Yes, we know there has been some progress in women’s rights and equality since 1960’s, but today, a half a century later, we still see gender-related discrimination in nearly every area: sports, government, business, education, etc. The US Congress has a record 125 women currently serving (104 in the House, 21 in the Senate). But we have a long way to go when it comes to gender parity! And women in other parts of the world have even bigger challenges. Not a day goes by without hearing terrible stories about women and children living in Asia, South America, Africa, and even parts of Europe. Let’s join together and keep pushing for change!
We’re excited! Our new Mayor, Frank Scott, Jr. will attend this month’s potluck and share his vision of opportunity and purpose for everyone in Little Rock. Scott ran for Little Rock Mayor because he believes it’s time for new leadership in the capital city. He says it’s time to consider bold, new solutions for old problems. It’s time to work together and create more opportunities for everyone who calls Little Rock home.
In his words:“My roots are in Southwest Little Rock. Growing up, too often I witnessed the results of life without purpose. These lives were often filled with poor circumstances and a sense of hopelessness for the future. These scenes pushed me to live my life directed and motivated by purpose. Most people didn’t believe a kid from Southwest Little Rock would grow up to be a banker, an associate pastor, a state Highway Commissioner, or even walk the halls of the State Capitol shaping Arkansas public policy. Many may not believe that same kid from Southwest Little Rock can become mayor of the state’s largest city, but anything is possible if we unite vision and purpose to our potential.”
And on crime: “A thriving city can only exist where a safe city exists.” Frank believes a strong vision for Little Rock must include a foundation for public safety that is sensitive, fair, practical, and enforceable. Solutions must be comprehensive and based in diversity, culture, and community.”
Come bring your ideas for Little Rock’s future and plan to have a great conversation!
‘Tis the Season! Welcome! Lift a Glass! Extend a Hand to Peace and Good Cheer! ACPJ and WAND invite you to enjoy nibbles, spirit, festive fruit punch and great company at our Holiday Party on Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 5 to 7 pm, 2510 Hidden Valley Drive, Little Rock. No charge and no reservations required. Let us wage peace together in 2019! Carpool if you can – parking is limited.
Tuesday, November 27th at 6p.m.: Get ready for the upcoming legislature! This month, Bill Kopsky, Executive Director of the Arkansas Public Policy Panel, will discuss what to expect and how to prepare for it.
“The Arkansas Public Policy Panel advances social and economic justice through respect for human dignity, diversity, empowerment and an inclusive, fair and transparent political process. The Panel provides hands-on experience in civic participation by helping community groups organize, create infrastructure, set goals and develop action plans to reach those goals.” –http://www.arpanel.org/history/
We have a post-election treat! Poet, Molly Bess Rector, will share her interest in nuclear issues and read some of her award-winning poetry. Molly’s current work is aligns wonderfully with WAND’s interests and goals. You don’t want to miss this one!
Molly lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas where she co-curates the Open Mouth Reading Series—a community-based poetry series that hosts monthly readings by visiting writers. Molly grew up in Little Rock, attended Parkview High School and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College. She is a fellow of the Edward Albee Foundation, where she was admitted to the summer residency program in 2016. She earned her MFA in poetry from the University of Arkansasand currently works as project editor for the University of Arkansas Press. She has received many honors for her poetry and has been awarded a grant by the Artists 360 program to write poems exploring the human elements of nuclear technology.
Molly will complete a poetry collection that examines the human relationship with nuclear science as it is used in both energy production and armament. These poems will personify the results of nuclear disasters and work to create a concrete and intimate connection between individual people and this powerful technology.
Bring a dish to share Bread and Drinks provided All are welcome!
Diane Haven, former Arkansas WAND president, will share WAND news from DC where she is currently attending the national board of directors meeting. In addition to meeting WAND’s new Executive Director, Nancy Parrish, Diane is getting acquainted with WiLL members from around the country. She will share national’s “New Directions” and how we might respond here in Arkansas.
Why does the U.S. military budget matter to Arkansans?
Will spending a trillion dollars on smaller nuclear weapons make us safer?
What impact have U.S. drones made by killing innocent women and children in far off lands?
These are big questions being crowded out of the headlines these days, but they have a big impact on our peace and security. Come join the discussion on these questions and how we can more effectively support peace candidates in the coming election.
All are Invited! Bread and Drinks Provided Bring a Guest