Once again I am amazed by our group! I thought we were taking the summer off but our interest groups have been hard at work making a difference. Look at all we have done and what we have planned for the next month. Get ready to march!

Congratulations All. Your persistence paid off and Americans will have heath care benefits for a while longer. And Kudos to the two Republican women– Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski- for putting their convictions before party. We stand behind you. Keep up the good work.
Lillian’s List Matching Challenge Met! CWM members stepped up with over $3,000 of contributions to support Lillian’s List’s candidate recruitment, training and support efforts in North Carolina. These contributions were matched with another $3,000 by Marsha Ford and Heloise Merrill, for a total of more than $6,000. Lillian’s List’s good work for 20 years in North Carolina dovetails exactly with the goals of Charlotte Women’s March. Heloise Merrill has extra tickets and encourages you to join other CWM members in Chapel Hill at the Lillian’s List 20th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, September 16, 2017. For a free ticket (while they last) click here and more information click here

Robert Pittenger Town Hall Meetings: Pick one and show up wearing your CWM t-shirt and loaded with questions for our congressman to let him know what issues concern us. For more information, click here
August 28, 2017• 6:00 pm Matthews
August 29, 2017 • 6:00 pm • Wingate
August 31, 2017 • 7:00 pm • South Charlotte

CWM Next General Meeting: Tuesday September 19, 2016 5:30- 8:00 pm First United Methodist Church. Jessica Saxe, MD, is our keynote speaker. Topic: Everybody In and Nobody Out; Health Care for All. We need volunteers to help set up and break down for the meeting. To volunteer contact Mickie Hall here

Keep up the good work! March On!

Jan Anderson


Committee Reports 

CANDIDATES AND VOTES

Voter Registration. We are registering voters two to three times a month at the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services (DSS). Additionally, we will be doing ad hoc voter registration events at the Pride Parade and other gatherings. To participate, send your name, email and phone number to Marsha Ford here.

League of Women Voters/Women’s Equality Day. Friday, August 25 from 6-8:00 pm. Keynote speaker is Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins, the first and only African American to serve as President of the national League of Women Voters U.S. Contact Heloise Merrill here by August 22 if you would like to help “wo-man” our CWM voter registration table. For more information about the event, click here

South Charlotte Candidates’ Forum. Thursday, August 31. CWM is co-sponsoring the Forum with UP Charlotte. As of this date, four mayoral and eight city council candidates have accepted invitations to appear. The forum will be moderated by Kim Brattain of Kim Brattain Media. Go to their FaceBook page to learn more.

Legal Aid Service Day. Thursday, September 14, 2017. For the 50th Anniversary celebration, CWM will register voters from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse. Contact Heloise Merrill here if you would like to take a shift or if you’d like a ticket for the Courthouse reception at 5:30 that evening, with keynote speaker Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

LGBTQ INTEREST GROUP

Time Out Youth. Sunday, August 20, 2017. The LBGQ committee toured this impressive facility and heard about the organization’s many programs on August 8. Time Out Youth offers a safe environment for LGBTQ youth ages 11-20 through activities at the center as well as counseling, work with schools and with families. Join us at the Grand Opening of their new center. For more information click here
Pride Festival and March. Saturday, August 26, 2017 and Sunday, August 27, 2017 1- 3:00 pm. CWM is a sponsor for the event. Join us at our festival booth on Saturday August 26 and help us register voters. Contact Lolo Pendergrast here
March on Sunday behind our CWM banner to show your support for equality for all. Meet at 9th and Tryon Street by 12:15 under the Red Flag marked “Group 1”. For more information contact CWM’s CatherineVerratti here

IMMMIGRATION

Court Observer Project. The CWM Immigration Action Team has joined ACLU’s Charlotte chapter as it begins the Court Observer Project.
Translators. International House need Spanish-English translators to assist in counseling immigrants. Contact Alma Hernandez here

WOMEN’S HEALTH

Women’s Health Advocacy. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) encourages everyone to advocate for women’s health; visit myobgyncares.org to take action TODAY.
Film Viewing. Committee members attended the Charlotte premier and discussion of Rewire original documentary: Care in Chaos. This 20 minute documentary highlights the challenges women face accessing services at the Latrobe reproductive health/abortion clinic in Charlotte. Our Women’s Health committee members volunteer to assist clients trying to access reproductive services. For more information click here
Restricting Clinics. The more abortion restrictions a state has, the worse women and children fare when it comes to their health outcomes. Ample scientific evidence makes clear that restricting abortion is detrimental to women and families’ health. NC has 13 laws restricting abortions and low scores for well-being of women and children. For more information click here

RACIAL JUSTICE

13th the Movie. August 27, 2017, 3-6:00 pm. The Racial Justice Group will attend the screening followed by a panel discussion at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Rd. The panel includes a prosecutor, defense attorney, former judge and persons who have been incarcerated. For more information click here or contact Laura Meier here
CWM Racial Justice Book Club: Our next book is Waking Up White by Deb Irving. Meeting dates TBD.
Charlotte NAACP meetings on the fourth Thursday of each month. A SignUp Genius will be sent to Racial Justice members.
Toussaint Romain, public defender in Charlotte, guest columnist of the Charlotte Observer, and outspoken activist for racial justice, will speak to CWM in his “Stand Against Racism.” Date and venue TBD.


Upcoming Events        

 Monday, August 21, 2017

Out to the Polls: LGBTQ Community Candidate Forum MeckPac • Reception, mixer and forum with Charlotte City Council mayoral and at-large candidates • 6-10:00 pm • Marriott City Center 100 West Trade Street For more information, click here

Friday, August 25, 2017

League of Women Voters Celebrate Women Former national LWV president Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins will keynote this special event, featuring a skit, fellowship and food • 6-8:00 pm • International House, 1817 Central Ave, Suite 210For more information, click here

 Saturday, August 26, 2017

Women’s Equality Day For more information, click here

Overcoming Shame: How to Deal with Body Image Women’s Advisory Board & UNC-CLT Women • 9-11:30 am • UNCC • Cone Center Auditorium • For more information, click here

 Charlotte Pride Festival  Noon10:00 pm Uptown • For more information, click here

Sunday, August 27, 2017

 Charlotte Pride Parade  Join Charlotte Women’s March in supporting equality for all • 1-3:00 pm Uptown • For more information, click here

13th Movie Viewing and Panel Discussion The Racial Justice Group will be attending the screening.• 3-6:00 pm • Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Rd. • For more information click here or contact Laura Meier here

Monday, August 28, 2017

Ministers March for Justice Celebrating the 54th anniversary of MLK’s I Have a Dream speech • Washington DC • For more information, click here

Thursday, August 31, 2017

South Charlotte Candidates’ Forum  CWM is co-sponsoring the Forum with UP Charlotte. As of this date, four mayoral and eight city council candidates have accepted invitations to appear. Forum will be moderated by Kim Brattain of Kim Brattain Media. 6:15-9:00 pm •  WR Davie conference Center • 4635 Pineville-Matthews Rd. Go to our FaceBook page to learn more.here

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Legal Aid Service Day  The 50th Anniversary celebration will be held at Mecklenburg County Courthouse and CWM will register voters from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Contact Heloise Merrill here if you would like to take a shift or if you’d like a ticket for the Courthouse reception at 5:30 that evening, with keynote speaker Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Monday, September 4, 2017

18th Annual CLT Labor Day Parade 11:00 am-1:00 pm • Hal Marshall Building • 700 N. Tryon Street • For more information, click here

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

N.O.W. Social and Raffle 6-8:30 pm • TBA

Saturday, September 9, 2017

HRC (Human Rights Council) Family Picnic All LGBTQ and allies welcome. • Noon-4:00 pm • Freedom Park, Large Shelter 3

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Charlotte Women’s March General Meeting Dr. Jessica Saxe, MD, is our keynote speaker. Topic: Everybody In and Nobody Out- Health Care for All. 5:30-8:00 pm First United Methodist Church. For more information, click here

Tuesday, October 14, 2017

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, along with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir 7:30 pm • Ovens Auditorium. For more information click here. Tickets here


Committee Meetings         

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                 Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Women’s Health 6:00 pm.
Check CWM calendar next month for details.

 


Keep us posted on what you have done: send your notices and photos to 
charlottewomensmarch@gmail.com

You can help rally the troops so we don’t ever forget:
this is NOT the new normal!