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Five things to have on your radar this week

#1 Black Women’s Equal Pay Day  – Today is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day making it a good time to learn about the wage discrepancy between black women and their white counterparts. Here are a few fast facts:

  • More than 50% of Black mothers bring in 1/2 or more of their families’ income.
  • 40% of Black female-headed households are in poverty. We need #BlackWomensEqualPay
  • Black moms are up against racism, sexism, AND the maternal wage gap, making just 51¢ for every $1 paid to white dads.

Learn more about Black Women’s Equal Pay Day 2017 during this afternoon’s Twitter storm.

Follow the hashtag #BlackWomensEqualPay on Twitter from 2:00 – 3:00 pm today. ***

#2 UNC Center for Civil Rights finds a new ally  – This Tuesday a UNC Board of Governors committee discusses the future of UNC Center for Civil Rights. The Education Planning Committee has scheduled a special meeting to consider and vote on banning the center from handling future litigation.

UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt recently wrote a powerful letter in support of the Center.

“I am concerned that eliminating or even weakening the Law School’s ability to train the next generation of civil rights lawyers will reflect poorly on our university and the school, as well as the university system and our state.”

Photo: Phil Fonville

Read more about the Center’s history and Folt’s position here.

#3 Healthcare back in the spotlight – Also on Tuesday, activists will hold a “Healthcare Victory Rally” outside the Raleigh office of U.S. Senator Thom Tillis starting at 11:30 a.m.

The group is protesting Senator Tillis’ recent vote for the “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act and calling on him to hold a town hall meeting to discuss healthcare reform.

#4 State Board of Education holds monthly meeting – The State Board of Education meets Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. and Thursday at 9:00 a.m. It’s their final meeting before the start of a new school year. Find the agenda and streaming link here.

If you missed it last week, the board announced $2.5 million in cuts mandated by the General Assembly.

#5 Special session offers chance to do the right thing – Members of the House and Senate reconvene for a special session on Thursday. Two important funding issues await state lawmakers:

#1 – Governor Roy Cooper wants $3 million in emergency funding to help address concerns over GenX in the Cape Fear River.

# 2 – Attorney General Josh Stein wants the NC General Assembly to reconsider the $10 million cut they placed on his department in the waning days of the session. Stein detailed how much damage this would cause in a weekend radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon. Click below to hear the full interview.

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