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A LETTER FROM PAT WIRTH ABOUT THE TURNING POINT SUFFRAGIST MEMORIAL
We’re in the midst of a resurgence of political participation in American democracy. In 2017, women marched for equality in unprecedented numbers. They flooded their representatives’ phone lines and filled town halls across the country to make their voices heard on critical issues. Thousands of women attended programs to learn how to run for office; they not only declared their candidacies in record numbers, but they won in record numbers.
Today’s equal rights advocates are reminiscent of what millions of women, known as suffragists, began fighting for in 1848 in a small town in upstate New York – Seneca Falls. They never gave up and won voting rights for every American woman. Five million crusaders from every walk of life fought 72 years to win the vote. Ratification of the 19th Amendment achieved the greatest expansion of democracy on a single day the world had ever seen, yet few know the full story behind this movement that included scores of women who picketed the White House who were falsely arrested, jailed, beaten, tortured and denied all civil liberties. Our association intends to honor all these unsung heroines with a national memorial that will elevate them and their triumph to their rightful place in history; it will be dedicated on the centennial anniversary of this significant milestone, August 26, 2020.
Your chance to make a legacy gift to help build this national memorial is rapidly closing. The unfinished business of honoring “America’s original wonder-women” – as I like to think of them – is a once in a life-time opportunity. We welcome all donations; for a minimum of $1,000 you can have your (or your designee’s) name inscribed on the memorial’s Donor Wall in perpetuity to become a part of our country’s living history. Large gifts, financial or in-kind, warrant naming rights of specific memorial design elements and other perks; pledges are welcome. We are anxious to complete the memorial so that we can establish the Turning Point Institute that will provide programming for youth from around the country to further the appreciation and advancement of America’s democratic values and electoral practices.
You most likely know that Congress just passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. There is concern that this may sharply reduce the number of taxpayers who qualify for the charitable tax deduction — a big driver of gifts to nonprofits. Please take advantage of making your and/or your company’s tax-deductible gift to Turning Point before December 31, 2017. Donations can be made on-line at www.suffragistmemorial.org or checks made payable to TPSMA can be mailed to Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association, 5400 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039.
For further information and to see renderings of the memorial please visit our website, www.suffragistmemorial.org. Kindly contact me directly with your questions at 703-201-3171 or by email. Thank you!
Warm regards, Pat Wirth
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