Reproductive Rights Rally in Cleveland Brings Our Diverse Crowd
*Think Kasich Will Get The Message?*
Today around 100 women (and some men) of all ages gathered on the steps of Cleveland City Hall to send a message to our governor, Taxin' John Kasich, and our legislature, that we are taking notice of the anti-women's reproductive rights measures slipped into the budget bill without public discussion or hearings and quickly signed into law by the governor. And that they have not heard the last of this; in fact, it will snowball as more women become aware of what they did.
The event was organized by burlesque promoter and human dynamo Bella Sin who decided on the spur of the moment when she heard Kasich had signed the measures that opposition needed visibility. She enlisted NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio's Mallory McMaster Ullman and state representative Nickie Antonio, who has been a tireless advocate for reproductive health rights, as speakers.
*Nickie Talks to the Crowd*
The event was attended by seasoned activists like Cuyahoga Democratic Women's caucus chair CIndy Demsey, Shaker Heights Dems president Jane Buder Shapiro and candidate for state representative Anthony Fossaceca, as well as young people with homemade who said they'd seen a post online and felt the urge to be there.
*Not Going to Take It!*
*Nickie & Bella Celebrate a Good Day*
Those who were present signed up to continue to work to make sure that the elected officials in Columbus who signed on to this know it's not acceptable. There's a rally in Columbus in the planning stages, to take place in the fall after the legislature is back in session, because lots of people agree with this woman: