GSAN members and student partners across the United States organized 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 organized specifically around trans rights and the right to decide whether, when, and how to become a parent.
Who: U.S.-based graduate, undergraduate, high school, medical, and law students.
What: A nationwide, single-day student strike and day of student advocacy for reproductive justice. Students demanded 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 spent the day learning about how to access abortion and why abortion and trans rights are essential for diversity and equity. There were campus Day of Action event (rallies, resource fairs, fundraisers, marches and more) at over 50 participating schools in 29 states.
When: on Thurs, Oct 6, 2022
Where: Students at over 50 schools in 29 states across the country gathered at specific locations on their campus determined by the student organizers at their school.
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 enabled 1) participation in a national movement that demonstrates our collective power, and 2) increased political engagement and effort at the local and state level.