Capitol Hill Days 2019

We were thrilled to be joined in DC by nearly 350 activists from 28 states for Capitol Hill Days! Together, we expanded our understanding of global reproductive health policies and practices, listened to each other’s experiences as advocates, and took our activism straight to our representatives on Capitol Hill to urge the passage of the Global HER Act.

On Friday, March 29, we kicked off Capitol Hill Days (CHD) with our #Fight4HER Rally to End Trump’s Global Gag Rule. Over 100 supporters joined us for an energizing demonstration outside of the White House. A diverse group of speakers emphasized the destructive effects of the Global Gag Rule on patients in the developing world, and called for the immediate passage of the Global HER Act, as well as an investment of $1.6 billion in international family planning, including $111 million for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

At our welcome reception on Friday evening, we presented Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV-1) with our fifth annual Empower Her, Empower Humanity award for her work as a fierce champion for global reproductive rights in the U.S. House of Representatives. Christina Godinez, a legislative assistant for Rep. Titus, accepted the award on her behalf.

“This event is always the highlight of my year, and has gotten me to be active in local politics since becoming involved.”

“I have learned so much from this, and I can’t wait to implement and progress. Thank you for this awesome opportunity to #Fight4HER, and for allowing me to share it with my best friend.”

“#Fight4HER has given me opportunities I never used to think possible, and I am honored to be here fighting for reproductive rights for everyone.”

“I learned so much and met many wonderful, truly inspiring individuals. I have been telling my classmates, coworkers, and peers about my overwhelmingly positive experience.”

I learned so much and met many wonderful, truly inspiring individuals. I have been telling my classmates, coworkers, and peers about my overwhelmingly positive experience.”

Supporters in the crowd are energized for a weekend of action as they hear from a diverse group of speakers calling on Congress and the Trump administration to permanently end the Global Gag Rule. Special thanks to our coalition partners who joined us: Catholics for Choice, Center for Reproductive Rights, CHANGE, Equality California, Feminist Majority Foundation, NARAL Pro-Choice America, National Organization for Women (DC), Planned Parenthood Advocates for DMV, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Population Institute

We welcomed participants to DC with a Friday evening reception—a chance to get to know #Fight4HER activists from other states and to network with event speakers.

We welcomed participants to DC with a Friday evening reception—a chance to get to know #Fight4HER activists from other states and to network with event speakers.

Christina Godinez (middle) accepts the Empower Her, Empower Humanity award from #Fight4HER organizers Amanda Murray (left) and Emily Brzozowski (right).

Robin Bell, artist and filmmaker, and janet e. dandridge [sic], artivist (art activist), snap a selfie with a room packed with CHD participants after their engaging session, “Activism Through an Artist’s Perspective.”

Cynthia Greenlee, PhD, delivers the weekend’s keynote address, moving the audience with the untold stories of black political leaders she has uncovered throughout her career as a writer and historian.

An international panel of speakers discuss the far-reaching effects of maternal mortality on women in Kenya, Guatemala, and the United States.

Activists from 28 states joined us in Washington, DC!

#Fight4HER Tucson organizer Kristen Godfrey leads the thought-provoking workshop, “Intersectionality and Solidarity,” motivating participants to incorporate racial and gender inclusivity into their reproductive rights activism, especially as it relates to trans and non-binary folks.

Participants during the workshop “Intersectionality and Solidarity"

Stacie Murphy, Director of Congressional Relations, leads the training, “The Politics of International Family Planning,” to prepare participants for their upcoming meetings with their senators and representatives on Capitol Hill.

A participant asks a question during “The Politics of International Family Planning"

A participant asks a question during “The Politics of International Family Planning"

Arizona constituents thank Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ-9) for her cosponsorship of the Global HER Act and for her unwavering commitment to reproductive rights

Wisconsin constituents visit the office of Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI-2)

Nevada constituents snap a photo after thanking Sens. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) for their cosponsorship of the Global HER Act

Nevada constituents visit the office of Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV-1), who received our Empower Her, Empower Humanity award

North Carolina constituents fill the hallway outside the office of Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC)

Arkansas constituents visit the office of Rep. French Hill (R-AR-2)

New Hampshire constituents thank reproductive rights champions Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), who introduced the Global HER Act in the Senate, and Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a cosponsor

New Hampshire constituents thank reproductive rights champions Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), who introduced the Global HER Act in the Senate, and Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a cosponsor

Participants navigate their way through the halls of Congress

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