Domestic Violence (DV) activist and educator Kit Gruelle shares a deeply disturbing fact – the most dangerous place for a woman in America is her own home. Domestic violence crimes account for 40% of all calls to police and only half of the domestic violence incidences are reported. Across America, at least four women, on average, are murdered by abusive partners every day.
Acts of domestic violence go largely unreported because the victims are afraid of violent retaliation from their partners. Victims of domestic violence should be heard without fear for their or their loved one’s lives.
NC NOW (National Organization for Women), SAFE Transylvania, and Progress NC have come together to bring community awareness to this very real problem.
Rally to Stop Kavanaugh, Urge Senator Tillis to Vote NO
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From: NC National Organization for Women, NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina, Action-NC
Gailya Paliga, http://www.northcarolinanow.org, president at raleighnow.org
Lynne Walter, https://prochoicenc.org/, lynne at prochoicenc.org
Kevin Rogers, http://www.actionnc.org/, kevin at actionnc.org
Raleigh, NC, 9/26/18 – Local leaders and advocates will gather outside Senator Tillis’ office on Thursday, September 27th at 9:30 am to protest the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Following the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford about Kavanaugh’s past sexual misconduct and claims by two additional women who have stepped forward with similar stories, local constituents will urge Senator Tillis to immediately signal opposition to the Supreme Court nominee and reject his confirmation to the Supreme Court.
The first day of the Senate Confirmation Hearings on nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh were like a three ring circus. Democrats protested loudly that most of Kavanaugh’s work records had not been released to them. Senators and protesters took turns interrupting the event – all with good reason. Including that “hours before Kavanaugh nomination hearings, Bush lawyer releases 42,000 pages of documents to Judiciary Committee!“
Multiple media sources ran articles and video with the same title in print – “Chaos marks start of Kavanaugh hearings!” 9/4/18, Washington Post. Online longer titles were used, like “Partisan fury bursts into the open as Kavanaugh hearings begin.” But it wasn’t only Democratic Senators who were trying to delay the hearing to make for a fairer and more informed process. Most of the protesters were women. The same article said, “The protesters, who were predominantly women, repeatedly heckled the senators and Kavanaugh, arguing that installing Trump’s second pick to the Supreme Court would irreparably end access to abortion and dismantle the Affordable Care Act.”
My favorite summary of Day One is two women reviewing it on Rewired.com at “Boom! Lawyered: Kavanaugh Hearing, Day One—Changing the Rules.”
Regrouping after the walking and chanting phase, getting ready for another set of speakers. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga
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The threat to overturn the historic Roe v Wade decision, as well as threat to women’s basic health care in general, has increased since the election of 45, the nominations of both Neil Gorsuch (now seated on SCOTUS, Supreme Court Of The United States) and Brett Kavanaugh. We must stand firm and fight for the preservation of reproductive rights and the sanctity of #SCOTUS. Make plans to attend any town hall meetings near you to show your support for Roe and SCOTUS. These town halls are hosted by Progress North Carolina, NC NOW, Naral Pro-choice North Carolina, Equality NC, Action NC and more organizations.
Update on 8/22/18: the Triad #SaveScotus event is being rescheduled from 8/23/18 to 8/29/18.
Senator Thom Tillis is sending out emails asking constituents to sign a petition in support of #SCOTUS nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh! Tillis sent out at least two emails about this petition already – one last Friday (the 13th) and one on 7/16/18, the same day of Trump’s #TreasonSummit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. Read more about Kavanaugh and take action here.
The truth is that Kavanaugh has made some very shocking rulings and has very surprising ideas (like that a sitting president is above the law). You can read this two page summary from Yale Law Students, Alumni, and Educators Regarding Brett Kavanaugh’s previous rulings, and the original letter with signatures is on googledoc here. (I know not everyone can access googledocs.) The Yale letter summarizes itself as follows.
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NC may have the most untested rape kits in the nation (15,160 reported from 92% of law enforcement agency reports submitted). It is clear that too many rape kits are going unprocessed in NC and the NC General Assembly is not providing money to test or to track them, even in the face of this astounding backlog. It is also significant that none were reported from any universities (according to the report from Attorney General Josh Stein’s office). But when rapes are reported in NC, the state is falling down on the job – not processing the evidence and actually sometimes throwing away the evidence. Ignoring the evidence causes more damage in the long run, allowing rapists to run amok in NC and move on to other states. And there are many advantages of testing them as soon as possible.
“Every $1 spent on the analysis of a kit returns $81 from averted future assaults.”
The 81 to 1 savings is according to an article reviewing the research of two Stanford University professors published “Analyzing approaches to the backlog of untested sexual assault kits in the USA,” 3/5/18, Journal of Forensic Science. The article also states that the $81 may be a conservative estimate and it could go as high as $3,000 for every $1 spent. The professors estimate that there are around 400,000 untested sexual assault kits in the backlog in the U.S.A.
Sexual Assault Kits on display at NC NOW State Conference in 2017. Photo Credit: Catherine Evangelista
Their reviews of police data for jailed perpetrators suggest that the average number of assault victims per assailant is around 26. The cost of testing a kit ranges from $700 to $1500.
Even just the titles of the listed articles give you an idea how terrible this state budget is. This is the state budget for which the NCGA leadership subverted the process so there can be no amendments or discussion on it. NC NOW Vice President of Legislation Robin Davis described how this was done and why in the NC NOW Legislative Update for the Short Session #2. When she wrote it, most people, including Democratic lawmakers, had not even seen the budget yet! Now more people have seen it and many are angry and upset! These articles explain a few of the major issues being discovered in this budget that was written behind closed doors, and delve in if you dare!
There have been some amazingly scathing articles on the legislative leadership (Senator Phil Berger & Rep. Tim Moore) circumventing the normal budget process. Berger and Moore and their buddies are shutting out the voices of citizens and other lawmakers. Here are 2 of my favorites.
Rally on “Real Money For Fake Women’s Clinics”. Photo Credit: Michael Eisenberg
“Cut from the NC budget: Democracy,” News and Observer, 5/26/18, at http://www.newsobserver.com/article211879774.html.
Posted in abortion, budget, CPC, do your job, health care, planned parenthood, public education, Rape, state budget issues, tax giveaways, teachers, violence against women, women
Tagged abortion, CPC, crisis pregnancy centers, do your job, public education, rape kits, state budget, suicide, teachers, women
First and foremost, the NCGA Short Session budget machinations. “The Republican leadership has devised a plan to pass their budget bill without going through the normal appropriations process and blocking any amendments. ” And some response to this underhanded and hypocritical move, including an action you can take.
See more at North_Carolina_NOW_Legislative_Update_Short_Session_2.28_May_2018
“I am 28 years old and my mom is still buying my school supplies!” On orange sign.
Indictments are disqualifying
I have followed Senator Burr’s refusal to allow a hearing to fill the long-vacant seat on the Eastern NC District Court. Senator Burr denied the chance of a Senate hearing to fill the position from two highly-qualified female African-American nominees for that important position.
Retired NC Supreme Court Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson has held important federal positions as well. Photo Credit: CSPAN
Yet when North Carolina’s chief defender of voter suppression was nominated by President Trump, both of our NC Senators, Senator Burr and Senator Tillis, approved this man’s nomination without hesitation. This is wrong. Federal Prosecutor Jennifer May-Parker and Retired NC Supreme Court Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson should have gotten their chances first, and actually May-Parker should have gotten her hearing years ago, before this vacancy became an emergency. May-Parker had been recommended by Senator Burr in the first place. Timmons-Goodson was blocked by Senator Burr when the judicial position had been vacant for 10 years!
I am offended that President Trump nominated Thomas Farr, the chief private attorney who defended North Carolina redistricting maps and a voter identification law authored by Republican state legislators that got struck down. Farr is much less qualified than Federal Prosecutor Jennifer May-Parker and Retired NC Supreme Court Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson.
Now there is a move to rush more of President Trump’s judicial appointments through. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictments of key Trump associates demands that all action to confirm Trump nominees must cease until the investigation is complete. The chance that the sitting president will be charged with conspiracy against this nation is too great to comply with. He must not be allowed to appoint the judges who will impact our law for generations. Stop the confirmation process now.
President, NC National Organization of Women
On October 3, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a 20-week abortion ban— a major effort to limit access to abortion on a federal and state level. As the bill moves to the U.S. Senate, we can take action to stop it! Reproductive rights are under attack, let’s raise our voices NOW to stop abortion bans. Below are action steps to #StoptheBans, because we want #NoAbortionBan.
First, contact your US Senators Burr and Tillis and demanding they vote “NO” on the 20 Week Abortion Ban. Take the first action at National NOW Actions, and it will route emails to your Senators and also gives you their phone numbers. That is at http://bit.ly/2xeESPX!
But we can do more! Get samples of what you can say, email, text and tweet, at Take Action on 20 Week Abortion Ban.
Some of the messages and tweets you can use, from Take Action on 20 Week Abortion Ban follow!