Women's Caucus News

Meet Our Volunteers: Ann and Stayce

This month, the two volunteers we’re highlighting are Ann Hesse and Stayce Camparo, both of whom volunteer with the Global Women’s Caucus - Ann as the Chair, and Stayce as the Communications Co-Chair. Both women moved abroad to Germany in order to pursue a career in the arts - Stayce as a professional ballet dancer, Ann as an opera singer - and ended up settling down in the country and becoming involved with Democrats Abroad.

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Announcing our two new Communications Co-Chairs

Jamie McAfee

I am thrilled to begin the good, necessary work alongside Stayce Camparo as the Communications Co-Chair for the Women's Caucus. A big thank you to former co-chairs Carin Elam and Stacey Kruckel for supporting us during this transition. I am currently residing in Edinburgh, Scotland. In the summer of 2019, I moved from Denver, Colorado with my partner and young daughter, two cats and only a few personal items. We feel incredibly grateful to live smack in the middle of this gorgeous medieval city. 

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October 2020 Newsletter

Letter from the Editor

We have less than one month until Election Day! Have you requested your ballot yet, and returned it?  Depending on the state you’re in, if you haven’t done so, you still have time, so do it now at votefromabroad.org!  Do you have questions about the best way to return your ballot?  Get your questions answered at our live, one-to-one voter assistance.

If you’ve already voted, you’re probably eager and waiting for the election cycle to be over. It’s been a long time coming, and we are probably all experiencing a little election fatigue.  But we’re also fiercely hoping that the Democrats can create a #BlueWave this year, not only hopefully capturing the presidency, but also the House and Senate. Now is the time for hope.

The Global Women’s Caucus keeps going, producing a lot of great content to keep everyone informed and up-to-date.  In this issue, we provide info about upcoming events, have several articles that discuss the historic nomination of Senator Kamala Harris for Vice President, continue to provide info about Democratic women candidates, and provide several fascinating essays about our political world today.

We hope that you enjoy this edition!

Stacey Kruckel

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The Dangers of Misinformation

Misinformation is ‘its own pandemic’ among parents, a recent New York Times article stated. In the final weeks leading up to the 2020 election, a sharp cultural divide can be seen between Trump and Biden supporters, predominantly in the area of whether these supporters adhere to scientifically backed information or not. Likening the spread of misinformation to pandemic-like proportions not only means that misinformation is rampant, but that it is also highly contagious. 

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Hearings on the confirmation of Amy Comet Barrett

The hearings on the confirmation of Amy Comet Barrett commence on Monday.

See this NYTimes Article for my information

If you have not already done so (and even if you have), please write to your Senators and tell them to STOP THIS HEARING until the inauguration.

We drafted a template for your use. Please visit the Reproductive Justice page.

See also Tiny Actions on the DA website and if you need to find your Senators contact info, click here.


A love letter to Ruth, and a call to action

It is with a heavy heart and teary eyes that I write of the passing of the foremost American lawyer,supporter and guiding light for women’s rights, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

There is not a woman in the United States, regardless of her politics, whose life, career and security has not been defended and supported by the work of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

We are all in her debt, young and old, Democrat or Republican.

Justice Ginsburg's life is a story of perseverance, brilliance and dedication. The indignities she endured as woman lawyer are still present in our fight for equality today, despite her heroic, continued and consistent fight against such indignities and inequalities

And, we are still fighting for equal pay, equal rights and family paid leave. We are still fighting for paid maternity leave. We are still fighting for equal health care and reproductive equal rights and justice. In short, we are and still must, fight for equality.

I cannot speak about her passing and how  tragic it is in  so many ways without quoting our beloved President Obama who said most eloquently:

“Over a long career on both sides of the bench -- as a relentless litigator and an incisive jurist -- Justice Ginsburg helped us see that discrimination on the basis of sex isn't about an abstract ideal of equality; that it doesn't only harm women; that it has real consequences for all of us. It's about who we are -- and who we can be,"

He added:

"Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought to the end, through her cancer, with unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals. That's how we remember her. But she also left instructions for how she wanted her legacy to be honored. Four and a half years ago, when Republicans refused to hold a hearing or an up-or-down vote on Merrick Garland, they invented the principle that the Senate shouldn't fill an open seat on the Supreme Court before a new president was sworn in.

A basic principle of the law -- and of everyday fairness -- is that we apply rules with consistency, and not based on what's convenient or advantageous in the moment."

And from the Chief Justice Roberts himself:

"Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her -- a tireless and resolute champion of justice."

Justice Ginsburg spoke often about the discrimination she faced herself when she graduated from law school in 1959 and could not find a clerkship. I have been present for many of her speeches and have met her personally at the Supreme Court.

She was amused by the swag that appeared praising her work, including a "You Can't have the Truth, Without Ruth».

What can and should we do without her presence? Where can we find hope to carry us through these dark days?

"It makes absolute sense that Justice Ginsburg has become an idol for younger generations," Justice Elena Kagan said at an event at the New York Bar Association in 2014. "Her impact on America and American law has been extraordinary."

"As a litigator and then as a judge, she changed the face of American anti-discrimination law," Kagan said. "She can take credit for making the law of this country work for women and in doing so she made possible my own career."

Let us remember with lucidity  her dying wish:  

            "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."

Justice Ginsburg, even after her fifth diagnosis of cancer, was working on a book with one of her former clerks, Amanda Tyler, based on her life on gender equality  (to be published in 2021).

In our fight for gender equality and specifically for the ERA, let us remember all she did for us, American women, and carry on her fight for equality. We will never forget you, Ruth, and we will carry on your fight starting with the politic fight now created by Mitch McDonnell to erase all you have done by trying to force through your replacement.

Ruth may have left this world, but she left it with fighting words and her legacy as a determined femninist. We owe it to Ruth to continue the fight.


September 2020 GWC Newsletter

Letter from the Editor

There are less than 50 days until Election Day, and the most important thing that you can do to make an impact is to request your ballot NOW at www.votefromabroad.org before it’s too late.  And to ensure that your ballot is counted, also complete a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB), the back-up ballot for Americans who live overseas. Here’s how: www.democratsabroad.org/fwab

For Americans overseas, November is NOW, so please do request your ballot, expect to receive it around September 19th, send it back immediately, and also complete an FWAB.

This month’s GWC newsletter is packed with great content, everything from an update on some of the great events we will be having, information about some more great Democratic women candidates, several essays about Kamala Harris and her historic nomination for Vice President, and essays about parenting and schooling during the pandemic.

We hope that you enjoy this edition, and most importantly, that you VOTE.


 

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GWC July 2020 Newsletter


Letter from the Editor

Greetings from your Global Women’s Caucus Team! The summer is upon us, and the Global Women’s Caucus is busy planning activities. Our Women to Win Candidate Forum, featuring four fantastic women running for House seats, will take place on July 21st. We’re also busy planning activities for next month to celebrate the 100th anniversary of US women’s suffrage.

In this month’s GWC newsletter, we spotlight the great women who will be participating in our Candidate Forum, as well as two other women running for office in November. We provide updates on election news, including information about DA's global election platform and an article on voter suppression. We also discuss the recent Supreme Court decision impacting access to abortion in Louisiana, and provide an update on ERA legislation.

Finally, we feature an essay about how women turn terrible tragedy into positive political action, discuss the consequences of climate change via an article called Environmental Justice 101, and share our selection for the next Books Abroad reading group discussion.

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GWC June 2020 Newsletter

In this month’s GWC newsletter, our Candidate Action team features two articles that discusses the Black Lives Matter movement and the historic moment of change that we are facing. One article discusses how you can get involved to make change, even while living abroad, and the other discussions the intersections between racial injustice and environmental injustice.

Our Candidate Information Team has been doing great work, and this month, they provide an interview with Wendy Davis, who is famous for her filibuster attempt to stop the closing of most abortion clinics in Texas in 2013, as well as profiles of two Democratic women running for Senate and the House of Representatives to represent Iowa.

The pandemic has sadly caused a substantial increase in domestic violence both in the US and globally, and we feature an article that discusses some of the legislative measures that can be taken to address it.  

Finally, June is Pride Month, and we provide the 2nd part of our two-part series of recommendations for books, podcasts, music and more to celebrate LGTBQ women.

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GWC May 2020 Newsletter

Letter from the Editor

In this month’s GWC newsletter, we share news and events to encourage you to dive in and get active. First, our Candidate Action team provides a spotlight on three women running for office in in Texas, Wisconsin and California. We also provide a Tiny Action that you can do right now.

We discuss the latest updates on ERA, including information about our upcoming webinar, Legalize Equality. In preparation for Pride Month in June, we have included part one of a two-part series of recommendations for books, podcasts, music and more to celebrate LGTBQ women. We provide info about the latest Books Abroad reading pick, and finally, we introduce you to the two new GWC Communications Committee co-chairs, and provide information about how you can volunteer with GWC.

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GWC Senate Reference Guide & Candidate Information Action Team Update

By Kati Newcomb

The Senate Reference Guide

This month, the Candidate Information Action Team is eager to share A Reference Guide to 2020 US Senate Elections, prepared by the GWC Editor of Candidate Information, Kati Newcomb. The guide provides info about Senate races in each voting state, as well as other close or crucial races to get involved in across the country. The Reference Guide includes profiles of all 33 races where Democrats are running, and information on two races where candidates are running as Independents where no Democrat is on the ballot. Read more.

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