It was loud. Our children led chants: "Show me what democracy looks like!" And the adults marched and responded: "This is what democracy looks like!" For me, marching for a just cause involves intense moments of tears from the hope that moving en masse with other likeminded folks reminding me we are powerful together and chills when the enormity of the resistance overwhelms me. For two Saturdays in a row Lifting Generation members marched to protest the Trump Administration's cruel zero-tolerance policy against asylum-seeking families who are victims of separating and locking up children away from their parents. Along with thousands of San Diegans and hundreds of marches across the United States, we showed our collective outrage that our country is not living up to it's ideals. It was uplifting to chant with hundreds of others and to see people waving in support on the sidewalks and high in windows of tall buildings. We would wave and cheer at our supporters, joining them into our spirit of resistance.
As we move forward, we are staying focused on the goal: flipping congress in November 2018 to democrats so that we can push for peace and progress through promoting women's rights, immigrant's rights, and the rights of people of color. We will not give in! Marching and our collective work fuels us for the road ahead! Hold hands with us however you can. Come and march, phonebank, buy a t-shirt, follow our Facebook page, join us at a steering committee meeting, give to our PAC so we can fund a congressional candidate who needs it to get over the hump before November! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get more involved! As always, thank you for your support.
What an amazing 2 hours on Saturday! I was so excited to meet City Councilwoman Barbara Bry (pronounced "BREE") that I stumbled over my words when she came walking in the door and announced who she was, "I'm Barbara Bry." "Yes, I..know..I mean I recognize, I mean..welcome!..." Barbara Bry was our special guest at our latest fundraising event (we are fundraising to flip Congress to democrats in November 2018). We welcomed women, men, and their children from our local area who got to hear from Councilwoman Bry describe how yoga helps her in her job and the kind of work she is doing for pay equity and women's rights in the era of Me Too. Bry also founded Run Women Run that supports San Diego pro-choice women in running for office! And then we were treated to an amazing yoga class from Lauren Archer Farmer (for the adults) and Andrea Esajian (youth class). After our mindful hard work we talked politics and power - the power of women - to make our community, country, and world a better place! Thank you to all of our participant-donors! We were excited to welcome so many new women to our group! Watch out world - this is still the year of the woman! Everyone walked out refreshed with a smile on their face and a voter guide under their arm ready for the primary election on June 5th, 2018! Need to know where your polling place is? Check your polling place location here.
A special thank you to Deanna Goldstein for hosting and to Elizabeth Tobias for her beautiful new t-shirt design and for conceptualizing and planning the event!
On Saturday, June 2nd from 3 PM to 5 PM take part in a yoga class at a beautiful private La Jolla location. Melt away stress with likeminded folks with the security that your contribution will help to flip Congress to democrats! The theme of this event is “Voting Is My Superpower!” We are excited to welcome San Diego City Council President Pro Tem, Barbara Bry, who will be speaking on the importance of voting.
Enjoy a drink from our Kombucha Bar and walk away with our new t-shirt lovingly designed by artist and LiftGen member Elizabeth Tobias! There will be an adult yoga class and a kids yoga class led by Lauren Archer and Andrea Esajian. Don't forget to grab the LiftGen voter guide when you walk out refreshed and rejuvenated and just in time for the June 5th primary!
Join Lifting Generations on February 10, 2018
for a Galentines Brunch
in Honor of Dreamers
Bring Your Best Gals
Private La Jolla Home
The Lifting Generations Mueller Time fundraiser was a huge success earning over $1,000 for our PAC. Thank you to all who attended and we're looking forward to more successful fundraisers in 2018! #Resist #Indivisible #TheResistance #ProtectMueller
Last week, something incredible happened when we saw a state that has had two Republican Senators for over 20 years, elect a a pro-choice progressive Democrat to the U.S. Senate. A blue tide is washing over the traditionally red states, the Republicans better get out of the way!
We have seen that our grassroots efforts can pay off and all the traditionally red seats up for election in 2018 are flippable. Lifting Generations is focusing our attention on the California 49th and 50th Congressional Districts as well as some of the most flippable seats nationwide. We will be supporting pro-choice, pro-minority and immigrant rights Democrat candidates with our PAC as well as our grassroots efforts.
Become a member of the Lifting Generations PAC and make a difference by helping to flip Congress and get the real work done. Membership information is available here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/benefitsofmembership
Lifting Generations is passionate about making our voices heard and are looking forward to participating in the 2nd Annual Women's March.
On January 14th, please join us in a night of celebration for the launch of our Political Action Committee. We'll be sharing pizza and making posters for the Women's March on January 20th. The cost is only $20 and we'll provide all the poster materials, dinner & refreshments. This is a family friendly event. Tickets are available here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/posterpizzapacparty
“If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.” –Banksy
The news can feel overwhelming. The attacks on women, immigrants, and minorities keep coming. We can experience battle fatigue. Take a rest, pull back a bit, but do not give up. We have a place for you to do exactly that. Our next event, Mending Hope, is a space for you to reconnect and process the hurt and suffering we have been experiencing. Save October 10th in your calendar and plan to join an intimate and uplifting art-making gathering that will also support the Lifting Generations Political Action Committee.
Quick Actions – At Home
Tell Your Members of Congress to Defend the DACAmented
Oppose Secretary of Education DeVos’ dismantling protections for campus rape victims.
Call: Department of Education, 800-872-5327.
Script: Hi, I’m from [ZIPCODE], and I’m concerned about Betsy DeVos’ efforts to dismantle Title IX (nine) which would weaken protections for survivors of sexual assault. I am calling to request keeping these protections in place. Thank you.
LIFTING GENERATIONS ACTION
Join us for an evening of expressive art making in an intimate creative sanctuary at The Expressive Arts Institute at NTC Liberty Station. This fundraising event supports the LIFTING GENERATIONS POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE and is an opportunity to reach within, recenter and recharge as we continue our commitment to mending hope and resisting all forms of racism, hate, violence and oppression against women, immigrants and minority communities.
What: Mending Hope
When: October 10th 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Where: The Expressive Arts Institute 2820 Roosevelt Rd #204 San Diego, CA 92106
Why: Meet like-minded people resisting the Trump Agenda and educate yourself on the latest work of the ACLU.
How: Registration will be available soon at liftinggenerations.com Minimum Donation: $50
EDUCATE: RESOURCE OF THE WEEK
What is a PAC?
We are excited to announce that Lifting Generations has filed our paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) to become a PAC (Political Action Committee). What this means is we can now raise money to fund candidates who align with our vision and our goal to turn the U.S. House of Representatives to majority control by Democrats at the 2018 elections. Here’s a nice definition of a PAC and how much money they can raise:
Political Action Committee (PAC) — A popular term for a political committee organized for the purpose of raising and spending money to elect and defeat candidates. Most PACs represent business, labor or ideological interests. PACs can give $5,000 to a candidate committee per election (primary, general or special). They can also give up to $15,000 annually to any national party committee, and $5,000 annually to any other PAC. PACs may receive up to $5,000 from any one individual, PAC or party committee per calendar year. A PAC must register with the FEC within 10 days of its formation, providing name and address for the PAC, its treasurer and any connected organizations. Affiliated PACs are treated as one donor for the purpose of contribution limits. PACs have been around since 1944, when the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) formed the first one to raise money for the re-election of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
VOLUNTEER @ LIFTING GENERATIONS
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Chair of Lifting Generations (formerly Women Will)
On September 7th, 2017 we were honored to host three DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients who are students at San Diego State University at Senator Feinstein's San Diego District Office. Since President Trump's ending of the DACA program on September 5th, all three students have been emboldened to come out of the shadows and share their immigration and education stories with key stakeholders. Field Representative, Ryan Williams, heard their stories of struggle and achievement and will pass them along to Senator Feinstein who is co-sponsoring the DREAM Act to give them and the other 220,000 DACA recipients in California a path to citizenship. The students shared stories of being brought to this country when they were very young, being thrown into English-only school, surviving, getting straight As, helping their parents who work triple shifts and night shifts, never asking for money, trying to find a way to make money to help their families, struggling to pay for college, and being so grateful that DACA allowed them to get decent jobs, work and study without fear. The young women who spoke said that since the news that DACA was ending was announced they have been in a state of shock with younger siblings asking if they will be abandoned if they are taken away. All 3 women have career or graduate school plans and now have uncertain futures. The struggles and trauma associated with this systemic injustice is an unbearable weight. All three students have been relying upon the undocumented community at SDSU's Education Without Borders group to support one another while no immediate solutions are clear. Also present at the meeting was a SDSU student ally of undocumented students, and a mother of a DACA student with physical dis/Abilities who spoke passionately on behalf of her daughter's right to be here and have a path to citizenship. Current DACA recipients whose DACA expires between September 5th and March 5, 2018 must have their applications received by October 5, 2017 to renew their DACA for 2 more years. This renewal comes with a $495 fee that many may not be able to afford. Support the DREAM Act here.
Also, a big thank you to Ana Anderson, Deanna Niño, Dan Gamez, and Elif Tinney for taking the time out of their schedules to make their asks of the Senator at this meeting.
Thanks to everyone who came out today and lifted their voices in support of "dreamers" who were brought here as children. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program allowed them to go to school, work etc. without fear of deportation. That all ended today with Trump's actions . BUT tonight, hundreds of people came out in support of Dreamers and support Congress passing the Dream Act which would give dreamers a path to citizenship. Call your reps and tell them you support the Dream act!
Dress up in white, wave your "Votes for Women" sign and join us to celebrate the journey of the women's movement.
Celebrate Women's Equality Day with Lifting Generations as we join with other local women's organizations to march 12th Annual Suffrage Parade, sponsored by the Women's Museum of California!
Women's Equality Day commemorates the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, August 26, 1920.
Listen to the enactments of the Suffragists from the First Wave of Feminism:
Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth,
Carrie Chapman Catt, Ellen Browning Scripps, Harriett Tubman, Alice Paul, Eleanor Roosevelt
Then march in a Suffrage Parade, with equality chants, through the Prado
Meet August 26th at 4:00 PM
Lawn area by the Hall of Nations
Balboa Park, San Diego
(across from the Organ Pavilion)