Deals for NOW members!
Last year in our pro-choice signature ad packet letter to legislators, NC NOW pointed out that HB2, Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act., has been a disaster for North Carolina. The state was already suffering the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in economic investments in our state and potentially billions in federal support to the state’s K-12 schools, colleges and universities. Yet, the law goes way beyond bathrooms and targeting a group of citizens. It removes core worker anti-discrimination protections that state law has provided to workers since the 1970s. It also targets women, whether intentional or not. When HB2 first happened, NC NOW recognized how disastrous HB 2 is for women. But it has been disastrous for the state as well.
And it just continues to cause massive losses. The majority in the NC Legislature don’t seem to care, they keep voting to leave it in place, refusing to repeal it. Just in one weekend in March, the city of Greensboro lost out on an estimated 14.5 MILLION DOLLARS because of House Bill 2! That estimate that the NCAA would have brought in around 14.5 million dollars is from the Greensboro Area Convention and Visitor Bureau.
The tens of thousands of people who should have gone to Greensboro for the NCAA tournament went to Greenville, South Carolina instead. According to ‘S.C. reaping HB2 Bounty‘, 3/15/17, News & Observer,
In “Tillis is open to town halls, minus shouting,” 3/6/17, N&O, Senator Thom Tillis alleges that people who go to his town hall meetings shout and call names, so he doesn’t go. In fact, he has not been to a town hall meeting this year (the $25 a head Durham Chamber of Commerce meeting on March 6 does not count, nor does the March 7th phone call he offered with only an hours’ notice on social media). It is natural he does not know what to expect.
Senator Tillis, we have been to two town hall meetings held in your honor, and you’ve got it all wrong.
First, the people there are not scary or menacing. They look like, well, people. You don’t have to take our word for it though, there are lots of pictures online.
I am outraged that Senators Burr and Tillis’ votes for Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos have thrown North Carolina’s children under the bus – the school bus. Senator Tillis even served as PTA President for his daughter’s High School, but that didn’t stop him from putting in office an unqualified – but filthy rich – nominee who many believe is hostile to public education. And let it be made clear this is not proof of supporting women in leadership – both Tillis and Burr have blocked well qualified African-American nominees like Loretta Lynch, Jennifer May Parker and Patricia Timmons-Goodsen.
DeVos has no personal experience in public education, not as student, parent, teacher or administration. In fact, she has worked to undermine public education, spending more than two decades promoting taxpayer-subsidized vouchers for private and parochial school tuition and promoting publicly funded but privately run charter schools. She also tried to strip teacher unions of their influence.
It has been my honor and my pleasure to introduce long time activist and my friend, Mandy Carter at past events. NC National Organization for Women (NOW) claims her, but her work and interests reach beyond women’s issues. Carter has spent her adult life as an activist working for women, on lesbians and gay issues, for African Americans. She works to better our lives and has founded organizations to continue and formalize work on these issues.
Here are thirteen major bills that were overturned via lawsuits that North Carolina lost in recent years. NC NOW VP of Legislation Robin Davis referred to this information in her part of the “How NC Laws Have Impacted Women” panel at the NC NOW Conference, “Women Making History NOW.” The information came from WRAL’s fact check of what Candidate for Attorney General Josh Stein said in a debate. The truth is that Stein was right! WRAL found 13 bad laws that have been struck down!
These bills that became laws attacked Planned Parenthood, interfered with women’s doctors’ visits, banned gay marriage, took away teachers tenure rights, and more.
11 June 2016
The House failed to concur with the Senate budget on Thursday (06/08/2016); therefore, a conference committee will be appointed with representatives from both the House and the Senate to negotiate a final budget. The negotiations will be conducted behind closed doors, but there will be rumors and leaks to indicate—accurately or inaccurately—how the negotiations are progressing.
Rumors are swirling that the House and Senate are close to a deal on HB2—but there is no agreement on what could be in the deal. The Republicans are caught between the religious right—who wants them to do nothing—and business interests—who want them to make it all go away. There are a lot of alternatives available:
(1) Do nothing and let the courts handle the matter. This would make the religious right happy.
More on HB 2, including bills to repeal it.
“The battle over the law known as HB2 has escalated significantly. Governor McCrory responded to a letter from the Justice Department informing that this law violates federal civil rights statutes by filing a suit against the Justice Department asking that a federal court rule on the constitutionality of our state law. For an in-depth examination of McCrory’s chance of winning this case (slim to none), see: http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/despite-drawing-conservative-judge-gov-mccrory-faces-long-odds-legal-fight-over-hb-2. Legislative leaders Phil Berger and Tim Moore filed a separate suit. It should be noted that the Governor and the legislative leaders are the ones filing these lawsuits because Attorney General Roy Cooper stated that he would not defend a law that he believes is unconstitutional. The Justice Department responded by filing a counter-suit asking the court to suspend the law while its constitutionality is being determined. This article contains links to the text of all three complaints and summarizes the background and issues at stake: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article76502777.html.“
See the whole North_Carolina_NOW_Legislative_Update_3.14_May_2016.
The January to April 2016 newsletter is full of statewide news and important national events. From the press release about how HB 2 is DISASTROUS for women, to a look at status of the Supreme Court of the United States, to our upcoming ERA-NC Alliance event on Apr 12, 2016, to events we had in March with national feminists Ellie Smeal (Ms. Magazine/Feminist Majority) and Terry O’Neill (NOW), to a statement on what happened with Melissa Harris-Perry! Take a look!