NC Budget Summary from NC NOW Legislative Update #21 – 25Jun17.
A budget has passed and has gone to the Governor, who has ten days to sign it, veto it, or allow it to become law without his signature. Governor Cooper is expected to veto the budget since he has been strongly critical of it: http://www.wral.com/cooper-calls-budget-deal-irresponsible-/16774013/, 6/20/17. But if the budget is vetoed, expect an override since Republicans hold veto-proof majorities in both the House and Senate.
The budget intensifies the attack on women’s reproductive rights by appropriating $2.6 million to crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) over a two-year period. So-called crisis pregnancy centers are religious “ministries” that attempt to persuade women wanting abortions not to have them, often using scare tactics and false information such as claiming that having an abortion will leave a woman sterile or put her at risk for cancer. This appropriation represents an increase of one million dollars per year. See: https://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2017/06/20/ncga-budget-gives-26-million-to-crisis-pregnancy-centers, 6/20/17.
Crisis Pregnancy Center Protest
Photo Credit: Whole Woman’s Health Blog
Posted in CPC, Equal Rights Amendment, health care, jobs, lawsuits, NC budget, public education, TABOR, teachers, women
Tagged attacks on public education, crisis pregnancy centers, health, health care, Jobs, public education, teachers, women
The US Senate is going ahead with another terrible version of AHCA, the so called “American Health Care Act”, aka Trumpcare. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that version would cause 23 million people to lose health care coverage and end protections for many. These are protections like forcing insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions. Multiple sources say the Senate plans to hold their vote before the July 4 recess.
“[T]he plan is opposed by experts across the ideological spectrum, as well as groups representing doctors, nurses, hospitals, cancer patients, heart-disease patients and many others.” according to “Uh oh, Health Care Edition,” 6/8/17, NYTimes.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans (completely shutting out Democrats and Independents) are planning to bring their health care bill to the floor before July 4 and there will be NO DEBATE, and NO AMENDMENTS ALLOWED. Also NO INPUT FROM THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY OR THE PUBLIC is allowed. This is outrageous and we need to let NC’s US Senators Burr and Tillis know that this is absolutely, totally unacceptable.
“By acting fast, [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell hopes to minimize the continuing and mounting evidence of sabotage as insurers file rates in places such as North Carolina and Pennsylvania that explicitly break out the specific impact of Trump’s sabotage,” as Andrew Slavitt says in ‘Sabotage, speed and secrecy in the Senate.'” Andrew M. “Andy” Slavitt is a former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a position he held from March 2015 to January 2017.
Senators for NC – Burr and Tillis must be told again and again how bad this would be, and how they will be held accountable. We include a few ways to do this below.
Above pictures are from the June 13 Tuesday with Tillis protest in Raleigh.
Photo Credit: Michael Eisenberg
We had a super successful Women’s March On Raleigh (WMOR). Original estimates we heard near the stage were 17,000 people at WMOR while the rally was in progress. An organization that helped us organize, Ready The Ground, had estimated 30,000 on the march route. People studying aerial view pictures after the march estimated over 40,000. As another gauge, it took almost over an hour and a half for the last people to leave City Plaza.
People In the Streets for the Women’s March On Raleigh Photo Credit: Matthew Lenard (via CBS)
Raleigh NOW members Sarah Moncelle, Shana Becker and Gailya Paliga were a few of the organizers of the WMOR. We pulled in our friends to help, as did other organizers.
It’s hard to tell how many people are going to something. Earlier in the week, we were using 3000 people, and later we talked about 3000-5000 people. Some organizers speculated 5000-7000 since interest on our facebook event page started growing by 1000 a day! We had programs and pledge cards printed for 3000. Didn’t want to waste paper. Then 17,000-30,000 people showed up at City Plaza, many in their pink pussy hats!
NC NOW still sees the need to expand Medicaid and is worried about the plans to reform Medicaid. A few of us attended a panel “Medicaid Reform and Expansion: A Panel Discussion” on April 20th, 2016 at the NCSU McKimmon Conference Center (starting at 7:30pm). This League of Women Voters (LWV) sponsored event featured a panel discussion about Medicaid reform and expansion in North Carolina. Panelists were Susan Shumaker, President of the Cone Health Foundation; Rob Luisana of Pilot Benefits; and Representative Marilyn Avila, House District 40 (R-Wake). Dr. Jim Foster was the moderator and MC (he is standing at the podium in this picture). Dr. Foster is a Retired Cardiologist, and a member of the LWV-ODC.
Photo Credit: LWV-Orange/Durham/Chatham Counties
First Dr. Foster explained the difference between Medicaid and Medicare.
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
Posted in immigration, jobs, labor, lower pay, TPP, violence against women
Tagged Economy, health, Jobs, labor, safety, TPP, women
Time to be inspired! Join us at our 2016 Roe event, Inspiration for Roe.
Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh NOW are screening the film Vessel, and discussing Dr. Rebecca Gomperts’ efforts to bring attention to women’s reproductive rights in countries where these rights are illegal and where informational websites are censored.
Date: January 28, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Place: Chapel Hill Friends Meeting House,
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RSVP: email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 321-663-8598
Get tickets via eventbrite, print a Vessel Roe Event Flier to share and see updates (or advertise in the program) at https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/events/.
Find the event on facebook at Inspiration for Roe on Facebook.
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Please consider NC NOW for “giving Tuesday.” NC NOW has been working for women in NC for 4 decades! We are highlighting the situation with attacks on abortion clinics in general, and the 6 attacks on Planned Parenthood clinics since those doctored videos started being released last July. The latest attack included murder – 2 women of color and a policeman. More at “Abortion Clinic Attacks Are Domestic Terrorism”
Your NOW chapters also have escorted at abortion clinics through the years, trying to keep patients safe.
Read more about the state of choice in NC, and stand up for women and safe and legal abortions in our 2016 signature ad appeal letter at sigad2016.final.
Read more about the pro-choice signature ad and what we do with it here.
Make a general donation here.
President, NC National Organization for Women
Three people were killed and 9 were wounded during a 5 hour gun battle at a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado Springs on the day after Thanksgiving (11/27/15). There were reports that the gunman had uttered “no more baby parts” during his arrest. This is the 6th major attack on Planned Parenthood clinics since July 2015, following the release of a series of heavily edited videos from groups trying to set up Planned Parenthood, and using actors. The 6 attacks have been reported on individually, but the trend of these attacks has been mostly ignored by the mainstream media, and by law enforcement at a national level.