DC event: We are the Champions!

We are the Champions flyer

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!

Boston, MA

Jos Truitt is Executive Director of Development at Feministing. She joined the team in July 2009, became an Editor in August 2011, and Executive Director in September 2013. She writes about a range of topics including transgender issues, abortion access, and media representation. Jos first got involved with organizing when she led a walk out against the Iraq war at her high school, the Boston Arts Academy. She was introduced to the reproductive justice movement while at Hampshire College, where she organized the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program’s annual reproductive justice conference. She has worked on the National Abortion Federation’s hotline, was a Field Organizer at Choice USA, and has volunteered as a Pro-Choice Clinic Escort. Jos has written for publications including The Guardian, Bilerico, RH Reality Check, Metro Weekly, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She has spoken and trained at numerous national conferences and college campuses about trans issues, reproductive justice, blogging, feminism, and grassroots organizing. Jos completed her MFA in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute in Spring 2013. In her "spare time" she likes to bake and work on projects about mermaids.

Jos Truitt is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Development.

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