WAVE started in the wake of the 2016 presidential election when a small group of women in South Orange County gathered to discuss the various ways American values and ethics were being undermined and challenged by the new administration.
WAVE is a diverse group of nonpartisan women that engages, educates and empowers its members to advance progressive American values and ethics.
- Educate our members and the community on important political issues.
- Empower our members by providing advocacy training.
- Advance political candidates, organizations and policies that support progressive American values and ethics.
1. Forming a nonpartisan, progressive women's political action committee and grassroots organization with over 270 members (and growing!). More than half of our members have made financial contributions to our PAC. Our meetings were attended by hundreds of people, and esteemed Congressman Ted Lieu was our featured guest at our October 2017 meeting.
2. Developing coalitions in the 45th, 48th, and 49th congressional districts to coordinate activism and voter engagement. Each of these coalitions is comprised of over 25 member groups, including resistance groups (like Indivisible), Democratic clubs, Planned Parenthood, unions, and other PACs.The coalitions are meeting monthly to ensure maximum coordination of both resistance and voter engagement activities.
3. Hosting several immigration law and "know your rights" clinics to serve undocumented families and DACA recipients. We served over 100 families and individuals in preparing documents to protect their children in case the parents were deported. These clinics were held in conjunction with area churches as well as the Mexican Consulate in Santa Ana.
4. Advocating for environmental reform. WAVE co-founded OC Clean Power, a nonpartisan alliance whose mission is to bring Community Choice Energy plans to Orange County by working with city councils, city staff, and regional planning boards. Members also successfully lobbied the Laguna Beach City Council to adopt the Paris Climate Agreement and to join the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, and are working with other city councils to adopt renewable energy choices.
5. Co-hosting the Activism Training with the former executive director of Organizing for America. The Activism Training, held in March 2017 in the typically conservative stronghold of Newport Beach, was attended by over 800 activists.
6. Co-sponsoring the Unity Rally in Laguna Beach on August 19 in response to a white Nationalist rally. WAVE was featured in the OC Register as one of the co-sponsors. WAVE also was a lead organizer in the Pledge-a-Protestor fundraiser that collected donations for immigrant rights' groups for every white supremacist who attended the hate rally. Click hereto read the OC Register article.
While we remain incredibly proud of our significant accomplishments in 2017, we are prepared to turn our sights to four specific goals in 2018:
1. WAVE will focus considerable efforts and resources to flipping out current representatives in the 39th, 45th, 48th, and 49th congressional districts. We also will support down-ballot candidates to ensure we have a backbench of progressive candidates to elect in 2020 and beyond.
2. To support our voter registration and canvassing work, WAVE will begin substantial volunteer and member recruitment to move our group from 240 members to 500 members. We will accomplish this goal by hosting WAVE meetings throughout Orange County, to reach women previously unavailable to travel to our general meetings. We also will launch a membership drive, encouraging existing members to reach out to likeminded friends who want to make an impact on the 2018 elections.
3. WAVE will engage in targeted fundraising to grow our financial resources to support digital ads and other advocacy aimed at electing progressive congressional candidates in our 4 targeted districts. We will host small and large-scale fundraisers, and already have reached out to prominent members of Congress and community activists to develop fundraising events.
4. Our grassroots activism work will continue as we focus on environmental, immigration, and civil rights. These groups will continue to meet regularly to advance progressive values in these areas, and will work at the local, state, and national level.