Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Dear Friends and Colleagues:
Toni Preckwinkle, President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, and I will exchange thoughts on women in politics on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at “Chicago Style,” sponsored by the Institute of Politics of the University of Chicago.
No surprise, I’m sure: there is a chapter about Toni in Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide. I’m thinking that, with all the graduations coming up, her inspirational and tough-minded story is the perfect gift for young women with big dreams, not to mention for their mothers, sisters, aunts, partners, girlfriends; well, you get the picture. Click here for info about online buying options. If you prefer, visit your favorite local bookstore. In any event, Every Day Is Election Day and its frank advice will help you get ready for 2014. For, remember: every year is the year of the woman.
On the 41st anniversary of the SCOTUS decision in Roe v. Wade, let us remember that women’s lives are at stake when abortion is illegal.
Remember: #everydayiselectionday for women at-risk. Please do your part.
I’m off to another M state. This time, it’s Minnesota.
Likely, the temps will be a lot cooler than Mississippi’s, but the people just as warm. In fact, I know this is the case, since I will be visiting with Carleton College friends-of-decades and their great women-leader pals.
Thanks to Beverly Jones Heydinger, chair of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (and great friend since freshman year Carleton College!), for providing the impetus for this evening’s gathering at womenwinning.org, to include the terrific Erin Murphy, Majority Leader of the Minnesota House of Representatives. If you’re around and free, do join us. Here are the detes:
To register for the Women Winning event and to learn more about their work, click here.
Saturday, I’m off to speak at the TEDx conference organized and hosted by alma mater, Carleton College. Hats’-off to Emily Balczewski, who produced it. To watch my TEDx talk live on Saturday morning, click here.
Best wishes for a wonderful day (sure is perfect today in Chicago for YWCA LeaderLuncheon, just as it should be for such a great organization.)
Dear Colleagues and Readers:
Illinois Democratic Women will gather Saturday June 15th for a business meeting, some terrific training sessions, and for meetings with Illinois’ amazing women Members of Congress. I think there is still time to register, if you are so inclined.
I was delighted to learn I will be introduced to give my convention keynote by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Thank you Lisa and IDW. I’m honored to be joining you.
Happy Flag Day to all.
As I write in this piece, featured in Huffington Post Politics last week, I’ve written about Huey Long in these, (and other), pages before.
That’s because, as I also say in the piece, there is no one better than Long, excepting, perhaps, the authors of the Declaration of Independence, at making the case for economic justice in these United States.
Long says “what time it is,” to use a phrase of the Chicago streets, also now being occupied by Occupy Wall Street.
A friend told me that the appeal of Occupy Wall Street to many of her students is that it is theatre, as much as it is politics: I’m now hoping that as the theatre gets colder, and the play drags-on, Occupy Wall Street will read Huey Long on “share our wealth,” and share Long’s ideas among themselves.