From Kay Phillips, YWCA Advocacy Committee, Pacific & Northwest Areas
Continue doing what YWCAs have been doing for 158 years –
So, how do we begin action in this post-election era? Here are some ideas –
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for guideline packets
Deliver “Teaching Tolerance” free materials from Southern Poverty Law
Center & “Facing History & Ourselves” for teacher’s curriculum
Send postcards or emails to hosts and sponsors urging moderation
Join the YWCA USA Advocacy network
Convene monthly advocacy luncheons to study issues and take action
Possibilities are DV alliances, League of Women Voters, AAUW, NOW
Send a note of appreciation with a Thanksgiving card to thank legislators (or
staff or volunteers) for their work in bringing about change
Never give up! YWCAs working together can build a better world for everyone!!
* “I remember being at a YWCA area meeting around 40 years ago when an elderly Black woman from the South told her story of having no voice in the city government to get help. But she and some white women were able to meet together only at the YWCA, where she could express her needs by including them in her prayers: “Oh, Lord, there are some mighty big potholes in our neighborhood. How do you think we could get them fixed?” Mission was accomplished.