Category Archives: women

You’ll be glad you joined us for NC NOW State Conference!

NC NOW’s annual conference is in Fayetteville this year. Join us on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017, from 9am-4pm. The registration form is in the NC NOW Call To Conference Newsletter. Register online via eventbrite here. We have exciting speakers, including keynote speaker Secretary of State Elaine Marshall. We also have Lillian’s List’s Executive Director, Sarah Preston, getting women ready to run for office. We will hear about what Title IX has been doing for women, how the Trump Administration is threatening to change it. 

Local NOW Members you are likely to see at a state conference and a local protest in Fayetteville! NOW members made up about half the protester that day (the rest not in this picture). Photo Credit: Pam Wade

We’re also having two sets of workshops so participants can choose topics to explore. We’re having workshops on problems women face (through legislation, gerrymandering, clinic threats). And tips on programs and legislation via “How to Have Powerful Programs that Pop!”  and “Recent Legislative Action on Sexual Assault—Chapter Activism gets Results.”

Join us! You’ll be glad you did! Click to see the conference flyer.

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Top Notch Panel in NC with Equal Means Equal

We had a full house at the Equal Means Equal showing and event at UNC-CH on 9/15/17. The week from 9/10/17 to 9/17/17 was full of Equal Means Equal showings on university campuses around the state., organized by Campus4ERA, ERA-NC Alliance and NC4ERA. The showing at UNC-CH was extra special, with top notch feminists on a panel after the screening. Feminist Majority Foundation Ellie Smeal! ERA Coalition president Jessica Neuwirth! Senator Pat Spearman, who recently led the effort to ratify ERA in Nevada! And our own ERA leaders in NC – Senator Floyd McKissick and Rep. Carla Cunningham! Emily Hagstrom was the student representative, and UNC-CH’s Dr. Gloria Thomas moderated. Not surprisingly, the room was full! Mostly students and also members of our organizations. NOW members came from Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh and Fayetteville.

Here is Ellie Smeal engaging our next generation into the fight.

Ellie Smeal talking with UNC-CH Students after Panel Photo Credit: Catherine Evangelista

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Durham first NC County to endorse CEDAW!

The Durham County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution endorsing the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) unanimously on September 11, 2017 in their general meeting.

What is CEDAW?

The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, or CEDAW, is an international mechanism that outlines women’s fundamental human rights. The Counties and Cities for CEDAW campaign is a US national grassroots effort to provide tools and leadership to empower local women’s organizations and interested groups to effectively protect women’s human rights within their city, county, or state.

Why CEDAW in Durham?

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Women’s March Celebration – 6 months later

NC NOW, Women Organizing for Wilmington, and Planned Parenthood co-sponsored an anniversary Women’s March in Wilmington to commemorate the 6 month anniversary of the local, national and international women’s marches. This rally was held on Saturday, Jul 29, from 10:00am to noon, in front of Thalian Hall, in Wilmington, NC. 

Partial group at front. Photo Credit: Women Organizing for Wilmington

 

The rally message was, “Get your pussy hats out and your pink ears on ’cause we’re taking it back to the streets on Saturday to tell our elected officials that we will not stop fighting for our rights! We rise; we rise; we rise—and we will never stop rising! We are WOMEN (and men who authentically support us) who come together from all corners to stand up for our families.”

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NC NOW Newsletter for July/August Available

8/24/17 – NC NOW Newsletter for Jul/Aug 2017

June and July were full of serious threats to healthcare via slashing or repealing ACA, both from Trump and Congress. 70% of adults on Medicaid are women. 75 million Americans depend on it. Read about how those bills target women more than you may know—on pg 4.

Read about other events in June & July and an action to take on pg 2. The Feminist 5K was a great success. The Young Feminist Committee of Fayetteville NOW’s held its first event on Jul 1. The second is planned for Sep. 2.

Tuesdays with Tillis protest at Federal Building at 310 New Bern Ave. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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Guess who is coming to Chapel Hill on 9/15/17!

National figures are joining us in Chapel Hill for a campus showing of Equal Means Equal. Jessica Neuwirth (ERA Coalition), Eleanor Smeal (Feminist Majority Foundation/Ms. Magazine) and Nevada State Senator Pat Spearman are guest panelists for the Campus 4 ERA launch on Fri., Sept. 15, 2017. Details are below. The event is open to the public, free admission.

Additional panelists are NC State Senator Floyd B. McKissick, Jr.; NC State Representative Carla Cunningham and Emily Hagstrom, Public Policy and Political Science Major, UNC-CH. The moderator is Dr. Gloria Thomas, Director, Carolina Women’s Center, UNC-CH. 

Update: Absolutely get there early! Parking info: Rams Head Deck – https://move.unc.edu/parking/visitor-parking/

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Women’s Equality NOW! Durham. 8/26/17.

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2015 Women’s Equality Day March in Durham Photo Credit: Phil Fonville

Join us for the Women’s Equality Day March and Rally on Saturday, August 26, 2017, from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm! We will celebrate the victories for equality that women have won and rededicate ourselves to eliminating all discrimination against women. This year’s theme is “Women Rise Up NOW!” 

Participants will gather at 9:30 am at the Durham County Register of Deeds Office at 200 E Main St (also known as the Old Durham County Court House, and Durham County Court House is etched on the building). From there, we will march together to the American Tobacco Campus on Blackwell St. to enjoy a terrific rally, excellent speakers, performance artists, skits, live music bands, tabling, children’s activities and good food from local restaurants on campus. The facebook event is at https://www.facebook.com/events/1895048384066677/.

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Learn about Campus Danger for Women, 8/8/17 at NCSU

I talked to a policeman at a campus visit to UNC-Charlotte in July. He was proud of talking a young woman OUT OF pressing charges of sexual assault. He said the police spoke with both students to reinforce that the consequences for the undergraduate and alleged attacker are dire. The woman decided she wasn’t absolutely sure anymore. The policeman was also proud of few if any cases prosecuted – not the same as assaults not happening. I was appalled. These sexual assaults are happening whether or not they are prosecuted.

Join us to screen and discuss “The Hunting Ground” at NC State University on August 8th. Learn what the policeman didn’t understand about sexual assaults on campus. Learn how to prepare yourself/your child/your niece/your grandchild. 

Also consider a self defense class for you and yours. I am.

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Charlotte NOW Leader spoke at March for Public Education – 7/22/17

The Charlotte NOW chapter participated in the Charlotte March for Education held at Marshall Park in uptown Charlotte. Marches for Public Education were held simultaneously across our nation including Washington, DC, on Saturday, July 22, 2017. We had a very enthusiastic group of supporters on a very hot summer day. Melba Evans represented the Charlotte NOW chapter in speaking about many aspects of problems with public education today (like the inequities of education in high poverty neighborhoods) and the devastating effects the Trump DeVos plan will have on all our public schools, colleges and universities. 

Melba Evans, Charlotte NOW

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Wheel Of Misfortune, Die In at 6/27/17 Tillis Protest

The Wheel of Misfortune was the coolest feature of the last “Tuesdays with Tillis” protest. Citizens have been protesting in front of Senator Thom Tillis’ office in Raleigh every Tuesday for a few months at this point, but the protest really grew on 6/27/17.  It was expanded with energy of some other groups – Protecting Progress In Durham and Progress North Carolina Action among others. The message was to tell Senator Thom Tillis to vote NO on any “healthcare” bill that takes away coverage from anybody.

About 160 people went to protest at the Federal Building where Senator Thom Tillis has his Raleigh office, 310 New Bern Ave, in Raleigh. 160 people!

Big Crowd, Federal Building on right Photo Credit: Stacie Borrello

The event had multiple parts. In the beginning was the regular Tuesdays With Tillis program – gathering, and marching in protest. Lots of great signs. 

Sign Collage and crutches Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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