I am proud to have worked with a number of local community groups.
Most recently, I volunteered with Hotels for the Homeless, a non-profit organization that seeks to temporarily house the local homeless population in hotel rooms. In this capacity, I delivered hot meals to the homeless weekly. I have also spoken publicly at Bloomington City Council meetings to advocate against razing homeless encampments on public property. You can read more about my comments and the local anti-homeless policies that I am opposing here.
I have also worked with Monroe County Area Mutual Aid, which is a local community group that encourages individuals to meet the needs of others through the redistribution of wealth, resources, and social support.
During the Summer of 2019, I joined forces with No Space for Hate, a group of concerned citizens that formed to address the presence of White Supremacist vendors at the Bloomington Farmer’s Market. To read more about our protest, please see the press coverage in The Nation, The New York Times, and The Daily Beast. I also participated independently in non-violent, direct action at the Bloomington Farmer’s Market, which was covered by Indiana Public Media.
In May 2017, I began my term on the Board of Directors for Women’s March on Washington – Indiana (WMWIN), a non-profit which connects community organizers throughout the state to encourage progressive politics on social and legislative issues. I served a term as Chair of the Board of Directors from November 2018 to June 2019, and I completed my two-year term on the Board.
In this capacity, I coordinated a diaper drive for the Hoosier Diaper Program, the awarding of a scholarship prize for women in science (two years running), and a community meeting with organizers from across the state. I also facilitated an implicit bias workshop and panel, which was provided to the Indianapolis community free of charge, and coordinated a voter registration drive at the largest drug rehabilitation center for women in Indiana.
In January 2019, WMWIN partnered with Planned Parenthood and All Options Pregnancy Resource Center for Advocacy In Action: An institute focusing on reproductive justice in the state of Indiana.
In July 2018, I participated in the largest women’s act of civil disobedience in our nation’s history in protest of family separation and family detention. In October 2018, I protested the Kavanaugh confirmation from the steps of the Capitol Building, where I was captured briefly on NBC, CNN, and MSNBC.
In January 2018, I chaired the Communications Committee for the Women’s March anniversary event in Indianapolis — Reclaiming Our State: Power to the Polls. Check out my Fox59 interview here, and other coverage in the Indy Star, WTHR, WFYI, and our local NPR affiliate, WFIU.
I am also a member of the Monroe County National Organization for Women, (NOW), a non-profit that focuses on economic equality, women’s rights, LGBTQ+ equal protection, and racial justice.
I have also participated in community projects with Bloomington Black Lives Matter, Hoosier Action, and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, attending local city council meetings, providing volunteer support, and participating in voter registration initiatives.