VOX Goes to Washington DC!

The Youth Organizing and Policy Conference, or YOPC for short, is an exciting event held every two years by Planned Parenthood in Washington DC. Student organizations from across the country come together for an intense three day conference, jammed packed full of information and resources for budding student activists. The intention behind YOPC is to educate, empower, and engage young activists while energizing students to carry the lessons learned at the conference into our own communities.

After many collective of hours of flying, layovers, bus and taxi rides we arrived at our destination of Washington D.C. on the evening of July 9th. We were immediately hit by D.C.’s oppressive humidity upon exiting the airport gates. We did our best to adapt to the damp heat as we focused our efforts on prepping for busy days of meeting with state representatives, conference workshops, skill development, and networking with the impressive list of speakers and other organizers.

During the span of the conference, VOX got to meet with senator majority leader, Harry Reid in a Q&A breakfast session, Dean Heller representatives as well as other Nevada representatives. In the process of networking, voicing our concerns over different policies and sharing personal stories about the importance of the women’s health, we got the opportunity to have our voices heard. YOPC had fantastic guest speakers assembled on panels to accompany our group dinners and workshops with commentary on social justice and reproductive health rights that left us energized and inspired.

D.C. has an energy and vitality that is as palpable as it’s summer heat. It’s sleek, laced with beautiful architecture, and steeped in art and cultural history. Upon leaving this wonderful city, I reflected on the countless hours of volunteering that fellow students had committed themselves to on a national scale. I reflected on their courage, conviction and sincerity. On the long hours home, I thought more deeply about my own involvement and why I am attracted to do the work that I do.

I left Washington D.C. with a greater appreciation for the phrase, “The personal is political.” I found myself digging a little deeper into what truly motivates me to stay active within the community. The rights that we advocate for effect myself as well as loved ones. I find being expressive around women’s rights issues to be healing, empowering and cathartic on a personal level. Breaking the silence on issues that touches all of our lives, whether it’s dealing with sexual assault, body image issues or just finding access to affordable health care is important for all of us. And as we take the little actions of signing petitions, hosting movie screenings, or simply getting friends together to paint their orgasms, it all acts as a method to build to community and create a dialogue around important issues.

VOX is often misinterpreted as an acronym, but in actuality, it is Latin for the word, “voice.” Throughout the Youth Organizing and Policy Conference it has never been more clear how powerful our collective voice can be.

-JM

VOX hosts Color Your Orgasm Event

 

The month of April is national STD awareness and Get Yourself Tested month. VOX: Voices of Planned Parenthood will be tabling in Hilliard Plaza Thursday, April 4th from 10 AM to 2 PM to distribute information about STD awareness, asking to sign petitions for comprehensive sex education in the state of Nevada, and encouraging students to color or draw what they think their orgasms would look like in 2D form and posting their works on Instagram. Self expression and personal body empowerment are important aspects of every student’s development. What’s a better way to express yourself than to color your orgasm?!

“Color Your Orgasm will be a fun event to get students involved while also giving them the correct information and resources to be responsible for their sexual health,” said Ashley Brocklin, president of UNR’s VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood Club.

Check out Instagram using #UNRColorYourO to see students representation of their orgasms. 

We will also be selling Otter Pops and our new pink VOX t-shirts!

Join us Saturday @ 3:15pm For a Women’s Round Table with the Honorable Cecilia Munoz

The Honorable Cecilia Munoz will be in Reno on behalf of President Obama for a few events this Saturday, September 22nd. She set aside some time in her schedule for a non-partisan round table discussion on the importance of women participating in the political process. We hope you can join us. We’re located in the Raggio Education Building, room 2009.

Cecilia Muñoz is the Director of the Domestic Policy Council, which coordinates the domestic policy-making process in the White House.

Prior to this role, she served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs where she oversaw the Obama Administration’s relationships with state and local governments.

Before joining the Obama Administration, Cecilia served as Senior Vice President for the Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the nation’s largest Latino civil rights organization. She supervised NCLR’s policy staff covering a variety of issues of importance to Latinos, including civil rights, employment, poverty, farmworker issues, education, health, housing, and immigration. Her particular area of expertise is immigration policy, which she covered at NCLR for twenty years.

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