Category Archives: protest

Outraged North Carolinians Pull Together Protest of NCGA Veto Overrides, 8/4/18

Citizen outrage sparked creativity at a protest of the latest day of this special session series, when the #NCGA was called to return on a rare Saturday to override very valid vetoes from Governor Roy Cooper. The signature costume for this event was a man dressed up in regal attire who called himself “Berger King.” The legislature voted to override the two vetoes, but the outraged citizens were speaking out and watching.  First article, “Facing protesters, NC legislators override vetoes” was posted at 12:24 on 8/4/18.

Many of the protesters were returning, since they had protested one or more days of the hastily called #DeceptionSession that started on Jul 24, 2018 with fewer than 24 hours notice. Protesters went today on short notice again as the outrage grew over the last few days. The Aug 4 session agenda included vetoes of last minute legislation intended to deceive citizens into voting away their rights in one of the bills. 

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Media Advisory for #NCGA Stop The Dirty Tricks. #NixAllSix. 8/4/18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACTS (edited):

Gailya Paliga, President of NC National Organization for Women (NC NOW), http://www.northcarolinanow.org, president@raleighnow.org (organizer)

Aylett Colston, acolston@mindspring.com (organizer)

Raleigh, NC, 8/4/18 – Tell the NCGA to Stop Their Dirty Tricks. #NixAllSix!

WHAT:  Rally encouraging #NCGA Leadership to Stop the Dirty Tricks and Let Vetoes Stand

WHEN: Saturday, Aug 4, at 10:30 am

WHERE: In front of State Legislative Building, 16 W. Jones St, Raleigh NC

WHO: North Carolinians

VISUALS: Diverse crowd, interesting and creative signs, costumes to draw attention to dirty tricks pulled by the #NCGA

Should North Carolinians be tricked into giving the NC General Assembly a “blank check” to do whatever it wants to our state? We say NO!

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Tell Your NC Representatives To Let Vetoes Stand

Write your representatives and the NCGA leaders and tell them NOT to override Governor Cooper’s vetoes. Read more about the situation with the #NCGA interference in the constitutional amendment captions and the NC Supreme Court election at “Tell the NCGA to stop their dirty tricks. #NixAllSix! 8/4/18.” See how to contact them and get an idea of what you could say here.

#NixAllSix and #SHAME signs – the right size for the galleries. Photo Credit: Arsidez Leon

Here is a polite version of a letter to use verbatim or as an example. Also see here where to look up your current state representatives too (not the ones in the November election).  You are welcome to edit and use your own words. If you write them, it is likely their office will respond. If you call, less so.

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Tell the NCGA to stop their dirty tricks. #NixAllSix! 8/4/18

Should North Carolinians be tricked into giving the NC General Assembly a “blank check” to do whatever it wants to our state? NO!

Come greet the NCGA on Saturday morning, 8/4/18, as they return to Session to try to override the Governor’s vetoes of their hastily enacted legislation intended to deceive North Carolinians into voting away their rights.

Some of the many protesters at the hastily called legislative special session on 7/24/18 at which the #ncga leadership planned to interfere with constitutional amendments and judicial races yet again. Photo Credit: Phil Fonville

Meet out front at 10:30 AM Saturday to see the legislators as they head into session at 11:00 am at the State Legislative Building at 16 W. Jones Street.

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Events Against Gun Violence – RTP Area

The latest school massacre, which was in Parkland Florida on Valentines Day (2/14/18), may have more of a lasting impact that previous ones. The teen survivors are calling out the blame mongering and refusal of Congress and Trump to do their jobs in protecting children and teachers – and making a concerted effort to pull in others through social media. And they are not putting on a polite front in their speeches or in interviews. For example, teen survivor Emma Gonzalez gave an amazing, heartfelt, passionate speech calling out President Trump, the GOP, and the NRA for enabling the murder of children at an anti-gun rally. 

“How about we stop blaming the victims for something that was the shooter’s fault?” [Emma Gonzalez] demanded, and called out those who do deserve to shoulder that blame.

Emma Gonzalez speaking at anti-gun rally following Parkland Florida High School massacre. Photo Credit: CNN.com

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Join NC NOW at HKonJ – 2/10/18

Join NC NOW and other partners at the HKonJ (Historic Thousands on Jones St) march and rally. The theme is “Taking Resistance to the Ballot Box.” The event begins in front of Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. We march together to another spot for a rally. 

We’ll have an NC NOW banner, NOW rounds and some signs. Feel free to bring your own and make your own statements! Dress for the weather! We’ll be there rain or shine!

Timeline:
8:30am: People begin gathering in front of (originally named) Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, 2 South Street, downtown Raleigh.
9:00am: Look for NOW rounds and purple NC NOW banner by the ‘water feature’ in front of the stately Raleigh Memorial Auditorium building.


9:00am: Pre-Rally/People’s Assembly
10:00am: March step-off (march begins)

The HKonJ march is followed by a big Rally/People’s Assembly

Use #MoralMarch2018

Coverage of NC’s 9 Women’s Marches and Rallies on 1/20/18

Here are links to a few articles on those 9 women’s march anniversary events that were held on 1/20/18.

Triad – Women’s March On The Polls, 12-3pm,
“Thousands march, protest at Winston-Salem Women’s March” at http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/thousands-march-protest-at-winston-salem-women-s-march/article_6c3ccae9-f348-5cd0-9e89-b6e733ccf450.html

“We are a nation looking for villains to blame and heroes to save us. We can do better,” speaker Madison Kimrey said. “The issues didn’t start with the outcome of an election. We must march as the change we want to see.”

Photo Credit: Mary Catherine Kimrey

The WFMY News coverage said, “Speakers focused on different topics such as education for children, discrimination in the workplace, and reproductive health.”

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Quotes from the Women’s Rally On Raleigh, 1/20/18

10,000 -15,000 determined, compassionate, and resilient North Carolinians poured into the state capital for the Women’s Rally on Raleigh on Saturday, 1/20/18. The Raleigh event was in conjunction with events in at least 9 cities around NC, and with all these people in all these cities celebrating women’s rights and raging against bad policies, against dangerous votes, against vicious political maneuvers, against terrible tweets and against worse behavior! In Raleigh, women leading the resistance sang, recited, and spoke about voter suppression, sexual assault, domestic violence, access to affordable quality healthcare, immigrant rights, Islamophobia, LGBTQ rights, public education and more. Our rally cries rang across North Carolinathe resistance is here to stay.

Civil Rights Attorney Anita Earls on stage Photo Credit: Vicky DeGroote

Here are some quotes from our speakers and performers. See almost two hours of the event from right in front of the stage on WRAL here

“When I hear the word justice/freedom/resistance, it makes me think about women.” – Performer Randa McNamara

“Don’t call me baby. It’s CEO, director, president. Change is coming—that’s evident.”
– MaryBe McMillan, delivering a poem that she wrote for our event! @marybemcmillan, President of the @NCStateAFLCIO

“Unfortunately it needs to be said. We are not leeches coming from shitholes.”
-Eiman Ali, @EimanAliii, on the contributions of immigrants, and the scapegoating and abuse they endure.

“We have a message for you, can’t hide in the world of #metoo.” – MaryBe McMillan

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Raleigh Women’s Rally calls for Gender Equality and More!

The Women’s Rally on Raleigh was a wonderful event! So Many People! Excellent speakers and performers! Inspiring Emcees! Perfect weather! Whether you were with us in body or in spirit (or both) here are things you may not know! 

WROR, Halifax Mall, 20 Jan 18 Photo Credit: Vicky DeGroote

“Residents from all over North Carolina gathered on Halifax Mall on Saturday for the Women’s Rally on Raleigh. There were musical performers, tables, and a diverse line-up of speakers meant to energize citizens into engaging with their government on issues that affect them and their communities,” from Women’s Rally on Raleigh draws several thousand to Halifax Mall” at http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article195785414.html

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And then there were nine (Women’s March Anniversary Events in NC)

NINE Women’s March anniversary events are being planned in NC so far. These are for January 20th, 2018. 

Triad – Women’s March On The Polls, 12-3pm,
Corpening Plaza, 231 W First St, Winston-Salem
facebook.com/triadwomensmarch
Raleigh – Women’s Rally On Raleigh, 9-1, Raleigh NC.
Theme is “Women Leading The Resistance!”
https://www.facebook.com/events/1611316172263531/
Charlotte – Charlotte’s Women’s March, 10am-2pm,
First Ward Park, 301 E 7th St, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
https://www.facebook.com/events/135395813840257/

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