New poll results reveal support for women’s reproductive health and rights among Dallas’ Black communities

MEDIA ADVISORY
December 14, 2017
Contact: Alexa Mauzy-Lewis, Camino PR (alexa@caminopr.com or 212-255-2575)

Groundbreaking reproductive justice report outlines action agenda for Black women’s rights
DALLAS – The Afiya Center will host a policy briefing to review new polling data from across Texas and to discuss the latest In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda report, “Our Bodies. Our Lives. Our Voices: The State of Black Women & Reproductive Justice.” The report exposes how Black women’s rights are often marginalized by political parties and offers an action plan and policy recommendations. Additionally, In Our Own Voice polled Black women across the state with a focus on Dallas, to provide an in-depth look at support for reproductive health care and rights among Black Dallas residents.

WHAT: Policy briefing on issues that impact the lives of Black women and girls
WHO: In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda leaders activists and elected officials, including:
• Marsha Jones, executive director, The Afiya Center
• Heidi Williamson, deputy director for strategic partnerships, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda
• Marcela Howell, founder and executive director, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda
WHEN: Thursday, December 14, 2017, 9:00 a.m – 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Meadows Conference Center, 2900 Live Oak Street, Dallas, TX 75204

The report combines comprehensive data with the firsthand accounts of the lived experiences of Black women. It also examines the post-2016 elections criticism of “identity politics,” which advocates an economic equality message focused on class to the exclusion of race and gender. In Our Own Voice and The Afiya Center will share insights from new poll data and discuss Black voters’ priorities and trends.

Register for the free event here. Members of the media, please contact Alexa Mauzy-Lewis
(alexa@caminopr.com or 212-255-2575) to RSVP.

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In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda is a national reproductive justice organization focused on lifting up the voices of Black women at the national and regional levels in our ongoing policy fight to secure reproductive justice for all women and girls. Our eight strategic partners include Black Women for Wellness, Black Women’s Health Imperative, New Voices for Reproductive Justice, SisterLove, Inc. SisterReach, SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW, The Afiya Center and Women With A Vision.

The Afiya Center (TAC) was created in response to the increased disparity of high HIV incidence and prevalence rates of Black women and girls in Dallas, TX. As the only reproductive justice organization in North Texas founded and directed by Black women, TAC aims to transform the relationship Black women and girls have with their sexual and reproductive health by addressing the consequences of reproductive oppression.