How to Use a Group Chat With Family and Friends to Advance the #Fight4HER!

Trisha Maharaj, Grassroots Advocacy & Outreach Fellow

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What does reproductive freedom mean to you? Why is it critical that we continue fighting for reproductive rights even during this global health crisis? Have you heard of the Global Gag Rule and its devastating impacts around the world? What can we do to defend global reproductive rights? Spark an engaging discussion about reproductive health and rights by starting with an open-ended question. ENCOURAGE THEM TO STAY ENGAGED Have your friends and family text FIGHT to 52886*, to get campaign updates and learn about new ways to take action! FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS OUR GUIDE TO ADVANCING THE #FIGHT4HER IN YOUR GROUP CHATS COVID-19: An Even Greater Need for the Global HER Act Trump’s Global Gag Rule The Global HER Act The Helms Amendment As your friends and family respond, further the discussion with relevant information and facts. Scroll to the bottom to check out these resources: Try sharing your personal connection to #Fight4HER. Your passion may get the conversation going! But if it doesn’t, don’t take it personally. It’s a stressful, uncertain time and your family and friends may be too preoccupied to meaningfully participate in a discussion right now. In that case, let them know that you’re there as a resource if they would like to continue this conversation later on, or if they just want to chat about the weather, movies, or favorite TV shows. Choose family members and friends who you think will be open and receptive to a discussion about reproductive rights. If you experience pushback, do your best to facilitate a constructive conversation about the importance of reproductive freedom, but remember that you don’t need to get stuck in an argument. If it’s not productive, feel free to state what you believe and then disengage. You don’t owe anyone anything. They can text “FIGHT” to 52886* to get started and stay updated with #Fight4HER or reach out to their state organizer to get involved in their local #Fight4HER campaign. You can also encourage them to join you whenever you attend a virtual team meeting, sign a petition, or call your legislators! Send them to www.iwillfight4her.org, which has stories from those directly impacted by the Global Gag Rule and easy ways to get involved in the #Fight4HER. They can email their elected officials about defending reproductive freedom worldwide using the link below. Make sure to emphasize that it’s quick to do and they can do right on their phone! Here’s an easy guide for talking about global reproductive freedom using a friends or family group text. Afterwards, reach out to your local organizer or Trisha, the Senior Advocacy and Outreach Fellow at tmaharaj@populationconnection.org to let us know how the discussion went! WHAT SHOULD I DO IF A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER WANTS MORE INFORMATION? SEND AN ACTION THEY CAN TAKE RIGHT THEN AND THERE ASK A QUESTION MY FRIENDS WANT TO GET MORE INVOLVED! HOW DO THEY DO THAT? WHAT IF SOMEONE IN THE CHAT DOESN’T AGREE WITH ME? Keep the conversation casual. NO ONE IS REALLY ENGAGING IN THE CHAT! WHAT SHOULD I DO? 1 2 SHARE THE FACTS 3 4 5 KEEP US POSTED FIGHT TIP: KEEP IT FUN!

 

 

 

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