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The time is now for you help pass the ERA! From NC4ERA

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) will finally ensure that women are given equal protection in the United States Constitution. Here is how you can help move the bills along in North Carolina. Read about how the ERA will help women at ERACoalition.org

URGENT- The time is now for you to help pass the Equal Rights Amendment. This is our last chance in NC until 2019! Send two emails, one to the House Rules Committee, the other to the Senate Rules Committee. Just copy, paste, send…. thanks! Provided by NC4ERA, a project of NC NOW.

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At Press Conference when ERA bills were introduced into Senate and House for 2017 session on 2/14/17 Photo Credit: Sen. Floyd McKissick

1) The House Rules Committee
Simply copy all the following addresses together and paste into your Email program…

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Another “Special Session” Ambush, 3 Actions To Take

Shocking power grab from the Republicans already in charge of both sides of the NC General Assembly, being carried out during a fourth special session they called with no emergencies to address. They are using this fourth session to further their own agendas, in this case for a massive partisan power grab of the Governor-elect’s powers and interference with historic privileges associated with that position. This session is in many ways like the one that brought us HB 2, the bathroom law, which also took away state law remedies to discrimination and interfered with existing local ordinances. Read about what is happening and three actions you can take.

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Small part of citizens with signs in Senate Gallery on Dec 13, 2016. Photo credit: Gailya Paliga

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Senators Burr and Tillis and the Politics of Obstruction

This op-ed went from the Asheville Citizen-Times on 5/27/16 to USA-Today!! The USA-Today link is here!

“North Carolina’s two Republican senators say they have no interest in considering President Barack Obama’s nomination” of Judge Merrick B. Garland to the US Supreme Court, according to Citizen-Times article, “Burr, Tillis say they won’t consider high court nominee,” 3/16/16.

In this, both NC Senators are stubbornly refusing to do their jobs. I refer to the US Senate’s job of advice and consent. Under the Constitution, presidential nominations for executive and judicial posts take effect only when confirmed by the Senate. The Senate’s job is to make sure the nominee is qualified, and if so, vote yes. If not, that will come out during the hearings.

Yet Burr and Tillis are refusing to allow hearings on the US Supreme Court nomination. According to “Supreme Court Vacancies in Presidential Election Years,” (2/13/16), there have been several nominations and confirmations of Justices during presidential election years. Clearly the hearings are the valid and constitutionally sanctioned place and time to find problems with nominees. Why are they blocking the process?

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Back to NC. Judge Garland is not the first nominee for important federal positions that Burr and Tillis have blocked. They both voted against NC native Loretta Lynch when she was nominated for US Attorney General.

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Senator Burr Blocks Another Black Female From 10 Year Judicial Vacancy

This is the full article NC NOW President Gailya Paliga had submitted to the News & Observer, 5/11/16, 1:10pm.  Part of it ran as an LTE on 5/18/16.

I was impressed to see that one of NC’s own extremely well qualified former (NC) Supreme Court Justices was nominated on April 28, 2016, to fill a long time vacancy on the federal court bench in Eastern North Carolina. Timmons-Goodson served as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of North Carolina from 2006 to 2012. She also served on the North Carolina Court of Appeals and as a District Court Judge.  In fact, Patricia Timmons-Goodson was a judge in North Carolina from 1997 through 2012!

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I was appalled to read that Senator Richard Burr vowed to block her the same day! According to “Burr vows to block Obama nomination to NC federal court seat,” 4/28/16, “The U.S. Eastern District of North Carolina has the longest-running vacancy, a post that has gone unfilled since Jan. 1, 2006 – the day after federal District Court Judge Malcolm Jones Howard semi-retired.”   

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NC NOW Legislative Update #2 of 2016 Short Session

NC NOW Lobbyist Robin Davis has some unusual insight into HB 2 and the emerging battle between NC Leadership and the Federal Government.

“This emerging battle between North Carolina and the federal government has eerie echoes of the battle to desegregate Southern schools. For ten years many Southern school districts refused to implement desegregation and capitulated only after the federal government threatened to withhold federal education funds. Ironically, Governor McCrory is invoking the Constitutional right to privacy in his defense of HB2—the same provision that arch-conservatives have always declared mythical because it is used to defend a woman’s right to choose abortion.”

See the whole legislative update #2 at North Carolina NOW Legislative Update.7 May 2016

Color Me Astounded! NC’s Hate Bill 2 (HB2)

Surprise developments in the case of the law made from Hate Bill 2 (HB2). Three of NC’s ‘leaders’ have decided to take on the DOJ, Department of Justice. What were they thinking to take on the DOJ? 

Watch NC Governor Pat McCrory trying to explain why NC plans to sue over Hate Bill 2, which blatantly discriminates. This Fox News interview with Chris Wallace was Sunday, May 8, 2016 –  “Gov. McCrory asks court to clarify federal law in HB2 showdown (video).” Fascinating how McCrory feels the DOJ is overreaching since HB 2 is yet another glaring example of the NC Legislature’s overreach!

On Monday, May 9, 2016, Governor McCrory, House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Phil Berger all sued the DOJ. The DOJ is not amused!! U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has already responded! 

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Atty General Loretta Lynch vs. Govr Pat McCrory. Photo Credit: WXIII2 News

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See “McCrory, lawmakers sue Justice over HB2; feds counter with lawsuit.” The News and Observer article says, 

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HB2 Hurts All Residents – Look NOW!

HB 2 goes way beyond bathrooms and attacking LGBT.  It removes core worker anti-discrimination protections that state law has provided to workers since the 1970s. Also, how disastrous HB 2 is for women needs to be shared!  

Starting with how terrible HB 2 is for EVERYONE.  In”A lawyer’s perspective on why HB2 is a plague infested rat,” 4/28/16, author Sean Herrmann writes,

“[F]or the first time in decades, North Carolina courts closed their doors to those fired because of their race, sex, age, disability, national origin, or religion. Those wrongfully terminated are left with only federal discrimination laws, which are largely inferior to the now defunct state discrimination claims. North Carolina joins Mississippi as the only two states that do not offer their citizens state law protection against the most basic forms of discrimination. “

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Thus, HB2 leaves employees who are fired because they are not white, or because they are female or because they are not Christian (or because they are Christian!) without any effective protections under state law.

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NC NOW’s 20th legislative update is available for members

NC NOW’s twentieth legislative update is available for members. This update is for the week ending June 20th. All updates include a list of bills that NC NOW is tracking. This summary and report were written by Robin Davis.  There is some additional information in the postscripts, added by Gailya Paliga.

NC NOW’s Legislative Update #20 Summary – June 20, 2015

Senate’s Budget differs greatly from the House’s Budget
The Senate released its budget last Monday and passed it on Thursday.  As expected, it is very different from the House budget.  The House, anticipating continued economic improvement and increased revenues, passed a $22.2 billion budget—a 5 percent spending increase.  The Senate proposes a $21.47 billion budget—only a 2 percent spending increase.  Senate leaders point out that their budget is close to the Governor’s $21.52 billion budget.  However, the Governor made his budget proposal in March when the economy was more sluggish and there was a projected revenue shortfall.  Today there is a budget surplus of $419 million.

Various articles have summarized the fiscal differences between the House and Senate budgets.  Here is a good overview:  http://www.wral.com/budget-differences-could-lead-to-long-legislative-summer/14724805/ If you want to get down into the weeds, you can start here:  http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article10333277.html.


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ERA Bill Being Introduced for Mother’s Day, 2015, take action!

Unequal pay for women persists even with laws on the books, pregnant women can get treated unfairly at work and civil claims of gender-based violence have been limited. ERA would make gender bias claims subject to the same high constitutional scrutiny as race bias claims receive.

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Women in NC and all over the US still need ERA in 2015

Even many people today don’t realize how far women have come – and women are still not treated fairly. Women didn’t get the right to vote in NC until 1972. “Not until 1971 did the General Assembly of North Carolina endorse the Nineteenth Amendment – http://ncpedia.org/women-suffrage” And women are still paid less for doing the same work, minority women paid much much less than white women and all men
(http://www.iwpr.org/initiatives/pay-equity-and-discrimination)

But you can help.  U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) have introduced joint resolutions that would rejuvenate efforts to ratify an equal rights amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution.  Their bill will remove the deadline for states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

You can take this action – write your US Senators (Burr and Tillis) and ask them to co-sponsor these ERA bills which are being introduced with Mother’s Day, 2015.  Or at least to support the Equal Rights Amendment bills.

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2015 Pro-Choice Signature Ad Packet

NC NOW delivered copies of our pro-choice signature ad with NC NOW’s view on reproductive rights and related issues to every NC Senator and Representative in the NC House.  NC NOW does a pro-choice signature ad every year to commemorate the Roe v. Wade anniversary.  The ad runs in the Indy Weekly, and includes columns of names of pro-choice men and women in North Carolina.

Here is a picture of the 2014 pro-choice signature ad.

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This year, the pro-choice signature ad packet included a folder with the following:

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