About NC’s Justice System with Retired Judge in Fayetteville on 11/13/18

Join Fayetteville NOW and partners for an evening of conversation with the Honorable Superior Court Judge Gregory Weeks (Retired) on his experiences in the justice system and discussing his perspective on racial disparities within our system of justice. This event is Tuesday, November 13th, 6pm at the Pate Room, Main Library downtown Fayetteville.  

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What’s Next With Constitutional Amendments in NC (2018)?

Four of the six constitutional amendments passed in the 2018 midterm elections in North Carolina (11/6/18). Thank goodness, the two explicit power-grabbing amendments failed. As you may remember, NC NOW could not endorse any of the amendments since they were basically blank checks for the legislature to implement whatever they want, and also because they were passed with no public input or expert testimony. We had a statement to this effect on our endorsement flier, also found here at the bottom of the yellow page

The NC legislature convenes a special session on Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018, to implement the constitutional amendments like voter id in the last few weeks of the Republican supermajority.

As NC Policy Watch wrote in “NC voters pass 4 constitutional amendments; lame-duck session looming,” 11/7/18, NC Policy Watch,

“North Carolina voters wrote four blank checks [on 11/6/18] to GOP lawmakers who already said they plan to hold a lame-duck legislative session to implement constitutional amendments.”

Photo Credit: Jacalyn Engler

These are some things we can do to try to block some of the damage.

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Beware of Ballot Falloff/Ballot Fatigue—Important Choices at End!

The farther down the ballot an office is, the fewer the number of votes that will be cast for it. This is called “ballot fatigue. NC’s 2018 general election, the ballot is 2 pages long (the ones I have seen, anyway). It is common for people who go to the polls not to vote for every contested position or proposed initiative. The difference between how many people go to the polls and how many actually vote on a specific issue or candidate is called voter falloff. For example, if a million voters cast ballots for president, but only 200,000 are cast for supreme court justice, then the falloff is 800,000 or 80%. The level of falloff varies from race to race and issue to issue.

Random Sample Ballot from the 2018 general election. See how Judicial Offices are at the end of the partisan offices. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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Kirkendale: Re-energized to Persist at the 2018 NC NOW Conference

“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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How to Find Your Sample Ballot in NC

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:

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NC NOW Silent Auction Preview

Maureen Wertheim put together a beautiful collection of Silent Auction items for the NC NOW State Conference. Please take a look in silent auction items description MW.v5. Join us to bid on them. Here are a few samples.

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Conference Workshops – Women are Rising Up! 2018

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.

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Deep Purple is Always Cool – NC NOW T-Shirts Available

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. 

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“I Believe Her” Rally with Fayetteville NOW on 10/5/18 – Report

Women and allies gathered Friday at the Market House in downtown Fayetteville at the “I Believe Her” rally to reaffirm that we #BelieveWomen, #WeBelieveChristineBlaseyFord, #WeBelieveAnitaHill, and to #StopKavanaugh. This rally was organized by Fayetteville NOW.

“The event was held in response to the hearings on Capitol Hill for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the testimony presented by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school.” 

#BelieveWomen rally at the Market House in Fayetteville. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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Media Advisory: Women Rising Up NOW: NC NOW State Conference October 20, 2018

October 10, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:
Gailya Paliga, President, NC National Organization for Women, president@raleighnow.org, www.northcarolinanow.org

Lori Bunton, NC NOW VP of Membership, lbunton53@gmail.com

WOMEN RISING UP NOW: NC NOW STATE CONFERENCE ON OCTOBER 20, 2018

Raleigh, NC, 10/10/18 – North Carolina National Organization for Women (NOW) will hold its annual conference on October 20 from 9 am to 4 pm at NC Advocates for Justice building in Raleigh. We are proud to announce our keynote speaker is civil rights attorney Anita Earls. This year’s conference theme is ‘Women Rising Up NOW!’

Never has the need been greater than in 2018 for women to push back and move forward. Decades of progress towards women’s equality is being turned back by the current administrations in Washington, D.C., and in North Carolina. “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty,” Thomas Jefferson said so long ago.

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