Last year in our pro-choice signature ad packet letter to legislators, NC NOW pointed out that HB2, Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act., has been a disaster for North Carolina. The state was already suffering the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in economic investments in our state and potentially billions in federal support to the state’s K-12 schools, colleges and universities. Yet, the law goes way beyond bathrooms and targeting a group of citizens. It removes core worker anti-discrimination protections that state law has provided to workers since the 1970s. It also targets women, whether intentional or not. When HB2 first happened, NC NOW recognized how disastrous HB 2 is for women. But it has been disastrous for the state as well.
And it just continues to cause massive losses. The majority in the NC Legislature don’t seem to care, they keep voting to leave it in place, refusing to repeal it. Just in one weekend in March, the city of Greensboro lost out on an estimated 14.5 MILLION DOLLARS because of House Bill 2! That estimate that the NCAA would have brought in around 14.5 million dollars is from the Greensboro Area Convention and Visitor Bureau.
From an anti-hb2 rally right after HB2 was passed on March 24, 2016.
The tens of thousands of people who should have gone to Greensboro for the NCAA tournament went to Greenville, South Carolina instead. According to ‘S.C. reaping HB2 Bounty‘, 3/15/17, News & Observer,
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 Read So What Would Happen If We Repealed Obamacare, The Hill, 1/4/17, to give you some ideas why it matters.
Not only is this cake beautiful, but it tasted amazingly good. I don’t even like cake much in general. But this beautiful cake, which sported the colors and the logo of the brand new ERA-NC Alliance group, was awesome!
Ketchie Creek Cake Photo Credit: Pat Sledge
It was served at the reception of our ERA-NC Alliance Launch event, “Why the ERA, Why NOW”? The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution that would expressly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex.
The launch event, which included a press conference, a panel discussion, and a reception, was to celebrate a coalition of women’s groups and individuals who are formally working together to get the Equal Rights Amendment passed. ERA-NC ALLIANCE is a non-partisan, lead organization of the National ERA Coalition. See the program and the lead organization for the launch event at ERA-NC Commissioning Program 4-12-2016v4
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Tagged attacks on public education, Economy, Equal Rights Amendment, racism, women
Here are some pictures from the press conference. See the diversity and the number of organizations represented. I am still hoping for a link to the speeches.
Speaker: Ajamu Dillahunt, Black Workers For Justice
Photo Credit: Markatos Photography
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Tagged Economy, health, Jobs, labor, safety, TPP, women
Join a coalition of over 40 organizations at Congressman Butterfield’s ‘State of the District Address’ to emphasize how harmful Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is to women and the 99%.
Our coalition of over 40 organizations (including NC NOW) has been trying to meet with Congressman BK Butterfield about TPP . So far, he has not agreed to meet on TPP with the coalition, nor has he met with people who live in his district. We’re taking this opportunity to show how important TPP is to so many people and organizations.
Picture of coalition at 2/4/16 press conference which was held underneath Rep. Butterfields office building. This was the turnout despite the rain!
Photo Credit: Markatos Photography
Meet at Durham Tech in Durham at 5:30 in front of the Educational Resources Center for an event that goes from 6-7p.m.
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Tagged collapse of communities, Economy, Jobs, labor, TPP, women
Economic security was one of the topics covered in the morning of NC NOW’s state conference on Oct 10, 2015. Tazra Mitchell, Policy Analyst at NC’s Budget and Tax Center (BTC), spoke on economic security in NC, especially for women, due to changes in state budgets and policy. Mitchell’s work at BTC includes analysis of poverty, income inequality, and state fiscal policy.
Photo Credit: NC Budget and Tax Center
On the problems North Carolinians face, Mitchell pointed out that there are not enough jobs for people who want to work. 91 counties have more jobless workers than job openings. And the share of NC workers earning poverty wages is substantial, up from 2000. According to the Economic Policy Institute’s Analysis of US Census Bureau data, in 2013, 31.3% of workers earned poverty wages (versus 25.6% in 2000).
Mitchell is also the Second Vice President of NC Women United, a coalition of progressive organizations committed to achieving full equality and empowerment for women. Slides from her presentation are available on NCWU’s website at http://www.ncwu.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Broken-Economic-Model-and-Policy-Keep-Economic-Security-Out-of-Reach-for-Many-Tar-Heel-Women.pdf
Mitchell wrote about the NC NOW Conference on behalf of NCWU at http://www.ncwu.org/nc-nows-annual-conference/
Read more on the state conference “NC NOW Conference Focuses Feminist Power“
Note: This post was written on Oct 22, 2015, but didn’t get posted until March 2015. Still completely relevant today.
Posted in Cheated out of pay, discrimination, economic justice, families, gender wage gap, ncga interference, taxes, Uncategorized
Tagged Economy, ncga interference, poverty, women