Who We Are...
Women Rising Up & SW Michigan Rising Up are committed to disseminating information on issues of equality and social justice, and to encouraging related ongoing conversation and action.
Based in southwest Michigan, WRU & SWMRU were founded in the wake of the 2016 presidential election by a small group of women who felt driven to take a stand. By engaging with other women with shared concerns, membership grew quickly and exponentially. Today, the group’s members work collectively to make a positive difference in the lives of our friends and families, our respective communities, our nation, and our beloved earth. While WRU has a core membership consisting of exclusively women, SWMRU was created in effort to include our many male allies.
Our group focuses on four core values: Human and Civil Rights, Education, our Environment, and Health. Because each of these issues transcends party lines, we consider ourselves a trans-partisan group. We favor inclusive solutions that consider multiple political party perspectives, and believe in the power of collaboration and varying points of view. We strive to preserve laws that protect the rights of all humans and the earth that we share, and to peacefully resist attempts to oppress or suppress marginalized groups, individuals, or information. Women Rising Up welcomes all women, regardless of ethnicity, gender identity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religious views, age, and abilities. We support principles over personalities, actions over appearances, and positivism over pessimism.
We welcome you!
“Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
-- Frederick Douglass