2018 Year in Review

By Marcella Cage, Senior Advocacy Fellow

Thanks to the efforts of dedicated activists , 2018 was a huge success for #Fight4HER! Together we fought constant attacks on reproductive health and rights by the Trump administration and elected Democratic majority into the House. 2018 will truly be remembered as the year we resisted. Let’s recap the strides we made in the fight for reproductive health and rights for all.

Anniversary of the Global Gag Rule

On January 23, 2018, we commemorated the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump signing the Global Gag Rule with a series of events across the country to raise awareness of the harmful impact of this policy. We did a light projection with Bell Visuals on the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, sent mobile billboards into communities in Nevada and Wisconsin, and ran advertisements in local newspapers. The light projection on the Trump Hotel was covered by several news outlets, such as the Washingtonian, The Cut, and The Hill,  which helped raise awareness about the Global Gag Rule.

Capitol Hill Days

At Capitol Hill Days 2018, activists across the country joined us in Washington, DC for a weekend filled with workshops dedicated to refining and learning advocacy and grassroots organizing skills. Advocates also engaged in discussions about reproductive justice and effective storytelling, and learned tangible skills about how to effectively engage with our #Fight4HER campaign. On Monday, activists stormed the Capitol to tell their members of Congress that access to reproductive healthcare matters. We had nearly 350 activists from 25 states and DC attend!

Summer of HER

We mobilized in support of health, empowerment and rights for the Summer of HER, a ten-week project of #Fight4HER. Activists and volunteers from eight target states and ten cities built support to end Trump’s Global Gag Rule in their communities. Our organizers and activists gathered over 7,400 petitions in support of global reproductive rights and over 400 volunteers joined the #Fight4HER’s activist training summits in eight states.

Midterm Elections

We took back the House in the 2018 midterm elections and many pro-choice candidates were elected. #Fight4HER organizers and volunteers worked in ten key cities in eight swing states leading up to the election to help elect pro-choice candidates to Congress. Volunteers knocked on 5,043 doors, phone banked 4,022 people, and were able to reach more than 8,200 voters! Of the 76 candidates that we endorsed, 59 won their elections. In our target states, our endorsed Senate candidates Kyrsten Sinema (AZ), Jacky Rosen (AZ), Sherrod Brown (OH), and Tammy Baldwin (WI) won their races. In the House, our endorsed candidates won their races in the following districts: Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-2), Raúl Grijalva (AZ-3), Ruben Gallego (AZ-7), Diana Degette (CO-1), Jason Crow (CO-6), Ed Perlmutter (CO-7), David Price (NC-4), Alma Adams (NC-12), Annie Kuster (NH-2), Chris Pappas (NH-1), Dina Titus (NV-1), Susie Lee (NV-3), Steven Horsford (NV-4), Joyce Beatty (OH-3), Marcia Fudge (OH-11), Tim Ryan (OH-13), Madeleine Dean (PA-4), Susan Wild (PA-7), Mark Pocan (WI-2) and Gwen Moore (WI-4).

Thank you again to all of our supporters, volunteers and activists who fought for reproductive health and rights for all with us in 2018. We are expanding #Fight4HER in 2019 to resist the Trump administration’s attempts at stripping away reproductive rights, and we will be unstoppable!

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