We are living in troubling times. Climate change is causing havoc on both U.S. coasts, the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan and the subsequent Taliban take over, the ongoing Covid pandemic and, now, the troubling and unbelievable lack of action by the Supreme Court in regards to the Texas abortion ban. While many are already worryingly predicting the end of Roe vs. Wade, I prefer to feel that all is not lost.
Many factors have led the U.S. to this moment, including years of chipping away at women’s reproductive rights. And now, at this moment, the lasting effects of the Trump Administration have managed to haunt us in the form of a Supreme Court ruling handed down by, among others, three Trump-nominated Justices. As Sonia Sotomayor wrote in her dissent: “Last night, the Court silently acquiesced in a State’s enactment of a law that flouts nearly 50 years of federal precedents.” If you would like to gain some insightful background on how all of this came about, I highly recommend Heather Cox Richardson’s September 1, 2 and 3 ‘Letters from an American.’
What can be done? While ranting and raging seem like good options, they aren’t terribly helpful or productive. So, after you’ve finished frustratedly pulling out your hair, I recommend the following links from the Democrats Abroad Global Women’s Caucus for ideas on actions that can be taken.
- The Global Women’s Caucus Reproductive Justice Action Team link has lots of good information and resources, https://www.democratsabroad.org/wc_reproductive_justice_action_team
- Support the Women’s Health Protection Act!! Information as well as a suggested text for what to write to your senators and representatives is included at the end of the link. https://www.democratsabroad.org/wc_support_womens_health_protection_act
- Check out groups like NARAL Pro-Choice America and take a look at their many actions in the fight for reproductive freedoms, including the right to access abortion. https://www.prochoiceamerica.org
Get involved in the Spain Women’s Caucus and help us get the word out and make a difference.
All ideas, suggestions and support are welcome!
To become a member of the SWC simply join the Global Women’s Caucus and you automatically become a member of the Spain Women’s Caucus.
If you would like to volunteer fill out the SWC Volunteer Interest Form.
The DA Spain Women’s Caucus met April 29th to discuss Covid-19 and Vaccinations. We discussed the devastating social impact of the pandemic on our lives. While many of us feel we are not coping all that well, others have gotten the first AstraZeneca vaccinations.
We find ourselves locked in at home, with little to no interaction with others outside our household. For some it’s even become difficult to make ourselves “do something”, whether it be exercising to a free YouTube video or simply taking a nice walk. Some of us are thankful to have pets because that forces us to go out. Some of us feel the impact of gaining “19” pounds during the pandemic. Some of us are planning trips for this summer, or sooner if possible,
Those who are not, are eager to get vaccinated. Once vaccinated, we can travel. We can be with friends and family. We can go back to work. We can simply move around freely. But the problem here in Spain is, “How in the world do I register for the vaccine?” Each one of the 17 autonomous regions has its own process and none of them are easy to navigate. And if you ask 5 different people in your region what to do, you’re likely to get 5 different responses and a lot of I’m not sure. Please find below a list of sites with information about how to register in your region and information from the US Embassy along with information about the vaccine.
Additionally, here are some of the facts and statistics about covid and vaccinations here in Spain:
Spain Cases/Deaths Statistics:
- Approximately 3.5 million cases of Covid-19. Of those, 77,000+ died.
- Right now, 200,000+ active cases.
- Daily deaths April 2021 are averaging just under 100/day. During the strict shutdown in July 2020, the daily death average was < 5/day.
- Compared to peer EU countries, Spain’s current infection rate is much lower. Italy, Germany, France, and Poland all have notably higher numbers.
Spain Vaccination Statistics:
- More than 13 million doses of vaccine. Currently, on average, about 400,000 doses are administered each day.
- European countries are giving vaccinations to about 10% of the population every 30-35 days. By comparison, the USA is doing 10% every 21 days.
- As expected, there is a very strong correlation between more vaccinated people and lower infection rates.
- There are currently four vaccines being supplied to the European Union: Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna/Lonza, Oxford/AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen. The EU has contracted for 300M doses of Pfizer, 180M of Moderna, 400M of AZ, and 50M of J&J.
- Latest news: The European Union is about to sign a deal for 1.8 billion doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine after a dispute with AstraZeneca derailed its vaccination campaign.
DA Spain Women's Caucus says Hola!
Twenty people attended the preliminary organizational meeting of the Democrats Abroad Spain Women’s Caucus on March 18.
The meeting opened with participants’ introductions and a presentation by Ann Hesse, Chair of the DA Global Women’s Caucus (GWC). Ann provided a quick history of the GWC and laid out its three pillars: Education; Community Building; and Activism, particularly in the form of get-out-the-vote efforts. Approximately 10,000 women currently belong to the GWC. Over 300 of those members live in Spain.
Next up, moderator Andrea Host-Barth led the discussion, turning the focus to goals and organizational steps for a DA Spain Women’s Caucus. The Caucus intends to focus initially on providing education on environmental issues, and building community with small, local events. Members were encouraged to support the call-to-action initiatives already available on the GWC website.
The Caucus hopes to play two other roles as well. First, the Caucus can interact with the GWC, helping members in Spain and members of the worldwide group to share ideas and coordinate activities. Second, the DA Spain Women’s Caucus can serve as a template for creating Women’s Caucuses in other countries.
DA Spain’s Women’s Caucus is moving forward in its organizational process. The Caucus welcomes people of all genders as leaders, members, and volunteers.
Interested in starting your country women’s caucus? Send email to [email protected]