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[pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left” width=”35%”]In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.”[/pullquote]
In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.”
Sister Giant provided tools – both personal and political – with which to re-envision our political possibilities, run for office if people feel so moved, and transform America one campaign at a time.
SATURDAY focused on issues, both personal and political.
On the personal side, we discussed emotional and psychological issues that keep women from expressing our full power in the public domain.
Politically, there are many issues that would align philosophically with Sister Giant. During the November weekend, we discussed three pressing issues now calling for powerful action:
[pullquote align=”right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”35%”]The Women’s Campaign School at Yale is considered the premier, non-partisan, issue neutral campaign leadership program, the goal of which is to increase the number and influence of women in elected and appointed positions here at home and around the world. [/pullquote]
1. At a rate of 23.1%, child poverty in the United States ranks second highest among 35 developed nations (second only to Romania);
2. The U.S. currently incarcerates more of our people than any nation in the world, or any nation in history;
3. Without a Constitutional Amendment to override the effects of the Supreme Court decision “Citizens United,” money will continue to wield increasingly undue influence on American politics.
SATURDAY EVENING, we heard a panel comprised of speakers from five political parties — Republican, Democrat, Green, Libertarian and Justice — all giving reasons why, in their minds, women considering a run for political office should do so as a candidate for their party. A passionate Q and A followed.
SUNDAY was a special presentation by leaders of the The Women’s Campaign School at Yale University. The President, Past President and a current member of the Board of Directors of the Campaign School comprised the panel.
There was also a presentation by women from Sally’s List (www.sallyslist.org), an organization that supports progressive women wishing to run for office in Oklahoma.
This is an incredible opportunity for attendees to learn the ins and outs of leading a political life. It will also include a blueprint for moving forward — an action plan for a new politics in the 21st Century.
SISTER GIANT provided the opportunity to fuse our love and intelligence in service to America’s future. The weekend was meaningful, serious and fun.