Congress is in the process of reauthorizing the 25 year old Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) this spring (April 2019). VAWA expired last fall, when Congress was distracted with other issues. Here is some background on VAWA and on changes to improve it in 2019.
April is #SexualAssaultAwarenessMonth and women and women’s organizations including NOW are urging Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women’s Act, VAWA. The bill is #HR1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. Learn about it here and see what you can do to help move #VAWA along.
The January, February and March 2019 newsletter is available. January and February have been a whirlwind of activity – 6 women’s marches around the state, getting people to other marches, NC NOW’s annual pro-choice signature ad, and organizing other events and advocacy days. Also, strong reactions to administration activities and lawmakers.
Quotes from some of the speakers and performers at the 2019 Raleigh Women’s March. Such impressive speakers and would prefer to be able to capture each speech, but here are some pearls of wisdom.
People pour in to Domestic Violence Awareness Town Hall on 2/18/19 and are riveted by shocking realities of what women (and other victims) in NC face. The impetus for the Domestic Violence Awareness Town Hall was a restraining order against Rep. Cody Henson that it took almost a year for his wife to get. But this story was the tip of the iceberg as experts and victims talked about the realities of violence against women, domestic violence in North Carolina, how things are worse for victims in small towns, and victims in different communities (like the African American community).
Second version of Domestic Violence Awareness Town Hall press release – this one included impetus for event (almost a year to get a restraining order against Rep. Cody Henson), and speakers.
#StopKavanaugh rallies and protests in NC the first week of October. After Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified, and Brett Kavanaugh had a major meltdown in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the country!! Protests are popping up. Hope you can attend at least one. The passionate speakers all have lots to say about how unfit this #SCOTUS candidate is.
Capturing some great posts about the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. #Kavanaugh testifies tomorrow. Crazy way to handle these accusations which are part of basically Kavanaugh’s job interview. As his potential employer, I’d be running like the wind to get away from him. But also, there are 5 major different accusations against Kavanaugh, each of which has other related witnesses. Just talking to the first woman, with no witnesses and no plans to talk to other people, is completely insufficient for any investigation.
Press conference set up around the state at three of Senator Thom Tillis’ offices – Raleigh, High Point and Charlotte. NC NOW leaders speaking at all three. Here are the details for the Raleigh event.
Triad NOW’s May meeting will have members report on the UN Commission on the Status of Women conference they attended in NYC in March 2018. They plan to share their ‘wow’ moments as well as ideas for Triad NOW and women in the Triad as a result of the multitude of sessions we each attended.