GSAN members and student partners across the United States are organizing peaceouts, rallies, marches, resource fairs, and other events on their campuses on Thursday, October 6th to fight for reproductive justice. SisterSong defined reproductive justice as “the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities.”
Within the umbrella of reproductive justice, we are organizing specifically around trans rights and the right to decide whether, when, and how to become a parent. Sign up here to get involved in the Day of Action at your school!
Who: U.S.-based graduate, undergraduate, high school, medical, and law students. Student organizers at schools in 20 states have committed to participating so far.
What: A nationwide, single-day student strike and day of student advocacy for reproductive justice. We invite all students in the U.S. to join us in demanding that our governments and educational institutions protect our rights to abortion, contraception, comprehensive sex education, and freedom of gender expression (hormone replacement therapy, puberty blockers, and gender-affirming surgeries) by not attending classes on Oct 6. Instead, students should spend the day learning about how to access abortion and why abortion and trans rights are essential for diversity and equity. Additionally, students can participate by attending their campus Day of Action event (rallies, resource fairs, fundraisers, marches and more) at participating schools in more than 20 states.
Each institution is encouraged to plan an on-campus rally or resource fair where invited student speakers or tabling clubs provide info on things like how to access abortion; how to access transition-related healthcare; specific legislative measures being considered in your city, county, or state relevant to bodily autonomy; safe sex and consent; digital hygiene for legal safety; and more. Individual institutions can also use the event to help students register to vote and/or request absentee ballots. Participating student organizations are encouraged to write a student petition to demand specific support from their school administrators, such as Plan B vending machines, guaranteed paid parental leave, all-gender restrooms, and funds for hormone therapy.
When: on Thurs, Oct 6, 2022
This date comes after the start of classes for most schools but precedes voter registration deadlines in October so organizers can help register students to vote.
Additionally, Oct 6 is a significant date in the timeline of the Texas SB 8 fetal heartbeat bill (6-week abortion ban) passed in 2021. On October 6, a federal district judge issued a preliminary injunction blocking Texas from enforcing the law. However, the injunction was stayed two days later.
Where: Students at over 30 schools in 20 states across the country (and counting!) will gather at a specific location on their campus determined by the student organizers at their school. Students at schools without campus Day of Action events can participate by staying home, protesting, or doing volunteer reproductive justice advocacy work.
Why: We believe that the best way to make real progressive change is to organize people in the workplace and get them involved in their local and state-level politics. The structure of the Day of Action enables 1) participation in a national movement that demonstrates our collective power, and 2) increased political engagement and effort at the local and state level.