Rochester Responds to “Operation Save America” Targeting Rochester-area Reproductive Health Care Providers

Dear Rochester Reproductive Justice Advocates:
We are pleased to invite pro-choice supporters interested in volunteering to join us for a Legal Observation training at the First Unitarian Church on 220 S. Winton Road, on Thursday, July 18th and Monday July 22nd, from  7 – 9PM.

As many of you know, national anti-abortion extremist group Operation Save America (“OSA”) is targeting Rochester-area reproductive health care providers July 24-31. Here is a link to the event posted on the OSA website:

. (PLEASE NOTE: this is an anti-abortion website.)

Jenny Hernandez, Intern Campus Organizer for the Feminist Majority Foundation, will conduct the training. The Feminist Majority’s National Clinic Access Project was established to keep women’s health clinics open in the face of violence and intimidation and to bring anti-abortion terrorists to justice.

Volunteer Legal Observers are needed to help document anti-abortion extremist activities and conduct during the week OSA will be targeting area providers. All feminist activists are welcome as long as you are a trusted friend and advocate for women’s health willing to commit to peaceful non-engagement. The training will cover the following: the policy and practice of non-engagement and legal observation; relevant local, state and federal laws; logistics; a federal injunction against them; and the criminal and/or historical profiles and tactics of expected OSA leaders and followers.

If you cannot attend this time, please let us know if you are interested in attending a future training. If you think of someone else you know who is a strong women’s health advocate and might be interested in helping — someone whom you know very well and trust absolutely — please forward this invitation.

RSVP is Required: Please RSVP to Jenny Hernandez, Intern Campus Organizer, Feminist Majority Foundation, at j.[email protected]. When you RSVP please let us know how you came to hear of the training. For more information you may also contact Rochester NOW at i[email protected]

Sunday the 21st at 3pm or Monday 22nd at 5pm: De-escalation Training by Gandhi Institute

De-escalation training is being provided by the Ghandi Institute, 929 S. Plymouth Ave. Rochester, New York 14608. They are three hour sessions (and you only have to go to one of them) and they are at the Ghandi Institute. Please email [email protected].
Tuesday, July 24rd at 7 PM to 9PM:  Puppet Making and Social Action Training at First Unitarian Church.
Wednesday, July 24th at 12:30pm in front of Two Saints Episcopal Church (17 Fitzhugh Street): Interfaith Service for Trust on Woman
One third of all women in the United States will have an abortion in their lifetime. Women of all ages, income brackets, education levels, sexual orientation, religious preferences and family situations make the decision to have an abortion every day.  The reasons for these decisions may be similar in some respects, but each situation is as unique as the individual who makes this decision. In a time when others are coming to Rochester to demonize woman and abortion providers, our community needs to affirm women and their choices.  Join us on Wednesday, July 24, at12:30pm in front of Two Saints Episcopal Church (17 Fitzhugh Street) to bear witness to our trust of women.  For more information or to support this effort please contact Luis Torres, Social Justice Coordinator: [email protected].


Thursday, July 25th: Nikeeta Slade – Black Feminism & Intersectionality

Friday, July 26th, from 7 to 9 PM Movie Night: Not My Life @ First Unitarian

The internationally acclaimed documentary, “Not My Life,” will be shown at our church on Friday, July 26 at 7:00pm, as part of a week-long, community-wide effort to increase awareness of the attacks on women. Hailed as a “seminal” film by the CNN Freedom Project and others, “Not My Life,” filmed on five continents over a period of four years, is the first documentary to focus on human trafficking as a global, multi-faceted human rights abuse that exists in virtually every country in the world, including the United States. The film, narrated by Glenn Close, is a production of Oscar nominee Robert Bilheimer’s Worldwide Documentaries, a Bloomfield, NY based not-for-profit company. Trafficking crimes committed in the Rochester area include the sale and enslavement of children for sexual purposes. Forced labor practices involving children as well as adults are also found in upstate New York, as well as in other migrant populations throughout the country.  To learn more about this movie go For question, contact Luis Torres, Social Justice Coordinator:[email protected].  Donations for the showing of the film are welcome.


July 27th: Rally & March from 12-4 pm @ Washington Square Park

July 28th: Celebration of Rochester Women from 12-4 pm @ WSP

July 29th: Equality Rochester presenting on LGBTQ & Intersectionality

July 30th from 7 to 9 PM: NOW Presenting on The Battle for Reproductive Rights @ First Unitarian Church

July 31st : NYCLU with Reproductive Justice 101

Luis Ricardo Torres Rivera

Social Justice Coordinator
First Unitarian Church of Rochester
Cell: 585-269-4778

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