Republican resistance to expanding Medicaid is buckling. Four Republican House members, including three House Health Committee Chairmen, have sponsored a bill (HB62) that would significantly expand Medicaid coverage to include low-income adults. The bill would create a program called Carolina Cares and would be paid for by a new tax on hospitals. It is modeled on Indiana’s program approved by then-Governor Mike Pence and includes a premium and a work requirement. Because it does not conform to Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, it would require a federal waiver to be implemented. This bill marks the first time prominent North Carolina Republicans have supported any expansion to the Medicaid program to include people not already covered. For more details, see: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article143388024.html
Abortion is back in the General Assembly. Two new bills—one good and one very bad—have been filed.
Read about the Medicaid bill, the abortion bills, ERA updates, Lawsuit updates, Voter ID/Voter Suppression Law updates and bill tracking in North_Carolina_NOW_Legislative_Update_#10.9Apr17.
Political Consultant and Lobbyist (and Past NC NOW Lobbyist) Paula Wolf writes a letter to the editor (LTE) back to Indy Week, a triangle periodical. The whole LTE is shown here. The Indy carried the first 3 paragraphs of Paula’s LTE with some other input. The link to the Indy article is at the end.
With all due respect to the reporter, the “5 Things We Want to See From New Governor Roy Cooper,” 1/4/17, Indy, has some glaring oversights.
Women’s reproductive freedom has been trampled upon by the GOP since they got the majority in 2010. Mandatory scripts for doctors; transvaginal ultrasound; medically unnecessary building requirements; taxpayer funding of medically inaccurate information by anti choice “clinics” and defunding Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy prevention programs, to name a few. Access to healthcare is blockaded by not expanding Medicaid.
Fayetteville NOW joins protests against HB465 in May 2015. Hb465 is the bill that added tracking of women’s personal medical records and tracking of doctors to NC law. Roberta Waddle is speaking. Photo Credit: Hannah Osbourne
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I know you have heard about the Women’s March on Washington. The idea sprang up right after the awful 2016 presidential election, and spread. After much work, and Alice Cohan (Feminist Majority/NOW) working on getting permits, the Washington march has a permit and a starting site. See details at “Women’s March on Washington officially has a permit for Jan. 21,” 12/15/16, Washington Post.
Moore Square Raleigh – our Women’s March on Raleigh will rally here on Jan 21, 2017. Photo Credit: Real estate brothers
Not everyone can go to DC, and not everyone wants to go to DC – with hotel prices through the roof and other problems. Many people would love to participate locally, and marches are being organized around the country. This is also true around NC, including in Raleigh. We are having a Women’s March on Raleigh on Jan. 21, 2017. March and rally from 11am to 1pm. Join us any time after 10am to march.
Find us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/349823032061399/. Members of Raleigh and NC NOW are some of the organizers, which include many individuals who really wanted a local event. See the website and facebook page and twitter account id in the next article, ‘Women’s March on Raleigh, Spread The Word.’
There are two purposes for the Women’s March on Raleigh on Jan 21, 2017. We want to stand in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington and we want to mobilize women to get involved with organizations advocating for progressive causes that impact women, their families, and minorities in NC and the nation.
Join us! or look for another march that is closer to you here.
Shocking power grab from the Republicans already in charge of both sides of the NC General Assembly, being carried out during a fourth special session they called with no emergencies to address. They are using this fourth session to further their own agendas, in this case for a massive partisan power grab of the Governor-elect’s powers and interference with historic privileges associated with that position. This session is in many ways like the one that brought us HB 2, the bathroom law, which also took away state law remedies to discrimination and interfered with existing local ordinances. Read about what is happening and three actions you can take.
Small part of citizens with signs in Senate Gallery on Dec 13, 2016. Photo credit: Gailya Paliga
If you are organizing a local women’s march on Jan 21, make sure to get your march listed at Womens March – Sister Marches! Do that after you get a facebook event set up.
Raleigh, Charlotte and Greensboro already have facebook events set up.
If you are looking for transportation to Washington DC, check with https://womensmarch.squarespace.com/transportation. Asheville NOW and Charlotte NOW have busses going, but they are full.
We can’t afford another HB 2 disaster. Few people realize the other damage it continues to do, including the harm HB 2 does to women. Take action NOW to tell YOUR REPS to keep the special session focused on disaster relief. Oppose the partisan power grab (especially of NC Supreme Court) and any other interference in our state. Join Moral Monday at Legislature on 12/13/16 and maybe other days as well. This session may last a few days.
These actions with details were sent via mailchimp email to members of NC NOW and others on our email list. To get on the list, fill in volunteer info on the NC NOW website.
Moral Monday at the NC Legislative Building from Feb 16, 2014. Photo Credit: Vicki Boyer
Two things to do NOW, the first can be done from anywhere –
Organizing a national Women’s March on Washington in Washington DC has been an adventure. First, let us recognize that there is a lot of interest in protesting in DC. Asheville NOW filled a bus in less than a week. Charlotte NOW is filling one now. And there are about 20 buses from North Carolina alone. At first the organizers didn’t realize they absolutely needed permits, where to send the buses, etc. Then, when Alice Cohan, of Feminist Majority (formerly of National Organization for Women/NOW) jumped in to help get permits, they found out many groups tried for permits for that date and those places, and they were working through the process. Then things changed and all protesters were being blocked from using normal rally/protest sites like large sections of Pennsylvania Avenue, as well as the Washington Monument, the National Mall and the Lincoln Memorial! Now there is an update from that – we finally have a site. But here is some background on the process. Never discount a bunch of angry women!
Picture from the March for Women’s Lives in 2004. Raleigh NOW delivered 3 buses and Mandy Carter of SONG delivered another from Durham. Our 4 buses traveled together to the national march.
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- Dec. 3 Annual wreath laying in memory of Beryl Mitchell – DV victim. Here is a link to an article about Fayetteville NOW’s 2015 memorial – “Not a bad father, daughter says, except ..“
- Dec. 5 Third Mirrors of Privilege, part of a series to open discussions on racism. This series follows the Cracking the Codes series discussed in the newsletter and at the NC NOW conference – read more at NC NOW Newsletter Oct-Nov 2016
- Dec. 6 Court Watch training
- Dec. 13, 6:00 pm, Holiday Party – Scrub Oaks Restaurant
- Dec. 14 – practice court watch training at court with Rakeem Jones assault victim at Trump event.
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NC NOW Newsletter for October/November 2016 is available online. What are some of the topics covered in it?
What do we do now (after the election)?
We celebrated NOW’s 50th anniversary and this historic time in US history of a woman running for president, and running as the candidate with the absolute most experience of the bunch. More on page 3.
We find seeing is believing—video of Senator Burr’s shocking comments made at a GOP event propel him into the spotlight. Note: be sure to mail any exposing videos to CNN! More on page 2.
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