#PinkOutTheVote: A commitment to our communities
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania got a taste of what it looks like when Planned Parenthood sets our sights on winning big for our communities in the upcoming election! What Pittsburgh saw on May 14, at our largest volunteer gathering ever, is a ground game so strong that over 1,000 volunteers from across the country came together to train-up, go back home to our states, and win. We’re working to not only win the Presidential election, but state races that will directly impact the lives of our patients, supporters, and our communities. Connecticut and Rhode Island brought our folks down with us and needless to say, this election is going to see some of our strongest efforts we’ve ever made to impact voters at home!
Together, our volunteers got trained on everything from using storytelling and narrative to shift power, to building leadership across communities in the reproductive freedom movement, and how to create strategic plans to win elections on the city, state, and national level. They even got to hear directly from Pittsburgh city council members, the mayor of Pittsburgh, and a lead strategist from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Most importantly, we got the chance to connect and share wisdom with the people who make up our movement from around the country, and that is one of the key ingredients to shifting power this November and ensuring we have the right folks in office - leaders who will take the hard votes needed for our communities to truly thrive.
This past session we saw a budget that will deeply impact our communities here in CT. It slashed funds across the board, from AIDS services, to rape crisis funding streams, and even school based health centers where many young folks encounter the medical system for the first time as adolescents. Collectively, our communities took a direct hit and fighting back and standing in solidarity is going to mean fighting to build power, demanding legislative victories, and winning elections. Together, the five volunteers who came down with us on a 7 hour bus ride to Pittsburgh (or what we’ve affectionately dubbed “Pinks-burgh”) last weekend, committed to volunteering 22 hours a week between now and November. That means for 22 hours a week, we know we have young leaders working to reach our goal of getting over 500 people registered to vote in CT, to talk to voters across the state, and to make sure our supporters make it to the polls on November 8th. That’s an unbelievable commitment, but we can’t do it alone. We’re relying on each one of our supporters to meet their commitment and make pledges of their own. So, tell our young leaders you hear their energy and that you’re right there with them by heading over to signup to get involved. Together, we can strive to shift power, influence policy change, and achieve true reproductive freedom for our communities!
(pictured clockwise from left: Allie Kazlauskas, Gretchen Marino, Kailah Waheed, Erika Sanchez, Shanique Reid, Tiara Mack, and Mayra Sierra)