Rape response coverage had improved greatly in Cumberland County over the past 6 years. Fayetteville NOW works with Rape Crisis of Cumberland County and with the police department special task force on getting the rape kits that had been sitting around across the state counted, and taking care of rape victims. Fayetteville NOW recognized DeanneContinue reading “CPP Covers Lack of SANE Nurses in NC”
This week saw the introduction of two terrible bills. The religious right has had so much success on the medical front passing laws to regulate abortion and abortion providers, they have decided to widen the scope of their activities to deny trans youth medical care (SB 514). The second bill (SB 515) would legalize medical discrimination across the board by introducing a bill that would allow doctors and other medical personnel along with hospitals and other medical practices to deny medical care to anyone for conscientious reasons. It is worthwhile to examine these two bills in detail because they provide important insight into the kind of world these religious extremists desire.
Reality Winner is the former intelligence specialist and decorated military veteran (US Air Force) who at the age of 25 became a whistleblower, exposing Russian hacking in the 2016 election. This was the first time this vulnerability “had been brought to the attention of many Americans, including state and local election officials.” She was jailed with the longest “sentence ever imposed in federal court for an unauthorized release of government information to the media.” Winner continues to suffer in jail while Trump pardons innumerable friends, political cronies and politically connected defendants. But calls for Biden to pardon her are increasing.
We are focusing again on Ruth Bader Ginsburg, RBG. If we had had a normal Halloween in 2020, wonder how many girls and women would have dressed like her. Maybe should have an online contest! Enough women (and men?) have been sporting t-shirts and pins of her. I have an “I Dissent” pin myself, and already had RBG clothing. Focusing back on RBG, now that the Supreme Court confirmation fiasco is over, and as we are looking forward to the anniversary of Roe v. Wade in January, and our annual pro-choice signature ad.
NC NOW announces the NC National Organization for Women Political Action Committee (NC NOW PAC) endorsements for statewide offices in the 2020 General Election, and also federal NOW PAC’s endorsements in Congress. We are excited to announce our support for candidates who have demonstrated a true commitment to women through their words and/or actions. We show the PAC Endorsements on one page. They include 91 statewide endorsements from and 9 federal ones.
Take action to move the NC ERA bills along by contacting NC General Assembly Members to Support Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. This guide was provided by the ERA-NC Alliance. Also, get friends and coworkers to ask about ERA when you wear one of the green ERA t-shirts.
Community conversations event to discuss need for Medicaid Expansion and public schools.
Three significant bills to protect LGBTQ rights were filed. Another bad anti-abortion bill was filed. A federal judge ruled a provision of another NC anti-abortion law unconstitutional. There is an update on a bill on female genital mutilation. And tracked bills information is updated.
The NC NOW 2018 Call to Conference newsletter is available at NOWNewsFall2018.Conference v4. You can use the registration form on page 3 to register. Please join us 10/20/18 in Raleigh. Book your hotel room by 9/28/18, and mention the “NC NOW” block of rooms.
NC may have the most untested rape kits in the nation (15,160 reported), none reported from any college campuses (according to the report from Atty General Stein’s office), rape kits are mostly not being processed and money is not being provided to track them. One huge problem is rape is rampant at universities, and universities in NC and across the country are not handling them well. But when rapes are reported in NC, the state is falling down on the job – not processing the evidence and actually sometimes throwing away the evidence. Not processing the evidence wastes more money and causes more damage in the long run.