Hello, feminists! I’m typing this from Reagan National in DC, awaiting my flight to Nashville to attend Planned Parenthood Generation Action’s 2014 Power Tour!
The weekend-long conference will train, organize and mobilize young voters in preparation for this fall’s elections on some vitally important ballot measures (read about ’em here – seriously, they’re a big deal. Like, “abolishing abortion” – that kind of big deal). The conference is also meant to energize young voters and teach them how to overcome the barriers put in place to prevent them from voting. (Hello, voter ID laws! So nice to see you! Not.)
While I’m in town, I’ll be co-hosting a workshop on voter registration and voter suppression along with Planned Parenthood’s Middle and East Tennessee intern Kiara Kirkman. She’ll tackle the voter registration side of things, and I’ll talk about voter suppression. This trip couldn’t come at a better time – I JUST learned a ton about voter suppression during my Freedom Summer trip with Edwith last month. Access to voting is being taken away from women, students, and minorities – and I’m fired up about it. I can’t wait to share my knowledge at this conference and get other young folks fired up, too!
During the rare moments this weekend when I’m not passionately advocating, I hope to be taking in all that Music City has to offer – namely, Nashville-style BBQ and live music at country-lovin’ dive bars. I’m not a country fan (unless you count Johnny Cash – which, do you count Johnny Cash?), but I’ll make an exception this weekend in order to do the Nashville experience right.
I’ll be tweeting and Instagramming like crazy for the next few days, so follow us @feministcampus to stay on top of the adventure!