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Planned Parenthood Volunteers Demonstrate for Women's Rights

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RICHLAND, Wash-- Planned Parenthood volunteers were outside John Dam Plaza in Richland earlier today, waving posters and asking people to sign petitions.

The volunteers want women to have continued access to reproductive healthcare and they want to train young activists. The program is called Live Action Camp and part of the demonstration is a training model for Planned Parenthood Activists. 

They learned how to create a community buzz by waving signs and having people sign petitions. Skills that the volunteers will learn this week will be universal for other non-profit programs or issue based campaigns.

"Planned Parenthood believes that young people have the right to information about their own bodies and as adults we need to respect them enough to give them that information," said Gina Popovic, Director of Public Affairs for Central Washington Planned Parenthood.

This is the first training session for Live Action and they say they will continue the camp with a goal to help activists learn to create change in an effective manner. Another activity was learning to go door-to-door asking for support. 

For the rest of the week camp leaders will continue training young activists through promoting the protection of women's access to abortion, birth control, and pap-smears.