The 2019 State Conference in Charlotte on 11/9/19 included new topics, an exciting keynote, diverse attendees and many first timers. We had members and attendees from 18 to 80 and Rep. Deb Butler’s speech was a highlight for all! Our conference theme was “The Time For Justice Is NOW.” NOW covers all issues affecting women, but we delved into a few new areas for NC NOW – how climate change hurts women and gender equity. NC NOW officers were elected, an annual task. We also hosted a panel on threats to reproductive access, an update on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), six workshops and more. We were honored to include a tribute to long time feminist activist and NC NOW board member Jan Allen.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Gailya Paliga, President, NC National Organization for Women, firstname.lastname@example.org
Melba Evans, President, Charlotte NOW, email@example.com
November 3, 2019
The Time For Justice Is NOW: NC NOW State Conference on 11/9/19
Raleigh, NC – There are many examples of injustice around us: women’s health being targeted, disparities in school suspensions along racial lines, women’s reports of sexual assault and harassment being discounted, treatment of migrants and immigrants, mass incarceration of minorities, underpayment for women’s work, re-segregation of our schools to name just a few. NC National Organization for Women is working on some of these issues at our annual conference on Saturday, November 9, 2019, in Charlotte.
Two sets of workshops are planned at the NC NOW NOW State Conference on 11/9/19 in Uptown Charlotte – one set in the morning and one set in the afternoon. Read about them in this post. You can preregister for the conference and for the workshops here. Some workshops may need to be capped due to space and other considerations, so preregistering will secure your spot.
Saturday Morning Workshops: 9:40am-10:40am
North Carolina NOW Legislative Update—August 26, 2019
Jump to the full summary and listing of bills NC NOW is tracking at NC NOW Legislative Update #26 (26Aug19).
Billboards Supporting the Equal Rights Amendment Unveiled in Press Conference
North Carolina NOW, in partnership with AAUW and the ERA-NC Alliance, held a press conference at the legislature on August 22 to launch our statewide campaign to raise awareness of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Four billboards calling for the ratification of the ERA have been installed statewide.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Stand up for immigrants and the right to asylum – 7/30/19
For Immediate Release
Michael Eisenberg, Tuesdays With Tillis
Moisés Serrano, Political Director at El Pueblo
Gailya Paliga, President of NC National Organization for Women
July 30, 2019
Tuesdays With Tillis, El Pueblo, NC National Organization for Women, and the Immigration and Refugee Program bring more attention to the constant attacks on immigrants led by the Trump administration.
Raleigh, NC – The Trump administration is continuing to attack refugee resettlement programs and asylum seekers. We must remind Senator Thom Tillis and President Trump that refugee resettlement and seeking asylum are two separate LEGAL programs that are desperately needed. These programs give refugees and immigrants the opportunity to find safety in this country and their lives should not be used in political football. Our event speakers include migrants and refugees who have been directly affected by policy changes. We raise and highlight their voices so Tillis, our community, and other politicians understand the damage being caused and what is at stake.
Karen Ziegler, Tuesdays With Tillis Organizer and Emcee
Gailya Paliga, President of NC National Organization for Women
July 15, 2019
Tuesdays With Tillis, El Pueblo, NC National Organization for Women, and MomsRisingNC bring more attention on subhuman conditions in detention camps and terror and frightening consequences of ICE raids on immigrants.
Raleigh, NC – The Trump administration is tearing families apart and keeping children and adults in subhuman conditions in detention camps. Many psychologists say this treatment is causing severe and possibly lifelong trauma.
However, something new is happening because of the visuals and stories coming to us from the southern border and from detention centers all over the country. Increasing numbers of Americans are upset enough to take to the streets.
Some are classics, one is based on the title of one of our events, one we made up at a protest in Wilmington! Enjoy!
Whether you’re with hundreds of people – or on a street corner in Wilmington NC – these work!
Hope you know about these “Lights For Liberty” rallies around the state and country on Friday, July 12, 2019, starting at 7pm. We expect many people to show up in support of immigrants. NOW Condemns Sexist and Racist Behavior by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agents. VOX has a great article about who is benefitting from these terrible camps and more humane and less expensive ways to track immigrants and asylum seekers – “Reminder: Trump doesn’t need to keep migrants in detention camps,” 7/4/19.
This picture is from a Raleigh demonstration with 300-400 people, including women, men, moms, children and babies in Raleigh on Tuesday, 7/2/19, and that was at lunch time. These Lights of Liberty demonstrations are all after work, 7pm.
See the full NC NOW Legislative Update #10.
Another bad abortion bill was introduced this week—there seems to be no end. This one, HB603, Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, is really yet another attempt to ban all abortions after 20 weeks with few exceptions. The excuse for banning these abortions, however, does not hold up under scientific scrutiny. Feeling pain at all requires development of a network of neurons along with development of the area of the brain needed to process the sensory data. While it is really impossible to determine what a fetus is experiencing, most studies show that there is not adequate physical development in a fetus to feel pain until 28-30 weeks. For a detailed examination of the evidence pro and con, see: https://www.factcheck.org/2015/05/does-a-fetus-feel-pain-at-20-weeks/
See whole NC NOW Legislative Update #7.18Mar19 here.
In 2018, voters in North Carolina’s biggest counties elected seven new sheriffs who campaigned on pledges to no longer work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) because their practices have become increasingly brutal under the Trump administration. The will of the voters was clear. But this week Republicans filed a bill (HB370) that would force sheriffs to cooperate with ICE or face fines of up to $25,500 per day. This bill is yet another example of the conservative Republican majority in the legislature attempting to force its agenda on urban counties that elect more moderate to liberal Democrats to local offices. This bill has the support of Republican leadership; Governor Cooper has not stated a position. For more information, see https://abc11.com/politics/nc-republicans-file-bill-to-force-county-sheriffs-to-work-with-ice/5194070/
The drive to expand Medicaid hit an unexpected hitch this week. Expanding Medicaid is a priority of Cooper’s legislative agenda, and companion bills (SB3/HB5) have been introduced in both the House and Senate. But hopes for passage of a bill during this session (2019-2020) were crushed through a rookie error by a freshman legislator.