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Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice 2016

Claiming Latinx Power, Telling Our Stories

7th Annual Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice

August 1st - 7th, 2016

We are Latinas/xs and this is our story. We are queer, we are undocumented, we are mothers, we are parents, we are trans, we are young people, we are workers, we are leaders, we are powerful. Although our community has experienced systemic attacks on our human and reproductive rights, we rise up and overcome. We have inherited a grand legacy of resistance from our ancestors who have fought for equality all over the Americas and continue to fight for justice here in the United States.

We have come together to win multiple victories across the nation advancing the dignity and rights of all members of our community, no matter their immigration status, gender identity, ability status, and/or incarceration status. We represent close to 20 percent of the total U.S. population and are a part of the over 27 million eligible Latina/x voters in the US. Although many of us do not have access to the right to vote, we still exercise our political power by sharing our stories with our community who then vote for our values. We have taken positions of power and influence throughout the U.S., from the Supreme Court and state and local legislative leaders to executive directors of organizations advancing social justice and educators on the ground. We uphold our stories and experiences at the center of our struggle and as the source of our collective power. We will not be silenced. We will not be divided. We will harness this collective power to call out anti-blackness and work in black and brown solidarity toward our mutual liberation.

Today, we demand reproductive justice.

  • We demand the right to be a parent, the right to not parent, and the right to parent the children we have with dignity and respect in safe neighborhoods with quality schools and housing.  We demand workplaces that ensure we can support ourselves and our families.
  • We stand in full solidarity and struggle with Black Lives Matter and the Movement for Black Lives. We acknowledge the long standing anti-blackness that has permeated the United States and the world as a violent product of over 500 years of colonization. We demand full accountability for the black lives that are constantly under the threat of systemic violence. Now more than ever, we must stand with and for the liberation of our black and Afro-Latina/x hermanas.
  • We call for the demilitarization of our communities against state sanctioned violence. We demand comprehensive and dignified immigration reform. We demand policies that respect our families rather than separate us.
  • We demand full political, social, and economic rights and power for all peoples, regardless of gender or sexual identity, orientation, and/or expression.

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: #LatinxPower.

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: #LatinxPower.
  • Show solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives by signing the pledge.

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 the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice formed to lead the struggle for reproductive justice for Latinas/xs.

For the past seven years, these Latina/x-focused organizations have collaborated on a Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice. This year, we are focusing on reproductive justice, electoral power and telling our stories.

WOA 2016 Organizational Supporters:

  1. 9to5, National Association of Working Women
  2. ACCESS Women's Health Justice
  3. Advocates for Youth
  4. African American Ministers In Action (AAMIA)
  5. Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT)
  6. Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP)
  7. Community of Hope DC
  8. Florida Immigrant Coalition 
  9. Forward Together
  10. Ghosts In America
  11. Mujeres Latinas en Accion (MLEA)
  12. NARAL Pro-Choice Texas
  13. National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
  14. National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)
  15. National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH)
  16. NCSU Women's Center
  17. Physicians for Reproductive Health
  18. Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida (PPSENFL)
  19. Pridelines
  20. Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS)
  21. Survivors Pathway
  23. Vecinos, inc. 
  24. Western States Center 
  25. Women Working Together
  26. YTH