Category Archives: racial justice
13th Movie and Discussion, by Fayetteville NOW President Sharon Johnson
Fayetteville NOW, continuing its efforts to improve race relations through constructive dialogue, sponsored a showing of the documentary, 13th, on Monday, June 19, 2017. Outstanding turnout at an event with many co-sponsors.
This documentary examines the disproportionate number of African-Americans incarcerated in the U.S. The film included interviews with prominent civil-rights activists and politicians, and examines the nation’s legacy of racism via such events as the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and the passage of Jim Crow laws in the South.
We had a super successful Women’s March On Raleigh (WMOR). Original estimates we heard near the stage were 17,000 people at WMOR while the rally was in progress. An organization that helped us organize, Ready The Ground, had estimated 30,000 on the march route. People studying aerial view pictures after the march estimated over 40,000. As another gauge, it took almost over an hour and a half for the last people to leave City Plaza.
Raleigh NOW members Sarah Moncelle, Shana Becker and Gailya Paliga were a few of the organizers of the WMOR. We pulled in our friends to help, as did other organizers.
It’s hard to tell how many people are going to something. Earlier in the week, we were using 3000 people, and later we talked about 3000-5000 people. Some organizers speculated 5000-7000 since interest on our facebook event page started growing by 1000 a day! We had programs and pledge cards printed for 3000. Didn’t want to waste paper. Then 17,000-30,000 people showed up at City Plaza, many in their pink pussy hats!
I know you have heard about the Women’s March on Washington. The idea sprang up right after the awful 2016 presidential election, and spread. After much work, and Alice Cohan (Feminist Majority/NOW) working on getting permits, the Washington march has a permit and a starting site. See details at “Women’s March on Washington officially has a permit for Jan. 21,” 12/15/16, Washington Post.
Not everyone can go to DC, and not everyone wants to go to DC – with hotel prices through the roof and other problems. Many people would love to participate locally, and marches are being organized around the country. This is also true around NC, including in Raleigh. We are having a Women’s March on Raleigh on Jan. 21, 2017. March and rally from 11am to 1pm. Join us any time after 10am to march.
Find us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/349823032061399/. Members of Raleigh and NC NOW are some of the organizers, which include many individuals who really wanted a local event. See the website and facebook page and twitter account id in the next article, ‘Women’s March on Raleigh, Spread The Word.’
There are two purposes for the Women’s March on Raleigh on Jan 21, 2017. We want to stand in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington and we want to mobilize women to get involved with organizations advocating for progressive causes that impact women, their families, and minorities in NC and the nation.
Join us! or look for another march that is closer to you here.
- Dec. 3 Annual wreath laying in memory of Beryl Mitchell – DV victim. Here is a link to an article about Fayetteville NOW’s 2015 memorial – “Not a bad father, daughter says, except ..“
- Dec. 5 Third Mirrors of Privilege, part of a series to open discussions on racism. This series follows the Cracking the Codes series discussed in the newsletter and at the NC NOW conference – read more at NC NOW Newsletter Oct-Nov 2016
- Dec. 6 Court Watch training
- Dec. 13, 6:00 pm, Holiday Party – Scrub Oaks Restaurant
- Dec. 14 – practice court watch training at court with Rakeem Jones assault victim at Trump event.
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.