Hello all, this is Abby Lee, one of two administrators on this site. As I write you, it’s 9:41 pm and the Hyde Amendment was just made permanent. It greatly restricts access to abortions for women in America, and just yesterday, the new administration (you’ll rarely see me use his name) signed an executive order to limit abortion access to women around the world by denying funding to human rights/aid groups.
As Barack Obama said in his last address, here in Chicago: “Lace up your shoes and do some organizing.”
This little blog is the first attempt at community organizing we’ve found, and a great way to build a community that holds each other accountable for calling our reps, writing letters, and fighting for our rights. After the Women’s March, it’s time to make good on the promises we made. Women, along with everyone who believes America should remain a free democracy, can change this.
For the first post, I’m sharing the letter I hand-delivered to Rep. Luis Gutierrez today. I took my dog into the office, and sans envelope becuase I wrote it while at the laundromat, handed it to the desk secretary.
Rep. Gutierrez is a leader on immigration issues, fighting against deportation to keep families together. There are many more fights ahead, and in more than just this area. Here’s what I wrote.
My name is Abby Lee Hood. I’m a Chicago resident and I reside directly across the street from your office. I wanted to thank you for your leadership on immigration issues, because I appreciate your fighting to keep families together.
I also wanted to implore you to fight the recent executive actions Donald Trump has set forth. I appreciate your courage in boycotting his inauguration, and I hope you will reject the executive orders that destabilized Obamacare and reduced abortion access for poor women around the world.
I am deeply concerned about the outcome of these orders, and more threatening ones I’m sure will come. I’m frightened that the Constitutional rights of Americans are being threatened.
The ACA, or Obamacare, has saved millions of lives. Cancer patients and others with preexisting conditions cannot get lifesaving treatment without it, and it will cost billions to repeal. Additionally, repealing Obamacare will leave millions without healthcare.
Planned Parenthood is equally important, because besides providing Constitutional access to abortion, which a fraction of its funding goes towards, it provides life-saving HIV/AIDS testing and cancer screenings. Additionally, access to bIRth control prevents unwanted pregnancies and the need for abortions.
After calling some representatives today, I was appalled at the news that Trump further took action against abortion access. I am angry and afraid.
My friends and I are going to hold ourselves accountable to calling our representatives every day and writing frequent letters. We’re uncertain if we can stop Trump’s dangerous and irresponsible inertia, but we are going to try.
I know you likely feel the same way about some of these issues, but I want to encourage you to fight harder than you’ve ever fought before. Please, delay Trump’s nominations when you can. Please, challenge him at every turn. Don’t forget that not only Illinois residents, but millions of Americans rely on your leadership.
It is my body, and my choice. Many of my friends will lose healthcare. I made many new friends at the Women’s March, and many of the older ones said what we all felt. “I can’t believe I still have to protest this shit.”
Thanks for your leadership. Please fight for our rights. Please stop the new president from completing his dangerous agenda.