IWSGA: A New Path, A Look Back
ONE YEAR AGO a group of us marched on the International Women’s March in Tallahassee. The experience was so powerful that we had to build an organization to sustain it. In a short time we attracted over 125 members and continue to grow. Women who had felt for years that they were alone discovered they were far from it and found power in this knowledge with like-minded sisters.
We went to work and again our members marched, addressing climate change and cherishing science.
We fought to save health care for millions of Americans, bombarding our elected officials with hundreds of postcards, faxes, phone calls, and letters. We attended telephone townhall meetings and arranged meetings with our state representatives and staff. We nurtured our community by donating a mound of grooming supplies to our local homeless organizations and packing hundreds of boxes of food for the hungry. We celebrated the Fourth of July with Hispanic immigrant families and gave their children new school supplies and backpacks so they knew we cared. We passed out Spanish language Know Your Rights booklets on immigration law and interviewed law enforcement on the local immigration policies. We learned how to register voters and then started doing it.
We hosted two outstanding candidates for state office; Stacey Evans, the Democratic candidate for governor, and Cindy Zeldin, candidate for the office of state Insurance Commissioner.
Never before have so many women candidates stepped up to run for office. Never before have so many women candidates come to this area to ask for our vote.
If we want lasting change, now is the time to focus on the 2018 elections. Your involvement is needed.
FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE our regular first Thursday meetings will be tabled. To keep the routine, we encourage you to attend the first Tuesday meeting of the Thomas County Democrats (6PM in the Library).
Indivisible Women of South Georgia will call work-focused gatherings when needed. We will continue to keep you posted through the usual social media and email channels. Our Steering Committee will persist en force and has agreed to set up an old-fashioned phone tree should the need arise. Two dynamo members, Beth Weidner and Pam Kamp, will spearhead our voter registration campaign, Feet on the Street.
IWSGA will now act as a Reserve of sorts—a combination of the suffragettes’ tea room and the Underground Railroad where the synchronicity of talk and action got real results. By strategically placing our efforts in well-appointed arenas, we will strengthen the framework to elect strong representatives and get our country back on track.
Better than back on track.
INSPIRED BY MOMENTUM AND NECESSITY two of our members have decided to run for a state office—Twitty Titus (District 173) and Dr. Treva Gear (District 175). They will need all of us to help them get elected.
If YOU are ready to continue this unprecedented fight for women’s equality in our society and a return to real democracy, we are here and need your help.
Roll up your sleeves, ladies—there’s work to be done!