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Tax Day Protest In Fayetteville – 4/15/17

Fayetteville NOW sponsored a silent, non-violent protest on April 15th, 2017 at the Market House in downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina.  The protest went from noon to 1:00 p.m. They did so to express their disappointment in this President’s continuous refusal to disclose his personal tax returns and to air other concerns with this administration.

People were invited to express their own objections to this administration (whether it’s the tax issue, election hacking and/or this administration’s Russian associations, health care issues, Supreme Court nominee, his environmental (EPA) positions, etc.).”

Photo Credit: Pam Wade

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National Followup to Women’s Marches – action and education!

Now that women (and men) have found their voices, we need to use them to influence the future of the United States at the hands of the new administration. We need to let everyone know that it wasn’t an isolated event! We need to keep pressure on Congress and the US Senate.

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Women’s March On Raleigh, 1/21/17. Photo Credit: Ashley P.

House and Senate Republicans are going on a joint “retreat” this Wednesday (1/25/17) to Friday (1./27/17) “to sort our their priorities ” and they need to hear from you a.s.a.p.  Send them off to their party’s discussions reeling from the calls to their DC and state offices.  

Are you worried about health care and need to keep Obamacare in place? Read So What Would Happen If We Repealed Obamacare, The Hill, 1/4/17, to give you some ideas why it matters.

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Teachers: Public school system in crisis. STOP. Send money! STOP.

Educators and advocates in red are getting the word out in multiple ways about the state of public education in  NC. 

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People really care about public schools! Photo credit: Yevonne Brannon

The 2 day teacher trek

More than 50 teachers, parents and advocates marched 23 miles from Durham to the Capitol to bring attention to the needs of their students June 14 and 15, 2016. The 2 day teacher trek was previewed by CBS News affiliate WCNC on 5/28/16 in “Teachers plan 20 mile march to Raleigh for better school conditions.” Millbrook Elementary School teacher Kristen Beller said “[W]e know the reason our schools are not performing as high as they’re expected to is they’ve been stripped of resources.” What does she mean? Books! Pencils! Paper! Teacher Assistants! Support staff! Teachers have to buy  some of these basics themselves. On the other hand, Beller said the classroom has become a safe haven for some of the lower income students. “We need more resources just to keep these children clean and fed.”

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Teachers and Public Education further hurt by NC budget proposals

“Instead of funding desperately needed 2 percent raises for state employees and a cost-of-living increase for retirees, the NC Senate budget continues diverting $582 million to a rainy day fund, which is too much money considering we are starving our public schools.”

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Also, the NC Senate budget diverts more money for the voucher program and allows the funding to increase by $10 million each year through 2027. This means by 2027 the program would be receiving $145 million (adding $120 million to what they have already allocated to private schools via vouchers).  More at “NC Senate Budget Would Dramatically Increase School Vouchers,” (WFAE, 6/1/16).

This shows where the NC Senate’s values are when it comes to public education.

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NCGA claimed a budget agreement – wouldn’t tell us about it

Sep. 12 – NC NOW Legislative Update #30

Why legislators want to insert policy changes into the budget
A budget agreement has been reached!  But we won’t know the details until Monday (15 September).  House and Senate negotiators reached an impasse, and Senator Berger and Speaker Moore worked together behind closed doors to reach the final deal.  House rules require that the budget be publicly available for 72 hours before a vote.  The plan is to allow budget committee members and party caucuses to review the budget over the weekend, release it to the public some time on Monday, and hold a vote by the end of next week to meet the third extension deadline of September 18.  More in “NC legislators reach budget deal but aren’t releasing details” at http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article34967892.html

Whatever has been negotiated is the final deal—the budget can only be voted up or down by the members and cannot be amended on the floor (now you understand why legislators want to insert policy changes into the budget).   It is highly unlikely that any Republican members will vote against the budget.

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