"Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul."
- Coretta Scott King
The failure of the Senate’s most recent attempt to strip health care from tens of millions of Americans proves yet again that the power of the people truly is greater than the people in power. Thanks to hundreds of thousands of phone calls, letters, meetings, and protests, people across America made their voices heard and changed the course of history. But our work is far from done.
Now more than ever, we must keep our momentum going. The House and Senate will be in recess from July 31st through September 4th. We call on you to meet with your representatives while they’re in the neighborhood to tell them about the issues you want them to address when they return to Washington this fall.
There are myriad issues that profoundly impact our lives on which the voices of women and our allies must be heard. Below, you’ll find resources about each of the Unity Principles that underpin our commitment to an intersectional resistance and to each other. Let them inspire you to educate and compel your representatives to take action. Please join us in using these tools to continue to drive the conversation. Let’s keep organizing from a place of love to shape the world we want to see.
ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE
- Know your representatives. Click here to learn who represents you in the House and Senate and commit to scheduling a meeting.
- Be your own best advocate. Check out our lobbying guide with tips on communicating effectively with your Reps.
- Let your representatives know what issues matter to you using the hashtag #WhatWomenDemand.
- Get smart. Scroll down for links to fact sheets, issue briefs, and other resources to help you articulate your point of view.
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August Reset Resources
Women deserve to live full and healthy lives, free of all forms of violence against our bodies. We believe in accountability and justice in cases of police brutality and ending racial profiling and targeting of communities of color. It is our moral imperative to dismantle the gender and racial inequities within the criminal justice system.
We believe in Reproductive Freedom. We do not accept any federal, state or local rollbacks, cuts or restrictions on our ability to access quality reproductive healthcare services, birth control, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, or medically accurate sexuality education. This means open access to safe, legal, affordable abortion and birth control for all people, regardless of income, location or education.
We firmly declare that LGBTQIA Rights are Human Rights and that it is our obligation to uplift, expand and protect the rights of our gay, lesbian, bi, queer, trans or gender non-conforming brothers, sisters and siblings. We must have the power to control our bodies and be free from gender norms, expectations and stereotypes.
We believe in an economy powered by transparency, accountability, security and equity. All women should be paid equitably, with access to affordable childcare, sick days, healthcare, paid family leave, and healthy work environments. All workers – including domestic and farm workers, undocumented and migrant workers - must have the right to organize and fight for a living minimum wage.
We believe Civil Rights are our birthright, including voting rights, freedom to worship without fear of intimidation or harassment, freedom of speech, and protections for all citizens regardless of race, gender, age or disability. We believe it is time for an all-inclusive Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
We believe that all women’s issues are issues faced by women with disabilities and Deaf women. As mothers, sisters, daughters, and contributing members of this great nation, we seek to break barriers to access, inclusion, independence, and the full enjoyment of citizenship at home and around the world. We strive to be fully included in and contribute to all aspects of American life, economy, and culture.
Rooted in the promise of America’s call for huddled masses yearning to breathe free, we believe in immigrant and refugee rights regardless of status or country of origin. We believe migration is a human right and that no human being is illegal.
We believe that every person and every community in our nation has the right to clean water, clean air, and access to and enjoyment of public lands. We believe that our environment and our climate must be protected, and that our land and natural resources cannot be exploited for corporate gain or greed - especially at the risk of public safety and health.