Category Archives: racism

20th Annual SBA Event in Fayetteville Celebrates Police Chief

Fayetteville Police Chief Gina V. Hawkins was recognized by Fayetteville NOW for her leadership abilities during the organization’s Susan B. Anthony Birthday Celebration on Tuesday, 3/12/19.  Chief Hawkins is the first woman and first minority to serve in the permanent position of police chief for Fayetteville.  

Chief Hawkins is one of six woman police chiefs in North Carolina. She talked about herself and her life and what led her to this job and why. She said many times she was a little girl with a big mouth, and Fayetteville NOW VP, Roberta Waddle, quipped “perfect NOW woman!”

SBA Celebration Attendees, food and drinks to right Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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NC NOW Newsletter Available – January/February/March 2019

The January, February and March 2019 newsletter is available. January and February have been a whirlwind of activity – 6 women’s marches around the state, getting people to other marches, NC NOW’s annual pro-choice signature ad, and organizing other events and advocacy days. Also, strong reactions to administration activities and lawmakers. There is plenty more to do in March and the rest of the year! NOW chapters choose what they want to do—Charlotte NOW actively working against ICE raids, Fayetteville NOW continues to work collaboratively against racism and sexism. Raleigh NOW is involved with rallies at Senator Tillis’ office highlighting ICE raids and the domestic gag rule (Mar 12).  Following NC NOW’s website and on facebook will help you keep much more up to date on activities.

Charlotte NOW at Charlotte Women’s March – 1/26/19 Photo Credit: Charlotte NOW

ERA is in the air and in the news! See March 5 ERA bill introduction and more on (page 1), and read about ERA Advocacy Day (1/30/19) on page 2.

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2019 Raleigh Women’s March Speakers and Quotes

Quotes from some of the speakers and performers at the 2019 Raleigh Women’s March. Such impressive speakers and we would prefer to be able to capture each speech and performance, but here are some pearls of wisdom. Performers got their messages across in their own unique ways. 

Longtime activist Mandy Carter was one of our EmCees and also our speaker on LGBTQ issues.

Event emcees – Ashley Popio and Mandy Carter Photo Credit: Women Mobilizing NC

“I’ve been wondering how change happens. And I think the best way to describe it is the changing of hearts and minds and public policy.” – Mandy Carter

 

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About NC’s Justice System with Retired Judge in Fayetteville on 11/13/18

Join Fayetteville NOW and partners for an evening of conversation with the Honorable Superior Court Judge Gregory Weeks (Retired) on his experiences in the justice system and discussing his perspective on racial disparities within our system of justice. This event is Tuesday, November 13th, 6pm at the Pate Room, Main Library downtown Fayetteville.  

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#SaveScotus and #SaveRoe Town Hall Summaries – Aug 2018

The last two town hall events of the #SaveScotus/#SaveRoe across the state were the last week of August, 2018. Here is a summary of both, with pictures.

The #SaveScotus town hall for the Triad was at Forsyth Central Library in Winston-Salem on 8/29/18. Jen Ferris from Progress North Carolina moderated (see her standing by podium in the picture). Panelists (pictured) are Elizabeth Freeze, Director of Philanthropy at Planned Parenthood Votes South Atlantic; Gailya Paliga, President of NC NOW; and Alicia Diggs, Board Secretary of NC AIDS Action Network (NCAAN). Ms. Diggs is also a medical case manager at Positive Wellness Alliance in Lexington, so she deals directly with patients.

       #SaveSCOTUS town hall in Winston-Salem on 8/29/18
       People kept coming in! Photo Credit: Matt Martin

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Fayetteville NOW – Upcoming Meetings and Events – July/Aug 2018

Tuesday, 7/17/18, 6pm – Monthly Meeting at Belden-Horne House, located on 519 Ramsey Street.  Plan for Women’s Equality Day event on 8/26/18 and officer elections at August monthly meeting.

Belden-Horne House in Fayetteville

Thursday, 7/19/18, 6pm – next in the “Community Conversations” series. At Downtown Library, 300 Maiden Lane, Fayetteville, in the Pate Room. We are continuing our healthy dialogue inspired by this three-part documentary, “Race: The Power of an Illusion.” This is the final phase for this series.  See flyer here.

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Fayetteville Coalition Brought SPLC Speaker to Inform and Inspire – 5/15/18

Fayetteville NOW is part of a coalition that brought in Lecia Brooks, outreach director at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).  Brooks spoke about the growth of hate groups in the US to a crowd of about 75 people on 5/15/18. Brooks ended with an inspiring message.

SPLC Outreach Director, Lecia Brooks Photo Credit: Umass Amherst

“The Southern Poverty Law Center has been tracking hate-based organizations for years. These include white nationalist and supremacists, black nationalists, anti-semitic groups, anti-Muslim groups and others,” Brooks said.

“The organization lists 32 hate groups in North Carolina,” she said. That includes 3 in Cumberland County.

Read more about the event at “Speaker: Hate crimes continue in United States,” 5/15/18, Fayetteville Observer. 

This event was part of the Fayetteville Community Conversations Coalition series in Fayetteville NC. This was a great turnout, especially considering there were some other events sponsored the same evening. 

Fayetteville Chapter of NOW is one of the co-sponsors of the Community Conversations program. Other sponsors include the Cumberland County Library, Delta Sigma Theta, Fayetteville-Cumberland Human Relations Commission. Fayetteville NAACP also helped bring in this excellent speaker.

The event was announced at Fayetteville NOW Community events (April and May 2018). Thanks to Fayetteville NOW President Sharon Johnson for the update and the newspaper link.

Real Money for Fake Women’s Clinics

Funneling money to fake women’s clinics while defunding Planned Parenthood sends a clear message that our leadership does not care about women’s health; especially low-income women.

At this event, we will talk about what CPCs are, and focus on an issue an aspect of which is currently under consideration by the Supreme Court: Crisis Pregnancy Centers, CPCs, which lie to women and scare and manipulate them in order to prevent them from having abortions.

In North Carolina, eight centers associated with the Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship are receiving 1.3 million dollars in state taxpayer money a year – $2.6 million over 2 years! That money should be going to women’s real health care needs. There are 112 CPCs in North Carolina, and only about 13 abortion clinics.

WHAT:  Rally to protest federal and North Carolina policies regarding women’s health care, “Real Money for Fake Women’s Clinics”

WHEN: Tuesday, May 22,  11:30 am-12:00pm

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Fayetteville NOW Community Events (April and May 2018)

Mark your calendars with these events that Fayetteville NOW is co-sponsoring with community partners NAACP, Cumberland County Library, Quaker House, Delta Sigma Theta (Alumnae Chapter), CCAE, and the Fayetteville Cumberland Human Relations Commission.  The next Community Conversation in a series is on 4/16/18, and the Southern Poverty Law Center Outreach Director is speaking in Fayetteville on 5/15/18.

SPLC Outreach Director, Lecia Brooks

SPLC Outreach Director, Lecia Brooks

1. Community Conversation – “The World Cafe”

Date: April 16, 2018
Time: 6pm
Place: Main Fayetteville Library on Maiden Lane, Pate Room

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Community Conversation: Illusion of Race, Fayetteville, 3/19/18

Join Fayetteville NOW and its coalition partners, on 3/19/18, at 6pm, Pate Room, Main Library, for the showing of the documentary, “Race: The Power of an Illusion.” This documentary questions the belief that racial differences are innate. A facilitated discussion follows the viewing of this film. 

The coalition is a partnership between the Fayetteville-Cumberland Human Relations Commission, Cumberland County Association of Educators, Cumberland County Public Library, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the NAACP, NOW and the Quaker House.

The Fayetteville Observer announced the event in article “Human Relations Commission to hold conversation on race,” on 2/27/18. 

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