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Upcoming ERA Events – Oct 2017

Here are some upcoming events which either are about the Equal Rights Amendment or include it.

National and state ERA experts in panel at UNC-CH for the screening of Equal Means Equal, 9/15/17. Moderated by Dr. Gloria Thomas, director of the Carolina Women’s Center. Photo Credit: Senator McKissick

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You’ll be glad you joined us for NC NOW State Conference!

NC NOW’s annual conference is in Fayetteville this year. Join us on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017, from 9am-4pm. The registration form is in the NC NOW Call To Conference Newsletter. Register online via eventbrite here. We have exciting speakers, including keynote speaker Secretary of State Elaine Marshall. We also have Lillian’s List’s Executive Director, Sarah Preston, getting women ready to run for office. We will hear about what Title IX has been doing for women, how the Trump Administration is threatening to change it. 

Local NOW Members you are likely to see at a state conference and a local protest in Fayetteville! NOW members made up about half the protester that day (the rest not in this picture). Photo Credit: Pam Wade

We’re also having two sets of workshops so participants can choose topics to explore. We’re having workshops on problems women face (through legislation, gerrymandering, clinic threats). And tips on programs and legislation via “How to Have Powerful Programs that Pop!”  and “Recent Legislative Action on Sexual Assault—Chapter Activism gets Results.”

Join us! You’ll be glad you did! Click to see the conference flyer.

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Red Alert: Take Action Against Latest Healthcare Attack

Have you called your Senators yet to tell them to vote AGAINST the latest terrible Trumpcare proposal? Please do. We *MUST* persist. Like the NWLC tweeted, “This is a civil rights fight…Let’s not throw up our hands, let’s roll up our sleeves.” @SenKamalaHarris #ProtectOurCare

Call your Senators and tell them to vote “NO” on the Graham-Cassidy Bill. In NC, 
Sen. Richard Burr – Phone: (202) 224-3154
Sen. Thom Tillis – Phone: (202) 224-6342
See how to contact them by email (which obligates them to write you back) at “How to contact NC’s US Senators – Burr and Tillis.”

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Top Notch Panel in NC with Equal Means Equal

We had a full house at the Equal Means Equal showing and event at UNC-CH on 9/15/17. The week from 9/10/17 to 9/17/17 was full of Equal Means Equal showings on university campuses around the state., organized by Campus4ERA, ERA-NC Alliance and NC4ERA. The showing at UNC-CH was extra special, with top notch feminists on a panel after the screening. Feminist Majority Foundation Ellie Smeal! ERA Coalition president Jessica Neuwirth! Senator Pat Spearman, who recently led the effort to ratify ERA in Nevada! And our own ERA leaders in NC – Senator Floyd McKissick and Rep. Carla Cunningham! Emily Hagstrom was the student representative, and UNC-CH’s Dr. Gloria Thomas moderated. Not surprisingly, the room was full! Mostly students and also members of our organizations. NOW members came from Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh and Fayetteville.

Here is Ellie Smeal engaging our next generation into the fight.

Ellie Smeal talking with UNC-CH Students after Panel Photo Credit: Catherine Evangelista

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Durham first NC County to endorse CEDAW!

The Durham County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution endorsing the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) unanimously on September 11, 2017 in their general meeting.

What is CEDAW?

The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, or CEDAW, is an international mechanism that outlines women’s fundamental human rights. The Counties and Cities for CEDAW campaign is a US national grassroots effort to provide tools and leadership to empower local women’s organizations and interested groups to effectively protect women’s human rights within their city, county, or state.

Why CEDAW in Durham?

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NC NOW Newsletter for July/August Available

8/24/17 – NC NOW Newsletter for Jul/Aug 2017

June and July were full of serious threats to healthcare via slashing or repealing ACA, both from Trump and Congress. 70% of adults on Medicaid are women. 75 million Americans depend on it. Read about how those bills target women more than you may know—on pg 4.

Read about other events in June & July and an action to take on pg 2. The Feminist 5K was a great success. The Young Feminist Committee of Fayetteville NOW’s held its first event on Jul 1. The second is planned for Sep. 2.

Tuesdays with Tillis protest at Federal Building at 310 New Bern Ave. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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Women Rise Up in Durham on 8/26/17

Our second Women’s Equality Day March and Rally in Durham was on a beautiful day and in a beautiful place – the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, NC. Thanks to the speakers, the attendees, the marshals, the organizers, the musicians and the dancers. Many of the organizers and most of the speakers were women of color. We used the occasion of Women’s Equality Day to celebrate women’s progress and to talk about what women still need.

Walltown Dancers on the main stage, music by Pots, Pans and Hands. Photo Credit: Stephanie Lormand

Police estimated that 3,000 people marched, and the American Tobacco Campus estimated that 2,000 attended the rally. We had a much larger turnout than at our first march and rally. Read about the Women’s Equality Through Time March and Rally in 2015

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Guess who is coming to Chapel Hill on 9/15/17!

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.

Additional panelists are NC State Senator Floyd B. McKissick, Jr.; NC State Representative Carla Cunningham and Emily Hagstrom, Public Policy and Political Science Major, UNC-CH. The moderator is Dr. Gloria Thomas, Director, Carolina Women’s Center, UNC-CH. 

Update: Absolutely get there early! Parking info: Rams Head Deck – https://move.unc.edu/parking/visitor-parking/

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“I Love The ERA” Cookie Drop Summary and Pix

Great turnout at the “I Love The ERA” Cookie Drop  on Jun 7, 2017, at the NC Legislative Building. There were over 35 people there – mostly women of all ages, but also some young men. One of the ERA-NC Alliance board members celebrated her birthday at the cookie drop with her daughter, female and male grandchildren, and friends! ERA-NC Alliance is an alliance of many women’s groups and individuals who recognize the need for ERA.

ERA Cookie Delivery group at beginning of event. More joined. Photo Credit: Marlene Rosol

The ERA, Equal Rights Amendment, is a constitutional amendment simply affording women the same rights as men under the law. The only right women have guaranteed right now – is the right to vote. Under the 3-state strategy, three more states are needed to ratify the ERA. In March 2017, Nevada went ahead and did it!  Read more in “ERA One Step Closer To Ratification After Passage in the [Nevada] Assembly“. Now we only need two more states to ratify.  Senator Heidi Gansert, a Republican in Nevada who voted for the ERA said,

“I understand now today, here in Nevada and across the world, there’s a crescendo building … I can hear it, and I can feel it.”

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What do you know about “Equal Pay Day”?

Equal Pay Day is the day in any given year when women working full-time, year-round catch up to men’s earnings from the previous year. April 4th is Equal Pay Day for 2017, because women on average make 80% of what men make. However, the reality is that the wage gap is even greater for most women of color. ” African-American women’s wages won’t catch up to men’s 2016 earnings until July 31, Native American women until September 25, and Latina women until November 2, according to the ACLU in “Working Women, Your Paycheck Has Been Trapped in a Time Warp,4/4/17. Mom’s are penalized too – Equal Pay Day for moms arrives in late May this year. Even celebrating Equal Pay Day on Tuesday is significant. Tuesday was selected to represent how far into the next work week women must work to earn what men earned the previous week! More here about myths on women’s pay, and what can be done to make pay more fair. 

In “Shortchanged: Gender and race discrimination in the workplace, and how to fix it,” 4/3/17, NC Policy Watch Blog, Women’s March On Raleigh organizer Shana Becker wrote, 

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