Lobbyist Involvement In Fundraiser Causes Cancellation, More Articles

There are so many important and interesting articles, we don’t want to lose track of them. In North Carolina, we have the lobbyist involved in the fundraiser being former Raleigh mayor Tom Fetzer, who told contacts that the fundraiser recipient could succeed House speaker Tim Moore. The 2 year anniversary of the murders at UNC-Charlotte is coming up on April 30 – victim/hero Riley Howell’s mom wrote an excellent op-ed after mass murders in March – people want change. A four-year federal investigation into longstanding Republican claims of voter fraud in North Carolina ended – and found nothing. Young congressman Madison Cawthorn touts the Covid relief funds helping his constituents, although he did not vote for them.

Many of these articles were included in most recent mailchimp email from NC NOW – if you want to receive the emails, fill in a volunteer form and put ‘Add me to email list” and other ways you want to be involved in the ‘What do you want to do’ note.

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is creating a unit to investigate #MMIP
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North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #10 – 5 April 2021

This week saw the introduction of what is probably an historic number of bills to protect LGBTQ rights. All are much needed and way overdue. Bills further restricting women’s reproductive rights were also introduced.

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Statement On Anti -Asian American Violence

Chapel Hill National Organization for Women
March 18, 2021

To our Asian American Sisters and all Asian American Communities:

We extend our hands and our hearts to our Asian American sisters in their grief stemming from the murders in Atlanta. There is never a reason or an explanation sufficient to justify this violence against women or violence directed toward a group in American society.

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North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #9 – 29 March 2021

North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #9 – 29 March 2021

Governor Cooper has submitted his budget. North Carolina did not suffer the predicted revenue shortfall due to the pandemic; our reserve funds are flush with 5 billion dollars; and projections are rosy. The Governor’s budget includes substantial pay raises for teachers, smaller raises for state employees, restoring the earned income tax credit, raising the state minimum wage to $15 an hour, and expanding Medicaid. For more details, see: https://www.wral.com/raises-bonuses-for-teachers-state-workers-in-cooper-s-budget-plan/19592329/. But Republicans have other plans—more tax cuts. See: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/article250132909.html.

Women from the outside of press conference for raising the minimum wage to $15.

Women from the outside of press conference for raising the minimum wage to $15. Photo Credit: Amy Hellmers

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North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #8 – 22 March 2021

North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #8 – 22 March 2021

See whole report, with summary and listing of bills being tracked, at North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #8, 22 Mar 21

The inevitable has finally happened. North Carolina Republican legislators have jumped on board the voter suppression train. Senate Bill 326, misleadingly titled the Election Integrity Act, is a measure that would restrict voting by absentee ballot in a variety of ways. In short, it is a voter suppression bill. Significantly, the restrictions do not apply to military or overseas voters.

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North Carolina Abortion in 2021 and Turning This Around

North Carolina lawmakers are definitely hostile to abortion now, as shown by the many restrictions added since 2011, the limited number of abortion clinics, the limited areas which have clinics, and legislature funneling taxpayer money to anti-abortion organizations and individual CPCs. All this despite how safe abortion is. This is the status of abortion in North Carolina in March 2021, and how it could be improved.

Women Are Watching – House Gallery at Legislative Building in Raleigh, Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

Bad Bills Filed Already in 2021

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NOW 101, with Fayetteville NOW – 3/22/21

Here’s your chance to find out everything you ever wanted to know about NOW, particularly Fayetteville NOW.

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Take Action On VAWA – House & Senate

A group of bipartisan lawmakers reintroduced the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) on March 8th, 2021. VAWA would provide funding and grants for a variety of programs that tackle domestic abuse. VAWA’s authorization lapsed in 2018. The House passed legislation to reauthorize the measure in 2019 with the support of a handful of GOP lawmakers, but a lesser bill was put forth in the Senate and neither bill moved.  More on the situation in The Hill. You can take action now to help it move forward!

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Take Action On ERA – Contact House by 3/17/21, Then Contact Senate

There is progress on the ERA and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA). We are receiving updates on the ERA bill from a NOW taskforce on ERA as well as our homegrown ERA-NC Alliance, of which NC NOW is a part. The House is planning to vote on removing the ERA time limit and also on the improved Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) the same day.

ERA Facemasks Available NOW from NOW!

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North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #7 – 15 March 2021

North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #7 – 15 March 2021

It’s a miracle! Legislative leaders and the Governor actually reached a compromise on Senate Bill 220, Open our Schools Act, and the bill has been signed into law. Reaching a deal has been a prolonged power struggle between the legislature and the Governor.

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