Our advocacy campaign, #Fight4HER, spotlights the damage that Trump’s cruel policies like the Global Gag Rule have on reproductive health programs around the world.
Since launching #Fight4HER North Carolina in early 2017, we have worked with full-time organizers, student activists, and communities across the state to advocate for reproductive rights for all. To date, volunteers have collected over 11,000 petitions from North Carolinians committed to ending the Global Gag Rule.
Throughout the last three years, our North Carolina activists and students have hosted events, informational sessions, advocacy trainings, and petition drops. Our #Fight4HER campaign has developed important partnerships in the community including NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina, Carolina Abortion Fund, and NOW NC. Additionally, we have worked to raise awareness by participating in events such as Pride, UNC FallFest, the Stonewall 50 Community Celebration and Rally, and many more.
We know the importance of grassroots activism, and our North Carolina team is an essential part of the fight. Specifically, #Fight4HER North Carolina collaborates with Tuesdays with Tillis, a local group focused on calling attention to Senator Thom Tillis’ poor voting record on reproductive health care and other progressive issues. At one point, #Fight4HER activists took over 750 petitions to the Senator’s office to demand that he support the Global HER Act.
At the same time we’re holding opponents like Sen. Tillis accountable, our local organizers have cultivated relationships with lawmakers on both the local and federal levels, including U.S. Representatives Alma Adams and David Price, and Charlotte City Council At- large Representative Dimple Ajmera. For example, when the Global HER Act was reintroduced in Congress, #Fight4HER North Carolina volunteers met with Representative David Price’s District Liaison to call on the congressman to co-sponsor the bill. Rep. Price was an original co-sponsor of the Global HER Act and a strong ally in our fight. We will continue to work with our elected representatives to demand action and accountability.
During the 2018 election season, #Fight4HER North Carolina helped candidates throughout the state. In October and early November of 2018, #Fight4HER North Carolina turned out volunteers to support the congressional campaigns of both Linda Coleman and Ryan Watts. Volunteers phone banked and canvassed to get out the vote, ultimately completing over 60 volunteer hours and contacting over 500 voters.
To date, the #Fight4HER campaign has hosted two successful Summer of HER programs, a summer-long activist institute that trains fellows on grassroots organizing skills.
In September 2019, #Fight4HER North Carolina hosted annual HER Summits at both UNC-Charlotte and UNC-Chapel Hill. The summits brought together community members for a day of learning grassroots organizing skills, hearing from community leaders about defending reproductive rights, and preparing to get out the vote in 2020. Speakers included U.S. Representatives David Price and Alma Adams and representatives from Ipas, Sister District, and NAACP.
When we advance access to reproductive health care, we improve people’s lives—and we improve humanity’s chance for a sustainable future on a livable planet. Our grassroots outreach is critical for building our movement, expanding our message, and continuing the fight for reproductive health care at home and abroad. Building lasting community relationships in North Carolina and other target states is key to engaging the next generation and working to end the Global Gag Rule. Thank you for your generous support of these programs, and more. We’re deeply grateful for all that you do and for making this work possible.