We are happy to report that the candidates who were endorsed by the NC NOW PAC in the general election did pretty well. More importantly for the future of North Carolina, the veto-proof supermajorities in the NC House and the NC Senate have been broken! The change in the NC House was known by the end of election day, 11/6/18, but it took until 11/19/18 to be sure about the NC Senate.
We evaluated how our endorsed candidates had done on Nov 10, 2018. Since then, the undecided races have been decided, but it is interesting to see which ones were that close, so that information is included with links to articles on what happened. We wish that gerrymandering hadn’t been such a powerful and deciding factor in the Congressional races.
In the NC Senate races, out of 22 endorsements, candidates took 15, lost 7 and one had not been called (Kirk DeViere) District 19, Fayetteville, but he was leading. (Update: Kirk DeViere won! See “Kirk deViere officially wins state Senate seat,” 11/19/18, Fayetteville Observer)
Tuesday was a historic day! More women ran for office in 2018 than ever before and more women won! Voters were determined more than ever to elect feminists to positions of leadership. We have ushered in the most diverse Congress in history with huge wins for women, minorities and LGBTQ. Thank you to all who canvassed, made phone calls, wrote letters, protested, marched, walked out, showed up, voted and got up every day exhausted, but found the strength to go on.
Stacey Abrams has done an amazing job in Georgia against massive cheating by her opponent. Votes are still being counted. No matter what, she has won her points and impressed the country with her grace and eloquence. Photo Credit: USA Today
Here is what happened:
“Ladies all across the world
Listen up, we’re looking for recruits
If you with me, lemme see your hands
Stand up and salute
Get your killer heels, sneakers, pumps or lace up your boots
Representing all the women, salute, salute.”
“Salute” by Little Mix
Audrey Muck aptly chose this song as accompaniment to her update on the ERA, inspiring us to dance in and out of our seats – much needed during the 2pm time slot! The Women Rising Up NOW! 2018 State Conference couldn’t have come at a better time for me personally: deeply discouraged by the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, following two back to back trips to Washington DC to join the “angry mob” of dedicated women, survivors and allies from across the country in bird-dogging, direct actions, and speak-outs at the U.S. Senate and at the Supreme Court, I missed the company of kindred spirits acutely.
Photo Credit: Jenn Alexander
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Here are detailed instruction on how to find your sample ballot in NC.
Start with the link to voter lookup in NC – https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/. So here are more detailed instructions to see your sample ballot. Be sure to check your voter status (active or inactive).
1) Voter lookup screen looks like this:
Beautiful space, great workshops – these are more reasons to attend the NC NOW State Conference
in Raleigh on Saturday, 10/20/18.
Pictured is the Atrium of the NC Advocates for Justice building. Workshops are listed below.
The conference workshops include ways feminists can make a difference now and support themselves in these challenging times. The workshops are split into two timeslots, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
NOW has a new batch of “Forward NOW” t-shirts in, and can order more. Great when getting together to rally, protest, march, attend a meeting, or go to lunch! $20 each, discount if you buy 3 or more at a time. Here is the front and back of the t-shirt.
To order one or more t-shirts, use the NC NOW T-Shirt Order Form. Be sure to mark your sizes and quantities for each t-shirt – S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 7, 2018
Contact: Gailya Paliga, President of NC National Organization for Women and NC NOW PAC, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.northcarolinanow.org
NC National Organization for Women (NOW) Announces 2018 General Election PAC Endorsements
Raleigh, N.C. – On Oct 7, Gailya Paliga, president of NC National Organization for Women, announced the organization’s Political Action Committee (PAC) endorsements for statewide offices in the 2018 General Election, and also national NOW PAC’s endorsements in Congress.
NC NOW PAC announced 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 7 federal candidates for Congressional races.
“We are excited to announce our support for candidates who have demonstrated a true commitment to women through their words and/or actions. More women ran this year than before. Our 2018 endorsement list covers a whole page. However, the state and federal NOW PACs endorse based on support for our issues rather than gender of candidates,” said Gailya Paliga, President of NC NC NOW and the NC NOW PAC.
NC NOW is excited to report that the (national) NOW PAC has accepted the recommendations from NC NOW for the following new Congressional candidates in 2018: Linda Coleman (CD 2), DD Adams (CD 5), Dr. Kyle Horton (CD 7), Philip Price (CD 11) and Kathy Manning (CD 13). (CD = Congressional District)
Linda Coleman and Dr. Kyle Horton were endorsed for the 2018 Primary.
NOW PAC already endorsed the following incumbents: Congressman David Price (CD 4) and Congresswoman Alma Adams (CD 12).
That means that NOW PAC endorses 7 Congressional candidates in NC, which is a record.
Here are a few points from the recommendation letters.
DD Adams for Congressional District 5
Women candidates openly embracing issues of concern to women and their families are running in record numbers across the nation, and male candidates are making intensified efforts to address women’s issues. North Carolina is reflecting the national trend.
Lori Bunton and others encourage all to vote. At protest of yet another special session on 8/4/18 at NC Legislative Building in Raleigh Photo Credit: Phil Fonville
Activists rally again in Raleigh to demand that Senator Thom Tillis reject Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. As was revealed in the hearings last week, Kavanaugh commited perjury in current testimony and in testimony to become a Circuit Court judge in 2006 and 2018!! Also, the Senate Confirmation leadership pushed through the confirmation hearings in terrible circumstances and many valid complaints, like 1) not having access to much of Kavanaugh’s work in the White House under President George W. Bush, 2) getting access to 42,000 more pages just the night before the hearings began, 3) President being investigated for crimes related to ‘winning’ the presidential election, etc. Last week, we had speakers cover many areas that Kavanaugh threatens, and this week we have more areas to cover.
In addition, we have our own sheroes and heroes who went to the confirmation hearings in Washington DC to protest and got arrested one or more times on our behalf! We will hear some of their exciting stories.
David Freeman and Ruth Zalph after another arrest at the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings in Washington DC!! Photo Credit: David Freeman
Here are some of our speakers:
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