I’ve formed a political action committee the goal of which is to eradicate gender discrimination and inequality. Our first undertaking is the Team Uterati Wiki Project and will involve compiling a complete custom-built database of the 1100+ anti-choice bills that have popped up in states across the country. We are already underway — the Alabama wiki page will give you a taste of what we are doing. Once complete (in July, hopefully) we will use the resulting information to target women-friendly candidates for our support, and to organize on-the-ground activism and GOTV efforts.
Here is our press release:
May 7, 2012 – People Organizing for Women’s Rights (POWR) was created with the goal of uniting women across the nation to encourage passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, Imani Gandy, president of POWR, announced today.
“Most people don’t know that it is not unconstitutional to deny women equality under the law. But, as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia recently pointed out to us, the Constitution does not prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex,” said Ms. Gandy.
“This is why we are seeing a flood of bills come out of state legislatures attacking women. This is why we have to struggle to protect what progress we have made every time election season rolls around. This is why it is still legal to pay women less than men, to discriminate against mothers seeking jobs, and restrict the availability of health care services for women. This is why our bodies become political footballs and bargaining chips whenever other issues are raised. Women are tired of this. We want better for the daughters of America, and we mean to give it to them,” Ms. Gandy added.
People Organizing for Women’s Rights (POWR), the first national political action committee (PAC) which leverages social media and other social action tools to combat gender discrimination and inequality at the state and federal level.
Team Uterati (“TeamU”) is a broad-based online community initiative which maintains a complete database of crowd-sourced legislative and other information regarding reproductive rights and women’s health issues nationwide.
The Team Uterati Wiki Project (“TeamU Wiki”) is a community-driven social action tool used by grassroots and netroots activists to combat the ongoing Republican infringement of women’s human rights, and it can also be used by the media to report upon such efforts. The website allows visitors to view legislation state-by-state, including the status of the legislation, its relevance, authors and sponsors, related activism and any organizations involved, giving unprecedented ease of access and transparency to empower ordinary citizens who are interested in this issue.
Together, TeamU and the TeamU Wiki comprise the first major undertaking of People Organizing for Women’s Rights (POWR), and can be found at http://www.teamuterati.com. You can download a PDF version of the TeamU Project Plan by clicking here. More information about POWR can be found at: http://www.powr-pac.org.
Please take a look at our Project Plan.