Human Rights Activism Opportunities

  • The Clinic Vest Project

    BOTL segment excerpt:

    Because of the Supreme Court case challenging the Massachusetts state buffer zone — which provides a reasonable separation of picketers and patients — and a publicity push by NARAL and others, the climate outside our nation’s reproductive healthcare clinics is finally getting some attention. Community members are stepping up and standing with providers, staff and patients by volunteering as clinic defense escorts.

    Healthcare that is technically legal, but not accessible further widens the gaps created by privilege and increases the burdens on low-income Americans who are seeing their only available healthcare taken away. Standing up for our country’s clinics not only aids the individuals in our communities seeking care, but shows legislators and anti-choice groups that the majority of Americans believe they should be able to walk into a clinic without driving a thousand miles round-trip and without intimidation as they do so.

    Take Action:

    Like the Clinic Vest Project on Facebook and follow on Twitter for the latest on clinic defense, violence and buffer zones around the country. You can also contact them for connections to escort groups in need of volunteers.

    More info:

    Listen to the source segment for this activism at BOTL Activism: The Clinic Vest Project, episode #813 "Intolerant of discrimination and proud of it (Reproductive Rights)"

    Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

  • After Tiller

    BOTL segment excerpt:

    Currently, 87% of counties in the US do not have an abortion provider, largely because of new laws and the fever-pitch at which they've been implemented since the Tea Party wave of 2010. The biggest provider shortage is for late term abortions. There are only four doctors in the entire country who terminate pregnancies in the third-trimester.

    If we are to have a real conversation about reproductive justice in this country, we must move beyond anecdotes, sound bytes and slogans. The implications of legal restrictions on abortion care and the affect they have on real people must be considered and understood. The "After Tiller” filmmakers have provided us with a unique opportunity to begin that process.

    Take Action:

    Visit After Tiller for showings and info on the documentary and rent via iTunes .

    Listen to the source segment for this activism at BOTL Activism: After Tiller, episode #791 "We just earned a D grade (Reproductive Rights)”

    Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

  • We Do Campaign

    BOTL segment excerpt:

    Join the Campaign for Southern Equality as they refuse to concede the conventional wisdom that “the South is unwinnable” on LGBT rights. Only FIVE PERCENT of national LGBT organizational funds go to the south, resulting in limited resources for advocacy and a higher than average risk of poverty because of extreme discrimination. As couples and their allies stand up to be counted, the tide of acceptance and love will continue through states like Kentucky and Virginia where recent victories are still being celebrated. There’s plenty of room on the bandwagon for activists, allies and legislators alike.

    Take Action:

    We Do Campaign from The Campaign for Southern Equality

    More info:

    Follow/Like The Campaign for Southern Equalityon Facebook and Twitter

    Listen to the source segment for this activism at BOTL Activism: The We Do Campaign, episode #812 "Pathetically grasping at cakes (LGBTQ Rights)”

    Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

  • Generation Justice

    BOTL segment excerpt:

    Generation Justice's mission is to "inspire youth to become media makers committed to social transformation.” Their fellowship and youth development programs train teens to apply a social justice perspective to written and broadcast journalism. By employing the core values of youth leadership & empowerment, community, action, equity, multiculturalism and love, teens learn about democracy and civic engagement.

    Take Action:

    Listen, follow & support! Generation Justice

    More info:

    Listen to the source segment for this activism at BOTL Activism: Generation Justice, episode #804 "Knowing Our History and Seeing It Echo Today (racism)”

    Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

  • Demanding Tuition-Free Public College Education

    BOTL segment excerpt:

    According to TruthOut, the average graduate now walks with $29,400 in student loans — a burden they must repay no matter their field of study, career success or starting salary. Student loan debt isn’t subject to discharge through bankruptcy. Think about that. Corporations can escape fines, pension obligations and shoddy business deals by filing bankruptcy. But if an American graduates from college into an awful job market and doesn’t “make it” fast enough to get a handle on their student loans, they’re stuck with them forever. And should they default, their entire financial future can be ruined before their 30th birthday.

    It’s time public higher education was free.

    Take Action:

    Sign the CREDO petition Make Public College Tuition Free

    More info:

    Listen to the source segment for this activism at BOTL Activism: Demanding Tuition-Free Public College Education, episode #793 "Our social safety sieve (Economics)”

    Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

  • Stand Up For Mental Health

    BOTL segment excerpt:

    More than 46 million Americans suffer from some sort of mental illness. That is a sizable — and fluid — minority. As some disorders are temporary or situational, the likelihood that you or someone close to you will be affected by mental illness during your lifetime is significant.

    Yet, despite the commonplace nature of mental health issues, the stigma surrounding any illness or disorder that can be placed under that heading is intense and affects nearly every aspect of life. In fact, we often categorize mental health care as separate from other health care, as if one's mind has no affect on one's physical well-being. This separation is one of the reasons there are often job and relationship consequences to speaking up, seeking care and disclosing even minor details of one’s mental illness, thus condemning many to silent suffering.

    Take Action:

    Visit HealthyPlace.com and support their campaign, access resources, and make connections: Stand Up For Mental Health Campaign

    Additional Activism/Resources: Affordable Care Act & National Alliance of Mental Illness

    More info:

    Listen to the source segment for this activism at BOTL Activism: Stand Up For Mental Health, episode #797 "Trouble at the old pharm (Health Care)”

    Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich