Congratulations to all the Leadership Alliances that participated in this year’s National Young Women’s Day of Action (NYWDA), a nationwide grassroots campaign organized for and by young women to activate a reproductive rights agenda that places reproductive and sexual freedom in the context of larger goals of racial justice, economic justice, LGBT rights, freedom from violence and quality education.
The ST. LAWRENCE LEADERSHIP ALLIANCE tabled and flyered their campus with a pro-choice message as well as hosted a video and discussion on feminist activism.
The IOWA STATE LEADERSHIP ALLIANCE participated by chalking, posting banners and signs, face painting, and putting on an interactive play about domestic violence and ending violence against women.
The BROWN LEADERSHIP ALLIANCE worked with a coalition of other progressive groups to distribute condoms, organize a CEDAW petition drive, and raise awareness through a showing of “If These Walls Could Talk.”
The Leadership Alliance at SUNY STONYBROOK worked with their local Planned Parenthood to organize a coat hanger display and video presentation on abortion rights.
The CONNECTICUT COLLEGE LEADERSHIP ALLIANCE also participated in NYWDA and focused on Human Rights Violations including information on mothers in prison, hate crimes prevention, domestic violence, LGBT violations, and women’s AIDS/HIV information. Good work to all of the Leadership Alliances and Choices campaign participants who worked on the NYWDA!
10/31/2014 Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Ave Maria University, a Catholic university in Florida, does not have to comply with federal rules meant to ensure that covered employees can exercise their right to obtain birth control at no cost.
The Affordable Care Act requires all new health insurance plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives - such as the pill, emergency contraceptives, and IUDs - without charging co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance. . . .
10/31/2014 Women of Color in Tennessee Are United in Opposition to Amendment 1 - Just days before the general election in Tennessee, a coalition of community leaders, clergy, and advocates led a press conference encouraging women of color to vote no on Amendment 1, a dangerous and far-reaching measure on the state's ballot.
SisterReach, a grassroots organization focused on "empowering, organizing, and mobilizing women and girls in the community around their reproductive and sexual health to make informed decisions about themselves," organized the press conference "to call attention to the unique concerns Black and poor communities throughout Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee face on a daily basis" and to emphasize how the upcoming election "could further limit [black women's] reproductive, economic, political, and social autonomy."
"We assemble today to impress upon black women and women of color, many of whom are heads of households, to get out and vote," said SisterReacher Founder and CEO Cherisse Scott at the event.
SisterReach has been educating voters about the particularly dangerous impact of Amendment 1 on women of color. . . .
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .