"A lot has happened over the past 3.5 years that goes against NOW LOVE’s values of Antiracism, Equity, Justice, Honesty, Integrity, Inclusion, and Respect. Too many horrific actions/policies to list. Many of you have been battling non-stop, and you might feel weary. But, we can’t let up now. This is the most consequential election of our lives. It literally is about life or death for many of us. We MUST win. We CAN win.
"But, now through November 3, we have to fight harder than ever before.
"That means holding each other up, keeping each other motivated and fighting, LOVing - living our values - everyday. So, we hope to inform, encourage and inspire each other today."
Louisiana ranks extremely low in critical and health-related factors for women, including: the health status of women, the safety of women, and the economic status of women. Louisiana’s critical health and economic disparities especially impact the health and well-being of women of color.
NOW, LOVE leaders Julianna Padgett and Betty DiMarco crafted a report on these issues, with input from 13 women leaders from the community.
Many of us see how the current “red” vs “blue” divide is corroding women’s ability to explore issues of shared concern, and to illuminate common ground. This divide impacts our families and friends, holds back progress, and weakens us as a nation.
In response, NOW, LOVE is launching a new initiative called “Connect, NOW” through which we’ll host engaging conversations among women in the Crescent City and surrounding areas. The sessions will be guided by proven approaches to respectful dialogue and will be led by professional facilitators. Our aim is to ultimately diminish the discord that is dividing our community and country - by learning from each other and working together wherever possible.