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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.

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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.

See “The Hunting Ground” for Free on TV! 11/22/15, 8pm

On Sunday, Nov 22, at 8pm, CNN will broadcast “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary on rape at universities all over the country. One of the schools “featured” is UNC-Chapel Hill.  Parents, grandparents and students need to see it!  Really, everyone should see this.  Let’s expose this problem, face it and fix it!

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See “The Hunting Ground” for free on TV on Sunday Nov 22, at 8pm!

You can read more about this problem and this film at https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/2015/03/20/do-you-know-how-unsafe-universities-are-for-undergraduate-women/

Here’s the official synopsis for The Hunting Ground:

“From the makers of The Invisible War (2012) comes a startling exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. Weaving together verité footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows the lives of several undergraduate assault survivors as they attempt to pursue – despite incredible push back, harassment, and traumatic aftermath – both their education and justice.”

This is a good film to see with others so you can talk about it afterward.  If you want to find a screening party near you, check http://community.seeactstop.org/page/event/search_simple

If you want to host your own screening party, sign up at http://community.seeactstop.org/page/event/create

Or watch at home.  You can always blog about it later 😉