Like so many other Black mothers, my Thanksgiving day was marred by shadow over the failure of a grand jury to indict Darren Wilson. My feelings Thursday morning were more than just personal grief as a parent, though; they were also my outrage as a reproductive justice activist.
Many people living with HIV are often denied the autonomy to freely make decisions about their bodies, relationships, and children—fundamental rights sought by the reproductive justice movement.
With the recent campaign battle in mind, along with the countless other experiences I’ve had during my years of movement building work as a queer Latina activist, I’ve created a fusion of lessons learned from the past and advice for the fights of the future.
“For 108 days, we have continuously been admonished that we should ‘let the system work,’ and wait to see what the results are,” protesters and supporters in Ferguson explain in their open letter. “The results are in. And we still don’t have justice.”
Unfortunately, very few issues that women of color prioritize will probably intersect with a GOP agenda in the near future.
Amendment 67 flies in the face of all my Catholic values. By banning birth control, abortion, and in vitro fertilization, this dangerous measure would prevent women from following their consciences when making critical moral decisions.
Early voting in Tennessee has begun and many residents have already taken to the polls to cast their ballots for Amendment 1, a highly controversial and extreme anti-choice ballot initiative.
Instead of claiming that young people take gender equality for granted, we should be recognizing their work for reproductive rights and striving to better support them.
Egg freezing is an individualized, questionably effective technical fix for a fundamentally social problem.
If we in the pro-choice movement don’t start paying serious attention to the ways in which our own practices contribute to the dehumanization of people with disabilities, we can’t keep claiming to operate under a reproductive justice framework at all.