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Guess who is coming to Chapel Hill on 9/15/17!

National figures are joining us in Chapel Hill for a campus showing of Equal Means Equal. Jessica Neuwirth (ERA Coalition), Eleanor Smeal (Feminist Majority Foundation/Ms. Magazine) and Nevada State Senator Pat Spearman are guest panelists for the Campus 4 ERA launch on Fri., Sept. 15, 2017. Details are below. The event is open to the public, free admission.

Additional panelists are NC State Senator Floyd B. McKissick, Jr.; NC State Representative Carla Cunningham and Emily Hagstrom, Public Policy and Political Science Major, UNC-CH. The moderator is Dr. Gloria Thomas, Director, Carolina Women’s Center, UNC-CH. 

Update: Absolutely get there early! Parking info: Rams Head Deck – https://move.unc.edu/parking/visitor-parking/

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Take Action on SCOTUS Nominee Neil Gorsuch NOW

NOW Urges that ​Senator(s) filibuster the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch and, should a filibuster fail, vote “no”.
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There are many things wrong with this man as a judge and worse as a Supreme Court justice.
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According to NOW, “Neil Gorsuch has a long history of hostility towards the claims of workers, consumers, children, immigrants, LGBTQIA people, incarcerated people, people with disabilities, and others seeking protection from the privileged and powerful. Equally disturbingly, “his track record on money in politics comes down decisively on the side of billionaire donors and big corporations.” As if that weren’t enough: Gorsuch has shown, through previous judicial decisions, that he is not a supporter of women’s rights, will not protect their access to birth control, nor their constitutional right to abortion through Roe v. Wade.”

Neil Gorsuch Photo Credit: Aaron Burnstein/Reuters

From another view, can you imagine the Republicans allowing Hillary Clinton to nominate someone to the Supreme Court while she was under investigation by the FBI and by Congress?

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The State of Discrimination: the Impact of HB2 and HB318

The State of Discrimination: The impact of HB2/HB318

About more than bathrooms, these bills also effect wages, employment and immigration. Fayetteville NOW is cosponsoring this excellent program featuring Rick Glazier, Executive Director of the NC Justice Center (NCJC), and Jimmy Buxton, Fayetteville NAACP Branch President.  

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People all over the country have heard of HB 2, filed by the NC House, ratified by House and Senate, and signed by Governor McCrory in less than 12 hours during a ‘special session’ on 3/23/16.  Misleadingly titled the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act , the interference with local ordinances on bathrooms (and targetting an already extremely vulnerable population) is only a small part of the damage it has done.  2015 bill HB318 targets immigrants and poor people and veterans.

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TPP Press Conference on 2/3/16 – pix plus

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.

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Speaker: Ajamu Dillahunt, Black Workers For Justice
Photo Credit: Markatos Photography

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Show Rep it is important to address TPP – 4/5/16 in Durham

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.
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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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Show Your OPPOSITION to TPP! Press Conference 2/3/16

Join us at a press conference on Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016, at 10am to show your OPPOSITION to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.  Speakers will highlight how TPP will hurt the people of  North Carolina, and how past trade deals have already hurt North Carolinians.

Trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) have been great for corporations but terrible for too many of people in the involved countries. The advantages for U.S. corporations is clear – to move production to countries that pay lower wages and have few regulations.  The trade agreements also lowered or eliminated protective import-export tariffs on products crossing the border.

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Over the past 20 years, free trade agreements have served to disadvantage American workers and undermine domestic food safety in the US, but they have also stolen jobs and caused communities to fall apart in developing countries. When communities fall apart, it only gets worse from there.  People may hear about the effects of instability in general (mass immigration to the US to escape violence and poverty in Central America, for example), and not realize instability can be especially worse for women.

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Event: What is TPP? Why should we fight it?

What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership?
Why should we fight it?

The most brazen corporate grab in American history”

The Triangle TPP Working Group and UNC Student Action with Workers (SAW) invite students, faculty, staff, and community members to a “TPP Teach-In” to inform you of the concerns of this dangerous trade deal and methods of citizen mobilization against it.

Date: Feb 2, 2016
Time: 6pm-8pm
Place: The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History
Address: 150 South Rd, Chapel Hill NC  27599
Room: Hitchcock Multi-purpose Room at UNC

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Take Action: Tell our Labor Commissioner to DO HER JOB!

Did you see the great investigative series in the News and Observer about the NC Dept of Labor NOT DOING ITS JOB??? Companies are making millions and refusing to pay their employees for the employees work in too many cases. And the NC Dept of Labor is doing almost nothing to fix this – even though THEY HAVE THE POWER.

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We can pressure them to fix that.  Take action now! Tell Cherie Berry: “Don’t let companies steal from their employees!” Tell her to DO HER JOB! This action makes it easy for you to send a letter asking NC Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry to uphold the law and make companies pay their workers!

http://action.ncjustice.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/index.sjs?action_KEY=17610

Just the number from 2014 are shocking, as stated in the News and Observer article, “At NC Department of Labor, little help for unpaid workers.”

Wages investigators found $2.1 million to be owed to 1,521 North Carolina workers in fiscal year 2014.

Roughly 40 percent of the 1,521 workers didn’t get the help they requested. The NC Department of Labor investigators did not collect the $1 million for 617 of the 1,521 workers just in 2014.

See more in the News and Observer article – first in series – at http://media2.newsobserver.com/static/content/multimedia/projects/labor/labor01.html

NC NOW participating in Solidarity TPP Press Conference on 4/16/15

NC National Organization for Women (NOW) is participating in the Solidarity Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Press Conference on Thursday, April 16th at 10:00 a.m. in Nash Square, Raleigh, 27601.  Please join us and look for us in the news!

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an international trade agreement that has been in the works for years.  TPP would grant even greater privileges to transnational corporations than NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), which went into effect on 1/1/94.

As NC NOW wrote in “TPP and how trade agreements can hurt women especially,” at https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/2015/03/05/tpp-and-how-trade-agreements-can-hurt-women-especially/,

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TPP and how trade agreements can hurt women especially

Over the past 20 years, free trade agreements have served to disadvantage American workers and undermine domestic food safety in the US, but they have also stolen jobs and caused communities to fall apart in developing countries. When communities fall apart, it only gets worse from there.  People may hear about the effects of instability in general (mass immigration to the US to escape violence and poverty in Central America, for example), and not realize instability can be especially worse for women.

21 years ago (2014), the US, Canada and Mexico enacted NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. A new trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), has been in the works for years, and is now coming to a head.  TPP is a regional NAFTA-style trade agreement which would grant even greater privileges to transnational corporations.  TPP involves possibly 12 or more countries.  However, problems caused by the first and much smaller NAFTA have not been addressed yet, and are very telling as to what TPP could cause for workers, communities and women in developing countries and other countries involved in TPP.

These trade agreements have been great for corporations but terrible for workers. NAFTA has caused major problems for farmers, communities, and more violence against women. Here are some examples.

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