Director of Organizing

by Melissa Moore on Jun 17, 2022

I’m honored and humbled to announce my new position as Director of Organizing, a role that draws on my 15+ years of experience advancing gender justice in South Carolina. This is a brand new position at WREN that solidifies a commitment to growing our grassroots power! 

I started my career in 2005 as Executive Assistant at Alliance For Full Acceptance, moved to Field Director then Interim Director at SC Equality, fought for abortion access with Provide, Inc, built a social enterprise as Executive Director at We Are Family, and promoted housing justice through Housing For All- Mount Pleasant. It’s been a beautiful and complicated journey to this place, and I couldn’t be more grateful to serve you!  

The last two years amount to one of the toughest legislative sessions I’ve experienced in South Carolina, and as you can tell from my humble brag, I’ve been around a long time. I’m proud of our solidarity across movements as we got two proactive bills across the finish line while fighting anti-LGBTQ_, racist, white supremacist, and anti-abortion bigotry in our state. None of our successes would have been possible without you! 

We hit the ground running this Spring with an incredible rapid response team, Kenya Cummings and Timicia Grant. Together, we generated thousands of legislator phone calls, tens of thousands of text messages, and countless sweaty rallies and press conferences at the statehouse. 

The coming months will test us all, and I look forward to traveling the state to build relationships with you. Relationships must come before the work, but you can bet there will be opportunities to build our collective power through grassroots outreach, phone and text banking, neighborhood canvassing, tabling, rallies, legislator outreach, skillshares, art, dance (always), and healing spaces. I intend to co-create opportunities for meaningful engagement that center the needs and lived experiences of the people most impacted by gender injustice in our state. If I fall short of serving you, especially my BIPOC siblings, poor and working people, LGBTQ+ (especially my QTs), all women, disabled comrades, and gender justice warriors, I promise to hold myself accountable and listen to your feedback! 

I invite you to join our outreach team by telling us your skills and interests! We may not contact you right away, but we will touch base in the months to come.

Thank you for this opportunity to build with you! Let’s do this!

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