Fighting Poverty with Passion
Autumn greetings from Women With A Vision! Let me catch you up on the busy month of November for us…
On November 3, our Executive Director, Deon Haywood, spoke at the Tulane Law school. The lecture, hosted by Tulane Social Work Students United for Reproductive Freedom (SWURF), was entitled: “Reproductive Justice: Ethics in Human Services.” Deon spoke about the intersectional analysis that WWAV utilizes to fight for reproductive justice, which includes addressing the underlying racial, economic, and sociopolitical issues that exploit women of color in particular from exercising reproductive justice. Read more about Reproductive Justice in this blog post, or visit our website.
Here is Livia (2015 Tulane Social Work Intern at WWAV) introducing Deon at the lecture.
Another event at Tulane that I attended was the Public Service Internship fair hosted by the Tulane Center for Public Service. Part of my responsibility at WWAV is to help recruit and coordinate undergraduate interns. Currently, WWAV is looking for social media, special events, and outreach interns. If interested, please fill out this volunteer form online and note that you are an interested intern.
Above is a photo of me tabling at Tulane Internship Fair, hosted by the Center for Public Service.
Outside the university setting, I also attended events in the community this month. One event was a rally in front of City Hall to get kids out of Orleans Parish Prison (OPP), hosted by Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights (LACCR). The purpose of the event was to demonstrate community support for the removal of juvenile delinquents from OPP, which is an illegal and inappropriate setting for them.
After delivering a petition calling for their removal and a number of call and response cheers, we heard two city council members speak in favor of our request.
A November event that WWAV co-hosted with BreakOUT! in the Juvenile In Justice space was a panel entitled “Trans Trans: A Conversation with Transgender & Gender Non Conforming People in New Orleans.” The panel was well-attended, and an important contribution to Trans Week of Remembrance. Later that week, there was a second line and demonstration in Louis Armstrong park. Led by transgender and non-conforming youth of color, the National Trans March of Resilience (TMOR) rallied with the slogan #blacktranslivesmatter and ended with a press conference at City Hall. 22 transgender women were murdered in 2015, and it is imperative to remain educated and active in protesting LGBTQ violence and criminalization in New Orleans. This type of activism is an integral part of the mission of Women With A Vision.
Additionally, Mwende and I spoke at a monthly luncheon hosted by the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal (CELSJR) on November 18. Each month CELSJR features a community partner at an open, donation-based lunch. This month, WWAV was able to share what we were up to, remind people to geaux vote, and to invite everyone to our housewarming party.
Before I wrap up, here are some announcements from WWAV!
Our Housewarming Party and Donation Drive are on Thursday, December 9 from 5-8PM at our new office space on 1226 N Broad St. Come for food, music and a good time with the WWAV family!
If you’d like to bring a housewarming gift, we are accepting: Copier paper, housewarming plants (Desiree loves house plants!), Paper towels, Antiseptic wipes, Plastic storage bins, Working computers (desktops and laptops), Computer Software (Microsoft Office for PC and Mac, Norton Anti-Virus, Adobe Creative Suite), Working Car or Van.
Check out book donation list to contribute to our Black Feminist Library!
For clients this holiday season, WWAV is also accepting donations of the following items: Visa Gift Cards, Bus Tokens, Underwear, Cold Weather Clothing (hats, gloves, scarves etc), Blankets, Bath towels, Hand towels, Travel size toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, shower gel, lotion, or mouthwash), Sanitary napkins & tampons, Gently worn women’s clothing items (especially in small or medium sizes), Baby/Infant clothing items (any size), Planners/schedulers.