“One of us is going to Washington” - what Habon Abdulle of WOW Network wants you to understand about Ilhan Omar’s election.

The first woman who Habon Abdulle of WOW Network recruited to run for office was Ilhan Omar.

"After the election, many of us felt that we can put our bags down. We are here to stay, and now we have a stake in the game. While we recognize this election is not presidential, the effect on marginalized people’s emotions are similar, as prejudice is confronted by elected representation. " - Habon Abdulle

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WMM Official Statement Condemning Anti-Semitism, Homophobia, and Transphobia

Earlier this year, Women's March National faced intense criticism because one of the leaders publicly exalted Louis Farrakhan. The national group responded by stating “Minister Farrakhan’s statements about Jewish, queer, and trans people are not aligned with the Women’s March Unity Principles.” They continued by stating “The world Women’s March seeks to build is one free from anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, racism, and all forms of social violence.”

We in Minnesota also responded in a statement in March 2018 by saying “we unequivocally denounce Louis Farrakhan's recent anti-Semitic and homophobic statements. Anti-Semitism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, racism and white supremacy are and always will be indefensible.” We stand by that statement.

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November 7, 2018

Two years ago we woke up to an election that seemed unbelievable.  The popular vote was ignored, and our first woman Presidential candidate - who had been ridiculed, mocked and demeaned - was not the new President. We, like many of you, were alternately heartbroken,, shocked, nervous, and grieving. Racism, misogyny, xenophobia, transphobia, homophobia, and the like was sitting in the oval office and seemed to be on the rise. We vowed to not be silent and instead took to the streets. Over the last two years, women found or reclaimed their voice and their power! We stepped up, spoke up, took action, ran for office and supported candidates we believed in.  

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Hear UsArlene Mathison
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  

THANK YOU for everything you have done to help GOTV and make these elections a success.

Every call you've made, every card you've written, every door you've knocked, every dollar you've donated, every conversation you've had, every post, every text, every tweet you've sent to encourage people to vote, to support candidates you know will do the right thing, to make sure every voice is heard. THANK YOU!

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Interfaith Vigil for Victims of Tree of Life Synagogue

On October 29th, close to two thousand people, from all faiths and non-believers, came together to honor and mourn the lives that were lost at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh at the hands of a hate-filled gunman. Those of us who were in the main sanctuary watched in wonder at the ever growing crowd-unaware of all of those in overflow rooms and out on the streets surrounding Mount Zion Temple who felt compelled to join this community of love.  For all of the fear and hate that events of the last week have wrought upon our country, in this sacred space we were reminded of what America looks like and what we stand for- togetherness, peace, hope and a determination to end the hate and violence.

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#BelieveWomen: National Speak Out ReCap

On Thursday the world watched as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Judiciary Committee. As her testimony began, I sat in my car and felt the anger, disappointment and sadness consume every fiber of my being. I refused to allow those emotions to render me motionless, I opened my car door and walked up to Senator Amy Klobuchar’s office. I stood there and watched as a steady stream of our sisters, brothers and gender non-identifying siblings flooded the sidewalk with signs that read “I believe Christine,” “Believe Women,” “I Believe Anita,” “Kava-Nope.”

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Hear Us, NewsAlicia Donahue
Record-breaking numbers of women running for office this November!!!

In 2016, Emily's list got 920 enquiries from women about running for office. In 2018 they got 40,000!

This November, as many as 30 to 40 new female candidates could be elected to the House, making a record-breaking total of 100 women Representatives.

This is fabulous news!

Is there anything more that you can do to support women candidates running for office?

Related article: Celebrating and supporting women candidates - August Third Thursdays

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GOTVHeidi Ripplinger