Best of SYRF, 2011: Part One

January 17, 2012

By: Megan Lieff  Intern for SYRF
With the new year starting, many have their eye on goals and accomplishments for the coming months.  From the suppression of youth voters to access to reproductive health services,  SYRF  certainly has plenty of issues we’ll be busy with.  For a small break in the daily grind, though, let’s take a look at all the amazing work we accomplished in 2011 – SYRF’ers have a lot to be proud of right now!  Here’s our first five, in no particular order…..

  • The 1 in 3 Campaign: In partnership with Advocates for Youth and Choice USA, we launched our 1 in 3 Campaign.  Based on the idea that 1 in 3 women will have an abortion in their lifetime, the 1 in 3 campaign is bridging gaps between pre and post Roe women, to share their experiences with abortion and start more conversations.  You can get involved here by joining our pledge or sharing about your own activist work.
  • Breaking Waves: Last March we launched this very blog! Covering everything from health statistics to specific legislation, Breaking Waves has featured posts by our own Angela, partners at Advocates for Youth and guest posts from a variety of speakers, including one article originally featured  in the Huffington Post.
  • Pro-Choice Youth Week of Action: In reaction to HR3 and HR358 (The No Taxypayer Funding for Abortion and Protect Life Acts) we, along with Advocates for Youth and Choice USA, held telephone and e-briefings on the legislation, provided an advocacy training and organized a “youth call in day” to help put pressure on legislators.
  • NO! on 26: Our SYRF organizers, along with other activists, including folks from RCRC, worked tirelessly to help defeat Mississippi’s personhood legislation this past November.  With over 55% voting against the bill, residents of Mississippi showed their support for women’s health and religious freedom.
  • New Trainings: Last January we held a SYRF summit in Columbus, OH to discuss the importance of advocacy at the state level.  Discussions focused on topics such as sexuality and the importance of faith in the pursuit of justice.  Later, in August, we also held our pilot movement-building training in Tampa, FL.  The training was well attended with participation from students, community organizers and faith leaders across the south east, and led to collaborations with the local Planned Parenthood and ACLU.

We’ll be back in Part Two with five more moments from 2011, and a closer look at our goals for 2012.   And what about you? Leave us some love in the comments about the amazing work you all have you been working on through your schools, community groups or spiritual organizations

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