In light of the many Republican attacks on women’s rights and immigrant and minority communities, there has never been a more critical time for Democratic and progressive women to engage in elections. Not only do we have to push back on these attacks, we must collectively work towards a vision for ourselves and our daughters.
AAPI civil rights activist Grace Lee Boggs encourages activists to turn towards visionary organizing, which “gives you the opportunity to encourage the creative capacity in people and is… fulfilling.” Lee Boggs, at 96, has not only witnessed but actively taken part in almost every major movement of the past century, having fought for labor rights, civil rights, women’s rights, environmental and food justice.
Today, appropriately on International Women’s Day, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is launching the DNC Women’s Institute. This Institute’s purpose is twofold: 1) this year, supporting the Obama campaign’s Women for Obama efforts; and 2) providing for a long-term structure for the Democratic Party to engage women in years to come.
We urge your participation in this election cycle, and in the cycles to come.