Open Mic Night to Jumpstart the 2019 NC NOW State Conference

Stop by Friday night to partake in Open Mic!
Open to all!

Speak your mind, tell a joke, a story, a poem, or reclaim your time…
Say what you need to say at Feminism Speaks: Open Mic night!

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Must be 21 years or older to attend.
Please keep your contribution clean.

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2019 NC NOW State Conference Workshops


Two sets of workshops are planned at the NC NOW NOW State Conference on 11/9/19 in Uptown Charlotte – one set in the morning and one set in the afternoon. Read about them in this post. You can preregister for the conference and for the workshops here. Some workshops may need to be capped due to space and other considerations, so preregistering will secure your spot. 

Gender Equity Panel at Charlotte NOW meeting Photo Credit: Charlotte NOW

Saturday Morning Workshops: 9:40am-10:40am

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NC Must Address Sexual Assault Law Deficiencies

My daughter goes to an NC university and I worry about her. I even signed her up for a self defense class before her freshman year. I knew the statistics of sexual assault on campuses are extremely high. However, I was shocked to read that “A third of female undergraduate UNC students reported sexual assault, survey found,” 10/15/19, Charlotte Observer. State laws must be improved to prosecute these crimes, and universities must do more. An Equal Rights Amendment would help long term.

Event with Feminists For All at UNC-CH, 9/27/19 Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

The 2019 survey by the Association of American Universities reported that “nine percent of respondents said they were given a spiked drink or drugs without their knowledge before the assault.”

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The NFL Is Still Broken – Antonio Brown Is Latest

The NFL is still broken – things look the same as they did when Ray Rice knocked out his then girlfriend in an elevator. Nothing was done about Rice until someone released the video of him actually knocking her out and dragging her unconscious body out of the elevator. The video of them going in with her upright and being dragged out was not enough. More shockingly, before the video was released, the NFL made special pink jerseys promoting him to women! That is right – the pink jerseys had abuser Ray Rice’s number on it. They are ignoring charges of rape and sexual assault brought up against Antonio Brown now, similarly, although so far without the pink jersey.

NOW says “the NFL’s message is clear–there’s too much money resting on Brown’s career to keep him from playing, or to seriously address the league’s systemic culture of violence against women.”

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Take Action: TweetStorm to push VAWA on 10/16/19 during DVAM

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Violence Against Women Act has still not been reauthorized – over a year after it should have been reauthorized, and over 6 months since the House of Representatives passed it. Let’s push our US Senators to do their jobs! 

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Rep. Deb Butler to Keynote 2019 NC NOW Conference

The keynote speaker for  North Carolina NOW’s 2019 State Conference is state Representative Deb Butler, who represents downtown Wilmington and parts of Brunswick County.

Rep.  Butler gained national attention for her impassioned rebuke of House Speaker  Tim Moore after he called for a vote on Governor Cooper’s veto of the state budget during a session that Democrats and the media had been told would be a non-voting session.  Republican representatives, by contrast, had been told to “be in your seats.”

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Help Move the Ratify ERA Bill Along in NC, From ERA-NC Alliance

Take action to move the NC ERA bills along by contacting NC General Assembly Members to Support Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. This guide was provided by the  ERA-NC Alliance. Also, get friends and coworkers to ask about ERA when you wear one of the green ERA t-shirts.

2019 Ratify the ERA Postcard Front

One of the postcards you can print and write your letter on. Photo Credit: ERA-NC Alliance

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Organizing Against Racism Groundwater Training in Fayetteville on 10/19/19

Fayetteville NOW is a cosponsor of “Organizing Against Racism Groundwater Training.” This event provides an excellent opportunity to explore the root causes of racism and begin a conversation about diversity, equity and inclusion.

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Place: Methodist University, 5400 Ramsey St, Fayetteville NC
Matthews Ministry Center

Registration cost: $25 includes lunch and training materials

See Training Flyer Interactive 1 for contact information and how to register.

Shortlink: https://wp.me/p22b2e-2ll

Remember My Name Domestic Violence Vigil – 10/10/19 in Fayetteville

Annual Remember My Name Domestic Violence Vigil in Fayetteville on Thursday, Oct 10, 2019

This event recognizes those individuals who have died during the past year as a result of domestic violence (DV). Join Fayetteville NOW members as Fayetteville  pauses to remember DV victims this year as they do every year.

Cumberland County Courthouse

Cumberland County Courthouse Photo Credit: nccourts.com

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The Time For Justice Is NOW! NC NOW State Conference on 11/9/19

There are many examples of injustice around us: women’s health being targeted, disparities in school suspensions along racial lines, women’s reports of sexual assault and harassment being discounted, treatment of migrants and immigrants, mass incarceration of minorities, underpayment for women’s work, re-segregation of our schools to name just a few.

NOW is part of the resistance, in fact, we help organize resistance! Please join us at our NC NOW State conference to learn more about injustices and what we can do about them! Join us in Charlotte on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, 9am-4pm.

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