How is it possible for so many rape kits to be untested, sitting on shelves, and thrown away over time? The problem is there’s no rule on who foots the bill for rape kit testing across the country — it depends on the state and city you live in. This problem can be addressed in North Carolina, and it would make women and families safer to do so. Rape is a serial crime.
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.
We learned about a shocking number of untested rape kits in NC on 2/28/18. This is the story of how that came about, how a few people in Fayetteville got a problem tracked by changing the law. Now others can focus on finding money to get those rape kits tested so NC can find and jail more rapists.
Fayetteville NOW’s Press Release on upcoming Domestic Violence Awareness Event on Dec 2, 2017. In 1974, Beryl Mitchell was murdered by her active duty military husband. For decades, her grave had no headstone. See what Fayetteville NOW continues to do every year in her memory.
Please join Fayetteville NOW on Dec 2, 2017, in an annual remembrance ceremony of Beryl Mitchell and other victims of domestic violence. Take a look at these frightening domestic violence statistics.
Week #43 of the Tuesdays With Tillis protests concentrated on the power and reachof the #MeToo stories shared on social media starting Oct 15, 2017. Allegations and resignations continue into November. We want to Stop The Assaults, Stop the Violence and to make sure our Senators (Burr and Tillis) vote to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
We have 3 actions to take on national issues. Oppose the House Budget which slashes trillions of dollars from healthcare, food and income assistance, education and more. Oppose HR 38 – giving domestic violence offenders the right to stalk and kill their intimate partners across state lines! Oppose HR 36 – another abortion ban.
National figures are joining us in Chapel Hill for a campus showing of Equal Means Equal. Jessica Neuwirth (ERA Coalition), Eleanor Smeal (Feminist Majority Foundation/Ms. Magazine) and Nevada State Senator Pat Spearman are guest panelists for the Campus 4 ERA launch on Fri., Sept. 15, 2017. Details are below. The event is open to the public, free admission. More information on flyer.
College women still need to worry about major issues – safety on and off campus, being treated fairly, being paid fairly, health care coverage, and what happens when they decide to have children. Many don’t realize that the only right guaranteed for women in the Constitution is the right to vote. The Equal Means Equal documentary shows the real status of women, and is being shown at college campuses around NC in September, 2017.
Women’s Equality Day is the perfect time to get a picture of how unequal things still are for women. This documentary shows you things you may know, but also what you may not realize. Showing in August in Raleigh, Triad, Fayetteville and Asheville. On college campuses around the state in September 2017. More powerful viewing it on the big screen.