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NC NOW Legislative Update #21 – NC Budget Bad For Women

NC Budget Summary from NC NOW Legislative Update #21 – 25Jun17.

A budget has passed and has gone to the Governor, who has ten days to sign it, veto it, or allow it to become law without his signature. Governor Cooper is expected to veto the budget since he has been strongly critical of it: http://www.wral.com/cooper-calls-budget-deal-irresponsible-/16774013/, 6/20/17. But if the budget is vetoed, expect an override since Republicans hold veto-proof majorities in both the House and Senate.

The budget intensifies the attack on women’s reproductive rights by appropriating $2.6 million to crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) over a two-year period. So-called crisis pregnancy centers are religious “ministries” that attempt to persuade women wanting abortions not to have them, often using scare tactics and false information such as claiming that having an abortion will leave a woman sterile or put her at risk for cancer. This appropriation represents an increase of one million dollars per year. See: https://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2017/06/20/ncga-budget-gives-26-million-to-crisis-pregnancy-centers, 6/20/17.

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Photo Credit: Whole Woman’s Health Blog

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Paliga: Burr and Tillis – “F” for FAIL

I am outraged that Senators Burr and Tillis’ votes for Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos have thrown North Carolina’s children under the bus – the school bus. Senator Tillis even served as PTA President for his daughter’s High School, but that didn’t stop him from putting in office an unqualified – but filthy rich – nominee who many believe is hostile to public education. And let it be made clear this is not proof of supporting women in leadership – both Tillis and Burr have blocked well qualified African-American nominees like Loretta Lynch, Jennifer May Parker and Patricia Timmons-Goodsen.

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DeVos has no personal experience in public education, not as student, parent, teacher or administration. In fact, she has worked to undermine public education, spending more than two decades promoting taxpayer-subsidized vouchers for private and parochial school tuition and promoting publicly funded but privately run charter schools. She also tried to strip teacher unions of their influence. 

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Shining the light on anti-immigrant program targeting teenagers

I am inspired by some of President Obama’s speeches, but appalled at his Operation Border Guardian which directs Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to take children (18 years old) and throw them in jails, sometimes private jails (even worse). In implementation, ICE is grabbing these teenagers on their way to school, off school buses, and out of stairwells at school – cases of these known in Wake and Durham counties. Our state conference included a workshop on what it took a Durham school community to save (or at least give a chance to) teenager Wildin Acosta (also one on racism). Read about the community effort at “In Defense Of Wildin Acosta,“9/26/16, northcarolinanow.org.
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Durham Community Rally to free Wildin Acosta. Photo Credit: ABC

 

 

 

 

 

We cover more about what is being done to these teens at “One saved, one lost of the NC 6 plus more,“9/26/16, northcarolinanow.org. The most heinous case I know came out of Durham County (probably because the Durham Community is fighting this). Here are some of the Durhamites fighting this!

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NC NOW May to July newsletter available online!

There is a lot going on with the fallout from the law known as HB 2 continuing to batter NC, the second primary that was Jun 7, the NCGA trying to change so much during the short session, protests at the legislature, continued stonewalling of African American women for federal positions (by Senator Richard Burr), teachers in the streets! Read about some of it in the NC NOW newsletter May-June 2016.

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The newsletter mentions to tragic mass shooting that happened at a gay nightclub at 2am on June 12, 2016, in Orlando, FL. A gunman “carried out the worst mass shooting in United States history, leaving 50 people dead and 53 wounded.” It does not include the Charleston 9 hate crime shooting that was the following week (after the newsletter was published). On Jun 18, 2016, nine people were murdered at a historic African-American Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where they were doing bible study. The victims included the female pastor and a Democratic Senator, also female. These two hate crimes happened within a week of each other, both in the Southeastern US.

Also read about how you can get involved. Note that chapter meetings are listed on front page of the newsletter.

Special treat: the Wisdom from the Internet on page 5.

Give teacher raises with one hand, but with the other hand..

The Senate and House Budgets both give teachers modest pay raises, but continue to ignore most other school staff. Instead of hiring back the over 3000 TAs they forced schools to drop in 2013, they are proposing ways to ‘help’ after a problem has been manifested with “literacy coaches.” More at “Proposed House education budget cuts $27 million for reducing first-grade class sizes, reallocates most to literacy coaches.”  At the same time, the NCGA plans to take even more money from public education.

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Teachers: Public school system in crisis. STOP. Send money! STOP.

Educators and advocates in red are getting the word out in multiple ways about the state of public education in  NC. 

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People really care about public schools! Photo credit: Yevonne Brannon

The 2 day teacher trek

More than 50 teachers, parents and advocates marched 23 miles from Durham to the Capitol to bring attention to the needs of their students June 14 and 15, 2016. The 2 day teacher trek was previewed by CBS News affiliate WCNC on 5/28/16 in “Teachers plan 20 mile march to Raleigh for better school conditions.” Millbrook Elementary School teacher Kristen Beller said “[W]e know the reason our schools are not performing as high as they’re expected to is they’ve been stripped of resources.” What does she mean? Books! Pencils! Paper! Teacher Assistants! Support staff! Teachers have to buy  some of these basics themselves. On the other hand, Beller said the classroom has become a safe haven for some of the lower income students. “We need more resources just to keep these children clean and fed.”

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TAKE ACTION! Tell Legislators to Reject Bills that Divert Funding from Public Schools (NCJC)

URGENT ACTION! Tell Legislators to Reject Bills that Divert Funding from Public Schools, Hamper Teachers’ Ability to Educate

Two enormously destructive bills are moving very quickly through the legislature that could have devastating impacts on public education.  

HOUSE BILL 539: CHARTER SCHOOL FUNDING and something called “Achievement School Districts“replacing Senate Bill 95.

ACT NOW to protect our state’s educational future against these bills, which are likely to move in the next 48 hours.

Read more about both bills and take action at http://action.ncjustice.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=17488. 

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Today is Sep. 22, 2015, and this bill may move within 48 hours.  Here is the basic problem with links to the action and more information.  

(From the NC Justice Center, NCJC)

Women’s Advocacy Day new date – April 21, 2015 – Join us!

Please join NC NOW at NC Women United’s Women’s Advocacy Day, which has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Join us in Raleigh and bring friends and family! We had 5 Asheville NOW past and present officers drive in to attend the last one. Registration and details are at http://www.ncwu.org/our-programs/womens-advocacy-day/. Please register for this one if you plan to attend.

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You can read about what women’s organizations want organized into 4 categories in the 2015 legislative agenda. The categories are increase economic self-sufficiency, expand access to health care, end violence against women, and increase civic participation and equality.

The legislative agenda also includes a special statement on NC’s revenue problem – how the 2013 budget is making it impossible to sufficiently support public programs like public education, Medicaid, the court system and Health and Human Services programs.  There is an extra section on how public education has been hurt by vouchers and funding cuts.

Why you should vote!

Women made up 54% of the early voters, according to “NC Nears End of 2014’s In Person Early Voting”, 10/31/14.  This is interesting, since women make up 54% of registered voters in NC.  I thought the stats for women would be higher, since women’s bodies and support programs and income were targeted in so many legislative bills and laws passed in the last 2 years by this NC General Assembly and Governor.

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(Picture of NOW members protesting at the State Capitol in 2013, where Governor McCrory’s office is – see our signs!)

My top concerns for women and families are education, health and reproductive care, and economic security.  We have suffered in all of these areas over the past 4 years, with the most damage being done in the last 2 years.  Here are some examples of damage done in the last 2 years.

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Really sums up the mess NC made with teachers in 2013

Really sums up the mess the current administration (governor and lawmakers) have made of North Carolina. And the truth about why teachers are fleeing NC in droves.

The first paragraph says a lot. “If there is any doubt that Koch inspired Republican policies would be a disaster for America, one need only look to North Carolina, where you can see the results of these policies in real time. Gutting the social safety net didn’t make jobs magically appear. It just meant that more people would be struggling to survive.”

http://www.politicususa.com/2014/04/18/mccrory-education-policies-result-mass-exodus-nc-teachers.html