Press Release re: COVID-19 and spring events

March 18, 2020

Dear friends and supporters of I4RH,

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, we are adjusting plans for many of our upcoming events.

We are postponing our second annual Benefit Concert and Feminist Art Show, which had been scheduled for Friday, April 3. We plan to reschedule the event for next semester, depending on how public health protocol develops over the next few weeks. If you have already purchased a ticket, we will of course honor it at the rescheduled event. Alternatively, we can reimburse you. Please contact us at irish4reprohealth@gmail.com to seek reimbursement.

Our trip to Washington, D.C. to be recognized as Students of the Year by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State has been rescheduled for September 13-15, 2020. We will use the generous contributions we received toward our travel to attend the Summit in the fall.

For right now, we are tentatively planning to hold the viewing of Ours to Tell as scheduled on Tuesday, April 14. However, this situation is evolving rapidly and all on-campus events are contingent upon the University being open for normal functioning. We will follow the recommendations of our cohost, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, to make a final determination about that event. Stay tuned.

If you are on campus and need access to safer sex supplies we can make arrangements to get them to you. Notre Dame community members in need of other resources (or able to offer resources), including housing and food, should see this spreadsheet.

This health crisis is underscoring the urgency of addressing structural inequality in this country. All workers need paid sick leave. Everyone needs comprehensive health insurance coverage, including for mental health care. We need to close the income gap for women, especially for women of color. We need criminal justice reform. And we must stop terrorizing people who have immigrated to this country by subjecting them to immoral and draconian policies that, in addition to being unethical and dehumanizing, also endanger public health.

I4RH remains committed to standing with vulnerable and marginalized people in our community. If we can be a resource to you during this time, please do not hesitate to reach out.