Great Turnout at Protest for Vanessa Guillen in Raleigh on 7/25/20

Over 45 people attended the protest for justice for Vanessa Guillen at the State Capitol in Raleigh on 7/25/20, from 5pm-8pm. Here is a summary with pictures, one of the speeches, and a poem that was performed. This was one of 3 protests for Vanessa Guillen that I know about that day. We were flattened along the sidewalk due to fencing around the Capitol grounds.

Military Interference in Sexual Assault Case of Captain Erin Scanlon at Fort Bragg

Twists in a legal case of rape in the military at Fort Bragg clearly demonstrate that the U.S. Army still is failing in its responsibility to investigate and prosecute sexual harassment and assault charges from their members. The military at Fort Bragg interfered in Captain Erin Scanlon’s military sexual assault case in multiple ways, interfering with her support system and taking over the case. Months after her alleged rapist was acquitted, Scanlon filed a claim against the Army on grounds that her case was mishandled at Fort Bragg. The military denied the claim, citing the controversial Feres Doctrine. Since then, Scanlon has left the Army, and has become an outspoken advocate for military oversight. 

Push for VAWA on Denim Day, 4/29/20

The next NOW state presidents push: Denim Day 2020 on Apr 29. Denim Day is a campaign to get people to focus on Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This is an inspiring and powerful opportunity to practice solidarity and support survivors by renewing our commitment to exposing harmful behaviors and attitudes surrounding sexual violence. NOW state presidents are using this to push Congress to reauthorize VAWA, and thanking those who are already working for this. Continue reading

Online #MMIWGP Rally Agenda – 4/25/20

Please join us for the online Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and People (MMIWGP) rally scheduled for 4/25/20, from 10am-1pm. Emcee Crystal Cavelier, Founder of MMIW NC Coalition and Co- Organizer of March has provided an agenda. NC NOW is one of the cosponsors, and NC NOW President Gailya Paliga is one of the speakers. Find link to event and the agenda in this post.

Upcoming Events in Early 2020 with Fayetteville NOW

Please join Fayetteville NOW with any or all of the following events including a Roe v. Wade anniversary event on 1/13/20, an event on organizing against racism on 1/16/20, and the 21st annual Susan B. Anthony Birthday Reception event on 2/20/20.

Upcoming Fayetteville NOW Events – Dec. 2019 – Jan. 2020

Upcoming events with Fayetteville Chapter of NOW for December 2019 through January 2020.  Saturday December 7,  11:00 am, Lafayette Memorial Park, 2301 Ramsey Street.  Wreath Laying on the Grave of Beryl Mitchell – victim of Domestic Violence (DV).  To raise awareness of DV.  We’ll go to lunch afterwards.  Contact Roberta at rwaddle@nc.rr.com. Read about thisContinue reading “Upcoming Fayetteville NOW Events – Dec. 2019 – Jan. 2020”

De Pas: Shocking VAWA Statistics; US Senators, Do Your Job!

Shocking statistics on violence against women and men. Here are some improvements in reauthorization bill, which already passed the US House? Why is US Senate holding up reauthorization? We must hold Congress accountable.

Some Inspiring and Some Maddening Documentaries to See

Feminist documentaries to see, including “Seeing Allred” (about women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred), Equal Means Equal, RBG, Trapped, and more.

Owens: There Is No Cycle Of Abuse

Domestic Violence expert Julie Owens talks about how outdated the cycle theory of abuse is. People use the “Power and Control Wheel” graphic because we understand DV much, much better after decades of work with victims, and learning from them. Read more here.

NC NOW Legislative Update #12 – 22 April 2019

NC NOW Legislative Update #12 has some good news following bad news last week. Governor Cooper has vetoed an anti-abortion bill that was rushed through the legislature last week, and it will be difficult for Republican supporters to override it. Also, a judge ruled that Rev. William Barber can no longer be banned from the legislative building in time for the Teacher’s March and Rally on May 1. More bills were introduced, again, to fix longstanding problems in NC – Right to Revoke Consent (SB563) and one to handle sexual harassment involving legislators (HB817).