There are so many important and interesting articles, we don’t want to lose track of them. In North Carolina, we have the lobbyist involved in the fundraiser being former Raleigh mayor Tom Fetzer, who told contacts that the fundraiser recipient could succeed House speaker Tim Moore. The 2 year anniversary of the murders at UNC-Charlotte is coming up on April 30 – victim/hero Riley Howell’s mom wrote an excellent op-ed after mass murders in March – people want change. A four-year federal investigation into longstanding Republican claims of voter fraud in North Carolina ended – and found nothing. Young congressman Madison Cawthorn touts the Covid relief funds helping his constituents, although he did not vote for them.
Many of these articles were included in most recent mailchimp email from NC NOW – if you want to receive the emails, fill in a volunteer form and put ‘Add me to email list” and other ways you want to be involved in the ‘What do you want to do’ note.
There are some significant updates in Vanessa Guillén case. Guillén is the 20 year old soldier who disappeared from Ft. Hood on April 22, 2020. There is a preliminary report on the independent review of Fort Hood’s command climate in the handling of her death. This report will be made public on Tuesday, Dec. 8. There is also progress on the #IAmVanessaGuillen bill – it is being deliberated in Congress.
#JusticeForVanessaGuillen and #IAmVanessaGuillen signs at one of three protests for justice for Guillén in Raleigh on 7/25/20. Photo Credit: Micaela Aguilar
What really happened with this victim advocate who had worked at Ft Bragg in NC? CBS aired Lindsey Knapp’s story and others in November 2020 on the CBS Evening News with Nora O’Donnell. Stories of victims of multiple sexual assaults who killed themselves. And stories of “Pentagon whistleblowers say they were fired or suspended for reporting sexual assault cover-ups: “People are afraid”” at cbsn.ws/2HpwN1k. Better link at https://www.cbsnews.com/video/norah-odonnell-reports-sexual-assault-in-the-military/. CBS did a four part series on problems in the military. This particular CBS show aired interviews of three women hired to work for the military’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program. All three had been fired.
Please join us for the online Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and People (MMIWGP) rally scheduled for 4/25/20, from 10am-1pm. Emcee Crystal Cavelier, Founder of MMIW NC Coalition and Co- Organizer of March has provided an agenda. NC NOW is one of the cosponsors, and NC NOW President Gailya Paliga is one of the speakers. The link to watch it livestream is Livestream of Online #MMIWGP Rally. The (past) facebook event is at https://www.facebook.com/events/455552131732954/
10:00 am – Welcome Crystal Cavalier, Founder of MMIW NC Coalition and Co- Organizer of March Jason Crazy Bear (Choctaw Apache) and David Seleni (Houma)
“On average, a wave of liberal protesting in a congressional district can increase a Democratic candidate’s vote share by 2% and reduce a GOP candidate’s share by 6%. A wave of conservative protests, like those by the Tea Party in 2010, will on average reduce the Democratic vote share by 2% and increase the Republican share by 6%.”
Impeachment is topic at this Tuesdays With Tillis protest in Raleigh. Photo Credit: Jacalyn Engler
My daughter goes to an NC university and I worry about her. I even signed her up for a self defense class before her freshman year. I knew the statistics of sexual assault on campuses are extremely high. However, I was shocked to read that “A third of female undergraduate UNC students reported sexual assault, survey found,” 10/15/19, Charlotte Observer. State laws must be improved to prosecute these crimes, and universities must do more. An Equal Rights Amendment would help long term.
Event with Feminists For All at UNC-CH, 9/27/19 Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga
The 2019 survey by the Association of American Universities reported that “nine percent of respondents said they were given a spiked drink or drugs without their knowledge before the assault.”
The NFL is still broken – things look the same as they did when Ray Rice knocked out his then girlfriend in an elevator. Nothing was done about Rice until someone released the video of him actually knocking her out and dragging her unconscious body out of the elevator. The video of them going in with her upright and being dragged out was not enough. More shockingly, before the video was released, the NFL made special pink jerseys promoting him to women! That is right – the pink jerseys had abuser Ray Rice’s number on it. They are ignoring charges of rape and sexual assault brought up against Antonio Brown now, similarly, although so far without the pink jersey.
NOW says “the NFL’s message is clear–there’s too much money resting on Brown’s career to keep him from playing, or to seriously address the league’s systemic culture of violence against women.”
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!