Watch WAVE Advisory Council members Lara Horgan and Becky Visconti and WAVE members Ginger Osborne, Katherine Amoukhteh and Miriam Laird talk about their activism on a November 9 episode on MSNBC. (Be sure you watch until the end for Lara's inspiring quote about saving democracy for her sons!)
Listen to the November 7 episode of KCRW's "Press Play with Madeleine Brand" featuring WAVE Executive Board Member Ali Monge and WAVE member Katherine Amoukhteh.
In less than two years, WAVE has grown from 21 to more than 600 members, a grassroots, word-of-mouth phenomenon that indicates not only the advance of a vocal progressive movement in Orange County, but that its future is female. In 2016, women and minorities delivered Hillary Clinton the first win in Orange County for a Democrat in a presidential election since 1936. Formed in the wake of her national loss, WAVE began challenging the status quo outside of the anonymity of a ballot box, an act of transparency that risks raising the eyebrows of conservative colleagues, neighbors and even spouses for the chance to change hearts and minds.
Harley Rouda, the real estate magnate turned Democratic party challenger to Rohrabacher, is a former Republican. So are many of the locally hired staff and volunteers on his campaign team. The number of registered Republicans in the district is steadily diminishing, down to around 40% now compared with 44% four years ago, while the number of registered Democrats and those designated “no party preference” is steadily increasing.
“Thanks to our passionate members, we are pleased to support the campaigns of congressional candidates Mike Levin and Katie Porter,” said WAVE president Joanna Weiss. “It is difficult to imagine a more important election in our lifetimes, and we are collectively taking critical action to impact the results. Beyond our financial contributions, we are encouraging our members to donate their time and energy to volunteering on campaigns in their respective districts. From past experience, we know that the ground game is what wins races.”
Mike Levin, an environmental attorney, advanced to what is widely regarded as one of the most competitive elections in the country against a field of 15 other candidates in the California primary on June 5. He faces Republican Diane Harkey in November. Katie Porter, a law professor, advanced to the midterm election after a hotly contested race against three other Democratic candidates in the June primary. She will face Republican incumbent Mimi Walters in the fall election.
The first Orange County rally will be held at 11 a.m. in the heart of Laguna Beach, Main Beach. As of Friday afternoon, more than 500 had signed up to attend.
A second Orange County rally will begin at 3 p.m. at Portola High School in Irvine. Parking is available at 1200 Merit in Irvine. As of Friday afternoon, more than 1,800 had signed up to attend the rally and march to the James A. Musick Facility, a detention center that also houses immigrant detainees.
Joining forces for the Irvine event are Women for American Ethics and Values (WAVE), HB Huddle, Imagine Action OC, Indivisible OC 48, Indivisible CA 45, OC Rapid Response, Orange County Justice Fund, Resist Here and Together We Will Orange County.
“The #FamiliesBelongTogether protests will coalesce the energy and emotion of millions of compassionate Americans who, regardless of political party affiliation, vehemently oppose this attack on the vulnerable and oppressed,” said Joanna Weiss, WAVE president, in a press statement. “This does not represent our values and vision of America.”
Chelsea Handler and Congress members to be at Costa Mesa event.
The event will be from 6 to 10 p.m. April 28 at the Westside Museum, 729 Farad St.
The fundraiser is facilitated by Women for American Values and Ethics, or WAVE, a political action committee.
Tickets are $125 for general admission and $250 to meet Handler at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit wave4all.org.
Residents of Newport Beach have a right to know how their elected representatives conduct official business. I attended Tuesday's Newport Beach City Council meeting, where Senate Bill 54 was on the agenda.
The council announced they had already voted in closed session to join President Trump's lawsuit against the state of California to invalidate SB 54, a "sanctuary state" law that doesn't require law enforcement to report arrestees of certain crimes to immigration authorities.
We, the members of Women for American Values and Ethics (WAVE), strongly oppose the decision of the Orange County Board of Supervisors to join a Department of Justice lawsuit against California’s sanctuary laws. We also are deeply troubled by the resolution passed by the Board of Supervisors that condemns Senate Bill 54 (California Values Act), which bans local law enforcement from sharing immigration status information to federal authorities.
SACRAMENTO — Impassioned speeches from oil-drilling foes on the steps of the state Capitol on Thursday sounded like echo from earliest days of the environmental movement in California — and a crowd of about 700 people opposing the Trump administration’s expansive offshore extraction plan relished every word.
Kathleen Treseder, an ecology professor from UC Irvine, won applause for her opening comment: “I am a scientist.”
“We saw from a Santa Barbara oil spill four years ago, we found 48 dead sea lions and 12 dead dolphins,” said UC Irvine Ecology and Biology Professor Kathleen Treseder.
February 7, 2018 Costa Mesa, CA— California District 48 will host its first Congressional debate on February 7, 2018. The debate is part of a series of four debates hosted by Indivisible OC-48 and partner organisations before the 2018 Congressional Primaries on June 5, 2018.
#Great48Debate #48Debate #SheIsTheSpark
CONTACT: Aaron McCall, (626) 485-4898
Laguna Niguel, CA (January 22, 2017)—WAVE (Women for American Values and Ethics) held an inspirational fundraising event Monday evening, featuring three of the organizers of the Women’s March at a private home in Laguna Niguel. Just days after the second annual Women’s March, which drew more than a million participants throughout the nation, WAVE welcomed Paola Mendoza, filmmaker and the March’s Artistic Director and National Organizer; Sarah Sophie Flicker, activist, producer, creative director; and Jenna Arnold, educator, co-founder of ORGANIZE and Press Play Productions, to speak to 125 attendees in South Orange County.
For Women's Issues, this debate will allow constituents to question the top five candidates on issues of platform, and policy on a variety of women's issues including women's health, the wage and achievement gap, sexual harrassment and the #MeToo Movement.
PUBLISHED: January 18, 2018 at 10:51 am | UPDATED: January 18, 2018 at 10:59 am
Many who marched, like Cindy Gitter, 52, of Ladera Ranch, say they hadn’t been politically active before. Now she co-chairs the environmental working group for Women for American Values and Ethics, which seeks to advance progressive causes.
“There’s a feeling of really positive and shared energy,” she said. “It was the first march I ever participated in in my life.”
The marches, Gitter said, “show people that you have a voice, whether you consider yourself disenfranchised or part of the minority. I think it symbolizes the right and the privilege and, on some level, the responsibility to participate in democracy.”
PUBLISHED: August 19, 2017 at 10:10 am | UPDATED: August 19, 2017 at 11:33 pm