As of October 20, 2016, Draken was reportedly a senior at FSU, studying psychology.
Studies Psychology at Florida State University.
Denver abortion protest
According to Keegan Estrella and Jonce Marshall Palmer On May 5 2022 Denver Students for a Democratic Society led a march of several dozen students and community members from Auraria Campus to the office of U.S. Senator Michael Bennet to deliver a list of demands to encode legal access to safe abortions for all.
In response to a draft opinion written by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito released to Politico on May 2 that points to the dissolution of the federally protected right to abortion in the United States, Denver SDS led a march on the tri-institutional Auraria Campus. The march began outside Tivoli Commons on campus. Chants like “Abortion is healthcare!” “Bans off our bodies!” and “Ho ho! Hey hey! Abortion rights are here to stay!” boomed from the crowd as they marched towards the senator’s office.
Students marched to Senator Bennet’s office to demand that the Democrat do everything within his power to codify Roe v. Wade into law. Students then delivered an official statement with demands including the codification and expansion of the right to safe, legal and accessible abortion. This includes voting for H.R. 3755, the Women's Health Protection Act of 2021; free contraception and abortion pills; eliminating any mandatory waiting periods or counseling before seeking abortive medicine, and protecting the right to seek an abortion across state lines without threat of criminal charges.
Katherine Draken, a rank-and-file UPS Teamster and member of FRSO, remarked in her address to the crowd, “Capitalism hurts working women and trans people in insidious ways. The worst thing capitalism does to promote gender oppression is the separation of oppressed peoples and keeping them from understanding the thing that draws them together in solidarity is that they are all working people who are exploited.”
International Women’s Day, Tallahassee
Regina Joseph of the FRSO and president of the Tallahassee Community Action Committee (TCAC) shared a short video on the history of the day and facilitated a panel of five leaders representing over ten active local organizations.
The panelists were all people of color, ranging in age from 20 to 55: Valentina Beron, FSU student and organizer with Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and Veg FSU; Delilah Pierre, FSU graduate, member of Gender Odyssey, TCAC’s Outreach Coordinator, and Poet leading the Tallahassee Writers Collective; Marie Rattigan, FAMU graduate, Students for Bernie organizer, and Dream Defenders Coordinator; Katherine Draken, FSU graduate, UPS Teamster, and member of TCAC; and Paula Hill, local Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) Chapter Leader, Returning Citizen, New Black Panther, and great-grandmother.
Each panelist shared their personal and organizational history of organized resistance - local, statewide, and national, and spoke on a range of questions and ideas, including how to combat racism, sexism and other bigotries within activist spaces.
“You gotta check those homophobic and transphobic comments [that you hear] in your spaces... and study! You gotta read!” Delilah Pierre asserted.
Survivors told their stories of being assaulted on campus and SDS not only took them seriously but made it their campaign for the whole year. As Beron listed the organizations co-sponsoring to organize a march in April on the topic, Dream Defenders’ Marie Rattigan spoke up to add Dream Defenders to the list. That was the first of a burst of support, cooperation and solidarity to result from the International Women’s Day event. Campus organizers for Bernie Sanders’ campaign from FSU and FAMU enjoyed first contact with one another and pledged mutual support and cooperation; FRRC Chapter Leader Paula Hill assured everyone in the room, “If you’re a woman, gay, transgender, whoever you are, however you present, if you’re out with me, you’ve got protection!”; and all in attendance were invited to an upcoming public hearing on a locally researched and LGBTQIA+ composed Ordinance to Ban Conversion Therapy in Tallahassee.
Tallahassee Students for a Democratic Society April 18, 2018 ·
SDS Francis Eppes meeting
On Thursday, April 12 2018 at 8:00 PM in Union Room 320, Tallahassee Students for a Democratic Society will be holding a presentation and discussion about Francis Eppes, the history of racism at FSU, and the current movement to remove the statue and names honoring Eppes on campus. SDS members Maddie Hendrick, Katherine Draken and Jake Alvarez will present and a time for questions and discussion will follow.
Tallahassee Students for a Democratic Society April 5, 2015 ·
- [https://www.wherevent.com/detail/Tallahassee-SDS-GBM-Francis-Eppes Wherevent, 12 APR GBM: Francis Eppes]