“The people I’ve met while working for NARAL have been incredibly inspiring. Listening to those who speak so fervently about why abortion access is important, why it’s relevant, and why we must continue fighting for it completely sweeps away any uncertainty I might have for the future of women’s rights. My goal as a campus organizer is to carry on the work of these extraordinary people by empowering my peers and encouraging them to stand up for the dignity of women.” –Lisa (St. Olaf College)

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“I do campus organizing because as a college student, I have a large influence on my campus and want to direct the energies of our student body toward causes and actions that I believe in, such as reproductive justice and the empowerment of women and trans people.” -Alizarin (Macalester College)

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“My name is Alyssa, I am a senior at the U of M, and I use she/her pronouns. I started organizing here at the U with the University Pro-Choice Coalition (UPCC) after discovering my passion for activism and receiving an invite from a friend to a meeting at a coffee shop. I decided to get really involved in pro-choice activism after I escorted for the first time. Two goals during my past two years organizing with UPCC have been increasing the conversations around abortion which is where my interest in the 1 in 3 Campaign originated, and also, changing the rhetoric of the pro-choice movement to be more gender-inclusive. That is a very important part of my organizing and own self-growth. Its been great to have conversations regarding this and take real steps within our own student group to achieve this goal.” -Alyssa (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities)

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“I find it absurd that in 2015 we still have to fight to keep abortion safe and legal. I do campus organizing for reproductive rights because young people need to be engaged in defending and expanding the freedom of choice today so that the next generation doesn’t have to.” -Payne (St. Olaf College)

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“I am doing campus organizing because I want to make sure everyone is informed about issues concerning women and I want women to feel empowered in their lives.” -Lauren (Hamline University)

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“The University of Minnesota campus is proud to be part of NARAL Minnesota’s Student Organizing Program! We offer pro-choice education and activism to the student population, an aim we find both incredibly worthwhile and a lot of fun as well. Our fall semester focused on abortion access and advocacy, fighting the stigma about who has abortions, talking about what abortion legislation looks like in Minnesota and neighboring states, and raising money for the Hersey Abortion Assistance Fund. We’re pretty jazzed to continue this work into the 2015 spring semester, as well as to be partnering with other campus groups to bring educational and support resources about pro-choice issues like consent and birth control to our student body. (I’m particularly excited for a trivia outreach event I’m planning, themed around the sex education most of our peers didn’t get. I love talking to people about sex.) Let the pro-choice shenanigans commence!” -Zoey (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities)

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