Walk with Us: Part 1
We are aware that every second, every day, atrocities go on in our world that we don’t (or choose not to) see. We can’t let ourselves absorb it all because if we did it would be too overwhelming. It’s also easier to keep our emotions and awareness at bay when we are halfway around the world, comfy in our air-conditioned American bubbles.
Yet in the past few weeks, three big things have happened close to home that have caused us to take shaky, scared breaths — the threat to women’s reproductive rights, the racially-motivated mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, and the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The issues and situations may be different. But the feelings run the same: Angry. Heartbroken. Helpless. Hopeless.
“Helplessness is such a rotten feeling. There’s nothing you can do about it. Being helpless is like being paralyzed. It’s sickness. The cure calls for a monumental effort to stand up and start walking somewhere, anywhere. But that takes some doing.” ― Chuck Barris, You and Me, Babe
There is nothing worse than feeling helpless. When we feel helpless, we can sink into hopelessness and despair, or we may grow agitated and angry.
The feeling of loss of control, in the end, is the scariest of all. When it feels like others hold our fates in their hands, whether it’s through using firearms or legislation to take our personal health choices away.
We must give ourselves time to pause. To grieve. To gain our bearings. There are lots of beautiful, eloquent words being said regarding these issues right now that are helping us do that. But then it’s time to decide: Will we let things continue to happen to us? Or will we take action? Will we make a monumental effort to stand up and do something?
As entrepreneurs and small business owners, we already possess the fortitude and determination to make things happen. We do it every day. And as a community, we have been, and can be, a force of nature. So we offer some suggestions for action, and invite you to join us. While we may not agree on everything, we can take thoughtful, strategic action for creating change towards a world that we can all believe in.
Calls to Action: Women’s Reproductive Rights
We are thankful for our partnership with Network NOVA, a grassroots organization whose mission is to connect with others in Virginia and beyond for the purpose of promoting the democratic values of equality, justice, and human rights. They shared the following with us:
Watch: Alyssa Milano on Roe v. Wade & Abortion Rights in the U.S.: History of Abortion
Join: June 9 | Pro-Choice Virginia’s 20th Anniversary Gala
Join us in celebrating 20 years of protecting and expanding reproductive freedom in Virginia! The gala will be in person at the Army Navy Country Club with indoor and outdoor space. for more information, contact Jane Materna, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-669-9370. RSVP
Join and Rally: June 24-25 | 6th Annual Women’s Summit
Rowan Tree is partnering with Network NOVA for the 6th Annual Women’s Summit – ALL IN TO WIN VIRGINIA. This year, we recognize that it’s time to invest in a blue foundation for organizing and maintaining the grassroots. Rowan Tree will be the location for the kick off for this event on June 24, 2022 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Rowan Tree members are welcome to attend. If you are interested in attending, please email Katherine White at KatherineNetworkNova@gmail.com. You can choose to join the festivities in-person and/or virtually. More Information and Purchase Tickets
Donate: NARAL Pro-Choice America. You can donate, take action to volunteer etc., here.
Consider: National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF). Sign as an individual or your organization: Statement of Solidarity for Abortion Justice
Consider: Donate to Planned Parenthood