Apr 18, 2015

USA & global: Making Family Planning a Priority

From: "John Seager, President Population Connection and Population Connection Action Fund" <president@popconnect.org>
Date: Apr 16, 2015 12:01 PM
Subject: Making Family Planning a Priority

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We're just now catching up with things after our annual Capitol Hill Days, which ended on Monday evening. Hosting activists of all ages and backgrounds is exhilarating for our wonderful staff. I'm always impressed by the depth of commitment and knowledge of our supporters.
Thanks to the generous support of members like you, I'm excited to report that this year's event was our largest ever! We welcomed 200 participants from 31 states and several countries all over the world to D.C. to make family planning a priority. The weekend was filled with talks, activities, and training sessions—culminating with 163 Capitol Hill office visits.  
I'm always excited to share a recap of the weekend with all of you—witnessing the energy and passion that drives our activists reminds me that, together, we can and will achieve global population stabilization. However, this year, instead of narrating the weekend's events for you, I thought I would present a different sort of wrap-up of Capitol Hill Days 2015. See details of the event, from the perspective of some of this year's participants:
  • A journalist and photographer duo from the multimedia news site Bustle.com asked some of the young attendees why they're fighting for family planning, then documented their responses in a compelling visual feature on their homepage. See their responses here.
  • The majority of this year's participants were college students from campuses around the country. Read coverage of the weekend in The Daily Wildcat, the University of Arizona's campus newspaper here, and an excellent recap in the University of California San Diego's UCSD Guardian here.
As always, I welcome any comments or feedback on all of the work that we do. I hope you are as inspired as I am by the impassioned activism we saw on display in Washington, D.C. this past weekend. You and I know that family planning matters—and I'm excited to see our message reaching a new generation fighting for global population stabilization.
John Seager
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