Tag Archives: racism

Examining issue of mass incarceration in Fayetteville, “13th”

13th Movie and Discussion, by Fayetteville NOW President Sharon Johnson

Fayetteville NOW, continuing its efforts to improve race relations through constructive dialogue, sponsored a showing of the documentary, 13th, on Monday, June 19, 2017.  Outstanding turnout at an event with many co-sponsors.

This documentary examines the disproportionate number of African-Americans incarcerated in the U.S. The film included interviews with prominent civil-rights activists and politicians, and examines the nation’s legacy of racism via such events as the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and the passage of Jim Crow laws in the South.

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Why nominee Neil Gorsuch is bad for the US Supreme Court

Please join some of NC’s progressive organizations as we speak out against Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Monday, March 20, at 11am, at 310 New Bern Ave, in front of Senator Thom Tillis’ office. See the facebook event for “Media event: Progressives speak out against Neil Gorsuch” at https://www.facebook.com/events/143022306221621/
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NOW Urges that Senator(s) filibuster the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch and, should a filibuster fail, vote “no”.
Main issues described in NOW’s brief.
  1. Republicans do not deserve control of this stolen seat.
  2. Gorsuch has a history of hostility toward all kinds of regular and disadvantaged people seeking protections from the privileged and the powerful.
  3. He tends to rule for billionaire donors and big corporations.
  4. He has a frightening willingness to limit women’s access to health care.
  5. He is extremely anti-abortion based on his writings.

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Why Tillis does not know what to expect at Town Halls

In “Tillis is open to town halls, minus shouting,” 3/6/17, N&O, Senator Thom Tillis alleges that people who go to his town hall meetings shout and call names, so he doesn’t go. In fact, he has not been to a town hall meeting this year (the $25 a head Durham Chamber of Commerce meeting on March 6 does not count, nor does the March 7th phone call he offered with only an hours’ notice on social media). It is natural he does not know what to expect.

Senator Tillis, we have been to two town hall meetings held in your honor, and you’ve got it all wrong.   

First, the people there are not scary or menacing. They look like, well, people. You don’t have to take our word for it though, there are lots of pictures online.

Speakers lined up at this town hall meeting to share their concerns and fears. Respectful pictures of Senators Tillis and Burr at front of room. Photo Credit: Sarah Sydney

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So many friends old and new at HKonJ, a homegrown phenomenon!

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.

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Hats and signs! Photo Credit: Elise Paliga

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Update on Women’s Marches in DC and around US on 1/21/17

Organizing a national Women’s March on Washington in Washington DC has been an adventure. First, let us recognize that there is a lot of interest in protesting in DC. Asheville NOW filled a bus in less than a week. Charlotte NOW is filling one now. And there are about 20 buses from North Carolina alone. At first the organizers didn’t realize they absolutely needed permits, where to send the buses, etc. Then, when Alice Cohan, of Feminist Majority (formerly of National Organization for Women/NOW) jumped in to help get permits, they found out many groups tried for permits for that date and those places, and they were working through the process. Then things changed and all protesters were being blocked from using normal rally/protest sites like large sections of Pennsylvania Avenue, as well as the Washington Monument, the National Mall and the Lincoln Memorial! Now there is an update from that – we finally have a site. But here is some background on the process. Never discount a bunch of angry women!

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Picture from the March for Women’s Lives in 2004. Raleigh NOW delivered 3 buses and Mandy Carter of SONG delivered another from Durham. Our 4 buses traveled together to the national march.

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Moral Monday in June: A Congregation of Citizens

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

Moral Monday Participant Photo Credit: Elaina Athans

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December plans for Fayetteville, Triad, Asheville and Chlt NOW chapters

Fayetteville NOW:

  • Dec. 3 Annual wreath laying in memory of Beryl Mitchell – DV victim. Here is a link to an article about Fayetteville NOW’s 2015 memorial – Not a bad father, daughter says, except ..
  • Dec. 5 Third Mirrors of Privilege, part of a series to open discussions on racism. This series follows the Cracking the Codes series discussed in the newsletter and at the NC NOW conference – read more at NC NOW Newsletter Oct-Nov 2016
  • Dec. 6 Court Watch training
  • Dec. 13, 6:00 pm, Holiday Party – Scrub Oaks Restaurant
  • Dec. 14 – practice court watch training at court with Rakeem Jones assault victim at Trump event.

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Best Cake Ever! And other highlights from ERA-NC event.

Not only is this cake beautiful, but it tasted amazingly good.  I don’t even like cake much in general.  But this beautiful cake, which sported the colors and the logo of the brand new ERA-NC Alliance group, was awesome!

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Ketchie Creek Cake Photo Credit: Pat Sledge

It was served at the reception of our ERA-NC Alliance Launch event, “Why the ERA, Why NOW”?  The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution that would expressly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex.  

The launch event, which included a press conference, a panel discussion, and a reception, was to celebrate a coalition of women’s groups and individuals who are formally working together to get the Equal Rights Amendment passed.  ERA-NC ALLIANCE is a non-partisan, lead organization of the National ERA Coalition.  See the program and the lead organization for the launch event at ERA-NC Commissioning Program 4-12-2016v4

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NC NOW Press Release: HB 2 Disastrous for Women

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Gailya Paliga, President of NC National Organization for Women
(NC NOW)

Phone number: 919-539-7702
Email address: president@raleighnow.org
Website: www.northcarolinanow.org

NC NOW: HB 2 Disastrous for Women

Raleigh, NC, 4/7/16 – Much of the public discussion over HB 2 has focused on its harm to the LGBT community (which includes women) and the backlash of opposition from businesses, sporting event organizers, and elected officials inside and outside of NC.  However, the new law goes way beyond the LGBT community.  The extensive changes to protections in this bill (now law) hurt women in shocking ways.

  • HB 2 eliminates all existing state law remedies for women from being demoted, transferred, or terminated from their job because of their sex,” according to Rick Glazier, in “18 Questions, 18 Answers: The Real Facts Behind House Bill 2,” 4/1/16. Rick Glazier is the Executive Director of the NC Justice Center, a lawyer, and the former Representative of Cumberland County, which he served for 7 terms.

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Gerrymandering: “Assault On Democracy?”

Great upcoming community event (not an NC NOW event).  This is a topic of many current, past and future conversations in NC, especially during a presidential election year.

Gerrymandering: “Assault On Democracy?”
How much is gerrymandering the “problem behind the problem” of our current political, moral and economic upheavals in NC?
What’s being done about it?

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016
Time: 7:00p.m.
Place: Community United Church of Christ
Address: 814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh, NC 27607 (Corner of Dixie Tr. and Wade Ave.)

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See flier at Jane Pinsky Coming to CUCC.Mar2016

Join Community UCC’s Economic Justice Task Force in an expanded discussion and exploration of the issue with Jane Pinsky of the NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform. Pinsky has been director of the NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform since 2007. The Coalition, in which Common Cause North Carolina is a key player, works to make government, at all levels, more open and accessible to the citizens of North Carolina. It works on ethics, transparency, and redistricting reform.