors to NC law. Roberta Waddle is speaking. Photo Credit: Hannah Osbourne
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Tagged abortion, education, poverty, reproductive rights, voting, women
Fayetteville NOW and Quaker House celebrated Women’s Equality Day with an afternoon event at the Headquarters Library in Fayetteville. By mid program, the room was full of people, 8 local organizations were set up with information and staff, and we still had half the program to go! 60-70 people enjoyed a great afternoon Women’s Equality Day program in Fayetteville on Saturday, Aug 27, 2016. Topics included financial equality, voting issues and its impact on women and the Equal Rights Amendment. The event commemorated the 96th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave American women the right to vote. 2016 also marks the 50th anniversary of NOW, and NC NOW’s state president talked about how things were for women in 1966, and NOW’s history.
ERA Advocate Marena Groll. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga
The struggle for women to vote did not end with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. “When the 19th Amendment was passed in 1920, it legally enfranchised all women, white and black. However, within a decade, state laws and vigilante practices effectively disenfranchised most black women in the South. It would take another major movement for voting rights – the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s – before black women in the South would be effectively enfranchised,” according to National Women’s History Museum.
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Tagged Equal Rights Amendment, Jobs, Rape, women, women's rights
NC NOW’s Legislative Update #7 for the Short Session
11 June 2016
The House failed to concur with the Senate budget on Thursday (06/08/2016); therefore, a conference committee will be appointed with representatives from both the House and the Senate to negotiate a final budget. The negotiations will be conducted behind closed doors, but there will be rumors and leaks to indicate—accurately or inaccurately—how the negotiations are progressing.
Rumors are swirling that the House and Senate are close to a deal on HB2—but there is no agreement on what could be in the deal. The Republicans are caught between the religious right—who wants them to do nothing—and business interests—who want them to make it all go away. There are a lot of alternatives available:
(1) Do nothing and let the courts handle the matter. This would make the religious right happy.
There is a big rezone case going on in West Raleigh – a Crisis Pregnancy Center (CPC) wants to rezone the house right next to an abortion clinic on Jones Franklin Rd in Raleigh. At this time, they claim they plan to use the building of the house, but to completely redesign the yard for parking, etc. The case, Z-7-16, passed the zoning commission and goes to the Raleigh City Council on Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016, at 2pm. The Raleigh NOW president is going and plans to speak, based on experience with clinic defense and also issues and workarounds with rezones. Would love to have other pro-choice and concerned citizens supporting the clinic and many concerned neighbors.
E.L. Sanders lives in that neighborhood and has been writing letters to the editor (ltes) and organizing to help the clinic and her neighborhood. See “E.L. Sanders: Harassment not needed at clinic,” News and Observer, 5/6/16.
This is what the clinic and neighbors don’t want! Harassment. Dangerous access from next door. Doctors and staff in more danger of attacks.
Protest and counterprotest. Photo Credit: University Star
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Tagged abortion, clinic violence, doctor safety, health care
Economic security was one of the topics covered in the morning of NC NOW’s state conference on Oct 10, 2015. Tazra Mitchell, Policy Analyst at NC’s Budget and Tax Center (BTC), spoke on economic security in NC, especially for women, due to changes in state budgets and policy. Mitchell’s work at BTC includes analysis of poverty, income inequality, and state fiscal policy.
Photo Credit: NC Budget and Tax Center
On the problems North Carolinians face, Mitchell pointed out that there are not enough jobs for people who want to work. 91 counties have more jobless workers than job openings. And the share of NC workers earning poverty wages is substantial, up from 2000. According to the Economic Policy Institute’s Analysis of US Census Bureau data, in 2013, 31.3% of workers earned poverty wages (versus 25.6% in 2000).
Mitchell is also the Second Vice President of NC Women United, a coalition of progressive organizations committed to achieving full equality and empowerment for women. Slides from her presentation are available on NCWU’s website at http://www.ncwu.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Broken-Economic-Model-and-Policy-Keep-Economic-Security-Out-of-Reach-for-Many-Tar-Heel-Women.pdf
Mitchell wrote about the NC NOW Conference on behalf of NCWU at http://www.ncwu.org/nc-nows-annual-conference/
Read more on the state conference “NC NOW Conference Focuses Feminist Power“
Note: This post was written on Oct 22, 2015, but didn’t get posted until March 2015. Still completely relevant today.
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Tagged Economy, ncga interference, poverty, women
BREAKING NEWS: Fabulous Feminist Ellie Smeal (Ms. Magazine and Feminist Majority), and NOW president Terry O’Neill are coming to Raleigh to kick off the She Wins, We Win campaign! They are just a few of the exciting speakers lined up! Join us on Thursday, March 3, gathering at 10:45 am at the Press Room, 1430 Legislative Building. For the rally, we will move to the auditorium on the 3rd floor of the Legislative Building, 16 W. Jones St.
See the facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1669257233347362/
Press Conference and Rally Speakers include
Posted in abortion, children, economic justice, Equal Rights Amendment, families, gender wage gap, lgbt, public education, reproductive rights, violence against women, voting, women
Tagged civil rights, Economy, education, Equal Rights Amendment, voting, women, women's rights