Dr. Sierra Washington speaking at the General Membership Meeting April 25th, 2017
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
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
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 [email protected] cuttingedgeeducation.com
Legal Affairs Co-Chair: Deanna [email protected]
Youth Advocacy Committee Chair: Maya [email protected]
Immigrant & Minority Rights Committee Chair: Elif [email protected]
Political Action and Strategy Co-chair: Dawn [email protected]
Meetings & Membership Co-chair: Ana [email protected]
Publicity Committee Chair: Jen [email protected] yahoo.com
Fundraising Committee Chair: Mira [email protected]
Women Will because progress can't wait!
Chair of Women Will