Press Releases

NOW: Voters Will Remember Who Took Their Health Care Away

Statement by NOW President Terry O’Neill

Today’s narrow vote for a disastrous health care bill will come back to haunt House Republicans. The members of Congress who voted for this bill have sealed their fate with the electorate. Billionaires and conservative superPACs may have bought their vote today, but they can’t buy a blindfold big enough to keep voters from seeing the truth.

The truth is that this bill will take health insurance away from tens of millions of people, many of whom are already living at the margins. The bill encourages mean-spirited Republican governors to opt out of the essential health benefits that are a lifeline to so many, and to allow insurance companies to deny benefits to tens of thousands of people with pre-existing conditions.

Under the AHCA, surviving sexual assault or domestic violence, battling postpartum depression, or having a cesarean section would all be considered pre-existing conditions–at a staggering cost to women. Black women are at a disproportionate risk for breast cancer than other racial and ethnic groups, and breast cancer survivors would see their premiums shoot up by over $28,000.

Now, it’s up to voters to deny their bought-and-paid for members of Congress another term in office. We will make it our top priority to unseat everyone who voted for this extremist attack on our health care rights today.

M.E. Ficarra , , 951-547-1241


NOW: Protect Immigrant Workers–on May Day, and Every Day

Statement by NOW President Terry O’Neill
On May 1, as people around the country rise up to take action for immigrant rights, I am thrilled to announce the launch of NOW’s targeted campaign to protect immigrant restaurant workers.

Right now, immigrants across the country are facing extreme xenophobia. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids are breaking apart families–deporting individuals whose documents may not be in order, but who nonetheless help to sustain the U.S labor force and create vibrant communities.

The restaurant industry employs 1.1 million undocumented immigrants, and 52% of all restaurant workers are women. Individual restaurants are uniquely poised to make a difference in the lives of immigrant workers, and activists can help make this happen.

In partnership with Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United, NOW is calling for restaurants around the nation to become Sanctuary Restaurants. Sanctuary Restaurants designate themselves as establishments where xenophobia, sexism, and racism will not be tolerated–and actively work to protect their employees from discrimination. Immigrant rights supporters around the country can participate in the campaign by asking their favorite restaurant to consider becoming a Sanctuary Restaurant.

No human being is illegal, and all people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect at work. This May Day, and as we continue to grow this Sanctuary Restaurants movement, we need to take our activism hyper local to protect the rights of undocumented people. Activists: look to your communities, and fight for your neighbors.

M.E. Ficarra , , 951-547-1241

NOW: The Verdict on Trump’s First 100 Days Is In—He’s Guilty of Turning Back The Clock On Women

Statement by NOW President Terry O’Neill
Donald Trump’s first 100 days have taken a terrible toll on women.

Perhaps his most dangerous move was the illegitimate installation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, a jurist who has a record of hostility to reproductive rights and prioritizing corporate interests over access to basic health care. And Donald Trump, who campaigned on the promise to appoint Supreme Court Justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, would surely not have made this choice if Gorsuch’s views on Roe were in any doubt.

The Trump Cabinet is a who’s who of sexism and disregard for women. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin made millions on the fraudulent reverse mortgage scheme known as “widow foreclosures,” which capitalized on a loophole that forced the elderly out of their homes upon the death of a spouse.

Trump’s Health and Human Services Secretary, the ethically challenged Tom Price, has launched a crusade to eviscerate Obamacare and remove essential health benefits such as prenatal and maternity care. Trump’s Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos lacks even the most basic understanding of Title IX, the landmark legislation that outlaws sex discrimination in educational institutions and programs that receive federal aid, and addresses sexual harassment, gender-based discrimination, and sexual violence.

See the rest of the press release at

Roe Event: The Elections Results Impact on Reproductive Rights, in Fayetteville on 1/25/17

Fayetteville NOW
PO Box 53816, Fayetteville, NC 28305

January 12, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact: Sharon Johnson 910-489-0100 –
                  Roberta Waddle 910-624-6516 –

Fayetteville National Organization for Women (NOW) will hold a community forum on January 25, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the North Regional Library at 855 McArthur Road in Fayetteville.

The speakers will discuss “The Elections Results Impact on Reproductive Rights”.
Panelists will be Naveed Aziz, MD, Heather Williams, Health Educator for Planned Parenthood and The Honorable Rick Glazier, Director of the North Carolina Justice Center.

Dr. Aziz practices medicine in Spring Lake. She serves on the Board of Better Health and provides free diabetes education seminars for the public that are attended by around 150 people and conducted every three months. Heather Williams provides health education programs for young people and will talk about those programs. Rick Glazier is a former legislator and is the Executive Director of the North Carolina Justice Center that provides policy analysis on many issues.

According to Sharon Johnson, Fayetteville NOW President: “Reproductive justice is one of NOW’s core issues and with the present political climate we are very concerned about women’s health. We want to offer the community some information and discuss possible future actions.”

Questions from the audience will be entertained.


Women’s March On Raleigh: Women Mobilize NC Press Release – 1/6/17

Raleigh, N.C. – A multiracial, multi-religious, and multi-generational grassroots group of women are planning a Women’s March on Raleigh (WMOR). It is a solidarity event with the Women’s March on Washington, also taking place January 21st, 2017.

Dozens of women and allies have been planning the march from the basement of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church for the past several weeks. Reverend Michelle Laws of the NAACP is a confirmed speaker, as well as MaryBe McMillan of the NC AFL-CIO and Sarah Preston of Lillian’s List.

Read the entire press release, including quotes from organizers Salma Mirza, Carly Jones, Anna Grant, and NC NOW’s President, Gailya Paliga at WMOR Press Release.

Women Making History NOW Conference Press Release – 9/5/16

2016 is a banner year to celebrate “Women Making History NOW!” NC National Organization for Women (NC NOW) celebrates the 50th anniversary of the NOW’s founding, as well as the nomination of the first woman for president by a major political party, at our annual conference on Saturday, October 1 in Raleigh. We’ll look at how far women have come in 50 years and what we still need to do for all people to be treated truly as equals.
Our keynote speaker is State Auditor Beth Wood, who will speak about ‘the female effect.’ Please join us!

See Women Making History NOW Conference Press Release 

NC NOW: HB 2 Disastrous for Women

Press release about how the new law resulting from House Bill 2 (HB 2) goes way beyond the LGBT community. The extensive changes to protections in this bill hurt women in shocking ways.  Published 4/7/16.

See NC NOW Press Release: HB 2 Disastrous for Women


She Wins, We Win Press Conference and Rally
National Women’s Rights Leaders Join NC Leaders in Support of Hillary Clinton, March 3, 2016

This press release was emailed on 3/2/16.  It was posted on the NC NOW website on 3/2/16.  See it at PRESS ADVISORY SWWW Final.


Congresswoman Alma Adams to deliver keynote address at NC NOW Annual Conference, October 10, 2015

Contact: Gailya Paliga, President of NC National Organization for Women and NC NOW PAC

This press release was emailed on 9/15/15.  It was posted on the NC NOW website on 9/21/15.  See it at


NC National Organization for Women Announces General Election Endorsements,  October 15, 2014

Contact: Gailya Paliga, President of NC National Organization for Women and NC NOW PAC

This press release was emailed on 10/15/14.  It was posted on the NC NOW website on 10/24/14.  See it at

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