|Is it Thursday yet? 2017 has been doing way. too. much, and I’m so ready to throw down on allllllll the comfort foods.
Thank Goodness For YOU
It feels both strange and necessary to talk about gratitude this year. Strange because there is so much not to be thankful for: relentless attacks on our values, on our economic security, on our very bodies and our ability to care for and control them. It can be hard to summon a positive emotion like gratitude when we’re fighting tooth and nail to protect everything we hold dear. But necessary, because if we don’t take time to acknowledge what is going right in the world or what we’ve accomplished, we won’t have the energy or the insight we need to keep fighting.
And that fight is exactly what our team here at NWLC is most grateful for. We’re grateful for you, Carmen, and for all of us — seasoned activists and newbies alike — who have stepped up to meet this moment with courage and resolve. We’re grateful that we’re having the kinds of tough public conversations that will help us overcome systemic oppression and gender-based harassment and violence. We’re grateful for every lawsuit, court challenge, sit-in, shut-down, strike, every protest big or small, because each act of resistance matters and makes it clear that we refuse to tolerate attacks on our rights. We’re grateful for the almost one million actions we’ve taken together in the past year alone, both when those actions led to immediate victories like our defense of the Affordable Care Act, and when they don’t lead to victory right away, but still succeed in awakening new advocates and raising the awareness needed to win important political and cultural victories down the line.
Though it can be hard to remember at times, we’re doing amazing things together against incredible odds. So thank you. Also? If you’re not feeling as warm and fuzzy about the upcoming holiday because you’re dreading the aggravating political conversations that may ensue, be sure to check out our Feminist’s Thanksgiving survival guide.
We’re Taking Trump Back to Court
We can’t close gender and racial wage gaps if we can’t measure them. That’s why we’re suing the Trump administration — again — to stop its illegal rollback of the EEOC’s equal pay data collection. As our General Counsel and Vice President for Workplace Justice Emily Martin said, “If it wasn’t clear before, it’s crystal clear now: women — and the families relying on women’s paychecks — are at the bottom of the Trump Administration’s agenda. By stopping the equal pay data collection, this Administration has shown that its loyalties lie with corporate employers who want to hide pay discrimination under the rug. We will not allow this to go unchallenged.”
Bringing the Tax Fight to the Senate
Last week, the House passed a shameful tax plan that would raise taxes on millions of working families and force cuts to programs that ensure basic living standards for millions more, all to give more tax cuts to millionaires, billionaires, and corporations. Now it’s up to our Senators to stop this disastrous tax plan before we’re all on the hook to pay for it.
- Use this script as a starting point to call your Senators at 202-224-3121and tell them to vote NO on this and any tax bill that would force women and families to pay for tax cuts for the super-rich and corporations.
- Members of both houses of Congress are back in their home districts for recess, which means it’s time for them to hear from you — especially about this terrible tax bill. Check out our Beyond Clicks & Calls Toolkitfor a variety of resources for talking to Congress.
- Read and share these resources on the current tax plan to raise awareness of just how bad these bills are for women and families.
We the Resistance is our fight to protect our rights and freedoms and to defend the most vulnerable among us through powerful collective action. Every conversation you have with a loved one about the issues important to you, every call you make to Congress, every rally you attend is a part of that resistance. Join us — sign on to the We The Resistance manifesto.