Letter on behalf of Chapel Hill NOW recognizing emotional pain caused by horrible treatment of students at UNC-CH Trustee tenure meeting, and urging all North Carolinians to support the students and faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill who demand change.
The Senate passed its budget more than a month ago, and now we are beginning to get a peek at parts of the House budget. Thursday morning part of the House education budget was released in the House Education Appropriations Committee. However a critical part of the education budget—salaries—was not revealed. The bottom line of the appropriation is $10.1 billion for K-12 for the first year of the biennium and $10.08 billion for the second year. For community colleges, the amount is approximately $1.2 billion each year.
Also, learn about terrible process used to push budget through.
Take action on anti-abortion bill HB 453, The scheduled override vote on this bill was postponed, not yet rescheduled – so write them now. SB 729 is a proposed amendment to the NC Constitution which would effectively ban affirmative action! It is pushed by a state Senate leader whose gerrymandered redistricting map was found by a court to discriminate against Black voters with “surgical precision.”
Here is the statement Chapel Hill NOW published on Facebook and in a Mandarin language newspaper (in Mandarin).
Our “White Women, Can We Talk” event was 11/12/20 from 7:30pm EST to 9pm. Great participation and discussion. The focus of this event was looking back at the election – 55% of white women voted for Trump, 2% more than voted for him in 2016. How is that possible?! And what can we do about it? We also talked about why black and Hispanic men would vote for Trump. Next big thing in Georgia is the runoff elections for two hotly contested Senate races.
Join NC NOW for “White Women, Can We Talk? The National Listening Tour” with powerhouse State leaders of the National Organization for Women (NOW). You don’t want to miss the Pandora’s Box Discussion where women of color connect with white women to become better allies.
The history of policing of people of color in America has led to this moment where people are rising up to assert that Black Lives Matter. There tends to be a lot of focus on killings of Black and Brown men. Dr. Valerie Johnson will focus on the systemic violence against women of color, which is ignored besides notable exceptions, like Breonna Taylor and Sandra Bland.
In 2019, pre-pandemic, NC NOW President Gailya Paliga asked NC chapters to develop projects to commemorate the upcoming 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. In response, chapters across the state began brainstorming ways to do it, with several undertaking planning for conference-type events set for the following summer. Who knew what was to follow?
Coalition of NC Women’s Organizations sponsor event addressing racism in the Women’s Suffrage Movement. We are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which granted many women in the US the right to vote.
Some things are better than when Jim Crow laws were in effect, but those laws had a lasting influence on the way we live. We (white people) need to carefully examine our personal attitude toward people of different races. What are our expectations when we see a person of color? Is that expectation justified? If that person were white would that expectation be the same? Would you be willing to change place with a person of color? Answering those questions should give us a basis for thinking about our biases.