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Durham, First Human and Women’s Rights City in North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From: NC Coalition For CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women)
CONTACTS:
Melissa Peters,
www.womennc.org, melissa.peters@womennc.org
Gailya Paliga, www.northcarolinanow.org, president@raleighnow.org

Durham, First Human and Women’s Rights City in North Carolina

Raleigh, NC, 8/5/18 – The Durham City Council passed a resolution endorsing the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) unanimously on August 6, 2018 in their general meeting. ”Passage of this resolution reflects a strong commitment to improving women’s human rights in Durham,” said Beth Dehghan, President of WomenNC.

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A New Horizon Is Coming – Fayetteville Women’s Rally, 1/20/18

Fayetteville Chapter of NOW is sponsoring a Women’s Rally, on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at 1pm at the Downtown Market House in Fayetteville, North Carolina. 

We are commemorating the anniversary of last year’s historic Women’s March on Washington (2017), and more importantly, we are celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court Decision Roe v Wade (January 22, 1973).  It’s that historic ruling that declared women’s right to privacy, afforded via the 14th amendment (due process), extends and affords women the right to have an abortion.

Additionally, we ask women who believe and realize that they can make a difference to stand with us, to join us.  It will be the women (and the men who support us) working to dismantle the barriers that create the following.

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Domestic Violence Awareness Event, Press Release from Fayetteville NOW

Fayetteville NOW’s Press Release on upcoming Domestic Violence Awareness Event on Dec 2, 2017.

Wreath and grave at 2016 memorial service for DV victim Beryl Mitchell.

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Fayetteville NOW: 2017 Annual Wreath Laying Honoring Past DV Victim

In 1974 Beryl Mitchell was murdered in Fayetteville by her active duty military husband. They had two young children. Until nine years ago her grave had no headstone. Then her daughter, Christine Horne returned to Fayetteville to dedicate a headstone for Beryl’s grave. At that time, some members of Fayetteville NOW (National Organization for Women) vowed to lay a wreath
on her grave each year in her memory.

Here are the specifics for the 2017 wreath-laying ceremony.
Date: Saturday, Dec 2, 2017
Time: 11am
Place: Lafayette Memorial Park and Mausoleum, 2301 Ramsey Street

Wreath and sign from 2016 wreath laying ceremony Photo Credit: Fay. NOW

Unfortunately Beryl Mitchell is not alone as a victim of domestic violence. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in the US,

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Stop the Assaults, Stop The Violence, #MeToo Event and Action

The President of NC National Organization for Women, Gailya Paliga, led #TuesdaysWithTillis on Nov 14, 2017, with the theme of “Stop the Violence, Stop the Assault/#MeToo.” It was chilly outside, but 45 people and 2 dogs protested anyway. This was Week #43 of the Tuesdays With Tillis protests and still going strong. The next week’s theme (11/21/17)  is DACA/Dreamers.

Sept 13, 2017 was the 23rd anniversary of the passage of VAWA, which is severely threatened with Donald Trump (who bragged about committing sexual assault) in office. The VAWA bill is gender-neutral and includes funding for rape crisis centers and hotlines, services for victims with disabilities, legal aide for survivors, and more.

Senator Richard Burr voted against reauthorizing VAWA in 2012, and Senator Thom Tillis isn’t on record yet. 

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Fayetteville NOW Domestic Violence Awareness Event – 12/3/16

Fayetteville NOW does an annual wreath-laying ceremony to promote better awareness of domestic violence.  This is the eighth year that Fayetteville NOW has done this ceremony and lays a wreath on the grave where domestic violence victim Beryl Mitchell is buried. In 1974, Mitchell was murdered by her husband, who was later convicted of the crime. Mitchell’s daughter has attended ceremonies in the past.

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Fayetteville NOW group at wreath laying ceremony, 12/3/16. Photo Credit: Roberta Waddle

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Women remember what happened in 2013!

It is hard to comprehend how much damage NC’s Conservative lawmakers did during the 2013 legislative session. The war on women may not have been what the NC General Assembly (NCGA) intended, but a war on women has been waged! The NCGA has dismantled much of women’s rights progress of the last 50 years! Women are especially hurt by 1) new laws 2) tax changes 3) new budget. We talked about the budget, which turns out to be MUCH WORSE than even the NCGA expected, with a $445 million shortfall by June 30, 2014. Read more in “Show Me The Money,” last post.
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**Huge economic losses**

The worst economic decisions (before the budget) were made early (Feb/Mar 2013). Federal programs were cut without regard to NC citizens. By March, the two most economically devastating bills were signed into law.

  1. refusal to expand Medicaid
  2. refusing federal emergency unemployment benefit and slashing benefits for the newly unemployed.
These are both particularly hard on women.
* Refusing to expand Medicaid hurts women on all fronts. Many of the 500,000 NC residents that won’t be covered are women earning low income. Many of the 18,000-25,000 jobs that Medicaid expansion would have brought would go to women in the health care field. The money from having health care coverage, and more jobs would have bolstered economies across NC. Instead, the working poor can’t afford health care, NC lost out $2 BILLION in 2013 alone (Washington Post), and NC lost out on tens of thousands of new jobs. In addition, rural clinics and hospitals are under extreme financial strain and may close.
* Unemployment Insurance – $700 million in federal money was rejected. Plus, they slashed unemployment benefits by fully one-third. But there was a further zinger for women – they eliminated a family hardship provision that directly affects caregivers – most are women.

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