Cicada Collective’s North Texas Abortion Support Network (NTX ASN) is a network of trained volunteers who provide various practical support services to individuals seeking abortions in the Dallas Fort Worth area. We are currently seeking volunteer drivers, hotline managers, doulas, and a few other positions detailed below. If you wish to volunteer to help support access to abortion in North Texas please fill out and submit an application below! The deadline to be accepted for the early February training session (date TBD) is January 31, 2016. Application link: https://goo.gl/N9v6f3
Cicada Collective and it's practical support program, the North Texas Abortion Support Network (NTX-ASN), have been on hiatus in recent months due to lack of volunteer and organizer capacity. We are currently in the process of restructuring our organization to better assist North Texans who need transportation to abortion services in the DFW area. For those invested in supporting access to abortion in North Texas, please keep an eye out for further updates and new volunteer opportunities coming later this week! and as always, thank you for supporting Cicada Collective through the tireless struggle for reproductive justice in Texas.
Cicada Collective was founded a year ago in April 2013; since then, we have hosted the first open Abortion Doula Training in the state of Texas, and have traveled far and wide across the state and region, sharing and learning skills to make reproductive justice and autonomous health an accessible reality for more people in our communities (click here for a list of everything we’ve done in the past year!)
Among the many exciting projects Cicada Collective has undertaken are our efforts to support access to abortions in the Dallas-Forth Worth metroplex by providing lodging,transportation, and doula services to clients seeking abortions in the area. We have a small team of volunteers that has been accepting clients over the past few months, but the need for compassionate care is growing, and we need your help to meet the demand. After many months of hard work and dedicated effort, we are proud to announce the launch of our North Texas Abortion Support Network (NTX-ASN)! With your support and volunteer effort, we can make accessible abortions a reality for everyone in our area of the state!
We will be offering Abortion Support Trainings for volunteers in the Dallas-Forth Worth area on May 31st and June 28th - come learn the skills necessary to logistically support people seeking abortions by providing them with transportation to and from their abortion appointments, as well as lodging during their stay if they are traveling from outside the area. Attendees will be eligible to become part of Cicada Collective’s NTX Abortion Practical Support Network and can begin helping clients in our area access safe, reliable transportation and housing during their abortion procedure. (**If neither of these training dates work for you, please apply anyway and specify what your scheduling needs are; we want to make sure these skills are made accessible to as many members of our communities as possible and will do our best to accomodate you.**)
To support safe access to abortion in North Texas, fill out an Abortion Support Network Volunteer Application and click here to help us fund this project (proceeds will go to hosting and transportation expenses, as well as printing and educational resources for our training materials). Contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions.
How to help if you don’t live in Dallas-Fort Worth, or if you feel that providing practical support is not for you: Make a donation to help fund our volunteer–run collective! Contact us if you are interested in a training, skillshare, or collaboration, or invite us to speak at an event or facilitate a workshop in your city. Look for more details in the next few weeks about upcoming Abortion Doula trainings in Austin, TX and Oklahoma City, OK this summer!
Please share this information widely among your personal and professional networks and encourage potential volunteers to apply! If you have any questions about the Abortion Support Network or about Cicada Collective, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
It has recently come to our attention that a right-wing Christian group (known as “Praying for you” on Facebook)* has been circulating our email address among anti-choicers, advising them to infiltrate our group by emailing us about our upcoming ride and lodging share program and volunteering to give patients rides to clinics, with the hidden intent of abducting these patients by driving them to a church instead of the clinic, thus forcing them to miss their appointments. (View a screenshot of the post on Abolish Human Abortion’s Facebook page here.)
We were quite surprised to see this screenshot when many of our supporters sent it to us, but became especially concerned when we began receiving an influx of emails and messages from people previously unfamiliar with Cicada Collective who saw the screenshot and mistakenly believed that we were the ones coordinating this anti-choice plot. We want to take this opportunity to clarify that Cicada Collective is NOT affiliated with the group Abolish Human Abortion; we are NOT anti-choice. Cicada Collective exists to provide reproductive resources (informational, emotional, physical, and practical support) to people seeking abortions in North Texas.
We appreciate the outpouring of support we have received, as well as the many words of caution – we understand that these threats are alarming, but we want to reassure all of our supporters that these anti-choice infiltrators WILL NOT pass our screening requirements for practical support, or for any affiliation with our collective. We are currently in the process of forming the groundwork for our ride and lodging share system, but we intend to work within our personal, professional, and activist communities and networks to find volunteers for this program, always taking into first consideration the safety of clients as well as volunteers. We are fortunate and grateful to be working within a network of dedicated reproductive justice groups across the state to fine-tune the many nuanced details of this program and make this kind of community support a reality. We appreciate your continued interest and support, and hope that this helps to clear up some of the confusion and dismay. We also greatly appreciate the many inquiries about offering us financial support! If you would like to help fund our project, visit our wepay page. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments, and view our website and various social media for more information about our work!