Meet the activists!

The Planned Parenthood Activist Council is a group that was launched at the beginning of 2005 for people who want to get more involved in Planned Parenthood’s advocacy work. It’s made up of tireless, amazing men and women who do everything from run advocacy campaigns to hold fundraisers and everything in between. Every Tuesday we run “Meet the Activists” a weekly snapshot into who these fabulous volunteers are. You can learn more about the Activist Council, and find out how to join, by going to our web site.

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Name: Aimee Pelletier

Age: 32

Where do you hail from? Now?  Astoria, NY.

Why did you get involved with the Activist Council? Reproductive and sexual health rights are essential to our freedom. If we have control over decisions related to our bodies, that is the basis of being in control of the rest of our lives. As the old feminist saying goes: the personal is political.  I’m able to be more directly involved in the cause of ensuring these rights because there are a lot of hands-on, grassroots opportunities to take advantage of through the Council.

What’s the most exciting/terrifying/invigorating thing you’ve done while a member? Learning to be a trainer for college students who want to become pro-choice activists was the most invigorating thing I’ve done so far.  That I could help those younger than me honor their rights makes me feel legitimately connected to the pro-choice/pro-woman movement.

Why is it important to be involved? People should be able to make their own private reproductive and sexual decisions and choices–from cancer screening to birth control to abortion–and that is something I want to help ensure.

Sound good to you? If you want to get involved, check out our Activist Council!

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