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Press Advisory for 2019 Raleigh Women’s March, 1/26/19

PRESS ADVISORY For Immediate Release

Raleigh, NC, 1/21/19

2019 Raleigh Women’s March

A Women’s March Anniversary Event More than 1,000 Women and Allies Expected

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ERA: Alyssa Milano Wants It. How About You?

Women have been working to get equal rights in the United States for 170 years! Too many people don’t realize women don’t have equal rights. Why is ERA catching fire now? What will it do for women and families? How can you help? North Carolina women are pushing now and pushing hard! Learn more and join the effort!

Actresses Alyssa Milano and Patricia Arquette are on board, and using their star power to bring more attention to the need for ERA. Milano said at a press conference in DC, “It’s 2019 and I still don’t have equal rights under the Constitution. Neither do any of you, the nearly 162 million women across the U.S. The absurdity is mind-boggling: because I have a vagina, my opportunities for equality and justice are limited.”

Patricia Arquette and Alyssa Milano in front. Ellie Smeal behind. 

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NC NOW Legislative Update #6, ERA Bills Filed – 11 Mar 19

NC NOW Legislative Update #6, 11 Mar 19 includes the ERA bills filed on 3/5/19 while women and allies filled the Legislative Building with hours of activities. It also talks about Governor Cooper’s budget and what we may expect this session.

March 5 was an exciting day at the General Assembly.  Bills for North Carolina to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) were introduced in both the House (HB271) and the Senate (SB184).  The ERA-NC Alliance (North Carolina NOW is an lead member organization) organized events that brought over 150 ERA advocates to the General Assembly to advocate for the ERA, hear speeches, participate in a press conference, and lobby legislators to sign on as sponsors the bills.  So far all Democratic members of the House and Senate are sponsors.  The halls were filled with women wearing green and white and waving ERA YES rounds.  Thirty-eight states are needed to ratify the ERA, and 37 have already done so.  Let’s make North Carolina number 38!

One of the groups of women and allies at NCGA on 3/5/19, Photo Credit: Aylett Colston

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Sen. McKissick: Speech at ERA Bill Filing Press Conference on 3/5/19

Senator Floyd McKissick Jr. has been a strong and consistent ally in the fight for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). He has sponsored the Ratify ERA Bill in the Senate 4 times – 2015, 2017, 2019, and an extra one in 2018 after Illinois became the 37th state to ratify ERA on 5/30/18. He has never wavered in his support, which continues to this day. Senator McKissick even dressed in white with us. This is his speech at the ERA Bill Filing Day press conference on 3/5/19.

Senator McKissick at Podium, surrounded by lawmakers and activists. Photo Credit: Senator McKissick

Around Senator McKissick at the podium are Ellie Smeal (Feminist Majority), Pam Carver, Sen. Harper Peterson, Rep. Julie von Haefen, Marena Groll, Sen. Michael Garrett and Rep. Carla Cunningham.

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Evans: Ratifying the ERA Speech in Mecklenberg County

Charlotte NOW president Melba Smith Evans spoke on need for Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) at at a Listening Session for Mecklenburg County representatives. The Mecklenburg County Delegation of state representatives and senators held a “Listening Session” at the South County Regional Library on Saturday March 9th from 9am to noon.

Charlotte NOW’s president Melba Evans with some of the lawmakers from Mecklenberg County. Photo Credit: Melba Evans

This is Melba’s speech.

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Bunton: ERA Would Make Mama Happy, 3/5/19

Exciting, vibrant event on ERA bill filing at the NCGA on March 5, 2019. The event brought over 200 activists, organizations and media from across the state with the purpose of showing legislators how very serious women are to make NC the 38th and final state needed for formal ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Bill numbers are House Bill 271 and Senate Bill 184.

Photo Credit: Kevin A. Smith

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The ERA and Me, Pam Carver’s Story

Members went to the ERA filing events on 3/5/19 from around the state. Pam Carver from Fayetteville NOW shares her personal experiences.

Fayetteville NOW Contingent Photo Credit: Pam Carver

To be in the room with national and local leaders of the Equal Rights Amendment movement, as well as enthusiastic lawmakers, was an experience of a lifetime. I took a deep breath to take it all in and realized I was a witness to a historic event that has been in the works for over 100 years!

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NC NOW Newsletter Available – January/February/March 2019

The January, February and March 2019 newsletter is available. January and February have been a whirlwind of activity – 6 women’s marches around the state, getting people to other marches, NC NOW’s annual pro-choice signature ad, and organizing other events and advocacy days. Also, strong reactions to administration activities and lawmakers. There is plenty more to do in March and the rest of the year! NOW chapters choose what they want to do—Charlotte NOW actively working against ICE raids, Fayetteville NOW continues to work collaboratively against racism and sexism. Raleigh NOW is involved with rallies at Senator Tillis’ office highlighting ICE raids and the domestic gag rule (Mar 12).  Following NC NOW’s website and on facebook will help you keep much more up to date on activities.

Charlotte NOW at Charlotte Women’s March – 1/26/19 Photo Credit: Charlotte NOW

ERA is in the air and in the news! See March 5 ERA bill introduction and more on (page 1), and read about ERA Advocacy Day (1/30/19) on page 2.

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Let’s Make History During Women’s History Month, 3/5/19

We invite you to join us on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Raleigh to support our North Carolina legislators, who are filing the bills necessary to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution. Here in North Carolina, we have the historic chance to bring equal rights to every citizen of the United States of America. North Carolina can be the 38th of 38 states needed to ratify the ERA. You can help! Here are 10 ways the ERA can make a difference!

ERA crowd in Legislative Building on 1/30/19 for ERA Advocacy Day #1. Photo Credit: Audrey Muck

We will gather at the North Carolina General Assembly, 16 West Jones Street in Raleigh, at 12:30 p.m. We need as many volunteers as we can get to show our legislators that North Carolinians support this important step forward in American history. Hope to see you in Raleigh.

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NC NOW 2019 Legislative Update #1 – ERA is On! 2/4/19

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

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