A team of DWC members attended the Women’s Convention in Detroit. The convention focused on training for the resistance (organizing marches and protests, online petitions, engaging with politicians, etc.) and developing coalitions through a deeper understanding of the issues facing women of color and women with different economic, social, and legal challenges. The convention laid the philosophical groundwork for a woman’s movement that can last. The team is putting together a handbook on the seminars we attended to share with interested members.
- Along with Get Organized Brooklyn, we threw a second fundraiser for Virginia State Delegate Candidate, Chris Hurst on Sept 28th, and earned about $3,000 to help Chris pull off a victory in a very, very close race!
- In mid-October, we attended an event given by NY Congressman Jeff Nadler to meet some of the House of Representative incumbent candidates that he hopes Battleground State activists in NYC will support in 2018. We met many other people from groups with this mission and were able to connect with some of the candidates, too. It was an honor to be included and to represent DWC in that room.
- In late October, DWC members became very involved in text banking to help educate voters in Virginia and get out the vote.
- On Nov 4th, we raised funds and attended a fund-raising event for Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal of Oregon.
- On Nov 7th, EVERY ONE OF THE CANDIDATES THAT WE SUPPORTED IN VIRGINIA WON. Elation ensued!
- On Nov 9th, we celebrated our one-year anniversary with a silent auction to benefit the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. We hope to continue partnering with this wonderful organization into the future.
- On Nov 13th, we attended the J. Smith-Cameron and Friends fundraiser for Doug Jones at the Lower East Side Girls Club.
- On Dec. 4th, we attended the Eleanor’s Legacy Fundraiser with Hillary Clinton.
- On Dec 5th, we attended the Deborah Glick Benefit.
- The first event is scheduled for January to support Colorado...look for a Save the Date very soon!
- There is also a small get-together planned in mid-January to gather the top leaders of many organizations throughout the city (and beyond) who are focused on supporting state races outside New York. DWC's Sharon Rapoport will be hosting; the idea is to meet, connect and inspire each other for the substantial work ahead of us in 2018.
Panels, Protests, and Postcards
- Several DWC members attended the Brooklyn Conference at the Brooklyn Museum in late-October.
- On October 24th, we attended a NOW-NYC panel discussion feature some of the most exciting women of color who are challenging the status quo in NYC today.
- DWC participated in a listening session with Kelli Owen’s from the Governor Cuomo's office on October 26th.
- On November 14th, we participated in the Reproductive Health Act Forum with Senator Liz Krueger.
- On November 28th, DWC co-sponsored as town hall on climate change, sustainability and development, hosted by Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick.
- On December 1st, members protested outside DJT’s Cipriani fundraising breakfast.
- DWC members met for monthly postcard parties where they demanded our elected representatives take action on a range of issues.
Up NEXT: DWC General Meeting
We are very excited about our general meeting on January 30. Gillian Thomas of the ACLU will be our speaker.
Her subject could not be more timely.
Ms. Thomas' new book, Because of Sex, is about the ten SCOTUS sex discrimination cases that created the legal architecture for workplace sex discrimination law today, and got us from 1964 to the present — as told by the women who brought the cases.
Her talk will link these cases to a more current discussion about #MeToo and the cascade of abuse allegations. Harassment, says Ms. Thomas, stems from a culture in which men hold power. To that end, she will also explore issues of discrimination and the absence of women in leadership.
Please join us for what is sure to be an enlightening discussion! And bring a friend!
Alex, Gena and DWC
PS The Strand will be there to sell Gillian's book.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 7 PM
Greenwich House, 27 Barrow Street