By now, you’ve likely heard the statistic, “Black women are 3-4 times more likely to die in childbirth and of pregnancy-related causes than their white counterparts.” But the truth is, we are more than just a statistic, which is why…
It’s only been 24 hours and I’m still pumped with excitement and ready for action. I’m feeding off of the energy of the thousands of women who I stood in solidarity with on the steps of the Supreme Court of the United States on Mar. 4 at the #MyRightMyDecision rally. I do not take lightly the honor of being able to address the crowd on behalf of In Our Own Voice: Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda.
In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda is thrilled to announce that the 2020-2022 Next Generation Leadership Institute Fellowship Application is now open! The Next Generation Leadership Institute is a paid two-year fellowship conducted during the nine-month academic school year. The Institute serves as a formal pipeline for training students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to become Reproductive Justice leaders.
In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda along with our Georgia state partners at SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW and SisterLove Inc, and our national partners at National Asian American Women’s Forum and National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, today submitted a letter to the U.S. Senate to voice opposition to the confirmation of Andrew Brasher to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
In Our Own Voice’s Vice President of Government Affairs Jessica Pinckney spoke her truth as a guest on Jennie Wetter’s podcast RePROS Fight Back. She spoke about how the lack of access to quality abortion and maternal health care impacts Black Women.
Seeking health care services can often be challenging for members of the LGBTQ community. Discrimination and ignorance can be barriers to care for this group, particularly, when it comes to seeking preventive care like screenings for breast cancer. Which is how a partnership was born between the National LBGTQ Task Force’s Creating Change Conference and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.’s mammogram mobile unit.
It feels hopeful to be attending Creating Change 2020. Since attending my first Creating Change conference, several years ago, I have been fighting for Reproductive Justice in a political environment and climate that has been harmful in every way to my people and the communities that I am a part of.
By Giovanteey Bishop, In Our Own Voice Program Manager
Generation Progress hosted the sixth annual #Fight4AFuture summit that is centered on eliminating mass incarceration and illuminating viable solutions to ending the gun violence epidemic. Generation Progress functions as an arm of The Center for American Progress and serves explicitly to uplift, empower, and engage young people. The #Fight4AFuture Summit provided space for bright young activists from around the nation to connect and exchange revolutionary ideas. I had the pleasure of being able to attend the Generation Progress convening last week. My perspective on many of the issues was broadened, spanning from justice reform, ending gun violence, and eradicating mass incarceration.
Be sure to include In Our Own Voice on your #GIVINGTUESDAY list
In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, a national/state partnership to lift up the voices of Black women leaders, is encouraging supporters of women’s, civil and human rights to remember Black women on #GIVINGTUESDAY. While there are many organizations doing good work, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda makes the case for giving support to organizations led by and for Black women.
Five minutes is not a lot of time, but as a Black woman, when you have an opportunity to advocate for your sisters before members of Congress, you make it work.