We Stand United Against Racism
By AAUW National CEO Kimberly Churches
Tuesday, June 2
During this troubling time in our nation’s history, I hope you are being kind to yourself and others. It feels almost unbearable to witness the anger and anguish erupting in our cities as we also endure a relentless pandemic and economic downfall. The murder of George Floyd serves as a tragic reminder of centuries of racism, violence and lack of humanity for Black people. We join the country in mourning his loss as well as the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless other people of color who have been unjustly killed.
But while we are deeply sad, we mustn’t feel helpless. Now is the time to fight for justice. Here are some suggestions for how to move forward:
Listen: Understand that many Black and Brown people are struggling with enormous pain and despair. Open your hearts to them and listen when they speak — without expecting them to work for the benefit of your learning.
Learn: Read our recent statement highlighting AAUW’s stand against racism and the Washington Post article by 2016–17 AAUW American Fellow alumnae Keisha Blain about the problematic history of policing in this country. AAUW will work to advance the systemic changes needed to create a fairer criminal justice system as a proud member of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Speak Up: People of color often experience discrimination at the ballot box. This comes in the form of voting restrictions implemented under the guise of preventing “voter fraud,” which is extremely rare. With a pivotal election ahead, persuading policymakers to expand voting rights is a powerful way to support marginalized communities. Other issues that disproportionately affect Black women and their families are student-loan debt, pay inequity and the lack of a livable minimum wage — all parts of AAUW’s 2020 Gender Agenda you can take action on.
I’d also like to acknowledge that, as an organization, AAUW has its own work to do — and I’m committed to doing it. So I’ll be listening, learning and speaking up right alongside you.
In solidarity and strength,
Chief Executive Officer
AAUW California Recognizes AAUW Long Beach for Outstanding Mission-Based Programs in 2019-2020!
Three branches are recognized for program work on the topic of human trafficking. The Long Beach Branch presented a panel of guest speakers who related the experiences of abused and trapped women living in fear and shared their efforts to help those caught up in this silent web. Ways to identify and assist these victims were explored.
Three branches are recognized for programs in the area of STEM/STEAM. The Long Beach Branch welcomed back three former Trek Tech participants who shared the life-changing impact of this program. The speakers were Rachel Thompson, a Ph.D. candidate in Physical Therapy at CSULB who attended Tech Trek 10 years ago, Gech Huong Huy, a high school senior at California Academy of Math & Science (CAMS), Long Beach Unified School District, who attended four years ago and is heading to the University of San Francisco with a major in Environmental Engineering, and Karintha Marshall who attended the very first Tech Trek Camp 20 years ago and now heads the IT department at a non-profit organization. These ladies have excelled in their fields and have received multiple recognitions for their scholarship and efforts to make a difference in their communities. It was exciting to see the long-term success of such sponsorships.
New Board Beginnings – June 6, 2020
Ginny Baxter, Program Vice President
Our last Branch Meeting of 2019 – 2020 will be on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 10 a.m. We will meet online via Zoom. Due to the Orders of the Health Department, we will be unable to meet as a large group in person for several more months. Please do not meet at the Golden Sails for the June meeting.
Dr. Ginny Baxter, AAUW Member and Long Beach City College History Professor Emeritus will share the history of Female Suffrage in the US and the culmination of the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. In 1972, Ginny initiated a History of American Women class, the second held at a California community college. Since that time, three sections of the class have been offered every semester. Ginny received her BA and MA in US History from Occidental College in Los Angeles. She enjoys sharing vignettes on US First Ladies as well as Women in Film and Women During the Civil War.
A lover of travel, she has visited all 7 continents, and for many years she and Charlotte Joseph led tours to Washington DC and Europe. In 2014, she started her company, Ginny’s Getaways, in which she pays her own way and donates her commission to charities, AAUW (Long Beach Branch) STEM and Work Smart being two of many recipients.
Please read all emails and look for further details about the June 6 meeting and AAUW activities. Stay well!
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