A new movement has taken shape in the U.S. led by women of color, young women, poor women, lesbians, bi- and transgender people, immigrant women, incarcerated women—people who at one time were consigned to the margins of society. And this movement is winning victories conventional wisdom said were not possible.
reproductive justice movement sits at the
intersection of reproductive issues, LGBT
rights, environmental justice, ending violence
against women, HIV prevention, and more.
So, with the faltering economy and rising
unemployment, why is reproductive justice
Its racially and generationally diverse leadership and base reflect the nation's changing demographics
Women directly affected by reproductive injustices are leading the efforts to transform systems that impact their lives
Its strong links to social justice issues inspire movements like those for labor and the environment to stand up for women in an unprecedented way
This issue of Tidings features recent reproductive justice victories from Tides grantees, projects, and partners.
Rebecca Project's Anti-Shackling Coalition helped end the draconian practice of shackling incarcerated mothers during labor and post-delivery in federal correctional facilities; unfortunately, the practice endures in state prisons and local jails. Rebecca Project is a Tides grantee; Executive Director Malika Saada Saar will speak at Momentum '09.
American and Alaska Native women are
2.5 times more likely than other women
in the U.S. to be raped or sexually assaulted.
The omnibus appropriations bill passed
Feb. 23 included an increase of $235
million for the Indian
Health Service and $85 million for the
Bureau of Indian Affairs, a significant
portion of which will address violence
against women; Tides grantee Native
American Community Boardled
this fight for many years.
Prop 4 would have mandated that teens
obtain parental consent in order to access
an abortion, a regulation which can lead
to delayed medical care, self-induced
abortions, even suicide. After successfully
organizing to defeat the proposition,
Tides grantee Asian Communities
for Reproductive Justice produced How
We Defeated Prop 4: Reproductive Justice
at the Ballot Box(pictured
of practical tools to reduce costs,
gain greater efficiencies, & enhance
community programs through shared space & services.
MORE UPCOMING EVENTS
Deadline: April 15
Tides project provides support to disabled persons' organizations; upcoming grants target Mexico, India, Ukraine.
Breakfast Book Party with Mike Lux
April 28, 9-10:30am
Tides San Francisco
Donors-only event. Lux is the author of the
newly released Progressive Revolution.
Co-sponsored by Tides and Women Donors
Registration is Open Sept 7-9, San Francisco
Recently confirmed speakers include Kate Kendell, Ali Noorani, and Manuel Pastor.
"Women's Health, Ungagged." This editorial from the New York Times lauds President Obama's lifting of the Bush-era gag rule that denied women around the globe access to desperately needed contraceptives, HIV/AIDS prevention education, and maternal care.
Destigmatizing condoms is key in preventing HIV. At the International Conference on AIDS & STIs in Africa, Tides' Condom Project creatively displayed male and female condoms, educated and demonstrated about condoms and lubricants, and displayed three dazzling condom dresses made by local partners.
THE REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE INITIATIVE &
THE CATALYST FUND
national foundations, local funders, and individual
donors, Tides offers opportunities for support
to create a ripple effect not just in dollars,
but in capacity, commitment, and the visibility
of the reproductive justice movement. To learn
more or to contribute, please contact Vanessa Daniel or visit www.tidesfoundation.org/reproductivejustice.
A model of both direct services and nonprofit shared space, The DC Developing Families Center is the only birth center in the country co-located with family-centered women's and children's health care, child care, family resource and support services, confidential counseling, and adult education, and has been successful in cutting low birth weight, pre-term and C-section deliveries in a high-risk, low-income community. DCDFC is member of the NonprofitCenters Network, a Tides initiative.
Tides' Center for Genetics and Society examines current issues in genetics, such the moral implications of modern reproductive technologies. "Preventing the Next Fertility Clinic Scandal" by Jesse Reynolds advocates regulating assisted reproduction.
The rapid advance of biotechnology is outpacing our ability as a society to absorb the effect it will have on our lives. Tides' Women's Bioethics Project invites participation on their website, blog, and book club to debate and discuss these issues.