Tallahassee, Florida – Women across the nation will participate in “Unite Women” events on April 28th. Tallahassee Coordinator Diane Wilson announced today, “Women and men who support women will gather on the steps of the Old Capitol from 12 to 2 pm on Saturday, April 28th to stand for women’s rights.”
Women across Florida have coalesced around a call to unite initiated by fledgling organization “UniteWomen.org”. UNITE Women’s (UniteWomen.org) is a national grassroots women’s organization founded in February 2012 to protect and advance women’s rights in all areas of women’s lives across the lifespan.
Wilson said, “UNITE Women is calling on Americans to join together and denounce ongoing legislative and political at tacks on women from the extreme right, while honoring the diversity and continued fight for the freedom of women to
choose their own destinies.”
Examples of legislative proposals, government
regulations, and political rhetoric include the following initiatives:
An Arizona bill would make the use of birth control without employer permission an offense for which a worker could be terminated.
The state of New Hampshire Medicaid program stands to lose $1 billion in federal funds under abill that outlaws public spending by any health care provider who directly or indirectly performs abortions.
In Florida, Governor Rick Scott, used a line-item veto to cut funding to the state’s rape crisis centers —in the middle of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Unite Against the War on Women is the Facebook home of UniteWomen.org, which was launched on Facebook February 19, 2012 with a call to march and rally on April 28, 2012 in every state to say “Enough is enough” to the legislative attacks on women and women’s rights across the nation.
Priority Areas of interest identified by the “Unite Women” effort to defend and advance include: Women’s Rights and Civil Rights, Women’s Reproductive rights, Women’s Economic Equality and Workers’ Rights, Protecting women and children from violence & abuse, Voting Rights, and Women’s Wellness, Health and Safety
The Tallahassee rally will feature the following speakers:
Opening Remarks by Diane Wilson, host
Invocation by Rev. Della Fahnestock, Alliance of Faith & Feminism
Tallahassee City Commissioner Andrew Gillum
League of Women Voters Jessica Lowe-Minor, Executive Director
Samantha Gordon NARAL National, Associate Director
Ion Sancho Supervisor of Elections Leon County
Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda
Nancy Argenziano former FL Senator, current Citrus County candidate
Anita Davis Civil Rights activist and TV personality
LisaAnn Benham Florida Tallahassee President ACLU
Alma Gonzalez AFSCME Special Counsel
Donna Slutiak Florida President NOW
Emily Caponetti Statewide Legislative Director Planned Parenthood
Amanda James Equality Florida
Amy Coenen National Women’s Liberation
Susan Smith Democrat Progressive Caucus of Florida
Jodi Renee Thomas Writer and Mom
Tabitha Frazier Leon County Hispanic Caucus
Barbara Devane Florida Alliance for Retired Americans
Dr. Rachel Sutz Pienta Florida Democratic Women’s Club
Senator Arthenia Joyner
After the rally, all participants are invited to enjoy Tallahassee hospitality at one of our four open houses from 2:30 to 5 pm hosted by the League of Women Voters of Florida, the Oasis Center for Women and Girls, AFSCME Florida Council 79 and the Florida AFL-CIO, and the Living Luna Center.
Living Luna Center is pleased to offer an Open House on Saturday, April 28th from 2:30- 5:00 pm in conjunction and support of the Unite Women march.
Living Luna Center is a sanctuary embodying the Feminine in the heart of Tallahassee, offering Services, Film Screenings, Women’s Circles, Community.
Co-Founders Licia Berry and Teresa Husband have a personal devotion to being of service and empowering women through consciousness-raising and support services. Services include women’s circles, film screenings, discussions, workshops, classes, retreats, massage therapy, healing, and individual consultation. Their connective and integrative dedication to the healing process as well as to the supportive evolution of consciousness makes a loving container in which to create an alliance utterly respectful of the feminine way.
Living Luna mission statement:
• to surrender to the incredible force of labor as the new is being born
• to trust the intuitive, innate wisdom present in the body, emotions, mind and spirit
• to follow the wisdom of our hearts
• to offer a place for those who are ready to access information, guidance and support in their evolution
Living Luna is located at 511 Beverly St., near the corner of Park and Meridian. For more information call Licia Berry at 850-661-9370
AFSCME Florida Council 79 and the Florida AFL-CIO is pleased to offer an Open House on Saturday, April 28th from 2:30-4:30pm in conjunction with and support of the United Against the War on Women Rally.
AFSCME is a union comprised of a diverse group of people who share a common commitment to public service. For us, serving the public is not just a job, it’s a calling. An important part of our mission is to advocate for the vital services that keep our families safe and make our communities strong. We also advocate for prosperity and opportunity for all of America’s working families. We not only stand for fairness at the bargaining table — we fight for fairness in our communities and in the halls of government. AFSCME Florida is the second largest union in Florida with 90 locals representing approximately 110,000 employees of the state, state universities, cities and counties, school boards and private nonprofit hospitals.
The Florida AFL-CIO is a state federation of approximately 500 local labor unions and labor councils, representing 500,000 workers, retirees and their families. We are construction workers, health care professionals, classroom teachers, agricultural workers, hotel and restaurant employees, transportation workers, firefighters, law enforcement and correctional officers. Wherever people work in Florida, across a broad range of trades and professions, you will find our members.
We work to provide better lives for all of Florida’s working families, through political and legislative action, grassroots mobilization and organizing new workers into Florida’s labor movement. We also provide a wide range of community services working to build stronger and healthier communities.
Join as at the Florida AFL-CIO 135 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301 (use downstairs side entrance on College Avenue).
For additional information about our work or location, please feel free to contact Alma R. Gonzalez, AFSCME Florida Council 79 at (850)222-0842 or via email at AGonzalez@afscmefl.org
The Oasis Center for Women and Girls is pleased to offer an Open House on Saturday, April 28th from 2:30-5:00pm in conjunction with and support of the Unite Women march.
The Oasis Center for Women and Girls is a nonprofit community-based women’s center whose mission is to “improve the lives of women and girls through celebration and support”. We are focused on personal, professional, and economic concerns facing women, girls and their families. We are committed to addressing these issues individually through the provision of direct services and collectively through community dialogue and awareness raising. At Oasis, we believe that offering increased opportunities for women and supporting girls in developing expansive visions of who they can be and what they can do strengthens the entire community. Our current services and programs include services for women, services for girls and community programs.
Join as in our home located at 317 E. Call St. Tallahassee, FL 32301 to learn more. Our location is on Call St. between Calhoun and Gadsden.
The League of Women Voters of Florida will be hosting an open house at our headquarters, a historic house within walking distance of the Capitol, from 2:30 – 5:00 PM on Saturday, April 28th. The event will provide attendees with an opportunity to learn more about the League and enjoy fellowship with smart, politically engaged women and men from throughout Florida.
Complimentary refreshments will be served, and League merchandise will be available for purchase.
About the League: The League of Women Voters of Florida was established in 1939 and is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
The League’s office is located at 540 Beverly Court, near the intersection of Park Ave. and Franklin Blvd. For more information, please call us at (850) 224-2545.