Diversity Wins Big at the Ballot Box, Women’s March 2018, and a Great LLS Screening / Panel on Criminal Justice on November 13/14.
History was made today as Danica Roem became the first openly transgender person to be elected to a state legislature. Ms. Roem beat out Virginia incumbent Robert Marshall who both dubbed himself the “chief homophobe” and authored a since-defeated bathroom bill that would have required transgender persons to use a bathroom that corresponds to the sex designated on their birth certificate. Joining Ms. Roem in this incoming class are Elizabeth Guzman and Hala Ayala, who will be Virginia’s first Latina legislators. Similarly, Kathy Tran became the first Asian-American woman elected to the Virginia assembly and Dawn Adams will be the first open lesbian to serve. Across the nation, diverse candidates similarly ousted non-diverse incumbents. The long list includes Ashley Bennet, a woman of color from New Jersey who decided to run for her position when a white male incumbent mocked the 2017 Women’s March on social media.
And speaking of the Women’s March . . . Did you get your email? The organizers of the original Women’s March announced plans via email for a second march to take place on January 20, 2018. As before, the focus will not only be on issues affecting women, but also on discriminatory practices affecting other oppressed minorities. There will be an additional push to promote advocates to not only make their voices heard at the ballot box, but also to run for office.
On a local note, mark your calendars for two related presentations on juvenile justice hosted by La Raza de Loyola. On Monday, November 13, 2017, you can catch a screening of the documentary “They Call Us Monsters” in Cassasa 403 at 5:30 p.m. (Dinner will be provided.) The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at noon in the Burns Lounge. (Lunch will be provided.)
As always, speak up for equality and equity for all whenever you get a chance. And maybe, just maybe . . . think about running for office!!!