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Peeples: Why is Evidence Ignored in Storage and Thrown Away?

NC may have the most untested rape kits in the nation (15,160 reported from 92% of law enforcement agency reports submitted). It is clear that too many rape kits are going unprocessed in NC and the NC General Assembly is not providing money to test or to track them, even in the face of this astounding backlog. It is also significant that none were reported from any universities (according to the report from Attorney General Josh Stein’s office). 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. Ignoring the evidence causes more damage in the long run, allowing rapists to run amok in NC and move on to other states. And there are many advantages of testing them as soon as possible.

“Every $1 spent on the analysis of a kit returns $81 from averted future assaults.”

This sentence is from an article reviewing the research of two Stanford University professors published this year in the Journal of Forensic Science. The article is titled “Analyzing approaches to the backlog of untested sexual assault kits in the USA.” (March 5, 2018) by Professors Wang and Wein. They also state in the article that the $81 may be a conservative estimate and it could go as high as $3,000 for every $1 spent. They estimate that there are around 400,000 untested sexual assault kits in the backlog in the USA.

Sexual Assault Kits on display at NC NOW State Conference in 2017. Photo Credit: Catherine Evangelista

Their reviews of police data for jailed perpetrators suggest that the average number of assault victims per assailant is around 26. The cost of testing a kit ranges from $700 to $1500.

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Action to Protect Food Assistance (#HandsOffSNAP)

A Congressional Committee has twisted the Farm Bill, H.R. 2, into a cruel and punitive bill that would take food assistance away from children, families, people with disabilities, older workers, low-wage workers, and those unable to find jobs.

The Farm Bill traditionally is a bipartisan effort every 5 years, but in this case not a single Democrat on the committee voted for it. This version pushed by Republicans on the House Agricultural Committee includes wide cuts and a reorganization of SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as Food Stamps). The Farm Bill is up for a vote in the House on May 14, 2018 – so please take the easy actions to write your Congressperson NOW! Act now with the Budget and Tax Center action, or with MomsRising action.  See more on actions at the end of the article.

Photo Credit: Michael Eisenberg

If Republicans in Congress have their way, millions of people who get food aid through SNAP will have to find a job or attend job training classes for about 20 hours each week, or lose their benefits. There are so many good reasons why people on the SNAP program can’t work, but another problem is we just don’t have the jobs or training programs in too many parts of NC.

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‘When The Bough Breaks’ Documentary in Fayetteville, 4/21/18

The Fayetteville Young Feminist Salon will feature the “When the Bough Breaks” documentary on April 21, 2018. “When the Bough Breaks” is a feature length documentary about postpartum depression (PPD) and perinatal mood disorders (PMD). After the screening, we will discuss it.

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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