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Revised Date, Location For Next AAUW Speaker Session

The AAUW, Oakdale-Riverbank-Escalon Branch has had to change the date, time and location of its October meeting featuring Planned Parenthood speaker, Socorro Santillan. It has been rescheduled from Saturday, Oct. 14 to Thursday, Oct. 19, and will get underway at 7 p.m. at the Escalon Library, 1540 Second St., Escalon.

Refreshments will be served following the meeting.

Guest speaker Santillan is on the front lines safeguarding access to reproductive health care for women and girls in the Central Valley of California. As the Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (PPMM) she knows firsthand how its mission has been hindered by the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade a little over a year ago.

At the Thursday, Oct. 19 gathering, Santillan will tell members, guests and prospective members of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Oakdale-Riverbank-Escalon Branch about the impacts the Dobb’s decision and state legislative laws have had on the services PPMM provides, as well as what individuals can do to preserve reproductive rights and support the work of PPMM.

Santillan came to the United States at the age of three from Mexico. She has dedicated over 25 years to advocating for health care in general, reproductive health care in particular, education, immigration, LGBTQ+ equality, and restorative justice. In the last five years at PPMM, she has diversified its partnerships to include faith leaders and she has been instrumental in building PPMM’s base to be more inclusive of young people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and immigrants.

Members, guests and prospective members in the Oakdale, Riverbank, or Escalon area are invited to attend the upcoming Thursday evening meeting. Call Judy at 209-480-0387 for location or other information.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) advances gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy. The nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and more than 800 college and university members. Learn more at Branch information is at or by emailing the branch at

Graduates holding an associates or higher degree from an institution of the AAUW list of qualified institutions and persons holding an honorary degree are eligible for membership in AAUW.