Each demonstration, each event — big and small — that our activists host or participate in is an important effort toward resisting Trump’s deadly agenda and promoting the health, empowerment, and rights of people all around the world.
Join us in the resistance by texting FIGHT to 52886, visiting IWillFight4HER.org, and following our sister organization, Population Connection Action Fund, on Twitter (twitter.com/popconnect) and Facebook (facebook.com/PopConnectAction). We need your support to push our movement forward!
World Contraception Day, September 26
We joined Planned Parenthood Generation Action and NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina to co-host the “Defending Access at Home and Abroad” panel at Duke University. The event featured local, national, and international perspectives on reproductive health from human rights activist Lisa Shannon, NARAL-NC student advocate Anna Katz, and Gender Studies Professor Kimberly Lamm. Population Connection Field Coordinator Lauren Salmiery moderated.
Our sister organization, Population Connection Action Fund, co-sponsored a Twitter chat with CHANGE and columnist and non-fiction author Jennifer Wright. The chat prompted 320 people to tweet or retweet 870 posts using #TrumpGlobalGag, potentially reaching over 1.6 million Twitter users. Several notable influencers engaged in our chat, including author and actress Mara Wilson (Matilda, Mrs. Doubtfire).
SisterSong’s “Let’s Talk About Sex” Conference in New Orleans
Our Deputy Field Director, Tanisha Humphrey, along with Field Coordinator Lauren Salmiery and Field Organizer Lindsay Apperson, presented the workshop “Advocacy in Action: Defending Global Reproductive Rights in the Face of 45.” The conference welcomed over 1,000 attendees who gathered together to talk about ways to strengthen the voices of women of color in reproductive justice.
Pride Festivals in Colorado and North Carolina
We tabled at pride festivals in Aurora, CO, and Charlotte, NC, to support LGBTQ rights and highlight how Trump’s Global Gag Rule will harm access to healthcare for LGBTQ people all around the world. At Aurora Pride we collected over 100 #Fight4HER petition signatures, and 45 people sent photo petitions featuring our cardboard cutout of Sen. Cory Gardner directly to him via Twitter. We collected several hundred #Fight4HER petition signatures at Charlotte Pride.
International Safe Abortion Day, September 28
We teamed up with the Population Institute, Reproaction, Advocates for Youth, and Physicians for Reproductive Health to make some noise for safe abortion access at our own cacerolazo (English translation: casserole — a type of very noisy protest popular in Latin America). We gathered outside the White House with pots, pans, wooden spoons, cowbells, and almost anything that could make racket to let Donald Trump know that supporters of safe abortion are watching.
Activists in New Hampshire also held a mini-cacerolazo with about twenty students.
Advocates in Nevada and Pennsylvania created a coat hanger display to remind viewers what happens when abortion is illegal and/or inaccessible.
Supporters in Ohio and Colorado held photo petitions so constituents could tell their members of Congress to repeal Trump’s Global Gag Rule and keep abortion safe, legal, and accessible.
International Day of the Girl Child, October 11
Nearly fifty students, volunteers, and activists at the University of Denver in Colorado highlighted the challenges faced by girls around the world. They shared their support for the health and empowerment of girls everywhere by writing messages on paper dolls to create a moving visual display.