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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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!Read more