Choice USA, a youth reproductive justice organization that’s also my full time employer, is putting on a kick ass event in Washington, DC on January 20. Six young reproductive justice leaders will do battle (the verbal kind) in three rounds of knock down, drag out fighting (or probably mostly peaceful exchanges, but I’m rooting for a few good left hooks).
I’m psyched about the line up of contenders. Round 1 will be Shelby Knox, of The Education of Shelby Knox, The Ms. Education of Shelby Knox and Twitter fame vs. Mimi Madrid, a fierce activist who works at one of my favorite places, the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR). Round 2 will see Aimee Thorne-Thomsen, Interim Executive Director of Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, former ED of the Pro-Choice Public Education Project (PEP), and a Twitter superstar go up against Amy Richards, author of Manifesta and the Ask Amy column at Feminist.com. Round 3 has me super excited personally as Andrew Jenkins, a writer at Feminists For Choice, Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles intern, Young People For fellow, and leader at Choice USA’s chapter at CSU Long Beach who I’ve had the honor of working with since he started the group this Fall and they promptly registered over 800 people to vote(!) will go head-to-head with Erica Williams, Deputy Director of Progress 2050, a project of the Center for American Progress and one of Politico.com’s Top 50 Politicos to Watch.
I’m so over hearing about how there are no young people in the feminist or reproductive justice movements. We’re here and we’re fabulous, and I’m jazzed to see these young leaders leave it all on the mat.
Here’s the details on the event:
Thursday, January 20 2011
7pm – 9pm
Center for American Progress
1333 H Street NW, 10th Floor
Washington , DC
To RSVP go to http://bit.ly/wearethechampions
Hope to see you there!