Although it felt like the end of the world as we know it, the total eclipse did not change things. Instead, our President’s actions on Charlottesville and DACA show that we need to continue to stand strong in support of equality for all.

So we dug in our heels and went back to work.

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Please join us Tues, Sept 19 for our next CWM General Meeting.

Dr. Jessica Schorr Saxe, MD, keynote speaker, will discuss:
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… 


LGBQ Interest Group

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We marched in the Pride Parade on Sunday, August 26, 2017, as sponsors
who support all of our LGBTQ friends and neighbors. Equality for all!

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Jane Corey, a friend, Kathryn Mahan, Ann Hooper

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Jan Anderson, Jannica Greife, Mickie Hall, Cathy McKee and friends


CANDIDATES AND VOTES

We attended the League Of Women Voters/women’s equality day on Friday, August 25, 2017, where we registered people to vote.
We co-sponsored the South Charlotte Candidates’ Forum on Thursday, August 31, 2017, giving mayoral, City Council and County Commission candidates an opportunity to express their views.
We will vote in the primary September 12, 2017. There are several seats that have no opponent for the general election, so your primary vote selects the winner. For more information go to our web page here.
We are attending the Lillian’s List gala on Saturday, September 16, 2017 to celebrate 20 years of recruitment, training and support of women political candidates in North Carolina. For a free ticket (while they last) click here and more information click here.
Voter Registration. We are registering voters two to three times a month at the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services (DSS). To participate, send your name, email and phone number to Marsha Ford here.
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.


IMMMIGRATION

DACA. The fate of 800,000 young undocumented “Dreamers” is now in the hands of President Trump who is set to announce his decision September 5th. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, currently shields Dreamers from potential deportation to countries that many of them have not seen since birth. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced a bipartisan bill called the Dream Act of 2017. A bill that, if passed, would offer a route to permanent legal status for millions of undocumented immigrant youth. The bill comes as ten anti-immigrant Attorneys General sent a letter to President Trump threatening to sue if he doesn’t end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program by September 5, 2017. Please watch for updates and suggested actions on our Facebook page.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service invites you to take part in their Stand for Welcome campaign. Take a stand with refugees and migrants and advocate together for just and fair laws and policies. By joining the campaign, you will gain access to resources and tools that will help you stay informed, educate others, and receive timely calls to action. For more information click here

Court Observer Project. The CWM Immigration Action Team has joined ACLU’s Charlotte chapter as it begins the Court Observer Project. For more information click here.

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.


RACIAL JUSTICE

We viewed the film, 13th. On August 26, 2017, after marching in the Pride Parade, we attended the showing and participated in a panel discussion about the injustice of the penal system chaired by Carla Archie, our Vice President. We were there to learn about and support racial justice.

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The Racial Justice Group is hosting TOUSSAINT ROMAIN, public defender and racial justice activist, on Thursday, October 12, 2017, 6:30 to 8:00 pm. He will speak on CommonUnity—Time to Work Together- racial justice and how we can work together to end racism. Warehouse 242, 2307 Wilkinson Blvd, Charlotte. For more information click here.

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.


                         Upcoming Events                    

   Saturday, September 9, 2017

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

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Racial Justice Advocacy Program Session 1: “A Change is Gonna Come”: From Civil Rights to Black Power The Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation – Charlotte Consortium • 6:30-8:00 pm • Queens University of Charlotte, Ketner Auditorium • For more information click here.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Primary Elections for City and County Offices There are several seats that have no opponent for the general election, so your primary vote selects the winner • For more information go to our web page here.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Awakening to Immigration Injustice • Open to the public • 6:30- 8:00 pm • Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Rd. • For more information click here.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Legal Aid Service Day • CWM will register voters at the 50th Anniversary celebration • 9:00 am to 3:30 pmMecklenburg County Courthouse • Contact Heloise Merrill here.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

EmpowHERment Summit300 girls in grades 6-12 will be connected with, and inspired by dynamic women leaders in our community • $10 • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm • East Mecklenburg High School • For more information click here.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Black Voices Matter National March by We Are One Foundationhighlighting key issues in the black communities and adding a major Black LGBTQ platform • 1:00 pm • National Mall, Washington DC • For more information click here.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Charlotte Women’s March General MeetingDr. Jessica Schorr Saxe, MD, keynote speaker. Topic: Everybody In and Nobody Out- Health Care for All • 5:30- 8:00 pm First United Methodist Church 501 N. Tryon St. • For more information, click here.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Public Conversationon Unrest in the Queen City by WFAE On the anniversary of the shooting of Keith Scott, Mike Collins and his guests will address three topics: policing, activism and economic opportunity • 6:30 – 9:00 pm McGlohon Theatre • For more information click here.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Faith in Democracy by NC Council of Churches Join Democracy NC, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, and the NC Council of Churches in rebuilding and defending “Faith in Democracy.” • $15 • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm • For more information click here.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Racial Justice Advocacy Program Session 2: Race is Nothing, Race is Everything: Understanding the Inclusion Process Power The Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation – Charlotte Consortium • 6:30-8:00 pm • Johnson C. Smith University, New Science Center Auditorium • For more information click here.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Toussaint Romain, Public Defender and racial justice activist, will speak on CommonUnity—Time to Work Together- racial justice and how we can work together to end racism. CWM’s RACIAL JUSTICE GROUP is host • 6:30 to 8:00 pm • 2307 Wilkinson Blvd. • For more information click here.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, along with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir7:30 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 or contact Mickie Hall here for details.


All of this information is posted on our Facebook page in greater detail.
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!