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Women and Allies Show Strength Again at Raleigh Women’s March on 1/26/19!

Thousands of marchers surrounded the NC Legislative Building while more waited and watched at Halifax Mall for the 2019 Raleigh Women’s March on Saturday, January 26, 2019. This is the third time women and allies showed up in the thousands in Raleigh to tell the world and the legislature that they are still fighting for change! Women organized women’s marches and rallies in at least 6 cities in January 2019. Here is a summary of the Raleigh event with theme, march, speakers, performers, signs.

Women and allies surround Legislative Building in Raleigh. Photo Credit: Jason Noble

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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
See some of the speakers at

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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Busy Week in Raleigh, Starting Today

Busy week in Raleigh starting on Tuesday, Nov 7. Important events on Nov 7, 8, 9 and 10! Plus topic for next Tuesdays With Tillis is #MeToo. Do you have a story to share?

Tuesday, Nov 7, 2017

Be sure to vote on 11/7/17 in most municipalities! Local elections is where people have the most say. And many elections in NC have hinged on a single vote. See “Your vote matters: 31 NC elections decided by 1 vote, 69 elections by 5 or fewer,” News and Observer, 10/24/17.

Photo Credit: Jacalyn Engler

The weekly Tuesdays With Tillis protest is 11:30am-12:30pm at 310 New Bern Ave, in Raleigh. The theme is Defeat the #TrumpTaxCuts. Tuesdays With Tillis at 11:30am at the Federal Building on New Bern in Raleigh. We have a great new sign! I love this protest, also because it is done in an hour. This is the 42nd week. Find on facebook at

Raleigh NOW meeting on Nov 7, at 7:15pm, at Cameron Village Library in Raleigh (note: new location). Topics are pro-choice signature ad, and planning for the January Roe event. 

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Women’s March On Raleigh: Women Mobilize NC on 1/21/17 – Press Release



Press Contacts:
Salma Mirza, 716-432-1576,
Anna Grant, 484-326-4399,

January 6, 2017

Triangle Women Planning Rally and March On Raleigh for 1/21/17

Hundreds Expected to Protest Politics of Division

Raleigh, N.C. – A multiracial, multi-religious, and multi-generational grassroots group of women are planning a Women’s March on Raleigh (WMOR). It is a solidarity event with the Women’s March on Washington, also taking place January 21st, 2017.

Dozens of women and allies have been planning the march from the basement of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church for the past several weeks. Reverend Michelle Laws of the NAACP is a confirmed speaker, as well as MaryBe McMillan of the NC AFL-CIO and Sarah Preston of Lillian’s List.

Read the entire press release, including quotes from organizers Salma Mirza, Carly Jones, Anna Grant, and NC NOW’s President, Gailya Paliga at WMOR Press Release.


What to do now…

First, we mourn this great unexpected loss. Hillary Clinton was everything many of us wanted in a president – a compassionate, resilient, intelligent woman and politician with the necessary experience and temperament for the job of leading our country. Clinton had an inclusive vision, policy knowledge and skills to spare. You can read “133 reasons (and counting!) Hillary Clinton should be our next president,” Huffington Post, 10/28/16. At the same time, you can read why the Trump/Pence ticket was and is our greatest fear. For many or most of us, a fear not even recognized as a real possibility until it happened before our shocked and disbelieving eyes. Read why we fear Trump and for the safety of friends and neighbors and minorities of all kinds at “An American Tragedy.” Many of us feel,  as the article states, “[t]he election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism. ” That bad. Donald Trump is America’s “Brexit” (New York Times, June 2016). The world is still wondering ‘How did Brexit happen,’ 6/24/16, in the same way it wonders how did Donald Trump win.


Then we buck up and look toward the future. We suggest a few main things to do, once we get our minds around this new and darker future.

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Women’s Equality Day Celebration in Fayetteville NC (2016)

Fayetteville NOW and Quaker House join together again to celebrate Women’s Equality Day on Saturday, Aug 27, 2-4pm.

Check out Fayetteville NOW’s Facebook event page.

Read about Women’s Equality Day at

Women's Equality Day

ERA Alliance Launch Event – 4/12/16

Exciting news!  NC is making the first state alliance of the ERA Coalition organization.  Join us for our launch event!  It begins with a press conference at 2:30pm.  At 3:30pm, we’ll have a panel discussion, “Why the ERA?  Why now?” That will be followed by a book signing and reception at 4:30pm.  We are featuring Jessica Neuwirth, the author of “Equal Means Equal: Why the Time for the Equal Rights Amendment Is Now”  Neuwirth is President of the ERA Coalition.


Equal Means Equal, by Jessica Neuwirth

Please join us! 

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Gerrymandering: “Assault On Democracy?”

Great upcoming community event (not an NC NOW event).  This is a topic of many current, past and future conversations in NC, especially during a presidential election year.

Gerrymandering: “Assault On Democracy?”
How much is gerrymandering the “problem behind the problem” of our current political, moral and economic upheavals in NC?
What’s being done about it?

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016
Time: 7:00p.m.
Place: Community United Church of Christ
Address: 814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh, NC 27607 (Corner of Dixie Tr. and Wade Ave.)

Congressional_Districts_USFWS_ncPhoto credit: US Fish and Wildlife Service via

See flier at Jane Pinsky Coming to CUCC.Mar2016

Join Community UCC’s Economic Justice Task Force in an expanded discussion and exploration of the issue with Jane Pinsky of the NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform. Pinsky has been director of the NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform since 2007. The Coalition, in which Common Cause North Carolina is a key player, works to make government, at all levels, more open and accessible to the citizens of North Carolina. It works on ethics, transparency, and redistricting reform.

She Wins, We Win event press advisory – 3/2/16

This Women for Hillary event is part of the “She Wins, We Win” campaign.  Ellie Smeal (Ms. Magazine and Feminist Majority), and Terry O’Neill (NOW) are coming to Raleigh for a rally and press conference on Thursday, Mar 3, at 11am at the Legislative Building. We have some really great speakers from North Carolina as well!

The forwarded press release includes the press conference speakers only.  The press conference will be followed by a rally in the Auditorium!

Our great speakers from around the state include Rev. Michelle Cotton Laws, Mandy Carter, fiery teenager Madison Kimrey, a mother/daughter team (11 year old daughter), individuals, and leaders of various women’s organizations. We are speaking on topics that are very important to women, like equal pay, education, LGBT issues, immigration, and reproductive justice.  Please join us!

MadisonKimreyatWeAreWomen.samuelwarde                                   Madison Kimrey speaking at rally in DC in 2015

We’re all working for a better future for North Carolina and for America!


Fayetteville NOW hosts another round of “Cracking the Code”

Fayetteville NOW is working with other organizations to promote discussions around race and white privilege.  This 3 part ‘Cracking the Code” series works to promote understanding each other through cultural awareness.

Join us the Pate Room of the Headquarter Library at 301 Maiden Lane in Fayetteville, NC on these 3 dates:

April 4, 2016 – 7:00 pm
May 9, 2016 – 7:00 pm
June 6, 2016 – 7:00 pm

“We are not looking for people to say what we want to hear. We want honest discussion.”

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