(From The Campus Lantern – October 31, 2013)
As I stated in the last issue, I am currently taking part in an internship called Campus Action through Planned Parenthood of Southern New England with another Eastern student, Deanna Jimenez. As interns, our jobs are to be voices for reproductive justice on Eastern’s campus. Reproductive justice mixes reproductive rights with social justice – we advocate for freedom in reproduction and reproductive health for every social class, gender, race, sexual orientation, age, religion, etc.
In last week’s installment of “Campus Action Corner,” I talked about October dates to remember; there are also some dates in November related to reproductive justice to keep in mind. First off, November is Native American Heritage Month. According to the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the U.S. Department of the Interior, it is a month-long effort to gain “recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S.” Also, from November 25th through December 10th it is the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The main goal of those 16 days is to raise “awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels” (16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu).
Municipal elections are being held on Tuesday, November 5th this year. You can check your local town hall’s website, or stop by in person, to find out where voting locations are. Wednesday, November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR). Its purpose is “to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of anti-transgender violence.” TDoR brings “attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community” (www.glaad.org). Monday, November 25th is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 2013. According to the United Nations’ website, “[w]omen’s activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981.” On that date in 1960, “three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic,” were brutally assassinated “on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo” (www.un.org).
Deanna and I will be on campus this semester putting on different events centered on reproductive justice. Our next event will be disproving the myths and setting the facts straight about The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, which helps the 19 million young people like you who may currently lack health coverage potentially gain access to it. We’re excited to be working together with everyone on campus this year, and we look forward to seeing you at our events! Feel free to email us at ECSUcampusaction@gmail.com for more information.