Around the Office, Intern & Volunteer Stories

My Year at NARAL

Today is my last day as an Intern with NARAL Pro-Choice Washington. I’d like to write a bit about how much I’ve loved being here, but it’s always difficult to summarize a year of life, especially one so unique as this. What is it about trying to find the right words for something that makes you forget them entirely? So, to summarize what working here has meant to me, here goes nothing:

As a rising senior at the University of Washington hoping to eventually work in women’s health, the timely chance to intern with NARAL was something I had to pursue. I was fortunate enough at the start of last summer to be invited to contribute my time as the Social Media Intern, and I had no idea then that I would have that fortune extend to nearly an entire year. I have loved interning here, and I know NARAL will hold a special place in my heart forever. As I come upon my graduation date and dive head first into the big unknown of the *pause for dramatic emphasis* real world, I am so happy to have the year of experiences I’ve gained here under my belt. Through getting to see Wendy Davis speak at our own event, helping to raise awareness on Crisis Pregnancy Centers, meeting and interacting with amazing people in person and online over social media, and getting to blog every day on seriously cool and important things, I’d say I have had a year for the books!

I believe that the kind of work that NARAL does across the country is vital to women’s health and reproductive rights. Safeguarding that freedom is tantamount, especially given the astounding push back we’ve seen in anti-woman legislation and policy in recent years. I know that I will remain a supporter of NARAL and its important work for the rest of my life. But for now I must bid this blog and you all farewell. Endings are always best bittersweet, but I think I’ll let Queen Bey and this cat wave goodbye for me instead.

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Cheers to new beginnings! Thank you.

 

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Activism, Intern & Volunteer Stories

Tim: “My experience with NARAL has helped me to see myself as a political agent of change.”

By Tim, Founding Member, Millennial Advisory Council
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Tim serves on NARAL Pro-Choice Washington’s Millennial Advisory Council.

Over the last few years, my relationship with NARAL Pro-Choice Washington has varied quite a bit.  I have acted as an office volunteer, an event facilitator, a community organizer, and most recently, a member of NARAL’s  Millennial Advisory Council.  Through all of these experiences, I have learned not only innumerable things about the pro-choice movement, but of the impassioned stories of those fighting for the cause. What inspires me most about NARAL Pro-Choice Washington is the fact that such a small group a women and men can do so much for their community, as well as the advancement of pro-choice policy and education. 

My experience with NARAL has helped me to see myself as a political agent of change; that I have the power to educate others on pro-choice policy and greater matters of reproductive justice and sexual literacy in society, as well the ability to inspire others to become change agents in their own right. 

As a man, I might seem disconnected from pro-choice politics.  However, as a community member, I am absolutely connected to a woman’s right to choose, as well as a community’s duty to be educated and tolerant of such rights.

Thank you, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington for educating me, and in turn allow me to educate.

Abortion Care, Activism, Intern & Volunteer Stories

“These Women Are Very Brave”: Interview with Long-Time Reproductive Rights Activist Lorie Lucky

We are incredibly lucky here at NARAL Pro-Choice Washington to have a longtime, dedicated volunteer by the name of Lorie Lucky. Lorie is a decades-long defender of women’s and reproductive rights. She’s worked in a myriad of places in a very multidisciplinary fashion. Studying political science and sociology as an undergrad at Washington State University, she later spent 15 years working in elementary particle physics at the University of Washington, and was the manager of the Department of Statistics. Naturally, we thought it was about time to hear more of her experiences. Our interview follows below. Some dialogue has been edited for reading clarity.

Michelle Auster: Where and how were you raised? And what is like in general before Roe v. Wade?

Lorie Lucky: My parents were almost two generations behind me. My mother and father had a very equal relationship. She was 40 and he was 47 when I was born. I had a pretty idealistic upbringing, I lived in a large house next to an orchard in Wenatchee, and my parents had been settled for 10 years so they were really stable. Back then I was going to school in the early ’50s in a farm town and there weren’t any sexual education classes at all. In sixth grade, with permission of our parents, we could come with our mothers, and we learned about periods and women’s internal organs, and that was it.

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Intern & Volunteer Stories, Reproductive Justice

Michelle: “This place is full of pro-choice people who are fun, passionate, and wise”

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Michelle is our Social Media Intern.

I have been incredibly fortunate to have interned at NARAL Pro-Choice Washington for roughly the past nine months as the Social Media Intern. Every week, I’ve been helping to manage various social media outlets, raise awareness on the damaging practices of Crisis Pregnancy Centers, and pet every friendly dog that comes to visit in the office. I was even able to see Wendy Davis speak here in Seattle!  I’ve loved getting to know everyone who works and volunteers here. This place is full of pro-choice people who are all fun, passionate, and wise. How could I not love it? At times, interning here seems like a hodge-podge of quirky and creative activities, and truly every day is different. I have been able to explore more of what I care about in writing for the blog, and help spread awareness about all things pro-woman.

As a senior at the University of Washington studying International Studies and Global Health, my final year has seemed all sorts of hectic to me. But being able to come to Pioneer Square every week to engage in matters of reproductive health and justice has provided a sturdy anchor to my life and career goals. This experience has been meaningful to me because it has reaffirmed my commitment to this important field, and given me new insights on how to continue giving back. Especially in this time of such uncertainty, with my college graduation looming ever nearer, working with NARAL has made that uncertainty lessen by a huge degree. I could not think of a better fit for myself and my interests, and although I’m not done interning yet, I cannot believe how lucky I’ve been in having NARAL a part of my life and career. I am positive that I will continue my dedication to reproductive rights well into the future, and I have the incredible staff at NARAL to thank for giving me that starting point.