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Why the Latino Community Should Care About Reproductive Health

Texas Representatives Mary González (left) and Justin Rodriguez.

As colleagues and legislators, we have been discussing the current status and future of reproductive health care in Texas. Recent political discourse has prompted us to reignite a community conversation in hopes of raising some awareness about the intersections of race, class, and gender when it comes to health care.

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The Road to Roe: Paved with Bodies of Women of Color and the Legal Activism of African Americans

(Favianna Rodriguez, www.favianna.com)

Every year when the anniversary of Roe v. Wade rolls around, I am troubled by the loud silences in our triumphant tales of struggle. As a history doctoral student who researches African Americans and abortion, the story I tell is quite different.

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With Helms and Hyde, No Roe Anniversary for Low-Income Women

After 40 years, isn’t it time that our policies reflect real women and real families?

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Policing African-American Motherhood From Every Angle

(zadishefreeman.com)

I often hear the question from African-American women, “What do they [the right] want? We either have too many kids or too many abortions. Which is it?” The truth is, to them, it’s both.

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Rinku Sen’s Opening Speech at Facing Race 2012

From Feministing: “Rinku Sen, publisher of Colorlines.com, president and executive director of the Applied Research Center, and overall feminist badass and warrior for racial justice, opened the Facing Race 2012 Conference in Baltimore this past weekend with a stirring call for activism. I dare you to watch this and not get goosebumps.”

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Michelle Obama Should Be Brave: Black Women and Reproductive Health Disparities in the 2012 Presidential Election

Though choice is a significant part of gaining gender equality, I remain struck by how our First Lady, a black woman with black daughters, has yet to talk about reproductive health as broader than “choice.”

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The HIV Prevention Pill: How Is Truvada Taking Root in Black Communities?

In the months since the FDA’s approval of Truvada, some who work on prevention efforts in Black and low-income communities have urged PrEP proponents to pump their brakes.

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ELECTION 2012: A People of Color Majority Alters Politics. Movements Change the World

A supporter of President Obama joins the Election Night victory rally in Chicago. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images.

Much of the discussion this election cycle has been about changing demographics. But demographics alone aren’t going to run a policy agenda through the system. Huge challenges remain in economic justice, immigration, environment, education and housing reform.

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Evidence-Based Advocacy: Poverty, Adoption, and Inequality in Perspective

How do the intersections between adoption, poverty, race, and class play out today? 

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Don’t Forget About The Hood – Jasiri X

Directed by Emmai Alaquiva, “Don’t Forget About The Hood” illustrates how the issues of the poor and urban communities have been all but forgotten in this current election season, and wonders what happened to all of the energy and organizing that took place in the wake of the tragic murder of Trayvon Martin.

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