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Back on Campus? Get Involved!

August 10, 2012

Following is a guest post from Mackenzie Szymanski, statewide advocacy coordinator for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana.

Summer may be over, but the War on Women isn’t.  As we near the November election, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana is calling on all of its supporters to speak up, get active, and help us win this war!

What does this have to do with a college student?  Right now, you may be taking that unpaid internship (wow, I’m sorry about that, but you won’t regret the experience) because the Pill is covered by your insurance.  You may be on a bar crawl at 1 a.m. because you’ve practiced safer sex and don’t have to find a babysitter.  You may be conscious of your health because a nurse recognized pre-cancerous cells during your cervical screening.

It’s hard to believe, but our right to these basic healthcare services is at risk.

We’re calling on you, college students, to get involved this semester.  Here’s how:

  • Join the Planned Parenthood Action Network (PPAN):  All of Planned Parenthood’s advocates should subscribe to our Action Network to receive a calendar of events, political updates, and volunteer opportunities.  It’s the easiest way to stay in the loop regarding all things Planned Parenthood, and we promise we won’t crowd your inbox!  Sign up here.
  • Table:  set up shop at a health fair, concert, or campus event.
  • Crowd canvassing:  hang out in a public space with a Planned Parenthood petition.
  • Condom crawls:  pass out condoms to the public before/after a big event (like a bar crawl or concert).
  • Petitions and letter-writing:  legislators need to hear from their constituents about issues we care about.
  • Voter registration/Get Out the Vote:  help your peers register to vote and give them information about their polling locations.

Interested?  Contact and we can get started!

Is activism on your to-do list for school this year?  Let us know below!

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