Women’s March on Raleigh for Raising the Minimum Wage

On March 8, International Women’s Day, North Carolina legislators are introducing a bill to raise the hourly minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 within 5 years. Will you join the Women’s March on Raleigh in support of the Raising Wages NC Coalition to support them?

Two-thirds of low-wage earners are women, and many are the sole financial providers for their children. Full-time employment with no vacation and paid at minimum wage earns $15,080 per year. That’s $7.25 per hour, 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year. $15,080. It is not liveable. It is not conscionable.

It is, however, fixable. Raise the minimum wage: full-time work should equal a living wage.   

To honor “the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system — while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity," March 8th is also being hailed as “A Day Without A Woman.” In North Carolina, here are few things you can do to support working women:

  1. Tell your legislator you support raising the minimum wage - and sign this petition: https://raisingwagesnc.org/take-action/. There will be a press conference inside the legislature at 11:00 a.m.

  2. Showcase your work with photos: use hashtags #WomenMobilizeNC #DayWithoutAWoman  #15in5

  3. Leverage your economic power by spending only at women-owned businesses. Need help identifying them? Start here: http://bit.ly/2naR5f0 Otherwise, don’t shop. Women are responsible for 70 to 80 percent of purchases. Make our purchasing power felt  

  4. Donate to an organization that supports women like the North Carolina chapter of the National Organization for Women (NCNOW), SisterSong, Lillian’s List, Planned Parenthood, or Interact of Wake County.  

  5. Wear red to show solidarity with women

Next Steps for WMOR

Dear Women’s Marchers:

It has been two weeks since our historic Women’s March on Raleigh and we have promises to keep. In that time, President Trump has sought to overwhelm, terrify, discourage, disrupt and harm us - our lives and our communities - through discriminatory executive orders and ominous cabinet and Supreme Court nominations. We will act now: we are ready to be the light in the darkness, even if we have to be lightning to do it.

January 21st was just the beginning of what must be a persistent resistance movement. Over 20,000 North Carolinians descended on downtown Raleigh, determined to show the country that we are the rising #NoisyMajority.

In our march’s Mission Statement, we promised: “Those who are not connected to organizations fighting for...all aspects of a true democracy should be after attending this event. You will see us again and again, in the streets and at the ballot box!”

It is time to be seen. Here’s what you need to do.

First, follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@WomensMarchNC) and tell your friends to follow us too. The progressive majority can affect North Carolina in an electrifying and big way - you will hear from us when it’s time to strike like lightning.

Second, choose at least one noisy majority, progressive North Carolina organization, and get involved! What can you do? Give your time and money, and follow their calls to action! Links to them are at the bottom of this post.

Third, visit Carolina Resistance, recently launched by Progress NC, and SIGN UP!

Hang in there…

Fourth, keep going. Once you have connected with a North Carolina organization, think bigger, stay inspired. Here are National Resources for Action:

That was a lot of information. A lot needs to be done to win. We love you and are with you in the fight for women's rights, LGBTQ rights, immigrants' rights, the safety of Black and Muslim communities, repealing HB2 and ensuring voting rights. Onward!

WE WILL SEE YOU ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH FOR THE BIGGEST, BOLDEST HKONJ (HISTORIC THOUSANDS ON JONES ST.) IN HISTORY! Come march behind the Women’s March on Raleigh banner - RSVP HERE to march with us there!

To Being the Noisy and Effective Majority!


The Women’s March on Raleigh Organizers

 

NORTH CAROLINA-BASED ORGANIZATIONS brought to you by some of our sponsors and speakers - You can join! You can sign up for alerts! You can donate!

*Organizations marked with an asterisk are LED by and for people of color, with a particular focus on racial justice

Fighting for Democracy and Our Interests (multi-issue):

Democracy NC

Durham For All*

Durham People’s Alliance

League of Women Voters

Progress NC

Together We Will North Carolina

You Can Vote

 

Women’s Rights, Women’s Power:

Lillian’s List

MomsRising

NC National Organization for Women (NOW)

NC Women United

PoliticaNC

Women NC

 

Worker’s Rights:

AFL-CIO NC

RAISE UP: Fight For $15 Southern Workers’ Organizing Committee

 

Reproductive Justice and Health:

Carolina Abortion Fund

NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina

Planned Parenthood South Atlantic

Sister Song*

 

Public Education:

Public Schools First NC

 

LGBTQ Rights:

Equality NC

LGBT Center of Raleigh

SONG - Southerners On New Ground*

 

Immigrants’ Rights:

El Pueblo*

Si a Las Licencias NC*

 

Cultural Organizing and Community-Building:

SpiritHouse*

 

Protecting and organizing the Muslim Community:

Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia (MERI)*

Wednesday Women

 

Multi-issue, Jewish Community and Values:

Carolina Jews for Justice

 

Environment:

Clean Water for North Carolina

 

Anti-violence, gun sense and safety:

Moms Demand Action

 

Separation of Church and State:

Orange Durham Americans United

 

Multi-Issue:

Raging Grannies

Women's International League for Peace & Freedom

Resource Center for Women & Ministry in the South

GASP NC

 

Post-March Letter!

Dear North Carolina,

WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH! Here's our first (but not last) post-march letter to you:

Marchers in Raleigh were fierce and unapologetic with our message, and deeply kind to one another. We were united as we chanted about fighting for women's rights, immigrants' rights, the safety of Black and Muslim communities, repealing HB2 and ensuring voting rights for all North Carolinians. Twenty-thousand people stood shoulder to shoulder, determined to be counted as part of the progressive majority. Transit workers and store owners were good-natured about the temporary disruption, and clearly moved by the beauty and power of this demonstration.

We made our turnout estimate based on the general rule for Facebook events - half the people who say they are "going," actually turn up. That's why we predicted 5K-7K. Clearly we are in an unusual, "movement moment," in which record numbers of people feel moved to be counted as part of the #NoisyMajority, defenders of women's rights and human rights. Nobody predicted just how enormous the support would be here and around the world, but it clearly shows that the people are prepared to fight for what we most deeply value.

This march was planned and executed by a multi-generational, multi-racial group of women with ties to an incredible diversity of organizations in our state. We are not moving to form a new organization in this moment. We are committed to lifting up the work of existing organizations in North Carolina and to building the movement to take back our state and take back our country.

Thousands of people pledged to take SUSTAINED action, between the days of massive marches. We ask everyone to Take the Pledge to Mobilize NC. Everyone who takes the pledge will receive an email with information on NC-based progressive organizations, and tips for how to get involved in activism. We ask that everyone take initiative to get involved, and step into the leadership they were born for in this historic moment in which everything is at stake.

Historic Thousands on Jones St. (HKonJ), the annual #MoralMarch in Raleigh led by Forward Together NAACP, will take place on Feb. 11th this year we encourage everyone to attend.

We are profoundly inspired and fired up by the historic worldwide mobilizations in opposition to oppression, and in favor of a pro-woman, pro-human, pro-planet agenda. We are the #NoisyMajority and we believe that we will win. Saturday's march was our first action, but it will not be our last. Please continue to check our webpage and social media pages for updates!

Activist Profile: Jillian Johnson, Durham

Active in the labor movement, the Black Lives Matter movement and the LGBTQ movement, Jillian was elected on a platform that included racial and immigrant justice, LGBTQ rights, equitable development and preserving affordable housing, law enforcement accountability, and striving to achieve living wages for all workers. She is involved with Durham Solidarity Center, Durham for All and iNSIDEoUT, among others.

Activist Profile: Rukiya Dillahunt, Raleigh

Through her lived example, and sometimes by calling folks to the carpet, Rukiya holds us to our higher values of justice, integrity, and fairness. If she signs her emails, In struggle instead of In solidarity, you know you've got some work to do! But Rukiya is not one to give up on people. Like all the best teachers, Rukiya pushes people to be their best selves so that we can show up strong together in the streets. Mama Ru is truly a beloved movement mother.

Activist Profile: Susan Eder, MD, Raleigh

In a 2015 article titled “Off the Couch and into the Streets: Psychotherapy and Political Activism,” Dr. Eder argued that activism is a form of empathy in action and is a natural extension of her work as a therapist.  Dr. Eder is motivated to ‘get off the couch’ because she believes strongly that everyone is entitled to comprehensive, affordable health care.  She also sees the rights to reproductive care, including  abortion, that her mother’s generation fought so hard for, being systematically eroded.  She believes women have a right to determine what is best for their bodies and their families without government interference.

Activist Profile: MANJU RAJENDRAN, Durham

Manju was recently arrested at the NC legislature during a reading of House Bill 17, which reduced Democratic Governor-Elect Roy Cooper’s authority. While nursing her eight month old, she stood up and called out over the balcony, "Mr. Senator. Mr. Senator-- As a resident of the state of North Carolina I cannot in good conscience allow this rupture of democracy to go on.” She was arrested with 45 other North Carolina residents.

Activist Profile: Kathryn Clarke, Raleigh

"I'm a mama first, and that's what motivates my activism. I have a white child and a black child, and I should not have to worry that my black child, no matter what he does, faces greater risks to his well-being than my white child. But he does, and I worry every day of my life. I don't have a choice to sit back and let others do the heavy lifting, but the truth is that none of us should be making that choice. I'd like to appeal to everyone, including (maybe especially) white people with families and work and busy lives, to take part in anti-racism work. We are all in this together, and as Fannie Lou Hammer said, "No one is free until everyone is free.'"