Welcome the new year with hope and ACTIVISM! Here are some events planned for January 2018.
We have 3 actions to take on national issues. Oppose the House Budget which slashes trillions of dollars from healthcare, food and income assistance, education and more. Oppose HR 38 – giving domestic violence offenders the right to stalk and kill their intimate partners across state lines! Oppose HR 36 – another abortion ban.
The NC Budget is bad for women and the state. This budget intensifies the attack on women’s reproductive rights by appropriating $2.6 million to crisis pregnancy centers over a two-year period. It discontinues health care benefits for retired state workers and teachers. It removes a major benefit of working for the state – state employees (including teachers) hired after January 2021 will no longer receive health insurance benefits. In addition, this budget continues the disturbing practice of including policy that has never voted on in the budget. In general, the Republican policy of tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy along with cuts to programs that benefit low income citizens continues in this budget.
The NC NOW Legislative Update #2 talks about lawsuits in process, what the NC Legislature did during its first half week back in session, and what we may expect.
A multiracial, multi-religious, and multi-generational grassroots group of women are planning a Women’s March on Raleigh (WMOR). We are giving voice to thousands of women, connecting them with existing organizations. This is also a solidarity event with the Women’s March on Washington, also taking place January 21st, 2017. Families are welcome! Please join us!
Please join us at our annual state conference. This year we feature North Carolina State Auditor Beth Wood as our keynote speaker. Learn about ‘the female effect’ and also how things were for women in 1966, when NOW was founded. How are women doing now? And what can we do now? Join us in Raleigh this year!
NC NOW newsletter for May to July, 2016, is available online. So much going on! HB 2 fallout, how to get involved, teachers in the street! The picture is from the ERA-NC Alliance launch in April.
Although the NC House and Senate budgets both claim to give raises to teachers, they speed up their siphoning of taxpayer money from public schools at a frightening rate.
Teachers and advocates put forth great effort to voice needs for students, for other teachers, teacher assistants and staff, and for public education in general. There was a 2 day trek to Raleigh, an advocacy day, a press conference, a failed attempt to meet with the Governor, and a big arrest.
Instead of funding desperately needed 2 percent raises for state employees and a cost-of-living increase for retirees, the NC Senate budget continues diverting almost $600 million to a rainy day fund, which is too much money considering we are starving our public schools. Action options here.