8/24/17 – NC NOW Newsletter for Jul/Aug 2017
June and July were full of serious threats to healthcare via slashing or repealing ACA, both from Trump and Congress. 70% of adults on Medicaid are women. 75 million Americans depend on it. Read about how those bills target women more than you may know—on pg 4.
Read about other events in June & July and an action to take on pg 2. The Feminist 5K was a great success. The Young Feminist Committee of Fayetteville NOW’s held its first event on Jul 1. The second is planned for Sep. 2.
Tuesdays with Tillis protest at Federal Building at 310 New Bern Ave. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga
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We attended another ‘Tuesdays with Tillis’ protest at the Federal Building in Raleigh on Tuesday, 8/22/17. At least 45 people were there. People have been protesting there every week since the inauguration in January. The size of the group varies, but 7 months later – these weekly protests are going strong.
It was fascinating to hear that the building security guards think we, this weekly group of protesters, hate the government. Somehow they don’t understand that we want and expect Senator Tillis to talk to us, talk to all of his constituents. This is his job. One of the ladies went before the protest to use the bathroom in there and that is what she found out in conversation with a guard.
How do they get such a wrong message? They may hear some of our speeches, but certainly they can see the signs. Our signs are not anti-government signs. Calling out Senator Tillis, some of them. But not anti-government. And most are on issues we want to discuss with him. Or telling him to do his job. These protests focus on a different issue every week.
Fight back outrageous attacks on Secretary of State, Elaine Marshall. It’s more than intimidation – it’s a witch hunt. NC’s House of Representatives has done some terrible things since 2011, but this is a new level. On June 28th, up pops a new bill – House Bill 925 – Creation of House Select Investigatory Committee, introduced by Rep. Chris Millis. Millis and the House leadership are trying to impeach an outstanding public servant on unsubstantiated charges. As PoliticsNC wrote, “The House Rules Committee voted to begin an investigation into allegations that Marshall illegally commissioned notaries of public who are not citizens. It’s nothing more than political bluster that was debunked during her re-election campaign last year. No state or federal law enforcement agency has suggested any wrong-doing on Marshall’s part.”
NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall Photo Credit: elainemarshall.com
The Wheel of Misfortune was the coolest feature of the last “Tuesdays with Tillis” protest. Citizens have been protesting in front of Senator Thom Tillis’ office in Raleigh every Tuesday for a few months at this point, but the protest really grew on 6/27/17. It was expanded with energy of some other groups – Protecting Progress In Durham and Progress North Carolina Action among others. The message was to tell Senator Thom Tillis to vote NO on any “healthcare” bill that takes away coverage from anybody.
About 160 people went to protest at the Federal Building where Senator Thom Tillis has his Raleigh office, 310 New Bern Ave, in Raleigh. 160 people!
Big Crowd, Federal Building on right Photo Credit: Stacie Borrello
The event had multiple parts. In the beginning was the regular Tuesdays With Tillis program – gathering, and marching in protest. Lots of great signs.
Sign Collage and crutches Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga
NC NOW is working together with League of Women Voters of Wake County, the ACLU-NC and Paula Wolf on a second presentation of Advocacy 101 training. Learn or review some basic skills for the Citizen Advocate with us on Tuesday, March 28, at the NCAE building in Raleigh. The “Do Your Job” theme must be reinforced with all levels of elected officials, especially Legislators (NC House and Senate), and Congress (US House and Senate). Click on the flyer below to get tickets or go directly to eventbrite.
Note: the first Advocacy 101 event we held filled up in the first 3 days it was posted (filled up in January for showing on 2/16/17)!
Now that women (and men) have found their voices, we need to use them to influence the future of the United States at the hands of the new administration. We need to let everyone know that it wasn’t an isolated event! We need to keep pressure on Congress and the US Senate.
Women’s March On Raleigh, 1/21/17. Photo Credit: Ashley P.
House and Senate Republicans are going on a joint “retreat” this Wednesday (1/25/17) to Friday (1./27/17) “to sort our their priorities ” and they need to hear from you a.s.a.p. Send them off to their party’s discussions reeling from the calls to their DC and state offices.
Are you worried about health care and need to keep Obamacare in place? Read So What Would Happen If We Repealed Obamacare, The Hill, 1/4/17, to give you some ideas why it matters.
Did you see the great investigative series in the News and Observer about the NC Dept of Labor NOT DOING ITS JOB??? Companies are making millions and refusing to pay their employees for the employees work in too many cases. And the NC Dept of Labor is doing almost nothing to fix this – even though THEY HAVE THE POWER.
We can pressure them to fix that. Take action now! Tell Cherie Berry: “Don’t let companies steal from their employees!” Tell her to DO HER JOB! This action makes it easy for you to send a letter asking NC Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry to uphold the law and make companies pay their workers!
Just the number from 2014 are shocking, as stated in the News and Observer article, “At NC Department of Labor, little help for unpaid workers.”
Wages investigators found $2.1 million to be owed to 1,521 North Carolina workers in fiscal year 2014.
Roughly 40 percent of the 1,521 workers didn’t get the help they requested. The NC Department of Labor investigators did not collect the $1 million for 617 of the 1,521 workers just in 2014.
See more in the News and Observer article – first in series – at http://media2.newsobserver.com/static/content/multimedia/projects/labor/labor01.html
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