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We stand for reproductive health as U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in Pennsylvania cases

Statement from In Our Own Voice

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two cases that will review a Trump administration rule that would allow employers with religious or moral objections to birth control to limit their employees’ access to free birth control under the Affordable Care Act. Marcela Howell, founder and president of In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, issued the following statement:

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150+ Groups: We Can Protect Democracy Even as We Safeguard Our Health

Congress must provide $4 billion to ensure that no voter is left out

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, our Voting Rights Task Force co-chairs, and more than 150 organizations called on Congress to fully fund and direct states and counties to administer the 2020 elections in a safe, fair, and accessible manner. The groups advocated for the implementation of vote-by-mail, the expansion of early voting, and viable in-person voting options.

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Wage gap compounds coronavirus burden on Black women

Statement on Equal Pay Day by In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda Founder and President Marcela Howell

WASHINGTON — Today is Equal Pay Day, a day that spotlights how far into the year – three months – a woman must work in order to earn the same pay a white man earned the previous year. In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda Founder and President Marcela Howell issued the following statement on the eve of Women’s Equal Pay Day:

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Black women celebrate Rev. Lowery’s life

Statement on death of Joseph Lowery by In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda Founder and President Marcela Howell

WASHINGTON — Amidst the still growing COCID-19 pandemic, the nation lost the “dean of the civil rights movement, Rev. Joseph Lowery. In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda Founder and President Marcela Howell issued the following statement:

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Black women call on lawmakers to do more to support them during the pandemic

Statement by In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda Founder and President Marcela Howell

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that will provide $2 trillion to address the coronavirus crisis. In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda Founder and President Marcela Howell issued the following statement:

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In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda seeks next generation of leaders for two-year paid fellowship opportunity

Next Generation Leadership Institute Fellowship application deadline extended to April 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda is seeking applicants for the Next Generation Leadership Institute, a paid two-year fellowship that serves as a formal pipeline for training young Black women, of all identities, from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to become Reproductive Justice leaders. Because many campuses have been shut down due to COVID-19, the 2020-2022 Next Generation Leadership Institute Fellowship application period has been extended to April 30, 2020, to allow students more time to apply.

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Voting Rights Coalition Letter: Protect Voting Rights and Public Safety in Response to COVID-19

Dear Members of Congress, Governors, and State Election Officials:

The co-chairs of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’ Voting Rights Task Force, and undersigned organizations, write to urge Congress and all state elections officials to adopt and fund a number of key policies to ensure both the public’s safety and the orderly conduct of the 2020 primary and general elections in light of the current threat posed by COVID-19.

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