Time to #PinkOutTheVote
Electing reproductive health champions has always been something that was extremely important to me. As someone who got involved in politics because they saw Wendy Davis’ filibuster in Texas against restrictions on abortion access, I have always understood that there is a lot at stake for reproductive rights. My background in politics goes back further than my issue based organizing experience but I believe they go hand in hand. I started with Planned Parenthood as a Generation Action intern. Starting in the spring meant that it was the legislative session, and I was so excited to organize and work to push legislation that Planned Parenthood had prioritized. My newfound interest in issue based organizing and my love for politics brought me to the Power of Pink Conference in Pittsburgh. Power of Pink was Planned Parenthood’s biggest national volunteer leadership event ever. The goal was to get ready to kick off electoral work for the fall and to strategize to fight for our issues in 2016 and beyond. Being able to learn from volunteers from all over the country, national board members, and everyone in between has provided me with a different kind of perspective that allows me to see Connecticut through both a local and national lens. Through various trainings, breakout sessions, and caucuses I became prepared to organize for our issues in Connecticut and to #PinkOutTheVote.
I’ve made the commitment to get trained and support Planned Parenthood Votes! CT in this way because sexual and reproductive health, rights, and freedom are all at stake in November. We know that the stakes are high for reproductive health in the presidential election, but the stakes also couldn’t be higher in down ballot races. This summer I have been doing electoral work for Planned Parenthood Votes! Connecticut. From sending out our candidate survey, doing hours of candidate research, and hopping on calls with the board, I am certain we have made the right choice. Our PAC has endorsed Senator Terry Gerratana of the 6th District and Senator Marilyn Moore of the 22nd District before their August 9 primaries. These women have been reproductive health champions, and their records speak for themselves. We need more people like Senator Gerratana and Senator Moore in office, and we need volunteer support to make that happen. Everyone’s reason for volunteering at Planned Parenthood is different, but they all have one thing in common. No matter our background or life experiences, we all believe that folks deserve access to reproductive health, and they deserve to have that access protected in our legislature. Please join me in volunteering at one of our upcoming phone banks August 2nd and August 3rd 5:30-8:30PM, August 6th 10:00AM-1:00PM and 3:00PM-6:00PM, August 8th, 5:30-8:30PM, and August 9th, 9AM-7PM. I can’t wait to continue all of our hard work, and with the elections not being until November, we’re really just getting started!