It’s quite impossible to sum up the last two days. But let’s try!
To begin with, the Woman Project is endlessly grateful to the Center for Reproductive Rights for their tireless work on behalf of reproductive freedom.
It was an education, and one that will continue, to spend time with our counterparts from around the country. What a wealth of leadership and dedication.
And the Center for Reproductive Rights evidenced some of the best in advocacy and coalition building. The participants were intersectional and the environment was inclusive. From a voice to the needs of youth and the LGBGTQ communities, to conversations on racial inequities and systematic oppression, these two days laid the groundwork for diverse groups to identify yet more opportunities for collaboration.
TWP met with Senators Whitehouse and Senator Reed, and the offices of Congressperson Cicilline and Congressperson Langevin. All of these meetings were productive, though we extend particular gratitude to Senator Whitehouse and Congressperson Cicilline, who have already singed on to the Women’s Health Protective Act. WHPA would provide, if passed, a federal protection to slow, or stop, many of the state laws aimed at removing a woman’s right to determine her reproductive future.
And last, but not least a huge shout of thanks to Katy Joseph of Catholics for Choice who spent 24 hours with The Woman Project. She was an amazing guide to have as we raced between meetings. (She has officially been trained as a Quilt Handler too!)