(From The Campus Lantern – December 5, 2013)
As I stated in the last two installments of “Campus Action Corner,” 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 month’s installment of “Campus Action Corner,” I talked about dates to keep in mind in November; there are also a few important dates in December related to reproductive justice. Sunday, December 1st was World AIDS day. According to the official World AIDS Day website, the purpose of the day was “for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.” A new club on campus, the Black Student Union, will be tabling on Friday, December 6th in Webb Lobby from 12-6PM. Stop by to pick up pamphlets, pins, and ribbons and to learn more about the AIDS virus and other sexually transmitted infections. There will also be free HIV testing in the Student Center, courtesy of Health Services.
Tuesday, December 10th is International Human Rights Day. According to the United Nations’ website, in honor of its 20th anniversary, the theme of the day this year is “20 Years: Working for Your Rights.” This theme puts “emphasis on the future … [while] identifying the challenges that lie ahead.” International Human Rights Day is celebrated all over the world, including “at the headquarters of the High Commissioner’s office in Geneva, in New York and in more than 50 other countries.”
Deanna and I will be on campus this year putting on different events centered on reproductive justice. We would like to thank everyone who came to our last event of the semester, which was an Obamacare information session. We had a great turn-out and the crowd had such insightful questions and comments. We’re excited to work together with everyone on campus again next semester, and we look forward to seeing you at our events! Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.