The Supreme Court of the United States, SCOTUS, is taking up some crucial cases, and the fear is they will reverse precedent and legislate from the bench. If they do this, it would be up to Congress to fix, if and when they are able. Fear of an out of control SCOTUS is why women and allies across the nation protested so mightily during the hearing of Brett Kavanaugh in summer and fall of 2018. See Stop Kavanaugh Events Around NC – starting 9/4/18 and other articles on protests before and during Kavanaugh trial. NOW, SCOTUS seems to be going after not just women’s right to reproductive access but also fair treatment of LGBTQUI people and also city government’s ability to make their own policies.
The case that first got my attention is the Louisiana anti-abortion case described at Dangerous Times: SCOTUS to Revisit Roe v. Wade starting March 4, 2020, but there are more. Reproductive access and fairness for LGBTQUI people are top issue for NOW members.
#SaveScotus event in Raleigh on 7/10/18 Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga
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On March 4, 2020, the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) starts hearings on a case that could “eviscerate the availability of abortion care, and which also could significantly undermine abortion access—particularly for those who already have limited access—as well as patients’ ability to enforce in court the right to have an abortion.” The case is June Medical Services, LLC v. Russo (formerly June Medical Services, LLC v. Gee), and it is a challenge to a Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Louisiana has enacted this law knowing that it was unconstitutional. The law is identical to a Texas law that was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2016, 3 years before the Supreme Court decided to take this case on. That decision should have settled the issue. More than that, by Louisiana’s request to add another aspect to the case, this case could take away the ability for abortion providers to sue on behalf of their patients, as they’ve been doing for decades.
Photo Credit: Melba Evans
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Quotes from some of the speakers and performers at the 2019 Raleigh Women’s March. Such impressive speakers and we would prefer to be able to capture each speech and performance, but here are some pearls of wisdom. Performers got their messages across in their own unique ways.
Longtime activist Mandy Carter was one of our EmCees and also our speaker on LGBTQ issues.
Event emcees – Ashley Popio and Mandy Carter Photo Credit: Women Mobilizing NC
“I’ve been wondering how change happens. And I think the best way to describe it is the changing of hearts and minds and public policy.” – Mandy Carter
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With the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, there is more danger than ever before that Roe v. Wade could be overturned or its application severely restricted. If federal protection for abortion rights is denied or diminished, the battle to defend women’s reproductive rights will shift to the states. Here in North Carolina, the forces for abortion rights have been historically strong, but in this political climate our voices must grow stronger and our support for a woman’s right to choose must become more visible. The pro-choice signature ad is one way to make your support for choice visible.
Show your support for access to safe and legal abortion NOW by joining in on the Pro-Choice Signature Ad (2019) and/or making a donation! NC NOW runs a pro-choice signature ad in the Indy Weekly (previously known as The Independent Weekly) every year. The ad runs in January, timed with the January 22 anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision (1/22/73) that gave women control over their bodies and lives. 2019 marks the 46th anniversary of Roe! The signature ad commemorates Roe v. Wade, and also raises money for NOW’s work in North Carolina.
Make your statement (I’m Pro-Choice Too!) by including your name in the ad and/or by making a donation to NC NOW.
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“Ladies all across the world
Listen up, we’re looking for recruits
If you with me, lemme see your hands
Stand up and salute
Get your killer heels, sneakers, pumps or lace up your boots
Representing all the women, salute, salute.”
“Salute” by Little Mix
Audrey Muck aptly chose this song as accompaniment to her update on the ERA, inspiring us to dance in and out of our seats – much needed during the 2pm time slot! The Women Rising Up NOW! 2018 State Conference couldn’t have come at a better time for me personally: deeply discouraged by the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, following two back to back trips to Washington DC to join the “angry mob” of dedicated women, survivors and allies from across the country in bird-dogging, direct actions, and speak-outs at the U.S. Senate and at the Supreme Court, I missed the company of kindred spirits acutely.
Photo Credit: Jenn Alexander
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Women and allies gathered Friday at the Market House in downtown Fayetteville at the “I Believe Her” rally to reaffirm that we #BelieveWomen, #WeBelieveChristineBlaseyFord, #WeBelieveAnitaHill, and to #StopKavanaugh. This rally was organized by Fayetteville NOW.
“The event was held in response to the hearings on Capitol Hill for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the testimony presented by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school.”
#BelieveWomen rally at the Market House in Fayetteville. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga
Women’s rights leader and attorney Carol Robles-Roman was the keynote speaker for the ERA-NC Alliance meeting in Winston-Salem on Oct 6, 2018. Robles-Roman is Co-President and CEO of the ERA Coalition and the Fund for Women’s Equality. She has led Legal Momentum as its President and CEO. During Carol’s tenure, Legal Momentum has worked as a Lead Organization with the ERA Coalition on advocacy for an equal rights amendment to the United States Constitution, and she co-chaired its Legal Task Force. She has extensive experience in judicial selection and vetting.
NC NOW President Gailya Paliga, ERA Coalition Co-President Carol Robles-Roman and NC NOW VP of Membership Lori Bunton. Photo Credit: Lori Bunton
Oct 6 was hard day to be cheerleading for Women’s Rights due to the unfair partisan confirmation of the extremely unfit candidate for the Supreme Court of the United States, Brett Kavanaugh.
Here are some of Robles-Roman’s comments:
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Upcoming Opportunities to help in Raleigh in October 2018:
Oct 2 at Cameron Village Library, Raleigh NOW meeting, 7:15pm
Oct 4 at Halifax Mall – set up, clean up, or run the NC NOW table
Oct 8 at Mahler Art Gallery – bring food, help it stay stocked up, setup and cleanup
Oct 17 at NC NOW Office – putting conference packets together
Oct 19 at screening of Seeing Allred in Raleigh, set up, clean up
Oct 20 at state conference – room and food set up and cleanup
Email president at raleighnow.org if you can help at any or all of these events.
Female Lego Judge picture, in honor of Judicial Meet and Greet on Oct 8, in Raleigh.
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We already know about three #StopKavanaugh this first week of October, 2018. And I know a lot of women and allies will get out and party when this unfit #SCOTUS nominee goes down, either for his history of sexual assault or his perjury during the 2018 and 2006 hearings. He should be disqualified based on his terrible behavior during the Ford/Kavanaugh hearing alone (see cartoon). We are counting on the FBI to do its job, and to help them, many of Kavanaugh’s former classmates have publicly contradicted what Bratt Kavanaugh said about his drinking, his temper, and the sexual things written in his yearbook. Since he lied about those basic things, how can he believed on anything else.
Weekly rallies at Senator Thom Tillis’ office in Raleigh include this walk around the fence, so his staff can see us! Photo Credit: Michael Eisenberg
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