UTRGV chapters at Edinburgh and Brownsville celebrated Valentine’s Day with a letter-writing campaign to their members of Congress, state politicians, and #AbortionPositive advocates. Gov. Abbott, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Sen. John Cornyn all received letters demanding they act for their constituents. Planned Parenthood staff, Cecile Richards, and State Sen. Eddie Lucio all received thank yous for their pro-abortion, anti-border wall stances!
There may only be one clinic left in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley, but the activists working in the region aren’t stopping their work. Our URGE chapter at UTRGV spent the day escorting patients safely to the Whole Women’s Health clinic.
Activists for Reproductive Independence & Social Equity (ARISE) is an active chapter and Community Action Network (CAN) based in a border community in Texas that faces harsh restrictions on abortions access and intolerant rhetoric from anti-choice defenders. Nonetheless, young folks in the Rio Grande Valley advocate through campaign development, artivism, and more to educate their communities on reproductive rights and mobilizing young people to fight back against all forms of reproductive injustice. University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) also hosted a stop of the national #AbortionPositive tour in Spring of 2019. You can follow them on Instagram @URGE.RGV and on Twitter @URGERGV1.
This week, the Rio Grande Valley’s URGE chapter hosted our first Abortion Speakout in collaboration with the 1 in 3 Campaign. The purpose of the Abortion Speakout is to uplift abortion stories in order to remind people that abortion is not just a matter of politics, but something that affects real people. The 1 in 3 Campaign uses storytelling as a way to shift the narrative around abortion and move past the stigma attached to it. This year, we hosted the Speakout in honor of Jane Doe, one of the young immigrants held hostage by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Our chapter in the Rio Grande Valley put together a zine to collect local stories, art, and poetry as part of our Abortion Speakout. Stories from the 956: Abortion and Reproductive… Read more »