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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.
The first batch of recycled Tees have been screenprinted, using the logo above. We got 14 donated Tees. Yeah, a bit shy of the hoped-for 50, but it was a good experiment and we’ll see how these go on the stall and the site. Here they are: More info below the pix.
The concept definitely works, it’s just a matter of making it easier for people to donate/ship plain Tees. Hmmmm.
We used the above one-colour logo for this batch mainly to save money on setting up the screen. Production cost around $15 a piece, so we’ll be trying to sell them for $20 (on the stall) or $20 plus postage from the site. They were commercially washed before screen printing.
We’re looking at setting up an online store somewhere with a variety of logos (ideas welcome), but have been trying to make sure new Tees are responsibly sourced. (And, hey, no Tee will be as responsibly sourced as these ones.)
If you’re interested in anything you see, drop the Highway a line and we can give you a bit more info about size, quality etc. along with a close-up photo. We’re pretty pleased at how they came out. Fashion fotography fail notwithstanding.
Do you know of good links to helping/info sites around reproductive justice issues in Aotearoa New Zealand for the info page in our 2014 Body Politics Calendar? If so, there’s a form here. If you want a bit more background on this, it’s below the form:
A Bit More Background
The push is on to get all the Highway stuff together in the next month ready for lift-off in September. We’re working on a poster with some positive messaging to accompany the needle/potion/hanger series discussed in the post before this one. Also, the Body Politics Calendar is coming together nicely but we need your help.
The calendar will include an info page, with some basic information about patients’ rights, the law around repro rights issues and links to useful info or helping agencies. There are the kind of obvious and necessary ones like Family Planning, Refuges, Rape Crisis, and helplines, but because the calendar — and the Highway — aren’t just about abortion, but trying to broaden out and encompass reproductive justice issues, we’d like to include some links or info (within space constraints) about issues that intersect: race, sexuality, gender identity, disability rights, parenting — and more.
This is a Prochoice(!) project, so we’re not going to include stuff that’s anti-choice or shaming/stigmatising around these issues; and the links/info/sites would need to be robust and reliable with solid moderation and ideally in for the long haul. For example, some blogs might be iffy just in case nasty comments ended up on some thread on some site we linked to farther down the track. (This being on old-fashioned paper means we wouldn’t be able to change it or provide trigger warnings.)
So if you have any ideas, please fill in the form and let us know. Ngā mihi maioha.
And, that support thing we add on all the posts now: Here’s how you can Support the Highway.
The calendar will be available at the Highway stall, or you can order copies at the order page for delivery in September.
Update 3 August: Thanks for the feedback (that was on ALRANZ’s FB page) about the white lettering being hard to read on some of these. We’ve made it black, so the problem has been solved. Production starts next week.
Zenaida, the genius and all around amazing person who put together the design/branding for the Prochoice Highway, has made some beautiful posters that will be going into production soon. They’ll be A3 size, and we made them big here (if you open the post, that is; and they should be expandable on mobile devices) so you can read the words. Let us know what you think.
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:
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.