The following Activist Update is a joint communication from the Maine Women’s Policy Center and our sister organization, the Maine Women’s Lobby.
“NEVER DOUBT THAT A SMALL GROUP OF THOUGHTFUL, COMMITTED, CITIZENS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. INDEED, IT IS THE ONLY THING THAT EVER HAS.” ― Margaret Mead
Welcome to the third edition of Activist Update, your guide to activism in 2017! Our main focus this month is on the Judge Gorsuch nomination to the Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch has three times taken positions that are specifically problematic for women receiving the most basic of health care. Judge Gorsuch could be the vote that undoes important court rulings affecting women’s health.
Interested in learning more about Judge Gorsuch’s history? Check out the Alliance for Justice’s analysis of Judge Gorsuch’s past and how his potential nomination will impact women.
MARCH’S MISSION…IF YOU SO CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT
- KEEP ALERT Sign-up for our e-news alerts to keep informed about the issues that matter most to women and girls.
- SEND A POSTCARD Show your support for women by sending a vote “no” on Judge Gorsuch postcard to Senator King and Senator Collins. Make sure you download and print our DC Delegation contact sheet! You’ll want this on hand. Have a postcard party with your close friends and family!
- JOIN US Attend/volunteer for one of our upcoming events! Women’s Day at the State House and the Maine Women’s Summit on Economic Security are opportunities to learn more about lobbying, advocacy, and issues in Maine that impact women and girls.
If you are looking for opportunities to volunteer, please contact Victoria at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 JUSTICE FOR WOMEN LECTURE, hosted by the University of Maine School of Law, March 23
“University of Maine School of Law will host Zainah Anwar of Malaysia for the annual Justice For Women Lecture. She is the director of Musawah, the global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family and a founding member of Sisters in Islam. Ms. Anwar will deliver What Islam, Whose Islam? The Struggle for Women’s Right to Equality and Justice in Muslim Contexts.”
2017 EQME ANNUAL AWARDS GALA & SILENT AUCTION, hosted by EqualityMaine, April 1
“Now more than ever, it’s critical for us stand together as a community. To remember that in the face of overwhelming odds we’ve never given up HOPE. Even in the depths of despair, we’ve found the COURAGE to get back up and continue our work. And in both victory and defeat, we’ve always found STRENGTH in one another…in our community!”
WOMEN’S DAY AT THE STATE HOUSE, May 10, more details to be announced soon
Save the date for this opportunity to connect with organizations that work on issues affecting the lives of Maine women and to talk with your legislators about the policies that matter to you. We’ll share more details in future newsletters. Join us for a one-hour webinar on January 11 at 7:00 PM or January 12 at 12:00 PM that will provide an overview of ways to get involved in policy-making in 2017. For more information and to RSVP, contact Victoria at email@example.com.
BOOKS WE’RE READING AND THINK YOU SHOULD TOO
My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
“The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.
Here is the story of a precarious childhood, with an alcoholic father (who would die when she was nine) and a devoted but overburdened mother, and of the refuge a little girl took from the turmoil at home with her passionately spirited paternal grandmother. But it was when she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes that the precocious Sonia recognized she must ultimately depend on herself. She would learn to give herself the insulin shots she needed to survive and soon imagined a path to a different life. With only television characters for her professional role models, and little understanding of what was involved, she determined to become a lawyer, a dream that would sustain her on an unlikely course, from valedictorian of her high school class to the highest honors at Princeton, Yale Law School, the New York County District Attorney’s office, private practice, and appointment to the Federal District Court before the age of forty. Along the way we see how she was shaped by her invaluable mentors, a failed marriage, and the modern version of extended family she has created from cherished friends and their children. Through her still-astonished eyes, America’s infinite possibilities are envisioned anew in this warm and honest book, destined to become a classic of self-invention and self-discovery.”
PODCASTS WE’RE HOOKED ON
Reveal hosted by is public radio’s first one-hour radio show and podcast dedicated to investigative reporting. Credible, fact based and without a partisan agenda, Reveal combines the power and artistry of “driveway moment” storytelling with data-rich reporting on critically important issues.
LGTBQ&A is an interview podcast highlighting the different members of the LGBTQ community — artists, activists, lawmakers, and business people. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by AfterBuzz TV. Interviews are also filmed and available on YouTube.
SHARE YOUR STORY
The Maine Women’s Lobby is collecting stories from community members all across Maine regarding access to affordable, quality child care services as well as paid leave. You can share your personal experiences accessing child care services here and paid leave here, or you may contact Victoria Rodriguez directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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