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Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice 2015

Avanzando Junt@s: Fighting for Economic and Reproductive Justice

6th Annual Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice

August 3rd - 9th, 2015

Across the country, Latinas/xs, our families, and our communities are deeply engaged in the struggle for reproductive justice. We’re working for health equity—including access to affordable reproductive healthcare, bodily autonomy, and the ability to make our own decisions about pregnancy, parenting, and abortion. We’re also struggling to support our families, against tremendous barriers.

Latinas/xs in the United States are paid, on average, just 56 cents for every dollar paid to white men—little more than half. Across the states, the wage gap varies: from Florida, where Latinas/xs are paid 59 cents, to Colorado at 54 cents and California, where Latinas/xs are paid just 44 cents for each dollar white men are paid. And the wage gap only tells part of the story.

Latinas/xs are facing pregnancy discrimination at work, immigrant Latinas/xs are experiencing workplace abuses from wage theft to sexual assault, and low minimum wages make it impossible for many families to make ends meet. While poverty in Latina/x communities has fallen some in recent years, poverty for Latinas/xs, and families headed by Latinas/xs, remains unacceptably high despite high levels of workforce participation. Nearly 16 percent of all working Latinas/xs work at or below the national poverty line, more than any other group of women.

Taken together, low wages, workplace abuses, and cuts to safety net programs force many Latinas/xs to make impossible choices between putting food on the table or paying the rent and paying for needed, often life-saving healthcare.

Our ability to make our own decisions about health, family, and sexuality are inextricably linked to our ability to earn a living wage, work with dignity, and support ourselves and our families. This year, for the 6th Annual Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice, we are lifting up the intersections of reproductive and economic justice and taking action across the country to ensure that Latinas/xs can build, plan, and care for our families.

Please join us to work together for:

  • Health equity for Latinas/xs with full access to affordable contraception and pregnancy-related care, including abortion care.
  • Medicaid expansion in every state.
  • Justice for immigrant women and protections from workplace abuses.
  • Fair wages, including a livable minimum wage.
  • Affordable childcare, including for young parents.

Get Involved! As an organization:

  • Co-sponsor the Week of Action by signing the Declaration of Solidarity.
  • Write an op-ed or blog post on how reproductive and economic justice for Latinas/xs relates to your work or constituency.
  • Join us on social media using the hashtag: #WOA15.

Get Involved! As an individual:

  • Join us at an event.
  • To organize an in-district visit with your elected officials contact Elizabeth Estrada.
  • Write a blog on the intersection between reproductive and economic justice.
  • Join us on social media using the hashtag: #WOA15.

About the Week of Action

The Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice is an initiative that elevates Latina/x leadership, power, and activism to transform the cultural narrative via a collective call to action on critical reproductive justice issues facing our community.

Twenty-one years ago, a group of visionary black women developed the reproductive justice (RJ) framework, founding a transformational and culturally grounded movement for human rights and social change. Latinas/xs across the country joined with our black, Asian-American and Pacific Islander, and indigenous hermanas embracing this new reproductive justice framework. In the process, we reframed our organizing and advocacy while building the movement for dignity, justice, and self-determination for ourselves, our families, and our communities.

During the 21 years since reproductive justice was founded, women of color-led organizations like California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ), Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), and National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice formed to lead the struggle for reproductive justice for Latinas/xs.

For the past six years, these Latina/x-focused organizations have collaborated on a Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice. This year, we are focusing on the intersections between reproductive and economic justice.

WOA 2015 Organizational Supporters:

  1. 9to5 Bay Area / San Joses (CA)
  2. 9to5 Colorado
  3. 9to5, National Association of Working Women
  4. ACLU of Texas
  6. Advocates for Youth
  7. American Association of University Women (AAUW)
  8. Annie's List
  9. Aquí Estamos
  10. Awake Miami
  11. Barbara
  12. Boston Doula Project
  13. California Immigrant Policy Center
  14. Center for Reproductive Rights
  15. Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP)
  16. Colorado Jobs with Justice (COJWJ)
  17. Feminist Women's Health Center/Lifting Latina Voices Initiative
  18. Florida Immigrant Coalition
  19. Forward Together
  20. Forward Together
  21. GetEQUAL
  22. GetEQUAL FL
  23. GMHC
  24. Hear Our Stories
  25. Hispanic Federation
  26. ICAH
  27. LatinoJustice PRLDEF
  28. Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ)
  29. League of United Latin American Citizens
  30. Lilith Fund
  31. Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA)
  32. Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA)
  33. Miami Workers Center
  34. Movimiento del valle por los derechos humanos
  36. Mujeres Latinas en Accion
  38. NARAL Pro-Choice Texas
  39. NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia
  40. National Abortion Federation  (NAF)
  41. National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
  42. National Female Condom Coalition
  43. National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF)
  44. National Partnership for Women & Families (NPWF)
  45. NCJW
  46. New Florida Majority
  47. NHeLP
  48. NHMA
  50. NWLC
  51. Organización latina de trans en texas
  52. Our Walmart
  53. Physicians for Reproductive Health
  54. Planned Parenthood Action Fund
  55. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia (PPAV)
  56. Power U
  57. PPTV
  58. Preterm
  59. ProgressVA
  60. Provide
  61. Reproductive Health Technologies Project (RHTP)
  62. Revolution Studio
  63. SEPA Mujer Inc.
  64. Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS)
  65. Shift
  66. South Florida AFL-CIO
  67. South Florida LCLAA
  68. Survivors Pathway
  69. Texas Equal Access Fund (TEA Fund)
  70. Texas Freedom Network (TFN)
  71. Texas Freedom Network (TFN)
  72. The Hezekiah Community, Inc.
  73. The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC)
  74. UltraViolet
  75. United Families
  76. United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 (UFCW Local 400)
  77. URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity
  78. Vernon Co. Domestic Abuse Project
  79. Voto Latino
  80. Western States Center
  81. Women's Law Project
  82. YWU