Day of Action Event Planning
What is the point of this Day of Action?
These are the concrete goals of this event:
Will it really matter if my school participates?
Yes! Democrats have control of congress and the presidency, and they still aren’t willing to protect our fundamental rights by suspending the filibuster to pass legislation mandating legal abortion or limiting the power of the Supreme Court. When our democratically elected leaders aren’t doing their jobs, we have to take matters into our own hands. The more schools and students that participate, the greater force our demands will have, and the louder our collective voice will be.
This event is also an opportunity to help your individual student body in concrete ways, by making demands of your school administrators to better support students and by educating students on how to safely access essential reproductive healthcare services like abortion.
The idea of planning a Day of Action event on short notice is overwhelming! Where do I even start?
Don’t panic! Planning a campus-wide event for October 6th may seem like a big task. However, many hands make light work. Start by reaching out to campus advocacy groups/clubs (LGTBQIA+, Women in STEM, Reproductive Justice clubs, YDSA chapters, etc.). Let them know you’d like your school to participate in the Day of Action and invite them to organize with you. You can also post flyers around campus asking people to sign up to help via a QR code link. As people join the effort, assign them tasks according to their skills and connections.
It’s too late for me to reserve a space on campus for this event / my school denied my event application. Where should we hold it?
Hold it off campus! For example, reserve a public park within walking distance or accessible by public transport.
None of the student groups interested in organizing have money to fund a rally. How can we afford PA system rental / table rentals / speaker honoraria?
Can your grad workers union provide funds?
Is your school or your grad government accepting applications for club funding? Apply asap.
Does your school have a law school with an If/When/How chapter who will co-sponsor your Day of Action event?
Does your city have a local DSA chapter (Democratic Socialists of America)? Contact their steering committee and ask if they’ll accept a funding application.
Student Participation on Oct 6
Have questions about what you can do as an individual student to participate in the Day of Action? Check here!
How can I participate in the Oct 6 Day of Student Action for Reproductive Justice?
Join the nationwide strike by not attending your classes on October 6th and instead using your time to fight for transgender rights, abortion, and other reproductive rights.
How can I find out if there will be a Day of Action event at my school and how to attend it?
No one is organizing a Day of Action event at my school. What should I do on Oct 6?
Can my student org sign GSAN’s open letter to Congress and/or President Biden?
I’m a medical student with clinical duties or there is some other reason that I absolutely cannot skip my classes for the Oct 6 student strike. How can I show solidarity?
Can international students participate in the Day of Action?
Access to abortion and gender-affirming care affects international students too! International students can legally attend student-lead events advocating for causes like abortion and transgender rights, even in states with strict abortion bans. However, international students should understand they face risks if they neglect essential research or teaching duties to participate in these events. Students who don’t feel safe participating can show solidarity by wearing green. However, international students who wish to participate are encouraged to do so, and all participating students should defend each other in the event of any retaliation from professors.