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)
It couldn't be more timely. Come and hear from ACLU attorney Bardis Vakili talk about civil rights, policing and immigrant issues tonight at 909 Grand Avenue in Pacific Beach 6-8 PM. Bring your questions. Light snacks and drinks will be served. Please register for free-it's fast and easy- here:
Youth Advocacy Chair and high school student, Maya Landsberg, is in Washington DC meeting with legislators to communicate our Lifting Generations asks. After completing the Georgetown University 2017 American Politics Institute course, Landsberg met with legislative staff in Rep. Scott Peters, Sen. Kamala Harris, and Sen. Feinstein's offices. She's hoping to meet with Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton tomorrow! We are so thankful for your service, Ms. Landsberg.
Lifting Generations Co-Chair of Immigrant and Minority Affairs, Elif Tinney speaks in support of safe spaces for Muslim students in SDUSD
Lifting Generations members Elif Tinney, Andrea Esajian, and Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen spoke in support of San Diego Unified School District's "Addressing Tolerance Through the Comprehensive School Counseling and Guidance Plan" at tonight's SDUSD Board Meeting. We asked about how the program will be funded, how it will reach all students quickly given the lengthy 7 year roll-out plan, and how the plan will address Islamophobia given the current hateful rhetoric towards people of the Muslim faith in our communities, state and nation. Before the public comment period the Board voted in favor of the plan. The comments by community members were overwhelmingly in favor but criticized the plan for not mentioning the current need to support Muslim students in particular and also imploring the Board to continue seeking input and collaboration with CAIR, the Council for American Islamic Relations. Many Muslim Americans spoke thoughtfully and passionately about supporting Muslim youth in schools and providing safe-spaces long with a curriculum to promote understanding of the Muslim faith. In response, Board President Richard Barrera spoke in defense of focusing on targeted groups such as Muslims, as this has always been how SDUSD has responded to the needs of students with a special focus. Loud detractors in the crowd were drowned out by the applause of the audience when Barrera called out the hateful speech of hecklers in the audience. Lifting Generations is proud to be a part of supporting Muslim students and will hold SDUSD accountable for protecting them.
Board Meeting attendees, including Lifting Generations members
The US Senate Legislative Calendar is an important tool to use to find out what's happening on this day in DC. Click here to find what Congress will be working on today -- scroll down to "Document in Context" and click on "PDF." Here's where you can find the US House calendar for the current day.
Women Will members spoke tonight at San Diego Unified School District's school board meeting to support recent efforts by the district to protect Muslim student. The anti-bullying program is intended to make sure that Muslim students in SDUSD are protected through a program to educate students about Islam. Thank you to Women Will members Andrea Esajian, Elif Tinney, Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen, and Laura Beiser whose statement was caught by Board Member Kevin Beiser and posted on his Facebook feed with appreciation!
Thank you Women Will Legal Affairs Co-Chair Deanna Niño and family for representing us in the San Diego Impeachment March on July 2, 2017! Thank you, also, to Mira Costello Women Will Fundraising Chair for representing us in Umbia, Italy for their Impeachment March! Women Will believes that Trump should be impeached due to his business holding in foreign governments, his lying, and his unconstitutional and hateful policies to name just a very few of the ways that he is not fit or qualified to be President of the United States.
A big thank you to Dr. Marjorie Cohn who shared her legal and political expertise with us at our Second Speakers Series and General Membership Meeting. Dr. Cohn spoke with Women Will supporters and members about the travel ban and withdrawal from the Paris Accords. She described the legal foundations of an impeachable offense and outlined how this administration has not followed the law in a variety of ways. Dr. Cohn graciously took questions from the audience and offered thoughtful and context-specific responses to questions that increased our knowledge.
Thank you also to Women Will members Sarita Ordonez, Co-Chair of Legal Affairs and Maya Landsberg, Chair of Youth Advocacy, who presented an engaging and powerful introduction their work at Women Will. Gratitude is also due Ana Anderson, Co-Chair of Meetings and Membership, who assured the evening went off smoothly and with tasty appetizers and drinks. A special thank you goes to Andrea Esajian, Kristi Blackburn, and Cindy Phillips for your help with the space.
Please mark your calendars and save the date for our 3rd Speakers Series & General Membership Meeting on July 18th!