End the pink tax + Add Menstrual products to State Support Programs

End the pink tax + Add Menstrual products to State Support Programs

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Black Period Project started this petition to North Carolina State House and

The lack of support and empathy for the residence of North Carolina is very present in the current taxations laws that are enforced in this state. Not to mention, the lack of funding towards programs that attempt to alleviate the disproportionate oppression that women, specifically black women, suffer from in this country.   

We strongly encourage you to recognize the importance of access to menstrual hygiene products in our schools. Menstruation becomes a physical challenge for people experiencing poverty, but it's also a mental and social one. These individuals feel stigmatized because of their periods. According to the United Nations Girls Education Initiative, a girl who misses school because of her period is estimated to miss an average of two and a half weeks of school each year. Under our state’s current attendance policies, missing 10 days of school can result in a failure due to absences or a request to appear in court. If we look at the demographics of individuals who fall below the poverty line in the U.S., we can see these individuals are MOSTLY minorities. This lack of access to menstrual hygiene products further perpetuates minority youth’s introduction and "participation" in the criminal justice system.

Let’s not forget how expensive disposable menstrual products each month can be. The average box of tampons costs around $7.62 at Walgreens. While $7.62 might not seem like a big deal to some, the reality is that there are people who can barely afford to feed themselves. Tampons and other products are considered luxury items and subjected to sales tax, also known as the “pink tax”. In the state of North Carolina, that is tax rate is almost 8%! Though these constitute basic, unavoidable necessities for women and trans-men. Menstruation is not a luxury or a choice. Therefore, menstrual products are NOT a luxury, they are a NECESSITY, and everyone should be able to have access to them. Homeless women, women of color, undocumented citizens, refugees, or anyone who checks the box of all of the above. 

As a representative, as MY representative, I urge you to consider collaborating with members in Senate and in the House to eliminate the taxation of menstrual hygiene products in the state of North Carolina. Additionally, I ask you to consider adding menstrual hygiene products as items that can be purchased with the assistance of the SNAP and WIC program.

We as a people are only a strong and capable as our weakest links. Young girls and boys should be protected and nurtured, men and women should feel empowered and capable – but until this issue is resolved we cannot thrive as a community.

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The Black Period Project is a small, grassroots non-profit organization seeking to bring awareness to the intersectional issues that black women and trans-men in the Piedmont/triad area. Periods are our passions! Our approach is educate, empower, and advocate! Educating the community about period poverty, empowering young girls and trans-boys to feel confident and normal about their cycle, and advocate for the end of period poverty on a state level.

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