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There’s news about events in Warkworth, Auckland and Wellington! On the road…tomorrow. W00t!
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 rape 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.
It’s just over a month till the Prochoice Highway goes on the road, but there’s been a lot going on. Besides working on getting together all the stuff for the Highway stall (posters — watch this space; the Body Politics Calendar, Tee shirts, and everything else a good stall needs) there’s been an Auckland launch for Fighting to Choose (24 July), and an ALRANZ/Prochoice Highway stall at the CTU Women’s Conference in Wellington (26-27 July). Many thanks to everyone who helped out and came along for both. Pai mutunga! Here are a couple of pix:
Margaret and Annabel at the ALRANZ/Prochoice Highway stall in Wellington at the CTU Women’s Conference.
Laila Harré speaking at the Auckland launch of “Fighting to Choose”.
Some of the items, including part of the Xmas Crossword special issue of the “Double Standard” from 1980, at the Auckland book launch. (Watch for the Yellow Rabbit!)
The Highway proper sets off in September — if you can help the Highway stay on the road, there are lots of ways to Donate, and they’re all listed here. Coming soon: calls for volunteers, from everywhere.
For a list of what’s coming up, visit the Events Page.
Some pix from the stall at the Women’s Studies Association Conference (26-28 April, Wellington). If you want to order stuff you see on the stand (or have reproductive rights/justice stuff to donate), please contact us.
Dr. Morgan Healey, president of ALRANZ, and Alison McCulloch at WSANZ. (Credit/copyright: WSANZ/Éva Kaprinay)
The Prochoice Highway officially kicks off on May Day in Wellington, with the launch of Fighting to Choose: The Abortion Rights Struggle in New Zealand. But there are a few other events coming up at the end of April, beginning of May. Visit the Follow the Highway page for more details.