Category Archives: safety for women

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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Upcoming Events – January 2018

Welcome the new year with hope and ACTIVISM!

1. Monday, January 1, 2018 – Celebrating 2017 as A Year Of Resistance in Wilmington

Women Organizing For Wilmington are celebrating “2017: A Year of Resistance” on Monday, Jan 1, 2018. 12 noon at 102 N. Third Street. Rain or Snow! More at https://www.facebook.com/events/944526919027672/.

2. Help with the planning of Women’s March Anniversary events around NC

Winston-Salem meets every Monday, Raleigh meets every Tuesday up to the Jan 20, 2018 marches. Contact organizers through the events. See event listing at Women’s March Anniversary Events (2018) in NC

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Women’s Rally On Raleigh 2018 is ON!

Plan to join us at Raleigh’s women’s march anniversary event in 2018. A group of individuals and organizers are planning a women’s rally on Raleigh, with the theme of “Women Leading The Resistance!” on January 20, 2018.

women rally 2018

Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 9am to 1pm
       Gather: 9:00 am
       Resistance music: 9:00am-10:00am
       Speakers begin: 10:00am
       Event ends: 1:00pm
Place: Halifax Mall, in Raleigh
Location: Green space next to the Legislative Office Building at 300 N Salisbury St (Where most of the Moral Monday rallies are held.)
For more information, go to https://womensmarchonraleigh.org/.
See some of the speakers at https://womensmarchonraleigh.org/rally-program/.

Our rally is timed as the one year anniversary of our giant march and rally in Raleigh and with the hundreds or thousands of other marches across the United States and around the world on January 21, 2017. Organizer Yevonne Brannon documented 13 marches in North Carolina alone! We will rally in solidarity with other women’s events that day, including those in Winston Salem, in Chicago, and in New York. 

Read more about our 2017 Women’s March On Raleigh at Women’s March On Raleigh was Huge! 1/21/17 and in earlier posts, at Women’s March on Raleigh: Women Mobilizing NC (12/25/16) and at Women’s March on Raleigh 2017 – Spread The Word! (1/1/17) and at Women’s March On Raleigh 2017 Press Release (1/11/17).

These are two of my favorite pictures from the Women’s March on Raleigh in 2017. The first shows some of my co-organizers leading the march.

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Fayetteville NOW: 2017 Annual Wreath Laying Honoring Past DV Victim

In 1974 Beryl Mitchell was murdered in Fayetteville by her active duty military husband. They had two young children. Until nine years ago her grave had no headstone. Then her daughter, Christine Horne returned to Fayetteville to dedicate a headstone for Beryl’s grave. At that time, some members of Fayetteville NOW (National Organization for Women) vowed to lay a wreath
on her grave each year in her memory.

Here are the specifics for the 2017 wreath-laying ceremony.
Date: Saturday, Dec 2, 2017
Time: 11am
Place: Lafayette Memorial Park and Mausoleum, 2301 Ramsey Street

Wreath and sign from 2016 wreath laying ceremony Photo Credit: Fay. NOW

Unfortunately Beryl Mitchell is not alone as a victim of domestic violence. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in the US,

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National Actions To Take NOW!

We have 3 actions to take on national issues. Oppose the House Budget which slashes trillions of dollars from healthcare, food and income assistance, education and more. Oppose HR 38 – giving domestic violence offenders the right to stalk and kill their intimate partners across state lines! Oppose HR 36 – another abortion ban.

Thank you to National Task Force to End Sexual & Domestic Violence and to National Women’s Law Center for the information.

Action Alert 1: Tell your Rep. to vote “NO” on the US House budget: it slashes trillions from Medicaid, Medicare, food and income assistance, education, housing and more. It takes the money to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy, and for corporations!

Monday-Wednesday, Oct 2-4: Call Your Rep and Say NO!

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DeVos vows to revoke and replace campus sexual assault guidelines

In 2011, the U. S. Department of Education issued some guidelines to colleges and universities requiring them to handle rape allegations swiftly and fairly.  The problem was being taken seriously at last.

Now in 2017,  Betsy DeVos claims that these guidelines  have “weaponized the Office of Civil Rights.” Specifically, she maintains that  enforcing women’s civil rights under Title IX is unfair to accused rapists. Her own acting head of Education’s civil rights office told the New York times that “90 percent” of campus rapes “fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk’.”  Of course, being drunk is no excuse if you injure or kill someone with your car.

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EME making rounds at NC College Campuses in Sept. 2017

College women today still need to worry about major issues – safety on and off campus, being treated fairly, being paid fairly, health care coverage, and what happens when they decide to have children. Many don’t realize that the only right guaranteed for women in the Constitution is the right to vote. Even today.

We recognize the continued struggle for women to gain full constitutional inclusion in American society. We are sure that the fix for these and other problems is through the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). We’re spreading the word about the problems that women face by bringing the documentary “Equal Means Equal” to the big screen at college campuses around NC from Sept 10-17. Look for your campus showing at http://www.nc4era.org/campus-movies-sept-10-17.html

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There are No More Excuses – EME – Aug. + Sept. 2017

On August 26th in 1920, women won the right to vote – Women’s Equality Day. In conjunction with the annual celebration of this event, we will recognize the continued struggle for women to gain full constitutional inclusion by bringing the film, Equal Means Equal, to the big screen in Asheville, Raleigh and Fayetteville.

1. Equal Means Equal in Raleigh on Aug 24
Date: Thursday, August 24, 2017
Time: 7:30 pm – 9:40 pm
Place: Regal North Hills Stadium 14 in Raleigh
Address: 4150 Main at North Hills St

Get your ticket using this link –
https://new.tugg.com/events/equal-means-equal-7-r7

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What you can do now to spread the word on danger of campus assaults

It’s time for some of our children and grandchildren to go back to school. Some are going to college, and that can be a very dangerous place for undergraduates. Studies have shown one in five college women and 5% of men have been sexually assaulted (note 1 and note 2). This problem is very real and close to home. On July 21, three N.C. State University (NSCU) students reported being sexually assaulted during a campus party. Raleigh police took this seriously and assigned a team of detectives assigned to the case, but more than 2 weeks later, there have not been any arrests (note 3). One way to protect undergraduates is by warning them and giving them guidance.

To help inform the community and help undergraduates know to protect themselves, Raleigh NOW held a screening of “The Hunting Ground” documentary at NCSU in Raleigh, cosponsored by WomenNC and NCSU’s GLBT Center. One of the main subjects of the film, UNC-CH graduate Annie Clark, led the post-film discussion. Annie Clark survived her assault, and refused to be ignored. She went on to co-found her own organization to combat campus rape, End Rape On Campus. The documentary presents the issue very well, and Annie Clark and her continuing fight to help others and improve the situation was inspiring.

Annie Clark running Q&A at screening of The Hunting Ground, on 8/8/17. Photo Credit: Catherine Evangelista

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Learn about Campus Danger for Women, 8/8/17 at NCSU

I talked to a policeman at a campus visit to UNC-Charlotte in July. He was proud of talking a young woman OUT OF pressing charges of sexual assault. He said the police spoke with both students to reinforce that the consequences for the undergraduate and alleged attacker are dire. The woman decided she wasn’t absolutely sure anymore. The policeman was also proud of few if any cases prosecuted – not the same as assaults not happening. I was appalled. These sexual assaults are happening whether or not they are prosecuted.

Join us to screen and discuss “The Hunting Ground” at NC State University on August 8th. Learn what the policeman didn’t understand about sexual assaults on campus. Learn how to prepare yourself/your child/your niece/your grandchild. 

Also consider a self defense class for you and yours. I am.

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