Collective People Power

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Sarah Buttenwieser

Organizational Affiliation

Collective Power for Reproductive Justice

Role

Board Member

About

I have been with Collective Power for Reproductive Justice since I was a Hampshire student (1981). If there were one sentence to name Collective Power’s biggest strength, it’s that every single year the program—through many channels—opens people’s eyes to social justice in a way that’s deeper than sight. They get to somehow have those values change them and set a new course for their lives. At the conference each spring, you actually get to watch it happen in real time. I was Collective Power’s first postgrad fellow and worked for the program for about eight years. I know that my time as student, staff, and friend to Collective Power has kept me anchored to social change. As a parent, I have been able to share those values—and had a son work as a Collective Power intern as a high school senior.