Come for an evening of Heart, Peace, and Passion as we hear from poet and author, Kai Coggin, of Hot Springs read from her poetry. “Her work is delivered with a rhythm, passion, perhaps some anger and plenty of confidence.” Kai found WAND on Facebook, and after praising our work for peace, added, “I write very much on the political climate (as well as women’s issues, love, and metaphysics) and try to offer hope despite all that is going on. If my words can help your cause in any way, please let me know! Thank you!”
Kai was born in Bankok, Thailand and raised in Houston. Her mother, a poet from the Phillipines, and her father, a journalist with Time magazine, met in Hong Kong. After earning a degree in creative writing, Kai has taught school in Texas and been twice named Teacher of the Year. She is very active with the Arkansas Arts Council, enjoys working with young poets, and conducts a Wine and Poetry session each Wednesday evening. Read more about Kai on her website.
Early voting for primaries begins May 7th. Do you know what your choices are? We will be hosting a candidate forum next Tuesday so that we can have the chance to get to know some them better. We hope you will join us, and bring some good questions!
Dr. Anika Whitfield will lead our discussion on the newly formed Arkansas Poor People’s Campaign based on the campaign led by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Anika is one of the co-founders of the group and has invited Arkansas WAND to be a part of the campaign which has the following goals:
- Abolishing systemic racism
- Ending manufactured poverty
- Ending the war economy
- Ending ecological devastation
- Exposing False “Moral” narratives that divide us
Many of you know Anika. She is a physician and community volunteer who is giving much of her time to making Little Rock a better place to live! She has been a leader in the Give Back our Schools campaign and in the Women’s March.
Date: Tuesday, April 17th
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: 2510 Hidden Valley Drive, Little Rock
Bring a Dish to Share
Bread and Drinks Provided
All are Welcome
Because we believe world peace will not happen until women have as much power as men, we are honoring the courageous women running for public office this year. Please join us in celebrating this “Year of the Women!”
Purchase tickets here.
Or mail a check to WAND, 5423 Southwood Rd., Little Rock, AR 72205. Please include your name, phone number, and email address.
Last day to purchase is Friday, April 27th!
Prices: Individual: $40, Students: $15, Reserved table for 10: $400
Arkansas WAND is a sponsor of Pilgrimage for Peace, 2018, organized by a coalition of ecumenical faith and community organizations, will be held on Sunday, April 8th at 2:00 P.M. Walkers will gather in the circle outside Heifer International Village, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock and pass the Clinton Presidential Library and the River Market, cross the Junction Bridge to the Beacon of Peace and Hope at 120 Riverfront Drive, N.L.R. There, walkers and others will gather for:
A Remembrance Service at 3:00 P.M. to “mourn the violence committed in our community, nation and world, and to walk together as active peacemakers.” The ecumenical service will be led by young people offering prayers, reflections from literature and scriptures, songs and the reading of names of homicide victims in Pulaski County in the past year. All ages are welcome.
When: Tuesday, March 27 at 6 PM. Where: US Pizza in Hillcrest. This month, we have invited the candidates for district court judge, circuit/county clerk, and local legislative candidates with primary opponents. Come meet your local candidates and bring some good questions!
Susan Inman will be our speaker at our potluck dinner on Tuesday, March 20 at 6:30 PM: Be a part of Susan’s campaign to empower the citizens of Arkansas by protecting their right to vote!
Arkansas WAND is proud to announce that Susan Inman, the Democratic candidate for Secretary of State of Arkansas, is also a member of the Board of Arkansas WAND and will be our speaker. She is dedicated to supporting the voting rights of every single citizen of Arkansas and has the qualifications to carry that out. Susan has spent more than twenty years overseeing elections and protecting the voting rights of Arkansans. She is the only candidate in this race with experience in actually doing the job of Secretary of State.
Susan says, “We deserve fair elections where all Arkansans have the opportunity to make their voices heard and their votes counted. We must make it easier for eligible citizens to vote and not create barriers that prevent people from voting. As your Secretary of State, I’ll fight any efforts that make it harder for you to vote and I’ll always make sure your voice is heard.”
Now more than ever we need to elect a woman who understands the importance of voting in our democracy.
Meet at U.S. Pizza in Hillcrest on Tuesday, February 27th at 6 p.m. We will hear from former local WAND member, Julie West on the subject, “Alabama Magic – winning political strategies.”
We’re very excited about an organization that is coming together in our state right now! It’s called Emerge Arkansas, and it is affiliated with Emerge America, an awesome training program for Democratic women. They inspire women to run, and hone their skills to win. Meet us at U.S. Pizza in Hillcrest on Tuesday, January 23rd from 6 – 7:30 p.m., 2710 Kavanaugh. Jamie Moody and Mariah Hatta will fill us in on details.
Don’t miss this one. It’s going to be good!