Register High School Seniors to Vote!
Durham's high schools have asked to register their seniors--a special moment for them. It's quick and easy--they're in the cafeteria, or at the entrances heading to lunch, and we just sign them up. Are you available? We need 2-3 volunteers per event:
May 22 (Durham School of the Arts) lunch 12:20-1:55, cafeteria
contact Liz Conroy at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up
Save the Date!
Durham Democratic Women Meeting:
Getting Ready for 2016:
Legislative wrap-up &
Launch of DDW’s
Precinct Organizing Project!
Sunday, June 14
Durham Southwest Library
Come learn why we must begin
precinct organizing NOW.
Let’s get started!
District Conventions: May 16
Durham County Democratic Party Monthly meeting:
Tuesday May 19, 6:30pm
(check in starts at 6:10)
Main Library,1st floor auditorium
300 N. Roxboro Street [map]
Durham Dems Website
Summer of Moral Resistance
Moral Monday Schedule:
The 46th Annual Jefferson-Jackson Breakfast
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Ballroom of the Raleigh Convention Center
500 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh
Registration and buffet will begin at 8:00 am.
The program will start at 9:00 am.
Tickets and sponsorships here.
Boosting the economy through equity in pay
NC Justice Center
Wages have rightly been front and center in the discussion of North Carolina’s economic recovery that officially began in 2009 but failed to deliver improved well-being to all in the state. Women, in particular, continue to face ongoing barriers to both an economic recovery as well as equal pay in the workplace... It is important to note that the difference in earnings for women and men persists, even when accounting for differences in occupations and other factors. In fact, a recent analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau on median wages in 342 occupations found that just nine occupations saw women earning more than men. Analysis of wages by educational attainment also points to the lack of wage equity for the typical female worker who has the same level of education as their male equivalent. ..Finally, the wage difference for men and women is far greater for women of color. According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR), Latina and African-American women in North Carolina earn just half and two-thirds of white men’s median earnings, respectively.
Closing the earnings difference by gender, according to the IWPR, will not happen under current trends until 2058 for the nation. For North Carolina, the difference in earnings between women and men will not close until 2064. That translates into 60 years of underperformance in the state economy. With lower earnings, women contribute less to the economy in the form of purchases and investments than otherwise would be possible given their work and productivity. Women are also more likely to face economic hardship, through living in poverty and struggling to make ends meet when they are the sole breadwinner. read article
Go to our ERA Page
Push for gender-equity amendment returns to NC
GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press/Citizen Times April 20, 2015
...women were back at the General Assembly last week, convinced the ratification fight isn't over. They quietly held circular green "ERA YES" signs outside the office of the chairman of a House judiciary panel, which has held onto a ratification bill for more than a month. They want the bill and a similar measure in the Senate acted upon favorably... Those seeking to revive ERA [say] that unequal pay persists even with laws on the books, pregnant women can get treated unfairly at work and civil claims of gender-based violence have been limited. ERA would make gender bias claims subject to the high constitutional scrutiny as race bias claims receive, said Marena Groll of Durham, coordinator of North Carolina4ERA. The ratification effort has been revived in North Carolina as Republicans took over the General Assembly. GOP lawmakers have passed laws on abortion, taxes and education that opponents say hurt women. read article
Go to our ERA Page
Sign the petition:
Stop Assault on Women's Rights. Pass the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Ten men and one woman hold the history of women in their hands in NC. Let them hear you. The time for an Equal Rights Amendment is now.
E-mail them or call them
and urge them to pass H166, the ERA Bill out of committee favorably. (3/31/15)
NC House Bill 166 - the Equal Rights Amendment - was introduced
NC4ERA recognizes champion Representative Carla Cunningham, State House District 106!
NC Senate Bill 184 - the Equal Rights Amendment - was filed March 4
NC4ERA recognizes champion NC Senator Floyd B McKissick Jr of Durham!
This ERA resolution
has been prepared for organizations and precincts to be considered for adoption:
Living Wage Project
WHAT IS A LIVING WAGE?
A LIVING WAGE IS THE AMOUNT OF INCOME NEEDED FOR AN INDIVIDUAL TO MEET HER OR HIS BASIC NEEDS WITHOUT PUBLIC OR PRIVATE ASSISTANCE.
The City of Durham and Durham County, along with several other NC localities, have “livable wage” ordinances that apply to their own employees. Durham ties its living wage amount to a methodology based on the federal poverty level, which is updated annually. Over the last 17 years, the livable wage amount has increased from $8.58 per hour to $12.33 per hour in 2015.
What is the Durham Living Wage Project? Through voluntary certification, we aim to identify, acknowledge, and celebrate businesses and non-profits that pay a living wage. Learn more here.
- also -
Read Herald-Sun article: Living Wage project launches with 28 Durham Businesses
See the Fact-Filled Presentation of our January meeting
Losing 2014: The Missing Pieces
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