Citizen outrage sparked creativity at a protest of the latest day of this special session series, when the #NCGA was called to return on a rare Saturday to override very valid vetoes from Governor Roy Cooper. The signature costume for this event was a man dressed up in regal attire who called himself “Berger King.” The legislature voted to override the two vetoes, but the outraged citizens were speaking out and watching. First article, “Facing protesters, NC legislators override vetoes” was posted at 12:24pm on 8/4/18.
Many of the protesters were returning, since they had protested one or more days of the hastily called #DeceptionSession that started on Jul 24, 2018 with fewer than 24 hours notice. Protesters went today on short notice again as the outrage grew over the last few days. The Aug 4 session agenda included vetoes of last minute legislation intended to deceive citizens into voting away their rights in one of the bills.
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Gailya Paliga, President of NC National Organization for Women (NC NOW), http://www.northcarolinanow.org, firstname.lastname@example.org (organizer)
Aylett Colston, email@example.com (organizer)
Raleigh, NC, 8/4/18 – Tell the NCGA to Stop Their Dirty Tricks. #NixAllSix!
WHAT: Rally encouraging #NCGA Leadership to Stop the Dirty Tricks and Let Vetoes Stand
WHEN: Saturday, Aug 4, at 10:30 am
WHERE: In front of State Legislative Building, 16 W. Jones St, Raleigh NC
WHO: North Carolinians
VISUALS: Diverse crowd, interesting and creative signs, costumes to draw attention to dirty tricks pulled by the #NCGA
Should North Carolinians be tricked into giving the NC General Assembly a “blank check” to do whatever it wants to our state? We say NO!
Write your representatives and the NCGA leaders and tell them NOT to override Governor Cooper’s vetoes. Read more about the situation with the #NCGA interference in the constitutional amendment captions and the NC Supreme Court election at “Tell the NCGA to stop their dirty tricks. #NixAllSix! 8/4/18.” See how to contact them and get an idea of what you could say here.
#NixAllSix and #SHAME signs – the right size for the galleries. Photo Credit: Arsidez Leon
Here is a polite version of a letter to use verbatim or as an example. Also see here where to look up your current state representatives too (not the ones in the November election). You are welcome to edit and use your own words. If you write them, it is likely their office will respond. If you call, less so.
Should North Carolinians be tricked into giving the NC General Assembly a “blank check” to do whatever it wants to our state? NO!
Come greet the NCGA on Saturday morning, 8/4/18, as they return to Session to try to override the Governor’s vetoes of their hastily enacted legislation intended to deceive North Carolinians into voting away their rights.
Some of the many protesters at the hastily called legislative special session on 7/24/18 at which the #ncga leadership planned to interfere with constitutional amendments and judicial races yet again. Photo Credit: Phil Fonville
Meet out front at 10:30 AM Saturday to see the legislators as they head into session at 11:00 am at the State Legislative Building at 16 W. Jones Street.
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Citizens are OUTRAGED at the latest power grab by the #ncga leadership. The#NCGA leadership called a special session on 7/23/18 to take place on 7/24/18 to usurp the job of a real commission to write captions for the 6 constitutional amendments that they put on the ballot! Just the captions! An activist friend provided honest captions they should use! Outraged citizens were there to greet the NCGA, including NC NOW members, women, young people, and moms with children and babies.
Outraged citizens protest latest NCGA power grab. The House gallery was somewhat full and more people were outside with signs like #SHAME and #NixAllSix. Photo Credit: Aylett Colston
We held signs like #SHAME, #NixAllSix, Vote Them Out! No More Monkey Business (and a barrel of monkeys)!
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.
This is the beginning of NC NOW’s 6th legislative update for the 2018 Short Session. The whole update includes summaries on constitutional amendments, further restrictions on early voting, and judicial redistricting, as well as ERA actions and bill tracking. The legislative updates are written by NC NOW VP of Legislation, Robin Davis.
As many as four proposed amendments to the North Carolina constitution could be on the ballot this fall. All of the proposed amendments are designed to appeal to the Republican base in hopes that they will increase conservative voter turnout. For an overview, see: http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2018/06/22/round-up-ncga-discusses-four-constitutional-amendments-hunting-and-fishing-voter-id-victims-rights-legislative-appointment-of-judges/
Attorney Aylett Colston organized an event at Bicentennial Mall in Raleigh at which people spoke out against voter id and voter suppression. Photo Credit: Phil Fonville
VOTER ID/STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
Posted in constitutional amendment, Equal Rights Amendment, ERA, Judicial takeover, ncga interference, voter suppression, voting
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Take Action to Ratify ERA in NC, with the ERA NC Alliance, of which NC NOW is a lead member. Join us in person in this action, and you can also call or email from home.
One more state. Not one more generation. We urge you to participate in ERA-NC Advocacy Day on Wednesday, June 27th at the NCGA in Raleigh. This CALL TO ACTION comes on the heels of Illinois becoming the 37th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) on 5/30/18. Only one more state ratification is needed to amend the US Constitution. NC is now the face of the national conversation. Our state is poised to make history, becoming the 38th and final state needed to push the passage of the amendment over the top.
NC NOW Women at NCGA on 3/27/17, Photo Credit: Roberta Waddle
NC NOW members delivered the pro-choice signature ad packets to all of our representatives in the NC House and NC Senate on Monday, 6/4/18. The packets included a copy of the pro-choice signature ad that we ran in Indy Week in January (as we do every year), and a letter from NC NOW.
NC NOW Members Deliver Pro-Choice Signature Ad Packets on Jun 4, 2018. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga
This year the letter was somewhat focused on the terrible budget process which blocked input from all Democratic lawmakers and maybe some Republican ones as well. The letter also talked about inappropriate uses of taxpayer money in the budget. See the letter below.
Posted in abortion, CPC, do your job, NC budget, ncga interference, Rape, rape kits, signature ad, state budget issues, women
Tagged abortion, crisis pregnancy centers, NC budget, ncga interference, pro-choice, rape kits, signature ad
NC NOW Legislative Update #1 – 11 Feb 2018
It is difficult to report on legislative matters because so many of the most important developments take place behind in secret and are never documented. As an article in NC Policy Watch summarizes:
“Whether it’s cutting off debate on legislation, holding surprise, late night sessions, regularly ignoring the committee process, burying new and controversial laws that were never previously discussed in omnibus budget bills that cannot be amended, holding an endless series of “special” legislative sessions, refusing to record and archive all sorts of important proceedings, or even directly and blatantly punishing lawmakers who dare to speak up during debate, Republicans have evidenced little shame. Much as has been the case with gerrymandering, legislative leaders have not so much invented new tactics and tricks as they have cynically perfected and expanded the use of old ones.”
This unhealthy pattern continues.
This week the General Assembly reconvened, and legislators lost no time ramming through complex, multi-issue legislation with almost no discussion. House Bill 90 was voted out of the Appropriations Committee and passed the Senate on the same day. This omnibus bill offers a fix for the unfunded class size mandate, takes away the governor’s control of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline mitigation fund, and reorganizes the State Board of Elections (for the third time)–three unrelated issues in a single bill.
View of 2018 HKonJ rally from stage. Photo Credit: Phil Fonville
The Problems with House Bill 90