We the People is a blog series that features the stories of members, supporters, volunteers, and allies of the American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota. Together we are accomplishing critical work in our state to protect and advance civil liberties across the Midwest and beyond.
When Jordyn Trujillo heard about the possibility that the Supreme Court would overturn Roe v. Wade, she knew she had to take action.
So with the help of a friend, Jordyn organized a protest in Sioux Falls. More than 100 people joined them, rallying at Van Eps Park in Sioux Falls on a Saturday in May.
“It was important to get the word out that we don’t stand for our rights being taken away,” says Jordyn, who will be starting classes at Southeast Technical Institute in the fall.
Now, regardless of what the courts say, abortion is a right and Jordyn won’t stop fighting for everyone’s ability to control their own bodies and futures.
“It’s important to show the younger generation that anything you put your mind to is possible,” she says.
What is your favorite way to get involved in your community?
My favorite way to get involved in the community is by following all the decisions that are being made in our city and state. Being educated is important.
Why do you think it’s important for people to be involved in their communities?
It’s important because power comes in numbers. The more people involved fighting for a cause, the more coverage it will get.
Do you consider yourself a changemaker? Why?
Personally, I don’t consider myself a changemaker. I want change and I’m pushing for it, but at the end of the day if I don’t have my community behind me, then it doesn’t matter. We all are changemakers.
Do you have any advice for someone who might be interested in getting more politically involved in their community?
Do your research and don’t back down. There will be people who try and make you doubt your own knowledge, but know what you stand for is important.
Which of the ACLU’s issue areas are you particularly passionate about?
Honestly, all of the issues the ACLU cover strike importance with me, but women’s rights and reproductive rights have been my main focus recently with the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
Which of the Constitution’s amendments are most important to you?
I think the First Amendment is most important. As Americans, we all have the right to freedom of speech. Our voices will fix this country if we all work together.
What issues do you think are most important for South Dakotans to pay attention to?
I think it’s important for South Dakotans to pay attention to how our local legislators are handling our state. Once again, educating yourself on topics of interest is very important.