Once a month, the craftivists of Cleveland gather amongst friends and acquaintances under the banner of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio to stitch and bitch it out. Some of us are employed in nonprofits and work on social justice issues. Some of us work in bookstores, for farmshares, as teachers, nannies, and scientists. Whatever our background, however, two things draw us together: A love of crafting and a passion for reproductive freedom.
Starting over two months ago in November, the Cleveland Pro-Choice Femiknits are a social activist experiment from Annie, our Northern Ohio organizer, and Pam, our Director of Development. Both avid fans of knitting and needlepoint crafts, the pair decided to start doing volunteer recruitment in the Cleveland area by appealing to the community’s love to get creative. The fledgling collective now has monthly meetings, alternating between the east side at the Bottlehouse Meadery and the west side at a local coffee shop. We’re hoping to select a more permanent west side location soon.
The collective is currently planning a couple creative projects around the welcoming of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this July. We will be doing banner drops, “knit-ins”, and more in order to truly make our anti-choice republican friends feel appropriately welcomed.
If you are interested in being part of our collective action and monthly meetups, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about our upcoming scheduled events!
Help build a pro-choice Ohio. Every day, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio fights to protect access to the full range of reproductive health care options—including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and safe & legal abortion care. We educate the public about the real threat to women’s healthcare posed by anti-choice legislation and policies. We mobilize pro-choice Ohioans to take political action to defend reproductive rights. And we are the voice for Ohio’s abortion clinics, helping them navigate the increasingly hostile climate created by extremist groups. But we need your help. As a member organization, we rely on your financial support to fund our important legislative, educational, and grassroots activities.