I learned so much from a man I knew so little about, that man’s name was Gene R. Nichol. I went not knowing what to expect, I came out feeling empowered knowing that there’s someone out there who cares. For 2 hours it felt as if I was constantly being punched in the back by Mike Tyson, and kicked by Bruce Lee.
Professor Gene Nichol, Alfonso Cristobal, and Gailya Paliga Photo Credit: Alfonso Cristobal
On Valentine’s Day, ERA bills were introduced in NC Senate and House.
Sen. Floyd McKissick and Rep. Carla Cunningham work together introducing ERA bills in 2017 like the ones they both introduced in 2015. See WRAL coverage of the press conference at “Lawmakers push ratification of 1972 Equal Rights Amendment.”
Audrey Muck introducing press conference. Photo Credit: Judy Lotas
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“Women and men are equals, yet they are not treated equally under the law or in American society,” as ERA Coalition states.
See this and other quotes from the NC NOW President’s speech at the ERA-NC Alliance Launch event on Equal Pay Day (4/12/16) at Wake Forest University. The speech includes surprising statistics and interesting quotes (some below). Also includes some examples of NC’s war on women including how House Bill 2 is DISASTROUS for women! The speech file includes links to sources for some of the surprising statistics.
‘Happy Equal Pay Day’ said no woman ever! – anonymous
This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. And there are multiple Equal Pay Day dates.
Here are some pictures from the press conference. See the diversity and the number of organizations represented. I am still hoping for a link to the speeches.
Speaker: Ajamu Dillahunt, Black Workers For Justice
Photo Credit: Markatos Photography
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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.
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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By Sarah Moncelle
On Feb 1, 2016, the Wake County Commission for Women (WCCW) released the State of Employment for Women in Wake County, a wide-ranging and informative report that tracks and evaluates the current condition of Wake County women in the work force. In addition to assessing the level of income disparity between the sexes, the study identifies and investigates the barriers to access job-seeking women face when entering and re-entering the labor market. It further provides an overview of programs that exist to assist women in overcoming such impediments and offers a set of recommendations to reduce their effect.
The report reveals a significant income gap (almost 30%) between the sexes despite similar levels of education; currently, the median earnings for females over 25 in Wake County are more than $15,000 less than that of males. Holding true to wider trends at the state and national levels, this gap is even wider for women of color;
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What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership?
Why should we fight it?
“The most brazen corporate grab in American history”
The Triangle TPP Working Group and UNC Student Action with Workers (SAW) invite students, faculty, staff, and community members to a “TPP Teach-In” to inform you of the concerns of this dangerous trade deal and methods of citizen mobilization against it.
Date: Feb 2, 2016
Place: The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History
Address: 150 South Rd, Chapel Hill NC 27599
Room: Hitchcock Multi-purpose Room at UNC
Almost all of us are immigrants, some of our families coming more recently than others. Three out of four of my grandparents were not born here. I grew up on stories of family facing terrible treatment and hardship in their original and other countries and coming over on ships. Many of the people who stayed behind were killed. So I have a lot of sympathy and understanding for others who have come to the US for a better, safer life.
NC’s legislature passed a bill targeting immigrants and poor people and vulnerable populations. I had read some about House Bill 318 which was made worse first by NC’s Senate and then by NC’s House and is now waiting for the Governor to sign. Immigrant rights groups and anti-poverty groups like El Pueblo have organized daily protests across from the Governor’s mansion.
Crowd protesting HB318 at Govr’s Mansion – 10/22/15 Photo credit: Gailya Paliga
These protests have been going on for a few weeks already. You should know 3 things about the protests
- the protesters could use more allies so please join them if you can
- people at the Governor’s mansion sent police officers over to intimidate the protesters 4 times on 10/21/15, and will probably send some again on Sat., 10/24/15
- the group could use speakers and participation from other concerned organizations.