ICYMI: Will YOU be a Catalyst for Equity?

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WCC Election Statement
Your Votes. Your Voices. They Mattered.

If this election season has shown us anything, it is that we must raise our voices—and cast our votes—if we want to effect positive changes in our communities. Change does not come overnight, but rather because of persistent, committed advocacy. Civic engagement is what seeded our organization a century ago, and what is necessary today.

The election of U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, the daughter of immigrants, to serve as our next Vice President represents not only an achievement for women and people of color in this country, but for all who have been passionately engaged in making this a better and fairer society.
WCC celebrates the commitment of activists and organizers like Stacey Abrams, who powered this country towards an election that had more votes cast than in any other in U.S. history. This election is a moment of promise and progress.
WCC Board President Deborah Martin Owens spoke with WCBS New York about what the Vice President-Elect’s victory means for girls and women.
WCC President and CEO Carole Wacey shared some post-election thoughts with the Queens Daily Eagle.

CIVIC MATTERS

The first of many WCC Civic Matters Workshops took place on October 30th. Led by WCC Facilitator Deneisha Thompson, MA, LMSW, the workshop touched on the history of voting, voting rights and barriers, and equipped participants with information about how to identify who is on a ballot, create a voting plan, and combat voter suppression. Deneisha also spoke to participants about ways to talk with members of their communities about voting. Participants were referred through WCC partner the Grace Institute, and resources from the workshop are available to everyone here.

2020 Civic Fund Appeal

Help Women Creating Change create a more equitable New York City through civic engagement. Envision a New York City in which systemic barriers are disrupted and more women are becoming civic leaders. That’s the goal of our newly launched initiative—Civic Matters. WCC is partnering with academia, nonprofits, government, and women—with a focus on women who have been marginalized by exclusionary forces—to co-create culturally competent pathways to equitable civic participation.

These tumultuous times need bold women and allies like YOU—who we call ChangemakeHers—to be catalysts for equity. The horizon is paved with opportunities for underserved women to increase their individual and collective power and influence through our multi-tiered programmatic approach, which includes Community Workshops, our Web-Based Resource Hub, a Fellowship Program, and a Leadership Institute.

With your support, WCC can focus on what matters to us and to YOU.

Are you in? Donate today and support WCC’s work!
NEWS: WCC RISING UP

WCC Voting Outreach and Policy
Table Talk Virtual Conversations

Together with the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), WCC held a special Get Out the Vote Edition of Table Talk on November 2nd, the eve of the Election Day. The event featured a conversation between WNBA and NY Liberty Legend Kym Hampton and moderator (Grace) Angela Henry.

They covered such topics as voting, the stakes in the 2020 elections, and the WNBA’s civic engagement efforts—including recruiting poll workers and turning stadiums into polling sites.

After the discussion, Wennie Chin from the NYIC led a phone banking training, and participants made over 2,000 calls to eligible voters in New York to make sure they were prepared to cast their ballots. Thanks to all who participated!

On November 12th, WCC was proud to host a virtual Table Talk Online: An Election is One Day, but Civic Engagement is Every Day, with the Brennan Center for Justice’s Wendy Weiser and activist and political strategist L. Joy Williams, moderated by (Grace) Angela Henry on how to stay civically engaged after the election and hold our newly elected officials accountable for their promises. Here are resources for engagement. On the heels of historic voter turnout and widespread public participation in the 2020 presidential election cycle, L. Joy Williams and Wendy Weiser addressed how to build a more active, sustainable culture of civic engagement.
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CHECK YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT
If an error is found, your local Board of Elections will contact you with details about how to correct your ballot within five business days. There are races that have yet to be called, so make sure you respond promptly! For NYC voters, you can check whether your ballot was received and counted as “valid” here: https://nycabsentee.com/tracking.

PARTNER NEWS
WomensActivism.NYC is celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage by collecting stories of inspiring women who have made a difference through their activism.
They are accepting submissions through the end of the year, but enter yours by November 29th for a chance to win $500.
For more information, click here: on.nyc.gov/3kEM1hf.
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STAFF NEWS
Welcome to WCC intern Anita Kwok! Anita is a junior at Fordham University at Lincoln Center, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Peace and Justice Studies. She plans to pursue a Master of Social Work degree and serve underrepresented communities.
Anita hopes to embark on a career in the nonprofit or advocacy field, and to be a champion for important issues like reproductive justice and immigrant rights. “I’m thrilled to be at WCC and to take part in creating an effective and inclusive advocacy community,” says Anita.
WCC is grateful to Deneisha Thompson, MA, LMSW for leading our first Civic Matters Community Workshop on October 30th and inspiring participants to help get out the vote—and to become civically engaged year-round.
Deneisha has over 15 years of experience in strategic planning, group facilitation and retreats used to build strong teams so they can achieve results-based outcomes. We look forward to continuing to work with her on future community workshops.

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