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Press Release: #MMIW Virtual Event 2021 on 4/24/21

NC NOW is a cosponsor of the #MMIW Virtual Event in 2021, and the NC NOW president will speak on how the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) would help some of egregious loopholes in tracking and prosecution of perpetrators of assaulting and murdering indigenous women. Here is the press release for the event, which is 10am-1pm on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Update: Watch the recording on youtube here.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NORTH CAROLINA MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN (MMIW) ONLINE RALLY
April 24, 2021

On Saturday, April 25th families along with state-wide agencies will host an online gathering that focuses on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women ahead of the National Day of Awareness on May 5th. A host of speakers and performers previously scheduled to attend the march will participate in an online rally. This is a call to action for activists, supporters and families to raise awareness, attention and bring justice to the many women and girls who have disappeared or have been murdered in NC.

Participants can register on EventBrite for a livestream event on the MMIWNC.com and https://www.facebook.com/MMIWNC

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Three Protests in Raleigh for Justice for Vanessa Guillen on 7/25/20

There were at least three protests for Vanessa Guillen in Raleigh on Saturday, July 25. Some of these protests are being organized by younger women moved to action, very grassroots. NC NOW had learned about the noon caravan (first one) and NC NOW became involved in the evening one at the state capitol (third one). There was an article on the second one in the News and Observer on July 26. Here is information on all three.

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Press Release: Peaceful Protest for Justice for Vanessa Guillen in Raleigh on 7/25/20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

***PRESS RELEASE***
Peaceful Protest for Justice for Vanessa Guillen on 7/25/20
Hosted by a Grassroots Coalition of NC Women & NC NOW

RALEIGH, NC, July 24, 2020 – America tragically lost one of its own protectors, Specialist Vanessa Guillén, a 20-year-old Soldier from Houston, Texas, who was brutally murdered on Fort Hood Army Base while she worked. Her death has ignited the #IAmVanessaGuillen movement, and thousands of young women and service members have come forward with their stories of military sexual harassment and assault that have gone uncorrected. Thousands of North Carolinian women, Latino/as, and military service-members have taken to social media and the streets, demanding Justice for Vanessa Guillén and her family.

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Press Release: When Women Gather: Uniting for Positive Change on 7/25/20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COALITION OF NC WOMEN’S ORGANIZATIONS SPONSOR EVENT ADDRESSING RACISM IN THE WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT

RALEIGH, NC, July 15, 2020 – This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which granted many women in the US the right to vote. However, 1920 was not the end of the fight for suffrage. As Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson explains: “When our volunteer committee sat down together to plan this event we did so out of a need to tell a fuller story of suffrage. Early on we decided that we would commemorate, not celebrate, the passage of the 19th Amendment. How could we fully celebrate the enactment of an Amendment that in practice left so many women – Black/African, Asian, Native American, Latina – out of the franchise? And we also know that with this more inclusive 19th Amendment narrative we have an opportunity to engage in the process of reconciliation.”

A coalition of NC women’s organizations is sponsoring a virtual event, “When Women Gather: Uniting for Positive Change,” on Saturday, July 25th at 9:30am to 12:00pm. It is free and open to all. 

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Press Release: Push to Properly Classify and Solve #MMIWG Murders in Lumberton, NC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Press Release: Push to Properly Classify and Solve #MMIWG Murders in Lumberton, NC

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Raleigh, NC – May 4, 2020 – May 5 is National Day of Action for MMIWG (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls) and we have some big problems in Lumberton, NC.

The murders of the 3 women in 2017 are still not classified as homicides by the Lumberton Police Department. This was confirmed again in April 2020. All 3 women were found naked within a 4 block radius. Rhonda Price and Christina Bennett were found on the same day, Apr 18, 2017. The 3rd woman, Megan Oxendine, knew the first 2 women and had been interviewed about their murders in April 2017. Oxendine was murdered on Jun 3, 2017. In 2019, another shocking fact was revealed – the rape kits sat untested for over a year and a half!

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Press Release: Online Rally on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women on 4/25/20

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Press Release: Online Rally to Focus on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and People on 4/25/20

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Equality Day Observance with Fayetteville NOW – 8/25/19

Join us for the re-enactment of the 1848 Women’s Convention held in Seneca Falls, New York, and the presentation of the Parade of Suffragists. Special proclamations by City of Fayetteville Major Mitch Colvin and Chair of Cumberland County Commissions Dr. Jeanette Council. The Women’s Convention is regarded as the beginning of the modern feminist movement, and the parade is to highlight profiles of feminists from the past two centuries. This play was written by Fayetteville NOW member Ethelyn Holden.

Miss Ethelyn Holden speaking at a Moral Monday in Fayetteville NC about 2014. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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Billboard Unveiling to Launch Women’s Equal Rights Campaign – 8/22/19

ERA Billboard Unveiling to Launch Women’s Equal Rights Campaign. This push in advance of Constitution Day (9/17/19) underscores the need for Equal Rights Amendment. “We are very excited about the new billboards,” said Gailya Paliga, president of NC NOW. “We hope they spark interest in the ERA as a fundamental legal remedy against sex discrimination for women and men.”
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Media Advisory: Stand up for immigrants and the right to asylum – 7/30/19

MEDIA ADVISORY: Stand up for immigrants and the right to asylum – 7/30/19

For Immediate Release

Contacts:
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.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Close The Camps, Stop The ICE Raids – 7/16/19


For Immediate Release

Contacts:
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.

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