by Beverly Weber | Dec 23, 2016 | Statements
As an organization that is committed to promoting feminism, inclusivity and anti-racism, The Coalition of Women in German reaches out to all members in solidarity and support following the results of the 2016 presidential election. In lieu of celebrating the election of our first female president, in the 45th presidency, we face a man who won by promoting misogyny, bigotry, racism, xenophobia, anti-Muslim sentiment, and an exploitative attitude towards the environment.
As feminist educators of German language, culture, and identity, the historical reminders of political intolerance and inhumanity against marginalized groups are all too familiar. We herewith commit to stand in solidarity with all vulnerable and targeted groups in society, especially DACA, LGBTQ, Muslims, Jews, racial minorities, religious minorities, people with disabilities, women, and those threatened by environmental destruction. We will actively work to protect and speak out in support of those who feel vulnerable and unsafe in our society.
Now more than ever, we feel the urgency of feminist work–in the classroom, in our scholarship, at our institutions and in our communities. We urge members to commit to activism, to defend human rights and civil liberties, to stand up to bigotry, and to act as allies to marginalized groups. Contact your local and state representatives to encourage them to engage in actions that promote equality, diversity, and respect in our communities. As an organization, we propose fundraising donations for the following organizations: Planned Parenthood, American Civil Liberties Union, local Black Lives Matter chapters, Standing Rock Sioux (#NoDAPL), Southern Poverty Law Center, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, National Resources Defense Council, and the Council for American-Islamic Relations.
by Beverly Weber | Dec 22, 2016 | Support WiG
As your new fundraising coordinator, it is my pleasure and privilege to talk to you about the organization that means most to me: WiG. But this fundraising message is a bit unusual. Of course I encourage you to donate to WiG, and I will email you again with lots of reasons to support our lively, feminist, professional organization.
But today, as we approach the end of the fiscal year (and the end of your opportunities to make tax-deductible donations for 2016), WiG is taking a different approach. In light of the presidential election results, it is more urgent that ever that we fund organizations working to support people who are vulnerable, marginalized, and at risk in our communities. We have outlined our Women in German Solidarity Statement on this website, and I encourage you to read it if you have not already. In this statement, we encourage our members to donate to the following organizations, to support the important work they do and will be called upon to do in the coming four years: Planned Parenthood, American Civil Liberties Union, local Black Lives Matter chapters, Standing Rock Sioux (#NoDAPL), Southern Poverty Law Center, Silvia Rivera Law Project, National Resources Defense Council, and the Council for American-Islamic Relations. We also encourage you to support any other organization of your choice who joins us in standing against misogyny, bigotry, racism, xenophobia, anti-Muslim sentiment, anti-semitism, and an exploitative attitude towards the environment.
Together we are strong! I encourage you to stand up and make your voices heard!
In solidarity, and wishing you a peaceful holiday season,