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20th Annual SBA Event in Fayetteville Celebrates Police Chief

Fayetteville Police Chief Gina V. Hawkins was recognized by Fayetteville NOW for her leadership abilities during the organization’s Susan B. Anthony Birthday Celebration on Tuesday, 3/12/19.  Chief Hawkins is the first woman and first minority to serve in the permanent position of police chief for Fayetteville.  

Chief Hawkins is one of six woman police chiefs in North Carolina. She talked about herself and her life and what led her to this job and why. She said many times she was a little girl with a big mouth, and Fayetteville NOW VP, Roberta Waddle, quipped “perfect NOW woman!”

SBA Celebration Attendees, food and drinks to right Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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ERA: Alyssa Milano Wants It. How About You?

Women have been working to get equal rights in the United States for 170 years! Too many people don’t realize women don’t have equal rights. Why is ERA catching fire now? What will it do for women and families? How can you help? North Carolina women are pushing now and pushing hard! Learn more and join the effort!

Actresses Alyssa Milano and Patricia Arquette are on board, and using their star power to bring more attention to the need for ERA. Milano said at a press conference in DC, “It’s 2019 and I still don’t have equal rights under the Constitution. Neither do any of you, the nearly 162 million women across the U.S. The absurdity is mind-boggling: because I have a vagina, my opportunities for equality and justice are limited.”

Patricia Arquette and Alyssa Milano in front. Ellie Smeal behind. 

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International Women’s Day Luncheon with Triad NOW, 3/9/19

Triad NOW is having its first International Women’s day Luncheon on Saturday, 3/9/19, from noon to 2:30pm. They have a “knock your socks off” presentation by Purity Ruchugo from Kenya, and an inspiring multi-media presentation about international women activists by Iris Cole. 

Keynote Speaker Purity Ruchugo arrived from Kenya to the United States with just $5. She is the founder and CEO of Sister to Sister Outreach Ministries, an international ministry that feeds and educates 100 AIDS orphans in Kenya in addition to supplying housing for mothers of disabled children. Her African craft store is debt free, and she has helped many women start their own businesses in Kenya, as well as helping women with childcare issues here in the US.

Ms. Purity Ruchugo Photo Credit: Triad NOW

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Fayetteville NOW’s 20th SBA Event Honors Police Chief Gina Hawkins, 3/12/19

The Fayetteville Chapter of NOW invites you to the 20th annual Susan B. Anthony Birthday Celebration. This year, Fayetteville NOW members are honoring Fayetteville Police Chief GINA HAWKINS. The event is Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Fayetteville. Please register in advance using SBA Event Registration Form.

Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins, formal picture

Chief Hawkins was hired in 2017 is the first woman and first minority to serve in the permanent position of police chief for Fayetteville.  When she was hired in June of 2017, Fayetteville Observer wrote, “Hawkins has developed a reputation as a no-nonsense cop during her 28 years in law enforcement. She said she sees that as holding people accountable, upholding standards and keeping things on track.” 

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ERA Advocacy Day at NCGA a Big Success! 1/30/19

On January 30, NC NOW, a lead organization of the NC-ERA Alliance, joined an Alliance call-to-action at the General Assembly. Advocates engaged in constituent visits to share materials supporting the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and to call on their representatives to co-sponsor ERA bills this session. ERA bills sponsored by Senator Floyd McKissick, Jr. (Senate) and Representative Carla Cunningham (House) are expected to be filed on March 5.

Women delivered two things to each legislator – a letter from the ERA-NC Alliance and Legalize Equality, a 30 minute DVD which makes the case for ERA. Great timing since January 30 was the legislators’ first day back and some legislators, and many legislative assistants, were available.

Representatives from many women’s organizations attended the event, which was organized by ERA-NC Alliance. ERA-NC Alliance is a coalition of mostly women’s organizations which are focused on getting ERA into the U.S. Constitution. 

ERA Advocacy Day Team, 1/30/19, at Legislative Building in Raleigh. Photo Credit: Mike Onnifrey

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Women and Allies Show Strength Again at Raleigh Women’s March on 1/26/19!

Thousands of marchers surrounded the NC Legislative Building while more waited and watched at Halifax Mall for the 2019 Raleigh Women’s March on Saturday, January 26, 2019. This is the third time women and allies showed up in the thousands in Raleigh to tell the world and the legislature that they are still fighting for change! Women organized women’s marches and rallies in at least 6 cities in January 2019. Here is a summary of the Raleigh event with theme, march, speakers, performers, signs.

Women and allies surround Legislative Building in Raleigh. Photo Credit: Jason Noble

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One State to Go – Let’s Make History: ERA 2019 on 1/30/19

North Carolina has a historic chance to be the 38th — and final! — state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Join us as we bring that message to our legislators. We need them to know that North Carolina wants equal rights for all – women and men! #ALLforERA  One more state. Not one more genERAtion. ERA Advocacy Day on 1/30/19.

Organized by the ERA-NC Alliance of which NC NOW is part.

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2019 Women’s Marches in NC

Women are getting the women’s marches going around NC. We know of 4 women’s march and rallies so far. Note: two added after the fact – Black Mountain on 1/19/19 and Albamarle/Stanly County on 1/12/19.

Note: this post will be split up into original notice of upcoming marches and summaries of the marches at a later time.

1. Women’s March On Asheville 2019 – January 20, 2019, 11am-2pm, S Pack Square, Asheville NC 28801.  The theme is “We Believe Survivors!”
Event at – https://www.facebook.com/events/316740779104600/

Women’s March On Asheville, 2018 Photo Credit: Women’s March On Asheville

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Make Your Pro-Choice Statement!

With the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, there is more danger than ever before that Roe v. Wade could be overturned or its application severely restricted. If federal protection for abortion rights is denied or diminished, the battle to defend women’s reproductive rights will shift to the states. Here in North Carolina, the forces for abortion rights have been historically strong, but in this political climate our voices must grow stronger and our support for a woman’s right to choose must become more visible. The pro-choice signature ad is one way to make your support for choice visible.

Show your support for access to safe and legal abortion NOW by joining in on the Pro-Choice Signature Ad (2019)  and/or making a donation! NC NOW runs a pro-choice signature ad in the Indy Weekly (previously known as The Independent Weekly) every year. The ad runs in January, timed with the January 22 anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision (1/22/73) that gave women control over their bodies and lives. 2019 marks the 46th anniversary of Roe! The signature ad commemorates Roe v. Wade, and also raises money for NOW’s work in North Carolina.

Make your statement (I’m Pro-Choice Too!) by including your name in the ad and/or by making a donation to NC NOW.

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How did NC NOW PAC and NOW PAC Endorsed Candidates Do in 2018?

We are happy to report that the candidates who were endorsed by the NC NOW PAC in the general election did pretty well. More importantly for the future of North Carolina, the veto-proof supermajorities in the NC House and the NC Senate have been broken! The change in the NC House was known by the end of election day, 11/6/18, but it took until 11/19/18 to be sure about the NC Senate.

We evaluated how our endorsed candidates had done on Nov 10, 2018. Since then, the undecided races have been decided, but it is interesting to see which ones were that close, so that information is included with links to articles on what happened. We wish that gerrymandering hadn’t been such a powerful and deciding factor in the Congressional races.

In the NC Senate races, out of 22 endorsements, candidates took 15, lost 7 and one had not been called (Kirk DeViere) District 19, Fayetteville, but he was leading. (Update: Kirk DeViere won! See “Kirk deViere officially wins state Senate seat,” 11/19/18, Fayetteville Observer)

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