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Equal Rights and You:  A Women's Public Policy Forum


Are you ready to Stand Up for Yourself and our Community?


Maya Angelou is an inspirational poet who had a firm grasp upon treatment of women and minorities - she was ahead of her time and lived through racial and gender discrimination.  She has taught generations to stand up and be counted as we work to change the world.  


One of the greatest issues in our country is the length of time it takes to pass legislation in government.  The 27th Amendment took 200 years to pass which sets a legal precidence for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.  Yet, what do we need to do as a community to obtain equal rights for all?  It is not enough to keep talking about the change; we must take action and stand up for our community and women.  We must be the change we wish to see in the world.


Join us for an inspiring Women's Public Policy Forum that will address key barriers in our communities to equal rights for every American.  If you are concerned with the state of women and family rights in the United States, this free forum is for you.  This is not a political debate, it is a solution focused forum that will take you through a journey that will provide you learning and the ability to be part of the change and then transition into creating the changes.  

Join Francine Busby, retired Marine Command Sergeant Major Mario P. Fields formerly of the Wounded Warrior Battalion,  Keely Linton, Manager of the Strong Hearted Native Women's Coalition, Inc. and other speakers and community members to create recommendations to address public policy issues impacting women and families equal rights in our nation. 

Date:  February 11, 2020, 7:45 am to 4:00 pm (lunch on your own)

Location:  Grossmont College, 

                       Griffin Center Conference Room (Bldg 60)

                       8800 Grossmont College Drive

                       El Cajon, CA 92020



What you will experience:

The program is based upon our Design and Innovation Method of Community Change.  The program format is as follows:


7:45 am - 8:15 am Sign in and networking opportunity (tickets are required)

8:15 am - 10:20 am Opening ceremony and panel discussion

10:20 am - 10:30 am break and change of room layout

10:30 am - 11:30 am  Break out sessions (Topics include:   

          (1) Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking - breaking the chain (Community and Cultural Issues impacting women's abilities

                to move forward in their families and professionally) (60 minutes)

          (2) Healthcare debate - is our body our own? Federal Women's Healthcare Policies (to include Veteran issues). (60 minutes)

          (3) Gender bias - diversity and inclusion - overcoming differences and family issues in employment protection(60 minutes)

          (4) Global Women's Issues - International Policy - US support for foreign policies for women's rights globally through State                        Department and international relations programs.  What are they and how can we use other nation's programs to modify                    our laws and public policies? (60 minutes)

11:45 am to 1:00 pm Lunch (on your own)

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Solution focused sessions - creating change

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm Reconciliation - accepting the past and creating the path to legislative change

The event is free and limited to 100 participants from the community and Grossmont College.  If you sign up for the event and cannot attend; please notify our staff via email at so that we can fill the slot with someone on our waitlist.

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