November: Proposed Federal Tax Plan
Watch our webinar recording with Ali Mickelson of the Colorado Fiscal Institute on the full run-down here. Want to understand more? Watch these quick videos on how our individual income tax system currently works– click here– as compared to the proposed corporate income taxing system – click here. Thanks to Colorado Fiscal Institute for suggesting these; find more info at http://www.coloradofiscal.org/
As we learned in our tax bill overview webinar held on November 21, one controversial proposal for Colorado is the increase in the standard deduction and resulting predicted decline in the number of people who are motivated to make charitable deductions based on tax deductibility. Find out with the Colorado Non-Profit Association thinks about this here.
July: Reproductive Justice
Listen to the recording: https://fccdl.in/GF7sMyH9g
July’s overview of COLOR – Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights – a Reproductive Justice Organization was delivered by their Policy and Program Director, Karla Gonzales Garcia, who was a recipient of an AAUW Scholarship. Karla will share the HERstory! of COLOR, the organization’s activities as a Reproductive Justice Organization and COLOR’s role in the Colorado Reproductive Rights, Justice & Health Coalition and respond to your questions.
March: Women’s Health Legislation
Melissa Johnsen, national AAUW Board Member, addressed “Reproductive Justice, Rights & Health – Impact of the National Election on Women’s Health Care & Their Rights” (find the slides here) at the Littleton-South Metro AAUW branch meeting in March 2017, which the Colorado eNetwork live-streamed. Listen to the recording here. Ms. Johnsen also serves on the boards of NARAL Prochoice Colorado, Progress NOW Colorado, Planned Parenthood – Rocky Mountains.
November 16: Strong Sisters
Watch this female-produced film on Colorado women electeds. Listen to the recording of our discussion from Wednesday, November 16, 2016, with Meg Froelich. As the Producer, Director and Writer of Strong Sisters, Meg Froelich’s background includes producing documentary episodes for A&E and PBS series, and serving as an elected official as a Greenwood Village Councilmember and as the Executive Director of the Colorado Institute for Leadership Training.
October: Colorado Ballot Issues
On October 11 at 6:30PM MT, former state Senator Betty Boyd, who serves as AAUW Colorado Public Policy Committee Co-Director gave an overview of 2016 general election ballot measures and AAUW positions. See the AAUW Colorado voter guides here.
September: Your Vote on Colorado Fiscal Issues
Carol Hedges of the Colorado Fiscal Institute and Count Me In Colorado (where you can see the Colorado Blue Book and info on each of the proposed ballot initiatives) provided an overview of our budgetary challenges and some of the upcoming issues at stake. Try your hand at creating a state budget here.
May: Reproductive Rights
Colorado eNetwork joined with Iowa eNetwork to learn about local and national efforts to turn the tide on reproductive rights. Presentation by Karen Middleton, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado
March: Colorado Legislative Update
Former state Senator Betty Boyd and 9to5’s Linda Meric provided an overview of current Colorado legislation affecting women and girls. Their presence at the Lakewood branch meeting of AAUW was broadcast live to listeners who could get engaged virtually about what’s moving forward, learn how we can help, and be informed.
February: Solving the Equation with STEM Presenter Brenda Wolfe
Download the AAUW research report here.
View the hour-long webinar for a limited time at https://aauw.adobeconnect.com/p6ba3ddxh76/.
October: Increase Your Impact and Maintain Work-Life Harmony
- Pinpoint what successful people do that create sustained excellence.
- Practice simple thinking-strategies that will guard you from fear, doubt and worry.
- Defining and addressing your fears in order to achieve success.
Certified Life Coach and professional speaker Stephanie Tanny works with heart-centered businesses and individuals, helping them build their dreams, accelerate their results, and make an impact in the world while creating richer, more fulfilling lives.
April: National Conference for College Women Student Leaders
January: Mentoring to a Higher Wage
View the webinar online here. Littleton-South Metro AAUW and Colorado eNetwork virtual branch jointly hosted Jean A. Stracy, M.A., a Colorado AAUW member and Regional Director of the $tart $mart program in January 2015.
Jean teaches mediation, negotiation, ethics, and multiculturalism through Regis University’s graduate and undergraduate programs. Since 1985 she has worked nationally and inter-nationally in the conflict resolution field as a trainer, mediator, coach, facilitator, consultant, and dispute resolution systems designer.
September: AAUW Forward in ’15!
Download a branch planning handout here. Find other helpful links to AAUW info:
Join the AAUW Action Network by signing up.
Read past issues and sign up (members-only) for the weekly policy update.
Interested in more on AAUW’s legal advocacy support? Check out cases, funding, and your legal rights.
Find info on community college access, the wage gap and more with AAUW research
See all the money AAUW distributes to women students.
Check to see if your colleges are AAUW C/U partners.
AAUW Members–take advantage of this free membership opportunity.
Provide a tax-deductible gift to support women.
Share the YouTube video, the Power of Membership:
Get info on AAUW leadership training.
January: Using Social Media to Raise Your Advocacy Voice
Learn how to influence, mobilize, and make a difference through social media advocacy with Liz Owens, AAUW’s Political Media Coordinator. See the presentation slides here: Colorado Social Media Advocacy Webinar 1-22-14
Liz Owens is the political media coordinator in AAUW’s policy shop. Liz creates the social media content for the policy department, including tweets, Facebook posts, and shareable images. The bulk of this content lobbies members of Congress on AAUW priorities. Follow Liz @AAUWPolicy on Twitter.
From a survey of 11 out of 30 registrants: 70% of responses indicated attendees gained practical, everyday knowledge. The presentation met or exceeded 80% of respondents’ expectations. Attendees wanted more info on how to use Twitter; here are some AAUW ideas: https://www.aauw.org/resource/how-to-use-social-media-for-advocacy/
ADVOCACY – 2-part series Fall 2013:
An overview of upcoming policy issues prefaced by ‘advocacy for the common & busy woman’ was presented by public policy chair and national board member Amy Blackwell:
- Get involved with AAUW Colorado’s public policy watch program–sign up for updates and attend the annual Policy Day.
From a survey of 11 out of 19 registrants/14 attendees: 100% of attendees gained practical, everyday knowledge. The presentation met or exceeded 90% of respondents’ expectations.
Colorado State Senator Morgan Carroll shared some great tips about how to engage with legislators at our Discussion on September 26:
- Prepare for the interaction: determine what you want to share, identify your background that makes you an expert (lived experience, work, education)
- Be clear and succinct
- Get to the ask (create a bill/support the bill/oppose the bill/amend the bill) and explain why
- Provide materials
- Offer to be a resource
- Build a relationship for ongoing conversations
- Look at the human being, not just the office
- Sign up for legislators’ listservs or newsletters
- Attend Town Hall Meetings
View the September 2013 presentation slides here.
SUMMER 2013 BOOK CLUB:
The eNetwork continues to develop programs to address current issues impacting women. Submit your thoughts and ideas to COeNetworkAAUW@gmail.com.