A big Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon thank you!

Lori, Maya, Vanessa, Jos and Miriam in Feministing tshirts at the Bowl-a-Thon
Team Feministing doing it up at the Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon. Left to right, Lori, Maya, Vanessa, Jos and Miriam.

On Sunday Team Feministing participated in the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon. A big thank you to everyone who donated to our team – we raised $1,485 for the New York Abortion Access Fund (NYAAF)! NYAAF had an incredibly successful Bowl-a-Thon, raising over $73,000 and smashing their goal of $50,000. That’s equivalent to the cost of about 150 first trimester abortions in New York. The Bowl-a-Thon was a huge success nationally too, surpassing the fundraising goal of $250,000 by almost $7,000.

A big thank you to Maya for organizing Team Feministing and leading our fundraising efforts! Maya also brought in our top bowling score, a 99 (uh yeah).

Just because this year’s Bowl-a-Thon’s passed doesn’t mean you can’t still donate to support abortion access. Especially now, with Congress playing politics with abortion access in DC, which has a real impact on real people who need the procedure, funds are especially needed. Abortion funds help folks who can’t put together the costs of their abortion and are often stuck making decisions like whether their children will eat tomorrow or they’ll get the procedure. They’re almost all volunteer run by badass advocates who know how desperately every dollar is needed. Click here to donate to the National Network of Abortion Funds. Update: and there’s still more Bowl-a-Thon events too, including in Canada, Boston, Philadelphia, Oakland and more. Thanks to the badass Bowl-a-Thon organizers for creating this great way to raise funds and keeping it going!

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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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  • http://feministing.com/members/staceyb/ Stacey

    Thanks so much, Team Feministing! You’re AMAZING! We could not be more thrilled with the weekend’s bowl-a-thon blowout, with events in 10 cities nationwide! And it’s far from over…there are still bowl-a-thons in Philly, Boston, Oakland, Chicago, Dallas, and more! There’s even a bowl-a-thon in Canada for the first time this year…(and oh, yes–abortion access is a problem in Canada.)

    And for anyone who doesn’t live in a city with an upcoming bowl-a-thon, there’s also a Virtual Bowl-a-Thon, and it’s not too late to sign up! Activists register on their own or with their friends and set their own date to bowl (or, if they prefer, forgo the rental shoes altogether)–the Abortion Gang has an open invitation to join their team: Abortion Gang Virtual Bowl-a-Thon.

    A huge thanks to everyone at Feministing for your focus on the reality of abortion access and for your relentless fundraising! And hey, Maya–99’s not too shabby!

    Stacey with National Network of Abortion Funds