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Coming Up In The July - October 2018 issue

Numa Perrier as Sabrina | Photo courtesy of House of Numa

♦ In our July - October 2018 issue, we are introducing an exciting interview with Numa Perrier, actor-writer-filmmaker and founder & creative director of House of Numa! Perrier is releasing her first feature film, Jezebel, a true story which is expected to premiere this fall. Jezebel is a coming-of-age- tale that explores feminine sexuality in a unique way. Starring Tiffany Tenille and Numa Perrier who plays her sister in this film, Jezebel tells a story about a special bond between siblings. While abruptly finding themselves having to support their family, two sisters work as a phone sex operator and internet fetish cam girl. One of Perrier's biggest champions is American filmmaker, Ava Duvernay, director of Selma13th and A Wrinkle in Time. In our interview, Perrier discusses how support from the filmmaking Queen transpired. 
 Also in this issue, in honor of Black Women's Equal Pay Day coming up on August 7th, 2018, ten black women's voices and causes you probably did not know about but you certainly should follow.
 Plus why commemoration days are important for women and how they help reshape a place of importance!



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Equal Pay For All

Today is April 10th 2018, Equal Pay Day which represents how long it takes within the 2018 calendar year for the average woman to make what a white man made in 2017. This averages out to just 80 cents to a dollar. The fact is that all women regardless of background, race, ability or sexual orientation are impacted by the pay gap. The following video shows you how all women are predisposed to unequal pay.



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Save The Date: April 10, Equal Pay Day

On average, women make just 80 cent compared to women. Yet the gap starts to shift when we examine various groups of color. Black women working full time, year round typically make only 63 cents for every dollar paid to their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts. For Latinas this figure is only 54 cents, for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women it is 59 cents, and for Native women it is 57 cents. While Asian women working full time, year round are typically paid only 87 cents for every dollar paid to their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts, the wage gap is substantially larger for some subgroups of Asian women.—NWLC

Join us on April 10th for Equal Pay Day for all women. Participate in the Twitter Storm at 2 PM Eastern. Feel free to download any of the following graphics and share our sample tweets.







Sample Tweets:

1. The disheartening truth is that women of all backgrounds are predisposed to unequal pay. #equalpay #20percentcounts #leaninwomenofcolor #talkpay

2. 80 cents represent the pay gap for the average woman. Yet when you look at the pay gap by race, women of color are considerably affected. Together we must put an end to unequal pay. #equalpay #20percentcounts #leaninwomenofcolor #talkpay

3. Not much has changed since 1985. With a 15 cent increase, women still make less than men. Sadly, it will take at least 40 more years to close the pay gap with just 20 cent more. #equalpay #20percentcounts #leaninwomenofcolor #talkpay


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Video Book Response: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo



Not everyone is going to like the book because race is an uncomfortable subject. Oluo does not sugar coat the words in this book so it will go down a lot sweeter. To add on to that, when we talk about race, there are layers of an ugly truth but to get to a place of unity and equity, we must be willing to be open to hearing the cries and pain of those who are oppressed even when don’t agree or if it seems too bitter.
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Interview with Na'ilah Amaru, Political Strategist & Analyst

By JULENE ALLEN



Back in 2016, Na’ilah Amaru was chosen for what would appear to be one of the most important responsibilities in a presidential election. She was selected to formally nominate Hillary Clinton for president of the United States on behalf of the Democratic party.

Before delivering her nomination speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention and declaring her support for Clinton to a national stage, the New York delegate had been working as a policy strategist in Atlanta, Georgia after serving in the United States military. Amaru received distinguished honors for her service. She was the lowest ranking soldier and only woman to receive her battalion’s Soldier of the Month recognition and was awarded an Army Commendation medal for exemplary service. 

The following is a sample of our interview with Na'ilah Amaru which is featured in Women For Action magazine's March - June 2018 Issue.


Women For Action: You have served as a policy advisor to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, legislative aide to U.S. Congressman John Lewis, and as executive director of the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus of the New York City Council. Which area do you feel you’ve made the most impact and why?

Amaru: I have learned from each of my positions and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve different communities in Atlanta and New York. The concept of “impact” is relative because it can be viewed through the lens of both scale and scope – both of which are critical in the political and policy landscape.  When I worked with Kasim Reed, I focused on issues from a citywide perspective. When I worked for Congressman John Lewis, I focused on issues specific to Georgia’s 5th congressional district. When I worked for the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus, I focused on issues relevant to all twenty-six districts of the caucus members. In each of these positions, I was able to make an impact, but it looked different in terms of scale and scope.

Women For Action: You were a speaker at the last Democratic National Convention. You had the opportunity to tell your personal story on a national or even global stage. What was this experience like?

Amaru: The experience was the honor of a lifetime. I received a phone call notifying me that I was selected to serve as one of three presidential nominators. While I was still processing the moment, the DNC staff and I dived directly into logistics - lodging, transportation, and my own personal speaker tracker—all the different elements that make the DNC come to life. I was on autopilot through the entire process—I felt the magnitude of the moment after I delivered my speech. I was interviewed off to the side of the stage and was asked, "What were you thinking during your speech?" I responded, "In my speech, I  referenced my eleven-year self, but my eleven-year-old self never dreamed THIS." In that moment, I turned around, gestured behind me with a sweeping motion, and lost my breath. It was the first time I saw the crowd, and that was the moment I was moved to tears. When I delivered my speech, I wasn't focused on the crowd—I was focused on my mission and that was to tell my story. Seeing the crowd from the side of the stage deeply moved me. Diverse, beautiful, and rowdy, it was a reflection of who we are—everyone in America was somewhere in that crowd. The Democratic Party works to create policies and programs that provide solutions and make America a better place for everyone. To be a part of history by submitting Hillary Clinton's name into presidential nomination was surreal and the honor of a lifetime. Another important aspect of my DNC experience was the emotional process of sharing my story which I had always kept private. I was touched by how many people approached me afterward or sent me personal messages through social media, sharing how they connected with some part of my journey. Whether it was the lived experience of having two moms, being a veteran, being a woman of color, or being an immigrant, many chapters of my story are uniquely American and shared with countless others. It was a lesson for me in the power of vulnerability—how we can share who we are and connect with each other through our stories. Where else in the world can a child begin life in an orphanage and have the opportunity to share her life's journey on a national stage?  Only in America.

Women For Action: After losing the election for what many thought would be the first woman president of the United States, what is a key takeaway from this experience?

Amaru: Around 7 PM on Election Night, I was interviewed at the Javits Center and was asked what I would do if Hillary Clinton lost. I remember telling the reporter, "a lesson I learned from her 2008 campaign loss—as heartbreaking as that was—you pick up the pieces and you get back to work." Back in 2008, I was devastated when she made the decision to suspend her presidential campaign. Her loss was so deeply personal. I hoped she would run again in 2016, and when she went through that process and became the nominee, people thought "Finally, a woman president might really happen! After 240 years, democracy is about to include women! We the people is about to include us."  When Hillary lost, I was angry, scared, and heartbroken, but you pick up the pieces and you get back to work – and that process looks different for everybody. After the 2016 election, I knew people who couldn't get out of bed for days. I knew people (including myself), who had organizing meetings the same week because our lives were on the line and we had no time to waste. The key takeaway of 2016 was grounded in the same truth as 2008:  In life, we will hit low points, but we do what we have to do to keep moving forward. A key step in the process of moving forward is taking the time to pick up the pieces. Then, you rebuild. There is a tremendous amount of personal agency and power in this process, and I have learned, that what we rebuild is often stronger than what was broken.


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