North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #12
19 April 2021
Black Maternal Health Week was observed in North Carolina with the introduction of Senate Bill 632,/House Bill 507, the North Carolina Momnibus Act, that targets the Black maternal health crisis in the state and addresses the gaps in reproductive health care during the pandemic. The maternal death rate is especially high in North Carolina. We rank 30th out of the 50 states. Nationally Black women are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues than white or Hispanic women. The United States has the highest maternal death rate of all the Western democracies, and, most alarmingly, the rate has been rising.
Here are some recent articles that may interest you on the topics of a military #metoo movement, murder of Breonna Taylor, how Campus Rape is now easier to get away with due to bad changes to rules of Title IX, how Covid-19 is Seriously Impacting Women’s Reproductive Health, and more.
Campus Rape Now Easier
You may have missed this one on what Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has done for campus rapists and how she’s changed Title IX rules. Title IX is the federal law which protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Anna Lynch writes, “How did the Department of Education become a protection racket for college campus abusers? Let’s break it down from the beginning.” See
“The Department of Education is a Protection Racket,” 8/5/20.
Posted in #MeToo, #VanessaGuillen, Black Lives Matter, Campus Rape, Military, Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Supreme Court, Title X
Tagged #MeToo, #VanessaGuillen, abortion, Black Lives Matter, Campus Rape, Military, Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Supreme Court, Title IX
The tragic murder of George Floyd and the murders of numerous other men, women and children of color at the hands of the police and citizen vigilantes makes clear that we live in a system of white supremacy. North Carolina NOW (National Organization for Women) and its affiliate chapters stand with the NAACP, Black Lives Matter, Say Her Name, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and other organizations and movements demanding racial justice. To remain silent is to be complicit in the continuation of systemic racism.
Raleigh, NC, 5/30/20. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga
Posted in Black Lives Matter, march, police brutality, racial justice, rally, Say Her Name
Tagged Black Lives Matter, march, police brutality, racial justice, rally, Say Her Name