Category Archives: racism

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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So many friends old and new at HKonJ, a homegrown phenomenon!

We had an unbelievable turnout at the Moral March and HKonJ Assembly on 2/11/17, in Raleigh. According to signs and songs, people are upset with NC’s leadership, and also with chaos from the whitehouse, and unfit nominees being confirmed to 45’s administration despite valid arguments against them and many protests. One example is Betsy DeVos, and Senators Burr and Tillis ignoring their constituents. Read more in “Burr and Tillis: F for Fail!”

Marchers gathered at Memorial Auditorium, at 2 E. South Street, for speeches and singing, and marched together to the end of Fayetteville St, with the State Capitol in the background.

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Hats and signs! Photo Credit: Elise Paliga

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Moral Monday in June: A Congregation of Citizens

By Zoe Boggs

             Across the street from the North Carolina State Legislative Building, a diverse crowd sat, stood, held signs, and listened intently. People of all ages, races, religions, and sexual orientations celebrated their differences, but most importantly, their common goals. This was June 20, 2016 and we were at a Moral Monday event, held by the NAACP and allies to protest HB2 and remember the Orlando victims and the Charleston 9 victims. The week before, on June 12 in Orlando, FL, a gunman “carried out the worst mass shooting in United States history, leaving 50 people dead and 53 wounded” at a gay nightclub doing its weekly “Upscale Latin Saturdays” party. Then on Jun 18, nine people were murdered at a historic African-American Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where they were doing bible study.

Moral Monday Participant Photo Credit: Elaina Athans

Moral Monday Participant Photo Credit: Elaina Athans

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December plans for Fayetteville, Triad, Asheville and Chlt NOW chapters

Fayetteville NOW:

  • 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.

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Pictures tell the story of the Women Making History NOW Conference

The 2016 NC NOW State Conference is where we elect our state officers, and also where NOW members and other feminists gather to get organized and motivated to do the work that we do, work that we love to do! Education on issues! Getting people to Vote for their interests! Organization and Activism!

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the National Organization for women. This exciting year, we celebrate a woman candidate for President of the United States, Hillary Clinton. The NOW PAC is delighted and excited to endorse this extremely well qualified candidate. See NC NOW PAC’s endorsements here. We celebrate the first woman Attorney General, Loretta Lynch. We celebrate our progressive newswomen, like Rachel Maddow. And we celebrate our working champions, like NC State Auditor Beth Wood. Our theme, “Women Making History NOW” celebrates these women and others who made history, and we celebrate the 50th anniversary of NOW.

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Best Cake Ever! And other highlights from ERA-NC event.

Not only is this cake beautiful, but it tasted amazingly good.  I don’t even like cake much in general.  But this beautiful cake, which sported the colors and the logo of the brand new ERA-NC Alliance group, was awesome!

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Ketchie Creek Cake Photo Credit: Pat Sledge

It was served at the reception of our ERA-NC Alliance Launch event, “Why the ERA, Why NOW”?  The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution that would expressly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex.  

The launch event, which included a press conference, a panel discussion, and a reception, was to celebrate a coalition of women’s groups and individuals who are formally working together to get the Equal Rights Amendment passed.  ERA-NC ALLIANCE is a non-partisan, lead organization of the National ERA Coalition.  See the program and the lead organization for the launch event at ERA-NC Commissioning Program 4-12-2016v4

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NC NOW Press Release: HB 2 Disastrous for Women

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Gailya Paliga, President of NC National Organization for Women
(NC NOW)

Phone number: 919-539-7702
Email address: president@raleighnow.org
Website: www.northcarolinanow.org

NC NOW: HB 2 Disastrous for Women

Raleigh, NC, 4/7/16 – Much of the public discussion over HB 2 has focused on its harm to the LGBT community (which includes women) and the backlash of opposition from businesses, sporting event organizers, and elected officials inside and outside of NC.  However, the new law goes way beyond the LGBT community.  The extensive changes to protections in this bill (now law) hurt women in shocking ways.

  • HB 2 eliminates all existing state law remedies for women from being demoted, transferred, or terminated from their job because of their sex,” according to Rick Glazier, in “18 Questions, 18 Answers: The Real Facts Behind House Bill 2,” 4/1/16. Rick Glazier is the Executive Director of the NC Justice Center, a lawyer, and the former Representative of Cumberland County, which he served for 7 terms.

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Fayetteville NOW and Quaker House Win Community Award for Work Against Racism

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Roberta Waddle from Fayetteville NOW/NC NOW and Lynn Newsom from Fayetteville’s Quaker House pictured with Ron McElrath and members of the Human Relations Commission at the Human Relations Awards “Recognition and Scholarship Banquet” on Mar 31, 2016. Quaker House and Fayetteville NOW received the Ronald McElrath Commission/Organization Award for their work on racial justice and working against violence.

Read about the event and the award at “Community Recognition Awards: Recognizing those improving quality of life in Cumberland County

Fayetteville NOW and Quaker House’s next series of the 3 part “Cracking The Codes – a Search for Racial Justice” series begins 4/4/16, with one in April, one in May and one in June.  You can go to individual sessions, you do not need to attend all 3.  Each session includes a section of video, and discussion with facilitators.

More on the “Cracking the Code” series was posted on 2/27/16 at Fayetteville NOW hosts another round of “Cracking the Code” .

Gerrymandering: “Assault On Democracy?”

Great upcoming community event (not an NC NOW event).  This is a topic of many current, past and future conversations in NC, especially during a presidential election year.

Gerrymandering: “Assault On Democracy?”
How much is gerrymandering the “problem behind the problem” of our current political, moral and economic upheavals in NC?
What’s being done about it?

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016
Time: 7:00p.m.
Place: Community United Church of Christ
Address: 814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh, NC 27607 (Corner of Dixie Tr. and Wade Ave.)

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See flier at Jane Pinsky Coming to CUCC.Mar2016

Join Community UCC’s Economic Justice Task Force in an expanded discussion and exploration of the issue with Jane Pinsky of the NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform. Pinsky has been director of the NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform since 2007. The Coalition, in which Common Cause North Carolina is a key player, works to make government, at all levels, more open and accessible to the citizens of North Carolina. It works on ethics, transparency, and redistricting reform.

Campus visits with Ellie Smeal and Terry O’Neill in NC

Join national and local women’s organization leaders, local community leaders, student leaders from area campuses, abortion rights activists, voting activists and state and local elected officials celebrating this historic campaign! We are excited to announce that Ellie Smeal, President of Feminist Majority, and Terry O’Neill, President of NOW, will join us for the kick-off of the “She Wins, We Win” campaign in NC.

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Feminist Majority President, Ellie Smeal
Photo Credit: PBS
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