October 31, 2012
With the presidential election being next week, many of us will be fixated on how the outcome of this election will impact our lives. I bet you share my desire to ascertain that the candidates we vote for stand behind the issues that are most important to us. I want the candidates we elect and the initiatives we enact to improve the lives of women and protect us from attacks by people who want to keep us down.
One way the National Women’s Health Network is working to reach that goal is through a great new partnership with the Strong Families movement – an initiative that’s committed to ensuring that every family has the rights, recognition and resources it needs to thrive. This is a way for people like us to get involved in the decisions that affect our families and communities.
Strong Families has produced a guide that can help us get engaged during the election season -- including but not only by voting -- in ways that are consistent with our values. It will help us make informed decisions about candidates and policies based on whether they promote the things we care about like health care and health insurance for all families, programs that support in-home care for the elderly and people with disabilities, and our right to make our own reproductive decisions.
You can get the Strong Families guide by going to the National Women’s Health Network’s NEW Facebook page. And while you’re there, make sure to like and share the new page so that you and your friends will get all the great information we post there every week.
There are important issues at stake in this election season. By getting involved and speaking up about the realities of our lives, we can make sure decision makers are hearing about the values, priorities and needs of our communities and the issues that affect us every day.
Please check out Strong Families, and join me in saying “Our families count and all of our lives matter!”
PS The NWHN made it through the storm safe, we hope that everyone else did as well!