PPTV is hiring a Youth Organizer (Intern)

POSITION: Temporary, part-time (10 to 25 hours per week)
REPORTS TO: Community Outreach Specialist
LOCATION: San Antonio
DURATION: 26 weeks, June 20, 2016 through December 15, 2016

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes (PPTV) is the statewide advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas that engages supporters of reproductive health to fight to protect and expand women’s access to preventative and reproductive healthcare, including abortion. The work at PPTV is fast paced and deals with complex and high priority matters related to the electoral and legislative politics of women’s health in Texas. Our programs range from talking to voters about the politics of abortion to advocating to protect state funding for breast cancer screenings.

The Youth Organizer will lead campus and community outreach activities to engage young people in the fight for reproductive health in Texas, including recruiting new supporters, engaging volunteers, executing effective issue and voter education campaigns, and hosting campus events.

Key Responsibilities

  • Recruit students and young people to support Planned Parenthood and access to reproductive healthcare through campus and community events and actions, including tabling, crowd canvassing, and phonebanking.
  • Promote engagement of existing supporters and development of volunteers through organized events and actions on and off campus, including participating in and leading trainings and facilitating meetings.
  • Build meaningful relationships and partners with campus organizations to further reproductive justice initiatives on campus.
  • Attend local community events on behalf of Planned Parenthood as requested.
  • Additional responsibilities, as needed.

Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
  • Three months of consistent volunteer experience with Planned Parenthood or another progressive organization.
  • Ability to function in a fast paced work environment and manage multiple tasks.
  • Working knowledge of Google Docs, Microsoft Office Suite, and other technical tools.
  • Participation with PP Generation, Youth Organizing & Policy Institute (YOPI), Student Leadership & Advocacy Meeting (SLAM), and other Planned Parenthood youth activities preferred, but not required.
  • Campaign experience preferred, but not required.

Personal Qualities/Other Attributes

  • Deep appreciation for mission of Planned Parenthood and reproductive justice.
  • Interest in Texas politics.
  • Enjoys operating in a fast-paced environment; a nimble and flexible work style.
  • A direct and open interpersonal communication style; a smart and confident leader.

Training

As a Youth Organizer, you will participate in regional, state, and national trainings run by experienced Planned Parenthood staff.  All Youth Organizers are required to attend the Planned Parenthood Youth Power Summit in Houston, August 19-21.  This training will supplement the valuable skills and experience you gain on your campus and in your community.

Compensation

This position is paid hourly at a rate of $10.00 per hour.

How to Apply

8/25/2016: THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED.

To apply, send a one-page resume, cover letter of 650 words or less, and three references to sanantonio@pptexasvotes.org.

  • Each document should be a separate attachment; all attachments should be saved in PDF format and named in the format of “Last Name, First Name – Document Name”.
  • Cover letters included in the body of the email will not be accepted.
  • References from employment, academic and volunteer experience are acceptable.
  • Please indicate “Youth Organizer – San Antonio” in the email subject line.
  • All applications must be received by June 27, 2016.

Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental to our success at PPTV.  Employment opportunities are based on an individual’s capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other protected characteristic as established under the law.

BREAKING: Supreme Court Announces Review of Texas Abortion Restrictions

Austin, TX — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will review a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding restrictions that threaten to further devastate access to safe, legal abortion in Texas. If the Supreme Court does not reverse the lower court’s ruling, it would leave the 5.4 million women of reproductive age in Texas with only 10 health centers that provide safe, legal abortion in the entire state—down from approximately 40 health centers before passage of this dangerous law. The case is Whole Women’s Health, et al. v. Cole, et al. and the plaintiffs are represented by the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Within hours of the Texas restrictions taking effect last October 2014 and before the Supreme Court stepped in to temporarily block the restrictions, Planned Parenthood witnessed the catastrophic impact to women across the state — with health centers inundated with calls from frightened and upset patients, and women lined up outside health center doors, waiting to see if they could still access the care they needed at the Planned Parenthood health centers that remained open. In Houston, Planned Parenthoodreported that its call volume from patients seeking abortion services increased 170 percent when the law was in effect. Planned Parenthood in Austin received seven times as many calls about abortion services, as compared to typical averages. Across Central and North Texas, Planned Parenthood saw a daily average of four times as many calls from women seeking abortions. Many of these calls were from women living far outside the affiliates’ service regions, in cities such as Midland and McAllen, where providers had closed. Doris Dixon, a call center director for Planned Parenthood in Houston, shared a heartbreaking account of a woman who traveled from out of state and stayed in Houston overnight, only to find that she couldn’t obtain a procedure, writing: “I don’t know what will happen to her. I don’t know that I will ever stop thinking about her. And she is just one woman whose life has been turned upside down by this law.”

Statement from Yvonne Gutierrez, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes:

“We have seen the devastating consequences for women firsthand when this law went into effect last October — with patients lined up outside Planned Parenthood health centers and women frantically calling to get the care they need. If the Court upholds this clinic shutdown law, it could create a world where even though abortion is legal, it is completely out of reach for many women. A woman’s right to make personal medical decisions about abortion shouldn’t depend on where she lives. Make no mistake—this is part of a broader agenda to ban safe, legal abortion completely. In fact, the author of this very law has said she is ‘proud that Texas always takes the lead in trying to turn back what started with Roe v. Wade.’ This is not what Texans want–which is why thousands turned out to protest this dangerous law when it was jammed through the legislature.”

Statement from Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America:

“If the court allows this clinic shutdown law to stand, it would essentially take many women back to a time before abortion was legal. Texas paints a devastating picture of what’s at stake for women across the country — where women are already traveling hundreds of miles, crossing state lines, and waiting weeks to get an abortion, if they can at all. A woman’s very right to make personal medical decisions about abortion is now before the court. These clinic shutdown laws are a clear attempt to end women’s access to safe and legal abortion, and this is not what the public wants. When this law passed, it sparked historic protests in Texas and across the country. For more than 40 years, the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed that the Constitution protects every woman’s right to make her own personal medical decisions about abortion — and Americans support that right.”

These restrictions have already shut down health centers across Texas, and women are already struggling to access safe, legal abortion. In fact, new research from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) found that some women are waiting as long as 20 days to access abortion in Texas. If the Supreme Court does not reverse the appellate ruling, the situation could get even worse. Researchers estimate that the number of women seeking abortions at the remaining 10 health centers would increase dramatically beyond existing capacity, forcing longer delays that would nearly double the percentage of abortions in the second trimester. While abortion is an extremely safe procedure, it’s safest the earliest it’s provided.

Polls consistently show that the majority of Americans support access to safe and legal abortion. A recent Bloomberg Politics national poll found that 67% of Americans surveyed said the Supreme Court was right to rule that women have a constitutional right to abortion and agree with the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade. A VOX/Perry Undem poll found that more Americans now consider themselves pro-choice than pro-life. Sixty-eight percent of Millennials don’t want to see Roe overturned, and 72 percent of Republicans think abortion should be available.

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Planned Parenthood Texas Votes (PPTV) is the nonpartisan policy, advocacy and political arm of
Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas.

Statement from Yvonne Gutierrez, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

Statement from Yvonne Gutierrez, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes:

“Governor Abbott’s political grandstanding is on full display this morning.  Representatives from the Texas Office of Inspector General showed up at Planned Parenthood health centers in Brownsville, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio looking for an excuse to take health care away from thousands of women and men who rely on Planned Parenthood for preventive care — but what they will see is professional, compassionate and quality health care.  Despite their efforts to distort the truth, health care — no matter what — is what happens at Planned Parenthood.”

BACKGROUND
In another calculated move that clearly shows their political motivations, an Austin reporter showed up with OIG at the San Antonio health center. On Monday, it was reporters and not the OIG that notified Planned Parenthood affiliates of the state’s plans to terminate Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid contract.
It is widely reported that Governor Abbott wants to make safe abortion illegal and end Texas women’s access to preventive health care at Planned Parenthood. Already, tens of thousands of women have been cut off from their trusted provider and access to preventive health care, but that’s not enough for Governor Abbott. He’s willing to play politics with women’s health and lives until he gets his way.

Texas Politicians Take Aim at Women’s Access to Care at Planned Parenthood Again

Texas Politicians Take Aim at Women’s Access to Care at Planned Parenthood Again
Tens of thousands of women already going without care due to past attacks

Washington, DC – The state of Texas announced plans to end contracts for Planned Parenthood affiliates to provide birth control, cancer screenings, HIV tests and preventive care through Medicaid. Each year, Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas care for thousands of patients through Medicaid. This comes hours after a federal court temporarily blocked a similar action taken by Louisiana officials. The courts and the Center for Medicaid, CHIP and Survey & Certification (CMCS) have been clear that federal law prohibits states from interfering with Medicaid beneficiaries’ access to the qualified provider of their choice. To date, two federal Courts of Appeals, the Seventh and Ninth Circuits, have agreed, blocking laws excluding abortion providers from Medicaid enacted in Indiana and Arizona, and the Supreme Court declined to review both of those rulings. CMCS clearly stated in an informational memo dated June 2011: “States are not, however, permitted to exclude providers from the program solely on the basis of the range of medical services they provide.”

Statement from Yvonne Gutierrez, Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes:

“Once again politicians in Austin are showing how little they care about Texan’s health care. They’re launching yet another attack on low-income Texans’ access to preventive health care by announcing they intend to cut Planned Parenthood affiliates’ Medicaid contract. Already tens of thousands of women have lost their access to health care after years of deep cuts to family planning programs that provide access to lifesaving cancer screenings, HIV tests and well woman exams. Now their using thoroughly discredited, bogus attacks against Planned Parenthood as a shameful excuse to target Texas women’s health yet again. Planned Parenthood will continue to fight for access to health care and information for all Texans.”

Statement from Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President, Planned Parenthood Action Fund:

“What’s happening today in Texas should be a national scandal. It is completely outrageous that Texas officials are using thoroughly discredited, fraudulent videos to cut women off from preventive health care, including cancer screenings, HIV testing, and birth control. This smear campaign has been completely discredited because the claims are completely false. In every state where this fraudulent smear campaign has been invoked, Planned Parenthood has fought for its patients to continue getting the high-quality, compassionate health care we provide, and in every state we’ve won. We will fight back against this outrageous, malicious, political attack in Texas with everything we’ve got, and we will protect women’s access to the health care they need and deserve.”

Years of hostile policies have already left tens of thousands of Texas women without access to cancer screenings, birth control, HIV tests and other preventive care. A series of recent studies detail the real-world impact of devastating budget cuts and funding schemes that blocked care at Planned Parenthood health centers:

  • One report showed that 55 percent of Texas women reported at least one barrier to accessing reproductive health care, including lifesaving cancer screenings or family planning services. Nearly 40 percent of women reported two or more barriers. Read more HERE from Texas Policy Evaluation Project.
  • A study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that the state’s family planning program served 54 percent fewer patients as a result of the 2011 budget cuts and tiered funding scheme. The researchers went on to write: “The tiered funding system placed organizations that had the greatest amount of experience providing these methods at a disadvantage and instead favored those that did not offer these methods as widely to their clients.”
  • In January, the State of Texas Health and Human Services Commission issued a grim report revealing that 30,000 fewer women received health care through the Texas Women’s Health Program (WHP) in 2013 than in 2011, following the state’s takeover of the program in order to ban Planned Parenthood. The Dallas Morning News reported that “the areas with the highest drops in the number of women served by the WHP occurred in areas where Planned Parenthood clinics shuttered.”
  • The Brownsville Herald, October 29, 2011: “[Brownsville Community Health Center] executive director Paula Gómez said she is concerned more women will lose out on vital care now that the Southmost clinic is gone and state funding has been cut. ‘Planned Parenthood, in those cases, was the only form of healthcare for a majority of these ladies,’ she said. ‘We’ve always had a good working relationship with Planned Parenthood and I think we’ve always worked hand in hand trying to do as comprehensive care as we can given our financial situation and our staffing situations.”
  • Huffington Post, May 11, 2011: “Those familiar with the mechanics of the [Women’s Health Program], however, question the feasibility of other health centers picking up the 42,000 women who would no longer be treated by Planned Parenthood. ‘The coverage will continue, but that may not mean much if you look at the overall picture,’ said Jose E. Camacho, Executive Director of the Texas Association of Community Health Centers. ‘Health centers’ funding is being leveled, so we can’t say in good conscience that [Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)] have the capacity to take these women in.’ FQHCs are serving one million people, 230,000 of childbearing age. The future of health care for close to a quarter million clients is also hazy, Camacho says, considering the House’s recent cuts to Title XX, V, and X programs. To add 40,000-plus former Planned Parenthood patients would be a 20 percent increase and ‘just can’t be done over a night or two without funding.’”
  • Austin Chronicle, April 22, 2011: “Put simply, says Randall Ellis, senior director of government relations for the well-respected Houston FQHC Legacy Community Health Services, it takes the entire spectrum of providers, including Planned Parenthood, to meet the needs of the growing population of low-income people without access to reproductive and other basic health care services. ‘We work in conjunction with Planned Parenthood for family-planning and HIV services. We do referrals back and forth, so that people can receive services in the setting that they’re most comfortable in,’ he said. ‘These family-planning providers, providers that specialize in family-planning services, provide these services in a much more cost-effective manner than do the other [providers] without the know-how – much more [cost-effectively] than Legacy or the other FQHCs … that don’t have the background’ or expertise in providing reproductive health care.”
  • Read more about the state of Texas women’s health from the Guttmacher Institute.

Statement from Yvonne Gutierrez, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes:

For nearly 80 years, Planned Parenthood has been a high-quality health care provider for Texas women, men, and teens. This includes birth control, lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and other health care services. As we have said time and time again, Planned Parenthood follows all laws and has very high medical standards which are informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

“Planned Parenthood works every day to ensure that Texans have access to high-quality, compassionate health care. We are the nation’s leading provider of high-quality reproductive health care and sex education. Millions of people walk through our doors every day, all across this country, and trust us to give them the health care and information they need. This may be a game for politicians, but for the women and men in Texas, it’s an attack on their access to health care.

“This thoroughly discredited smear campaign stems from totally false claims made by anti-abortion extremists who are pursuing a political agenda that is far outside the mainstream. Governor Abbott and the politicians behind these baseless attacks have allied themselves with extremists who are willing to lie, harass women and doctors, and reportedly break the law. It is clear that the public does not want elected officials spending time and money looking into patently false claims and working overtime to make it even harder for Texas women to access health care. Already, more than half of women in Texas report barriers to accessing reproductive health care. Planned Parenthood will continue doing everything in our power to fight this dangerous agenda on behalf of the Texans who rely on us.

What We Built

When the Texas Legislature convened 140 days ago two things were certain–some legislators would make it their mission to cut health care for Texans who need it most, and our supporters across the state would take decisive action to fight back.
Now, the legislative session has ended and the outcomes are clear: Vulnerable teens will face additional barriers in order to access their constitutional right to safe, legal abortion and women with the most need will lose access to critical cancer screenings from the provider they trust – Planned Parenthood.

Our strategy this legislative session was not just about defending against the imminent attacks. What we set out to do, and what we did, is work to build the grassroots power we need to create the change we want to see in Texas. And we did that thanks to supporters like you.

Together, we did this:

We recruited 25,862 new supporters from nearly every legislative district in the state who support the critical health care our health centers provide.

We delivered nearly 20,000 petitions to make sure the Legislature knows where Texans stand on women’s health and cancer screenings.

We conducted over 1,000 office visits to all 181 legislators to educate them about the services we provide and the important role our health centers fill in the communities we serve.

Planned Parenthood’s top priority is ensuring women get the health care they need. We can only do that with dedicated supporters like you.

Thank you,
Yvonne Gutierrez
Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

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Texas Manifesta: We Are Watching

Our Texas Manifesta: We Are Watching.  

On this January 13th, start of the 84th Texas Legislative session, we declare our values and our commitment to fight during the upcoming months.

We believe in a Texas where politicians are held accountable to ALL Texans. We believe that democracy looks like a Capitol filled with thousands monitoring every action taken and demanding that our voices be heard.

We believe in a Texas where access to health care doesn’t depend on who you are, where you live, or the size of your bank account — where every Texan has the opportunity to live a healthy and meaningful life. We know that these basic rights are the foundation of freedom and opportunity.

We believe that the ability to plan if and when to have a child is essential to a family’s health and economic well-being. We believe that comprehensive sex education, affordable birth control, and access to safe and legal abortion are not political negotiation chips that can be used to discriminate against Texans. We further believe that every Texan should have access to insurance coverage for the full range of health care services. We believe that Texans should have the right to access health care services based on the medical care they need, not the religious beliefs of politicians or their bosses.

Politicians who hold office in the Capitol are being put on notice: We Are Watching. We will not let you get away with removing access to care, and our basic rights and dignity, behind closed doors. We are a strong community. We will not go away.

We will make our voices heard.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN YOUR NAME IN SUPPORT. 

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“Keep fightin’ for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don’t you forget to have fun doin’ it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin’ ass and celebratin’ the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was.” – Molly Ivins

PPTV: Thank you Wendy and Leticia We’re Ready To Keep Up The Fight For The Long Run

Fort Worth, TX — Tonight’s results were a clear indication that we’ve made tremendous progress towards engaging and empowering more Texans to participate in the democratic process, and this work will only continue to grow stronger in the coming years.  What tonight also showed us is that there is still a lot of work to be done to make Texas a healthy, thriving democracy, where all voters understand the importance of their votes and participate in the electoral process. Planned Parenthood Texas Votes has quickly built a strong infrastructure, and expanded our supporter base, to keep up this fight for Texas women through the upcoming legislative session and in future elections.

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes Program Overview

Today, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes (PPTV) delivered on the largest electoral effort ever conducted by Planned Parenthood in the state of Texas. PPTV surpassed our original goal of engaging 300,000 Texas women voters in conversation about the crucial impact this election will have on women’s health. Within just a few months, PPTV shattered field contact goals, signed up new supporters, built a durable grassroots network, and turned out voters in support of women’s health champions.

Getting Out the Vote By the Numbers:

  • Knocks on Voter Doors: More than 460,000 door knocks
  • Phone Calls to Voters: 516,051 phone calls
  • Mail delivered to Texas Voters” 378,507 mail pieces

Statement from Yvonne Gutierrez, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes Executive Director:

“We’ve always known this election cycle would be an uphill battle, after Texas has spent decades without competitive statewide races and with some of the lowest voter turnout in the country. Planned Parenthood Texas Votes fought hard in this campaign to support policies that help Texas women lead healthy lives and succeed economically. We’re in this for the long run, and we will always fight for women to get the health care they need.   

“Senators Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte have been, and remain, incredibly strong fighters for Texas women. Whether in the legislature or on the campaign trail, they trust Texas women and fight to support our health care and rights. We thank them for their service and for their fight.

“Planned Parenthood Texas Votes ran a robust voter outreach program throughout the state. We reached out to over 600,000 voters, and engaged them in conversations about the importance of women’s health care in this election. And we heard from them time and time again that Texans trust women to make their own health care decisions, and do not want politicians to impose their personal beliefs upon all Texas women.

“Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick were not elected to restrict women’s access to health care, and we will work to make sure that they don’t interfere with a woman’s ability to access preventative and life saving care, as well as access to safe and legal abortion. We will continue to be here to advocate for Texas women and their access to health care no matter what.”

The Women’s Vote

Women voters in Texas have historically skewed Republican in their votes, with the last statewide Democratic candidate to win the women’s vote being Ann Richards in her 1990 election.What we learned from the exit polls is that Sen. Davis won African-American women at 94%, Latina women at 61%, and Unmarried Women at 57%.

Greg Abbott’s Record on Abortion

This election is not an endorsement of an agenda to restrict women’s access to health care. People in Texas support women’s access to birth control, preventive health care, and a woman’s right to make her own personal medical decisions, and Texans do not want politicians to restrict women’s health.

In the final weeks of this campaign, Greg Abbott even tried to soften his out-of-touch positions on women’s health, muddying the waters about his positions on these issues. Despite Abbott’s long-standing position of opposing abortion in all instances, he felt the need to report a change of heart just days before the election and states that he now supports abortions being accessible for women through the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.This follows a late-in-the-game national trend of high-profile Republicans attempting to undergo a “pro-choice makeover” by adopting seemingly less restrictive policies towards abortion and birth control.

As a non-partisan organization, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes and its numerous Republican supporters around the state look forward to holding Governor-elect Abbott to his word by calling for a reprieve from abortion-related legislation and policy-making in his administration.

Additional Background:

  • Texans do not want elected officials to make decisions about women’s health, with only 34% of Texans saying they trust the Governor and the legislature to do so.
  • 78 percent of Latino voters in Texas agree that a woman has a right to make her own decisions about abortion without politicians interfering.
  • Most Texans, by a significant margin, want abortion to be an option for women facing crises like rape, incest and life-threatening circumstance related to a pregnancy.

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PPTV PAC is the political action committee of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, the political and advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood’s three Texas-based affiliates. PPTV engages in legislative, educational, and advocacy activity across Texas and works to elect candidates who support comprehensive women’s health care policies. 

 

Vote like the women of Texas are counting on you.

It all comes down to tomorrow. November 4th. The Texans who turn out to vote will decide the future of our state. 

Texas women need you to show up. If you have not voted yet, CLICK HERE to make a plan and locate your polling place. Make a Vote Plan

This election could not matter more. We have a real opportunity to turn things around. We can join with all the other Texans who have already gone to the polls and we can say: Enough! 

With our votes we can shout even louder than we did at the Capitol last summer. We can demand that our Texas be a place where women are trusted, and where our health care and rights are not treated like political bargaining chips. 

Will you make a plan to vote and share this link with your friends and family? 

This is our state. But the folks who have been in power for too long are counting on us staying home. They think we’ve been too beat down to fight back again. They don’t think we believe our votes matter. They think they can silence us again. 

I don’t know who they’ve been talking to, because the Texans I talk to every day are taking this fight to the ballot box! We have never given up. We have never backed down. And we are turning up, turning out, and demanding that we be heard. 

It all comes down to tomorrow. 

Vote like the women of Texas are counting on you. They are. 

Let’s do this!