NC NOW Legislative Update #22 – 7/1/19

Go directly to the NC_NOW_Legislative_Update #22 (1 Jul 19), with summary and bill listings. Written by Robin Davis, NC NOW Vice President of Political Action and Lobbyist. Summary follows.

The legislature passed the budget on Thursday, June 27, and the governor vetoed it the next day.  Governor Cooper stated that he did not veto the budget solely because it does not contain Medicaid expansion.  He believes it also fails in the areas of education and the economy.  He will offer a counter-proposal.  For more information, see:  https://governor.nc.gov/news/governor-cooper-vetoes-gop-budget-fails-public-education-health-care-and-economy.   If an agreement between the governor and the legislative leaders cannot be reached before the end of the fiscal year, there will not be a government shut-down; everything will continue to be funded at its present level.

The budget also quadrupled support for Human Coalition, a Texas-based anti-abortion organization that runs a crisis pregnancy center in Raleigh whose main focus is to convince women to carry their pregnancies to term.  The Raleigh News and Observer has done in-depth reporting on Human Coalition and other crisis pregnancy organizations that receive state funding:  see https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article231719523.html

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Triad NOW Participates in 2019 Juneteenth Festival in W-S

NOW at the national level recognizes the importance of Juneteenth, and TriadNOW participated in the Juneteenth Festival on 6/22/19 in Winston-Salem. Triad Cultural Arts planned the event which included indoor and outdoor components. Indoors at the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, there was art, health, exhibits and more, from 1pm-5pm. Outdoors there was music and food from 1pm-8pm at Bailey Park.

Triad NOW had a very popular booth featuring standup photos of 4 historic African American women – can you name them from the pictures at the table? Mothers and daughters as well as groups of friends participated trying to win prizes for identifying the women correctly. There were the pictures, and also a set of clues for each woman. 

Photo Credit: Ana Tampanna

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NC NOW Legislative Update #21 – 6/24/19

Go right to the NC NOW Legislative Update #21 at NC NOW Legislative Update #21.24Jun19.

Budget negotiations continue on two fronts, but there are no concrete results to report yet.  In the legislature, the committee tasked with reconciling the House and Senate versions of the budget into one compromise document continues its work.  The goal is for a new budget to be presented and passed before the beginning of the new fiscal year on July 1.  Every indication is that this goal is likely to be met.

The biggest hurdle, however, is for the legislature to produce a budget that the Governor will sign.  Here there is a stalemate.  On Friday, June 21 Governor Cooper met face-to-face with House Speaker Tim Moore, Senate leader Phil Berger and Democratic leaders for nearly an hour.  After the meeting, each party (the Governor’s office and the Republican leaders) issued press statements accusing the other of refusing to compromise.  Continue reading

Paliga: Trump is Terrible for Women

NC NOW’s president gave a speech on how Terrible Trump has been for women at a rally in Raleigh on 6/15/19. 

Ralliers on this corner and across New Bern as well. Photo Credit: Jacalyn Engler

I know Trump does bad things so quickly it’s hard to follow them all, but even back at the first 100 day mark he was a disaster.

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NC NOW Legislative Update #20 – Updates on State Budget – 6/17/19

See NC_NOW_Legislative_Update #20 (17 Jun 19), with summary and bill listings. Summary follows.

Last week the House and Senate leaders appointed budget conference committee members to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the budget. Budget chairs from both the House and Senate will serve as chairs.  For committee members, see: https://www.ncleg.gov/Legislation/Bills/Conferees/2019/H966.  No Senate Democrats were appointed to the committee, and only two House Democrats were appointed: Rep. Charles Graham, D-Robeson, and Rep. Elmer Floyd, D-Cumberland–the only Democrats who voted for the House budget.

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Some Inspiring and Some Maddening Documentaries to See

There are some excellent documentaries available. Here are a few, including “Seeing Allred” (about women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred), Equal Means Equal (unequal rights for women and girls in the U.S.), RBG (Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg), Trapped (about TRAP laws limiting or stopping access to abortion clinics), and more.

1. Seeing Allred, About Women’s Rights Attorney Gloria Allred.

Seeing Allred” is a 2018 documentary about women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred. It shows what one woman can do. The film intertwines the stories of Ms. Allred’s life with her persistence in going after actor Bill Cosby with what ended up being 50 women willing to speak out about what he did to them.

This film may really change your perception about who Ms Allred is, but also about how telling stories can heal, and what one woman’s persistence can do.

Gloria Allred and the directors of the documentary about her at the 2018 National NOW Conference in San Jose, CA.

Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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Abortion Is Healthcare Event, Raleigh, 6/11/19

“Abortion Is Healthcare” was the theme of the 125th week of rallies at Senator Thom Tillis’ office in Raleigh. This event included national, statewide and local updates on abortion and clinics access. Emcees and speakers included Gailya Paliga, President of NC NOW, Tara Romano, Executive Director of Naral Pro-choice North Carolina and Kelsea McLain, A Woman’s Choice of Raleigh.

 

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NC NOW Legislative Update #19 – The Veto Is Sustained! – 10 Jun 2019

North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #19—June 10, 2019

See NC_NOW_Legislative_Update #19 (10 Jun 19), with summary and bill listings. Summary follows.

VICTORY!  After many, many delays, the House voted to uphold Governor Cooper’s veto of SB359, Abortion Survivors Protection Act.  Republicans needed 72 votes to override the veto and fell five votes short.  It was mainly a party-line vote with only two Democrats, Rep. Charles Graham (D-Robeson) and Rep. Garland Pierce (D-Scotland), voting with the Republicans.

Photo Credit: Marci Curtis

The House gallery was packed.  This photo shows NC NOW President Gailya Paliga and Karen Ziegler with supporters of the Governor’s veto filling the second row and lining the wall.

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Media Advisory: Abortion Is Healthcare Event on 6/11/19

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Raleigh, NC, 6/10/19 Abortion has been all over the news lately. Different types of abortion bans have become law recently in various states. In response, #stoptheban and other rallies popped up across North Carolina and the country in days. 

Meanwhile, Missouri is trying hard to shut down the last clinic in Missouri. In fact, just last week, in the midst of the fight between the state and the last clinic, Missouri just added a punitive regulation requiring women seeking a legal abortion in the state to undergo a mandatory, medically unnecessary, invasive pelvic examination. Rachel Maddow broke the story, and  characterizes this as state-sanctioned sexual assault.

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Easy action to help Expand Medicaid in NC (June 2019)

Easy action to help Expand Medicaid in NC. Expanding Medicaid would benefit EVERY SINGLE COUNTY, many many people, and many businesses too – the ripple effect of people doing better.

Did you miss the Medicaid Expansion Vigils across the state on 6/5/19? Or even if you went. Check out this fun activity from the Coalition for Health Action NC (of which NC NOW is part). Also it’s worth it to take the picture and share on social media. I turned the picture with one of my signs into my facebook profile picture.

 Do this and be part of something bigger :

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