What is MWEG?
Mormon Women for Ethical Government (MWEG) is a nonpartisan group dedicated to the ideals of honor, decency, accountability, transparency, and justice in governing. We are at once watchdogs and activists. Our goal is to share information, organize, mobilize, and act with the intent of both impeding unlawful and/or unethical proceedings and promoting positive change.
Who are we?
We are SAHMs, attorneys, professors, doctors, soccer moms, political scientists, artists, writers, teachers, Relief Society presidents, nursery leaders, butchers, bakers, candlestick makers. We are women from all over the globe and all over the political spectrum, united in purpose and vision.
How do I join?
Please click on the “JOIN” tab at the top of our homepage. By entering your information into the form there, you will be added to our main MWEG Facebook Group/private discussion board as well as to the appropriate state or region chapter.
Can only women join?
For now, yes. At MWEG, we draw on a long tradition of Mormon female activism hearkening back to our stalwart suffragist foremothers and believe there is tremendous power in sisterhood. As one of our members put it, there is no stopping a group of mobilized Mormon women!
Can only Mormons join?
No! As long as you share our vision (see “ABOUT US“) and as long as you don’t mind being associated with a group that is called Mormon Women for Ethical Government, we would be delighted to have you! (You do have to be a woman, though.)
Are you affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?
Mormon Women for Ethical Government is a private organization and is not affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We do, however, fully sustain, honor, and uphold the Church’s doctrines and leaders.
What are your guiding principles?
As stated in our official group description, “Members of this group honor the rule of law and are absolutely committed to civility and respectful discourse and conduct. We pledge to uphold all the core principles of peacemaking. We will not engage in name-calling, vitriol, or hate speech of any kind. We will seek to understand all sides of every issue before taking action.”
In our role as watchdogs and activists, our touchstone is to ask, “Is it legal?” and “Is it ethical?”* If the answer is no to either (or both) of those questions, then we move to oppose it.
*We have chosen to adopt the definition of ethics proposed by Velasquez, Andre, Shanks, and Meyer in an article that appeared in Issues in Ethics IIE V1 N1 (Fall 1987; revised in 2010): “Ethics refers to well-founded standards of right and wrong that prescribe what humans ought to do, usually in terms of rights, obligations, benefits to society, fairness, or specific virtues. Ethics, for example, refers to those standards that impose the reasonable obligations to refrain from rape, stealing, murder, assault, slander, and fraud. Ethical standards also include those that enjoin virtues of honesty, compassion, and loyalty. And, ethical standards include standards relating to rights, such as the right to life, the right to freedom from injury, and the right to privacy. Such standards are adequate standards of ethics because they are supported by consistent and well-founded reasons.”
Why such strict guidelines?
If we are to be successful, we must be united. And we cannot be united unless we share the same vision. And that vision includes an absolute commitment to civility and kindness in word and in deed and a pledge to live by the core principles of nonviolent resistance (as practiced by Gandhi and King and as laid out in our official group description). We understand that not everyone in the world would agree that this is the best way to stand for truth and justice. Some want to rant and rail and throw things. We acknowledge that we sometimes want to do that too. But we also acknowledge that as disciples of Jesus Christ, we have been called to a higher path. And we are unwavering in our commitment to that path.
What specific issues do you focus on?
Anything that is illegal and/or unethical. We have particular interest in defending and supporting the basic rights and dignity of our brothers and sisters throughout the world, whatever their race, gender, or religion. We also seek to celebrate kindness, goodness, and justice wherever we see it. We stand in defense of the fundamental values of our democracy and our Constitution.
Are you an anti-Trump group?
No. We are a pro-ethics group. We refuse to normalize or accept behavior, rhetoric, or policy that disregards the rule of law, the Constitution, the core principles of decency and honor, and basic human rights.
We are also a staunchly nonpartisan group. We welcome women of all political persuasions who share our vision and are committed to the ideals of civility, respect, compassion, and love. The dismay we feel over the current state of affairs has little to do with politics. It’s not about Democrats vs. Republicans, or liberals vs. conservatives. It’s about right vs. wrong.
One of the core principles of nonviolent resistance, which serve as guideposts for all we do at MWEG, states that “nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice/evil, not people.” This is an important distinction. So, for our group, for Mormon Women for Ethical Government, it’s not about whether we are Trump supporters or anti-Trump; it’s about whether or not the actions, orders, policies, appointments, etc. of any of our leaders are lawful and ethical. If they are not, we will oppose those things with all the love and ferocity we possess.
We welcome every single one of you and value your voices and willingness to engage.
Sharlee Mullins Glenn, MWEG Founder