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NC’s Marches For Science (2018)

The Marches For Science were full of happy, busy people in 2017.

People at the 2017 Raleigh March For Science at Moore Square. Photo Credit: Lori Bunton

People at the 2017 Raleigh March For Science at Moore Square. Photo Credit: Lori Bunton

Again in 2018, citizens have the opportunity to publicly show their respect for and appreciation of Science in the face of the Trump administration’s demonstrated disdain for Science.  Some cities are hosting Marches for Science this year – Raleigh and Greensboro NC on April 14, 2018 for sure. Western NC has an option in SC on April 21, 2018. Female and male scientists are featured at these events. The Raleigh March For Science includes special activities for children. We celebrate science while President Trump’s administration continues to show its disdain for Science.

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2018 Election News – All Seats Up For Grabs!

2018 will be an interesting year in North Carolina because all legislative seats are up for election. There is a lot of excitement around being able to vote, in part due to backlash against the Trump administration and its policies, in part due to the will to make change thanks to the #metoo movement, recognition of the reinforced need for #gunsafety thanks to students in Parkland FL, exposure of racial violence and unfairness via #BlackLivesMatter and the inspiration of the #WomensMarches. Although the voter registration for the May 8 primary ends Friday, April 13, 2018, same day on site voter registration is allowed during early voting (but not on May 8). So if you are not registered to vote yet – you must vote early and bring the right materials with you to register on-site. 

As you may remember, same-day registration and provisional ballots had been thrown out in 2013 when the Republican-controlled legislature rewrote voting rules, but were restored by the courts in 2014. But they have been back in play since late 2014.

People are gearing up for elections in NC as elsewhere in the country, where less conservative to truly progressive candidates have been winning. My favorite story is from the surprise midterm election in Virginia on Nov 7, 2017, where Danica Roem of Virginia got to be the first openly transgender person elected and seated in a U.S. statehouse, Washington Post.

“Virginia’s most socially conservative state lawmaker was ousted from office Tuesday [11/7/17] by Danica Roem, a Democrat who will be one of the nation’s first openly transgender elected officials and who embodies much of what Del. Robert G. Marshall fought against in Richmond.”

In 2018, I was thrilled to see a female judge win a hotly contested state Supreme Court seat in Wisconsin, Washington Post, 4/4/18. 

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Dallet Photo Credit Dalletforjustice.com

Facts about NC’s 2018 Election

Here are some facts about the 2018 election in North Carolina where all legislative seats are up for grabs, according to Ballotpedia on NC Senate, and Ballotpedia on NC House.

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April 2018 Week of Activism in DC, with #EnoughIsEnough Summit

Join the National Organization for Women (NOW) for a five-day event in Washington, DC, including a lobby day at the Capitol on April 26. This year’s NOW Civic Days at the Capitol will take place around our #EnoughIsEnough Summit, focusing on concrete solutions to dismantle the toxic system of sexual abuse and harassment. NOW will provide training and materials to activists at our National Action Center on April 24, so they will be fully prepared to meet with their members of Congress. NOW activists will lobby on legislation regarding sexual assault and harassment, abortion and reproductive rights, and other pertinent bills moving through the Congress.

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Fine Tuning Our Message Together with AAUW-NC, 3/24/18

AAUW-NC invited leaders of many women’s organizations to various roles in their annual conference for 2018, “Strong Ws: Fine Tuning Our Message Together.” The event is Saturday, Mar 24, 2018, 10am to 3pm. NC NOW’s president is one of the presenters of the “Moving Your Message Through The Digital World” break-out sessions.

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Celebrate International Women’s Day in NC on 3/8/18

NOW is part of International Women’s Day celebrations in Raleigh and in Charlotte.

View of WomenNC panel in 2014 from NOW table
Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

Press For Progress in Charlotte NC

Charlotte NOW is involved in an annual event for International Women’s Day on Mar 8, Press For Progress. It is at the International House, 1817 Central Ave, Charlotte NC. Charlotte NOW is on the Charlotte International Women’s Day Committee, and told me about the upcoming event. The following is from the eventbrite listing.

You are invited to celebrate the history, contributions and achievements of women. Join us for an inspirational and motivational event to bring change to move women forward.

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Equal Means Equal Showing in Chapel Hill on 2/17/18

Women are guaranteed equal rights under the law, right? No?!!

If you have not seen this important documentary, Equal Means Equal, now is your chance! If you’ve only seen it once, you may want to see it again. It shows us the real situation of women in the United States. Very intense. We will discuss afterward.

Date: Sat. Feb. 17th, 2018
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Place: Chapel Hill Public Library
Reservations: Appreciated, Thru Eventbrite.
Cost: Free

Organized by Durham NOW 

Quotes from the Women’s Rally On Raleigh, 1/20/18

10,000 -15,000 determined, compassionate, and resilient North Carolinians poured into the state capital for the Women’s Rally on Raleigh on Saturday, 1/20/18. The Raleigh event was in conjunction with events in at least 9 cities around NC, and with all these people in all these cities celebrating women’s rights and raging against bad policies, against dangerous votes, against vicious political maneuvers, against terrible tweets and against worse behavior! In Raleigh, women leading the resistance sang, recited, and spoke about voter suppression, sexual assault, domestic violence, access to affordable quality healthcare, immigrant rights, Islamophobia, LGBTQ rights, public education and more. Our rally cries rang across North Carolinathe resistance is here to stay.

Civil Rights Attorney Anita Earls on stage Photo Credit: Vicky DeGroote

Here are some quotes from our speakers and performers. See almost two hours of the event from right in front of the stage on WRAL here

“When I hear the word justice/freedom/resistance, it makes me think about women.” – Performer Randa McNamara

“Don’t call me baby. It’s CEO, director, president. Change is coming—that’s evident.”
– MaryBe McMillan, delivering a poem that she wrote for our event! @marybemcmillan, President of the @NCStateAFLCIO

“Unfortunately it needs to be said. We are not leeches coming from shitholes.”
-Eiman Ali, @EimanAliii, on the contributions of immigrants, and the scapegoating and abuse they endure.

“We have a message for you, can’t hide in the world of #metoo.” – MaryBe McMillan

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And then there were nine (Women’s March Anniversary Events in NC)

NINE Women’s March anniversary events are being planned in NC so far. These are for January 20th, 2018. 

Triad – Women’s March On The Polls, 12-3pm,
Corpening Plaza, 231 W First St, Winston-Salem
facebook.com/triadwomensmarch
Raleigh – Women’s Rally On Raleigh, 9-1, Raleigh NC.
Theme is “Women Leading The Resistance!”
https://www.facebook.com/events/1611316172263531/
Charlotte – Charlotte’s Women’s March, 10am-2pm,
First Ward Park, 301 E 7th St, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
https://www.facebook.com/events/135395813840257/

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Hillsborough – 2018 Women’s March Into Action!

Hillsborough NC in Orange County is having their own Women’s March and rally Event. They are the seventh NC city to have one  on Jan 20, 2018 (to NC NOW’s knowledge). Their theme is March Into Action!!

Date: January 20th, 2018
Time: 3-5 p.m.
Place: 100 E. King Street, Hillsborough NC, 27278
At the Historic Courthouse lawn and River Park Farmers Market Pavilion (East Margaret Lane)
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/284533385405088/

Organizers of this march wrote the following:

Several individuals working in collaboration have organized a local rally to be held on January 20th, 2018, from 3 to 5 p.m. This event is a “sister” march to the National Women’s March on Washington, as well as the Women’ March event being held in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Upcoming Events – January 2018

Welcome the new year with hope and ACTIVISM!

1. Monday, January 1, 2018 – Celebrating 2017 as A Year Of Resistance in Wilmington

Women Organizing For Wilmington are celebrating “2017: A Year of Resistance” on Monday, Jan 1, 2018. 12 noon at 102 N. Third Street. Rain or Snow! More at https://www.facebook.com/events/944526919027672/.

2. Help with the planning of Women’s March Anniversary events around NC

Winston-Salem meets every Monday, Raleigh meets every Tuesday up to the Jan 20, 2018 marches. Contact organizers through the events. See event listing at Women’s March Anniversary Events (2018) in NC

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