A group of bipartisan lawmakers reintroduced the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) on March 8th, 2021. VAWA would provide funding and grants for a variety of programs that tackle domestic abuse. VAWA’s authorization lapsed in 2018. The House passed legislation to reauthorize the measure in 2019 with the support of a handful of GOP lawmakers, but a lesser bill was put forth in the Senate and neither bill moved. You can take action now to help it move forward!
Legislative leaders and the Governor actually reached a compromise on Senate Bill 220, Open our Schools Act, and the bill has been signed into law. Reaching a deal has been a prolonged power struggle between the legislature and the Governor. This week also saw two bills of interest introduced: (1) Senate Bill 190, Prohibit Weapons at Voting Place, and (2) Senate Bill 199, Freedom from Abuse, which would require public schools to provide students information on and resources for neglect and abuse, including sexual abuse.
Chapel Hill NOW is supporting the Compass Center for Women and Families in providing shelter victims of domestic violence.
Please join us for the online Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and People (MMIWGP) rally scheduled for 4/25/20, from 10am-1pm. Emcee Crystal Cavelier, Founder of MMIW NC Coalition and Co- Organizer of March has provided an agenda. NC NOW is one of the cosponsors, and NC NOW President Gailya Paliga is one of the speakers. Find link to event and the agenda in this post.
On Saturday, April 25th, families of victims along with state-wide women’s organizations will host a Facebook live gathering that focuses on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and People (MMIWGP). This online event will go from 10am to 1pm EST. A host of speakers and performers are participating in this online rally. This is a call to action for activists, supporters and families to raise awareness, attention and bring justice to the many indigenous women and girls who have disappeared or have been murdered in NC.
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.
Feminist documentaries to see, including “Seeing Allred” (about women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred), Equal Means Equal, RBG, Trapped, and more.
Women are setting up protests around North Carolina and around the country for Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Here are the ones around North Carolina, and here is how to find one near you. If there isn’t one yet, you can make your own! Like the women’s marches.
Domestic Violence expert Julie Owens talks about how outdated the cycle theory of abuse is. People use the “Power and Control Wheel” graphic because we understand DV much, much better after decades of work with victims, and learning from them. Read more here.
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.