In January 2017, I received my first e-mail about the DAUK Women’s Caucus. Learning about the Women’s Caucus – particularly in the wake of Donald Trump’s election – was a breath of fresh air. It represented an opportunity to meaningfully contribute to the advancement of Democratic causes and for an affinity group that has become my life’s work. Read More
by Meghan Feeks
Thanks to all of you who attended last night’s meeting and contributed to a powerful evening. Melissa was an amazing speaker whose message of survival and empowerment couldn’t have been more timely. @Jessica’s presentation on domestic violence policy was illuminating, as ever, and @Sylvia Squire’s poem ended the evening on a touching and inspiring note. I also hope my update on women candidates left you feeling both hopeful and determined in the final countdown to the midterms.
As promised, I’m sharing my presentation and cheat sheet on the closest races with Democratic women here. I imagine we’ll also add them to the WC website, but with only 19 days until the midterms, I wanted to make sure you had quick and easy access to them. For those of you who couldn’t make the meeting, the main message is we REALLY need more women in office (duh!). They need us as women voters and supporters. And though the record number of women running is certainly cause for celebration, many are running in tough races and we need to get fully behind them now to assure their victories. Many thanks for your interest and above all, your action. Any questions, feel free to send me a DM.
Democrats Abroad can now phonebank from their homes!
You can reach out to fellow DA members to get their absentee ballots for the remaining primaries and for the November election, just by using the very efficient CallHub system to place calls in the UK and around the world.
By Elizabeth Crocker, RN, MSc
I’m betting the farm that all of us believe that we control our own destiny. But how do we control our healthcare — how we access it, use it and benefit from it?
By Carol Graham
During the 1992 presidential campaign I was shocked by the vitriol aimed at Hillary Clinton by other women. But when she fought back speaking candidly (and somewhat testily) regarding her decision to pursue a career instead of ‘baking cookies’, the defense strategy of the Clinton campaign managers was equally shocking. Read More
Milan, 9 June 2018
On 26 May, news broke out of the US on the Trump Administration’s unprecedented “zero tolerance” policy, inhumanely detaining and separating immigrant children from their parents at the US border, sparking a wave of protests in at least 30 cities across the North American continent.
International protests and petitions quickly followed suit. Groups in London, Spain, Denmark, France, Switzerland, and Germany took swift action in solidarity with this movement. Spain was home to the first protests with overseas American citizens, holding demonstrations on 27 May and 1 June in Plaça Catalunya, Barcelona. London’s protest at the US Embassy occurred in solidarity with the Families Belong Together sister marches in the states on June 30th. Read More
In a brightly lit classroom, we sat in groups of four clutching handwritten index cards in our hands. Having learned a few basic things about our partners — their names, where they were from and their favorite color, for example — we were asked to introduce them to the group, using the unusual grammatical rules printed on our cards.
By Meghan Feeks
Women are running for office in record numbers this year, but campaigns aren’t the only things they’re running. Fueled by outrage with the Trump Administration and passion for progressive issues, women are also leading grassroots efforts around the country (and world!) to mobilize voters, organize communities and advocate for causes they care about.
Women’s Caucus member Alyssa Blachez gives us a detailed look at the Georgia Democratic Gubernatorial primaries featuring the two Staceys: Abrams and Evans. Now that Stacey Abrams has won the primary, this presentation can be used as a resource to learn more about why you should support her candidacy and vote Democratic in Georgia in November 2018!
By Meghan Feeks
The past month has been huge for Democratic women. Primaries in 20 states and a runoff in Texas have advanced women to the general election throughout the country, bringing the total number of female Democratic nominees for Senate, House and governor to 106 as of June 13 (Republicans have nominated another 27).
On March 24, the LGBTQ+ Caucus launched its first Pride Month Series, a sequence of events marking the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and celebrating Pride, with a reception hosting Jason Jones, an inspiring LGBTQ activist from Trinidad and Tobago. Jones recently won an historic court case against his national government to overturn two colonial-era anti-LGBTQ laws that have been used for centuries to oppress the LGBTQ community.
At our last meeting we did a great exercise where we got to the nitty gritty of why we are Democrats. We invite you to look over at the exercise and video so that you can do it at home! This is a great one to do as we are nearing the midterms!
This year has been incredibly empowering for all women. Read More
We have less than three months to go for the November elections and we are gearing up for a busy season of voter registration, education, and resistance!.
However, it’s always nice to take a break and we want to thank all of those who were able to make it to our August Social at Flat Iron Square. Everyone enjoyed chatting with each other, getting to know new members, and of course, our fun and competitive WC Pub Quiz. And we would be remiss if we forgot to mention how busy September has been! Our postcard social and the DAUK Blue Wave Bootcamp were huge successes, and it was awesome meeting new faces and energizing the audience with our presentation on this Year of the Woman and educational session on articulating our motivations for voting For Democrats.
With that, let’s keep surfing the Blue Wave with this month’s theme, Women Who Run Part 2. If you are interested in learning about women running for office and in women’s issues issues, we urge you to educate yourself about the women running for office, and support them in any way you can – donate your time, vote, endorse on social media, have 1-to-1 conversations with people in your sphere of influence.
To learn more about women Democratic candidates, we invite you to check out this amazing spreadsheet on close races developed by DA Germany member Charlotte Milstein: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Bf67AqKn3acJ7c-YAG_9Sv0fzhuAu1CEHwmhGNmkc50/edit#gid=0.
We look forward to seeing you and discussing women rocking the midterms at the upcoming meeting on Sept 17 at 7pm at Airspace on Oxford St!