Our URGE chapter at Agnes Scott College is back! After a brief, hiatus, the chapter hit the ground running at its first chapter meeting. Next semester, the chapter leadership plans to create a reproductive justice festival to educate their campus on the movement and what’s really at stake under new President, Donald Trump.
URGE gives emerging leaders the tools they need to organize, network, and exchange ideas. URGE aims to build a youth centered agenda and mobilize communities for gender equity and reproductive justice, and Agnes Scott’s chapter is committed to furthering those goals across campus.
Agnes Scott College hosted their annual Sextravaganza this March! Sextravaganza is a three day event focused on sexual health outreach and education. Students partnered with campus and community groups, hosted a safe(r) sex presentation, and collected signatures in support of the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act! With a 20% increase in participation, it was definitely a successful year!
They recently hosted a female holocaust survivor on campus to talk to young people about her experience in Auschwitz as a woman. They also participated in our national Valentines Day of Action – collecting 25 valentines asking Congress to “Listen up, or We’re Breaking up” and “get your hands off my birth control.”
On July fourth, as my family draws to the dining room table, our conversation turns to politics. My mother mentions blocking hate speech on Twitter, resulting in users getting kicked off, my uncle feels attacked and argues, “if we say freedom of speech, that means all speech.” Why should we censor some speech and not others? Why is it permissible that “oppositional” speech be omitted? On June 26th, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a 5-4 ruling involving this matter in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra, Attorney General of California. The NIFLA v. Becerra case grappled with the regulation of speech at so-called “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” (CPCs) in California. The State, via the California Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency Act… Read more »