NC JUSTICE NEWS: Back to School + Tweetup on Inequality + Women's Equality Day

August 28, 2012

BACK TO SCHOOL: The latest news and analysis on education

As students prepare to go back to school, the North Carolina Justice Center has been hard at work, looking at education from every angle. Here are just a few offerings on the state budget, funding inequality among students of color, and registration challenges for parents, among other important issues that could affect your child's education.

Education has never been more important to our state's future and economic recovery. Keep an eye on the NC Justice Center and NC Policy Watch sites for the latest education news and analysis.

TWEETUP: Addressing inequality and taxation through art

The Budget and Tax Center, a project of NC Justice Center, is hosting their first #TweetUp at the Center for Advanced Hindsight in Durham on Aug. 30.

The tweetup will feature a group viewing of the latest installation in their exhibit series, Artistically Irrational, an experiment in feedback loops and an exploration of the dialogue between science and art. Each project begins with a discussion of the social science research (on the nature of dishonesty or inequality, for example) and a request for artists to reflect on the topic through their art. The artists then provide us with their output, and we can further reflect on our research through their eyes. The exhibit on display is titled "PoorQuality: Inequality" and it is a collection of works by thirty-four artists who were invited to create innovative and engaging artwork after a stimulating discussion on social and economic inequality, wealth distribution, and what is so taxing about taxation. You can find out more here and get a preview of the work here.

We will be providing light refreshments, a chance to talk with some of the artists and a small presentation of the Justice Center's work to address inequality, and promote progressive tax issues. Our goal is to deepen our relationship with our social media followers and make new connections with progressive individuals in the Triangle.

The event will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University in Durham. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

WOMEN'S EQUALITY DAY: Despite progress, inequalities persist in NC

Sunday, August 26 marked the 92nd anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, when women were finally given full voting rights. Women’s Equality Day offers an opportunity to reflect on just how far we have come as a nation since 1920, as well as far we still have yet to go.

Last week, a report released by the North Carolina Council for Women showed that nearly six in 10 women are now in the U.S. workforce, compared to 34 percent in 1950. In North Carolina, women have higher levels of education — they are more likely to have an associate’s degree or some college education than their male counterparts. Yet despite women’s higher levels of education and an increase in labor force participation, gross wage inequality persists across the state. Women’s wages continue to be lower than men’s in North Carolina, adding up to approximately $7,000 less per year. It’s even worse when compared with a person’s educational level — women with at least a college degree earn more than $20,000 less per year than men with similar education. Overall, more women are living in poverty than men.

This is all happening at a time when women make up 2.3 million of North Carolina’s workers, and 42 percent of working mothers serve as the family’s breadwinner, showing that workplace policies and wages don’t reflect the reality of our state’s workforce. We’ve made incredible progress since women were first able to cast their votes at the ballot boxes in 1920, but it's clear that the journey is far from over, and that a woman's vote has never been more powerful or important if there is to be real change in our state and country.

HEALTH CARE EVENTS: Meetings in Raleigh, Huntersville

Join the NC Justice Center for two upcoming health care events and make your voice heard on one of the most important, complex issues in North Carolina today.

On Monday, September 17, the NC Council of Churches and NC Justice Center invite you to a special meeting on health care. President Obama’s health care law is being implemented and North Carolina lawmakers will decide whether all adults (ages 18-64) who have annual incomes at less than $15,000 per year will have access to quality, affordable health care through Medicaid. Attend this meeting and join the conversation on how the health care law is currently helping your family, and how access to health care in your community could be improved by expanding Medicaid. The event will be held at the Martin Street Baptist Church at 1001 E. Martin Street in downtown Raleigh from 6:30-8:30 p.m. To reserve your seat, contact Nicole Dozier, 919-856-2146 or nicole@ncjustice.org or Pamela Sessoms, (919) 833-9756 or martinstbaptist@nc.rr.com.

On Thursday, September 27, the NC Justice Center and AARP will host a Campaign for Better Care community meeting. Come and share your experiences about what you think needs to be changed in our health system, and take advantage of the expertise offered from the AARP and the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) and others. The event will be held from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the North Mecklenburg Senior Center, 16601 Old Statesville Road in Huntersville. To reserve your seat, contact the Senior Center at 704-875-1270 or northmeckdirector@cmseniorcenters.org or Nicole Dozier, 919-856-2146 or nicole@ncjustice.org.

DEFERRED ACTION: Legal clinics to be held across NC

The North Carolina Justice Center is hard at work planning Deferred Action legal clinic events with local partners across the state for September.

We strongly believe that everyone who applies for Deferred Action needs and deserves assistance from an immigration attorney or BIA accredited representative before submitting their application. Our plan for the clinic events will allow us to reach more people than we would otherwise be able to through direct representation by our Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project staff. Clinic events will include free confidential help with applications in conjunction with local community partners. We will need many volunteers to make this huge task possible. We also need your help with outreach to potential applicants in the immigrant community.

For more information (or to get involved), complete the online form. Alternatively, you can email deferred.action.ncjc@gmail.com or call/text (919) 675-2409. We will be in touch with you soon about upcoming events in your area and possibilities for collaboration.

 

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