Hi again Shimer community!
Sorry for the recent lack of blog posts, I was traveling this summer before classes picked up again. However, now that Shimer is back in full swing for the new school year, I figured I should finish up a very delayed post about Pitchfork Music Festival, which I was able to volunteer at this year. It was my first time at a music festival since I moved to Chicago, and while it was exceptionally hot (95 degrees) I had a blast.
If you don't know Pitchfork, it's a Chicago-based internet publication featuring all things music related. They also have an annual music festival in Chicago where both big headliners and up-and-coming bands play shows all weekend. This year's event took place at the end of July. In addition to the music aspect, the festival features stalls from local businesses, restaurants, and non-profits around the city. ICAT has had a table at Pitchfork Music Festival for a number of years now, and this year I was asked to help staff the table. This entailed passing out condoms, sharing information about ICAT, and recruiting volunteers, among other things.
Typically, "tabling" events is not the most exciting time, but when one does it with an organization one is assionate about I've found it can be really enjoyable. Tabling at Pitchfork Music Festival was no exception! I was able to meet many pro-choice activists and people interested in getting involved with the pro-choice movement, and I was ecstatic at the diversity of the individuals interested in joining our cause: people of all genders, races, and ages were stopping at our table for more information and to sign up for volunteer positions.
The festival itself was a blast - lots of great Chicago restaurants were represented (I'm looking at you Chicago Diner) and there were tons of stalls for independent artists and shopowners. All in all, I was very lucky to have this experience and hope that ICAT will continue to be represented at music festivals in the future!
In the mean time, as my experience with the SIM program is wrapping up, I want to express my endless gratitude for being given this opportunity. I have loved every minute working with the Illinois Choice Action Team, and am looking forward to continuing my work with them throughout the next school year. I'm also hoping to continue blogging about my experiences, and I hope more of Shimer will become involved with this great organization! Reminder: if you're in the Chicagoland area and you want to join us, don't hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on events and clinic escorting!