NC NOW’s Legislative Update for the first week of the 2019 long session includes ERA Advocacy Day, link to new legislators from both parties, talk of medicaid expansion, update on rape kit processing, and revival of ‘floaters’ as ways for Republicans to control committees.
The General Assembly reconvened on Wednesday, January 30 to begin this year’s session. Members were sworn in on January 9, and this link lists the newly elected members of both parties: https://www.ncallianceforhealth.org/2019-nc-general-assembly-session-convenes/
ERA Advocates at the NC General Assembly on 1/30/19. Photo Credit: Mike Oniffrey
On January 30, NC NOW, a lead organization of the NC-ERA Alliance, joined an Alliance call-to-action at the General Assembly. Advocates engaged in constituent visits to share materials supporting the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and to call on their representatives to co-sponsor ERA bills this session. ERA bills sponsored by Senator Floyd McKissick, Jr. (Senate) and Representative Carla Cunningham (House) are expected to be filed on March 5.
Women delivered two things to each legislator – a letter from the ERA-NC Alliance and Legalize Equality, a 30 minute DVD which makes the case for ERA. Great timing since January 30 was the legislators’ first day back and some legislators, and many legislative assistants, were available.
Representatives from many women’s organizations attended the event, which was organized by ERA-NC Alliance. ERA-NC Alliance is a coalition of mostly women’s organizations which are focused on getting ERA into the U.S. Constitution.
ERA Advocacy Day Team, 1/30/19, at Legislative Building in Raleigh. Photo Credit: Mike Onnifrey
North Carolina has a historic chance to be the 38th — and final! — state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Join us as we bring that message to our legislators. We need them to know that North Carolina wants equal rights for all – women and men! #ALLforERA One more state. Not one more genERAtion. ERA Advocacy Day on 1/30/19.
Organized by the ERA-NC Alliance of which NC NOW is part.
October 10, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Gailya Paliga, President, NC National Organization for Women, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.northcarolinanow.org
Lori Bunton, NC NOW VP of Membership, email@example.com
WOMEN RISING UP NOW: NC NOW STATE CONFERENCE ON OCTOBER 20, 2018
Raleigh, NC, 10/10/18 – North Carolina National Organization for Women (NOW) will hold its annual conference on October 20 from 9 am to 4 pm at NC Advocates for Justice building in Raleigh. We are proud to announce our keynote speaker is civil rights attorney Anita Earls. This year’s conference theme is ‘Women Rising Up NOW!’
Never has the need been greater than in 2018 for women to push back and move forward. Decades of progress towards women’s equality is being turned back by the current administrations in Washington, D.C., and in North Carolina. “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty,” Thomas Jefferson said so long ago.
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Women’s rights leader and attorney Carol Robles-Roman was the keynote speaker for the ERA-NC Alliance meeting in Winston-Salem on Oct 6, 2018. Robles-Roman is Co-President and CEO of the ERA Coalition and the Fund for Women’s Equality. She has led Legal Momentum as its President and CEO. During Carol’s tenure, Legal Momentum has worked as a Lead Organization with the ERA Coalition on advocacy for an equal rights amendment to the United States Constitution, and she co-chaired its Legal Task Force. She has extensive experience in judicial selection and vetting.
NC NOW President Gailya Paliga, ERA Coalition Co-President Carol Robles-Roman and NC NOW VP of Membership Lori Bunton. Photo Credit: Lori Bunton
Oct 6 was hard day to be cheerleading for Women’s Rights due to the unfair partisan confirmation of the extremely unfit candidate for the Supreme Court of the United States, Brett Kavanaugh.
Here are some of Robles-Roman’s comments:
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FAYETTEVILLE NOW is holding a Women’s Equality Day celebration on Sunday, August 26, 2018, 3pm, at the North Regional Library, located at 855 McArthur Road in Fayetteville.
It was on August 26, 1920 when the United States adopted the 19th amendment to the US Constitution, which prohibited states and our Federal government from denying the right to vote to its citizens based on their sex (affording women the right to vote).
Fayetteville NOW is excited to announce our program celebration will feature NC House Representative Deb Butler, NC House District 18 (Brunswick and New Hanover Counties).
Charlotte NOW President Melba Smith Evans had the opportunity to attend a cocktail reception in support of ratifying the ERA in NC. This event was hosted by Winston & Strawn, LLC, at their office in Charlotte, on 7/12/18. The program included a panel discussion featuring ERA bill sponsors and a lawyer from the law firm. The panel addressed the status of ratification efforts in North Carolina, the practical and legal implications of the ERA, and how individuals can become involved. ERA-NC members and member organizations of the ERA-NC Alliance were invited (like NC NOW, BPW-NC, and more).
Women and men are excited about ratifying the ERA in NC! Photo Credit: Melba Evans
The ERA was ratified by Nevada last year (3/21/17) and by Illinois this year (5/30/18) and following the three-state strategy, we now need only one more state to ratify the ERA.
Tuesday, 7/17/18, 6pm – Monthly Meeting at Belden-Horne House, located on 519 Ramsey Street. Plan for Women’s Equality Day event on 8/26/18 and officer elections at August monthly meeting.
Belden-Horne House in Fayetteville
Thursday, 7/19/18, 6pm – next in the “Community Conversations” series. At Downtown Library, 300 Maiden Lane, Fayetteville, in the Pate Room. We are continuing our healthy dialogue inspired by this three-part documentary, “Race: The Power of an Illusion.” This is the final phase for this series. See flyer here.
North Carolina NOW Legislative Wrap-up—3 July 2018 – By Robin Davis
ADJOURNMENT RESOLUTION—THEY’RE GONE, BUT THEY’LL BE BAAAACK!
The short session adjourned on June 26, 2018—but the Adjournment Resolution calls for a lame duck session beginning November 27. This session will occur before the newly elected legislators take office; therefore, Republicans will retain their gerrymandered veto-proof majorities in both houses for one more session.
One section of full press conference room after the ERA NC Advocacy Day 2018 press conference. Photo Credit: Sen. Floyd McKissick
SIX PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS ON NOVEMBER BALLOT
The ERA NC Advocacy Day on Wednesday, 6/27/18, included at least 100 women and a few good men from across North Carolina, many dressed in green and white. The event was organized by the ERA-NC Alliance and associated groups (including NC NOW, NC4ERA, RatifyERANC, AAUW-NC, LWV-NC, BPW-NC) as follows at the Legislative Building, 16 W. Jones St.
Many of the ERA NC event participants who came from across the state of NC. Photo Credit: Mike Oniffrey