On Thursday, March 26, more than 300 people converged on Park Tavern in St. Louis Park to bowl and celebrate a community that stands for reproductive justice. The Pro-Choice Resources Bowl-a-Thon isn’t just an event to raise money to support PCR’s work – though it certainly is that, as the 1,800+ donorswho helped us raise $90,000 will attest.
It’s also a chance for a pep rally. A chance to find yourself in a building filled with people who go beyond supporting the right to choose. They support the breadth of reproductive justice issues – wage equality, violence prevention, health care access and more. And they’re an active part of PCR’s work to find solutions and eliminate reproductive oppression in our region and across the nation.
Coming at the beginning of the year and in the midst of a legislative session, the Bowl-a-Thon is the perfect opportunity for community members to recharge and kick off a year of making inroads and improvements in their communities. After weeks spent talking to friends, families, neighbors and everyone else within reach about the importance of reproductive justice and PCR’s work, bowlers get to come together and be reminded that they’re part of something bigger. It’s a chance to remember that, despite the protesters, TRAP bills, and other frustrations, there is a movement at work here that is large, vocal and, frankly, fun.
Now this league of advocates will take the energy of more than 2,000 people – from a spectrum of ages, races, economic backgrounds, gender identities, faiths and life experiences – and use it to make an impact in communities across the state and region. From advocating at the Capitol to advocating at your office, church, school and community, there’s a lot of progress we can make together.
The Bowl-a-Thon was a great success on many practical levels – we raised $5,000 more than goal, we partnered with Eat for Equity to bring three new (very successful) teams on board, and we had some of our largest team fundraising totals ever. But more than that, we had the chance to celebrate a community that champions reproductive freedoms. In the words of one bowler, “It’s amazing to be here with all these people and see that there are so many of us who care about this.”
Thank you to all who participated and everyone who continues to work for reproductive justice in our communities.