If you recall one of my earlier posts I shared with you that my friend and colleague, Steve Woodsmall is running for Congress in 2018. He’s a progressive who wants to represent the great state of North Carolina and flip the 11th District.

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As Major Woodsmall, Steve served as a commander, executive officer, and management consultant in the Air Force, and was selected as a flight commander at Officer Training School to train and develop future leaders. He also worked as a government contractor for the Federal Aviation Administration and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Steve previously served as a director in the corporate arena and managed a not-for-profit organization.

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Steve holds a PhD in Organization & Management, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

He currently teaches leadership and management at Brevard College in Brevard, NC, and is a current member of the Transylvania County Planning Board. Steve was third vice-chair of the Transylvania Co Democrats (but is inactive now due to running for congress).

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Platform Issues

Steve has some sound solutions and views on:

  • Gun Regulation
  • Campaign Finance
  • Social Security
  • Job Creation
  • Immigration
  • Healthcare
  • Infrastructure
  • Reproductive Rights
  • Cannabis
  • Voting Rights, and the
  • Environment

More About Steve

Steve believes “in a progressive minded, solution based approach to politics, and always puts the constituent first” because as a public servant he knows that he works for the people, and not the other way around.

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To learn more about Steve and his ideas for positive change in North Carolina and throughout our great nation, please visit his site: https://woodsmallforcongress2018.org/

Meet Steve

To meet Steve and/or hear him speak at a local convention, forum or other event in North Carolina, be sure to visit his events page to see what Steve has on his calendar for the next several weeks: https://woodsmallforcongress2018.org/events

I can tell you now that on March 24th he will be at events in Waynesville, Sylva, and Valdese. On the 26th he will be at two events in Brevard and Cherokee. On the 27th he will be at a forum in Sylva and on the 28th he will be at an event for the West Asheville Democrats in Asheville. Check his calendar for specific details and to see what he has planned for the month of April.

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How to Support Steve

There are four ways that you can support Steve’s campaign for Congress:

  • Vote for him: 
    • The Democratic Primary is May 8, 2018
      • Early voting begins Tuesday, April 19, 2018
    • Vote for him again on November 6, 2018
  • Volunteer on his campaign
  • Host an Event in Western North Carolina
  • Contribute to his campaign- visit here for details

I know that Steve will appreciate any level of support that you provide, no matter which option that you choose.

Be sure to follow him on:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SteveWoodsmall   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WoodsmallforCongress2018/ 

The only way to truly bring positive change is to vote out those who are holding us back and keeping us down (leaching on the system from within) and vote in those who will work tirelessly on our behalf, so that our voices are not only heard but the power from those voices are then amplified, and bring about genuine action through reform, bills, and other mechanisms.

~Natasha

This is an urgent matter needing immediate attention. Below please find and read the most recent release from Georgia Women for a Change, discussing bill HB 954 and its potential impact on women of child-bearing age who live in the state of Georgia. This is not a joking matter and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Our rights are being challenged. Know your rights and know you have the right to challenge anyone or any entity that threatens to take your rights away!

-Natasha L. Foreman

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Action needed immediately to protect women’s health!

HB 954, a bill to practically prohibit abortions after 20 weeks, will be voted on by the Georgia House of Representatives in the next few days. The procedure would be available only if the woman’s life was in danger or if there was a serious risk of permanent physical impairment of a major bodily function. There are no exceptions for rape, incest or a woman’s mental health. This legislation is extreme and very dangerous because it takes away the doctor’s ability to render the most appropriate medical care for the patient. Many severe fetal anomalies are not discovered until 20 weeks or later. If this bill passes, women would be forced to continue a pregnancy even if the fetus has a medical condition which is incompatible with life.

Women should be able to decide, along with their doctor and their family, whether it makes sense to continue such a pregnancy.

The bill could be heard by the full House of Representatives any day now. Contact your representative now and ask them to VOTE NO on HB 954 because it will interfere with doctors’ ability to provide the most medically appropriate care for women. The Legislature just shouldn’t play politics with women’s health.

Call or email today–time is of the essence. You can find contact information for your legislator by going to: http://www.votesmart.org/. If you call and have to leave a message, be sure to say you are a voter in your legislator’s district and ask them to vote NO on HB 954!

Schedule for the next Women’s Capitol Briefing: Wednesday, March 21 at 8:00 am at Central Presbyterian Church. Please plan to be with us.

Please view the 2012 Legislative Agenda for Georgia Women for a Change

Georgia Women for a Change is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy organization that promotes progressive change for women and girls and their families in the state. We welcome women and men who believe that Georgia can do better. We believe that more women in public office will lead to better decision-making. We believe that more women speaking up in our own interest will inform a process that needs our voice.

Georgia Women for a Change ~ P.O. Box 55553, Atlanta, GA 30308 ~ 404.875.8184 ~ stephanie@gwomen.org