People are asking ‘what do we do now’ in response to the US Senate passing that horrifying and devastating tax bill in the middle of the night on 12/2/17 (Friday night/Saturday morning). Others asked last night after watching the real status of women at the Equal Means Equal discussion.
We have many things we can do – fight this! We are not alone! We can use our voices! Go to protests if you can, but we have other ways to protest too. Protest from home – by phone and email! Write letters. Write ‘letters to the editor’ or op-eds to reach new people. Talk to people. Some truly aren’t hearing how bad things are. Fight in any ways that work for you!
Tuesdays With Tillis – We Will Not Be Silent! Photo credit: Gailya Paliga
Our second Women’s Equality Day March and Rally in Durham was on a beautiful day and in a beautiful place – the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, NC. Thanks to the speakers, the attendees, the marshals, the organizers, the musicians and the dancers. Many of the organizers and most of the speakers were women of color. We used the occasion of Women’s Equality Day to celebrate women’s progress and to talk about what women still need.
Walltown Dancers on the main stage, music by Pots, Pans and Hands. Photo Credit: Stephanie Lormand
2015 Women’s Equality Day March in Durham Photo Credit: Phil Fonville
Join us for the Women’s Equality Day March and Rally on Saturday, August 26, 2017, from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm! We will celebrate the victories for equality that women have won and rededicate ourselves to eliminating all discrimination against women. This year’s theme is “Women Rise Up NOW!”
Participants will gather at 9:30 am at the Durham County Register of Deeds Office at 200 E Main St (also known as the Old Durham County Court House, and Durham County Court House is etched on the building). From there, we will march together to the American Tobacco Campus on Blackwell St. to enjoy a terrific rally, excellent speakers, performance artists, skits, live music bands, tabling, children’s activities and good food from local restaurants on campus. The facebook event is at https://www.facebook.com/events/1895048384066677/.
The Charlotte NOW chapter participated in the Charlotte March for Education held at Marshall Park in uptown Charlotte. Marches for Public Education were held simultaneously across our nation including Washington, DC, on Saturday, July 22, 2017. We had a very enthusiastic group of supporters on a very hot summer day. Melba Evans represented the Charlotte NOW chapter in speaking about many aspects of problems with public education today (like the inequities of education in high poverty neighborhoods) and the devastating effects the Trump DeVos plan will have on all our public schools, colleges and universities.
Melba Evans, Charlotte NOW
The Wheel of Misfortune was the coolest feature of the last “Tuesdays with Tillis” protest. Citizens have been protesting in front of Senator Thom Tillis’ office in Raleigh every Tuesday for a few months at this point, but the protest really grew on 6/27/17. It was expanded with energy of some other groups – Protecting Progress In Durham and Progress North Carolina Action among others. The message was to tell Senator Thom Tillis to vote NO on any “healthcare” bill that takes away coverage from anybody.
About 160 people went to protest at the Federal Building where Senator Thom Tillis has his Raleigh office, 310 New Bern Ave, in Raleigh. 160 people!
Big Crowd, Federal Building on right Photo Credit: Stacie Borrello
The event had multiple parts. In the beginning was the regular Tuesdays With Tillis program – gathering, and marching in protest. Lots of great signs.
Sign Collage and crutches Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga
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Did you go to any of the many tax marches that were around the country on 4/15/17? Buzzfeed captured some great signs. There was wonderful coverage of the Tax March On Raleigh with HUNDREDS of people on many TV stations, including WRAL. See WRAL’s at “Raleigh ‘Tax March’ protesters demand release of Trump’s tax returns.” The News and Observer really low-balled the count in “Protesters say Trump keeping tax returns secret is worrying“, not clear why.
Nevada has ratified the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)! The re-introduction of the ERA for ratification in various state legislatures (including North Carolina) is part of the “three-state strategy” for ratification (although now [after Nevada] it has become a two-state strategy).
This has brought new interest to ratifying ERA across the nation. North Carolina already had introduced bills to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment both Houses of the North Carolina legislature, and NC NOW is working to spur action on these bills.
The ERA NC Alliance, which includes NC NOW, held a Women’s Mobilization Monday on Monday, March 27, to advocate for ratification of the ERA. Events included a press conference at 3:00 pm in the General Assembly Press Room and supporters assembling in the House gallery at 6:30 pm where they were recognized. There must have been 70 women present at 7pm. There was lots of press at the Press Conference at 3pm.
NC NOW subset of Women Mobilization Monday
Photo Credit: Roberta Waddle
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 be reinforced with 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)!
Did you join us at the Women’s March On Raleigh? Did you know we made 2 styles of t-shirts for the march? Bet you couldn’t see mine under my turquoise boa! Very few were available before the march (you had to individually order your own). Now, Raleigh NOW has a batch in both styles of Women’s March On Raleigh (WMOR) t-shirts available. The WMOR t-shirts cost $20.
- The sand color shirt is unisex, boxy cut, sizes from Small to 2XL.
- The white color shirt is “lady’s cut,” sizes from Small to XL. Lady’s cut runs much smaller, as you may know.
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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