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Dec 20, 2012
What an election season it has been for the Texas Freedom Network Student Chapter at Southern Methodist University!
Our student chapter in Dallas is new. We’re a small, but dedicated group hoping to change the culture at SMU through encouraging students to become activists for comprehensive sex ed, scientifically accurate health textbooks and LGBTQ equality among other issues. Since August we have been going through the process of becoming a chartered student organization at the university. In addition, we were excited to activate young voters around the Dallas area.
Diligent in our work, we began by seeking out local events at which we could table. We planned meetings on campus and used social media to reach out to our friends who would be willing to volunteer.
Our first event was Dallas Pride. It was cold, wet, and not so filled with sunshine, but that made the rainbows stand out even brighter. Nonetheless, we took advantage of this wonderful opportunity to leave the table and soggy pamphlets behind to interact with the huge crowd that was watching the parade. Through this, we were able to build relationships with Dallas locals and let them know that TFN was in town!
On campus, we had to push through several obstacles to have our presence known but we have begun to build a strong base of supporters. Until we have our charter status, we can only host meetings. However, soon we’ll be advertising and hosting events all year long!
We’re well on our way to being an established and sustainable campus organization. In January, we’ll host a “Fired Up for the Legislative Session Celebration” where we’ll celebrate the beginning of our work organizing around supporting birth control access at the state capitol. We’re thinking party favors with a little information about the State Legislature, the State Board of Education, yummy treats and of course “lollipop condoms.”
More to come as we continue to fight for comprehensive sex ed and birth control access in Texas!