Netiya Shiner and Maria Gomez are Shimer students participating in the Shimer Internship/Mentorship (SIM) Program. They regularly post updates about their internship experiences.
This post is from Netiya, who is interning with the Illinois Choice Action Team.
While I've been putting off writing a new blog post, nothing has slowed down at ICAT. This means that I have a lot of fun stuff to cover this week, including the Chicago Dyke March and a pro-choice counter-protest in Oak Park.
To start, yesterday I went to an awesome event in Chicago as a part of Pride weekend called Dyke March. ICAT volunteers canvass every year at Pride, and since the Dyke March event began, we've been canvassing there as well! The event itself was a blast: I met a lot of great like-minded people, got a bunch of signatures for our petition (telling the government to stay out of our bedrooms and doctors' offices), had some tasty food, watched some cool performances, and marched in the parade. Here's a photo of me and the two co-chairs of ICAT at the event:
In addition to Dyke March, earlier this week ICAT participated in a counter protest against a dangerous organization called the "Pro-Life Action League." This organization, often abbreviated as PLAL, funds Crisis Preganancy Centers (among other things), which are businesses that masquerade as women's centers while lying to women. These lies propogated by Crisis Preganancy Centers, or CPCs, have been well documented - see this video taken by an undercover pro-choice activist.
Anyway, ICAT volunteers participated a counter-protest against PLAL in Oak Park. The counter-protest was a huge success: the number of people on our side defending women's rights dramatically overshadowed the PLAL presence. This video shows a great recap of the protest (I'm the one dancing). We also snapped a few photos before the end of the event:
See you next week,