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This October, as the Women Legislators’ Lobby (WiLL) celebrates its 30-year anniversary, we will hold our biennial conference as a month-long action summit to take on a new definition of national security. Our conference, “Fund Communities, Build Security,” will explore a more human-centered approach to national security; one that considers social and economic issues as key components of security. 

For the past several years, risks to our economy, healthcare system, critical infrastructure, and democracy have tested our idea of national strength, national safety, and national security. This action summit will bring together women state legislators, stakeholders, and community leaders from across the nation to look at four issues on the intersection of federal spending and human security: economic security, healthcare, climate change, and civil rights.  

The summit will feature skills-based trainings with top communications experts as well as panels and plenary sessions, featuring leading national security and federal budget experts. Legislators will leave with actionable next steps, stronger connections with your members of Congress, and a sisterhood with fellow legislators across the country.

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Rikkia Ramsey
WiLL Director

 TRACKS 

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ECONOMIC SECURITY

OCTOBER 5 & 7

We need bold public investments in order to build economic power for all communities. The resources for housing, job creation, and universal child care are hidden in plain sight—in the Pentagon budget.

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HEALTH SECURITY

OCTOBER 19 & 21

COVID-19 has made clear the weak spots in our healthcare systems and highlighted just how unequal access to care can be. As we continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to prepare for the next health emergency. 

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CLIMATE CHANGE

OCTOBER 12 & 14

From military generals to healthcare professionals, everyone is worried about the impacts of climate change to our health, safety, and security. State legislators have an important role to play in building climate resilient communities.

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CIVIL RIGHTS

OCTOBER 26 & 28

Promoting and defending democratic principles abroad will only be as effective as our ability to live by them at home. To successfully promote and defend democracy, the U.S. must address its own challenges, including the erosion of civil liberties and challenges to voting rights across the U.S.

 FEATURED SPEAKERS 

We are proud to announce

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Congresswoman

SARA JACOBS

U.S. House of Representatives

as the 2021 Torchbearer Awardee

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DAWN EUER

State Senator

Rhode Island Senate

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SARA ROSENBAUM, JD

Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy

George Washington University

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CELINDA LAKE

President

Lake Research Partners

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PARK CANNON

State Representative

Georgia House of Representatives

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LOLITA K. JACKSON

Executive Director Communications & Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Development Capital, LLP

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Elizabeth Perez

Former Deputy Secretary at the California Department of Veterans Affairs & President of GC Green

 AGENDA 

ECONOMIC SECURITY

 Tuesday, October 5 

 Thursday, October 7 

11:00 - 11:10 AM

Welcoming Remarks with U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee

11:10 - 11:25 AM

Meeting Labor Needs For Working Women

  • The Honorable Gayle Goldin, Senior Advisor to the Department of Labor Women's Bureau

11:25 AM - 12:25 PM

Economic Security as National Security

12:30 - 1:00 PM

Follow the Federal Money

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Torchbearer Reception

11:00 - 11:10 AM

Welcoming Remarks

11:10 AM - 12:05 PM

21st Century Workforce for Human Security

12:10 - 12:40 PM

Gender Responsive Budgeting

12:40 - 1:25 PM

Skills Breakout

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Networking Dinner: "Running for Higher Office"

CLIMATE CHANGE

 Tuesday, October 12 

 Thursday, October 14 

11:00 - 11:10 AM

Welcoming Remarks

11:10 - 11:25 AM

Keynote Speaker: U.S. Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan

11:25 AM - 12:25 PM

From a War Economy to a Green Economy

12:30 - 1:00 PM

The Nuclear Weapons and Climate Change Connection

1:00 - 1:10 PM

Closing Remarks

11:00 - 11:10 AM

Welcoming Remarks

11:10 - 11:50 AM

Readying Communities for Climate Disaster and Displacement

11:50 AM - 12:50 PM

Solutions and Lessons Learned about Climate Legislation on the State Level

1:00 - 1:30 PM

Skills Breakout

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Networking Dinner with M.M.LaFleur 

 
 

HEALTH SECURITY

 Tuesday, October 19 

 Thursday, October 21 

11:00 - 11:50 AM

Women, Healthcare, and Elections with Celinda Lake

11:50 - 12:05 PM

Mayra Jacqueline Ferreira, Executive Director of the National Women's Health Network

12:10 - 12:50 PM

Strengthening Health Security at the State Level

11:00 - 11:10 AM

Welcoming Remarks with Congresswoman Lauren Underwood

11:10 - 11:30 AM

Remarks from WAND founder Dr. Helen Caldicott

11:30 AM - 12:10 PM

Bombs in our Backyard: Compensation for Nuclear Harm

12:10 - 1:00 PM

Skills Breakout Sessions

- Healthcare Policy

- Instagram for State Legislators

- On camera interview training

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Networking Dinner: Creating an Intersectional Care and Climate Vision

CIVIL RIGHTS

 Tuesday, October 26 

 Thursday, October 28 

11:00 - 11:50 AM

Creating Security for All Communities with Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis

11:55 - 12:15 PM

Civil Rights are Human Security with GA Rep. Park Cannon

12:15 PM - 12:40

Voting, Democracy, and Security At Home and Abroad

12:40 - 1:00 PM

What to Expect with a Virtual Lobby Day

11:00 - 11:20 AM

The Future of US Foreign Policy

Jalina Porter, Deputy Spokesperson, State Department

11:20 - 12:20 PM

State Action on Reforming 1033

12:20 - 12:50 PM

Breakout Sessions

- Podcasting 101

- Policies to Protect Civil Rights

12:50 - 1:00 PM

Closing Remarks

 
 

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