Monday, September 22, 2008

Meeting pro-choice voters

Created by: Angie
On Friday night, Jillian and I tabled for NARAL Pro-Choice America at the Indigo Girls concert in Stamford. Our message was simple and clear. We asked people to sign a petition asking Congress to pass the Prevention Through Affordable Access Act (S.2347/H.R.4054), which would reverse the effects of a bill that inadvertently raised the price of birth control. We handed out stickers and buttons with pro-choice messages, and we had literature that illustrated why Obama is the pro-choice candidate this election.

It was a great experience, and a lot of fun, too. The crowd was overwhelmingly pro-choice, and very pro-Obama as well. No one declined to sign the petition. People thanked us for what we were doing. Women shared our outrage at the insult of Sarah Palin. There were even a few people who said would otherwise support McCain if not for his anti-choice position. It was empowering, and seeing the variety of our pro-choice supporters (straight and gay; men, women, even kids) served as a great reminder that this movement is broad and it is mainstream. It's important to all of us. People will go to the polls to vote pro-choice this November.


Anonymous said...

This is very encouraging indeed - thanks for being there and thanks for sharing the positive pro-choice sentiment that you experienced. Hope that we need that the change we need is coming . . .

Angie said...

I'm glad you liked it! It's nice to share feel-good experiences, and I think it's important for people to know they are not alone. Thanks for the comment - please, keep the feedback coming!