Jessica DeLoach Sabin at Pot-luck!

Jessica DeLoach Sabin

Jessica DeLoach Sabin will lead the discussion at our May Pot-luck.

Don’t miss the inside scoop from our rising star on the political scene!

Jessica will lead us in a conversation about the current political scene in Arkansas and the nation from a democratic perspective.

Jessica DeLoach is a political and communications strategist who appears on national media, including Fox News, to provide political analysis and commentary. She provides political commentary for KARK and KATV and other media in Arkansas. Recently, the Huffington Post highlighted Jessica as one of the “top young television pundits” in the country, dubbing her the “most seasoned millennial Democrat in American broadcast punditry.”  She has received many honors as one of Arkansas leading progressive voices.

Jessica is a graduated of UALR and the Clinton School of Public Service.  She and her husband are both members of WAND.

14th Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon

WAND Mother's Day Luncheon painting

You are invited to our 14th Annual WAND Mother’s Day Luncheon, to be held this year at Heifer Village Learning Center. Our speaker will be The Honorable Joyce Elliott, Senate Majority Leader, Arkansas Senate District 33.

Advance tickets are $45.00 per person, $15 per student, or $360 for a table of 8 (plus service charge). The ticket purchase deadline has been extended. You can still click here to purchase until Tuesday, May 9th! To pay by check, please send $45 per ticket with your name, address and phone number to: ARKWAND, c/o Garbo Hearne, 1001 Wright Ave., Ste. C, Little Rock, AR 72206.

We look forward to seeing you. Wear your favorite hat or head covering!

Pizza, Peace & Politics

Pizza, Peace & Politics

Meet us at US Pizza in Hillcrest on Tuesday, April 25th from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Christina Mullinax, Regional Organizer of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, will be providing an update of the actions of the recently completed General Assembly. We will also hear from Ali Taylor, Co-Founder of Arkansas Abortion Support Network, who will discuss the Abortion Support Network and ways you can volunteer with this group. Arkansas Abortion Support Network works to reduce barriers to abortion access through clinic escorting, abortion funding, and community outreach and education. They provide abortion support services to Arkansans regardless of race, gender identity, religion, socioeconomic status, ability, or citizenship status.

From our Executive Director

Megan Amundson, Executive director of National WAND

We at Arkansas WAND wanted to share this statement from Megan Amundson, Executive Director of National WAND, on the appointment of H. R. McMaster as National Security Advisor:

“It remains to be seen how H.R. McMaster will execute U.S. national security policy on behalf of all Americans. Reports indicate that he was chosen, in part, due to pressure by more hawkish Republicans, such as Sens. Tom Cotton and John McCain. Moreover, while he has a long and esteemed military career, he is not an experienced policy-maker.

“It is important to have at least the appearance of a functioning executive branch. McMaster’s appointment certainly adds to that. However, the biggest question for the National Security Council, and the Trump administration in general, is: how much influence and autonomy will the National Security Advisor ultimately have when Steve Bannon is at every NSC meeting.

“As a woman’s organization, WAND remains steadfast in our opposition to Steve Bannon on the National Security Council. His anti-woman, Islamophobic, ethno-nationalist beliefs are already playing out in dangerous ways, including the immigration and refugee ban on Muslim-majority nations; the round-up of immigrants that is breaking up families across the United States; and the turn toward Russia and away from our traditional allies.

“Extreme ideology has no place in the White House. We hope that McMaster’s appointment marks a larger change, one in which the American people can have confidence that decisions about national security are made based on facts and input from all relevant and qualified stakeholders.

“Until Bannon is removed from the National Security Council, WAND will continue to monitor his influence through NSCwatch.org, a website designed to keep the public informed about troubling developments at the NSC and what they can do to express their concerns and hold their elected officials accountable.”

 

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Pizza, Peace & Politics

Pizza, Peace & Politics

Come on out, enjoy some pizza, and share your thoughts and questions with the new members of the Democratic Committee of Pulaski County. Tippi McCullough, newly elected Chair, along with Sam Kauffman, Kendra Johnson, Miguel Lopez, and Dillon Hupp will all be there. They will be talking about some activities and events they have done since being elected and their vision going forward.

With 32 years of teaching experience, Tippi McCullough teaches English and serves as a Little Rock Education Association Building Rep at Little Rock Central High School. She became an activist when fired from her job for marrying her longtime partner. She is the President of the Stonewall Democratic Caucus of Arkansas, and Co-Chair of the youth group Pridecorps. She currently serves as a State Committee member of the Democratic Party of Arkansas and was elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention last summer. She was elected last month to chair the Democratic Party of Pulaski County Committee. In her neighborhood she serves on the Hillcrest Residents Association Board, and is the Chair of the annual Hillcrest Merchants Association event HarvestFest, which brings in approximately 15,000 people to the neighborhood each year.

2017 Annual Meeting & Dinner

world and flags, meeting

Sunday, March 5th at 5:30 p.m.
Heifer Village Community Room

You are invited to renew your membership or join and enjoy dinner and cash bar at our annual meeting where we will hear from Megan Amundson, the Executive Director of National WAND. Megan has a background in grassroots organizing and has spent more than a dozen years as a lobbyist and running political campaigns. She was the Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, as well as the Political Director for the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters, an affiliate of the League of Conservation Voters. She has run her own political consulting firm focusing on grassroots legislative, electoral, and community relations campaigns and worked with nonprofit organizations, unions, candidates, and elected officials to build and implement campaign strategies. In 2010, Megan was the Campaign Manager for the “Vote No on 2 Campaign to Protect the Affordable Housing Law,” a statewide ballot initiative that won by the largest margin of any initiative on the ballot that year. Come and meet Megan!

Make your dinner reservations for $15 on Eventbrite today, or mail checks payable to: Arkansas WAND, 21 Hickory Hills Circle, Little Rock, AR 72212. Membership is $50, $5 for students, payable in advance or at the event. Deadline for dinner reservations is Tuesday, February 28th.

See “Command and Control” with us!

Command and Control graphic

We have a very special Program to kick off the New Year! Command and Control,” the story of the 1980 deadly accident at the Titan II nuclear complex in Damascus, Arkansas will be shown at our January Pot Luck to be held Tuesday, January 10th, 6:30 p.m., 2510 Hidden Valley Drive. The 2 hour film on PBS starts at 8 p.m. 

Bring a dish to share • Bread and Drinks provided • All are welcome

If you have seen the film, you are welcome to come for the fellowship and leave at any time.  If you haven’t’ seen the film, we urge you to come watch at least a part of it with us or watch it at home.

“Command and Control” unravels the terrifying truth about the management of America’s nuclear arsenal and show us what can happen when weapons built to protect us can destroy us. It was featured at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and has received excellent reviews.

The film is a timely warning for all of us at the beginning of  the Trump administration whose members  may or may not be fully aware of their responsibility regarding the huge  U.S. nuclear stockpile.  Arkansas WAND will oppose any and all actions by our government that could lead to a new nuclear arms race.  We support all steps that will lead to a safer world like taking our European missiles off high alert and signing the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

We are excited to announce that two friends of WAND with long  experience in the nuclear field will lead a discussion of the film at our February Pot-luck: Bud Laumer is the Whistle Blower featured in the film. Ken Grunewald served as a missile crew member and on the national nuclear targeting staff and is very anti-nuclear.  

Don’t miss this opportunity to get up to speed on the dangerous nuclear situation the world faces and how WAND can respond!

Happy New Year to All!

Arkansas WAND

Women’s March for Arkansas

Women's March for Arkansas

On January 21, 2017 we will unite in Little Rock, Arkansas for the Women’s March for Arkansas. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us–women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished, and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.

In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March for Arkansas will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world, that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Women’s rights are human rights, regardless of a woman’s race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, age or disability. We practice empathy with the intent to learn about the intersecting identities of each other. We will suspend our first judgement and do our best to lead without ego. We follow the principles of Kingian nonviolence, which are defined as follows:

Principle 1: Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people. It is a positive force confronting the forces of injustice and utilizes the righteous indignation and spiritual, emotional, and intellectual capabilities of people as the vital force for change and reconciliation.

Principle 2: The Beloved Community is the framework for the future. The nonviolent concept is an overall effort to achieve a reconciled world by raising the level of relationships among people to a height where justice prevails and persons attain their full human potential.

Principle 3: Attack forces of evil, not persons doing evil. The nonviolent approach helps one analyze the fundamental conditions, policies and practices of the conflict rather than reacting to one’s opponents or their personalities.

Principle 4: Accept suffering without retaliation for the sake of the cause to achieve our goal. Self-chosen suffering is redemptive and helps the movement grow in a spiritual as well as a humanitarian dimension. The moral authority of voluntary suffering for a goal communicates the concern to one’s own friends and community as well as to the opponent.

Principle 5: Avoid internal violence of the spirit as well as external physical violence. The nonviolent attitude permeates all aspects of the campaign. It provides a mirror type reflection of the reality of the condition to one’s opponent and the community at large. Specific activities must be designed to maintain a high level of spirit and morale during a nonviolent campaign.

ORGANIZER’S MISSION AND VISION

Organized by the Be The Change Alliance in collaboration with the Women’s March on Washington and Sister Marches around the world, this event is inclusive, and EVERYONE who supports the rights ALL is welcome. Our mission is to further the ideal of justice for all people who consider the United States home. Our vision is to educate and empower individuals to connect with like-minded allies to be the change they wish to see in the world.

EVENTS TIMELINE

10:00 – Check-in begins at the intersection of Pulaski and Capitol.

11:00 – A two-block short march in solidarity with those marching in Washington will begin, followed immediately by a rally on the steps of the Arkansas state capitol.

1:00-4:00 – Action Expo at Willie L. Hinton Community Center at 3805 West 12th Street Little Rock, AR 72204 to learn about how to get involved in advocacy.

CARPOOLING

Want to carpool with others? Send an email to lrmarch2017.carpool@gmail.com to inquire about offering or needing a ride. We’re looking to organize carpool groups from every corner of Arkansas!

SUPPORT

Want to help with a donation to help cover expenses? Here’s how you can! https://www.gofundme.com/womens-march-for-arkansas. You can sign up at Eventbrite (free) and join the conversation on Facebook.

Pizza, Peace & Politics – November 2016

gender pay equity gap by state

Let’s talk about gender pay equity! Mollie Papan, Human Resources manager for Heifer International, will join Maria Jones, President of AAUW and Abby Oliver, Community Relations Manager for the Center on Community Philanthropy at the Clinton School of Public service to give us information on the Arkansas Equal Pay Coalition.

From the Arkansas Equal Pay Coalition Facebook page: “AAUW-Arkansas is working on Equal Pay Solutions. We know many other groups around the state are also engaged on this topic. Our individual groups will be more effective when we combine forces. Our voices will be stronger and our efforts more efficient with larger numbers and a cohesive message.

Please join us as we work together, share successes and challenges, and learn about the steps our groups have underway. Provide the name of your group, and contact information. We will be in touch to follow-up on ways we can work together and support each other. This is just for information. The Coalition will be formed after we determine how much interest we have.”