Pro-choice Signature Ad Packet Delivery and Letter – 4/14/21

NC NOW members delivered the pro-choice signature ad packets to all of our representatives in the NC House and NC Senate on Monday, 3/25/19. The packets included a copy of the pro-choice signature ad that we ran in Indy Week in January (as we do every year), and a letter from NC NOW.

Press Release: Push to Properly Classify and Solve #MMIWG Murders in Lumberton, NC

May 5 is National Day of Action for MMIWG (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls) and we have some big problems in Lumberton, NC. The murders of the 3 women in 2017 are still not classified as homicides in Lumberton. This was confirmed again in April 2020. All 3 women were found naked within a 4 block radius. Rhonda Price and Christina Bennett were found on the same day, Apr 18, 2017. The 3rd woman, Megan Oxendine, knew the first 2 women and had been interviewed about their murders in April 2017. Oxendine was murdered on Jun 3, 2017. In 2019, another shocking fact was revealed – the rape kits sat untested for over a year and a half!

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

On Saturday, April 25th, families of victims along with state-wide women’s organizations will host a Facebook live gathering that focuses on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and People (MMIWGP). This online event will go from 10am to 1pm EST. A host of speakers and performers are participating in this online rally. This is a call to action for activists, supporters and families to raise awareness, attention and bring justice to the many indigenous women and girls who have disappeared or have been murdered in NC. 

NC NOW Legislative Update #13 – Proposed Budget Part 1 – 29 April 2019

The NC budget finally includes money for testing rape kits – but half as much as our Governor and Attorney General requested. The anti-abortion Human Coalition, which funds crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), will receive 1.2 million dollars. It is always necessary to watch the budget bills because they often contain policy measures in addition to appropriations. The provision in the proposed budget also prevents closing down schools except for specified reasons. Waiting to see if Senate Rules Committee will try to override the Governor’s veto on a bad anti-abortion bill.

Signature Ad Packet Delivery and Letter – 3/25/19

NC NOW members delivered the pro-choice signature ad packets to all of our representatives in the NC House and NC Senate on Monday, 3/25/19. The packets included a copy of the pro-choice signature ad that we ran in Indy Week in January (as we do every year), and a letter from NC NOW.

NC NOW Legislative Update #8 – 25 March 2019 – Modernizing Sexual Assault Laws

This week saw important actions on bills pertaining to sexual assault and rape.  Finally some progress on modernizing sexual assault laws. HB393 tightens North Carolina law concerning how sexual assault is defined and prosecuted, allow sexual abuse to be investigated sooner, and increase the chances that that prosecution could result in a conviction. Carolina Public Press released their research in a series of articles focusing on sexual assault victims and inconsistent conviction rates of rapists. This bill would address some of the problems outlined.

NC NOW 2019 Legislative Update #2 – War on Repro Rights Again – 2/11/19

Summary of NCGA Week 2 – Bad news: the war on women’s reproductive rights has begun with the introduction of two threatening bills. Good news: bills on testing of the backlog of untested rape kits statewide, to address a problem of sexual abuse of children and to address a domestic violence. Plus new bill on Silent Sam controversy.

NC NOW 2019 Legislative Update #1 – ERA is On! 2/4/19

NC NOW’s Legislative Update #1 for the 2019 Long Session, includes ERA Advocacy Day, link to new legislators from both parties, talk of medicaid expansion, update on rape kit processing, and revival of ‘floaters’ as ways for Republicans to control committees.

2019 Women’s Marches in NC

2019 Women’s March plans around NC. 4 marches and a bus! Dates vary but all are in January. Allows you opportunities to attend one or more of the women’s marches.

Jones: Make Rape Kit Testing a Priority

How testing rape kits would have helped women in writer’s family, and others. One out of every six women will experience attempted or completed rape. One out of every thirty-three men will also experience it. It is so common that sadly, most of us know friends or loved ones who have been violated. We have seen DNA convict perpetrators as well as free those who were wrongly incarcerated. So why is it that we have such an incredibly large quantity of untested rape kits in North Carolina? The NCGA must allocate resources toward solving these crimes and preventing future crimes.