Mar 14, 2019

Grassroots Spotlight - Sara, Downtown Women for Change

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Grassroots Leader Spotlights highlight the work of activist leaders across the country who are doing meaningful and innovative work to strengthen their communities. To read more about other leaders, scroll to the bottom of this article to browse profiles from around the country.

Meet Sara of Downtown Women for Change (Feb 2019)

Can you tell us a bit about your group? What is Downtown Women for Change’s mission? Downtown Women for Change is a grassroots organization founded by New York women committed to preserving and advancing women’s rights, supporting women and girls in the U.S., and working to elect progressive, democratic, pro-choice candidates to political office with a focus on female candidates.

What is your role at Downtown Women for Change?
Communications team

Any recent successes you’d like to share?
Last fall, DWC held a Night of Action and fundraiser at the Lower Eastside Girls Club for candidates Alessandra Biaggi (SS- 34), Max Rose (NY -11 US Congress), and Katie Muth (PA State Senate 44), all of whom went on to win their races. We also heard from inspiring speakers Councilmember Carlina Rivera, Councilmember Helen Rosenthal, and the Lower Eastside Girls. DWC members organized numerous get out the vote and fundraising events. Since the election, DWC has hosted a panel discussion with female New York State Assembly and Senate members on legislation affecting women in NY State and how our members can ensure that legislation is passed. We have mobilized in support of the RHA and related bills, we have lobbied in Albany, and, as members of the True Blue Coalition, have joined with other organizations to form the New York People’s Agenda. We have joined with other feminist advocates to form an advisory group, the “Women’s Table" with the Lt. Governor, met with our colleagues Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and WHARR to protect reproductive rights nationwide, and endorsed Dawn Smalls for NYC public advocate. We are currently in the process of organizing our efforts on behalf of the ERA.

Upcoming events? Ways people can get involved with Downtown Women for Change?
DWC is active in many ways. For example, in the next few weeks the following events are scheduled: We are co-sponsors of the Fair Elections For New York town hall on February 23. We are hosting Alessandra Biaggi’s first fundraiser of the year February 28. We are testifying at the NY State Budget Forum on March 2. We will be lobbying with Planned Parenthood in Albany March 12. See our calendar for DWC events and partner events!

Anyone you’re looking to connect with?
DWC welcomes female activists at all levels, with all levels of experience. We are a self-funded organization that offers a wide range of activist opportunities.

How can folks get in touch with you?
I can be contacted directly at my personal email ( and the DWC email is