Trigger warning: sexism, racism, verbal abuse, NSFW, DV, sexual assault in the Vine posts
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I was visiting in Chicago for a family trip; I can’t go home without spending time at an ICAT clinic. This is the group that training me and still keeps me grounded, motivated and supported. My mentor is a force of nature. Please check out and “like” her Clinic Vest Project page which supplies vests and training materials to new groups all over North America. She runs it by herself and is single-handedly changing the face of clinic defense. Those who’ve been asking how to get involved, help, etc. can find resources and connections there.
A bonus from my New Jersey clinic, which had a lighter week. Most of our 25-40 aggressive Abolish Human Abortion crew were at the Queens clinic. In fact, go see Rachel Goldfarb’s Storify from Saturday and remember this is New York: Clinic Escorting at Choice’s Women’s Medical Center (2/08/14). We still had a presence, including this door-blocking banner:
…and a compilation/”best of” from one of our organizers:
This week’s Storify (which WordPress won’t let me embed — apologies for the new page open):
Clinic Defense (Chicago) 02/08/14
See you next week! And if you are an escort and want to join in, the posts come from all over the country using the #ProtectTheZone hashtag. We need as much material as we can get ahead of the SCOTUS decision on the MA Buffer Zone. xo
Recap of why I’m posting the videos, comments, tweets, and anything else I can get my hands on:
To aid in sidelining them, I will continue to post from in front of the clinics where I escort. My Vine feed is exclusively (with the exception of the occasional dog video because CUTENESS) devoted to documenting the reality of accessing clinics. You don’t need to subscribe or sign up; it’s a public website with a series of captioned 4-second videos. I mainly use the captions to include quotes and rants that don’t fit in the Vines. I also post through Twitter; if you don’t use that medium, you can read my feed right here, on this website over to the right side of this post.
I’m doing some website construction so I can have a tab with all the clinic defense posts, storifys, and other content. I want to link to other escorts who are doing similar documentation, so it won’t be up immediately. I’ll be including background on clinic escort programs — i.e. why they’re needed, how they were created and what makes them an important component of reproductive justice in the current hostile climate. Thanks for your patience while I work out the details of formatting and in the mean time, follow the #ProtectTheZone hashtag that NARAL helped kick off the day SCOTUS heard MA’s Buffer Zone challenge. I thank them for reaching out to those of us who spend time on the sidewalks and using our quotes/pictures.
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Categories: Clinic Defense