We Are Generation Action
My name is Cassie and I've been a Planned Parenthood Generation Action intern for a full semester now, and plan to continue on to fight the good fight for women’s rights and reproductive freedom for all. I can’t say it’s been easy organizing around a cause that some want to shut down based on religious regulations and a nasty political agenda. Through my time at PP, I’ve seen politician after politician try to cut funding from this organization, as well as terrorist attacks on innocent people, in the name of anti-choice extremism. It’s been an extremely emotional ride, and I even started to think about quitting at one point, for my own safety and well being. I can’t seem to walk away, though. Being harassed and yelled at for my work doesn’t phase me, anymore. While protesters are fighting Planned Parenthood for the life of a fetus, I’m fighting to change the rhetoric used to include fighting for the woman that’s seeking help at health care centers. I’ve heard so many life changing stories, and if allowed, shared them with others to help the world understand the detrimental agony that people have to go through, the harassment they have to endure, just for reaching out for help from Planned Parenthood. I have never witnessed a more loving and dedicated staff at my local Planned Parenthood in Providence, RI, but most people will never get to see that, because they are screamed and yelled at by anti-choicers before they even get in the door.
I remember hearing about the Colorado Springs shooting very clearly, and it was incredibly chilling to me. I had never encountered any gun men on my travel routes for Planned Parenthood trainings or meetings, nor at the local clinic, so to hear about people’s deaths inside my organization tore me up inside. I was a wreck. I refused to believe that it was real. Three innocent lives were lost that day, by the hands of an anti-choice extremist. That day a child lost their mother, the black community lost another person of color, and a policeman died trying to save these members of their community. “That could have been me”. That’s all that rolled through my head for the next week. “That could have been my family, my friends, my neighbors….” In all reality, those people had families, and friends, and neighbors, and communities of their own. We can never get them back and the only way to fight the system that bred the hate against Planned Parenthood is to hit back with education and get supporters involved in the politics of reproductive freedom. Please stand with me in the fight for women’s rights, bodily autonomy, and reproductive freedomfor all.
We can fight.
We can win.
These doors stay open.
Cassie Dextradeur is a Generation Action Intern.