Update: Events, a New Poster, a Van

The Highway is closing in on lift-off date: 15 September 2013. We have a van, lots of great stuff for the stall (posters, Tees, stickers, books, badges, factsheets) and including material donated by wonderful people at Repro_Justice_Poster_Webrape crisis. We have a new poster, too (the thumbnail view is at left, but if you want a close-up, click here for  pdf.).  We hope you like: Its focus is broader, toward the reproductive justice side of the Highway and hopefully it complements some of the abortion rights (decriminalise!) focused posters. It will be in A3 size.

What the Highway really needs now is some networking power. Do you have contacts, or could you be a contact? We’ll be in Northland from 15 – 27 September; in October, it’s the central North Island/Te Ika-a-Maui across to the east (Napier-Hastings) down through the Wairarapa to Wellington with a possible segue to Palmy. We’ll be in Wellington for the Family Planning conference 31 October-2 November, then across to Te Waipounamu/South Island, starting with Marlborough, Golden Bay and then to Christchurch. We’d really welcome contacts with supportive peeps, near and far – looking for places to set up the stall, people interested in organising events (from a coffee to a potluck to a public meeting, whatever you’re comfy with), local intel, etc.

And if you’re interested in riding along, do let us know.There are spots open in October and November. On-the-road costs will be covered.

Recording Our Past

The Highway has added another string to its bow (uh, gee, mixed metaphors): we’ll be doing some oral/visual history recording on behalf of WONAAC, the Women’s National Abortion Action Campaign, who have provided a video camera and equipment. It’s important to record our past; to talk to people who have been involved in the struggle for reproductive justice in Aotearoa/NZ, young and old. If you know of people you think we should talk to, please drop the Highway a line.

Recent Events

In the lead up to taking the road, there have been quite a few Highway/ALRANZ events, including:

Young Labour's Jessie Lipscombe and Alison McCulloch, at the ALRANZ/Highway stall in Onehunga, 24 Sept.

Young Labour’s Jessie Lipscombe and Alison McCulloch, at the ALRANZ/Highway stall in Onehunga, 24 Sept.

23-25 August 2013: An ALRANZ/Highway book and info stall at Labour Women’s Conference: Community Building Project, Onehunga, Auckland.

25 August 2013: Alison talked about her book at the Ladies’ Litera-Tea, Epsom, Auckland. Organised by The Women’s Bookshop, it was a great event, with amazing women writers and faaabulous cakes.

28 August, 2013: A book talk at the University of Waikato.

The Ladies' Litera-tea authors. Highwaywoman Alison McCulloch, in the red tee. Thanks to the Women's Bookshop for the event and the photo.

The Ladies’ Litera-tea authors. Thanks to the Women’s Bookshop for the event and the photo.

Tee Store

ALRANZ/the Highway have set up an online Tee store at Print Mighty. There are also totes available. We hope to expand range of Tee designs in the coming weeks. We also have the recycled Tees in stock. Have a look here for more about those.

Updates and Vigilance

If you haven’t already, please subscribe to the Highway’s email updates. These will start in September, and you will be able to unsubscribe at any time. You will also be able to follow the Highway here, at ALRANZ’s Facebook page and its Twitter feed @alranztweets. Please watch over us!

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