Welcome to our new member Nadiyah Olaninde who is a social worker with Fairfax County.
Northern District Meeting
Instead of an October General Meeting, we are all invited to the Northern District Meeting on Saturday, October 21 1:30 pm-4 pm at the George Mason Regional Library. Kim Churches, the new AAUW CEO will speak. This meeting is always a good chance to meet members from around the Northern Virginia area and especially this year to hear from our new national CEO.
Kim Churches will bring us up to date and tell us her vision for the future of AAUW as the premier organization for women’s equity and education. You will also hear about the other branchs’ plans for this year. Plan to arrive around 1:15 pm and pick up some refreshments before the meeting begins. The George Mason Regional Library is located at 7001 Little River Turnpike.
Our next branch meeting will be Thursday, November 16 at 7 p.m. in the Braddock District Supervisor’s Office meeting room. Lydia Jechoreck will describe her evolution from art teacher to FBI agent and finally to professional artist. We will also vote on the proposed 2017-2018 branch budget.
Looking Back at September
One of our newest members, Roohi Husain gave a very informative and interactive talk on her experiences running a vaccination program in Zambia under the auspices of the United Nations. Because she was willing to answer questions as they came up, a lot of good discussion ensued. A native of Pakistan, Roohi has worked in many parts of the world in programs for women and children.
Movies at Midweek
Watch for an email from Deborah Dodd about the movie chosen and put Wednesday, October 25 on your calendar for Movies at Midweek at Cinema Arts theatre at Fair City Mall. Afterward the group have lunch and discussion at First Watch Restaurant in the same shopping center. You do not have to sign up. Just meet near the box office before the showing.
In addition, Nancy Joyner is planning to inaugurate an evening movie get-together as well. Watch for more information on that. Instead of eating afterward, the attendees would meet in the lobby to discuss the movie.
Join us for an early dinner and good conversation at Anita’s “New Mexico Style” Restaurant in the Ravensworth Shopping Center on Monday, October 23 at 5:30 p.m. Please let Terry Graham know if you plan to attend so there will be enough table space.
Christmas is closer than you think and the 2017 White House ornaments are already available. This year’s ornament honors Franklin Delano Roosevelt and has a bronze eagle on the front representing the bald eagle cartouche on the speakers’ stand at FDR’s first inaugeration. On the other side is a White House scene. Cost is $21 and the profits go to the AAUW Funds which provide scholarships and money to support legal advocacy. Contact Ann Sauberman to purchase them for yourself, for gifts, or to sell to friends and acquaintances.
The 2018 Spring Fling luncheon will be held on March 24, 2018 at the Springfield Golf and Country Club. After a silent auction and lunch, the speaker will be Judge Leonie Brinkema, US District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginiai. In 2003 she sentenced Al-Queda operative Lyman Faris to a 20 year term. Recently, she was the second judge to order a stay of the executive order banning residents of eight Muslim countries from entering the US. She will be a very interesting speaker.
While AAUW is strictly non-artisan, it is a political organization focused on changing the climate for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. AAUW empowers all women and girls to reach their highest potential and values and it seeks a diverse membership. The Springfield-Annandale branch has a long history of active support for AAUW and there will be many opportunnities this coming year to support AAUW’s public policy priorities and unleash your inner activist.
Current Issues – Title IX, an AAUW priority under assault. The US Department of Education announced on September 22 that it is formally rescinding the Ibama-era guidance on how schools should handle sexual assaults under Title IX federal law.Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has announced that her department was concerned that previous guidance denied proper due process to those accused. The administration is formally withdrawing the Obama administration’s “Dear Colleague letter” that some have criticized for going too far. One aspect that remains is the responsibility of the school to investigate rather than leave the matter to law enforcement. Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex for schools and programs that receive federal funding, including protection from sexual harassment.
What Can You Do? Use the AAUW Action Network and Two-Minute Activist Tool. The Action Network sends subscribers urgent email notices when their advocacy is needed most. With the Two-Minute Activist online tool, you can easily contact your legislators and make your voice heard. Sign up on the aauw.org website.
AAUW Federal Lobby Day
On thursday, October 5, AAUW members can partner with AAUW Lobby Corps members to visit congressional representatives to lobby on behalf of AAUW priorities. This is both educational and fun. Meet other AAUW members and get the satisfaction of knowing you are an active part of the solution to the challenges AAUW is Committed to address.
AAUW of Virginia Public Policy Committee
In response to those members interested in becoming more active in public policy activities, the AAUW of Virginia Public Policy Committee, a standing committee of AAUW of Virginia, has been reactivated. Members will focus on pay eauity including legislation prohibiting employers from asking job candidates their salary histories during the process, and fair, non-partisan legislative redistricting. Conference calls to launch the work of the committee were held in September but if you have an interest in being part of this work, please contact Susan Burk, our branch public policy chair.
Get Out the Vote/Voter Education
AAUW is dedicated to making sure every woman is registered and has all the information she needs to cast her vote. When women vote, they can determine the outcome of an election! AAUW members have a long tradition of registering voters and supporting candidate forums in t his area. We again have the opportunity to collaborate with the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area to register new voters. While we found there were not many new voters to register, there were many opportunities to provide information to voters in the run-up to elections. If you are interested, use the Sign Up Genius on the LWVFA website. The League provides training and handles all the paperwork.
This year, the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Arrorney General and the entire House of Delegates are up for election. In collaroration with the Northern District of AAUW of Virginia, the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area has divided the county into three regions and scheduled one live brodcase and one local candidate forum in each. This is a great way to participate in the poitical process and show AAUW in action. If you have time and interest in spuuorint this effort, contact Susan Burk.
Susan Burk, Public Policy Chair
Nancy J. Joyner and Judy Baldwin, Co-Presidents, Springfield-Annandale, AAUW
What’s with AAUW?
A new member recently asked me whether AAUW offered a variety of programs to its members. You bet it does! The array of programs the branch will host this year is incredible. Since 1881, AAUW has been on the cutting edge of issues concerning women’s rights, education, the environment, international relations and culture.
Imagine if you were 136 years ole looking back on the world as it used to be. AAUW’s efforts and persistence helped to achieve women’s right to vote, educational opportunities for women and girls, passage of Iitle IX, preservation of the environment, curtural enrichment for all ages, global understanding and peace, among others. Now we have recognized the importance of inclusion in both our membership and in our programs. We also know that hard earned rights can be taken away. AAUW provides the vigilance needed to ensure that we go forward, not backward.
This yer we will be treated to exceptional programs. Keep your eye on the updates and the emails sent to keep you up to date on what is happening in our branch, our community, the state, and on the federal level. Every step along the way impacts our lives and the lives of our family and friends.
I am delighted to be “recycled” as your branch co-president. It is a privilege to serve with Judy Baldwin. The friendships gained from AAUW memberships have been invaluable. If you want to know what is happening in the world, just ask an AAUW member.
If we have not met you yet during our first meeting on thursday, September 28, Judy and I look forward to greeting each of you during the year. Jere’s to a year of great programs.
AAUW supports equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.
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