NC NOW members delivered the NC NOW pro-choice signature ad packets to all of our representatives in the NC House and NC Senate on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. The packets included a letter from NC NOW on bills related to abortion access that we support and oppose, and this year we delivered two copies of the ad in each packet. Due to the pandemic and safety concerns, we did not deliver in 2020. See NC NOW’s letter below and see more about the ads below. The eight members delivering the signature ad packets represented Fayetteville NOW, Chapel Hill NOW, Raleigh NOW, and Durham NOW. There were two other groups of people who got the signature ads ready to go the previous weeks.
Pro-Choice Signature Ad Delivery in 2021 with 7 of 8 people shown. Photo Credit: Maureen Wertheim
There are so many important and interesting articles, we don’t want to lose track of them. In North Carolina, we have the lobbyist involved in the fundraiser being former Raleigh mayor Tom Fetzer, who told contacts that the fundraiser recipient could succeed House speaker Tim Moore. The 2 year anniversary of the murders at UNC-Charlotte is coming up on April 30 – victim/hero Riley Howell’s mom wrote an excellent op-ed after mass murders in March – people want change. A four-year federal investigation into longstanding Republican claims of voter fraud in North Carolina ended – and found nothing. Young congressman Madison Cawthorn touts the Covid relief funds helping his constituents, although he did not vote for them.
Many of these articles were included in most recent mailchimp email from NC NOW – if you want to receive the emails, fill in a volunteer form and put ‘Add me to email list” and other ways you want to be involved in the ‘What do you want to do’ note.
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. More on the situation in The Hill. You can take action now to help it move forward!
Don’t want to lose access to these important articles on national issues which were posted on the NC NOW facebook page. Topics here include another big push on Military to address massive sexual assault disaster, what would ensure the ERA reaches its equality potential, how Biden Administration should move ahead with very high approval ratings on policies, how a Senator is holding up Biden’s cabinet nominees by applying a double standard, how Biden needs to free Reality Winner, and ICE targetting progressive sheriffs around the state with billboards.
1. #MilitaryMeToo Video Goes Viral – Military Must Fix This!
These problems are rampant in all branches of the Military. You have the assault. The rapist getting off. The victim struggling to survive. It is good timing for this video to go viral as the #VanessaGuillen tragedy and uproar needs a boost right now as Military is supposed to be addressing it. #militarymetoo#IAmVanessaGuillen
Find the program for the Second Military #MeToo Reaches Ft. Bragg Panel – 1/7/21 at Military_MeToo_Reaches_Ft._Bragg_Program.v6 (updated organizer list on 1/10/20). Please download or save for your own use. Some actions you can take are listed below. Also a link to the Military’s video encouraging attendance at our event, which shows a shift in attitude.
Planned Follow up Events on Military #MeToo Reaches Fort Bragg:
Spring 2021: New Protocols for Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault
Fall 2021: New Protocols: Are they helping?
Winter 2021: A Yearly Review of Military #MeToo at Fort Bragg
After the disappearance and murder of #VanessaGuillen, and the persistence of her family, and the social media outcry (#IAmVanessaGuillen) on similar injustice on sexual assault and sexual harassment in the military, the military is finally admitting fault and promising to address these military wide problems. We need to hold them accountable and can help them understand the problem at Fort Bragg. Please join us at our second Military #MeToo Reaches Ft Bragg Panel on Jan 7, 2021. It’s via zoom. Find out about it at our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/219692489597322
Fayetteville, NC, December 31, 2020 – Problems in handling of sex crimes in the military are well documented – from rarely punishing those accused of sexual assault, to harassing and retaliating against victims,to firing those hired to protect the victims. Sexual assaults happen on base, and on deployment, and have been documented through time.
Problems in handling of sex crimes in the military are well documented – from rarely punishing those accused of sexual assault, to harassing and retaliating against victims, to firing those hired to protect the victims. Sexual assaults happen on base, andon deployment, and have been documented through time.
But still the military didn’t address them for years and years. Until the disappearance and murder of Vanessa Guillen in Fort Hood Army base in Texas sparked a military #MeToo movement that they couldn’t control. Guillén disappearing after telling her family about sexual harassment spurred many service members and veterans to share their own stories about assault and harassment on social media with the hashtag #IAmVanessaGuillen. This uproar, and the Guillén family’s persistence in finding Vanessa, has forced the military to face its betrayal of soldiers.
Portrait of Vanessa Guillén from Evening Protest in Raleigh on 7/25/20 Photo Credit: Captain Erin Scanlon (Retired)
There are some significant updates in Vanessa Guillén case. Guillén is the 20 year old soldier who disappeared from Ft. Hood on April 22, 2020. There is a preliminary report on the independent review of Fort Hood’s command climate in the handling of her death. This report will be made public on Tuesday, Dec. 8. There is also progress on the #IAmVanessaGuillen bill – it is being deliberated in Congress.
#JusticeForVanessaGuillen and #IAmVanessaGuillen signs at one of three protests for justice for Guillén in Raleigh on 7/25/20. Photo Credit: Micaela Aguilar
What really happened with this victim advocate who had worked at Ft Bragg in NC? CBS aired Lindsey Knapp’s story and others in November 2020 on the CBS Evening News with Nora O’Donnell. Stories of victims of multiple sexual assaults who killed themselves. And stories of “Pentagon whistleblowers say they were fired or suspended for reporting sexual assault cover-ups: “People are afraid”” at cbsn.ws/2HpwN1k. Better link at https://www.cbsnews.com/video/norah-odonnell-reports-sexual-assault-in-the-military/. CBS did a four part series on problems in the military. This particular CBS show aired interviews of three women hired to work for the military’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program. All three had been fired.