Tag Archives: racism

About NC’s Justice System with Retired Judge in Fayetteville on 11/13/18

Join Fayetteville NOW and partners for an evening of conversation with the Honorable Superior Court Judge Gregory Weeks (Retired) on his experiences in the justice system and discussing his perspective on racial disparities within our system of justice. This event is Tuesday, November 13th, 6pm at the Pate Room, Main Library downtown Fayetteville.  

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Fayetteville NOW – Upcoming Meetings and Events – July/Aug 2018

Tuesday, 7/17/18, 6pm – Monthly Meeting at Belden-Horne House, located on 519 Ramsey Street.  Plan for Women’s Equality Day event on 8/26/18 and officer elections at August monthly meeting.

Belden-Horne House in Fayetteville

Thursday, 7/19/18, 6pm – next in the “Community Conversations” series. At Downtown Library, 300 Maiden Lane, Fayetteville, in the Pate Room. We are continuing our healthy dialogue inspired by this three-part documentary, “Race: The Power of an Illusion.” This is the final phase for this series.  See flyer here.

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Fayetteville Coalition Brought SPLC Speaker to Inform and Inspire – 5/15/18

Fayetteville NOW is part of a coalition that brought in Lecia Brooks, outreach director at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).  Brooks spoke about the growth of hate groups in the US to a crowd of about 75 people on 5/15/18. Brooks ended with an inspiring message.

SPLC Outreach Director, Lecia Brooks Photo Credit: Umass Amherst

“The Southern Poverty Law Center has been tracking hate-based organizations for years. These include white nationalist and supremacists, black nationalists, anti-semitic groups, anti-Muslim groups and others,” Brooks said.

“The organization lists 32 hate groups in North Carolina,” she said. That includes 3 in Cumberland County.

Read more about the event at “Speaker: Hate crimes continue in United States,” 5/15/18, Fayetteville Observer. 

This event was part of the Fayetteville Community Conversations Coalition series in Fayetteville NC. This was a great turnout, especially considering there were some other events sponsored the same evening. 

Fayetteville Chapter of NOW is one of the co-sponsors of the Community Conversations program. Other sponsors include the Cumberland County Library, Delta Sigma Theta, Fayetteville-Cumberland Human Relations Commission. Fayetteville NAACP also helped bring in this excellent speaker.

The event was announced at Fayetteville NOW Community events (April and May 2018). Thanks to Fayetteville NOW President Sharon Johnson for the update and the newspaper link.

Fayetteville NOW Community Events (April and May 2018)

Mark your calendars with these events that Fayetteville NOW is co-sponsoring with community partners NAACP, Cumberland County Library, Quaker House, Delta Sigma Theta (Alumnae Chapter), CCAE, and the Fayetteville Cumberland Human Relations Commission.  The next Community Conversation in a series is on 4/16/18, and the Southern Poverty Law Center Outreach Director is speaking in Fayetteville on 5/15/18.

SPLC Outreach Director, Lecia Brooks

SPLC Outreach Director, Lecia Brooks

1. Community Conversation – “The World Cafe”

Date: April 16, 2018
Time: 6pm
Place: Main Fayetteville Library on Maiden Lane, Pate Room

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Community Conversation: Illusion of Race, Fayetteville, 3/19/18

Join Fayetteville NOW and its coalition partners, on 3/19/18, at 6pm, Pate Room, Main Library, for the showing of the documentary, “Race: The Power of an Illusion.” This documentary questions the belief that racial differences are innate. A facilitated discussion follows the viewing of this film. 

The coalition is a partnership between the Fayetteville-Cumberland Human Relations Commission, Cumberland County Association of Educators, Cumberland County Public Library, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the NAACP, NOW and the Quaker House.

The Fayetteville Observer announced the event in article “Human Relations Commission to hold conversation on race,” on 2/27/18. 

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Encore Presentation of Cracking Codes Starts 10/9/17 in Fayetteville

Fayetteville NOW, Quaker House, Fayetteville Chapter of the NAACP, and other organizations have been running a video series to open and facilitate discussions on racism. The video is shown and discussed in 3 parts, one part per session for 3 sessions. Each session is standalone and is also useful as part of the series. They have run this with documentary ‘Cracking the Codes: The System Of Racial Inequity‘ multiple times, and they have also used another documentary the same way.

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Democratic Party is Disrespecting Women, Women are Disengaging

The Democratic Party has announced plans to back anti-choice candidates. This plan disrespects women’s health, welfare, safety and economic security!!  Supporting anti-choice candidates throws women’s needs under the bus. Women are really angry, and disengaging, and even leaving! One CNN article called it “Democrats’ disastrous mistake on abortion,” 8/5/17. 

Some of my older friends (who are not already unaffiliated) want to take it up with the Democratic party, but my younger friends (not even that young) just want to leave them in the dust.

Please tell them and show them your outrage, rather than disengaging. To other friends and members who are unaffiliated, think about what it means if neither major party supports reproductive rights.

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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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