• Women Building A Just Peace Circle Teleconference

    Thu, 28 May 2015

    Women Building a Just Peace Circle, it's time to reconnect! Nearly halfway into a year seemingly packed with events related to women, peace, and security, it's time to hear from one another about what we are each focused on, and why it matters to us.  

    It is truly difficult to feel we are doing enough or prioritizing the best way in what we support. Being part of a circle means we provide affirmation to each other, share learnings, and advance some common goals. There will be no webinar, no outside speakers, no tight agenda for this call.

    Each circle member should be prepared to talk briefly about her current work/interests in the area of women, peace, and security, and, if she'd like, suggest how the circle might engage in that area. Our circle co-chairs will bring everyone up to date on circle activity that's currently being organized, and weave in what members bring up for further planning.  

    We'll be looking at both the possibility of urgent action work as well as plans into 2016, when we hope to have significant circle presence at the AWID Forum in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil May 5-8, 2016.

  • May Board Meeting

    Fri, 29 May 2015
    The WDN board meets six times a year, and this year, all in-person meetings will be held at WDN's office in San Francisco, except for the November meeting, which will be held in New Orleans in conjunction with WDN's annual conference in November.
  • Reproductive Health Circle Docket Meeting

    Wed, 3 Jun 2015

    Please join us for a webinar with the Reproductive Health Circle as we discuss our 2015 docket. Our funding priority this year is to support the reproductive health/rights/justice movement by strategically investing in organizations that are creative, bold, and effective.

    Many WDN members have been key supporters of UltraViolet (UV) since its inception. Since their launch in 2012, UltraViolet has led over 60 aggressive and dynamic campaigns that have created a cultural and political cost for sexism.

    In addition to continuing our support of UltraViolet, we are also excited to present an opportunity to expand and diversify our docket this year, with the addition of a leading organization in the field of reproductive justice.

    Join us for a conversation to hear more about our efforts to support women's leadership development, women-of-color-led organizing, and solutions-oriented strategies for change.

  • Let's Stop Subsidizing Inequality: Exciting Campaigns for Tax Justice

    Tue, 16 Jun 2015

    So many of the things progressives care about - clean air and water, strong education, accessible and high quality health care, affordable and fair caregiving services for children and elders – depend on having adequate tax revenues.  Our current tax system, however, subsidizes inequality.  

    We need to turn our upside-down tax system right-side up.

    Join us for a call that will describe the basics of tax justice and highlight some exciting campaigns that have recently launched.  We will learn about a broad-based national coalition WDN has joined which includes stakeholders like the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza, CFED, Color of Change, the AARP, and more than 30 others.  We will also examine the devastating effects of Prop 13, a California policy passed in 1978, and work underway to amend it to restore California’s promise. 

    Featuring Christina Livingston of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, Eddie Kurtz of Courage Campaign and Heather McCullough of the Tax Alliance for Economic Mobility, the call will feature the campaigns and also a group brainstorm about opportunities for WDN members to be part of the growing momentum for change. 

    We hope you will join us!

    Co-Sponsored by WDN, the Courage Campaign, and the Tax Alliance for Economic Mobility.

    Prospective members are welcome to participate; please RSVP to Kathleen Andreson at

  • Unlocking the Future: Organizing Families in the Criminal Justice System

    Wed, 17 Jun 2015

    As the Criminal (In)Justice Circle deepens our learning about the ways our current system of mass incarceration impacts us, we want to also understand the perspectives of the families, children, and others who have incarcerated loved ones. Families are uniquely affected by the criminal justice system. As they navigate multiple dysfunctional agencies that should be working in their interests, they are often marginalized and re-traumatized by this process.

    A recent report by Justice for Families, Families Unlocking Futures: Solutions to the Crisis in Juvenile Justice, proves that women, and women of color in particular, are especially impacted by the family-exclusionary policies of juvenile justice systems. The report also provides evidence that when families are engaged and included in conversations about fairness, reduced sentencing policies, improved services, and better conditions of confinement, everyone benefits.

    Please join us for a conversation with Grace Bauer, Executive Director of Justice for Families, Misty Rojo, Campaign and Policy Director for Justice Now, and Cindy Eigler, Director of Nation Inside. Each speaker brings with them years of expertise, both professional and personal, about how the prison system intersects with families.

    We’ll discuss the top issues affecting families today, ranging from the exponential cost of court fees and phone calls, to moving detention centers out of state and often out of the range of family visits. As prisons are privatized and the use of video calls becomes more prevalent, the burden is left on families to pay for contact.

    This is a unique opportunity to hear from experts who personally know the impact of the criminal justice system and can offer real solutions. It’s a conversation you do not want to miss.