“I have always marched for Human Rights, for me, my kids, and now grandkids. I testified against the Ohio abortion ban.”
Human Rights Activist
I have been a human rights activist before I was old enough to understand that was what I was doing. My first memory was first grade in a Catholic school. A new girl came to class, her mother had died and her dad had enrolled her. She was sad and shy, and the nun was not nice to her. I befriended her and was told by the nun it was not a good idea because she was a jew and unless changed would go to hell. I told the nun that God loved all. Needless to say, that girl and I were dear friends in a very difficult situation. Many times we were up in the front of the classroom on our knees with our books coping prays. I moved from Ohio to NJ, then PA, and now back to OHIO.
As an adult, I was an elected township auditor, worked in community outreach, helped organize citizens groups, and been to many protests locally in PA, NYC, DC, and Columbus Ohio. I have always been involved in one way or the other with Planned Parenthood and woman's rights throughout the years. In 2016 I helped local organizations work together to get busses to the first Woman's March in DC.
When I moved back to Ohio, was happy to be moving to Columbus. My family and grandkids are here and it is the Capital. Shortly after moving here the 6-week abortion ban was moving through the statehouse. I contacted PP and testifies from personal and professional (As a social worker) experience, from there I sat on a round table with Sen. Brown. I helped organize other volunteers to speak with Sen. Portman and Rep. Balderson. I have met with State Sen. Kunze and am friends with Rep. Beth Liston.
I am frustrated that we seem to be going backward but know there are many with me moving forward.