ERA Update and Action
Who to contact, what to say, how to reach them!
Based on the NC NOW Legislative Update #3 of the Short Session and from the ERA-NC Alliance organization.
On 5/30/2018 Illinois ratified the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) becoming the 37th state to do so. Only one more state ratification is needed to amend the U.S. Constitution; however, before that can happen, Congress must pass legislation to rescind the time limit for ratification.
Fayetteville NOW is part of a coalition that brought in Lecia Brooks, outreach director at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Brooks spoke about the growth of hate groups in the US to a crowd of about 75 people on 5/15/18. Brooks ended with an inspiring message.
SPLC Outreach Director, Lecia Brooks Photo Credit: Umass Amherst
“The Southern Poverty Law Center has been tracking hate-based organizations for years. These include white nationalist and supremacists, black nationalists, anti-semitic groups, anti-Muslim groups and others,” Brooks said.
“The organization lists 32 hate groups in North Carolina,” she said. That includes 3 in Cumberland County.
Read more about the event at “Speaker: Hate crimes continue in United States,” 5/15/18, Fayetteville Observer.
This event was part of the Fayetteville Community Conversations Coalition series in Fayetteville NC. This was a great turnout, especially considering there were some other events sponsored the same evening.
Fayetteville Chapter of NOW is one of the co-sponsors of the Community Conversations program. Other sponsors include the Cumberland County Library, Delta Sigma Theta, Fayetteville-Cumberland Human Relations Commission. Fayetteville NAACP also helped bring in this excellent speaker.
The event was announced at Fayetteville NOW Community events (April and May 2018). Thanks to Fayetteville NOW President Sharon Johnson for the update and the newspaper link.
Fayetteville NOW participated in Fayetteville Technical Community Center (FTCC) Women’s Empowerment Day.
The motto is “When you empower women, you empower humanity! Picture it!”
Photo Credit: Fayetteville NOW
Raleigh, Durham and NC NOW had the chance to participate in WomenNC’s Annual Local to Global Celebration honoring Juanita Bryant and celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8, 2018. Over 150 people attended the event at the Hunt Library at NC State University in Raleigh. Special guests included NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, WRAL anchor Debra Morgan as Emcee, Dr. Jo Allen, President of Meredith College, and Zion Tankard, Chair of the Durham County Women’s Commission among many others.
Presentation of award to Juanita Bryant Also pictured: Beth Dehghan, Elaine Marshall Photo Credit: Lori Bunton
The Feminist 5k returns in 2018!
Sign up before May 9th for an early bird rate!
This is a fun run/walk/renunciation of the patriarchy.
It’s been quite a year, dealing with a federal administration in chaos, and with our own legislative leadership in NC. On the other hand, women are rising up! Joining existing organizations doing the work, like National Organization for Women, and making their own unofficial groups to make change. And the #MeToo movement has been a catalyst for long overdue recognition of how widespread Sexual Harassment is.
Hillsborough NC in Orange County is having their own Women’s March and rally Event. They are the seventh NC city to have one on Jan 20, 2018 (to NC NOW’s knowledge). Their theme is March Into Action!!
Date: January 20th, 2018
Time: 3-5 p.m.
Place: 100 E. King Street, Hillsborough NC, 27278
At the Historic Courthouse lawn and River Park Farmers Market Pavilion (East Margaret Lane)
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/284533385405088/
Organizers of this march wrote the following:
Several individuals working in collaboration have organized a local rally to be held on January 20th, 2018, from 3 to 5 p.m. This event is a “sister” march to the National Women’s March on Washington, as well as the Women’ March event being held in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Next Raleigh NOW meetings. Note change for January 2018 meeting.
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
Place: Cameron Village Library, second floor
Topics – women’s march plans, pro-choice signature ad, roe events, local protests on terrible tax bill, more.
January Meeting will be Monday, Jan 8, 2018.
Women Organizing for Wilmington (WoW) is participating in the downtown Wilmington Winter Holiday Parade. They have a float and banners, too!
WoW writes, “we want women to join us in walking behind the puppet float—*WEAR A SNOWFLAKE COSTUME*. We’ll pass out candy and/or bubbles along the way, and we will have our own holiday carols to sing! This is a family event, so we’re choosing our messages in the holiday spirit of commUNITY, but we’re showing up in solidarity—all lit up!”
So join in if you can, preferably dressed up as a snowflake.
Date: Sunday, Dec 3, 2017
Place: Downtown Wilmington
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/371218883322553/
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and ideas.
Make your own Snowflake costume. The groups has ideas to share.
Charlotte NOW invites you to a fun feminist event – “Feminism Speaks: Open Mic by Charlotte NOW.”
Come share a joke, a story, a passion, a favorite reading or a song that relates to the theme of feminism! This is not just for members so invite your friends! This is not just for females because feminism affects us all! Carl McIntyre and friends will also be providing live music for us. Come join us for an evening of fun and entertainment!