Newsletter of the Charlotte Women’s March Organization
Volume 3 Number 7 October 30, 2018
Last year we said, “Things can’t go on like this,”
and they didn’t, they got worse.
— Will Rogers (1879-1935)
Sound familiar? Since history seems to repeat itself, what can we do now to turn things around? Get informed about this election and go vote! And share your election knowledge with your family, co-workers and friends who can help make things better by casting their votes on Tues., Nov. 6 (early voting at 19 locations throughout Mecklenburg County ends Sat., Nov. 3).
This newsletter gives more in-depth information on some of the main issues and the backgrounds on candidates running for federal, state and local offices – from proposed amendments to the NC Constitution, to judicial and superior courts, to Mecklenburg County Soil and Water Commission, women’s choice issues, and to local bonds. Lots to vote on, and another critical reason for you and yours to vote.
We’re leading off with the cover story from the Oct. 29, 2018 edition of Time magazine about a Waxhaw woman who must have felt like Will Rogers after the 2016 elections and got energized to turn things around. The Wave Makers: How the Outraged Got Organized is a story that will surely get you to the polls as you pull everyone you can with you!
Indivisible NC 9 Featured in Time
This inspiring article on our website includes a link to the Oct. 29 article in Time. No pun intended, but it will be worth your time to read about Carolyn Eberly and her Indivisible NC 9 grassroots group as they became part of the “get out the vote” movement that’s alive and well across this great land of ours.
BEWARE OF THE PROPOSED SIX NC AMENDMENTS:
THEY’RE UNNECESSARY, AND DANGEROUS.
This fact-filled article, NC’s Unnecessary Constitutional Amendments by Brian O’Leary and Vennie Bobis, should be required reading for all North Carolina voters.
LET’S KEEP THE JUDICIARY BALANCED AND FAIR.
You’ll be an informed voter after reading Dr. Mary Hopper’s article The Supremes, with links to the candidates for the state’s Judicial District and Superior Court races. It’s time for NC citizens to safeguard our judicial system.
PROTECTING OUR THREATENED URBAN FARMLAND AND PRECIOUS WATER
The Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation race is little known, but mightily important as our region grows. Experience and know-how are crucial credentials for this non-partisan race. Six candidates are running for two slots. Click here for the link to the article on our website.
AS MAMA ALWAYS SAYS, MAKE GOOD CHOICES
Where do candidates stand on women’s issues, especially those related to a woman’s right to choose? The Reproductive Rights Action Network is a great source to answer that question. This article on our website includes charts that outline where candidate stand.
GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS ARE A GOOD INVESTMENT IN OUR FUTURE
These local bonds don’t require a tax hike. And, as our county population grows and our building boom continues, these bonds will help us keep pace with much-needed replacements and enhancements in the areas of transportation, housing and neighborhood improvements. Read Dr. Mary Hopper’s article on our website for links that outline each bond.
Do the unexpected. Take 20 minutes out of your day, do what young people all over the world are dying to do: vote.
THIS ARTICLE from the League of Women Voters gives you the inside scoop on voting.
Thank you for being an involved citizen. YOU are helping make OUR country a better place!
–Mary T. Staton, Newsletter Editor; Contributing Writers: Mary Hopper, Brian O’Leary and Vennie Bobis; Layout/Design: Rachel Hewitt; Mailing: Becca Bernstein