Advocacy/Public Policy

 

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Take Action: Two Minute Activist                                            Support the For the People Act

During the 2020 election, voters defied a deadly pandemic to participate in record-breaking numbers. The democratic process faced threats both old and new as Americans navigated long lines, emergency measures and, in some areas, deliberate barriers to voting. Instead of working to remedy those issues, a handful of extremist politicians are now working to futher hinder access. In just five weeks, they’ve introduced more than 100 new anti-voter bills around the county. There are now 47 states battling 361 bills aimed at silencing voters. This cannot stand. With so much at stake each time we head to the ballot box, it’s crucial that the freedom to vote is protected for all.

It is time to enact strong national standards for voting access.

The For the People Act (H.R. 1/S. 1) will ensure accessibility to all voters throughout the country, make sure all votes count by preventing bought elections and partisan gerrymandering, and establish stronger codes of ethics for our branches of government. We must make the promise of democracy real by enacting policies promoting safe and accessible elections. The for the People Act passed the U.S. House on March 3 – now it is the Senate’s turn to ensure we have access to a transparent electoral process that we can trust. If we are to recover and rebuild a stronger tomorrow, every American must have a say.

Take action today and tell your Senators to pass the For the People Act!

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Supporting the AAUW Public Policy Program
Taking Action! “Making our voice heard!” Many AAUW West Suburban members are currently involved in receiving urgent email notices from the AAUW Action Network requesting that they contact their elected official(s) in response to the latest issues in Congress. Members can sign up easily for “The Two Minute Activist” at aauw.org or at the AAUW West Suburban-Milwaukee website (AAUW District 2.)  _____________________________________________________________________________

AAUW Priorities For The 117th Congress.

https://www.aauw.org/app/uploads/2021/01/AAUW-PRIORITIES-FOR-THE-117TH-CONGRESS.pdf

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Wisconsin Women and the Suffragist Movement

In February, The AAUW West Suburban Milwaukee Branch celebrated the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote.  Wisconsin played an important part in this movement. “For over 70 years, many Wisconsin women fought for suffrage, or the right to vote. While their attempts to add a suffrage amendment to the state constitution failed, they would succeed in ensuring Wisconsin was the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women’s right to vote in the US. Wisconsin ratified the amendment on June 10, 1919, and full ratification in the US was won on August 26, 1920.” For more information on women who made a difference, check these articles out wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/tp-032/  or visit…womeninwisconsin

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Letter to the Editor:  AAUW on Title IX Rollbacks

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Public Policy Committee

The goal of the committee is to create awareness, inform and promote action in the areas of Public Policy as defined by the AAUW Public Policy Priorities of AAUW National and Wisconsin, in alignment with our AAUW West Suburban-Milwaukee Strategic Plan.  Members of the committee include:  Anne Kreul, Carole McFarlin, Judy Ertel, Joanna Nicholson, Dawn Marisch, June Moberly, Marge Willms (Chair) and advisory member, Kerstin Lanser.