Power of Pink – Building a Movement

Power of Pink – Building a Movement

The Trump administration is conspiring to overturn Roe v. Wade and conservative legislators in Michigan are working to roll back reproductive rights and cut off access to essential health care. But we are not backing down. We’re ramping up. Last month 2,000 activists from across the nation (including more than 300 Michiganders!) joined us at the Power of Pink conference in Detroit to prepare for the fight ahead. Together, we will stop the Trump administration and their conservative allies in Michigan from stripping us of the rights our foremothers fought to win. As the former President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Cecile Richards, said at Power of Pink, “We stand on the shoulders of the people who came before us who chose the path of most resistance. It’s our chance to imagine the country we want to live in. And then build it.” That’s what Power of Pink was about– standing up, resisting and building a country that respects and upholds the dignity of all people. Planned Parenthood activists attended more than 40 breakout sessions and 14 pre-conference institutes covering topics such as grassroots organizing, youth organizing, Latinx organizing, engaging communities of color, patient advocacy, digital outreach and deep canvassing. The workshops were led by an accomplished and diverse range of presenters, 45% of whom were people of color, 50% were LGBTQ and more than 75% were women. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan’s workshop, “This is How We Do It – Organizing the PPAM Way,” was a success with more than 30 advocates from 8 states attending. Michigan’s organizing model will serve as inspiration for activism across the...

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