Tag Archives: Courts

Protest for Special Prosecutor NOW! (5/12/17)

Justice requires a special prosecutor to investigate Russian interference in our election and potential illegal actions by current administration. Senators Burr and Tillis are in downtown Raleigh at the Sheraton Raleigh on Fayetteville at a ‘conservative’ event.

PROTESTS ARE HAPPENING NOW! Friday, May 12, 2017. Go join them if you can. As per upcoming events post – protests were planned (permit covers) from 11:30am to 9pm. Press Conference at 4pm – BE THERE AT 3:30PM.

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NC NOW Legislative Update #12 – vetoes, ERA is HOT topic!

23 April 2017

This Week

Governor Cooper vetoed two bills.  House Bill 239 would reduce the number of appeals court judges from 15 to 12.  It was prompted by three Republican judges nearing mandatory retirement age.  If the number of seats were not reduced, the Governor would be able to make appointments to fill the vacant seats.  In his veto message, Cooper noted that this move is a partisan attempt to pack the appeals court with Republican judges.  The legislature is expected to override the veto, just as it overrode the veto of a bill requiring party labels on all judicial races.  Clearly, our state courts at all levels are being politicized.

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The Governor also vetoed Senate Bill 68, which altered the party affiliation of both state and local election boards. 

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Why nominee Neil Gorsuch is bad for the US Supreme Court

Please join some of NC’s progressive organizations as we speak out against Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Monday, March 20, at 11am, at 310 New Bern Ave, in front of Senator Thom Tillis’ office. See the facebook event for “Media event: Progressives speak out against Neil Gorsuch” at https://www.facebook.com/events/143022306221621/
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NOW Urges that Senator(s) filibuster the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch and, should a filibuster fail, vote “no”.
Main issues described in NOW’s brief.
  1. Republicans do not deserve control of this stolen seat.
  2. Gorsuch has a history of hostility toward all kinds of regular and disadvantaged people seeking protections from the privileged and the powerful.
  3. He tends to rule for billionaire donors and big corporations.
  4. He has a frightening willingness to limit women’s access to health care.
  5. He is extremely anti-abortion based on his writings.

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NC Legislative Update #6 – 3/12/17

NC NOW legislative update #6 includes damage from the Trump administration’s new interpretation of Title IX, lawsuit updates, and bill tracking.

This Week

In light of the Trump administration’s new interpretation that Title IX does not allow transgender people to use the restroom consistent with their gender identity, the U. S. Supreme Court refused to hear the Virginia case concerning this issue.  The case was sent back to the lower court for reconsideration in light of the Trump administration’s new rule.  This non-decision will have the effect of making transgender bathroom rights a state-by-state issue.  The issues can still be challenged in federal court on constitutional grounds, but losing Title IX is a serious blow to framing a successful lawsuit.  The constitutionality of the new interpretation of Title IX could be challenged, but no suit on these grounds has been filed.  This refusal of the Supreme Court to rule in this case will impact both the North Carolina lawsuits and the effort to repeal HB2.  For more details, see:  http://www.newsobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article136866748.html

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Another “Special Session” Ambush, 3 Actions To Take

Shocking power grab from the Republicans already in charge of both sides of the NC General Assembly, being carried out during a fourth special session they called with no emergencies to address. They are using this fourth session to further their own agendas, in this case for a massive partisan power grab of the Governor-elect’s powers and interference with historic privileges associated with that position. This session is in many ways like the one that brought us HB 2, the bathroom law, which also took away state law remedies to discrimination and interfered with existing local ordinances. Read about what is happening and three actions you can take.

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Small part of citizens with signs in Senate Gallery on Dec 13, 2016. Photo credit: Gailya Paliga

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Take Action On Special Session NOW!

We can’t afford another HB 2 disaster. Few people realize the other damage it continues to do, including the harm HB 2 does to women. Take action NOW to tell YOUR REPS to keep the special session focused on disaster relief. Oppose the partisan power grab (especially of NC Supreme Court) and any other interference in our state. Join Moral Monday at Legislature on 12/13/16 and maybe other days as well. This session may last a few days.

These actions with details were sent via mailchimp email to members of NC NOW and others on our email list. To get on the list, fill in volunteer info on the NC NOW website.

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Moral Monday at the NC Legislative Building from Feb 16, 2014. Photo Credit: Vicki Boyer

Two things to do NOW, the first can be done from anywhere –

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Newsletter available online – Oct/Nov 2016

NC NOW Newsletter for October/November 2016 is available online.  What are some of the topics covered in it?

What do we do now (after the election)?

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We celebrated NOW’s 50th anniversary and this historic time in US history of a woman running for president, and running as the candidate with the absolute most experience of the bunch. More on page 3.

We find seeing is believing—video of Senator Burr’s shocking comments made at a GOP event propel him into the spotlight. Note: be sure to mail any exposing videos to CNN! More on page 2.

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Finally women are credited for being angry about injustice!

Finally it seems women are credited for being angry about injustice, rather than vilified for it.

Cases dramatized in a new and better light: Marcia Clark’s role as lead prosecutor in 1995 O.J. Simpson case and Anita Hill testifying about sexual harassment by Supreme Court Justice nominee Clarence Thomas.

“Anita Hill, a law professor once discredited for testifying against then-Supreme Court Justice nominee Clarence Thomas, has made a comeback as a fearless example of truth and conviction in HBO’s “Confirmation” starring Kerry Washington.”

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When Marcia Clark was interviewed by Larry King about “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” she said, “They got the big issue so right that it’s painful to watch.”

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NC NOW Chapter meetings this week

Asheville NOW: on Sunday, July 10, at 3pm

Another roundtable on Sunday, July 10th at 3pm, at Mother Grove Temple which is located at 70 Woodfin Place Suite 1. Going east on 240, take the Charlotte St exit. At the top of the ramp go straight across Charlotte St. The building in the first on the left. Park near the dumpsters and go to the lower level. We’ll return to the YWCA in September (they’re closed for the summer). We had a terrific discussion at the last meeting and we want your voice at the table next time! 

Next Asheville NOW meeting is Sunday, August 14 at 3PM. Location TBA. Meeting will including Asheville NOW’s Cynthia Drew’s comments on her national NOW conference experience.

Asheville NOW’s facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/groups/180558405310992/

Charlotte NOW: Tues., July 12th: 6-8 pm

Meet at the Morrison Library (7015 Morrison Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28211).

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NC NOW May to July newsletter available online!

There is a lot going on with the fallout from the law known as HB 2 continuing to batter NC, the second primary that was Jun 7, the NCGA trying to change so much during the short session, protests at the legislature, continued stonewalling of African American women for federal positions (by Senator Richard Burr), teachers in the streets! Read about some of it in the NC NOW newsletter May-June 2016.

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The newsletter mentions to tragic mass shooting that happened at a gay nightclub at 2am on June 12, 2016, in Orlando, FL. A gunman “carried out the worst mass shooting in United States history, leaving 50 people dead and 53 wounded.” It does not include the Charleston 9 hate crime shooting that was the following week (after the newsletter was published). On Jun 18, 2016, nine people were murdered at a historic African-American Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where they were doing bible study. The victims included the female pastor and a Democratic Senator, also female. These two hate crimes happened within a week of each other, both in the Southeastern US.

Also read about how you can get involved. Note that chapter meetings are listed on front page of the newsletter.

Special treat: the Wisdom from the Internet on page 5.