Young Feminist Salon – Fayetteville NOW – 7/1/17

Young Feminist Salon – Fayetteville NOW

First topic: Female Friendships and Empowerment
Date: Saturday, July  1, 2017
Time: 2pm-5pm
Place: Quick-Melchor Meeting House
669 Country Club Dr, Fayetteville NC  28301
Organized by: Young Feminist Committee of Fayetteville NOW. 

Articles on Harm Trumpcare Would Do to Women’s Health

Read more about Medicaid and the damage that Trumpcare will do in the following articles, among other places. People need to realize the devastation the Senate Trumpcare Bill has on women.  In addition, North Carolina would fare the worst of any states in the country under Trumpcare.

Leaders from Feminist Majority, National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, National Organization for Women (NOW) and the Women’s March on Washington came together today in Washington, D.C. to discuss the dangers posed by Trumpcare to women across race, class and age—and to devise a plan to stop it. These leaders are

  • National NOW President Terry O’Neill
  • Feminist Majority’s Eleanor Smeal
  • Janel George, Director of Federal Reproductive Rights and Health at National Women’s Law Center
  • Michelle Batchelor, Deputy Director of In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda
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Photo Credit: Feminist Majority

The devastation of Senate health care plan on North Carolina needs to be understood.

“If the Senate health care plan becomes law, no state’s residents would fare worse than North Carolina, according to a new study on the proposed bill. That includes 1.3 million people in North Carolina, according to a new study – the fourth-most in the nation, and the highest percentage of people losing coverage in any state.”

According to “1.3 million in NC could lose health insurance under Senate health plan,” 6/28/17, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article158456069.html.

These articles are on Medicaid and the damage that Trumpcare will do.

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Cruel Senate Trumpcare Bill Targets Women

While even President Trump described the House Trumpcare bill as ‘mean,’ his colorful verdict is an uncommon understatement as it applies to the House and Senate bills’ treatment of women’s healthcare. Trumpcare is ‘cruel’ to women, and especially harsh to North Carolinians.

Trumpcare allows the elimination of women’s access to healthcare, letting insurance companies refuse to provide maternity care, slashing Medicaid payments (by $834 billion in the House bill/$772 billion in the Senate bill), and restricting Title X reimbursement. Medicaid is the nation’s public health insurance program for people with low incomes, the disabled and the elderly. The Medicaid program covers about 75 million Americans, or 1 in 5, including many with complex and costly needs for care. Seventy percent (70%) of the adults covered by Medicaid are women. Title X is a federal program which provides funding family planning services to people beyond Medicaid, like low-income women who are not Medicaid-eligible. Their recipients? Women.


The Senate Trumpcare bill will cut Medicaid by almost $1 trillion dollars (that’s trillion with a ‘t’). These policies have disproportionate and disastrous consequences for women – young, middle-aged, and elderly, alike – especially in North Carolina. More than half of all births in North Carolina are covered by Medicaid – 54% in North Carolina in 2014, while other states vary from 24% to 72%, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Trumpcare allows insurance companies to refuse to cover maternity and newborn care as part of the 10 essential health benefits that insurance companies would no longer be required to cover.
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NC NOW Legislative Update #21 – NC Budget Bad For Women

NC Budget Summary from NC NOW Legislative Update #21 – 25Jun17.

A budget has passed and has gone to the Governor, who has ten days to sign it, veto it, or allow it to become law without his signature. Governor Cooper is expected to veto the budget since he has been strongly critical of it: http://www.wral.com/cooper-calls-budget-deal-irresponsible-/16774013/, 6/20/17. But if the budget is vetoed, expect an override since Republicans hold veto-proof majorities in both the House and Senate.

The budget intensifies the attack on women’s reproductive rights by appropriating $2.6 million to crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) over a two-year period. So-called crisis pregnancy centers are religious “ministries” that attempt to persuade women wanting abortions not to have them, often using scare tactics and false information such as claiming that having an abortion will leave a woman sterile or put her at risk for cancer. This appropriation represents an increase of one million dollars per year. See: https://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2017/06/20/ncga-budget-gives-26-million-to-crisis-pregnancy-centers, 6/20/17.

Crisis Pregnancy Center Protest
Photo Credit: Whole Woman’s Health Blog

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Examining issue of mass incarceration in Fayetteville, “13th”

13th Movie and Discussion, by Fayetteville NOW President Sharon Johnson

Fayetteville NOW, continuing its efforts to improve race relations through constructive dialogue, sponsored a showing of the documentary, 13th, on Monday, June 19, 2017.  Outstanding turnout at an event with many co-sponsors.

This documentary examines the disproportionate number of African-Americans incarcerated in the U.S. The film included interviews with prominent civil-rights activists and politicians, and examines the nation’s legacy of racism via such events as the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and the passage of Jim Crow laws in the South.

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NC NOW Legislative Update #20 – Jun 18, 2017

NC NOW Legislative Update #20, 2017, for the week ending Jun 17, 2017, by Robin Davis.

It was a very slow week at the General Assembly as budget negotiations continued behind closed doors.

Last week the house passed House Bill 746, Omnibus Gun Changes, a bill that has generated a lot of controversy because it eliminates the requirement for a permit to carry a concealed handgun and lowers the age for doing so to 18. Some House Republicans voted against it and some conservative Democrats voted for it; however, the vote to pass the bill in the House was not large enough to override a gubernatorial veto.

The bill is one big political headache for Republicans. Not only is the party itself divided, the bill is also staunchly opposed by law enforcement, a constituency the Republican party does not want to alienate. The state’s most extreme gun rights group, North Carolina Gun Rights, also opposes the bill because, it claims, it is watered down and demonstrates that Republican legislators do not fully support Second Amendment Rights. This group, which can make the NRA seem moderate, also wants to eliminate the requirement to obtain a permit to purchase a handgun in North Carolina.

This omnibus bill amends an existing law extensively. Read more about gun bill, ERA updates (including “I Love the ERA” Cookie Drop event and “Lawsuit Updates” at NC NOW Legislative Update #20, 6/18/17.

Protest Senate Trumpcare/AHCA Bill NOW!

The US Senate is going ahead with another terrible version of AHCA, the so called “American Health Care Act”, aka Trumpcare. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that version would cause 23 million people to lose health care coverage and end protections for many. These are protections like forcing insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions.  Multiple sources say the Senate plans to hold their vote before the July 4 recess.

“[T]he plan is opposed by experts across the ideological spectrum, as well as groups representing doctors, nurses, hospitals, cancer patients, heart-disease patients and many others.” according to “Uh oh, Health Care Edition,” 6/8/17, NYTimes.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans (completely shutting out Democrats and Independents) are planning to bring their health care bill to the floor before July 4 and there will be NO DEBATE, and NO AMENDMENTS ALLOWED. Also NO INPUT FROM THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY OR THE PUBLIC is allowed. This is outrageous and we need to let NC’s US Senators Burr and Tillis know that this is absolutely, totally unacceptable. 

“By acting fast, [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell hopes to minimize the continuing and mounting evidence of sabotage as insurers file rates in places such as North Carolina and Pennsylvania that explicitly break out the specific impact of Trump’s sabotage,” as Andrew Slavitt says in ‘Sabotage, speed and secrecy in the Senate.'” Andrew M. “Andy” Slavitt is a former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a position he held from March 2015 to January 2017.

Senators for NC – Burr and Tillis must be told again and again how bad this would be, and how they will be held accountable. We include a few ways to do this below.


Above pictures are from the June 13 Tuesday with Tillis protest in Raleigh.
Photo Credit: Michael Eisenberg

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“I Love The ERA” Cookie Drop Summary and Pix

Great turnout at the “I Love The ERA” Cookie Drop  on Jun 7, 2017, at the NC Legislative Building. There were over 35 people there – mostly women of all ages, but also some young men. One of the ERA-NC Alliance board members celebrated her birthday at the cookie drop with her daughter, female and male grandchildren, and friends! ERA-NC Alliance is an alliance of many women’s groups and individuals who recognize the need for ERA.

ERA Cookie Delivery group at beginning of event. More joined. Photo Credit: Marlene Rosol

The ERA, Equal Rights Amendment, is a constitutional amendment simply affording women the same rights as men under the law. The only right women have guaranteed right now – is the right to vote. Under the 3-state strategy, three more states are needed to ratify the ERA. In March 2017, Nevada went ahead and did it!  Read more in “ERA One Step Closer To Ratification After Passage in the [Nevada] Assembly“. Now we only need two more states to ratify.  Senator Heidi Gansert, a Republican in Nevada who voted for the ERA said,

“I understand now today, here in Nevada and across the world, there’s a crescendo building … I can hear it, and I can feel it.”

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Can we make immigrant children safe in schools?

You are invited to a community forum about the calls for a Safe Zone Resolution and Policy for immigrant students in Wake County Public School (WCPSS).

WCPSS Board members, County Commissioners, the Mayor and City Council members have been invited to listen to stories from immigrant students, families, and advocates about their experiences in schools in the current political climate, the increase in racist incidents, and the clarification of boundaries for School Resource Officers’ (SRO’s) interactions with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Durham Community rallying to protect Wildin Acosta, a student grabbed on his way to school one morning. Photo Credit: ABC News

 

The description is available in Spanish as well as English at the FB Page Event at 
https://www.facebook.com/events/517175588665368/

NC NOW Legislative Update #18 – Let the Budget Negotiations Begin!

The NC House finished its budget so now is time for budget negotiations between House and Senate. Update on SCOTUS ruling on NC’s gerrymandering case and another case. See NC NOW Legislative Update #18, 6/4/17 for a more on budget negotiations and the Supreme Court ruling with regard to two cases in NC.

Here are some excerpts from the summary.

“The House passed its budget just after midnight on Thursday. The House and Senate have already agreed on setting the budget for 2017 fiscal year at $22.9 billion, which will simplify the final negotiations.” See how that works in the summary.

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