So I know you're all dying to hear how things went with the new vests. In a word: fantastic! They are so much more visible than the blue pinneys, and the volunteers tell me that patients seem a lot more confident coming up to them. It's easier to tell that they are associated with the clinic and not the protesters.
The other interesting effect was the protesters shying away - they kept their distance more than usual this week. Most likely this is just temporary, but it is a good thing for the time being.
The real cold started to hit this week. The escorts came inside frequently to warm up, and a few took toe warmers to put on before their shift next week. Winter break is always tough because people go home for the holidays, so we have fewer volunteers covering the shifts, and it's really rough to stand out in the cold for an hour. Hopefully we can make it work.
Don't forget to attend the Montreal massacre memorial service tonight at the Student Union Building (UNB), in the Blue Room. It starts at 7pm.
Also, Feminists for Choice is looking for pro-choice activists' stories to compile into an e-book. Check it out!
Cleveland was freezing this weekend too. But it's almost a comforting routine to wake up and layer up after escorting for a year.
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