Welcome to Chicago Women Take Action!

CWTA is a group of women united in the commitment to achieve women’s leadership and economic and social equality. We are activists of all ages (many of us belong to several organizations) working on the local, national and international level to promote women leaders and secure the health and well-being of women, their families, and their communities.

We meet monthly to discuss our Women’s Agenda, organize and attend events throughout the year across the city.

CWTA Message on the USSC’s Decision on Discrimination in Employment on the basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identify
CWTA celebrates the United States Supreme Court opinion extending civil rights protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The decision holds that employers who fire employees for sexual orientation and gender identity issues violate Title 7. In this 6-3 opinion Justices Gorsuch and Roberts ruled with Justices Sotomayor, Ginsberg, Kagen, and Breyer, with Justice Gorsuch writing the opinion. However, other discrimination remains in education, housing, and healthcare. The Trump administration has just removed healthcare protections in Obama care for the transgender population. Additionally the US Supreme Court upheld the Trump Administration regarding a ban on transgender people in the military. The only way to achieve fully equality is to pass The Equality Act. The House passed the Act but Mitch McConnell has refused to bring it for a vote. Fortunately, there are protections in many states to ban discrimination but we need a national policy. It is also noteworthy that even though the Supreme Court blocked the Trump Administration’s actions to end DACA, the Court provided information to the Administration on how to amend the legal action. Trump has stated he will go forward with those changes.
 
CWTA Statement— DACA
CWTA celebrates the Supreme Court Decision to reject Donald Trump’s cynical attempt to deny Dreamers their right to live in this nation as full living working residents and actual or future citizens with the right to vote.

From our inception in 2014, as an organization of women committed to equality and justice, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and full immigration reform that promises asylum from tyranny and a path to citizenship for all immigrants, whatever their nation of origin, for the immigrants that come from all countries that assures a path to citizenship, if so desired, have been part of our agenda.

Except for the Native Americans, whose lands our forefathers took, we are a nation made up of only immigrants and their descendants from countries across the globe. Diversity is our nation’s strength and we celebrate it.

Thus we celebrate the Supreme Court decision that has yielded relief to the millions of “Dreamers” who feared that this hard-won program might be lost. That said, we see the decision for what it is – a foundation upon which to fight for and build an immigration policy that embraces diversity and lives up to the promise of freedom and opportunity that the Statute of Liberty once represented to the world.
 
The Death of George Floyd and Our Pledge to Fight for Justice

Like so many before, this has been another month in which the fundamental problems of racism in America have been front and center.  We start with the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer; the belated charging of three white men for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia; the protests of the killing of Breona Taylor and the ease with which a white woman in New York called the police to arrest a Black man who had requested that she leash her dog (as required by law) speak volumes about race in America.  But we must add to those affronts the thousands of deaths from Covid-19 of the Black and Brown men and women who work in our nation’s nursing homes, hospitals, and food services. 

These are not new stories…….they simply are this moment’s Sandra Bland or Emmet Till.

Please click HERE to read full Statement.

CWTA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

CWTA understands that the COVID-19 crisis is impacting everyone in some way. The Chicago Foundation for Women has put together a comprehensive list of resources for both individuals and nonprofits to help support those in need.  Women are highly impacted. Early reports show that women comprise the majority of those serving on the front lines as nurses, caregivers, and health care aides, are over represented among those who are now unemployed and furloughed, and are facing increased domestic abuse.  We all need to be there for each other.  Stay healthy!

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