As we await a decision from the Supreme Court on Dobbs v. Jackson, the case that could overturn Roe, we’re thinking through ways to support people receiving abortions or other reproductive health care.
As we await a decision from the Supreme Court on Dobbs v. Jackson, the case that could overturn Roe, we’re thinking through ways to support people receiving abortions or other reproductive health care. We’re hosting an information session on what it means to be an escort clinic on Monday at 8pm, and we hope you’ll join us.
Why is it necessary for volunteers to escort patients to clinics? Here are some things patients may encounter after arriving at a clinic for an appointment:
Well-organized escorts can provide a friendly face and a safe space as soon as patients arrive in a potentially high-anxiety and confusing situation. They can provide patients with comfort and security, and ensure they aren’t lured into interactions or situations that may be unpleasant or dangerous.
In situations where patients may feel like responding to protesters with anger or aggression, escorts can help keep the patient moving and deescalate encounters that might otherwise become hostile. Escorts can provide security from the clinic back to the patient’s car after an appointment, too. The presence of a knowledgeable escort will usually reduce the instances of protesters attempting to follow patients off the property when leaving and/or recording license plates or other personal information.
Escorts performing this work alleviate a huge burden from the health care workers as well. Well-trained volunteers managing this responsibility allow clinic workers to focus on providing the care each patient deserves.
If you’re interested in becoming a clinic escort, please RSVP to Monday evening’s meeting. You can also reach out to Melissa at [email protected] to get involved in Philly DSA’s abortion defense organizing.
On the calendarUnless otherwise specified, all events are held via Zoom. Rent Control Canvass, June 18 in Mifflin Square Park at 1pm Join DSA and the Philadelphia Rent Control Coalition for an afternoon of knocking doors and talking to Philadelphians about Good Cause Legislation and Rent Control.
Communications Committee Meeting, June 20 at 6pmBecome a part of the team that brings you your weekly bulletins and so much more. 😎
Structured Organizing Training, June 21 at 7pmOur Housing Committee is hosting a summer training on organizing techniques, including leadership identification and one-on-one conversations. Sign up here!
Ben Fletcher Campaign Meeting, June 22 at 7pmJoin to help the campaign team develop a mural to honor Ben Fletcher, African American labor leader in the Marine Transport Worker Industrial Union.
DSA, we have a waste problem! Trash incineration and environmental racism, June 22 at 8pmDebunk “greenwashing,” explore the science behind incineration, and hear from groups on the frontlines of this issue – with Delco DSA and chapters across the country.
Green New Deal for Philly Public Schools Campaign Meeting, June 23 at 6:30pmStop by to learn about our work to create a safe school in every neighborhood, and hear how you can get involved in research, communications, legislation and direct actions!
June New Member Meeting, June 26 at 3pmJoin the Member Engagement Committee for our first in-person New Member Meeting of the year! You’ll learn more about our campaigns and meet some of our members.
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BuxMont Pride Socialist Social, June 24 at 7pmVirtually hang out with your comrades at this Pride edition of the Socialist Social!
BuxMont General Meeting, June 21 at 7pmHear reports from working groups and committees, discuss and debate upcoming actions, and vote on resolutions proposed by the membership.
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