Capturing some great posts about the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. #Kavanaugh testifies tomorrow. Crazy way to handle these accusations which are part of basically Kavanaugh’s job interview. As his potential employer, I’d be running like the wind to get away from him. But also, there are 5 major different accusations against Kavanaugh, each of which has other related witnesses. Just talking to the first woman, with no witnesses and no plans to talk to other people, is completely insufficient for any investigation.
Press conference set up around the state at three of Senator Thom Tillis’ offices – Raleigh, High Point and Charlotte. NC NOW leaders speaking at all three. Here are the details for the Raleigh event.
How testing rape kits would have helped women in writer’s family, and others. One out of every six women will experience attempted or completed rape. One out of every thirty-three men will also experience it. It is so common that sadly, most of us know friends or loved ones who have been violated. We have seen DNA convict perpetrators as well as free those who were wrongly incarcerated. So why is it that we have such an incredibly large quantity of untested rape kits in North Carolina? The NCGA must allocate resources toward solving these crimes and preventing future crimes.
Even just the titles of these articles give you an idea how terrible this state budget is. This is the state budget for which the NCGA leadership subverted the process so there can be no amendments or discussion on it. The first two scathing articles are about the Republican leadership circumventing the budget process. The next articles are about some of the things they have done in the budget they won’t allow to be changed – they are giving $1.55 million away to anti-abortion pregnancy clinics (aka Crisis Pregnancy Clinics). They cut suicide hotline money. They refuse to fund the tracking of the 15,160 untested rape kits. They are giving veteran teachers absolutely nothing. Again. And more.
Triad NOW’s May meeting will have members report on the UN Commission on the Status of Women conference they attended in NYC in March 2018. They plan to share their ‘wow’ moments as well as ideas for Triad NOW and women in the Triad as a result of the multitude of sessions we each attended.
How is it possible for so many rape kits to be untested, sitting on shelves, and thrown away over time? The problem is there’s no rule on who foots the bill for rape kit testing across the country — it depends on the state and city you live in. This problem can be addressed in North Carolina, and it would make women and families safer to do so. Rape is a serial crime.
NOW Charlotte was well represented at the Mecklenburg County Commissioner’s meeting on March 20, 2018, supporting county opposition to 287g. The 287g agreement is a collaboration with Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Sheriff’s Office that has deported over 15,000 people in Mecklenburg County. NOW Charlotte signed onto an anti-287g letter that was signed by over 40 organizations demanding the end of the program. The NOW Charlotte president spoke at the County Commissioner meeting and spoke on behalf of those who cannot speak out for themselves.
We learned about a shocking number of untested rape kits in NC on 2/28/18. This is the story of how that came about, how a few people in Fayetteville got a problem tracked by changing the law. Now others can focus on finding money to get those rape kits tested so NC can find and jail more rapists.
Next Charlotte NOW event has a panel to discuss ending the sex abuse to prison pipeline for girls. Learn what the school system has in place to help these girls, and programs that Charlotte has in place to help them as well.
The Equal Means Equal documentary is being shown in Smithfield, NC on December 4, 2017. Join NC NOW’s president for a discussion session after the film.