Fayetteville NOW did an amazing play as a Women’s Equality Day Observation event. Miss Ethelyn Baker outdid herself with a reenactment of the two day 1848 Seneca Falls Women’s Convention in New York. The first ‘day,’ the actors introduced themselves and shared their ‘sentiments.’ The second ‘day,’ they worked on and announced the ‘resolutions.’
The Seneca Falls Convention Cast before the play. Photo Credit: Sharon Johnson
House votes to Override Budget Veto in Explosive Session
Rep. Darren Jackson, House Minority Leader, claims that Rep. David Lewis, second-ranking Republican leader, assured him after the session on Tuesday, September 10, that there would be no recorded votes during the 8:30 session the next day. Rep. Lewis denies it. Rep. Jackson told the Democrats that they did not need to be at the 8:30 session because there would be no votes. But reporter Laura Leslie also texted Rep. Lewis to ask if there would be votes in the 8:30 session on September 11. He texted her back that there would be no votes at 8:30. Finally, to confirm that something was being planned, a text message was sent to Republicans telling them to be present for the 8:30 session: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article235034672.html
Here is a screen shot of the text exchange between Laura Leslie and Rep. Lewis:
North Carolina lost a feminist warrior when our friend and lifetime NOW member Jan Allen passed away on 9/13/19. Janet Heineman Allen was a wonderful woman who donated decades of her life to working for women’s equality. She joined NOW working for the Equal Rights Amendment over 40 years ago, and continued for decades on our NC NOW board and NC NOW Political Action Committee. She went to almost every national NOW conference through at least 2015 in New Orleans. Jan co-founded Lillian’s List in 1997 to fill a need to support pro-choice progressive women who wanted to run for office. Jan chaired at least one Lillian’s List board and was also on the NC Planned Parenthood board (through Planned Parenthood’s name changes). Over the years, she was a mentor to countless women.
Jan Allen at NC NOW Conference on 10/1/16. Photo Credit: Floyd McKissick Jr
Advocates from NC National Organization of Women, NARAL Pro-Choice NC, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, Action NC, Tuesdays with Tillis, MomsRisingNC and others rallied outside of Senator Thom Tillis’ Raleigh office to demand an end to policies which restrict women’s access to reproductive and other health care. Threats range from various bills banning abortions, to giving away taxpayer money to religious anti-abortion clinics, to cutting off a trusted and proven provider of real medical care to the women most impacted by attacks on reproductive health access.
Dani Hoffpauir speaking about Planned Parenthood and Title X – Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga
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Women’s organizations join forces to protest Trump Administration policies that endanger women’s lives
September 9, 2019
Raleigh, NC – On Tuesday, September 10, advocates from NC National Organization of Women, NARAL Pro-Choice NC, Action NC, Tuesdays with Tillis, and others will rally outside of Senator Thom Tillis’s Raleigh office to demand an end to policies which restrict women’s access to reproductive and other health care.
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Our NC state government is sponsoring a once in a lifetime event – Women Breaking Barriers – at the state Capital in Raleigh on 9/7/19. Women Breaking Barriers is part of the “She Changed The World” series of events focused on women running from May 2019 through December 2020. See the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources press release here. At the NC NOW table, we’ll be running a Women in Science Jeopardy game and selling our new NOW t-shirts. Our jeopardy game goes great with the theme, as it’s all about women who changed the world! Triad NOW will have their own table, with activities on women’s history and LGBTQ history. ERA-NC Alliance will highlight the need for ERA. The League of Women Voters – North Carolina helped organize the program and plans to do a skit, among other things. Beautiful campaign!The event runs from 10-3pm. Come on down, hear the diverse speakers, and visit our tables.
North Carolina NOW Legislative Update—September 3, 2019
Jump to the full summary and listing of bills NC NOW is tracking at NC NOW Legislative Update #27 (3Sep19).
There has been movement on both the budget and Medicaid transformation. To get around the impasse over the vetoed budget, the legislature has passed a slew of stand-alone budget bills addressing specific areas. Most significantly, bills giving pay raises to various state employees were passed and signed by Governor Cooper because both the vetoed budget and the Governor’s proposed compromise budget agree on these pay raises. However, the two budgets do not agree on pay raises for teachers. The bill dealing with teacher pay raises was sent back to committee because Democrats had prepared ten amendments. Republicans did not want recorded votes against these proposed amendments. This summary by Rep. Marcia Morey of Durham nicely sums up the situation:
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Stories are powerful. Filmmaker Rebecca Cerese captured stories from people around the state who are caught in the health care coverage gap. She shared some stories on film and some she told. One of Rebecca’s storytellers came in person and her story of her daughter was heartbreaking.
Watching one of the stories Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga
Equal Means Equal is a groundbreaking film on women’s rights.
Learn about the true status of women and girls in the United States. This documentary follows Kamala Lopez as she journeys across the country to learn what women think about their lives, and how or if they want them to change. The interviews tell the stories of four generations of American women grappling with the status of their rights, the issues they face and how these have impacted our society. Lopez talks with women from the well-known, such as actress Patricia Arquette, and legendary feminist Gloria Steinem, to the unknown, including gang girls and hotel maids, to find out how being female impacts daily life, whether economically, politically or socially.
The film runs 90 minutes. Afterward, there will be time for discussion. You will want to discuss!
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North Carolina NOW Legislative Update—August 26, 2019
Jump to the full summary and listing of bills NC NOW is tracking at NC NOW Legislative Update #26 (26Aug19).
Billboards Supporting the Equal Rights Amendment Unveiled in Press Conference
Senator Terry Van Duyn, Marena Groll, Gailya Paliga, Lori Bunton in in back with ERA sign, Senator Floyd McKissick, Jane Terwilliger, Rep. Julie von Haefen, Rep. Susan Fisher. Photo Credit: Senator Floyd McKissick
North Carolina NOW, in partnership with AAUW and the ERA-NC Alliance, held a press conference at the legislature on August 22 to launch our statewide campaign to raise awareness of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Four billboards calling for the ratification of the ERA have been installed statewide.