The ERA billboards that were posted around North Carolina last year are still true – 4.2 million women live in North Carolina. Zero have equal rights.
Counting girls as well as women, the statement becomes “5.2 million women and girls live in NC. Zero have equal rights.”
Thanks to women in Virginia, 38 of 38 states needed have ratified the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) as of January 2020, and there have been developments on a few fronts. Here is a review and an update on what is happening now. For more about why we need ERA, see Simple Justice, Long Overdue.
ERA Billboard Unveiling to Launch Women’s Equal Rights Campaign. This push in advance of Constitution Day (9/17/19) underscores the need for Equal Rights Amendment. “We are very excited about the new billboards,” said Gailya Paliga, president of NC NOW. “We hope they spark interest in the ERA as a fundamental legal remedy against sex discrimination for women and men.”
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Turnout was great at the events surrounding the lame duck special session called by the NC Legislature months ago in anticipation of being able to implement some or all of the constitutional amendments they created. Many organizations worked together to expose what they are doing with a press conference on 11/27/18, at 10:45am, and then moving people into the galleries of the NC House and NC Senate. The NC House and Senate sessions were supposed to begin at noon. After the later session, many people gathered in between the two galleries, where Rev. Dr. Spearman of the NAACP spoke, and then we sang together. Some people helped put up tents outside on Halifax Mall and got a chance to eat before a press conference at 1:45 pm to expose the continued terrible conditions some of the Hurricane Florence survivors still face. As Rev. Barber said during the first press conference, the only thing the special session should address is Hurricane Florence recovery. Here are some pictures and descriptions of the day. Also see the video and article at the News and Observer here.
All of the NC House gallery seats are full, and latecomers are forced to stand. First day of lame duck special session, 11/27/18. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga
Meanwhile, the new voter ID bill is moving fast through Legislature.
The NC Legislature called this special session months ago in anticipation of being able to implement some or all of the constitutional amendments. Many organizations are working together to expose what they are doing. Events are planned in and around the Legislative Building at 16 W. Jones St on Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018. Please come to some or all if you can, or just come to witness the legislature’s actions, and make sure they know we care and are watching.
August 2018 protest of constitutional amendments and yet another special session at Legislative Building in Raleigh.
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Four of the six constitutional amendments passed in the 2018 midterm elections in North Carolina (11/6/18). Thank goodness, the two explicit power-grabbing amendments failed. As you may remember, NC NOW could not endorse any of the amendments since they were basically blank checks for the legislature to implement whatever they want, and also because they were passed with no public input or expert testimony. We had a statement to this effect on our endorsement flier, also found here at the bottom of the yellow page.
The NC legislature convenes a special session on Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018, to implement the constitutional amendments like voter id in the last few weeks of the Republican supermajority.
As NC Policy Watch wrote in “NC voters pass 4 constitutional amendments; lame-duck session looming,” 11/7/18, NC Policy Watch,
“North Carolina voters wrote four blank checks [on 11/6/18] to GOP lawmakers who already said they plan to hold a lame-duck legislative session to implement constitutional amendments.”
Photo Credit: Jacalyn Engler
These are some things we can do to try to block some of the damage.
The farther down the ballot an office is, the fewer the number of votes that will be cast for it. This is called “ballot fatigue. NC’s 2018 general election, the ballot is 2 pages long (the ones I have seen, anyway). It is common for people who go to the polls not to vote for every contested position or proposed initiative. The difference between how many people go to the polls and how many actually vote on a specific issue or candidate is called voter falloff. For example, if a million voters cast ballots for president, but only 200,000 are cast for supreme court justice, then the falloff is 800,000 or 80%. The level of falloff varies from race to race and issue to issue.
Random Sample Ballot from the 2018 general election. See how Judicial Offices are at the end of the partisan offices. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga
Write your representatives and the NCGA leaders and tell them NOT to override Governor Cooper’s vetoes. Read more about the situation with the #NCGA interference in the constitutional amendment captions and the NC Supreme Court election at “Tell the NCGA to stop their dirty tricks. #NixAllSix! 8/4/18.” See how to contact them and get an idea of what you could say here.
#NixAllSix and #SHAME signs – the right size for the galleries. Photo Credit: Arsidez Leon
Here is a polite version of a letter to use verbatim or as an example. Also see here where to look up your current state representatives too (not the ones in the November election). You are welcome to edit and use your own words. If you write them, it is likely their office will respond. If you call, less so.
This is the beginning of NC NOW’s 6th legislative update for the 2018 Short Session. The whole update includes summaries on constitutional amendments, further restrictions on early voting, and judicial redistricting, as well as ERA actions and bill tracking. The legislative updates are written by NC NOW VP of Legislation, Robin Davis.
As many as four proposed amendments to the North Carolina constitution could be on the ballot this fall. All of the proposed amendments are designed to appeal to the Republican base in hopes that they will increase conservative voter turnout. For an overview, see: http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2018/06/22/round-up-ncga-discusses-four-constitutional-amendments-hunting-and-fishing-voter-id-victims-rights-legislative-appointment-of-judges/
Attorney Aylett Colston organized an event at Bicentennial Mall in Raleigh at which people spoke out against voter id and voter suppression. Photo Credit: Phil Fonville
VOTER ID/STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
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