October 2021 AAUW Little Rock, Inc. News
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Vaccinations and Wearing Masks for COVID-19: Supporting Health Care Providers and Minority Communities in Arkansas

Saturday, October 9
11:00 a.m.
(Zoom Meeting Link Below)

Tired of COVID - 19, but still have questions? Want to know what you can do to support positive public health initiatives?  Join us for an overview of COVID-19 in Arkansas and information on how we can continue to protect ourselves and others.

Speakers will include Cassie Cochran, Deputy Director for Public Health Programs at the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and  Gloria Bastidas, AAUW Little Rock Disparities Chair and an ADH Public Information Officer.Dr. Zenobia Harris, AAUW Little Rock Co-President and member of the ADH Monoclonal Antibody Team, will participate on the panel as well as moderate it.

Topic: AAUW Little Rock October Meeting
Time: Oct 9, 2021 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Gloria Bastidas is pictured below receiving a Coin of Excellence from the National Guard in May 2020 for her COVID public health work. (Honoring someone with a Coin of Excellence is a way for senior leadership to show their appreciation for a phenomenal job on the spot. It is more than just a thank you or a pat on the back – it is something tangible to remember the moment by.)

AR March for Reproductive Freedom
Little Rock, October 2nd at 3pm

On October 2, we’re going to send the Arkansas Legislature, the Supreme Court, and lawmakers across the country a clear, unified message. The attack on our reproductive rights will not be tolerated.

We will meet on the Capitol steps at 3:00 p.m., rain or shine. Bring your signs. Wear your mask.  AAUW

Thanks to all who agreed to staff the AAUW table for the March at the State Capitol. We will set up the AAUW table by 2p.m. If you have a friend who is interested in joining AAUW, please bring them to the AAUW table at the March so they can join with a half-price Shape the Future Membership.

If you haven't signed up for the March yet, you can do that here.  Details for the March in Little Rock:

Meeting Place: Front steps of Arkansas State Capitol
500 Woodlane St, Little Rock, AR 72201

March Route: Capitol steps to Cross Street and back (about 7 blocks total)

Speakers: Joyce Elliott (keynote), Holly Dickson (ACLU of AR Director), Dr. Anika Whitfield (AAUW LR member), Jamie McAdoo, + more to be announced

Additional details:
• Water & First Aid stations will be available.
• We will have private plain-clothes security within the crowd. LRPD and Capitol police will also be on-site.
• Trained Rally Marshalls will be on-hand for support and de-escalation if needed for any counter-protestors.
• Masks/Face Coverings are strongly encouraged. (masks will be available on-site)
• Port-a-potties will be available
What to wear: Anything you'd like. Red/white is our theme. Comfortable shoes are recommended.

Statement from AAUW National:

Every person should have the ability to make their own informed decisions regarding their reproductive life. It is beyond time for abortion to be secured legally, funded fully, and equitably available for all who need it, when they need it, without shame or stigma.  

Join us on October 2 and every day to
protect reproductive health and freedom!



All regular meetings are virtual and begin at 11 a.m. A Zoom link will be provided before the meeting.

September 11 - Regular Meeting (NCCWSL)

October 2 - March for Reproductive Freedom

October 9 - Regular Meeting (COVID)

November 13 - Regular Meeting (Diversity)

November 20 - Holiday Fundraising Event

December 11
-Regular Meeting


With all members vaccinated against COVID-19, the AAUW Tuesday Afternoon Book Club is planning to begin in-person meetings in members' homes.  Maria Jones will host the Book Club in her home in Little Rock on Tuesday, October 5th. Contact her by clicking here if you plan to attend.

AAUW Little Rock members are eligible and invited to participate. The Book Club meets at 12:30 pm on the first Tuesday of the month, October through May. They do not meet in January. Contact Diana Glaze, Book Club President, if you would like to join.



Share your announcements, events, awards, pictures, greetings and activities with other members.  Send to Maria Jones by clicking here and she will add to the next newsletter.

2021 AAUW LR Fundraiser will be a Rummage Sale 11/20

Please ..... please....Hold on to your stuff just a little longer! AAUW Little Rock will hold an OUTDOOR Holiday Rummage Sale instead of the normal holiday silent auction this year. We have the parking lot of the Unitarian Universal Church reserved for November 20th. We are working out the details, but in the meantime, we need you to collect your donations of items both small and large. Stay tuned for information on where to take them.

2021 Millage Vote in Little Rock on Tuesday, November 9th

Funding for the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) is on the ballot this November. A special election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 9. Registered voters who live in Little Rock are eligible to vote. To learn more about the request from CALS, click here.


Organizations that Impact Period Poverty in Central Arkansas:

Arkansas Women's Outreach

AWO promotes the well being of local homeless women through access to the basic items women need such as period products, underwear, wipes and condoms.

Little Rock School District Bright Futures

Bright Futures provides a path for communities to engage everyone in a collective movement to develop relationships and channel resources supporting education and enabling children to achieve success. You may contact them by emailing or calling (501) 350-3453.

Arkansas Period Poverty Project

The purpose of the APPP is striving for menstrual equity and education in Arkansas. They are currently focusing on providing free period products in public schools across Arkansas. 

And check out a related Arkansas business that very recently began in Little Rock. femPAQ produces feminine emergency kits. Click here for a recent news article about April Roy, the founder of the business.

With the surge of COVID-19 cases and after careful consideration by the Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame Board, a decision was reached to postpone the annual Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony until Wednesday, April 20, 2022.  (Former AAUW State President and current member Dr. Margaret Clark will be inducted.) Join together with AAUW members from across the state at an AAUW table to support Dr. Clark. Click here to email Felisha Perrodin, State President, if you can commit to buying a ticket ($200 each).

AAUW Little Rock Branch




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