Menstrual Product Drive Update

by Las Vegas Democratic Socialists of America
October 8, 2020 | Chapter News

“Practicing mutual aid is the surest means for giving each other and to all the greatest safety, the best guarantee of existence and progress, bodily, intellectual and moral.”

– Kropotkin

Our Socialist Feminist and Mutual Aid Committees collaborated on a Menstrual Product Drive to address period poverty. During a menstruating person’s lifetime, they will on average spend $6,000 on what should be deemed as basic human necessities. 71% of people said they have had to choose between being able to eat and being able to afford these necessities, and this cost factor is only amplified even more due to the fact that 10% of people also miss 1-2 days of work due to the pain that comes with menstruation. Many more are forced to go into work, despite usually being in a considerable amount of pain, due to the nature of the capitalist society that we live in. Period Poverty is real, and it’s unfortunately a cycle that too many know too well.

Due to this pandemic, the lack of access to products has become increasingly harder. With many people out of work, their money is not only cut off, but possibly also their access to free products offered by the workplace or community center. As socialists, we believe everyone should be able to live a dignified life with full, easy and free access to basic human necessities and hope to be able to help anyone during this time.

Today we dropped off a bulk donation of goods to a local women and children’s shelter. We want to send a HUGE shout out to everyone who donated. We were able to donate 6,336 tampons, 2,513 pads, and 480 sanitary wipes to The Shade Tree of Las Vegas because of your help!

But this is just the beginning! Our menstrual product drive is ongoing, and we’ll continue to disburse products through our Mutual Aid Network as well as bulk donations. Please donate today. If you would like to make a physical donation, please text or leave a message at 702-623-6316, or you can make a financial donation here!

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