The News to Date…

We’ve been meeting weekly or more to pull things together for the upcoming Rally for Reproductive Rights, this Saturday on July 9, at noon at the Burlington City Hall Steps. We’ve met at member’s houses so far, and we’re trying to set up a meeting place at a local coffee house so that the meetings are more accessible. We pool money for the cost of printing out flyers and posters and go out after work and on the weekend to hand them out and paste them up. It’s loose and disorganized right now, and it’s bound to become more formal as we move forward, but it certainly is exciting to finally be meeting people who have the passion and the drive to make things happen. Getting permits for rallying, securing access to a table (there’s a reason they call it “tabling”), reaching out to local women’s groups, to people who work at Planned Parenthood… Organizing a simple rally takes a lot of resources. This is my first time getting involved in an effort like this, and I’m very grateful for the patience and wisdom of the women who’ve been organizing for equality for a long time.

I hope you can join us for this Saturday! If not, we’re planning another event for the end of August: a picket of the CareNet Pregnancy Center, which is on Colchester Ave., right around the corner from Planned Parenthood on Mansfield Ave. See, the CareNet Pregnancy Center masquerades as a legitimate medical center geared towards meeting the needs of pregnant women. In reality, they often proselytize and disseminate false information about fetal development, STDs, contraception, and abortion, create the illusion of medical authority where there is none, and of course refuse to provide abortion services or referrals for abortions. Some of these centers even receive federal funding, thanks to the Bush-era push for faith-based initiatives and funding for abstinence-only education programs. We want to draw attention to the lies they propagate and their deliberate effort to target vulnerable women with billboards and ads asking, “Pregnant? Scared? We can help!” We want an end to all federal funding for these centers, and we want laws to ensure that if a clinic does not have licensed medical professionals on staff, they should not be allowed to advertise themselves as a medical clinic. Pregnancy CareNet and other faith-based crisis pregnancy centers violate the “Trust Women” maxim by obscuring the truth and attempting to shame and pressure them into making the “right” decision, regardless of what the impacts on that young woman’s life will be. We are FED UP with people trying to tell us that women can’t be trusted with all the information, that the only way to ensure women make the right decisions is to lie to them. Join us at noon on July 30 at 58 Colchester Ave., for a protest of CareNet Pregnancy. Bring noisemakers and signs! If you want to get involved, email fedupvermont@gmail.com!


Rally for Reproductive Rights FLYER!

Check out our Flyer!

Print it out, spread it around! Hang it on your fridge! Downloadable PDF here.


Press Release about the Rally for Reproductive Rights: Noon on Saturday July 9

Outraged by the Congressional attempts to destroy women’s reproductive rights and economic attacks on women and children, Fed Up Vermont has formed to fight back and reaffirm women’s rights to control their own bodies.

Our first action will be a press conference and Rally for Reproductive Rights on the steps of Burlington City Hall on July 9th at Noon.

We will demand reproductive rights and the right of all women to access the healthcare they need. We decry the attacks on Planned Parenthood and the attempt to push back the hard won gains of previous women’s movements. Three hundred and fifty one mandatory motherhood bills were proposed around the country and  in our national Congress and 33 were passed in April of this year. We call on federal and state legislatures to protect, rather than restrict, the rights of women to obtain all forms of healthcare, including birth control and abortion.

The renewed effort to control women is part of a larger reactionary trend, and is intimately linked to a number of other important issues. For instance, not content with setting back reproductive rights, right-wing Congress members have used the issue of abortion to turn back the clock on our understanding of sexual violence by introducing the phrase “forcible rape,” implying that some forms of rape are consensual.

We are Fed Up with the hypocrisy of legislators who claim to be pro-life as they cut funding for programs such as Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and Headstart. We refuse to be silent any longer about the attempts to restrict freedom by enforcing a fundamentalist religious view upon all.  We are Fed Up with hawkish politicians and war profiteers waxing sentimental over fetuses as they send living children abroad to kill or be killed.

A new generation has recognized this regressive program and is ready to fight back.

Join us on Saturday, July 9th, to voice your support for women’s rights!


FED UP!

This is a grassroots effort to bring attention to the issues standing in the way of full equality for women. We’re kicking off our efforts with a rally and a march to support Planned Parenthood and women’s reproductive rights on Saturday, July 9.

We believe that an actual, existing woman is more important than the potential human she contains and nurtures when she’s pregnant. That motherhood requires work and sacrifice which should be respected and appreciated, not mandated by the government.

Later in the year, in late September, we are organizing a Slutwalk (What’s a SlutWalk?). The date has tentatively been set for Sept. 24. If that changes we will be sure to let people know on this page and on the Facebook Page.

Send an email to fedupvt@gmail.com if you want to get involved, or call 802-589-4098.

Watch this space!