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      PLEASE NOTE: Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO, Liz Shuler, will share opening remarks at the town hall and discuss the importance of casting your ballots!  Do not forget to support union women leaders and register to attend the All of Us Town Hall SNAP* to Vote!

      On August 6, 2020, The Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), in affiliation with the AFL-CIO, presents an online town hall meeting commemorating the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote. The struggle for full suffrage continues today, so tune in to hear from women leaders as we examine the complex history of the suffrage movement. We will provide the resources necessary for YOU to get involved in getting women out to vote. Please click here to register for the CLUW Town Hall: SNAP* the VOTE!

      Please click here for a list of voting registration resources, the document also includes sample tweets and Facebook and Instagram posts.

      Special Guests at the All of Us Town Hall: SNAP the Vote include:

      Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO, Liz Shuler, will share opening remarks and discuss the importance of voting.

      Rep. Deb Haaland (NM)one of the first Native American women in U.S. history to be elected to Congress, will discuss the effects of the pandemic on the first nation’s community; the importance of voting in the Native American community; and the significant barriers to Native American voters.

      Muriel Bowser, the Mayor of the District of Columbia (D.C.) , will talk about the importance of voting and the suffrage issue of DC Statehood.

      Ruth Ibarra, President of CLUW CA Capital Chapterand CLUW member Teresa Oller will both emphasize the importance of young people voting and discuss the effects of COVID-19 in their industries.

      CLUW member & Lynn Marie Smith & the DC Labor Chorus will debut a new song based on Katy Perry’s "Roar".

      and many more!

      Please feel free to share the following tweet to get the word out with our event:

      Join @CLUWNational on Thursday, Aug 6, for a CLUW Town Hall: SNAP* (Sisters Not Afraid of Power) the Vote! During the Facebook Livestream, in affiliation with the @AFLCIO, women leaders will share stories about the importance of voting. RSVP: bit.ly/snapthevote.

      Have not registered to vote or know a friend that has not registered? You may click here to register or share our voting portal: bit.ly/cluwvote.

      August 18, 2020 is the centennial anniversary of ratification of the 19th amendment. The nineteenth amendment granted women the right to vote; however, CLUW understands not every woman was able to have a voice at the ballot box. We wanted to bring awareness by having a Women’s Suffrage Centennial Awareness Month, a month of action, to make sure the voices of all women and their communities are visible in 2020.

      CLUW has joined the Gender Voting Equity Collaborative, a non-partisan coalition of organizations, bringing women to work together on gender equity with voter outreach and registration. The collaborative has also provided CLUW with a registration link for our members to use for their voter outreach and registration efforts.

      Click here to view and use the CLUW voter registration portal for your voter outreach and registration efforts. CLUW will also have monthly reports and data with regards to our registration portal.

      Let’s work together to ensure all women are ready to vote.

      This week, the Supreme Court just handed down a devastating ruling against reproductive freedom. In Trump v. Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court decided that employers and universities can deny contraceptive coverage to their employees and students based on their religious or moral objection to birth control.

      This decision from the Supreme Court is a disaster for working women and leaves hundreds of thousands of Americans at risk of losing coverage for the contraceptive care critical to their health, equality, and economic security. CLUW has been heavily involved in various efforts to increase contraceptive access for years and are strongly opposed to this court ruling. 

      CLUW President Elise Bryant had this to say about the decision: “The decision by the Supreme Court will enable employers and universities to deny health insurance coverage of birth control. Since our beginning in 1974, the Coalition of Labor Union Women has worked hard to make sure every woman has a right to reproductive freedom. We will continue to join forces with our allies around the country to demand everybody’s right to have an affordable birth control option free from employer’s personal opinions and political interference.”

      The people most impacted by this rule going into effect will be low-wage workers and others struggling to make ends meet who already face barriers to care, like Black, Latinx, and Asian American and Pacific Islander people, undocumented people, and LGBTQ people. 

      We must fight back to reverse and prevent the damage of this unjust and discriminatory Supreme Court decision. We will not go back!

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