Stories are powerful. Filmmaker Rebecca Cerese captured stories from people around the state who are caught in the health care coverage gap. She shared some stories on film and some she told. One of Rebecca’s storytellers came in person and her story of her daughter was heartbreaking.
If you have not seen this important documentary, Equal Means Equal, now is your chance! If you’ve only seen it once, you may want to see it again. It shows us the real situation of women in the United States. Very intense. We will discuss afterward.
Charlotte City Council for voting for quiet zones around churches, schools and medical facilities! It is long overdue! The women’s clinics have been harassed for years and years.
NC NOW Legislative Update #12 has some good news following bad news last week. Governor Cooper has vetoed an anti-abortion bill that was rushed through the legislature last week, and it will be difficult for Republican supporters to override it. Also, a judge ruled that Rev. William Barber can no longer be banned from the legislative building in time for the Teacher’s March and Rally on May 1. More bills were introduced, again, to fix longstanding problems in NC – Right to Revoke Consent (SB563) and one to handle sexual harassment involving legislators (HB817).
Every town hall is a unique experience. The Voice of Domestic Violence Town Hall in Winston Salem on 4/11/19 included experts, past victims, current warriors with powerful stories and valuable information to share! Read a summary of their words here.
Congress is in the process of reauthorizing the 25 year old Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) this spring (April 2019). VAWA expired last fall, when Congress was distracted with other issues. Here is some background on VAWA and on changes to improve it in 2019.
April is #SexualAssaultAwarenessMonth and women and women’s organizations including NOW are urging Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women’s Act, VAWA. The bill is #HR1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. Learn about it here and see what you can do to help move #VAWA along.
Press Advisory for 2019 Raleigh Women’s March on 1/26/19 and for planned press conference for women’s march on 1/23/19. Includes speakers, performers, steering committee and hashtags.
This week saw important actions on bills pertaining to sexual assault and rape. Finally some progress on modernizing sexual assault laws. HB393 tightens North Carolina law concerning how sexual assault is defined and prosecuted, allow sexual abuse to be investigated sooner, and increase the chances that that prosecution could result in a conviction. Carolina Public Press released their research in a series of articles focusing on sexual assault victims and inconsistent conviction rates of rapists. This bill would address some of the problems outlined.
Quotes from some of the speakers and performers at the 2019 Raleigh Women’s March. Such impressive speakers and would prefer to be able to capture each speech, but here are some pearls of wisdom.