A group of bipartisan lawmakers reintroduced the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) on March 8th, 2021. VAWA would provide funding and grants for a variety of programs that tackle domestic abuse. VAWA’s authorization lapsed in 2018. The House passed legislation to reauthorize the measure in 2019 with the support of a handful of GOP lawmakers, but a lesser bill was put forth in the Senate and neither bill moved. You can take action now to help it move forward!
Legislative leaders and the Governor actually reached a compromise on Senate Bill 220, Open our Schools Act, and the bill has been signed into law. Reaching a deal has been a prolonged power struggle between the legislature and the Governor. This week also saw two bills of interest introduced: (1) Senate Bill 190, Prohibit Weapons at Voting Place, and (2) Senate Bill 199, Freedom from Abuse, which would require public schools to provide students information on and resources for neglect and abuse, including sexual abuse.
Chapel Hill NOW is supporting the Compass Center for Women and Families in providing shelter victims of domestic violence.
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. Find link to event and the agenda in this post.
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.
Every town hall is a unique experience. The Voice of Domestic Violence Town Hall in Winston Salem on 4/11/19 included experts, past victims, current warriors with powerful stories and valuable information to share! Read a summary of their words here.
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.
NOW Charlotte was well represented at the Mecklenburg County Commissioner’s meeting on March 20, 2018, supporting county opposition to 287g. The 287g agreement is a collaboration with Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Sheriff’s Office that has deported over 15,000 people in Mecklenburg County. NOW Charlotte signed onto an anti-287g letter that was signed by over 40 organizations demanding the end of the program. The NOW Charlotte president spoke at the County Commissioner meeting and spoke on behalf of those who cannot speak out for themselves.
Writeup on Charlotte NOW’s very informative and inspirational meeting on the “Trauma to Prison Pipeline.”
Next Charlotte NOW event has a panel to discuss ending the sex abuse to prison pipeline for girls. Learn what the school system has in place to help these girls, and programs that Charlotte has in place to help them as well.