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NC NOW Legislative Update #18 – Let the Budget Negotiations Begin!

The NC House finished its budget so now is time for budget negotiations between House and Senate. Update on SCOTUS ruling on NC’s gerrymandering case and another case. See NC NOW Legislative Update #18, 6/4/17 for a more on budget negotiations and the Supreme Court ruling with regard to two cases in NC.

Here are some excerpts from the summary.

“The House passed its budget just after midnight on Thursday. The House and Senate have already agreed on setting the budget for 2017 fiscal year at $22.9 billion, which will simplify the final negotiations.” See how that works in the summary.

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Protest for Special Prosecutor NOW! (5/12/17)

Justice requires a special prosecutor to investigate Russian interference in our election and potential illegal actions by current administration. Senators Burr and Tillis are in downtown Raleigh at the Sheraton Raleigh on Fayetteville at a ‘conservative’ event.

PROTESTS ARE HAPPENING NOW! Friday, May 12, 2017. Go join them if you can. As per upcoming events post – protests were planned (permit covers) from 11:30am to 9pm. Press Conference at 4pm – BE THERE AT 3:30PM.

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First Community Voices Event With WMOR Organizers, March 29, 2017

It’s been almost two months since the Women’s March drew a half million protesters to Washington, an estimated 30,000 people to a sister rally in downtown Raleigh, and people to 12 more marches around NC that same day. The question on everyone’s mind – including the News & Observer is – “What next?”

Photo Credit: Carly Jones

At the James B Hunt Library at NC State University, four of the organizers of the Women’s March on Raleigh were asked to sit on a panel to answer questions from the N & O, as well as ABC11 and an audience of about 100+ people. Panelists were

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What’s up with ERA, HB2? Find out in 9th Legislative Update.

ERA YES!

Nevada has ratified the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)! The re-introduction of the ERA for ratification in various state legislatures (including North Carolina) is part of the “three-state strategy” for ratification (although now [after Nevada] it has become a two-state strategy). 

This has brought new interest to ratifying ERA across the nation. North Carolina already had introduced bills to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment both Houses of the North Carolina legislature, and NC NOW is working to spur action on these bills.

The ERA NC Alliance, which includes NC NOW, held a Women’s Mobilization Monday on Monday, March 27, to advocate for ratification of the ERA. Events included a press conference at 3:00 pm in the General Assembly Press Room and supporters assembling in the House gallery at 6:30 pm where they were recognized. There must have been 70 women present at 7pm. There was lots of press at the Press Conference at 3pm.

 NC NOW subset of Women Mobilization Monday
Photo Credit: Roberta Waddle

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Why We Need ERA – Event in Durham on 3/26/17

Screening of Equal Means Equal Documentary followed by facilitated discussion. Refreshments provided.

Equal Means Equal No More Excuses

Date: Sunday, Mar. 26, 2017
Time: 2pm-5pm
Place: Pauli Murray Project, Bay 4 of the Smith Warehouse
             114 S Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27708

Print the poster to share at equalmeansequalposter-durham-26mar17.

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Picture brings happy memories of WED past

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Some of the NC NOW Women at Women’s Equality Through Time event in Durham in 2015. Photo Credit: Sen. Floyd McKissick

The picture is from the Women’s Equality Through Time event in Durham last year. The event was organized with a coalition of organizations, including NC NOW, Action NC, NC4ERA, WomenNC. NC NOW did a skit on Women’s History Through Time which NC4ERA lead Marena Groll put together. Triangle NOW president Audrey Muck and Chapel Hill president Molly McKinney read stanzas of a Maya Angelou poem, “Phenomenal Woman,” and the rest of us walked across in front of the podium with items related to the women they announced in between the stanzas. Wendy Michener and Marena Groll got the items together for us and kept us moving. Unfortunately we’re missing Wendy and some other helpers from it.

Read about that excellent event in Durham at https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/2015/08/30/womens-equality-through-time-event-drew-several-hundreds/. See the poem, the famous women, and the items we used at https://northcarolinanow.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/nc-now-skit-final.pdf. This really was such a fun and invigorating event last year! 

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We started at the old courthouse and marched over to Durham Central Park. Photo Credit: Phil Fonville

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Ethelyn Holden with Sojourner Truth’s famous quote. Photo Credit: Phil Fonville

The things it left undone, Final Legislative Update Short Session (2016)

3 July 2016

ADJOURNMENT:  The session is over.  Adjournment came late Friday night (July 1).  This short session was one of the shortest (68 days) in recent memory; since 2000 the average session has lasted 77 days. The final days were marked by serious in-fighting between House and Senate Republicans that became public.  A budget has been adopted, a minor change was made to the law based on HB2, but some of the most significant actions of this session were the things it left undone.

ChrisSgroSpeaks.WRAL.15813838-1467145393-300x225Rep. Chris Sgro encourages REPEAL of HB 2. Photo Credit: WRAL

Read more about NC’s Budget, HB 2, TABOR, etc., at North_Carolina_NOW_Legislative_Update_Final.3_July_2016.

By Robin Davis, NC NOW VP of Legislation and Lobbyist

 

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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Legislative alert: Special Session of NC Legislature called to discriminate

The NC Legislature has called a special session beginning Wednesday, March 23, 2016, to void Charlotte’s LGBT ordinance that allows transgender people to use the restroom consistent with their sexual identity. 
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Contact your legislators to let them know that you OPPOSE that bill. 
Note: Find your legislators at NC’s Who Represents Me?  Or use NC Justice Center’s action alert
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The most general argument against the bill (appropriate for legislators who do and those who do not support LGBTQ rights) is that the legislature should not over-rule local governments on this matter.  If you know that your legislator(s) is supportive of LGBTQ rights, you may also use LGBTQ rights arguments to support your position.
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Act quickly, because time will be short.  Please spread the word.
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Thank you for your activism.
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Robin Davis
NC NOW VP of Action
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More information at

3/23/16 Update:  Use NC Justice Center’s easy letter writing system at Take Action With NCJC!

Stacking the Deck Against Tarheel Women, on Economic Security

Economic security was one of the topics covered in the morning of NC NOW’s state conference on Oct 10, 2015.  Tazra Mitchell, Policy Analyst at NC’s Budget and Tax Center (BTC), spoke on economic security in NC, especially for women, due to changes in state budgets and policy.   Mitchell’s work at BTC includes analysis of poverty, income inequality, and state fiscal policy.  

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Photo Credit: NC Budget and Tax Center

On the problems North Carolinians face, Mitchell pointed out that there are not enough jobs for people who want to work.  91 counties have more jobless workers than job openings.  And the share of NC workers earning poverty wages is substantial, up from 2000.  According to the Economic Policy Institute’s Analysis of US Census Bureau data, in 2013, 31.3% of workers earned poverty wages (versus 25.6% in 2000).

Mitchell is also the Second Vice President of NC Women United, a coalition of progressive organizations committed to achieving full equality and empowerment for women.  Slides from her presentation are available on NCWU’s website at http://www.ncwu.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Broken-Economic-Model-and-Policy-Keep-Economic-Security-Out-of-Reach-for-Many-Tar-Heel-Women.pdf

Mitchell wrote about the NC NOW Conference on behalf of NCWU at http://www.ncwu.org/nc-nows-annual-conference/

Read more on the state conference “NC NOW Conference Focuses Feminist Power

Note: This post was written on Oct 22, 2015, but didn’t get posted until March 2015.  Still completely relevant today.