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.

Pizza, Peace & Politics

Pizza, Peace & Politics

Have you ever wondered how to communicate effectively with you lawmakers? This month, meet Sarah Scanlon, trainer for the Wellstone organization, who will educate us on how to talk to our legislators about what they are doing this session. We will meet on Tuesday, January 24th, at our usual time, 6 p.m., and location, upstairs at U.S. Pizza in Hillcrest, 2710 Kavanaugh Blvd, Little Rock, AR 72205.

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.”

Election Night Watch Party

Join us as we celebrate the end of a long and winding election season for a viewing party and pot luck dinner. We will set up an extra TV, but bring your iPad or
laptop if you want to do some “channel surfing.” Please see our Facebook page for time and location.

“Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pizza, Peace & Politics, October 2016

Pizza, Peace & Politics

Is there any chance you’re tired of horse-race updates, insults and scandals? The October edition of Pizza, Peace, & Politics will focus on some of the real issues at stake in the 2016 Presidential Election next Tuesday!

Be part of a conversation led by faculty members of the UALR School of Public Affairs – Drs. E. Wiebelhaus-Brahm, R. Glazier, M. Scranton, J. Giammo and C. Williams, in partnership with Arkansas Coalition for Peace & Justice (ACPJ) and Arkansas WAND. Yes, there will be LOTS of Q & A!!

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Upstairs at U.S. Pizza in Hillcrest
2417 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, 72205

Doors open at 6 p.m. Bring a friend, grab a spot, and get your pizza ordered. See you then!

Artist Brian McCarty on UALR University Television

"Survivor, Alone" by Brian McCarty

Artist/photographer Brian McCarty was recently on the UALR Campus to talk about his exhibition WAR-TOYS. Toys inserted into real life scenes in areas of violent conflict create a powerful impact through irony. McCarty’s talk about his exhibit of toys, children, and photographs in war-torn Israel and Palestinian Territories is being featured on UALR University Television – Comcast 61 and U Verse 99 this week. See the schedule below. The station is live streaming on line. Click here for a preview.

Oct. 3 – 7pm
Oct. 4 – 5:30am, 2pm, 9:30pm
Oct. 5 – 10am, 6pm
Oct. 7 – 8am, 4pm

Film “Where to Invade Next?” September 20th

Michael Moore photo for "Where to Invade Next?"

Celebrating Arkansas Peace Week

Academy Award®-winning director Michael Moore is back with Where to Invade Next: a provocative and hilarious comedy in which Moore will stop at nothing to figure out how to actually make America great again.

Just in time for election season, America’s favorite political provocateur, Michael Moore, is back with his new film, Where to Invade Next.

Honored by festivals and critics groups alike, Where to Invade Next is an expansive, hilarious, and subversive comedy in which the Academy Award®-winning director confronts the most pressing issues facing America today and finds solutions in the most unlikely places. The creator of Farenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine has returned with an epic movie that’s unlike anything he has done before – an eye-opening call to arms to capture the American Dream and restore it in, of all places, America.

“One of the most genuinely, and valuably, patriotic films any American has ever made… Optimistic and affirmative, it rests on one challenging but invaluable idea: we can do better.” — Godfrey Cheshire, rogerebert.com

Free Admission – Free Parking nearby

Theater opens at 5:30 p.m. ~ Screening at 6:30 p.m.

Post-screening Discussion led by Ernie Dumas, columnist for Arkansas Times

For Early Arrivals: Box Suppers of Turkey or Hummus Sandwich, chips and cookie ~ $8

Wine, Beer, Sodas, and Bottled Water at the Bar

Sponsored by Arkansas WAND and the Fred Darragh Foundation

“Provocative, hilariously funny … Moore’s latest film is his most bold and most sophisticated” – Sophia A. McClennen

“Impassioned, Mr. Moore’s most far-reaching film.” – Stephen Holden, New York Times

“Funny, but also as serious as a heart attack” – Entertainment Weekly