AAUW San Jose Branch programs provide information that empowers women to make knowledge-based decisions about their daily lives and informs members about issues and initiatives affecting women and their families. Here are some examples of recent collaborations and some past programs.
Red Flags and Legislation – Be Informed to Disrupt Human Trafficking
Eight students from the Mitty Advocacy Project (MAP) introduced their group activities and presented information about human trafficking including definitions, facts and pending state and federal legislation. They encouraged phone calls and visits to legislators and took questions from audience. National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888 (TTY: 711); Text 233733
Sexual Harassment of Low Wage Workers
After watching the PBS documentary “Rape on the Night Shift”, Maria Gonzalez, a janitorial worker spoke movingly with translation by Rebeca Armendariz of YaBasta! Coalition, of her experience as a sexual assault survivor motivated to become an advocate. Rebeca described work by the SEIU-WW union. Ruth Silver-Taube, attorney and professor at Santa Clara University, explained shocking issues in restaurant, agricultural and janitorial fields and reviewed pending legislation. Attendees completed postcards supporting pending legislation.
Health Check-Up For Earth/Climate Change – How It Effects Women and Girls … and You!
Member Elizabeth Guimarin, who has an MS in Soil Science, helped us join the celebration of Earth Day. Her passion is for how healthy soils can combat climate change and her message is energizing and encouraging. She shared specifics on how women & girls are negatively impacted, and illustrated how climate balance is the key to taking care of the earth through adoption of climate smart (regenerative) agriculture, so that earth can take care of us.
Historic Bay Area Visionaries
Author Robin Chapman gave an engaging summary of her book, illustrated by slides, which tells the story of our state through the eyes of Lope Inigo, an indigenous man; Juana Briones, a compassionate businesswoman; Robert Louis Stevenson, the poet and writer; Sarah Winchester, the heiress to the rifle fortune; Thomas Foon Chew, a Chinese immigrant; and Charlie Chaplin, who came to Niles in 1914 and became a movie star. Each one faced roadblocks and trials as California transformed itself from the almost-inaccessible land of its ancient people to a colony of Spain, a territory of Mexico, a Gold Rush outpost, and finally to the 31st state of the United States of America.
Robin was the recipient of an AAUW scholarship from the Los Altos/Mountain View Branch.
Attendees learned how sexual harassment can interrupt a student’s education. Maha Ibrahim of Equal Rights Advocates presented research showing how harassment can get girls off track. A panel of local experts shared their experience with the impact of harassment at middle school, high school and college levels. A safe learning environment is a core part of Title IX protections. The importance of increasing awareness in the community-at-large was emphasized, including to parents, guardians, and neighbors. We each have a role to ensure that Title IX is upheld to advances equity in education for all. Hosted by AAUW San Jose, the event was held on February 10, 2019 on the San Jose City College campus.