A Letter from our Co-Chairs,
Carol Moore and Lan Wu
Our monthly meeting on November 15th was inspiring, with over 35 members joining us for a talk by Dr. Ronda Zelezny-Green on Intersectionality, followed by two workshops led by Ronda and DAUK WC Vice-Chair Kate van Dermark. That triggered extensive discussion and great ideas on how to move forward in 2018! In December, we will have a social gathering on the 13th, followed by the January 21st Anniversary of the Women's Marches (in DC, London, and worldwide), and there will be a DAUK WC activist "faire" called "March to the Ballot Box 2018"! So, we hope you all can join us for the chance to mingle and plan for activism (from the UK or when you're back in the States) to take back Congress next November!
Wasn't the November 7th Election Night a fantastic event? It was a combination of grassroots activism and an expanded number of Democratic candidates that resulted in the impressive wins in Virginia, New Jersey, and across the country. Women were out in force, with Northam winning the women's vote by a majority of 22%. Also, in Virginia, 11 of the 15 seats Democrats have (so far) picked up were women candidates (one remain contested) and one Democratic candidate, Danica Roem, is transgender. Women also won mayoral races in Manchester (NH), Charlotte (NC), Topeka (KS), and Seattle (WA).
And women are coming out in force to run in 2018. We heard from Stephanie Schriock (President of EMILY's List) at her talk on November 2nd that over 18,000 Democratic women have contacted EMILY's List to ask for information on running next November! Several political commentators are calling the November 7th election the start of a Democratic wave, combining Trump's record-low approval ratings (November 12-15 Gallup Poll gave Trump only a 38% approval rating) with high levels of Democratic activism and high Democratic scores in "generic" Congressional polls (+10%). We can be quietly optimistic, but need to prepare for hard work and commitment to convert these positive trends into success!
With best wishes to you and your families for a very happy holiday season,
Carol Moore and Lan Wu
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March to the Ballot Box!
On the first day of the Trump Administration, the Women's March on Washington sent a bold message seen and heard around the world.
The Democrats Abroad Global Women’s Caucus and DA groups across the globe are organizing celebrations and voter registration/membership drives throughout the entire anniversary weekend of January 20-21, 2018.
The purpose of these events is to rekindle the excitement and confidence that the 2017 Women’s March generated and channel that energy to voting in the 2018 Mid-term Elections. These events will help turn marchers and resisters into voters and members!
Our message is “keep marching to the ballot box!"
Our mood is celebratory, defiant, constructive, and positive.
Join us as we participate in commemorative events around the world and set the tone for resistance in this all important election year!
Watch this place for updates on events!
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