Freedom Winter '06

Women's groups launch full-scale activist attack on Samuel Alito.

Published January 4, 2006 3:15PM (EST)

In an effort to stop the Supreme Court nomination of Samuel Alito, the Feminist Majority Foundation, NOW and the National Congress of Black Women have launched a major grass-roots organizing effort called Freedom Winter '06. "The future of civil rights and women's equality [is] on the line," they say.

This is not just one march or a bunch of nights of phone banking. It's a 10-day, full-court press that started Monday and goes through next Friday. Students on break and others with flextime should check out the info at the FMF's Web site:

"Activists arriving Tuesday, January 3, 2006 - Friday, January 13, 2006 should go to the Lutheran Church of the Reformation located at 212 East Capitol St. NE, Washington, DC 20003 ... When you arrive in DC, you will be briefed, trained, and placed on an action team to maximize your input and impact."

The action teams will get medieval on Alito thusly: They will help plan and execute public education events such as rallies and information briefings, create Hill visibility against Alito, phone activists to update them and encourage them to contact their senators, attend -- and blog on -- confirmation hearings, activate small community-based organizations and generate media coverage (here's some!) of Freedom Winter itself.

If you can get there, your efforts will be rewarded with "light breakfast and coffee served each morning," and the feeling that you're doing more than sitting at home complaining. Those who can't get to D.C. can sit at home complaining, and donating to this campaign.

By Lynn Harris

Award-winning journalist Lynn Harris is author of the comic novel "Death by Chick Lit" and co-creator of She also writes for the New York Times, Glamour, and many others.

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