AAUW National statement on the death of George Floyd
AAUW joins the country in mourning the losses of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless other people of color who have been unjustly killed across our nation. Our country needs healing. But healing will only come with justice. As an organization we condemn racism.
Systemic racism is firmly rooted in the U.S. and today’s injustices mirror our shameful history — from police brutality to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color. There can be no justice or equality when Black and Brown communities are seen as less deserving of basic human and civil rights.
On behalf of our 170,000 members and supporters, we commit to fighting for justice, long-term and lasting change, and we stand in solidarity against racism. We also acknowledge that as an organization we have our own work to do.
And, as a member of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, we will work to advance the policies and systemic changes identified in the New Era of Public Safety: A Guide to Fair, Safe, and Effective Community Policing and Vision for Justice platform.
Citizen of the Year
The 2020 recipient of the Citizen of the Year award in memory of Judy Christianson is member Anne Wildenborg. Anne has helped as a Junior Girl Scout leader, has served on the board of the Environmental Learning Center, and initiated a program at her church for women. Anne is an active member of the Citizens Climate Lobby and is eager to encourage women and girls to work together with others across different levels of government, organizations, and businesses to maintain the health of our planet.
"Membership is open to anyone holding an associate (or equivalent such as RN), bachelor's or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university."
Dues are payable by June 30 and are currently $83. This includes Red Wing Area Branch ($15), Minnesota State ($9), and Association ($59).
For more information contact Membership V.P. Mary Ellen Halverson