Rep. Antonio, Sen. Tavares Call On Congress To End Political Showdown
100 woman state legislators gathered in DC to help prevent government shutdown
September 30, 2013
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With a government shutdown seemingly imminent, State Representative Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and State Senator Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus) — along with 100 women legislators and 100 women community leaders from more than 35 states —gathered in Washington D.C. this morning  to call on Congress to work together to end the brinksmanship and get back to business doing the work of the American people.

"Certainly our schools and local governments could benefit from some community investments and elected lawmakers getting back to the business of serving the people," said Rep. Antonio, Ohio State Director for WiLL.

The group is part of Women's Action for New Directions (WAND) and its program Women Legislators' Lobby (WiLL), a national nonpartisan network of women state legislators who work together to influence federal policy and budget priorities. Rep. Nickie J. Antonio serves as the Ohio State Director for WiLL and is among the 100 women state lawmakers gathered in Washington D.C. this week.

Sen. Tavares, Board Chair of the WAND Education Fund, “If we had more women at the tables of power in Congress, we would be able to negotiate and compromise in order to address the American people. Where there is a WiLL, there is a way”

"57 percent of our nation's discretionary budget goes to Pentagon spending," said Georgia State Sen. Nan Grogan Orrock, President of WiLL. "If we stopped continuously throwing money at Cold War-era weapons and trying to build new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters that have yet to work, we could rebuild our roads, invest in our educational system and provide adequate services for our returning veterans - all without jeopardizing our economy and credit rating like Congress is doing today."

WAND is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering 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, and consists of a 501-C3 WAND Education Fund, a 501-C4 WAND Inc. Action Center for members and chapters, WAND Political Action Committee, and the Women Legislator's Lobby (WiLL) program. WAND is a recognized United Nations NGO. For more information, please visit

WiLL is a national, nonpartisan network of over 700 women state legislators who work together to influence federal policy and budget priorities. For more information, please visit

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