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Featured Activist Spring 2013 - Gaylene & Elliot
I had such a wonderful time volunteering this past weekend and am looking forward to doing it on a regular basis for the rest of the semester. I was pleasantly surprised by all of the support we got and how many people stopped by just to applaud our efforts of promoting the Madison Planned Parenthood. We had a hard time even packing up because every time we tried to put the clipboards away, someone would walk up and want to sign their name! Thank you for letting me have this volunteer opportunity; it is a very fulfilling experience for me.
I really enjoyed volunteering this past Saturday, it was INSPIRING! I am looking forward to tabling for the Farmers Market this Saturday.
Attending the senate committee hearing...opened my eyes to the strong opposition we face as women. Seeing so many anti-choice people and hearing their testimony made me remember that there are a lot of people who do not believe in comprehensive affordable health care for all women. I left this hearing with a renewed perspective on the urgency and importance that surrounds everything Planned Parenthood does.
At Planned Parenthood I have learned a lot about… an organization that truly helps families and cares about women’s health issues, whether they have insurance or not. Before this last election, I tried to work as much as I could on phone banks and computer updating. I really felt a part of something I believe in. I was also a part of the team that helped to spread the word to many others about candidates that support the issues that are important to me. It was exciting!
Reproductive justice is important for me personally. The reason I volunteer with Planned Parenthood isn’t all about me, though. Every signature I collect and every phone call I make to a Wisconsin voter helps to ensure reproductive freedom and healthcare choices for all Wisconsin women and families. As a woman and as a citizen my health and the health and well being of my fellow Wisconsinites is critical to the overall economic, social, and political welfare of our state and our country.