Feminist Scholars on the U.S. Presidency

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Just so we all know we are not acting alone in our coming efforts to maintain a peaceful world and functioning democracy, you will be strengthened by reading this all-encompassing public statement by scholarly women of grit:

Summary of Statement:

  • We must protect the right to protest and dissent.
  • We must insist that the media be allowed to do its job.
  • We must reject compromise.
  • Our number 1 priority is to Resist.
  • We must denounce militarization at home & abroad.
  • We must resist climate change denial.
  • We must resist autocracy.
  • We must push ourselves into more precise, radical analytical frameworks.
  • We must find creative solutions to address the immediate needs of those who will be acutely affected within the first 100 days.

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, a sizeable minority of the U.S. electorate chose to send billionaire Donald Trump, an avowed sexist and an unrepentant racist, who has spent nearly forty years antagonizing vulnerable people, to the White House. Spewing hatred at women, people of color, immigrants, Muslims, and those with disabilities is Trump’s most consistent, and well-documented form of public engagement. Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women because, as he quipped, his celebrity made it easy for him to do so. We can only assume that the hostile climate and anxiety about what is to come were contributing factors. The political shift we are witnessing, including the appointment of open bigots to the president-elect’s cabinet, reaffirms the structural disposability and systemic disregard for every person who is not white, male, straight, cisgender, able-bodied, and middle or upper class.As a community of feminist scholars, activists and artists, we affirm that the time to act is now. We cannot endure four years of a Trump presidency without a plan. We must protect reproductive justice, fight for Black lives, defend the rights of LGBTQIA people, disrupt the displacement of indigenous people and the stealing of their resources, advocate and provide safe havens for the undocumented, stridently reject Islamophobia, and oppose the acceleration of neoliberal policies that divert resources to the top 1% and abandon those at the bottom of the economic hierarchy. We must also denounce militarization at home and abroad, and climate change denial that threatens to destroy the entire planet.

We must also reject calls to compromise, to understand, or to collaborate. We cannot and will not comply. Our number one priority is to resist. We must resist the instantiation of autocracy. We must resist this perversion of democracy. We must refuse spin and challenge any narratives that seek to call this moment “democracy at work.” This is not democracy; this is the rise of a 21st century U.S. version of fascism. We must name it, so we can both confront and defeat it. The most vulnerable, both here and abroad, cannot afford for us to equivocate or remain silent. The threats posed by settler colonialism and empire around the globe have never been more real, nor has our resolve to oppose these injustices ever been stronger. Concretely, within the U.S., we oppose the building of a wall along the U.S. – Mexico border, and the establishment of a registry for Muslim residents.

We owe this moment and the communities we fight for our very best thinking, teaching, and organizing. We must find creative solutions to address the immediate needs of those who will be acutely affected within the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency. We must push ourselves into new, and more precise and radical analytical frameworks that can help us to articulate the stakes of this moment.

The most important thing we can do in this moment is to make an unqualified commitment to those on the margins through our actions, insist that the media be allowed to do its job; and protect the right to protest and dissent. We recognize clearly that our silence will not protect us. Silence, in the aftermath of 11/8 is not merely a lack of words; it is a profound inertia of liberatory thought and praxis. So – what are we waiting for? We are who we are waiting for. We pledge to stand and fight, with fierce resolve, for the values and principles we believe in and the people we love.

See all the signatories here. 

 

Mourning-After Political Organizing

Peace Dove jewelryPolitical Organizing for Peace and Freedom are great antidotes to grief, depression and a threatened Democracy. There are many ways we can continue this American journey in a good direction.

First, the Election Victories:

Pramila Jayapal (WA) 1st Indian-American Women Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Kamala Harris (CA) 2nd African-American Woman & 1st Indian-American Woman Elected to the U.S. Senate.

Ilhan Omar (MN) 1st Somali-American Elected to a State Legislature.

Catherine Cortez Masto (NV) 1st Latina Elected to the U.S. Senate.

election-1Now, a few suggestions for Mourning-After Political Organizing:

1. Search Out Groups of Like-Minded Citizens: It’s always and all ways important to  be with people of like mind and heart. This is healing for each of us, and what’s good for every one of us is good for the whole, I believe this to be true.

​​​​​​​2. Monitor Congress on CSPAN. Then Call, Write & Email Legislators.  CSPAN is a TV channel with daily coverage of Senate and House of Representatives Hearings live and video taped here. You can also view Supreme Court Arguments and Business here.

3. March With Those Groups Attacked 1st — to Slow the Rise of Oppression: Pastor Martin Niemöller’s speech in 1946 about citizen responsibility and how the impact of oppression is carefully built up from the smallest, most distant group to the largest:

Ds. Martin Niemöller neemt deel aan oecumenische samenkomst in de Grote Kert te Den Haag. Vlnr [Vrnl in spiegelbeeld!] . Ds M.N. W. Smitvoors (van de Haagse Oecumenische Raad), ds. Niemöller en prof. P. Kaetske, predikant van de Duitse Evangelische gemeente in Den Haag *27 mei 1952“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

4. Read Books about Diverse Cultures here: People Called Women Bookstore (PCW) provides the best selection possible of multi-cultural feminist books from around the world. PCW, in Toledo, Ohio, is one of a handful of feminist bookstores remaining in the U.S. and Canada. We are proud to have them as our bookseller! Check out the selection here.
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 Hope Into Practice: Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears by Penny Rosenwasser5. Explore Women’s Spirituality in all its forms and traditions here. Spirituality and world religions are important for us to understand our common humanity, our common needs, goals and oppressions. Explore these offerings and enrich your spirit here!

6. Donate to Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support. These organizations work on all our behalf, providing essential legal representation, education, and monitoring necessary for democratic participation, volunteerism, and donations so they can continue to work harder than ever. Here are just a few we suggest (not in order of importance, some are new to me and may be to you): 

OurRevolution.com. Campaigns End. Revolutions Endure. Our Revolution will revitalize American democracy by unifying the millions of people who got involved over the course of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in support of progressive causes. See issues here. Get involved here.

American Cilvil Liberties Union (ACLU) works to defend individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the U.S. constitution. The ACLU is currently monitoring statements made by the president elect. Donate here.

Southern Poverty Law Center fights hate groups and bigotry using education, litigation, and advocacy. Donate here.

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) was founded in 1915 out of an International Women’s Congress against World War. WILPF works to bring together women of different political views and philosophical and religious backgrounds to work for a permanent peace, and to oppose oppression and exploitation. WILPF has national sections in 37 countries, and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and maintains a United Nations office in New York City. Get involved here.

National Organization for Women (NOW) is an activist organization, foundation and PAC that advocates for equal rights for women. Donate here, and look for volunteer programs at your local chapter’s page.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) promotes the civil rights of people of color to eliminate race-based discrimination. Donate here, and find your local chapter for more ways to get involved here.

National Women’s Law Center has worked for over 40 years to enact policies and laws on behalf of women and families. Donate here.

National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) is a pro-choice, multicultural, intergenerational, and multi-issue grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process and creating a true women’s political power base to achieve equality for all women. NWPC recruits, trains and supports pro-choice women candidates for elected and appointed offices at all levels of government regardless of party affiliation. Find your state chapter here.

350.ORG is building a global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice. Join Email List here.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to “stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Today, it fights against anti-semitism and bigotry as one of the largest civil rights organizations in the country. Find your local affiliate here.

Lakota People’s Law Project is on the front lines at Standing Rock protecting water for all of us. You can watch a video of Phyllis Young, long time water rights expert for the Lakota Nation. speaking to Water Protectors. I have worked with at the U.N. Phyllis has six children and packed the youngest child with her to Geneva in the l970s. Donate here.

Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights works to protect the best interests of children who come to the U.S. on their own. Donate here.

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) is a national civil rights law and policy organization dedicated to advancing the rights of people with disabilities through advocacy, training, education, and public policy. Donate here.

Pesticide Action Network (PAN) works to challenge the global proliferation of pesticides, defend basic rights to health and environmental quality, and work to ensure the transition to a just and viable food system. PAN works with those on the frontlines to tackle the pesticide problem — and reclaim the future of food and farming. Fighting GMOs in the U.S. and around the world.

Campaign Zero advocates for policy solutions to end police violence in America. Fill out this survey to learn how to get involved.

Center for Reproductive Rights is the world’s foremost legal advocate for securing women’s access to quality reproductive health care. Donate here.

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is the country’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization. Donate here or find your local chapter here.

Lambda Legal is a national legal organization dedicated to fighting for the civil rights of LGBT population and people with HIV through litigation, education, and policy work. Donate here.

NARAL Pro-Choice America is a political advocacy group focused on fighting for women’s reproductive rights and freedom. Click here to donate and here to volunteer.

NextGen Climate Action works politically “to prevent climate disaster.” Click here to donate and click here to volunteer.

PEN America works to protect free and open expression in the United States and across the world through literature and writing. Donate here.

Planned Parenthood is the country’s leading sexual and reproductive healthcare provider. Click here for nationwide volunteer opportunities (including as a clinic escort) and click here to donate.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the country’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, which operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE; online.rainn.org; rainn.org/es) and programs to help victims of sexual violence. Click here for information about how to volunteer for the hotline or in your community, and here to donate.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press offers legal resources, support and advocacy to reporters to protect the First Amendment and freedom of information rights. Donate here.

Reproductive Health Access Project is a non-profit that trains clinicians to make quality reproductive healthcare more accessible. Click here to donate.

Running Start is another organization dedicated to educating young women and girls about the importance of politics, through the Young Women’s Political Leadership Program and various other fellowships and internships. Donate here.

She Should Run is a non-profit that aims to get more women into elected leadership roles. You can donate here.

Union of Concerned Scientists works to create solutions to the planet’s most pressing scientific problems through research, advocacy, and policy. Donate here.

 

Wise Women’s Retirement Planning

The Women’s InstituteWomen's Retirement Planning Women's Institute For A Secure Retirement Improving the long-term financial security of all women through education and advocacy. For A Secure Retirement (WISER) provides women’s retirement planning education and resources, improving the long-term financial security of all women.

Women are two times more likely to be poor in retirement than men. We make financial decisions every day, and there are lots of opportunities to make positive changes for long-term financial security. WISER gives hope to women who need basic financial and retirement education to improve their lives. What a wonderful help for women!

“Start small and make a Big difference! Women earn less and live longer. Plan for it! Know your numbers, how much will you need in retirement? Make your own personal retirement plan to allow for financial security during the 3 to 10 years many of us live alone as we age.” Lara Hinz, Director of Programs at WISER (Our FREE Interview with Lara Here)

Women’s Retirement Planning Tips:

A One-Stop Gateway for Retirement Planning: The National Resource Center On Women And Retirement Planning. The Center’s goal is to assist the Aging Network in educating women of all ages about planning for their future financial, health and long-term care needs. The core of the Center’s work is the direct impact we have on women in communities across the country. Every year, WISER reaches tens of thousands of women with our workshops, trainings, print and electronic materials, and website.

Women's Retirement Planning - WISERA Simple Guide to What Everyone Needs to Know About Money & Retirement: This guide will provide you with the basic information you need to know to start making decisions about your retirement. Make sure you are getting the most you can from your employer-sponsored pension plan. If you don’t have a retirement strategy yet, it’s time you started! Use this guide to develop a strategy for your retirement. It’s never too late or too early! This publication is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, and Vietnamese here.

Researched and detailed answers to questions. WISER partners with other organizations to produce research on issues surrounding financial security, retirement, aging, and related topics. They provide free researched published that focus on these important issues related to women and retirement here.

Women's Retirement Planning -Financial Steps for Caregivers: What You Need to Know About Protecting Your Money and Retirement Financial Steps for Caregivers: What You Need to Know about Protecting Your Money and Retirement is designed to help you identify financial decisions you may face as a caregiver. These decisions can affect both your short-term and long-term financial security, including your own retirement.

Financial Elder Abuse Resources: In an effort to combat elder financial abuse and educate all women about this devastating problem, WISER compiled a list of helpful resources here.

WISER’s Newsletter: WISER’s latest newsletter includes a feature on reverse mortgages and reverse mortgage scams, offers tips for choosing between a monthly payment or lump sum pension payout, and highlights recent research on caregivers. You can also learn more about new resources available including the Administration for Community Living’s new campaign focused on brain health, and the Department of Health & Human Services new site, www.aging.gov.

Women's Retirement Planning -Nurses' Investor Education Project WISER Report Highlights Effective Financial Education Project for NursesNurses’ Investor Education Project: WISER’s Report Highlights Effective Financial Education Project for Nurses- A multi-year financial education initiative aiming to improve nurses’ financial security using educational tools, resources, and peer-to-peer training and workshops. “Changing Investment and Savings Behavior of Nurses” helps identify nurses’ specific financial information needs and provide them with tools to help them successfully manage and build their wealth into retirement. Read the report here.

Women's Retirement Planning - A New Way to Save with myRA Do you know about MyRA (my Retirement Account), a government-backed retirement plan launched nationwide that provides a savings option for the tens of millions of U.S. workers whose employers don’t offer a retirement savings plan. The MyRA accounts are open to anyone earning an annual salary of less than $131,000, or $193,000 if they are married and file taxes jointly. There is no minimum or fee to open an account. Payments can go into the plan automatically, either directly from a checking or savings account, or from an employer’s payroll system, via direct deposit. Learn more at myra.gov.

WISER helps women retire with dignity and security by educating us to avoid poverty in old age with many helpful resources: Publications, website, blog, workshops, trainings, research, rural grassroots education, and press.

WISER gives hope to women who need basic financial and retirement education to improve their lives.

“I feel empowered to make the right and good decisions for retirement security.”

Women's Retirement Planning -Women's Institute For A Secure Retirement Improving the long-term financial security of all women through education and advocacy.We interviewed Lara Hinz, Director of Programs at WISER. Listen to her free interview here. 

Lara says, “Start small and make a Big difference! Women earn less and live longer. Plan for it! Know your numbers, how much will you need in retirement? Make your own personal retirement plan to allow for financial security during the 3 to 10 years many of us live alone as we age.”

Women and Money Telesummit In this Telesummit, you'll learn financial strategies that fit your lifestyle.

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Hunter Lovins Sustainability & Profitability!

 Hunter Lovins - Natural Capitalism SolutionsLean Into Green with Hunter Lovins and her Natural Capitalism Solutions! Hunter has been my Hero since the l980’s when she was working to bring conservation and sustainable development solutions to the U.S. and the world.

Businesses big and small are becoming more profitable by operating sustainably. Hunter Lovins is part of the new direction our world is moving in. She works with businesses, young people in MBA programs, and international environment and development experts to collaborate in education, strategies, and all aspects of sustainability.

Hunter Lovins inspires me because she has been at this work for decades and is now seeing the results of her work: Corporations are becoming less toxic as the public demands safer products. We consumers are educating ourselves for the sake of our health and our family’s longevity.

Thirty years ago, we never imagined that businesses would “Go Green.” and we can thank women like Hunter all around the world who, through their leadership and organizations are doing the work of real heroines

Young inventors are bringing sustainable development solutions we couldn’t have dreamt of in the past. This is one of the most exciting aspects of today’s developments, and Hunter Lovins is right smack in the middle of inspiring and educating young people around the world, and being inspired by them!

Listen to our interview with Hunter and hear how the safest investment is “Green Investment,” and about becoming an “Impact Investor.” Discover an accredited online course where you can learn from the best thought leaders on green development from around the world.

Lean Into Green Telesummit at greenwomanstore.comYou can sign up here to listen to all our Lean Into Green Interviews. You will wake up with a smile on your face:)

 

Women’s Retirement Planning – WISER

Women’s InstituteWomen's Retirement Planning Women's Institute For A Secure Retirement Improving the long-term financial security of all women through education and advocacy. For A Secure Retirement (WISER) provides Women’s Retirement Planning,  improving the long-term financial security of all women through education and advocacy.

Women are 2 times more likely to be poor in retirement than men. We make financial decisions every day, and there are lots of opportunities to make positive changes for long-term financial security. WISER gives hope to women who need basic financial and retirement education to improve their lives. What a wonderful help for women!

“Start small and make a Big difference! Women earn less and live longer. Plan for it! Know your numbers, how much will you need in retirement? Make your own personal retirement plan to allow for financial security during the 3 to 10 years many of us live alone as we age.” Lara Hinz, Director of Programs at WISER

Women’s Retirement Planning:

A 1-Stop Gateway for Retirement Planning: The National Resource Center On Women And Retirement Planning. The Center’s goal is to assist the Aging Network in educating women of all ages about planning for their future financial, health and long-term care needs. The core of the Center’s work is the direct impact we have on women in communities across the country. Every year, WISER reaches tens of thousands of women with our workshops, trainings, print and electronic materials, and website.

Women's Retirement Planning - WISERA Simple Guide to What Everyone Needs to Know About Money & Retirement: This guide will provide you with the basic information you need to know to start making decisions about your retirement. Make sure you are getting the most you can from your employer-sponsored pension plan. If you don’t have a retirement strategy yet, it’s time you started! Use this guide to develop a strategy for your retirement. It’s never too late or too early! This publication is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, and Vietnamese here.

Researched and detailed answers to questions. WISER partners with other organizations to produce research on issues surrounding financial security, retirement, aging, and related topics. They provide free researched published that focus on these important issues related to women and retirement here.

Women's Retirement Planning -Financial Steps for Caregivers: What You Need to Know About Protecting Your Money and Retirement Financial Steps for Caregivers: What You Need to Know about Protecting Your Money and Retirement is designed to help you identify financial decisions you may face as a caregiver. These decisions can affect both your short-term and long-term financial security, including your own retirement.

Financial Elder Abuse Resources: In an effort to combat elder financial abuse and educate all women about this devastating problem, WISER compiled a list of helpful resources here.

WISER’s Newsletter: WISER’s latest newsletter includes a feature on reverse mortgages and reverse mortgage scams, offers tips for choosing between a monthly payment or lump sum pension payout, and highlights recent research on caregivers. You can also learn more about new resources available including the Administration for Community Living’s new campaign focused on brain health, and the Department of Health & Human Services new site, www.aging.gov.

Women's Retirement Planning -Nurses' Investor Education Project WISER Report Highlights Effective Financial Education Project for NursesNurses’ Investor Education Project: WISER’s Report Highlights Effective Financial Education Project for Nurses- A multi-year financial education initiative aiming to improve nurses’ financial security using educational tools, resources, and peer-to-peer training and workshops. “Changing Investment and Savings Behavior of Nurses” helps identify nurses’ specific financial information needs and provide them with tools to help them successfully manage and build their wealth into retirement. Read the report here.

Women's Retirement Planning - A New Way to Save with myRA Do you know about MyRA (my Retirement Account), a government-backed retirement plan launched nationwide that provides a savings option for the tens of millions of U.S. workers whose employers don’t offer a retirement savings plan. The MyRA accounts are open to anyone earning an annual salary of less than $131,000, or $193,000 if they are married and file taxes jointly. There is no minimum or fee to open an account. Payments can go into the plan automatically, either directly from a checking or savings account, or from an employer’s payroll system, via direct deposit. Learn more at myra.gov.

WISER helps women retire with dignity and security by educating us to avoid poverty in old age with many helpful resources: Publications, website, blog, workshops, trainings, research, rural grassroots education, and press.

WISER gives hope to women who need basic financial and retirement education to improve their lives.

“I feel empowered to make the right and good decisions for retirement security.”

for WISER’s 20th year? I did!

By giving $20, you can help extend their reach to even more women like yourself.


Women's Retirement Planning -Women's Institute For A Secure Retirement Improving the long-term financial security of all women through education and advocacy.
We interviewed Lara Hinz, Director of Programs at WISER. Listen to her free interview here. 

Lara says, “Start small and make a Big difference! Women earn less and live longer. Plan for it! Know your numbers, how much will you need in retirement? Make your own personal retirement plan to allow for financial security during the 3 to 10 years many of us live alone as we age.”

Women and Money Telesummit In this Telesummit, you'll learn financial strategies that fit your lifestyle.

Sign up for the entire Women & Money Telesummit here! It’s Free!!