North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #13 – 26 April 2021
See whole report, with summary and listing of bills being tracked, at North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #13, 26 Apr 21
Never a dull moment at the legislature. This week a dispute between House Speaker Moore and a senior Republican legislator went public and culminated in Representative Julia Howard being removed as a senior finance committee chair. Great news on one of the many anti-Transgender person bills filed.
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North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #8 – 22 March 2021
See whole report, with summary and listing of bills being tracked, at North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #8, 22 Mar 21
The inevitable has finally happened. North Carolina Republican legislators have jumped on board the voter suppression train. Senate Bill 326, misleadingly titled the Election Integrity Act, is a measure that would restrict voting by absentee ballot in a variety of ways. In short, it is a voter suppression bill. Significantly, the restrictions do not apply to military or overseas voters.
North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #7 – 15 March 2021
It’s a miracle! Legislative leaders and the Governor actually reached a compromise on Senate Bill 220, Open our Schools Act, and the bill has been signed into law. Reaching a deal has been a prolonged power struggle between the legislature and the Governor.
Progressives had really high hopes of winning across North Carolina in 2020. There were excellent candidates at every level. However, these candidates did not do too well. There were many factors, including the many very crowded Trump rallies around our state that really did energize his base to vote. Another factor was dirty election tricks that were pulled on some candidates that had been endorsed by the NC NOW PAC this year. Here is a look at how NC NOW PAC and NOW PAC endorsed candidates did.
Candidate Signs At Polling Site in Raleigh – Nov 2020. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga
NC had excellent progressive candidates at every level in 2020. People wonder why so many lost. There were many factors, including the many conservatives who went about campaigning door to door, completely ignoring the pandemic, and the many very crowded Trump rallies around our state that were strongly suspected of spreading Covid-19, but did energize his base to vote. The NC NOW board was shocked to hear about some dirty election tricks that were pulled on some candidates that had been endorsed by the NC NOW PAC this year. By early September, a 527 organization with national ties and deep pockets facilitated sending of mailers that tanked some progressive candidates in North Carolina. For two of the endorsed candidates in the Triad area, the mailers looked like they came from the candidates. They paid for recycled lies against another candidate the NC NOW PAC endorsed.
One of the candidates in the Triad area was Terri LeGrand, who ran to represent Senate District 31. The district was reconfigured in 2019 to go through all of Davie County and part of Forsyth County, see maps here. This race’s outcome was expected to greatly impact, if not determine, which party would control the NC Senate.
Our “White Women, Can We Talk” event was 11/12/20 from 7:30pm EST to 9pm. Great participation and discussion. The focus of this event was looking back at the election – 55% of white women voted for Trump, 2% more than voted for him in 2016. How is that possible?! And what can we do about it? We also talked about why black and Hispanic men would vote for Trump. Next big thing in Georgia is the runoff elections for two hotly contested Senate races.
Zoom Attendees at 7:35pm
You can watch it via facebook live at https://www.facebook.com/nselaawardfanpage/videos/472842093685383
This tribute to civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis was written and read by NC NOW Administrative Officer Nancy Cook at the 2020 NC NOW State Conference.
By: RJ Matson
As you all know, U.S. Representative John Lewis died this year. We all miss him greatly. In October 2014 I found myself in the presence of this gentle giant. John Lewis was short in stature. In fact, when I met him and shook his hand, we were close to eye-to-eye level. However, despite his lack of height, John Lewis towered above us all in a most humble yet dignified way.
The NC NOW Call To Conference Newsletter was mailed to members in early September for the “Voting Our Future NOW!” Conference which runs October 9 and October 10. The newsletter talks about our keynote speaker, new NOW President Christian Nunes, speaking on Voting Our Future NOW; a lawsuit challenging abortion restrictions in NC; special guest speaker Dr. Valerie A. Johnson from Shaw University speaking on Racial Injustice in the Justice System – for Women; a panel on how the Military #MeToo movement could help Fort Bragg and Fayetteville; and the registration/sponsorship form for the first virtual state conference we’ve held, which is over Zoom.
Go directly to the 2020 Call to Conference Newsletter at Fall NC NOW Call To Conference Newsletter.
NC NOW announces the NC National Organization for Women Political Action Committee (NC NOW PAC) endorsements for statewide offices in the 2020 General Election, and also federal NOW PAC’s endorsements in Congress and for president and vice president. We are excited to announce our support for candidates who have demonstrated a true commitment to women through their words and/or actions. We show the PAC Endorsements on one page. They include 84 statewide endorsements from and 9 federal ones. Use your sample ballot and local resources to make decisions in local races. Here is How to Find Your Sample Ballot in NC.
Earlier this year, NC NOW announced NC NOW PAC endorsements for Council of State, NC NOW PAC candidate endorsements for the N.C. Supreme Court, N.C. Court of Appeals, and both chambers of the N.C. General Assembly. The national NOW PAC has endorsed 9 federal candidates for Congressional races. NOW PAC was proud and excited to announce its endorsement of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for president and vice president of the United States of America. See those posts if you would like to see pictures or more information.
The state and federal NOW PACs endorse based on support for our issues rather than gender of candidates
(Updated on 5/20/20)
The Asheville Women’s March organizers are doing an online rally and concert on September 21, 2020 at 9:00pm to encourage voting in this all important election, to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the 19th amendment, to life up voices of organizers and to share the joy of music. They made some changes to do a tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the wake of her passing on Sep. 18.
When: Monday, September 21, 9:00pm-10:15pm
Where: Streaming on Youtube at Weblink: https://youtu.be/Iz4NF7y_vk4
or at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJcZZVaciug or find latest address at
Who: Speakers represent Planned Parenthood, NC NOW, Immigration Rights, Black Lives Matter, ERA-NC Alliance, religious leaders, and local elected officials.
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/301722794494573/
Watch it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWIHl2qkitk&feature=youtu.be