GWC November/December 2022 Newsletter

Letter from the Editor

Dear Member,

The results of the ‘22 midterm elections are an attestation to the hard work, commitment, and persistence of our membership body. Because of you and your vote, we were able to block a ‘red wave’ and keep our majority in the Senate. This feat further demonstrates that the democratic party is most aligned with the will of the people, as our numbers endured redistricting and discriminatory voting restrictions. Our will has triumphed, and we will continue to work for equality and justice for those who are continually marginalized.

Democracy has prevailed, but it continues to stand on precarious ground. While we all take a moment to breathe, we must remain dedicated to the task at hand. The Global Women’s Caucus is mobilizing our members to vote in the Georgia runoff. WE NEED OUR GEORGIA MEMBERS to make sure to, once again, cast your vote for the future of our nation. We are counting on you!

As the GWC continues to grow, we need your help. We have open positions in Communications. Consider volunteering with us, help friends and family register to vote, or donate! Make sure you’re registered to vote here!

Lastly, this will be my farewell newsletter as your GWC Communications Co-Director and Newsletter Editor. It has been an honor to work alongside such incredible and outstanding women for the last two years. I have learned so much from this position, and although I may no longer be speaking to you all from here, you can be sure I will be marching alongside you no matter where we are. 

We hope you enjoy this edition, and we look forward to seeing you at our events!

Stayce Camparo, Communications Co-director, Global Women’s Caucus

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International News

Calling all Georgia voters!!!

There will be a runoff election for the U.S. Senate seat in Georgia between Reverend Raphael Warnock (D) and Herschel Walker (R) on December 6, 2022. The winner will serve a six-year term, so the outcome of this race will have a lasting impact on Democrats’ ability to keep fighting for issues that just can’t wait, from a woman’s right to choose to racial justice to environmental protection!

The good news: You can vote from abroad in the December 6 runoff election, as long as you were registered to vote in Georgia before November 7, 2022. But you will need to act quickly!

ACT NOW because Georgia requires you to return your voted runoff ballot by MAIL. Postal mail may not arrive on time, so express courier services, like DHL and FedEx, are recommended. In select countries, DHL is offering a discount for ballot return.

Your voted runoff ballot must be postmarked by December 6 and received by your local election office in Georgia by December 9

As we just saw in the November 8 midterm elections, every single vote really does count. 

Thank you for voting from abroad in the December 6 runoff election!

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Global Women’s Caucus Open Positions for
Communication Leads 

The “Wordsmith” 

  • Responsible for Website Content and Newsletter
  • Estimated time commitment: 3-5 hours/week

Social Media  Manager 

  • Responsible for managing all GWC Social Media platforms
  • Estimated time commitment: 3-5 hours/week

Visual and Graphic Designer

  • Responsible for providing Graphic Design for GWC Social Media and Website
  • Estimated time commitment: 3-5 hours/week

Shared Responsibilities

  • Responsible for Creating  overall GWC Communications strategy 
    • Manages comms team 
    • Serve as members of GWC Steering Committee 
    • Interacts with Democrats Abroad Global Comms

Inquire and apply here


EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

 

Books Abroad, The Global Women’s Caucus feminist reading group, is thrilled to end the year with a
French writer, Annie Ernaux, who has won the 2022 Nobel Prize for literature. Read more and RSVP here

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For a full list of holiday events and events from other caucuses & chapters, visit our Events page.


GWC ACTION UPDATES

Click here to read about some pro-choice victories in the November 22” Midterms (Can you link the “here” to the RJ blog and post the full article there?) 

For all updates, see our RJ blog and join our team by sending Salli an email here: [email protected]

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Reflections on the 2022 Elections from an ERA perspective

By Shari Temple

Like many Democrats, I was worried about the results of the 2022 midterms. I was also worried what impact that would have on the chances for an Equal Rights Amendment. To my relief, the results showed that a majority of Americans do care about human rights. In general, I think we can thank the youth vote for proving the public opinion polls and pundits wrong.

The good news: Nevada voters approved adding an equal rights amendment to their state constitution with almost 60% approval. In Minnesota, they have been trying for years to get an equal rights amendment through the state congress which was continually blocked by Republicans. Winning the trifecta of Democrats in House, Senate, and Governor, ensures that the amendment will make it on the ballot.

We are now at 26 states with equal rights in their state constitution. In the hopeful category, keeping the Senate means there is a chance the Senate will pass the House bill that removed the deadline. The Democrats in the Senate, after seeing how the country voted on abortion and showing support for women’s rights, hopefully will no longer be scared to allow the ratified ERA to be published. Overall, despite losing the House, the election was positive for the Equal Rights Amendment.

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Articles

A Women Right to Access and Abortion is a Winning Policy!
By Carol Moore

The “red wave” has been described by a number of journalists as a “trickle.”  Why?  Read here...

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Fighting For and Fighting Back - The Battle to Eliminate Gender-Based Violence
By Marnie Delaney

Like reproductive rights, the ERA and legislation addressing the broken care economy, sexual assault, intimate partner violence and the entire sordid spectrum of violence against women demand our attention. Read more here.  Read more here...


Art's Corner

Empowerment

Running at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany

September 10, 2022 - January 8, 2023

Watch a clip

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The exhibition Empowerment brings together diverse feminist approaches and understands these as progressive methods to analyze the societies of the world with the means of art and to show possible ways out of the global crises.


Chair's Corner

Ann Hesse

Post-election transitions are tough. And as we watch beloved party icons stepping down in Washington, we at the Global Women’s Caucus are having to deal with transitions as well. I’m sad to say that both of our extremely talented and devoted GWC Communications Co-directors will be stepping down at the end of this year.

Jamie McAffee and Stayce Camparo have generously devoted their diverse talents and valuable time to our cause and endeared themselves to the whole GWC leadership team in the process. We are infinitely grateful for their contributions. Together they have built the most solid communications team structure we have ever had. Truly a dynamic duo!

I am constantly astounded by the talent these two professionals have shown. They’ve skilfully balanced jobs, toddlers, degree programs and other family responsibilities with strategy sessions, creative work, deadlines, meetings in multiple time zones, and even a pandemic!

And we say THANK YOU!

Because transition is a natural part of life and the political cycle goes spinning on, I’d like to put out a call today for new volunteers who can step into some very large shoes. We are looking to build a team of three GWC Communications leads to replace our dynamic duo. For more information on these positions and other volunteer opportunities with GWC, please follow this link.

All of us here at GWC are volunteers, donating what we value most; our time and our talent. But what we get in return is valuable too. We share deep satisfaction in knowing that our work has meaning and purpose. We’re creating something that has never existed before- a network of American feminist activists that spans the globe. And we even have some fun while we’re creating a better world!


In Closing

The livelihoods, rights, and equalities of women are in danger! We need pro-choice and equality protecting leadership in every corner of our government. Consider joining the Global Women’s Caucus, and connecting with thousands of others as we build our community strong. As a member, you can receive newsletters and meet other Americans at our events. Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube. Our website is regularly updated with news and actions to get you and your family involved in the noble campaign for women.

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In solidarity,

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