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Annual Planned Parenthood Solidarity Event - 'Good Friday'

Annual Planned Parenthood Solidarity Event - Good Friday 3/29

Will you join hundreds of Planned Parenthood supporters at the Vandalia St. & University Ave. health center in Saint Paul on Friday, March 29 as we rally for women's reproductive health care? Shifts are available between 9am and 4pm!

>R.S.V.P. today!

The event is free and open to any supporter of healthy families and women's rights. We'll provide the signs, you just show up with friends ready to stand up for Planned Parenthood.

Why Good Friday? Why the need for solidarity? Every year on this day, hundreds of anti-women's health protesters gather outside our health center to intimidate our patients and attempt to disrupt our work. It presents an opportunity for supporters of Planned Parenthood to come together and celebra2 Planned Parenthood Supporterste what makes the organization, its volunteers and its activists so great and so necessary!

They'll be opportunities to Pledge a Protestor, buy t-shirts, sign up for action and volunteer opportunities, and much more. Please R.S.V.P. today to stand with Planned Parenthood on Good Friday and we'll see you on March 29!

>R.S.V.P. Here!

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Message from Planned Parenthood:

Come rain or shine (or snow!), we'll be rallying on Friday, March 29 from 9:00am-4:00pm for our annual Good Friday Solidarity Day, and we're so excited you'll be joining us!  Please reference this email as you make your Good Friday plans, as there are lots of details below.

Getting Here - Directions & Recommendations:

We'll rally outside our flagship health center at 671 Vandalia Street in Saint Paul. Parking is notorious in this neighborhood, so we encourage you to carpool, take the bus, or ride your bike to Good Friday! We will be rallying along Charles Avenue at the corner of Pillsbury Street, so please enter our rally area from that corner and not from Vandalia Street to avoid conflicts with our opposition.

We are conveniently located just off University Avenue and the 16, 50 and 87 MetroTransit bus routes.

If driving, take the Vandalia/Cretin exit north, and look for parking in the blocks north of University Avenue, but be careful to pay attention to restrictions, and be prepared to walk quite a few blocks.

What to Bring & What to Expect:

Dress for the weather! Extended forecasts predict weather in the 40s or 50s, but we all know how quickly that can change for better or worse. There will not be tents or shelter provided, so come prepared. Complimentary coffee, lemonade and water will be provided, and food trucks will be stationed on our side for breakfast and lunch options (bring cash!). Thanks to Gastrotruck, Simply Steve's and Potter's Pasties for participating this year!

Planned Parenthood will provide homemade and official rally signs, along with opportunities to snap pictures at our photobooth, share your Planned Parenthood story, buy newly branded t-shirts (cash, check or credit card) and Pledge a Protestor. Please do not bring any homemade signs or wear clothing with homemade slogans. At the bottom of this email are the Rules of Engagement we'll ask you to sign when you arrive on March 29.

Three lives bands will entertain throughout the day, and at 11:00am and 1:00pm, our friends from the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice will conduct non-denominational religious services.

Finally, a reminder that this event is free and open to any supporter of Planned Parenthood, so please invite your friends and family to join us (it's okay if you diverge from your RSVP time or bring others with you - we'll be ready for you!).

If you have any questions, please call (612)[masked] or email [masked].


Rules of Engagement:

By demonstrating or volunteering on behalf of Planned Parenthood on 3/29/2013 you agree to the following rules of engagement. Thanks for helping us make this a safe and successful event, and for helping contribute to a peaceful environment for our patients.

  • Do not engage anti-Planned Parenthood protesters in any manner.
  • Do not display vulgar or derogatory signs. Signage will be provided to you by Planned Parenthood.
  • Do not yell, raise your voice or chant except when directed by staff.
  • Photographs, video and audio will be taken or recorded; by participating you consent to have your image and/or voice recorded and used by PPMNS.
  • Do not speak with the media or provide interviews/quotes without instruction from staff. Refer all media requests to Media Director Jen Aulwes or to sign-in table volunteers/staff for assistance.
  • You agree to not hold Planned Parenthood liable in any way for any media choices around your photograph or quote.

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  • August B.

    Here are the two main secular arguments: 1) Slippery Slope. Would you kill a baby one second after it was born? No? Then how can you justify killing it one second before it's born? How about two seconds before it's born? At what point, then, in the continuum of pre-birth, do things change? 2) Genetics. The genetic blueprint for a life is set at conception. Yes, cell division occurs, nutrients are acquired, and some epigenetics occurs, but this can be said even of a person who is already born. So at what point in this continuum do things change?

    These are purely secular arguments and the anti-choice side uses them. Anyone debating the choice side has to be prepared to rebut them.

    March 30, 2013

    • George K.

      That message ended because of a completely inadvertent keystroke. To continue the sentence

      ... or of evil things, such as the effective legal abrogation of the right of choice, destroying the lives of women and the children for whom they are not equipped to care.

      March 31, 2013

    • Eric

      I don't think it is beside the point because I think that reducing the number of abortions in a responsible way--where the state is not infringing on a woman's access to abortion--is a good thing. Also, a reduction in the number of abortions could very well be used as a metric to evaluate the effectiveness of birth control accessibility: http://www.huffington...­

      Prevention of unintended pregnancies should be a shared goal in our society. Portraying abortion as just another simple form of birth control seems to me to be a bit like portraying angioplasties as just another element to a healthy diet and exercise plan.

      April 1, 2013

  • George K.

    Such as what secular argument? I have argued with atheists who were doing nothing other than using secular terms for 'the sanctity of human life." They were unable to present an argument for the value of the fetus. So I'd really like to know what these secular arguments are.

    March 30, 2013

  • August B.

    There are secular arguments against abortion, and we should be aware of them because many religious people are now using them (though their true motivation remains religious and/or patriarchal). However, the secular arguments for choice are superior.

    March 30, 2013

  • Chris P.

    Support PP because the only reasons to deny anyone access to birth control and abortion is religious.

    1 · March 30, 2013

  • Betsy

    always great to show support for PP!

    March 29, 2013

  • Brianne B.

    Who's excited? Tomorrow is Planned Parenthood Solidarity Day. This is a great opportunity for us heathens to lend our support to the idea that all people have the right to make the health care decisions that are right for us, and that religious-based guilt, shame and threat of eternal punishment have no place in that decision-making.

    Thanks to everyone who is volunteering. I'll be at the event all day. From 8:30-10:30am I'll be at the sign-up desk - I'll be wearing a Surlyramic with the atheist "A" on it. For most of the rest of the day I'll be walking the line. If you see me, come on up and say hi! If you have any questions tomorrow, I'll be on Twitter and glancing at my cell phone throughout the day. See you there!

    March 28, 2013

  • August B.

    I just found out I have to work that day so I'm no longer sure I can make it.

    March 27, 2013

  • Ed L

    I'll be there from 2-4pm

    March 27, 2013

  • Eric

    I'll be there from 12-2pm. If anyone is interested in volunteering at Planned Parenthood as an ally for their clients (welcoming them and escorting them out to their car while serving as a buffer between them and the anti-choice protesters) then please contact me ASAP. I can help you coordinate with the PP volunteer coordinator. You must have a brief phone screening and orientation--the next of which is this Saturday (3/23)...the next one isn't until April 27th. LMK ASAP!

    March 19, 2013

  • Brianne B.

    PPMN is also hosting a food drive on this day. From a mailing from Nikki Miller, PPMN Volunteer Director:

    "And if you'll be attending, don't forget to bring some items for our Food Drive! For the fifth year, we will be collecting nonperishable food, hygiene items and cash donations for the Hallie Q. Brown Food Shelf during our Good Friday event, demonstrating that Planned Parenthood supports its community in many ways, all year round."

    Here's a list of the items they would like to collect:
    Tuna, Spam, Canned ham
    Hearty soups, stews, chili
    Pasta, rice, dry beans
    Cooking oil (smaller sizes)
    Sugar, flour
    Canned fruit
    Toothpaste, toothbrushes
    Shampoo, bar soap, lotion

    March 14, 2013

  • Caroline

    2-4 shift.

    March 11, 2013

  • Richard W. T.

    I have all day. Is there some time that A of M wants covered? Any time that we want to be sure a camera is there?

    March 8, 2013

  • George K.

    If I recall correctly, I signed up for 10:00 to noon.

    March 8, 2013

  • Chris P.

    I'll be there first thing in the morning, it's either 8-10 or 9-11

    March 8, 2013

  • August B.

    I signed up for the 2-4 pm shift.

    March 8, 2013

  • Shirley C.

    I go to this every year with a friend, not as part of any group, just as individual supporters of PP.

    February 28, 2013

  • Nancy

    I work at 2, so can be there in am.

    February 27, 2013

    • Nancy

      Signed up for 11am-1pm. Will continue on to work afterward (it's kind of on the way)!

      February 27, 2013

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