Your Step-by-Step Guide to Hosting a Virtual NIM

education Apr 30, 2020

After hosting a member-wide virtual NIM (Neighborhood Information Meeting) earlier this month (and an entire conference the month before), we've learned a thing or two about hosting virtual gatherings. In this guide, we'll share our tips for hosting your own online NIM with family and friends, including selecting a topic, sending out the invites, and using our ready-made resources.

  1. Select a topic. Every month this year, MWEG is releasing a new discussion topic that is relevant to our...
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Executive Order on Immigration Does Not Make Our Country Safer

shoulder to shoulder Apr 30, 2020

President Trump announced his intentions of “prohibiting immigration into our Country” and just last week signed an executive order halting the issuance of green cards, a legal avenue to citizenship. This order covers a very narrow area of immigration law, implies migrants are worsening the effects of the pandemic, and does nothing to make our country more secure.

The executive order largely targets individuals who have been seeking entry to the U.S. legally for years or, for...

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Announcing New Blog; Guidance on Finding the Official Positions of MWEG

We are pleased to announce the launch of “Voices of MWEG,” a blog featuring the work of individual members of Mormon Women for Ethical Government. You can find it at www.womenmakingpeace.org. Empowering women and highlighting their unique voices is an important part of our mission, and this new space will amplify voices you might not otherwise hear. It is already filled with wise and thoughtful words written by the women of MWEG.

Our membership is ideologically,...

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Release Detainees Now

education and action Apr 14, 2020

By Christie Black, senior director of the engage limb over sustained advocacy, and Carmen Cutler, a sustained action specialist.

COVID-19 has changed the way we live, work, and learn in the United States, in the all-important effort to slow the spread of this virus. Difficult as these changes have been, most of us are fortunate to be able to socially distance and practice proper hygiene. Inside Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers, however, conditions remain...

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Education: What Is Vote-By-Mail?

education and action Mar 31, 2020

By Lisa Rampton Halverson, MWEG Education Limb Director

The election of 1864 was held in the midst of civil war — a national crisis of a magnitude our country had never seen before and has not seen since. One German-born commentator was shocked when the nation went ahead with elections. But Abraham Lincoln knew that if they allowed the flames of the Civil War to engulf the elections of 1864, the very republic he fought to preserve would also risk ruin. He said, “We cannot...

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Update on COVID-19 and Immigration

education and action Mar 19, 2020

By Christie Black, MWEG Senior Engage Director

Many of us are focused on our own social distancing and coping with the stress of strange schedules and new routines. Some of us are shuffling to find childcare or replacement income for lost work. All of these struggles are real and valid. As we deal with our own trials, may we also keep in mind those refugees who are unable to work or social distance while in U.S. custody or in camps, both at our southern border and around the world.

Asylum...

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Official Statement from Mormon Women for Ethical Government on the Coronavirus Pandemic

official statement Mar 13, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has brought into sharp relief the degree to which we are all interconnected. We prayerfully plead that we meet this knowledge not with selfishness or indifference, but instead with a renewed determination to work together to mitigate exposure and suffering. This effort must be made both by governments and individuals. 

We can all act in ways that preserve both human life [1] and the cohesion of local and global communities. We must responsibly follow the World...

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Official Statement from Mormon Women for Ethical Government on Judiciary Independence

official statement Mar 10, 2020

One of the basic institutions of our democracy is an independent judiciary — one that is free from external pressure and political threats that arise from the other co-branches of government. Keeping distance between branches creates and instills trust in the judiciary by assuring each individual access to a fair and uninfluenced judicial system.

In the past two weeks, we have seen attacks on the judiciary from both the executive branch and the legislative branch of our government.

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Op-Eds: A Crash Course

Uncategorized Mar 05, 2020

by Lisa Rampton Halverson, MWEG Education Limb Director, and Meredith Grunke Gardner, MWEG Media Literacy Team Lead

Op-eds can be some of the most thought-provoking — and controversial — sections of news publications, both in print and online. Last month, MWEG’s media literacy team set out to clarify what op-eds are (you might be surprised what the “op” stands for), how they can be useful (and not so useful), and why and how you can find your voice and write your...

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MWEG Impeachment Advocacy Timeline

In September, MWEG members across the nation began focusing attention on the impeachment process. Our response to this historic event was driven by a desire to help transform citizens as much as leaders.

As the Ukraine scandal began to unfold, our members began crowd-sourcing neutral and comprehensive information about actors, processes, norms, and political relationships. As the House moved toward impeachment, we discussed together what the process would look like as well as historical...

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