Legislative Update for the week ending March 19, 2017, by NC NOW’s lobbyist, Robin Davis
Governor Cooper has issued his first veto. He vetoed the bill that would make elections of District and Superior Court judges partisan. Cooper, who led the fight to make judicial elections nonpartisan in 1990 when he was a state senator, said that judges should be elected based on their experience and ability, not on their political party. He also noted that candidates not affiliated with a party would have a very difficult time getting on the ballot because they would be required to get signatures of 2 percent of the voters in their districts. A three-fifths vote in both houses will be required to overturn the Governor’s veto, which is the expected outcome because Republicans have veto-proof majorities in both houses.
Both the House and the Senate have turned their attention to their respective budgets. The budgets differ in details, but both houses are proposing plans that will benefit business and the wealthy through changes in the tax laws with the Senate plan more drastic than the plan being considered in the House. For more details and a comparison of the proposed plans, see http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article138891468.html
As protest at the legislative building increases, the General Assembly police are studying ways to increase security. This is an issue we need to keep an eye on.
Videoing protesters in NC Legislative Building during protests of ‘Special Sessions’ in December. 12/15/16. Photo Credit: Susan Eder
NC NOW is working together with League of Women Voters of Wake County, the ACLU-NC and Paula Wolf on a second presentation of Advocacy 101 training. Learn or review some basic skills for the Citizen Advocate with us on Tuesday, March 28, at the NCAE building in Raleigh. The “Do Your Job” theme must reinforced at all levels of elected officials, especially Legislators (NC House and Senate), and Congress (US House and Senate). Click on the flyer below to get tickets or go directly to eventbrite.
Note: the first Advocacy 101 event we held filled up in the first 3 days it was posted (filled up in January for showing on 2/16/17)!
We had an unbelievable turnout at the Moral March and HKonJ Assembly on 2/11/17, in Raleigh. According to signs and songs, people are upset with NC’s leadership, and also with chaos from the whitehouse, and unfit nominees being confirmed to 45’s administration despite valid arguments against them and many protests. One example is Betsy DeVos, and Senators Burr and Tillis ignoring their constituents. Read more in “Burr and Tillis: F for Fail!”
Marchers gathered at Memorial Auditorium, at 2 E. South Street, for speeches and singing, and marched together to the end of Fayetteville St, with the State Capitol in the background.
Hats and signs! Photo Credit: Elise Paliga
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Tagged civil rights, HB 2, immigration, march, protest, racism, rally, reproductive rights, women
The election of Trump galvanized many people in this country to take action. As a woman, mother and grandmother, I was more than appalled that my fellow citizens could elect someone so uniquely unqualified to lead one of the largest democracies in the world. I knew that I couldn’t sit back quietly. That even though I had retired from the workforce, I could not retire from speaking truth and lifting my voice for those who couldn’t. When I learned of the plans for the Women’s March on DC; I jumped on the bandwagon along with over 500,000 and possibly a million like minded people!
View in Subway – All Going To The Women’s March, One Subway of Many! Photo Credit: Lori Bunton
If you are organizing a local women’s march on Jan 21, make sure to get your march listed at Womens March – Sister Marches! Do that after you get a facebook event set up.
Raleigh, Charlotte and Greensboro already have facebook events set up.
If you are looking for transportation to Washington DC, check with https://womensmarch.squarespace.com/transportation. Asheville NOW and Charlotte NOW have busses going, but they are full.
By Zoe Boggs
Across the street from the North Carolina State Legislative Building, a diverse crowd sat, stood, held signs, and listened intently. People of all ages, races, religions, and sexual orientations celebrated their differences, but most importantly, their common goals. This was June 20, 2016 and we were at a Moral Monday event, held by the NAACP and allies to protest HB2 and remember the Orlando victims and the Charleston 9 victims. The week before, on June 12 in Orlando, FL, a gunman “carried out the worst mass shooting in United States history, leaving 50 people dead and 53 wounded” at a gay nightclub doing its weekly “Upscale Latin Saturdays” party. Then on Jun 18, nine people were murdered at a historic African-American Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where they were doing bible study.
Moral Monday Participant Photo Credit: Elaina Athans