California Activists Celebrated Women’s Equality Day
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Intercultural intergenerational women leaders from 10 California counties gathered in San Francisco on August 26th for a provocative day of change agent conversation on nationally proclaimed Women’s Equality Day. Among special guests was a delegation of fourteen women from California’s Central Valley. We have been enlightened and energized by our association with these inspiring women and girls who toil in the fields and help give farmworker women a voice on issues that matter to them and their families.
To mark this day and voter challenges in 2012, Women’s Intercultural Network (WIN) convened a "Call to Action on Voter Rights & Responsibilities" with co-sponsors that included the California Women's Agenda (CAWA), CA NOW, American Friends Service Committee, Filipina Women's Network, the Center for Collaborative Planning, ACLU, AAUW CA, Suscol Intertribal Council, Valley Women’s Club, Friends of the San Francisco Department on Women, SeeJaneDo, Doris J. Foster Foundation and Southwest Airlines.
Emcee Rose Aguilar, host of Your Talk Radio, KALW 91.7 FM, moderated a topical panel of experts: Marily Mondejar, Filipina Women's Network (FWN), Tiffany Mok, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Charlie Toledo, Suscol Intertribal Council. They discussed activities in their Asian, Indigenous, African American and rural communities for getting out the vote and the legal and cultural challenges facing them in November. Rose held a Q&A with participants for their stories and thoughts. Follow WIN on Facebook for these tips on video and at our weblog.
We honored key health and social justice activists and our beloved Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, (CA) District 6, retiring after 20 years in the US House of Representatives, with the WIN 2012 Circle of Courage Award. Congresswoman Woolsey is recognized nationally as the ‘spark plug’ who kept CEDAW on the congressional agenda year after year. Longtime CAWA State Chair Aileen C. Hernadez, now retired.
Special thanks to West Coast Video for filming the day which will be available on clips at our YouTube and weblog; to Sandra Pounder and Peggy Ruffin for the fun and enticing items on the Silent Auction; to Tamika and Kevin at the AAACC for an awesome venue with inspiring art and sound system; to Spiceitup Catering for our lunch; beautiful fruit carried from the Central Valley women (like we never see in our grocery stores), Dian Harrison for the Wine and Cheese that closed our inspiring day and sent us on our way to mobilize for November - and to the many committed activists on the ground throughout California working for health and social justice.
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National Women's Law Center put together a comprehensive collection of eight factsheets on why women should vote, broken down by issue. Topics covered range from Social Security to the economy, from health care and reproductive health to getting single mothers the support they need – all crucial to women’s lives and our country’s future. The page also features a Woman’s Guide to Voter Suppression, which details how voting restrictions such as Voter ID laws particularly affect women’s ability to vote. Click Here!
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California NOW, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), SeeJaneDo, Filipina Women's Network, Suscol Intertribal Council, Ventura County Women's Collaborative, American Friends Service Committee, Center for Collaborative Planning, Valley Women's Center, Doris J. Foster Foundation, American Association of University Women CA, West Coast Video, Trader Joes, Southwest Airlines and Blind Pilot for Circle of Courage Awards.