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.
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.
Voting Rights Rally at Bicentennial Plaza in Raleigh on 6/12/18. Photo Credit: Phil Fonville
VOTER ID/STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
Posted in budget, Equal Rights Amendment, ERA, health care, Judicial takeover, Medicaid, voting
Tagged Equal Rights Amendment, ERA, Income Tax Cap, NC budget, TABOR, voting
Information and Actions to take!
The NCGA is giving taxpayer money away to Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPC). They gave $1.3 million away in the budget they passed in 2017, and have increased the amount in the budget they passed in 2018 to $1.55 million! The money is going to three CPC umbrella organizations! These clinics are not health clinics, and they are often tied up in religion. Actions to take are at the end.
The 2017 NC state budget gave away $1.3 million to a Crisis Pregnancy Center (CPC) parent organization, Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship, an anti-abortion group that operates 8 clinics in North Carolina. The NC legislature gave away this money with no strings attached and no milestones or controls on services provided. The legislative majority had planned to give $1.3 million away to CPCs two years in a row.
Destigmatize Abortion, NoGagRule Rally on 4/10/18 Photo Credit: Karen Ziegler
In 2018, the Republicans who wrote the state budget behind closed doors raised that amount – they are now giving away $1.55 million, and they’ve made some changes to the taxpayer money recipients. This money isn’t going to health care for low income women, it isn’t expanding Medicaid to help low income women and men. Taxpayer money is being delivered to three CPC parent organizations, as follows.
- $1 million to the Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship (same one that benefited last budget)
- $300,000 to “The Human Coalition” which describes itself explicitly as opposing the “abortion industry.”
- $250,000 is going to a third anti-abortion pregnancy clinic, Mountain Area Pregnancy Services in Asheville.
Posted in abortion, CPC, do your job, health care, NC budget, ncga interference, state budget issues, women
Tagged CPC, crisis pregnancy centers, fake clinics, poor women, state budget issues, women
Even just the titles of the listed articles give you an idea how terrible this state budget is. This is the state budget for which the NCGA leadership subverted the process so there can be no amendments or discussion on it. NC NOW Vice President of Legislation Robin Davis described how this was done and why in the NC NOW Legislative Update for the Short Session #2. When she wrote it, most people, including Democratic lawmakers, had not even seen the budget yet! Now more people have seen it and many are angry and upset! These articles explain a few of the major issues being discovered in this budget that was written behind closed doors, and delve in if you dare!
There have been some amazingly scathing articles on the legislative leadership (Senator Phil Berger & Rep. Tim Moore) circumventing the normal budget process. Berger and Moore and their buddies are shutting out the voices of citizens and other lawmakers. Here are 2 of my favorites.
Rally on “Real Money For Fake Women’s Clinics”. Photo Credit: Michael Eisenberg
“Cut from the NC budget: Democracy,” News and Observer, 5/26/18, at http://www.newsobserver.com/article211879774.html.
Posted in abortion, budget, CPC, do your job, health care, planned parenthood, public education, Rape, state budget issues, tax giveaways, teachers, violence against women, women
Tagged abortion, CPC, crisis pregnancy centers, do your job, public education, rape kits, state budget, suicide, teachers, women
Speech by NC NOW President Gailya Paliga, at the 5/22/18 Tuesdays With Tillis event, which was organized by NC NOW, Naral Pro-choice NC and the Tuesdays With Tillis group. Topics were Crisis Pregnancy Centers, presented by Tara Romano, Executive Director of Naral Pro-choice NC and the Trump Administration’s latest attack on family planning, women and Planned Parenthood, by Gailya Paliga.
Lady Liberty and other rally participants outside of Senator Thom Tillis’ office in Raleigh. Photo Credit: Mike Eisenberg
Posted in CPC, health care, Medicaid, planned parenthood, reproductive rights, Rural women, women
Tagged #nogagrule, health care, medicaid, planned parenthood, poor women, Rural women, Title X, women
Funneling money to fake women’s clinics while defunding Planned Parenthood sends a clear message that our leadership does not care about women’s health; especially low-income women.
At this event, we will talk about what CPCs are, and focus on an issue an aspect of which is currently under consideration by the Supreme Court: Crisis Pregnancy Centers, CPCs, which lie to women and scare and manipulate them in order to prevent them from having abortions.
In North Carolina, eight centers associated with the Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship are receiving 1.3 million dollars in state taxpayer money a year – $2.6 million over 2 years! That money should be going to women’s real health care needs. There are 112 CPCs in North Carolina, and only about 13 abortion clinics.
WHAT: Rally to protest federal and North Carolina policies regarding women’s health care, “Real Money for Fake Women’s Clinics”
WHEN: Tuesday, May 22, 11:30 am-12:00pm
Posted in abortion, Access to facilities, clinic violence, economic justice, health care, Medicaid, racism, reproductive rights, Rural women, Title X
Tagged abortion, access, planned parenthood, reproductive justice, Title X
Upcoming events in Charlotte with Charlotte NOW.
RBG Documentary Trailer
1. RBG Documentary on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) is being shown in Charlotte
Date: Sunday, May 13
Time: 1:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Place: Regal Cinemas Manor Twin
Address: 609 Providence Rd., Charlotte
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/187012108589144/
2. ProChoice Charlotte Clinic Defender Training
Date: Tuesday, May 15
Place: 3220 Latrobe Dr, Charlotte, NC 28211
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/131742864351312/
3. Next Charlotte NOW Meeting in June, 2016
Date: Wednesday, June 6
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Place: UUCC at 234 North Sharon Amity
President Trump’s policies and Congress have had a disastrous affect on women and families in North Carolina, the United States and the world. On Tuesday April 10 at 11:30 am, members and supporters of NC NOW (National Organization of Women), NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina, El Pueblo, and Population Connection join Tuesdays with Tillis Indivisible ask that Senator Tillis respond with legislative support to remedy the repressive policies which cost women their lives.
Join us as we concentrate on reproductive care and reproductive justice policies at the federal level. Do you know there is a US policy which cuts off all US health funding for other countries as America tries to control other countries’ reproductive care? It’s the Global Gag Rule, which President Trump instated and massively expanded in January 2017. And Congress renews the heinous Hyde Amendment every year! The Hyde Amendment prohibits low income women, federal employees and their dependents and others from using their own insurance or Medicaid to cover abortions. This means Congress targets a range of women from getting a specific medical procedure via the Hyde Amendment – and has done so every year since 1976.
“The Hyde Amendment is nothing more than playing politics with the lives of those who traditionally have lacked access to quality, affordable care, such as poor women, rural communities and young people,” said Tara Romano, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina.
Posted in abortion, global gag rule, health care, Hyde Amendment, reproductive rights, Rural women, safety for women, women
Tagged abortion, global gag rule, Hyde Amendment, reproductive justice, reproductive rights, Rural women, safety for women
Join the National Organization for Women (NOW) for a five-day event in Washington, DC, including a lobby day at the Capitol on April 26. This year’s NOW Civic Days at the Capitol will take place around our #EnoughIsEnough Summit, focusing on concrete solutions to dismantle the toxic system of sexual abuse and harassment. NOW will provide training and materials to activists at our National Action Center on April 24, so they will be fully prepared to meet with their members of Congress. NOW activists will lobby on legislation regarding sexual assault and harassment, abortion and reproductive rights, and other pertinent bills moving through the Congress.
Posted in #MeToo, abortion, ACA, advocacy, Affordable housing, Courts, economic justice, health care, lobby, reproductive rights, Sexual Assault, training, women
Tagged #EnoughIsEnough, #MeToo, lobby, training, women
Women are guaranteed equal rights under the law, right? No?!!
If you have not seen this important documentary, Equal Means Equal, now is your chance! If you’ve only seen it once, you may want to see it again. It shows us the real situation of women in the United States. Very intense. We will discuss afterward.
Date: Sat. Feb. 17th, 2018
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Place: Chapel Hill Public Library
Reservations: Appreciated, Thru Eventbrite.
Organized by Durham NOW
Posted in birth control, documentaries, domestic violence, economic justice, Equal Rights Amendment, ERA, health care, minimum wage, prison, racism, women
Tagged Equal Rights Amendment, ERA, poverty, prison, women