Category Archives: health care

Media Advisory: Stop Kavanaugh 2, 9/11/18, in Raleigh

Activists rally again in Raleigh to demand that Senator Thom Tillis reject Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. As was revealed in the hearings last week, Kavanaugh commited perjury in current testimony and in testimony to become a Circuit Court judge in 2006 and 2018!! Also, the Senate Confirmation leadership pushed through the confirmation hearings in terrible circumstances and many valid complaints, like 1) not having access to much of Kavanaugh’s work in the White House under President George W. Bush, 2)  getting access to 42,000 more pages just the night before the hearings began, 3) President being investigated for crimes related to ‘winning’ the presidential election, etc. Last week, we had speakers cover many areas that Kavanaugh threatens, and this week we have more areas to cover.

In addition, we have our own sheroes and heroes who went to the confirmation hearings in Washington DC to protest and got arrested one or more times on our behalf! We will hear some of their exciting stories.

David Freeman and Ruth Zalph after another arrest at the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings in Washington DC!! Photo Credit: David Freeman

Here are some of our speakers:

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#StopKavanaugh Event Summary, Raleigh, 9/4/18

The first day of the Senate Confirmation Hearings on nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh were like a three ring circus. Democrats protested loudly that most of Kavanaugh’s work records had not been released to them.  Senators and protesters took turns interrupting the event – all with good reason. Including that “hours before Kavanaugh nomination hearings, Bush lawyer releases 42,000 pages of documents to Judiciary Committee!

Multiple media sources ran articles and video with the same title in print – “Chaos marks start of Kavanaugh hearings!” 9/4/18, Washington Post. Online longer titles were used, like “Partisan fury bursts into the open as Kavanaugh hearings begin.” But it wasn’t only Democrats who were trying to delay the hearing to make for a fairer and more informed process. Most of the protesters are women.  The same article said, “The protesters, who were predominantly women, repeatedly heckled the senators and Kavanaugh, arguing that installing Trump’s second pick to the Supreme Court would irreparably end access to abortion and dismantle the Affordable Care Act.” 

My favorite summary of Day One is two women reviewing it on Rewired.com atBoom! Lawyered: Kavanaugh Hearing, Day One—Changing the Rules.

Regrouping after the walking and chanting phase, getting ready for another set of speakers. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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#SaveScotus and #SaveRoe Town Hall Summaries – Aug 2018

The last two town hall events of the #SaveScotus/#SaveRoe across the state were the last week of August, 2018. Here is a summary of both, with pictures.

The #SaveScotus town hall for the Triad was at Forsyth Central Library in Winston-Salem on 8/29/18. Jen Ferris from Progress North Carolina moderated (see her standing by podium in the picture). Panelists (pictured) are Elizabeth Freeze, Director of Philanthropy at Planned Parenthood Votes South Atlantic; Gailya Paliga, President of NC NOW; and Alicia Diggs, Board Secretary of NC AIDS Action Network (NCAAN). Ms. Diggs is also a medical case manager at Positive Wellness Alliance in Lexington, so she deals directly with patients.

       #SaveSCOTUS town hall in Winston-Salem on 8/29/18
       People kept coming in! Photo Credit: Matt Martin

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Stop Kavanaugh Events Around NC – starting 9/4/18

The Senate Confirmation Hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh begin on 9/4/18. Protests are planned around the state this week, many on Tuesday, September 4th. Feel free to make your own and post in a comment or email president at raleighnow.org so we can help advertise. 
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These events are focused on our US Senators, Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, since our Senators get to vote on this nomination. In fact, it is their Senate duty of “advice and consent.” Under the Constitution, presidential nominations for executive and judicial posts take effect only when confirmed by the Senate. The Senate’s job is to make sure the nominee is qualified, and if not, to vote no. 
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#SaveScotus rally in Raleigh on 7/10/18 with Tuesdays With Tillis group. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

Raleigh at Tillis’ office- The weekly Tuesdays With Tillis rally topic is “Stop Kavanaugh.” We always have a great showing for these, but this week we’re pulling in speakers on a variety of topics – reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, civil rights/discrimination, environment, workers’ rights, abortion access threats, immigrant rights, threats to Planned Parenthood services. These areas and more are threatened should Brett Kavanaugh get a lifetime appointment on the US Supreme Court.
Date: Tuesday, 9/4/18
Time: 11:30am-12:30pm
Place: 310 New Bern Ave, Raleigh NC

Facebook eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/587332478330068/.

Charlotte  – Grassroots protest on the first day of confirmation hearings.

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53rd Anniversary of Medicaid and Medicare – 7/30/18

July 30, 2018 is the 53rd anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the bill that led to Medicare and Medicaid into law.  This was part of Johnson’s social reform movement known as “The Great Society,” whose main goals were to eliminate poverty and racial injustice. The programs were intended to remove racial segregation practiced by hospitals and other health care facilities at the time.

At first Medicare covered fewer than 5 million people, but since 1965 it has expanded significantly. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act expanding Medicaid, Medicaid covers even more people. In 2015, one in three Americans was covered by Medicare or Medicaid

In North Carolina, almost 2.3 million people receive comprehensive, affordable health coverage through Medicaid

Here is some general information about the two programs, which many people confuse, and how it helps people in North Carolina.

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Action: Stop #SCOTUS Nomination – Save Roe, Save America!

Senator Thom Tillis is sending out emails asking constituents to sign a petition in support of #SCOTUS nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh! Tillis sent out at least two emails about this petition already – one last Friday (the 13th) and one on 7/16/18, the same day of Trump’s #TreasonSummit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. Read more about Kavanaugh and take action here.

The truth is that Kavanaugh has made some very shocking rulings and has very surprising ideas (like that a sitting president is above the law). You can read this two page summary from Yale Law Students, Alumni, and Educators Regarding Brett Kavanaugh’s previous rulings, and the original letter with signatures is on googledoc here.  (I know not everyone can access googledocs.) The Yale letter summarizes itself as follows.

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About “Birthright: A War Story”

Birthright: A War Story is an examination of an aggressive campaign to take control of reproductive health care and to allow states, courts and religious doctrine to govern whether, when and how women will bear children. Filmmaker Civia Tamarkin explores the fallout that is creating a public health crisis, turning pregnant women into criminals.

See New York Times review of the film at “Review: In ‘Birthright: A War Story,’ a 40-Year Offensive Against Reproductive Choices,” 7/13/17. 

Raleigh and Durham NOW are planning to show “Birthright: A War Story” in late summer or early fall, 2018.

Trapped Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion, 7/26/18

Please join us for a screening and panel discussion of Dawn Porter’s documentary Trapped on Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Raleigh. Trapped documents the dangerous effects TRAP laws (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) have on people seeking an abortion and the medically unnecessary restrictions they place on abortion providers.

This screening is to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s “Whole Woman’s Health v Hellerstedt” decision, which successfully challenged Texas’ TRAP laws.

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Trump Administration Attacks Women via ACA and Title X Changes

How Trump Administration changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and to Title X will hurt women, by NC NOW President Gailya Paliga.

Here are 3 things people may not realize about women and health insurance.

  • The ACA stopped insurance companies from cheating women (and seniors). It also forced coverage of people with preexisting conditions (like pregnancy)!! 
  • The repeal of the individual mandate Trump did in December of 2017 will cause premiums to go up beyond the reach of many women, taking away their ability to afford good insurance. Trump allowing junk insurance plans only makes more healthy people leave ACA, further causing prices to rise.
  • Trump’s new gag rule undercuts the purpose of Title X, the federal family planning program, and will cause women’s clinics to close all over the country, taking away the only medical options left for many young, rural and low income women.


Photo Credit: Michael Eisenberg

How the ACA Stopped Insurance Companies from Cheating Women

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NC NOW Legislative Update #5, 17 Jun 18

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.

BUDGET

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.

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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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