GEORGIA WAND EDUCATION FUND INC
Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) is an independent grassroots, woman-led organization that seeks to direct women's voices into a powerful movement for social change. WAND was established in 1982 by Helen Caldicott, long-time anti-nuclear activist and founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Atlanta WAND, the only Georgia Southeast chapter, was established a few years later in 1984. The name was later changed to Georgia Women's Action for New Directions as our membership grew and our impact was felt statewide. Georgia WAND has a diverse state and regional membership; weekly communications and an “alerts” network; a professional staff of four and a tight working relationship with National WAND and the Women’s Legislators Lobby (WiLL).
Georgia WAND’s entire program focus is devoted to progressive social change. The chapter is recognized as a bridge-building organization and a key coalition partner of the progressive community in Atlanta and the Southeast. Our chapter is well-positioned because of our coalition-building in Georgia’s political epicenter, which has the largest concentration of progressive activists and voters in the southeast. We have strong alliances with, and the respect of, civil rights leaders, labor leaders, students, people of faith, health advocates, environmental justice advocates, and women’s organizations. We have a diverse board of directors, an accomplished and dedicated advisory board, and an active supportive base of over 2,500. Our collaborative programs are designed for sustainable change, capacity building in communities and engagement in co-designed initiatives. Georgia WAND’s outreach efforts cross class, cultural, and racial boundaries. They include but are not limited to working with Concerned Black Clergy, Eco-Action, Southern Truth and Reconciliation, The Coalition for the Peoples’ Agenda, Georgia Rural Urban Summit and the Georgia Peace & Justice Coalition and southeast environmental groups working for clean air, clean water, and a carbon-free, nuclear free future.
Georgia WAND monitors activities and policy decisions that affect the Savannah River Site (SRS) and nuclear power plants. We translate technical information about nuclear weapons and waste, its effects on national security, and its environmental impacts into terms that are meaningful to our members and to the communities near nuclear facilities. Our involvement with the international Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) and IEER (Institute for Energy and Environmental Research) over the past decade strengthens our capability to disseminate updated and detailed information in a timely fashion that can enable communities to organize and take action.
As a compliment to our environmental justice work, we maintain working relations with our peace and justice, human rights and civil rights, and more traditional environmental community partners: Church Women United, Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America, Altamaha Riverkeepr, both Georgia and South Carolina Sierra Clubs and their radiation committees, the Georgia River Network, Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, Aiken Peace, South Carolina and Georgia League of Women Voters, Georgia Organics, and Georgia STAND UP (to name a few). We have intensified our working relationships and cooperative partnerships with Friends of the Earth, other strong members of Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, and women state legislators, especially in Georgia.
WAND empowers women to act politically to reduce violence and militarism, and redirect excessive military resources toward unmet human and environmental needs.
WAND was founded in 1982 as Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament. With the end of the cold war, we became Women's Action for New Directions, and have been dedicating our energies toward educating the public about federal budget priorities and the threat of nuclear proliferation and waste.
- To challenge and promote alternatives to militarism and violence as the solution to conflict.
- To shift from a military to a civilian-based economy to address the threats to our real security, ensuring that human, economic and environmental needs are met.
- To clean up environmental effects of nuclear weapons production as well as toxic waste at all military facilities, and prevent further contamination.
- To eliminate the testing, production, sale and use of weapons of mass destruction.
- To increase women's political leadership.
- To stand for nuclear non-proliferation and against the development of new nuclear weapons.
- To work towards a carbon-free and nuclear-free US energy policy
- Empowering Women to Act Politically:
- Women have had the vote since 1920, but as of 2003 only 2% of all U.S. Senators and Representatives ever elected in the history of Congress have been women.
- Women start the majority of new businesses
- Women-owned businesses are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. economy
- Women make about 80% of consumer decisions
- Women are the single largest group of health care consumers
- Women make the health care decisions in 3 out of 4 U.S. households
- Women are the primary caregivers in American society
- Women are the majority of voters
- Women are more than half of the population in the United States, So Why Aren’t Women Making at Least Half of the Decisions?