The battle for abortion access and reproductive rights in the Rio Grande Valley is one of the most intense in the state and nation. With only one abortion clinic to serve at least four counties, abortion access advocates work ardently to protect the clinic and access for everyone.
Over the years, different groups and organizations have been established to fight for these rights. Here are four ways you can get involved now!
It has become a tradition in the Valley for reproductive justice organizers and activists to participate in the annual Bowl-A-Thon to raise funds for abortions. To those that aren’t familiar with this yearly fundraising program, here is an explanation from The National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon website:
“Bowl-a-Thon is a nationwide series of local and virtual events that allow community members (like you!) to captain your own fundraising teams as part of a movement. Bowl-a-Thon is how we can fund abortions and build power together!”La Frontera Fund, a local practical support abortion fund, is doing their first ever Bowl-a-Thon this year and with a goal of $5,000. Your fundraising and donations will go directly towards funding abortions in the Valley. Bowl a strike for abortion access!
Do you have a creative flair? URGE RGV (Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity RGV), a group that empowers students to advocate for themselves and their communities, and the 1 in 3 Campaign, a project that is starting new dialogues about abortion, is working on their first ever zine. Titled Stories From The 956: Abortion Speakout, URGE RGV and the 1 in 3 Campaign are looking for content―art, writing, and any material related to reproductive justice, abortion, access, choice, and bodily autonomy. Zines have been a part of Valley progressive circles since the 1990s, and if you are interested, this is your chance to continue the tradition by submitting your content.
Email to submit: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Dance Party
Who doesn’t like to have fun while supporting a great cause? Pads For Pals, a group that provides free menstrual products for students at UT-RGV, will be hosting Y2K Night, their first ever menstrual product donation drive on April 7 at Yerberia Cultura in McAllen. The dance party will have the theme “the first decade of the new millennia.” DJ Queenkillahbee, DJ Garagedogg, and DJ McNasty will be the DJs for the evening and will be spinning you right back to 2000 – 2010. Entry is a $5 donation, which will go to Pads For Pals, or you can also join the evening by donation pads or tampons.
Do you need some cafecito for your pan dulce? As part of Women’s History Month, Neta is teaming up with La Frontera Fund to offer a special deal this month that will support both of our women-led groups. This package, which we are offering for $15, includes 1lb. of organic Zapatista coffee from Chiapas, Mexico, three Neta official stickers, and two Neta official buttons.
For every order that is placed, La Frontera Fund will receive a $4 donation. Get some great coffee and sustain two progressive groups that are doing great work in the Valley.