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Take Action on SCOTUS Nominee Neil Gorsuch NOW

NOW Urges that ​Senator(s) filibuster the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch and, should a filibuster fail, vote “no”.
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There are many things wrong with this man as a judge and worse as a Supreme Court justice.
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According to NOW, “Neil Gorsuch has a long history of hostility towards the claims of workers, consumers, children, immigrants, LGBTQIA people, incarcerated people, people with disabilities, and others seeking protection from the privileged and powerful. Equally disturbingly, “his track record on money in politics comes down decisively on the side of billionaire donors and big corporations.” As if that weren’t enough: Gorsuch has shown, through previous judicial decisions, that he is not a supporter of women’s rights, will not protect their access to birth control, nor their constitutional right to abortion through Roe v. Wade.”

Neil Gorsuch Photo Credit: Aaron Burnstein/Reuters

From another view, can you imagine the Republicans allowing Hillary Clinton to nominate someone to the Supreme Court while she was under investigation by the FBI and by Congress?

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The Continuing Manufactured Disaster of HB2

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. 

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From an anti-hb2 rally right after HB2 was passed on March 24, 2016.

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, 

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Why nominee Neil Gorsuch is bad for the US Supreme Court

Please join some of NC’s progressive organizations as we speak out against Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Monday, March 20, at 11am, at 310 New Bern Ave, in front of Senator Thom Tillis’ office. See the facebook event for “Media event: Progressives speak out against Neil Gorsuch” at https://www.facebook.com/events/143022306221621/
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NOW Urges that ​Senator(s) filibuster the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch and, should a filibuster fail, vote “no”.
Main issues described in NOW’s brief.
  1. Republicans do not deserve control of this stolen seat.
  2. Gorsuch has a history of hostility toward all kinds of regular and disadvantaged people seeking protections from the privileged and the powerful.
  3. He tends to rule for billionaire donors and big corporations.
  4. He has a frightening willingness to limit women’s access to health care.
  5. He is extremely anti-abortion based on his writings.
NOW President Terry O’Neill writes, “Donald Trump has been in office for less than 60 days. But already his actions could impact the lives and well being of women for decades to come, if not generations [with his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S Supreme Court].
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Starting March 20, 2017, Gorsuch begins his nomination hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee. It is imperative that we all demand our Senators hear our voices and filibuster the Gorsuch nomination. See link to phone script at end of post.
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Read more about these points, including the many groups of citizens who lose in Gorsuch’s court, at 
http://now.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Gorsuch-Action-Brief-.pdf

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Why Tillis does not know what to expect at Town Halls

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.

Speakers lined up at this town hall meeting to share their concerns and fears. Respectful pictures of Senators Tillis and Burr at front of room. Photo Credit: Sarah Sydney

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Paliga: Burr and Tillis – “F” for FAIL

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.

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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. 

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Activist Mandy Carter being honored again

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.

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Mandy Carter Reading Reverend Doctor Pauli Murray’s Poetry at the 2016 NC NOW Conference on 10/1/16. Photo Credit: Rachel Goldstein

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Thirteen NC Bills Passed, Later Overturned by the Courts

Many of these bills/laws hurt women

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!

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NC NOW PAC endorsed Candidate for Attorney General, Josh Stein

These bills that became laws attacked Planned Parenthood, interfered with women’s doctors’ visits, banned gay marriage, took away teachers tenure rights, and more.

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