Category Archives: human trafficking

ERA: Alyssa Milano Wants It. How About You?

Women have been working to get equal rights in the United States for 170 years! Too many people don’t realize women don’t have equal rights. Why is ERA catching fire now? What will it do for women and families? How can you help? North Carolina women are pushing now and pushing hard! Learn more and join the effort!

Actresses Alyssa Milano and Patricia Arquette are on board, and using their star power to bring more attention to the need for ERA. Milano said at a press conference in DC, “It’s 2019 and I still don’t have equal rights under the Constitution. Neither do any of you, the nearly 162 million women across the U.S. The absurdity is mind-boggling: because I have a vagina, my opportunities for equality and justice are limited.”

Patricia Arquette and Alyssa Milano in front. Ellie Smeal behind. 

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NC NOW Legislative Update #5, Bad Sex Ed Bill Filed – 4 Mar 19

NC NOW’s 5th Legislative Update, dated March 4, 2019, is available at NC NOW Legislative Update #5. The summary includes a bad sex education bill that was filed in the House, a good bill which contains the recommendations of the Commission on Human Trafficking, and a bill addressing paid parental leave for state employees.

A bad sex education bill has been filed. The bill, HB196, Parental Consent for Sex Education, would require parents to sign off for a student to take a class in reproductive health and safety education: The definition is sweeping and includes “a program that pertains to or is intended to impart information or promote discussion or understanding in regard to the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS, or the avoidance of out-of-wedlock pregnancy, or a reproductive health and safety education program.” If a parent inadvertently omits to submit a permission form, students could not receive this kind of information in school. Existing law allows opting out of these courses.

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Equal Means Equal Showing in Smithfield, 12/4/17

The Equal Means Equal documentary is being shown in Smithfield, NC on December 4, 2017.

NC NOW President Gailya Paliga is speaking about the documentary and running a question and answer session after the screening of the film.

Date: Monday, Dec. 4, 2017
Time: 5:30pm-8pm
Place: Smithfield Library, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield NC
Room: Multipurpose Meeting Room, 2nd Floor

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Show Rep it is important to address TPP – 4/5/16 in Durham

Join a coalition of over 40 organizations at Congressman Butterfield’s ‘State of the District Address’ to emphasize how harmful Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is to women and the 99%.  
Our coalition of over 40 organizations (including NC NOW) has been trying to meet with Congressman BK Butterfield about TPP .  So far, he has not agreed to meet on TPP with the coalition, nor has he met with people who live in his district.  We’re taking this opportunity to show how important TPP is to so many people and organizations.
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Picture of coalition at 2/4/16 press conference which was held underneath Rep. Butterfields office building.  This was the turnout despite the rain!
Photo Credit: Markatos Photography

Meet at Durham Tech in Durham at 5:30 in front of the Educational Resources Center  for an event that goes from 6-7p.m.

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Breaking The Silence: A Town Hall Hearing on Women of Color in New Orleans

A major highlight of national NOW conference in New Orleans in June 2015 was the “Breaking The Silence: A Town Hall Hearing on Women of Color in New Orleans,” which was organized by Kimberlé Crenshaw and the African American Policy Forum (AAPF).

These Town Halls are part of a national series of hearings to elevate what is happening to women and girls of color in the US.  The national focus is on crackdown, deaths and prison with black men and boys as primary focus. In fact, President Obama has introduced a ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ movement to focus solely on boys of color.  This Town Hall movement is to push back on the idea that only boys of color suffer because women and girls are being targetted more than anyone seems to realize.  Women and girls get to tell their stories – from victims, families of victims, and women who run support agencies and see the problem in a different way. They cover a range of issues – criminalization and mass incarceration to school push-out sexual assault and domestic violence. They also talked about how laws have changed in  New Orleans to make it much more dangerous for women and girls – punishing the victims. A panel of local decision makers serve as commissioners in this event, so they get to hear everything. Later they get asked about what they will do with this information.

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Photo credit: African American Policy Forum

This long table of people includes National NOW president Terry O’Neill and the ‘commissioners’.  To the right was a table with speakers.  The sets of speakers kept changing, and included victims and advocates for women and girls of color.

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Intent vs. Impact, speech on anti-abortion language in JVTA and blocking qualified women

Trust Women Press Conference at Federal Building, 310 New Bern Ave,
8 Apr 15, Raleigh, NC

Intent versus Impact

My name is Gailya Paliga and I am the president of NC National Organization for Women.

I am glad to be here at this Trust Women Press Conference today to show that political games are hurting too many citizens, and way too many women and girls.  The best way to look at the situation is intent versus impact.

You are hearing about the anti-abortion wording that was added into what had been a broadly supported, bi-partisan bill that would help victims of trafficking, mostly women and girls, in the US Senate.  Senate Bill 178 is the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA).

The anti-abortion wording in this bill goes beyond the ‘Hyde Amendment.’  The Hyde Amendment already prohibits federal dollars from funding abortion, mostly through Medicaid, but also through Medicare and from military women at home and abroad.  The Hyde Amendment has been attached to appropriations bills (bills that ‘must be passed’) as a rider since 1976.

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I think of the Hyde Amendment as a giant painful barnacle on the belly of Health and Human Services funding.

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