July 2019 Activist Spotlight

 

#Fight4HER activists across the country are fighting back against Trump’s disastrous policies that undermine access to reproductive healthcare. This month, we’re highlighting three activists, Amber Ruelas, Jasmyne Deopere, and Drew James, for their outstanding work on our campaign.

Thank you for all you do to fight for reproductive freedom around the globe. We couldn’t do it without you.

 

Amber Ruelas (she/her pronouns), Las Vegas, NV

1. Tell us about yourself!

I live in Las Vegas, but I am originally from the UK. I am studying Art History at UNLV and I volunteer on a weekly basis at the art gallery on campus. I love reading, drawing, painting, hiking, and yoga. I feel most motivated when I can get out into nature—hiking makes me feel energized!

2. Why do you #Fight4HER?

Instead of feeling bummed out about the news and crazy things going on in politics, I wanted to get involved and be part of an effort that could benefit others. I am very grateful that I have access to safe and proper healthcare, and I think that everyone should have that.

3. How did you find out about #Fight4HER?

I found out about #Fight4HER when I spotted the campaign at the First Friday festival and signed a petition.

4. What’s been your favorite part about being involved with #Fight4HER?

My favorite part about being involved with #Fight4HER has been meeting new people who are passionate about the cause and want to make a positive impact on the world.

5. If you had one piece of advice for new activists, what would it be?

Don’t be shy, and put yourself out there-you never know how powerful your efforts could be, and how much you could make a difference in someone’s life!

6. What other issues do you care about?

I feel concerned about the effects of overconsumption on the planet and wildlife. I am looking forward to a greener and more conscientious future!

 

Jasmyne Deopere (she/her), Phoenix, AZ and Columbus, OH

1. Tell us about yourself!

I am a sophomore studying Social Work and Political Science at The Ohio State University. I have always had an interest in helping people, and as I go through college I am searching for where I can apply myself the most in that way. My mother came here from another country in order for herself and her kids to have a better life. Her continuous bravery inspires me to help people have a better life and future, no matter what walk of life they come from.

2. Why do you #Fight4HER?

What motivates me to advocate and fight for reproductive rights and reproductive healthcare is my friends and family. My mother experienced a miscarriage when I was younger and fortunately, she was able to receive the necessary care during that period of time. I know friends who have needed reproductive health care and were able to successfully receive that care. However, knowing that across the globe there are people who aren’t getting the necessary care they need due to the Global Gag Rule makes me realize how important this fight is, and how important it is that my voice amplifies it.

3. How did you find out about #Fight4HER?

I found out about #Fight4HER through a friend who is also a volunteer for the campaign in Ohio. She educated me about the campaign, what the campaign is fighting for, and that unlike other groups or programs we’ve known before, #Fight4HER’s group is active with their work, meaning that the campaign’s actions are real and I knew I needed to be a part of it.

4. What’s been your favorite part about being involved with #Fight4HER?

My favorite part of #Fight4HER is the diversity of the program. I never felt like I was stuck doing the same work all of the time, there is always something new for me to learn and work on.
This holds true even with the campaign in Arizona. working with Brittany and the team in Arizona gave me a diverse experience in advocacy that I am able to use with other campaigns and groups I may be involved with in the future.

5. If you had one piece of advice for new activists, what would it be?

If you are a new activist, my one piece of advice to you would be to be open minded. Everything you will do is a chance to learn something new. Do not be afraid of failure, because failure is where you learn how to come back stronger.

6. What other issues do you care about?

Alongside reproductive rights, I care about climate change, immigration, and prison reform/the criminal justice system, and in the future I want to be a part of campaigns and groups that work specifically on these issues.

 

Drew James (she/her or they/them pronouns), Charlotte, NC

1. Tell us about yourself!

I’m a senior Communications – Public Relations major and Africana studies minor. In my free time, I am an artist and am currently interning at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Art + Culture in their equity and accessibility program. I’m forever in the pursuit of what feels good and right, and that has led me to do many things like spoken word, culinary art, and activism.

2. Why do you #Fight4HER?

I #Fight4HER because I believe that every person should have access to comprehensive reproductive care and education, regardless of other peoples’ beliefs.

3. How did you find out about #Fight4HER?

I found out about #Fight4HER through a friend on campus who was also involved during the school year.

4. What’s been your favorite part about being involved with #Fight4HER?

My favorite part has been learning how to get out of my comfort zone and do new things, even if I wasn’t confident that I could!

5. If you had one piece of advice for new activists, what would it be?

My advice would be to stick with it. I’ve encountered a lot of difficulties ranging from scheduling conflicts to my personal life metaphorically falling apart, and I thought that I may have to quit the program. However, making a way to continue has opened my eyes up to how much can be accomplished when you persevere.

6. What other issues do you care about?

I care about LGBTQ+ rights, Black rights, the support of the study of the arts in schools, affordable healthcare, climate change, and equitable education (free college for all!).

 

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