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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27TH from 11AM-5PM
at the UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA at CHAPEL HILL
Seating is limited: REGISTER NOW
The goal of the Carolina Reproductive Justice Conference is to expose student activists championing various causes to the Reproductive Justice framework which we hope will provide the foundation to see how our “disparate” causes are in fact intersectional.
We aim to give our community a more inclusive lens through which we can view our own work and the work of others. Through this lens, we can come together to support one another, build strong cross-issue coalitions, and gain power as a collective voice and champion for all social justice issues.
As Students United for Reproductive Justice is invested in the reproductive health, rights and justice of all people, we want our fellow campus organizers and activists to understand how the issues that they champion–racial, economic, environmental, political etc.–also have a strong affect on people’s reproductive health and reproductive freedom.So come, one and all, for a day of workshops, speakers, and solidarity. Space for this conference is limited, so please REGISTER AS SOON AS YOU ARE ABLE
Join VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Feminist Students United, the LGBTQ Center, and Interactive Theatre Carolina for a day long workshop on reproductive justice!
The goal of this training is to allow participants to gain an understanding of what reproductive justice in the US means, the roles and services of Planned Parenthood, the conflicting messages that pregnant people face when confronted with the possibility of abortion, and the specific challenges that LGBTIQ individuals in the US face in the arena of reproductive justice.
Free lunch will be provided!
We would greatly prefer if you would register for this event so that we can know how much food to order, but if you show up without registering, we won’t turn you away!
To Register for this workshop: Click Here
For more information, check out our Facebook Event Page
Good news, everyone: VOX is making a ZINE! That being said, a ZINE is no simple feat, so we are looking to you, feminists!
The theme of this zine will be, quite generally, Reproductive Justice & Freedom!
This collection of awesome will be a celebration of SEX, Sexualities, Women’s Rights, and anything else you dream up. Have you been searching for a way to vent your frustrations with recent attacks on said rights? Here’s your chance!! Do you want to express your opinion or share an experience with how our legal and social norms limit these rights? We want YOU!
- Art work
- Anything your heart desires!
- Social Norms and how/why they suck
- Health care
- Sexual Experiences
In addition, we are looking specifically for short anecdotes surrounding sex education, Planned Parenthood, sexual relations and the like.
Tell us: What went wrong? What went right? How did being educated impact this experience – OR – how did this experience demonstrate the importance of sexual education? Have a notable experience with PP? We want to hear about it!!
The deadline has yet to be set, but we welcome submissions immediately and will keep everyone updated.
Email your submission as an attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to include your name and any other relevant personal information so that we can give proper credit.
Don’t hesitate to contact us with an questions OR if you would like to be added to the VOX listserv!
Follow us on Twitter @VOXforPP or join us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/2200126824/
Peace and Solidarity,
On Tuesday, April 13th from 4:30 to 5:30pm, about twenty people attended an action organized by Feminist Students United, to oppose the existence, federal funding and false advertising of a local Crisis Pregnancy Center (CPC), or Fake Abortion Clinic. This included UNC-Chapel Hill students from Feminist Students United, the Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Trans, Straight Alliance, VOX- Voices for Planned Parenthood and some people from Young Democrats.
We sat at a picnic table in front of the Chamber of Commerce to finish up some signs and a man came out and told us that the CPC people weren’t in today (who knows how he knew, bc they are in a different building) and that the police had been following our action on facebook. I guess that was his way of threatening us not to do anything.
Anyway, we stood at the big intersection of East Franklin and Estes and down West Estes toward the CPC holding signs that said:
FAKE ABORTION CLINIC ===>, Federally Funded Fake Clinic, Keep Abortion Legal (VOX brought these), HONK if you heart reproductive rights, Government control of women’s bodies is government control of human bodies
We chanted “Not the church! Not the state! Women must decide our fate!” and “Women’s rights are under attack! What do we do? Stand up! Fight back!”
The two people holding the four part FAKE ABORTION CLINIC ===> sign went all around the four way intersection ensuring that traffic going any direction saw the sign.
Hundreds of women young and old, men young and old, workers, couples, parents with their kids saw the signs and honked and raised fists in support. Aside from regular traffic, we got honks and good responses from bus drivers, postal workers and even an ambulance!
After an hour during traffic time, we wrapped up and folks caught the bus back to campus.
Overall we got a really positive response from passersby.
Every week, check feministstudentsunited.org for our This Week in Feminism post – a list of the most current strides in feminism and instances of sexism and racism and class inequality, from a rotating round of co-collaborators. Do you have a link you think would be appropriate for this section? Please feel free to leave it in the comments.Right on the tails of our event last night on Crisis Pregnancy Centers, many of this week’s links are about reproductive rights being cut across the country and world.
– Jessica & Eva
This Saturday is HKonJ – Historic Thousands on Jones St – a huge rally in Raleigh, NC put together by the NAACP and attended by progressive activists across the State.
Apex mayor’s op-ed piece on why the Town Council unanimously voted to stop coverage for abortions in town employee’s insurance plans.
Project HOPE publishes a new study with findings confirming that “…immigrants are not contributing disproportionately to high health care costs in public programs such as Medicaid.”
Eviction has become typical in the lives of poor black women – a piece on this new reality for people in lower income neighborhoods.
A Camarillo, CA hospital has banned midwives from delivering babies – are women-centered practices not welcome?
A proposed bill in Utah will make it a crime for a woman to have a miscarriage, and make induced abortion a crime in some instances.
Lousiana ordered to issue a birth certificate naming a same-sex couple as the parents of their adopted child.
New anti-abortion billboards in Atlanta boldy proclaim “Black Children Are An Endangered Species”.
Marjan Kahlor is the first woman to represent Iran in the Winter Olympics.
Kenya poised to constitutionally ban abortion.