By Kristen Gell, Fall 2014 Choice Out Loud Campus Representative at the University of Richmond. Connect with Kristen and the Students United for Reproductive Justice (SURJ) crew on Facebook!
October has been a busy month for Students United for Reproductive Justice (SURJ) here at UR! We’ve really gotten into the groove of things and established our presence well on campus.
Just this month, we published our first zine! It took a while for us to get it all put together, especially considering it’s our inaugural issue, but we are happy with the result! From here on out, we hope to publish two per semester. Our first issue was meant to be an introduction to SURJ and what we do for those who are unfamiliar with us. It highlights the scope of reproductive justice in order to set the scene for what we will be addressing throughout the year. We hope to establish the zines as something students can come to expect to see every so often around campus.
In an effort to become an active part of the reproductive justice community not only on campus, but also in the greater Richmond area, we participated in our first day of clinic defense! It was a great opportunity for us to speak with others in the Richmond community about issues they face and how they are actively involved in being a force for change. It was also valuable for us to see firsthand the intimidation tactics used by anti-choice protesters and how they operate. We had a great time chatting with the other defenders and were able to keep the protesters at bay, and hope to return to the clinic again soon for another successful weekend!
While much of what we do is centered around organizing for action with respect to reproductive justice topics, sometimes it’s nice just to get out as a group and have fun! In the spirit of choice and the month of October, we decided to go pumpkin picking!