Category Archives: voting

In 2020, NC Needs To Follow Virginia’s Lead

Do you know how well Virginia has done with turning things around? They were in the same sinking terrible boat that we were in 2011 after terrible election in 2010. They are in excellent shape now, in 2020. VA has elected the most women to the VA Legislature in their history!  They’ve already passed laws to reverse some damage done AND RATIFIED THE Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)! This is a story of hope and an inspiration for people to vote. NC needs to follow their lead. That depends on us and others like us!

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NC NOW Legislative Update – During Pandemic – 25 May 2020

NC NOW Legislative Update—25 May 2020

The NC legislature is back in session.  At the end of each long session, a resolution is passed that determines the bills that can be considered in the upcoming short session.  Here is a link to an overview of the categories of bills that can be considered  in this 2020 short session along with a list of crossover bills that are also eligible to be considered:  https://www.ncleg.gov/documentsites/legislativepublications/Legislative%20Analysis%20Division/Eligible%20Bills/Bills%20Eligible%20for%20Consideration%20for%202020%20Session.pdf.

Under normal circumstances, the short session would focus on tweaking the budget, local bills, and bills that passed one house or the other during the long session.   However, these are not normal circumstances.  The legislators are so divided along partisan lines that no budget was passed during the long session.  Republicans passed a budget along party lines; Governor Cooper vetoed it; and Republicans were unable to override the veto. 

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21st Annual SBA Event in Fayetteville on 2/20/20

Join Fayetteville NOW for their Annual Susan B. Anthony Birthday Reception on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, from 5:30pm – 7:30 pm.  The Fayetteville NOW event is honoring Sylvia Ray, founder of CEED (Center for Empowerment and Development) and former chapter president.  This is their 21st annual Susan B. Anthony birthday reception!

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Upcoming Events in Early 2020 with Fayetteville NOW

Please join Fayetteville NOW with any or all of the following events including a Roe v. Wade anniversary event, an event on organizing against racism, and the 21st annual Susan B. Anthony Birthday Reception event.

1. Monday, Jan. 13, 6:00 pm  Roe Event: Votes For Women and Reproductive Rights, featuring former legislator Diane Parfitt and Dr. Naveed Aziz.  Please come and bring a friend.  Cumberland County Main Library, Pate Room. 6pm-7:30pm. Fayetteville NOW event. 

See also Diane Parfitt: We need to Get Real about sex education and Dr. Naveed Aziz: He tried to wait until age 65, and Medicare, but did not make it

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Not For Ourselves Alone in CH on 11/16/19

Join Chapel Hill NOW on Saturday, November 16th, to watch and discuss part 1 of Ken Burns documentary “Not for Ourselves Alone: the Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.” Following the film, Chapel Hill NOW will lead an informal discussion of the successes and failures of these remarkable women. Most importantly, they will consider what people today can learn from their experiences that people can apply to their own activism.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton Photo Credit: Wikipedia

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Women Breaking Barrier’s Event on 9/7/19 Educated and Inspired!

NC NOW, Triad NOW and ERA-NC Alliance were among the 53 organizations and businesses at the Women Breaking Barriers – at the State Capital in Raleigh on 9/7/19. This event was organized and sponsored by the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR). It was a kick off for a series of events marking the 100 year anniversary of the 19th amendment from which some women won the right to vote. The League of Women Voters (LWV) and other cosponsors helped organize the program, provided speakers, and did a skit, among other things. There were opportunities to participate and learn about inspirational North Carolina women past and present – through speeches, skits and activities at tables on the grounds. The event ran from 10-3pm.

3 women in suffrage costumes

Women in period costume Photo Credit: Ana Tampana

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Equality Day Observance with Fayetteville NOW Impresses! 8/25/19

Fayetteville NOW did an amazing play as a Women’s Equality Day Observation event. Miss Ethelyn Baker outdid herself with a reenactment of the two day 1848 Seneca Falls Women’s Convention in New York. The first ‘day,’ the actors introduced themselves and shared their ‘sentiments.’ The second ‘day,’ they worked on and announced the ‘resolutions.’

The Seneca Falls Convention Cast before the play. Photo Credit: Sharon Johnson

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Ask Me About ERA! Four ERA Billboards Are Up! 2019

All four new ERA billboards are installed, and have the same great message – we have 4.2 million women living in North Carolina, but zero women have equal rights. NC NOW is proud to partner with the ERA-NC Alliance and AAUW of North Carolina on billboard advertising campaign to promote state-wide interest in and support of ERA. We want women and men to ask what is the ERA if they don’t know already, and we want all to help get NC to ratify it! 

The new billboard in the Greensboro area.

The new billboard in the Greensboro area. Photo Credit: AAUW-NC.

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Women’s Equality Day Events with Triad NOW – 2019

Preparation is underway to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote.

At the Triad NOW August 6 Meeting, members made sashes, similar to the ones worn by the early suffragettes. Each person decorated a sash with her issuues, slogans, or logos. Thanks to Charlotte Goodson for making the sashes. 

One of the tables for making sashes. Photo Credit: Triad NOW

Meet up Mixxer on Aug 26, 2019, at Wiseman Brewing, 5:30 PM. Appetizers by Full Moon Oyster Bar. In honor of Women’s Equality Day.

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The 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment is in 2020, Expect Events!

The 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the United State Constitution is coming up in 2020. The 19th Amendment (1920) to the Constitution of the United States provides men and women with equal voting rights (by which we mean gave women the right to vote). The amendment states that the right of citizens to vote “shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” However, many women were denied the right to vote in 1920 and for decades following the amendment. Look for events in 2020, commemorating the amendment (the step forward), doing some reconciliation with women of color, and seeing what else American women need.

It is shocking to realize that American Women didn’t win the right to vote until 1920. We won this right after many hard fought battles lasting over 72 years, counting from 1848 and Seneca Falls, when the fight got more focused. In truth, the women’s suffrage movement dates as far back as the Revolutionary War. Still, not all women got the right to vote in 1920.

Jane Watson dressed as Suffragette on ERA Bill Filing Day, 3/5/19. Photo Credit: ERA-NC Alliance

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