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: http://www.operationsaveamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/ROCHESTER-BROCHURE-FINAL-1.pdf
. (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
Thursday, July 25th: Nikeeta Slade – Black Feminism & Intersectionality
Friday, July 26th, from 7 to 9 PM Movie Night: Not My Life @ First Unitarian
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