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.
Fayetteville NOW has an on-going court watch program in which they observe mostly domestic violence cases. Fayetteville NOW Court Watchers are required to be NOW members, attend a training session and go to court with a NOW Court Watcher and submit a report to be certified. Once certified, we ask that watchers attend court at least once a month and submit a report afterwards.
Fayetteville NOW is offering a Court Watch Training on Wednesday, November 20, at 10:00 am at the Rape Crisis Center, 519 Ramsey Street. Fayetteville NOW offers the initial training to non-NOW members but to complete the process, trainees must be NOW Members.
Fayetteville NOW’s Cynthia Mixon Photo Credit: Pam Carver
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!
Posted in Child Abuse, civil rights, Courts, discrimination, documentaries, Equal Rights Amendment, ERA, gender wage gap, girls, health care, lower pay, male entitlement, poverty, racism, Rape, safety for women, sexism, sexual abuse, Sexual Assault, women, Women In Jail
Tagged Child Abuse, Courts, Equal Rights Amendment, ERA, girls, poverty, racism, Rape, sexism, sexual abuse. safety for women, Sexual Assault, Women In Jail
The treatment of immigrants and immigrant children is heartbreaking, and must be stopped. Children’s situations are reported in their own words, in “Children Inside Texas Detention Centers Describe Squalid Conditions” by the RollingStone, on 6/27/19. One child after another states how bad conditions are inside Texas detention camps.
Photo Credit: Stacie Borrello
Posted in Child Abuse, children, Courts, jail, pregnancy, prison, protest
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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
Many topics were covered at the 9/18/18 #StopKavanaugh protest, including the threat Kavanaugh poses to disabled people, his views and comments about Native Hawaiians’ rights, and the current status of Kavanaugh’s situation thanks to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation of sexual assault. This post includes links to the speeches on threats to disabled people and how the confirmation situation is in serious trouble. Speakers were at the Tuesdays With Tillis rally in front of Senator Thom Tillis’ office. Tillis is on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Chanting outside of Senator Tillis’ office in Raleigh. Photo Credit: Michael Eisenberg
Kavanaugh is a right-wing ideologue (it takes a special talent to see birth control as a form of abortion) whose confirmation would endanger health care, workers rights, women’s control of their own bodies, voting rights, consumer protection and more, for generations. He also sounds more like a Republican politician than a conservative judge, as Senator Dianne Feinstein said in her LA Times op-ed,”Why I’m voting ‘no’ on Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination.”
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.
Welcome the new year with hope and ACTIVISM!
1. Monday, January 1, 2018 – Celebrating 2017 as A Year Of Resistance in Wilmington
Women Organizing For Wilmington are celebrating “2017: A Year of Resistance” on Monday, Jan 1, 2018. 12 noon at 102 N. Third Street. Rain or Snow! More at https://www.facebook.com/events/944526919027672/.
2. Help with the planning of Women’s March Anniversary events around NC
Winston-Salem meets every Monday, Raleigh meets every Tuesday up to the Jan 20, 2018 marches. Contact organizers through the events. See event listing at Women’s March Anniversary Events (2018) in NC.
Posted in #MeToo, abortion, ACA, Courts, power grab, protest, public education, rally, reproductive rights, safety for women, voting, women
Tagged #MeToo, abortion, attacks on public education, Courts, protests, public education, rallies, women
The Equal Means Equal documentary is being shown in Smithfield, NC on December 4, 2017.
NC NOW President Gailya Paliga is speaking about the documentary and running a question and answer session after the screening of the film.
Date: Monday, Dec. 4, 2017
Place: Smithfield Library, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield NC
Room: Multipurpose Meeting Room, 2nd Floor
Posted in Cheated out of pay, Courts, discrimination, documentaries, domestic violence, Equal Rights Amendment, ERA, human trafficking, violence against women
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Women are guaranteed equal rights under the law, right? No?!!
Equal Means Equal is being shown on Friday, Nov 10, in NorthEast Raleigh. If you haven’t seen it yet, you really should see it. If you’ve only seen it once, you may want to see it again. It shows us the real situation of women in the United States. Very intense. We will discuss afterward.
Date: Friday, Nov. 10, 2017
Place: at the Universalist Unitarians Peace Fellowship at 4104 Watkins Rd, Raleigh, North Carolina 27616