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: Sherin Bennett

Age: 30

Profession: Full-time graduate student, studying Urban Public Policy Analysis and Management at Milano The New School

Where do you hail from? Northfield, Illinois

Why did you get involved with the Activist Council? I went to Planned Parenthood when I first moved to NYC because I didn’t have health insurance and needed GYN exams and birth control. Once I got a job that provided health insurance, I wanted to give back to Planned Parenthood.

What’s the most exciting/terrifying/invigorating thing you’ve done while a member? Exciting — seeing the Political Action Group part of the Activist Council grow to over 100 members in the past few years, and having our advocacy and fundraising capabilities expand as well.

Terrifying — that moment before any event when I wonder, “Is anyone going to show up?”

Invigorating — attending the 2008 election party and knowing the group put in a lot of work to get our message out and get people to the polls. Also, I’ve made some great friends among Activist Council members and I’m so fortunate to have them in my life!

Why is it important to be involved? There are so many aspects to reproductive rights and I don’t think enough people realize just how tenuous our position is. Also, I’ve found that learning more about the politics and advocacy around reproductive rights has made me a better advocate for many things I care about.

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

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