It’s no secret that Planned Parenthood, an organization that does more to prevent abortions than any other, is under attack. It seems that Planned Parenthood is always under attack but this time the religious zealots in Congress are willing to shut down the government to end funding of Planned Parenthood and prevent them from offering the myriad health services they provide to women (and men!) all across America.
Recent highly edited, incredibly deceptive, and provably false videos are fueling the current push to kill Planned Parenthood the way ACORN was killed several years ago. It’s time that all of us who support Planned Parenthood make ourselves heard. You can join with hundreds of thousands of other voices this Tuesday, September 29th to amplify that message from one end of our beautiful country to the other on National #PinkOut Day – a day of action to help show your support for Planned Parenthood.
Here is a list of things you can do to help out with National Pink Out Day.
You can help turn the internet pink for a day. Change your Twitter and Facebook profile pictures pink like I have with mine:
You can easily do that using this handy Twibbon page HERE. You can also use that page to change you Facebook cover photo and to take other actions.
Not surpisingly, there is also a Facebook event page for National Pink Out Day. Click HERE to say you’ll be joining the thousands upon thousands of others who will be participating in this day of action. Once you’re on the page, click the “Going” button and then share on your timeline and invite your friends.
You can also join the Thunderclap where thousands of people will post tweets, Facebook posts, and Tumblr updates at the exact same time expressing their support for Planned Parenthood. Want to be part of that action? Click HERE. It’s easy peasy.
IN REAL LIFE
In addition to the online activities, there are events taking place all across the country. You can learn what is going on in your area by clicking HERE. If there isn’t one listed, click the link to search using your zip code. There are rallies planned in some cities and at many of the Planned Parenthood health centers and offices they are having Pink Out Parties, for example. You can also plan your own event!
In Lansing, Planned Parenthood is doing a Healthy Neighborhood Canvass from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. where they will knock doors in the neighborhoods around the Planned Parenthood Lansing Health Center to talk to their neighbors about all of the services Planned Parenthood offers in their area. Come help out, meet cool activists, and make an impact in your community. Contact Lauren at Lauren.Bacans@ppmchoice.org for more information.
In Kalamazoo, they will be having a Pink Out Happy Hour from 6-7:30 p.m. at Old Burdicks at Wings West where you can join Planned Parenthood for a night of collaboration, action, and drinks! They will gather together supporters in Kalamazoo to talk about what is happening in the world of Planned Parenthood and how everyone can contribute to an ongoing fight for reproductive justice as local activists. Please bring your friends and family – all are welcome. Wearing pink will earn you a prize at the door. Contact Jenny Kinne at email@example.com for more details.
Be sure to wear pink to work on September 29th then take a photo and share it on social media!
Thank a legislator. In celebration of National Pink Out Day on Tuesday, Planned Parenthood in Michigan will be visiting legislative champions’ offices and giving them a Pink Out swag box filled with pink goodies in return for their steadfast support. House and Senate Democrats will be taking a Pink Out picture in the Capitol Rotunda, as well.
Want more ideas on how to get involved? Click HERE to find some!
Here at Eclectablog, we will be celebrating National Pink Out Day with multiple posts all day long about Planned Parenthood, why we support them, and why they are so very important and worthy of the federal funding they receive. Please stop by on Tuesday and share the posts on social media throughout the day.
[Bus photo by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog]