Please Help Reunite Angel and Loris Who is Facing Deportation!

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**UPDATE: July 13, 2017. Unfortunately, despite all in our community fighting hard as well as Senators Feinstein and Harris sending inquiries on Angel's behalf, Loris was deported to Italy.  Now the legal battle begins to bring these husbands back together.  Please contribute to their GoFundMe campaign if you can (Please visit our gofundme page to donate. ) or to a fund for another family who is losing a family member to an unjust deportation.  Please write and call your US Senators and ask them to adopt a sane immigration policy and to stop the abuses of immigrants and their families.**
Please also watch Angel's Video thank you to all of you who have donated.
Yesterday, Angel Osuna (Women Will member) and Loris Speltini were returning to San Diego after spending the day in Tijuana, Mexico and were stopped by Border Patrol.  After showing their identification, being questioned and searched Loris was taken away by Border Patrol. Angel is a US citizen and a full time student at UCSD studying sociology.  Loris is an Italian national here on a visa. Loris and Angel were married a year ago. The Border Patrol said that Loris’ visa is invalid because he is married and living here.  Neither Angel or Loris were allowed to use their phones while at Border Patrol and once Angel left Border Patrol to find legal help, for many hours Angel could not locate Loris. When Angel found out where Loris was being detained and brought him clothes and a toothbrush, Border Patrol would not let Angel see Loris.  They are forcing Loris to be deported even though Loris has volunteered to leave back to Italy.  An involuntary deportation could bar Loris from returning to his husband for years.  Although an immigration lawyer is trying to push for his voluntary deportation so that he may be able to return on a different visa with less of a delay, there is not much chance of the Border Patrol allowing this.  The bottom line is that Angel and Loris will most likely be separated - possibly for years – because, unknown to them, he had the wrong kind of visa.  The Border Patrol will essentially “punish” Loris with a 3 year ban for trying to return from a day trip in Tijuana with his husband to San Diego.  The current US administration’s crack-down on immigration has resulted in a married couple likely being torn apart for years.  Angel is a low-income student who qualifies for Medical.  Loris also does not have financial resources.  Angel is on track to graduate UCSD next year and plans to go to law school. The financial and emotional burden this has inflicted could shatter those plans.  Please help Angel with any amount so he can pay for the last-minute flight for Loris to be deported to Italy, legal fees, housing for Angel (as he may have to move out of married housing), lost work time and income.

Please visit our gofundme page to donate. 

 

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Dr. Cohn Dazzles Us with Knowledge at Second Speakers Series a Success

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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!

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Join Women Will to Phonebank for Jon Ossoff

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Our second phone banking action to flip the House in 2008 will be on June 17th from 10 AM – 1 PM. Join us to make calls to Georgia voters to support Jon Ossoff on June 21st when they go to the polls for a special election.

What: Phone Banking Action to flip the 6th District in Georgia to a Democrat, Jon Ossoff.

When: Saturday, June 17th from 10 AM- 1 PM.

Where: San Diego County Democratic Party 8340 Clairemont Mesa Blvd Ste. 105, San Diego, California 92111

RSVP/QUESTIONS: GETINVOLVED@SCOTTPETERS.COM (You have to send an email asking to phonebank so they can register you and determine how much training you need. Brand new callers are welcome!)

WW Point of contact: Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen trish@cuttingedgeeducation.com

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Resist with Quist Calling Party Re-cap

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Thanks to Women Will members and supporters, last night we called a dozens of voters in Montana, encouraging them to consider voting for Rob Quist, a political outsider and democrat who has a chance of turning Montana blue on May 25th.  We got to work quickly learning how to use the hub-dailer and remembering to not hang up the phone.  The system is pretty cool and connects you to the next voter automatically.  Women Will supporters are welcome to call using the script and hub-dailer tool up until Election Day.  Watch the instructional video and get started! 

And if you want to do more, connect with Swing Left and start your own calling party to flip a House swing district in the next election!

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March for Science

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Women Will members marched for science in downtown San Diego with their children.  The peaceful march was well-attended and cerebral.  The many signs created by "proud nerds," scientists, and engineers to name just a few emphasized the rigorous nature of scientific research and power of science to make our lives better.  Often seen were "Science saves lives." and "Science is real."  There is a tight connection between scientific research and the health and welfare of women and children.  Without rigorous science and policies that support and fund it, women and the most vulnerable groups will suffer the most.  Women Will supports science!

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Fighting Trumpcare: A How To Guide

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May 5, 2017

Yesterday the U.S. House passed Trumpcare.  If it passes the U.S. Senate and is signed by President Trump, it will become law.  We know that many of you and your family members have preexisting conditions that the current proposed legislation would allow states to make your heath insurance rates too costly to buy.  We must resist and push our Senators to vote no!  Here's a guide from the Indivisible Guide to resisting Trumpcare.  First and foremost, call your Senators and leave a message today saying that you oppose Trumpcare and you want your Senators to convince their Republican colleagues to vote no!  AND please call friends and family in other states and ask them to call.  Our lives literally depend on it.

Senator Feinstein  (202) 224-3841

Senator Harris (202) 224-3553

Read more about how you can resist at the Indivisible Guide.

#womenwillbecauseprogresscantwait #womenwill

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General Membership & Speaker Series Kickoff A Success

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Dr. Sierra Washington speaking at the General Membership Meeting April 25th, 2017

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Dr. Dawn Hagan, Co-Chair of Political Action and Strategy speaking on becoming an activist

Many of you attended our first general membership meeting last evening.  We were moved by your attendance and so happy to see all of you!  

We heard your feedback about wanting to learn more about “how” to get involved.  We also heard your numerous comments about how Dr. Washington and our steering committee inspired you and fed your desire to be more involved.  In keeping our commitment to you, below you will find various ways in which you can get involved straight away. 

Spread the word, invite your friends and family to become a general member of Women Will by signing up on our website: https://womenwill. nationbuilder.com/

QUICK ACTION – At Home

Petitions are an important part of being heard by our elected representatives.  Below are two resources where you can make great impact.

1. ACLU Pledge to Persist: https://action.aclu.org/secure/sign-aclu-pledge-persist

2. Moveon.org: https://front.moveon.org/

WOMEN WILL ACTION – Get Moving

March!  

If you have not marched yet, it's time to feel the energy of like-minded people as you move en masse for a cause you are passionate about!  Politicians are watching news coverage of marches and they want to know if large numbers of voters represent an issue.  This will change our politicians' positions, votes, and actions!

What: May 1st International Worker's Day March

When: Monday, May 1, 2017  3:00-8:00 PM 

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1829931653943518/

WW Point of contact: Elif Tinney (Meet at 2nd Ave & G Street- in front of Ralphs between 2:45 and 3pm)

EDUCATE: RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

Many of us are new to political action, so we have to keep learning as we work for progress!  An invaluable inspiration for the Women Will steering committee was The Indivisible Guide written by congressional staffers. 

We encourage you to read through it as we did.  

Here's a key idea from the Indivisible Guide: 

It’s all about reelection, reelection, reelection To influence your own Member of Congress (MoC), you have to understand one thing: every House member runs for office every two years and every Senator runs for election every six years. Functionally speaking, MoCs are always either running for office or getting ready for their next election — a fact that shapes everything they do. To be clear, this does not mean that your MoC is cynical and unprincipled. The vast majority of people in Congress believe in their ideals and care deeply about representing their constituents and having a positive impact. But they also know that if they want to make change, they need to stay in office. 
This constant reelection pressure means that MoCs are enormously sensitive to their image in the district or state, and they will work very hard to avoid signs of public dissent or disapproval. What every MoC wants — regardless of party — is for his or her constituents to agree with the following narrative:
“My MoC cares about me, shares my values, and is working hard for me.”
— What every MoC wants their constituents to think

JOIN WOMEN WILL 

Please let us know if you would like to get involved with Women Will.  You can start the process by sending an email to the committee or co-chair listed below and let them know how you can help.  

General: Trish trish@ cuttingedgeeducation.com

Legal Affairs Co-Chair: Deanna  ninod@san.rr.com

Youth Advocacy Committee Chair: Maya mayalandsberg@gmail.com

Immigrant & Minority Rights Committee Chair: Elif eliftinney@gmail.com

Political Action and Strategy Co-chair: Dawn dawnchagan@hotmail.com

Meetings & Membership Co-chair: Ana anabanderson08@yahoo.com

Publicity Committee Chair: Jen jenniferglickmangamez@ yahoo.com

Fundraising Committee Chair: Mira mira@costellomail.com

Women Will because progress can't wait!

Respectfully,

Trish 

Chair of Women Will

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Dr. Sierra Washington to Speak at General Meeting Tuesday April 24th

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We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Sierra Washington who will be speaking at our General Membership Meeting and Mixer tomorrow Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 at Voce Del Mare in Bird Rock (5721 La Jolla Blvd).  

Sierra Washington, MD, is a board-certified OBGYN who provides labor and delivery care at UC San Diego Health. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Reproductive Medicine, where she instructs OB/GYN residents in the areas of contraception and abortion. She also teaches and supervises residents in the inpatient setting.  Dr. Washington serves as medical director and chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, which provides medical services for 18 locations in the region, including San Diego County, Riverside County and Imperial Valley County.

Dr. Washington completed her residency UCSF, where she served as chief resident. She earned her doctoral degree from Harvard Medical School and holds a Master of Science in Public Health from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (FACOG).

The mixer begins at 6:30 with cash bar and happy hour menu.  The program begins at 7 PM.

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General Meeting Tuesday April 25th 6:30 PM

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Dear Women Will Members and Supporters,

We would like to invite you to a General Membership meeting this Tuesday April 25th at 6:30 PM at Voce Del Mare in Bird Rock (5721 La Jolla Blvd.).  There will be a cash bar and happy hour menu available.  At 7 PM we will have a speaker and the steering committee will tell you more about what we have been up to and ways to get involved from simple and easy on your phone to joining committees in their political action initiatives.  Bring your friends, learn more, get involved, connect, and enjoy!

We look forward to seeing you!

Laura Beiser, Secretary

Sarita Ordonez, Chair, Legal Affairs Committee

Maya Landsberg, Chair, Youth Advocacy Committee

Elif Tinney, Chair, Immigrant & Minority Rights Committee

Dawn Hagan & Stephanie Mauro Baran, Co-Chairs, Political Action and Strategy Committee

Phifer Crute, Chair, Meetings and Membership

Jen Gamez, Chair, Publicity Committee

Mira Costello, Chair, Fundraising Committee

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen, Chair

 

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Women Will at Feinstein's Town Hall April 20 2017

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Thank you, Dawn Hagan, Women Will Political Action and Strategy Committee Co-Chair and daughter Zoey Hagan for representing us in Senator Feinstein's Town Hall in Los Angeles today!  Dawn and Zoe are pictured with Mr. Ryan Williams, Senator Feinstein's San Diego District Office's Field Representative.

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