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Fayetteville NOW president: We should examine our racial biases

By Roberta Waddle
Fayetteville Observer, Posted Jun 4, 2020 at 1:48 PM 

My best education has been talking to and traveling with my African-American friends. Things that I give no thought to are considerations for a person of color.

Robera Waddle in front with other Fayetteville NOW members at protest at Market House in Fayetteville in April 2017, Photo Credit: Roberta Waddle

The murder of George Floyd was a tragedy and we should protest and demand justice for his killers. We should demand that every law enforcement agency in the country examine their internal culture and ensure that future training eliminates the chance of another murder like this ever happening.

The death of over 100,000 people from the COVID-19 pandemic is a tragedy, and we should mourn them as we try to stem the virus and recover from the economic damage done. Both of these tragedies hit hardest on communities of color and communities least able to cope with it. Both of them are the related to the systemic racism of our society. Unfortunately, this is an ongoing story of our country (and our world).

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Press Release: Online Rally on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women on 4/25/20

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Press Release: Online Rally to Focus on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and People on 4/25/20

CONTACTS: 

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Cavalier: MMIW Speech: Enough Finger Pointing, Start Fixing It

Crystal Cavalier traveled from Robeson County to speak on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women at the 2020 Raleigh Women’s March. Here is her speech. She is willing and able to speak more on this topic.

Crystal Cavelier on MMIW, Photo Credit: Kevin A. Smith

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Upcoming Events in Early 2020 with Fayetteville NOW

Please join Fayetteville NOW with any or all of the following events including a Roe v. Wade anniversary event, an event on organizing against racism, and the 21st annual Susan B. Anthony Birthday Reception event.

1. Monday, Jan. 13, 6:00 pm  Roe Event: Votes For Women and Reproductive Rights, featuring former legislator Diane Parfitt and Dr. Naveed Aziz.  Please come and bring a friend.  Cumberland County Main Library, Pate Room. 6pm-7:30pm. Fayetteville NOW event. 

See also Diane Parfitt: We need to Get Real about sex education and Dr. Naveed Aziz: He tried to wait until age 65, and Medicare, but did not make it

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Organizing Against Racism Groundwater Training in Fayetteville on 10/19/19

Fayetteville NOW is a cosponsor of “Organizing Against Racism Groundwater Training.” This event provides an excellent opportunity to explore the root causes of racism and begin a conversation about diversity, equity and inclusion.

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Place: Methodist University, 5400 Ramsey St, Fayetteville NC
Matthews Ministry Center

Registration cost: $25 includes lunch and training materials

See Training Flyer Interactive 1 for contact information and how to register.

Shortlink: https://wp.me/p22b2e-2ll

The Time For Justice Is NOW! NC NOW State Conference on 11/9/19

There are many examples of injustice around us: women’s health being targeted, disparities in school suspensions along racial lines, women’s reports of sexual assault and harassment being discounted, treatment of migrants and immigrants, mass incarceration of minorities, underpayment for women’s work, re-segregation of our schools to name just a few.

NOW is part of the resistance, in fact, we help organize resistance! Please join us at our NC NOW State conference to learn more about injustices and what we can do about them! Join us in Charlotte on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, 9am-4pm.

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That White Supremacy Problem Carlson Denies is really a White Nationalism Problem

There are significant differences between white supremacy and white nationalism. Even some reporters, including from CNN and Fox News, seem to be confused between the two. These terms are being used sometimes interchangeably with regard to the many senseless massacres in the US, including the El Paso TX and Dayton OH massacres that happened the same weekend in August 2019. But white supremacy and white nationalism are not the same, and the distinctions are important.

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Equal Means Equal Screening and Discussion – 9/17/19

Equal Means Equal is a groundbreaking film on women’s rights.

Learn about the true status of women and girls in the United States. This documentary follows Kamala Lopez as she journeys across the country to learn what women think about their lives, and how or if they want them to change. The interviews tell the stories of four generations of American women grappling with the status of their rights, the issues they face and how these have impacted our society. Lopez talks with women from the well-known, such as actress Patricia Arquette, and legendary feminist Gloria Steinem, to the unknown, including gang girls and hotel maids, to find out how being female impacts daily life, whether economically, politically or socially.

The film runs 90 minutes. Afterward, there will be time for discussion. You will want to discuss!

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Media Advisory: Stand up for immigrants and the right to asylum – 7/30/19

MEDIA ADVISORY: Stand up for immigrants and the right to asylum – 7/30/19

For Immediate Release

Contacts:
Michael Eisenberg, Tuesdays With Tillis
Moisés Serrano, Political Director at El Pueblo
Gailya Paliga, President of NC National Organization for Women

July 30, 2019

Tuesdays With Tillis, El Pueblo, NC National Organization for Women, and the Immigration and Refugee Program bring more attention to the constant attacks on immigrants led by the Trump administration.

Raleigh, NC
– The Trump administration is continuing to attack refugee resettlement programs and asylum seekers. We must remind Senator Thom Tillis and President Trump that refugee resettlement and seeking asylum are two separate LEGAL programs that are desperately needed. These programs give refugees and immigrants the opportunity to find safety in this country and their lives should not be used in political football. Our event speakers include migrants and refugees who have been directly affected by policy changes. We raise and highlight their voices so Tillis, our community, and other politicians understand the damage being caused and what is at stake.

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20th Annual SBA Event in Fayetteville Celebrates Police Chief

Fayetteville Police Chief Gina V. Hawkins was recognized by Fayetteville NOW for her leadership abilities during the organization’s Susan B. Anthony Birthday Celebration on Tuesday, 3/12/19.  Chief Hawkins is the first woman and first minority to serve in the permanent position of police chief for Fayetteville.  

Chief Hawkins is one of six woman police chiefs in North Carolina. She talked about herself and her life and what led her to this job and why. She said many times she was a little girl with a big mouth, and Fayetteville NOW VP, Roberta Waddle, quipped “perfect NOW woman!”

SBA Celebration Attendees, food and drinks to right Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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