Category Archives: feminism

Tribute to Jan Allen, 2019

North Carolina lost a feminist warrior when our friend and lifetime NOW member Jan Allen passed away on 9/13/19. Janet Heineman Allen was a wonderful woman who donated decades of her life to working for women’s equality. She joined NOW working for the Equal Rights Amendment over 40 years ago, and continued for decades on our NC NOW board and NC NOW Political Action Committee. She went to almost every national NOW conference through at least 2015 in New Orleans. Jan co-founded Lillian’s List in 1997 to fill a need to support pro-choice progressive women who wanted to run for office. Jan chaired at least one Lillian’s List board and was also on the NC Planned Parenthood board (through Planned Parenthood’s name changes).  Over the years, she was a mentor to countless women.

Jan Allen at NC NOW Conference on 10/1/16. Photo Credit: Floyd McKissick Jr

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What’s In The Indy? 5/29/19-6/4/19

See NC NOW in the Indy!

With all of these abortion bans and other chaos, people want to know what they can do. Find organizations who take on issues that concern you, and help them. Donate, join, volunteer!

NC NOW just put an ad in the inside of the front cover of the 5/29/19 edition of the Indy! We did a donate and/or join ad with a powerful Ruth Bader Ginsburg quote.

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FSU and Fay NOW Meet and Greet Event, 3/29/19

The Fayetteville State University (FSU)  Sociology 400 class has been working with Fayetteville NOW and other organizations at FSU. As part of collaboration, the Sociology students organized a NOW Meet and Greet event at FSU on 3/29/19. Here are a summary and some pictures from the event.

Photo Credit: FSU Sociology 400 Class

In partnership on this Service Learning Partnership event were the class, Fayetteville Chapter of the National Organization for Women, the Fayetteville State University Office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning, The Women’s History Month Committee, Fayetteville State University Black Feminist Scholars, and Fayetteville State University Spectrum Organization.

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Grimes: Fayetteville NOW Partners with Fayetteville State University in 2019

The Fayetteville chapter has partnered with the Office of Civic Engagement and Serving Learning at Fayetteville State University. Recently, members of NOW presented to students enrolled in SOC 400, the Sociology of Gender Roles. This is part of  NOW reaching and working together with the next generation. This includes opening dialogue during class, and will include outside events, including at least one the students designed themselves. 

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Women and Allies Show Strength Again at Raleigh Women’s March on 1/26/19!

Thousands of marchers surrounded the NC Legislative Building while more waited and watched at Halifax Mall for the 2019 Raleigh Women’s March on Saturday, January 26, 2019. This is the third time women and allies showed up in the thousands in Raleigh to tell the world and the legislature that they are still fighting for change! Women organized women’s marches and rallies in at least 6 cities in January 2019. Here is a summary of the Raleigh event with theme, march, speakers, performers, signs.

Women and allies surround Legislative Building in Raleigh. Photo Credit: Jason Noble

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Upcoming Events in Raleigh – mid January thru February 2019

Here are some upcoming events in Raleigh – mid January through end of February. Join us at one or all! There are 3 big march events scheduled in this one month period – MLK March, Raleigh Women’s March and Rally and the HKonJ March and Rally. Plus an important advocacy day on a topic which would be a win/win/win for all of North Carolina – Medicaid Expansion.

1. The MLK March is on Monday, Jan 21, in downtown Raleigh. Meet on the Edenton St. side of the NC Capitol in Raleigh, at 10:40am. March step-off is at 11am. There are events all that weekend, including a breakfast before the march. Join us and carry signs or banner or just join us! Going to lunch afterwards as the group does every year.

Raleigh NOW’s facebook event on the march – https://www.facebook.com/events/754196291623076/

MLK march, 13 Jan 2017

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Feminist 5k in Raleigh is 6/9/18 – Still time!

The second annual Feminist 5k is Saturday, Jun 9, 2018. Come join us – it will be lots of fun again this year. You can run, walk or roll! Come visit the NOW table too! We may share again with ERA-NC Alliance.

NC NOW and ERA-NC Alliance table together under cover of the canopy. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

Register by May 28 to guarantee getting a T-shirt. I love mine from last year! If you’re a NOW member, use NCNOW as a code to get a special discount. You can always join NOW here. If you want to print the flyer out to share, get it at Feminist5k2018_flyer_rev. Proceeds benefit the Women’s Center of Wake County, this year as last. Read about last year’s event at Feminist 5k Included Wonder Woman!

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Feminist 5K Run/Walk/Roll – Jun 9, 2018

The Feminist 5k returns in 2018!
Sign up before May 9th for an early bird rate!
This is a fun run/walk/renunciation of the patriarchy.

It’s been quite a year, dealing with a federal administration in chaos, and with our own legislative leadership in NC. On the other hand, women are rising up! Joining existing organizations doing the work, like National Organization for Women, and making their own unofficial groups to make change. And the #MeToo movement has been a catalyst for long overdue recognition of how widespread Sexual Harassment is.

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Women’s Rally On Raleigh 2018 is ON!

Plan to join us at Raleigh’s women’s march anniversary event in 2018. A group of individuals and organizers are planning a women’s rally on Raleigh, with the theme of “Women Leading The Resistance!” on January 20, 2018.

women rally 2018

Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 9am to 1pm
       Gather: 9:00 am
       Resistance music: 9:00am-10:00am
       Speakers begin: 10:00am
       Event ends: 1:00pm
Place: Halifax Mall, in Raleigh
Location: Green space next to the Legislative Office Building at 300 N Salisbury St (Where most of the Moral Monday rallies are held.)
For more information, go to https://womensmarchonraleigh.org/.
See some of the speakers at https://womensmarchonraleigh.org/rally-program/.

Our rally is timed as the one year anniversary of our giant march and rally in Raleigh and with the hundreds or thousands of other marches across the United States and around the world on January 21, 2017. Organizer Yevonne Brannon documented 13 marches in North Carolina alone! We will rally in solidarity with other women’s events that day, including those in Winston Salem, in Chicago, and in New York. 

Read more about our 2017 Women’s March On Raleigh at Women’s March On Raleigh was Huge! 1/21/17 and in earlier posts, at Women’s March on Raleigh: Women Mobilizing NC (12/25/16) and at Women’s March on Raleigh 2017 – Spread The Word! (1/1/17) and at Women’s March On Raleigh 2017 Press Release (1/11/17).

These are two of my favorite pictures from the Women’s March on Raleigh in 2017. The first shows some of my co-organizers leading the march.

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Snowflakes Rule at Wilmington’s Holiday Parade on 12/3/17

Women Organizing for Wilmington (WoW) is participating in the downtown Wilmington Winter Holiday Parade. They have a float and banners, too!

WoW writes, “we want women to join us in walking behind the puppet float—*WEAR A SNOWFLAKE COSTUME*. We’ll pass out candy and/or bubbles along the way, and we will have our own holiday carols to sing! This is a family event, so we’re choosing our messages in the holiday spirit of commUNITY, but we’re showing up in solidarity—all lit up!”

So join in if you can, preferably dressed up as a snowflake.

Date: Sunday, Dec 3, 2017
Time: 5:00pm-8:00pm
Place: Downtown Wilmington
Facebook Event: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/371218883322553/

Contact womenorganizingwilmington@gmail.com for more information and ideas.

 

Make your own Snowflake costume. The groups has ideas to share.