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February 4, 2014

Make Third Wave a hub for gender justice
by Third Wave Foundation

Dear Friends of Third Wave, I am writing from the board of the Third Wave Foundation to invite you to join us on an exciting new path as we become a partner fund of the Proteus Fund. Proteus advances the goals of its partners by providing strategy development, research and fund management. Moving under the Proteus umbrella provides us with a unique opportunity to determine how Third Wave can most effectively bridge existing gaps and leverage untapped opportunities in the feminist youth movement. Over the next year we will bring together youth leaders from around the country. We will identify areas where Third Wave can build alliances among organizations, connect local, national, and international feminisms, and bring gender justice and trans-inclusivity conversations to new audiences. Third Wave has led the development of a gender justice framework for progressive funders and social justice activists and we are committed to advancing...

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April 25, 2013

Third Wave’s Gender Justice Grant Docket for 2012 is Here!
by Third Wave Foundation

2012 Docket First PageGender Justice Grantmaking This is Third Wave Foundation’s second year of gender justice grantmaking and this docket represents the embodiment of our movement building funding that supports youth-led organizing across multiple issues. Since its founding, Third Wave has invested more than 3 million dollars in over 180 organizations.  In 2012, thanks to your generosity, we were able to provide grants to 14 organizations that reach and connect with over 22,000 individuals across the country. It is with the support and commitment of our donor community that we were able to provide our grant partners with the necessary resources to continue to build stronger social justice...

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November 16, 2012

Rosalba Messina named Interim Executive Director
by Third Wave Foundation

New York, NY Rosalba The Board of the Third Wave Foundation is pleased to announce that Rosalba Messina has been named Interim Executive Director, effective September 1, 2012. Messina is Principal and Founder of Messina Consulting Group, LLC, a management consulting firm that assists national and international non-profit organizations in fulfilling their mission by improving human and organizational capacity. Messina’s firm specializes in change management and human capital development, and their services include comprehensive organizational assessments, leadership transitions, and board and staff development.  Messina’s clients have included social service, advocacy...

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November 5, 2012

Join YWCHAC at the 2012 CFLE National Sex Ed Conference!
by Third Wave Foundation

Kymsha Henry from Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition (one of our grant partners) alongside Tracie Gardner of the Legal Action Center will be facilitating one of the workshops at the CFLE National Sex Ed Conference on the Correlation of Sex Education and rates of HIV/AIDS in NYC. With keynote speakers Bill Taverner, MA and Dr. Susan Milstein, the conference runs from November 28th-30th in Somerset, NJ. For more information on how to be a part of the dialogue surrounding sex education, click HERE    ...

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October 22, 2012

Media Literacy Project receives F.I.R.E. award for their media education work!
by Third Wave Foundation

One of our grant partners, Media Literacy Project (MLP) was honored at the 1st Fueling Increasingly Relevant Education (F.I.R.E.) Awards on October 11th. This award recognizes educators and organizations promoting social justice and equity in the classroom and in the community. MLP delivers media literacy to communities all around New Mexico through their comprehensive trainings and specialized programs, including teaching media production skills to young women of color and organizing other youth initiatives addressing media justice issues. Third Wave is proud to support MLP in their mission to create "a world where...

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October 16, 2012

GENDER JUSTICE ALERT! RELEASE OF BROWN BOI PROJECT REPORT: “TOWARD HEALTHY AND WHOLE”
by Third Wave Foundation

  Take a look at this comprehensive report recently released by one of our grant partners, Brown Boi Project, highlighting the importance of a “gender transformative learning” model. The report includes a glimpse into the work they do with masculine-of-center womyn and men of color that emphasizes mental health, self-actualization, and an acknowledgement of the privileges of masculinity. Brown Boi Project’s report draws attention to the importance of the work they are doing and the nuance involved in addressing issues such as these. “We believe that the same gender...

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August 27, 2012

Fall 2012 Program Internship Opportunity
by Third Wave Foundation

Organizational Overview Third Wave is a feminist, activist foundation that works nationally to support young women and transgender youth ages 15 to 30. Through strategic grantmaking, movement building, leadership development, and philanthropic advocacy, we support groups and individuals working towards gender, racial, economic, and social justice. Third Wave is led by an intergenerational board of feminists striving to combat inequalities that we ourselves face as a result of our age, gender, race, sexual orientation, economic status, or level of education. By empowering young women and transgender youth nationwide, Third Wave is building a lasting foundation for gender justice around the country.

*Program Intern Overiew*
Third Wave Foundation is seeking a Program Intern to work part-time (15 - 20 hrs/week) for the Fall 2012 semester for school credit or work-study hours...

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July 25, 2012

Take a Look at Third Wave’s 2011 Docket!
by Third Wave Foundation

Check out the profiles of our 20 current Gender Justice grant partners, Third Wave's grantmaking profile, grant partner strategies, and a spotlight on CAVP's Branching Seedz in our 2011 docket report! At the end of 2011, Third Wave Foundation’s community of donors supported 20 youth-led feminist organizations engaging nearly 30,000 individuals around the country. Thanks to your generosity, our grant partners have the crucial funds and technical support they need to fight for reproductive justice, create a world free from violence and build empowered leaders in their communities. This docket represents a...

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July 9, 2012

Third Wave Survey
by Third Wave Foundation

In an effort to better connect with our donors and supporters all over, we have compiled a questionnaire that we hope will allow us to gauge our progress and where we need to go in the future. We invite everyone who has an interest in Third Wave to partake in this quick survey. Thanks for your time! Third Wave Survey...

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June 18, 2012

Third Wave Foundation’s Executive Director Mia Herndon Steps Down
by Third Wave Foundation

Mia Hernton, Executive Director, Third Wave FoundationAfter more than a decade of extraordinary leadership, commitment, and service, Mia Herndon will step down as the Third Wave Foundation’s Executive Director at the end of the summer. Under Mia’s direction, Third Wave has driven the philanthropic community in funding reproductive justice and work led by youth of color as a powerful tool for social change. She has overseen the creation of the Reproductive Health and Justice Initiative, ushered in a technical assistance and movement building program for grant partners, launched a national network of youth-led and -focused groups and, most recently, shepherded a new initiative to advance a gender justice...

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June 13, 2012

Brown Boi Project Awarded 2012 Black Male Achievement Fellowship!
by Third Wave Foundation

We recently celebrated that Cole, of Brown Boi Project (a Third Wave grant partner), was one of the 16 finalists for the inaugural class of Black Male Achievement Fellows.  We are thrilled to announce that Cole made it all the way, and was awarded the BMA fellowship!! The fellowship is part of a joint initiative by Echoing Green and Open Society Foundations (OSF) to support “visionary leaders who are generating...

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June 12, 2012

Reflections on Third Wave Grant Partner Reports, Part II
by Lissa Crane

I am currently an intern at Third Wave Foundation, and this is a continuation of my reflections after reading through 2010 end of year grant reports. All of the groups funded by Third Wave are doing groundbreaking and inspirational things. But I was also struck by the kinds of challenges Third Wave's grant partners are facing. To me, these challenges are significant because they represent the fact that grant partners are doing truly revolutionary, as opposed to popular, work. This lack of "popularity" also underscores the necessity of Third Wave's support, since funding for many of these issues and approaches is hard to come by. One challenge is public perception of issues related to sex and gender, as well as the way these issues are (or are not) represented in the media.  St. James Infirmary tried to get their media campaign posted on billboards and was turned down by CBS Outdoor...

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June 12, 2012

Congratulations, Gerbode Professional Development Fellows!
by Third Wave Foundation

Aspen Baker is the Executive Director of Exhale, a former long-term grant partner of Third Wave.  She is one of 5 people to be awarded the 2012 Gerbode Professional Development Fellowship! Exhale, about to celebrate 10 years of providing women with after-abortion support, has grown and thrived under Aspen's leadership.  She did not apply for the fellowship, but was selected because of her track record producing outstanding results.  Well done, Aspen Baker and Exhale! Congratulations as well, to allied funder Vanessa Daniel of Groundswell Fund!  She is another of this year's 5 fellows. Third Wave is so pleased to see these two powerful, effective women receiving the recognition they deserve!...

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June 5, 2012

YWU Insights about Reproductive Justice in New Mexico
by Third Wave Foundation

Media Literacy Project and Young Women United (two of our fabulous grant partners) teamed up to create a video of  YWU Executive Director Adriann Barboa's insights about the 2011 RJ Network convening and about Reproductive Justice work in New Mexico.  Take a look at this beautiful, informative video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VPN7okzqvnU&noredirect=1  ...

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May 31, 2012

Two New Videos by YWCHAC’s WE SPEAK Members
by Third Wave Foundation

Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition (YWCHAC)'s WE SPEAK members have been busy working to educate their peers about safe sex, as well as other relevant issues facing young women of color. Below is "I am NOT a Statistic," a video they created as a public service announcement to help spread awareness about the many issues affecting today's youth, from unprotected sex to underage drinking: http://vimeo.com/38859314 Here is another video they worked on (produced by Columbia University students) about the crucial need for sex education in New York City schools, especially in communities of color: http://vimeo.com/41869631...

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May 30, 2012

Congratulations to Brown Boi Project!
by Third Wave Foundation

This year, Echoing Green partnered with Open Society Foundations (OSF) to create a Black Male Achievement Fellowship as part of OSF's Campaign for Black Male Achievement.  This fellowship is to be awarded to "visionary leaders who are generating new ideas for black male achievement in the areas such as fatherhood, mentoring, college preparatory programs, community-building, supportive wage work opportunities, communications, and philanthropic leadership"(Echoing Green).  There were over 1,000 applicants which were gradually whittled down to 16 finalists, and Brown Boi Project, one of our wonderful grant partners, was a part of this Sweet Sixteen! B. Cole's proposal highlighted the way Brown Boi Project aims to "build the self-sufficiency of young...

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May 30, 2012

Reflections on Third Wave Grant Partner Reports
by Lissa Crane

Part I As an intern at Third Wave, I have been working on a project that involves reading through all the end of year reports from our 2010 grant partners (reporting on their work throughout 2011). I am taking this opportunity to reflect on some of the innovative approaches of Third Wave grant partners, some of the challenges grant partners face head-on, and what makes Third Wave's relationship to grant partners so unique and especially catalyzing. First, let me give you snapshots of four groups that really jumped out at me (not because they are any more special than the other groups, but because their work resonated with me, personally): St. James Infirmary is an organization providing services to sex workers in the San Francisco area. I was impressed with their commitment to providing high quality primary care, reproductive healthcare, gender transitioning, HIV/STI/TB/Hepatitis...

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February 28, 2012

We’ve Launched our 2010 Annual Report to Kick-Off our 15th Anniversary!
by Third Wave Foundation

We're kicking off the celebration of Third Wave Foundation’s 15th Anniversary Year by sharing our most recent annual report, which documents an incredible year of supporting young leaders in social justice. Thank You! This report shows the ways everyone in our community came together to make this work possible. Because of your energy, commitment and partnership Third Wave was able to: ● Fund 23 feminist youth-led organizations that are developing leaders and organizing young people to transform their communities. ● Support the collaboration of 20 reproductive justice organizations to identify the issues that are immediate threats to the well-being of their communities, and the strategies to confront those threats. ● Provide trainings in financial planning during tough economic times to 25 organizations and...

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December 21, 2011

2011: A Year of Victories
by Third Wave Foundation

Gender Just marches for gender equity. Part of our feminist, activist work is taking the time to celebrate our successes and share them with one another. In the spirit of the holiday season, we’re looking back at 2011 and all of the amazing accomplishments Third Wave and its grant partners have made this year.   Brown Boi Project – published the BBP Health Guide, Freeing Ourselves: A Guide to Health and Self-Love for Brown Bois, a vital tool for masculine-of-center people of color. Chicago Abortion Fund – succeeded in removing anti-choice billboards that targeted women of color in Chicago. ...

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December 5, 2011

Reflections from a member of the Third Wave
by Katie Claro

I was sixteen years old when I first picked up Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future, by Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner. It was the first time I realized feminism could be cool. I began devouring any and all feminist media I could get my hands on: blogs like Feministe and Jezebel, riot grrrl CDs, old Sassy magazines, and classic feminist texts. Soon I was a card-carrying, loud and proud feminist, majoring in Gender and Sexuality Studies at NYU and volunteering with reproductive justice organizations like Planned Parenthood and NARAL. Manifesta wasn’t only my feminist “click” moment; it was also my first introduction to the Third Wave Foundation. I started checking Third Wave’s website, looking for internships, volunteer positions – anything I could find that would involve me Third Wave’s awesome activist community. After four years of keeping up with the foundation’s work, I finally had an opportunity to join this incredible team of feminists...

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November 9, 2011

Third Wave Executive Director Mia Herndon Honored as Moves Power Woman
by Third Wave Foundation

Mia Herndon in Moves MagazineWe are proud to announce that Third Wave's Executive Director Mia Herndon will be the recipient of a New York Moves Magazine Power Women award. Moves is celebrating Mia's longstanding commitment to social justice, her inspiring vision, and her courageous leadership. Moves Magazine's Power Women Awards honor "a collection of some of the most fearless and influential women of the day. These are women of substance who have made an incredible impression in their respective fields and an impact on their environment." Mia will be honored alongside 26 other powerful women in media, business, the arts, and education.  For a full list of honorees, click ...

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November 9, 2011

Snapshots from Third Wave Convening in New Mexico
by Third Wave Foundation

Last month, Third Wave joined the Reproductive Justice Network in New Mexico for three days of feminist activism, coalition-building, and social justice fun. Third Wave's External Relations Manager McKensey, Program Director Alex, and Program Associate Rye met up with some of Third Wave's grant partners, including Young Women United, Media Literacy Project, and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. Check out the photos from Convening below!

Reproductive Justice Network members convene in New Mexico.

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September 28, 2011

Reproductive Justice Network Convenes In Albuquerque
by Third Wave Foundation

From the Media Literacy Project Pressroom: Policies and decisions about reproductive health have profound effects on communities — impacting the civil rights and physical health of women in America. National organizations concerned with these issues will convene in Albuquerque Sept. 26-30 to discuss the future of reproductive health and justice issues as part of the Reproductive Justice Network Annual Meeting. The conference is hosted by three New Mexico organizations: Media Literacy Project, Young Women United and Kalpulli Izkalli. The Reproductive Justice Network is an initiative spearheaded by the Third Wave Foundation, and is designed to support the work done by and...

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September 28, 2011

e-LOLA: Training a new generation of Latina activists nationwide
by Katie Claro

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health activists in Washington, D.C.

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, a Third Wave grant partner, is training even more young activists through its new initiative, e-LOLA:

Our Latinas Organizing for Leadership

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August 16, 2011

“Secure Communities” Endangers Women, Immigrants, and People of Color
by Third Wave Foundation

Third Wave lends our support to this statement, released on August 15th, 2011. You can also download (PDF) a version of this statement to share. DHS’ DECISION TO UNILATERALLY MOVE FORWARD WITH SECURE COMMUNITIES PUTS WOMEN IN DANGER Immigrant Rights and Women’s Rights Groups Denounce the Decision Nationwide On August 5th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would unilaterally terminate all contracts with states and localities in an attempt to further implement the “Secure Communities” program nationwide, despite calls for the agency to suspend the program. Immigrant rights and women’s rights organizations strongly oppose this unilateral decision by DHS, before the local hearings on Secure Communities' effects have even taken place. DHS' announcement demonstrates that the hearings are a farce, and that DHS is determined...

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August 8, 2011

Impossible Choices: Observations from the Emergency Abortion Fund
by Marianna Luna

My name is Marianna Luna and this summer I am interning at the Third Wave Foundation through the RRASC program. The Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC) internship is a ten week internship that places undergraduate students from ten Western Massachusetts colleges at organizations that focus on reproductive rights and social justice. I am currently entering my second year at Hampshire College, and I have recently been introduced to the world of reproductive justice with the help of Civil Liberties and Public Policy program located in Hampshire College's own campus. This summer I have been running the Emergency Abortion Fund here at Third Wave. Let me just start by saying exactly why I became interested in reproductive justice. I am a Latina, 18 years old, and queer identified, so as a young woman from a low income area, I have seen and been affected by many things which many people would consider an injustice. I have always worked closely with my community in the...

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July 22, 2011

Reaching Out Across MovementS
by Lillie Carroll

Highlander Center, ROAMS, Southeast 2000

8:00am: Wake up on the floor of a community center, get ready for the day, roll up sleeping bag, head to the purple, 15 passenger van 8:30am: Eat granola bar in van, drive 2 hours from Leavenworth, WA to Seattle, WA 10:30am: Visit Aradia Women’s Health Center, a pro-choice women’s health center
At Subway on ROAMS 2000
1:00pm: Stop for lunch at Subway (for the zillionth time!) 1:30pm: Visit El Centro de la Raza, an organization of Chicano and Latino individuals that fights for worker’s
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July 14, 2011

The Sallie Bingham Center: Making Feminist History
by Lillie Carroll

My name is Lillie and I am a summer intern at Third Wave. For the past six weeks, I have been organizing Third Wave’s archives, which will soon be housed in Duke University’s Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture. The Sallie Bingham Center is an amazing resource for anyone interested in women’s history. I had the opportunity to use some of their archives when writing a paper about the use of theater in activism during second wave feminism. I had been to the Duke library plenty of times before, but I never noticed a big wooden door down the hall from the library’s entrance, until I was searching for the Sallie Bingham Center. I opened the door and found a quiet room that was partitioned by a glass wall. I saw students working with (what I assumed to be) archival documents on the other side of the glass -- it almost felt like I was looking into a fish tank or something. The librarians at the front desk were...

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June 22, 2011

Women With A Vision Win Rights for Women of Color Convicted of “Crimes Against Nature” in Lousiana
by Third Wave Foundation

Deon Haywood, WWAV's Executive Director, with Bill Quigley of the Center for Constitutional Rights and Davida Finger of the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic of Loyola University New Orleans College of LawWomen With a Vision, a Third Wave grant partner, have been working in Louisiana to end the extreme penalties faced by women of color who are targeted for arrest under a 200 year old anti-prostitution statute, Solicitation of a Crime Against Nature (SCAN). Louisiana’s SCAN statute increases existing penalties on soliciting oral or anal sex in exchange for money, and classifies them as a serious sex crime. As a result, a SCAN conviction forces women to register...

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June 22, 2011

LGBTQ Latin@s and Reproductive Justice: Why Reproductive Health Is a Queer Issue
by Third Wave Foundation

Third Wave grant partner National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health shares this new issue brief, on LGBTQ Latin@s and Reproductive Justice:

LGBTQ people have been a part of movements for reproductive health and justice for as long as these movements have existed, and we are proud to honor that work and highlight the issues that LGBTQ Latin@s face when it comes to reproductive health and justice. Though some might say that reproductive health issues aren’t queer issues at all, we believe that this could not be further from the truth. The heavily gendered nature of reproductive health services, employment discrimination, and family recognition are all issues that affect LGBTQ people’s health and their access to quality care, and it’s time for reproductive health, rights and justice organizations to recognize and fight against these barriers.
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June 22, 2011

“I am the Third Wave”
by Lillie Carroll

At times this past week, both the Third Wave conference room and I looked like a mess. I have to admit, with such a variety and volume of physical documents to sort through, I found myself feeling a little bit overwhelmed at some points. However, when I was able to actually read, absorb, and appreciate some of the fantastic historical documents I had in front of me, I found moments of peace as I worked through my piles of archives. I loved reading through the original articles I found that ranged in topic, from “do-me” feminists (a term that was definitely new to me) to interviews with people who I’m starting to feel very familiar with, even though I’ve never actually met them. Some of the same faces appear as participants in ROAMS (Third Wave's initiative to connect young feminist leaders to grassroots organizations across the US), attendees of Third Wave’s 10th anniversary benefit, or participants in...

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June 22, 2011

“If They Can Do It, I Can Do It”: Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition
by Third Wave Foundation

In honor of their graduation, Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition is sharing video interviews with some of their 2011 program graduates. Here's the first five posted -- four young women who have found community and grown as leaders, working together as peer educators and activists.

Crystal

Amelia

Cassidi

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June 17, 2011

The Past in the Present: Delving Into Third Wave’s Archives
by Lillie Carroll

I cannot believe that my first week-and-a-half at Third Wave has gone by so fast! So, I’m really glad to have this moment to catch up with myself -- and with all of you -- to reflect on my experiences so far interning at Third Wave and starting to work on archiving Third Wave’s historical documents. If the archiving process is new to you, join the club! While I’ve studied archives for a paper I wrote last year, I was completely naive about what it meant to choose and save archival material until this week. However, before I explain what this archive project will be like, I should start by telling you all a little bit about myself. My name is Lillie and I am going to be a senior at Duke University next year. I love trying new restaurants, African dance, running, and spending time with my family. I’m interning at Third Wave this summer through an awesome program at Duke called The Moxie Project. The Moxie Project is a year-long program that combines classes in women’s history and social...

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June 16, 2011

#whatitreallytakes: Reproductive Justice In Action
by Melissa Gira Grant

Yesterday we asked the Third Wave community: tell us #whatitreallytakes to get an abortion. Your responses are inspiring, overwhelming and powerful.

  • We hope you'll read, share, and add your own story, using the hashtag #whatitreallytakes.
  • You can also post our report and infographic on abortion access to your blog, or Facebook Wall, or send it to someone who needs it.
  • You can support a network of young feminist activists who are working across the United States to remove these barriers to access and ensure our reproductive freedom for generations to come by making a gift to Third Wave.
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June 14, 2011

What It Really Takes: Your Stories of Abortion Access
by Melissa Gira Grant

I had to think about ALL of these things on the list. I rode a bus, didn’t have insurance or that much cash, didn’t want my up right right wing roommate to find out, didn’t have a cell phone that worked outside of it being plugged in the wall. If I would have had to go my ex couldn’t really go with me as he worked and I barely started at the job I had. I had to look up that information on someone else’s computer being careful to delete the cookies…it was just easier that way and on top of that I was a rape victim like 5 months before all of that. My period was late 2 months…it was the stress of moving and knowing I was in a situation I regretted and having to stay in it.
We're heartened and inspired by the way our infographic, "What It Really Takes To Get An Abortion," has...

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June 13, 2011

What It Really Takes To Get An Abortion: New Report from Third Wave’s Emergency Abortion Fund
by Third Wave Foundation

(link to full size infographic) Today Third Wave released our report on abortion access and economic justice in the United States, along with an infographic detailing what it really takes to get an abortion. Jos Truitt at Feministing writes:

The data paints a picture similar to what I learned working on a different abortion
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June 2, 2011

An Update from Third Wave’s Board and Staff
by Third Wave Foundation

We are pleased to share that Mia Herndon, our Executive Director, will spend the summer on sabbatical. For ten years Mia has given her loving spirit, visionary leadership and strategic support to our staff, grantees and the broader Third Wave community. We are grateful that we can honor her service with this gift of time to reflect and rejuvenate. Under Mia’s leadership, Third Wave has focused its grantmaking, technical assistance and thought leadership to provide strategic support for a growing number of youth-led organizations at the leading edge of social transformation. As a staff and Board, we are excited about the work ahead and will use the space of the sabbatical to prepare for the implementation of our strategic plan over the next three years – maximizing the skills, talents and innovations of the organization’s leaders and partners at all levels. Tara Ellison will be leading the organization in the role of Acting Executive Director until Mia's return in the fall. As Third...

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May 25, 2011

The New Jim Crow: Michelle Alexander on the Criminalization of Race in America
by Melissa Gira Grant

Earlier this May in New York, activists working to end mass incarceration in the United States organized "The New Jim Crow," a conference inspired by the work of legal scholar Michelle Alexander. In this clip from the conference, Alexander argues that racism has been given cover to operate within the supposedly colorblind criminal legal system. Through the disproportionate enforcement of loitering and drug laws in communities of color, the prison population has exploded. As a result, mass incarceration has systematically established a disenfranchised caste of young and low-income people of color, dividing families, entrenching stigma against formerly incarcerated people, and moving resources to the prison system and out of communities already experiencing profound divestment. ...

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May 12, 2011

How Criminalizing the Sex Trade Contributes to Violence
by Third Wave Foundation

Writing at The Guardian (UK), Third Wave's Melissa Gira Grant argues that outlawing the sex trade has contributed to a social economy of violence against people who exchange sex for what they need to survive. In addition, she questions how anti-prostitution stings re-enforce race, gender, and class inequalities:

...women, men and transgender people who are targeted in anti-prostitution street sweeps and internet stings may be charged with breaking laws against solicitation, but not all sex workers face the consequences of the law equally. Those who can afford to find clients away from the street, who have a mobile phone or computer access, are less likely to interact with the police. For those who are arrested, if they are in possession of condoms, these may be confiscated and used to build a case for prostitution against them. False arrest – sometimes, simply
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May 12, 2011

Double Standards: Congress Attacks Abortion and Families
by Melissa Gira Grant

In this segment from GRITtv, Paris Hatcher, Executive Director of SPARK Reproductive Justice Now, exposes the double standards at the heart of recent Congressional attacks on abortion and the rights of young people to parent:

"We're supposed to love life, right? And protect mothers and ban abortion because abortion is about ending babies lives, right? But then we see cuts to WIC, [Women, Infants & Children
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May 4, 2011

On Mama’s Day, Recognizing Young Mothers & Strong Families
by Melissa Gira Grant

(Video by Strong Families, a project of Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice and in collaboration with reproductive justice organizations around the US) Today at The Frisky, Adriann Barboa (director of Young Women United) offers a smart take on how we can support young parents in our communities:

When I see the dismal statistics and negative images our communities are bombarded with, I wonder how many of the negative outcomes are caused not by the age of the parents, but by the stigma heaped on them and the isolation that results?
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May 3, 2011

Nominations Open! 2011 Mario Savio Young Activist Award
by Melissa Gira Grant

The Mario Savio Young Activist Award is presented each year to a young person (or persons) with a deep commitment to human rights and social justice and a proven ability to transform this commitment into effective action. The recipient/s will receive a $6000 award in recognition of their work. The deadline to submit a nomination is June 30th. Thanks to Dom Brassey at Tides (who is also a proud Third Wave Board member) for her inspiring announcement, complete with videos featuring some powerhouse poets and activists, like this one: If you'd like to nominate a young activist who inspires you, check out the full details (and videos of free speech activist Mario Savio,...

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May 3, 2011

“No Simple Solutions”: Social Justice and the Sex Trade
by Melissa Gira Grant

We know that each of our experiences of the sex trades are unique, and there are no one-size fits all solutions. We are members of families and communities struggling to survive and make the best possible choices given the options available to us. For many of us, the truth about the sex trade is somewhere between a completely empowered experience of the sex trade, which requires only decriminalization to eliminate harms, and a completely harmful experience of the sex trade which negatively presumes all of us to be victims in need of “rescue.”
In response to increased media and philanthropic attention on young people in the sex trade, a collective of radical women of color, queer people of color, and Indigenous people who identify as people in the sex trades, affiliated with INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, are working to center the voices of young people in the sex trades in conversations about policy reform that directly impacts their lives. You...

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April 13, 2011

How Anti-Choice Billboards & Crisis Pregnancy Centers Target Women of Color
by Melissa Gira Grant

Writing at RHRealityCheck.org, Chicago Abortion Fund's executive director Gaylon Alcaraz describes the scene at a protest against the new anti-abortion billboards in Chicago:

As black women gathered to protest and demand the removal of those signs, which were posted up in the darkness from the night before, black preachers and other Life Always representatives stood at the microphone explaining why they chose this neighborhood and the president’s image for their tag line: “Every 21 minutes our next possible leader is aborted.”  These three identical billboards placed side by side on a building that face evidence of poverty, neglect and despair is ironic.  The lot in which the press conference was held is littered with broken glass and garbage, with grass nowhere
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April 13, 2011

Khmer Girls in Action Listening Campaign Launches in Long Beach
by Melissa Gira Grant

Khmer Girls in Action (KGA) empowers young women of Cambodian and Southeast Asian descent in Long Beach, California to be leaders within the reproductive justice movement. KGA's members learn the necessary educational tools and organizing skills to create positive change in their communities, including participatory research as a tool for organizing and action. This Spring, KGA is kicking off a listening campaign to share the results of their first Participatory Action Research project on immigrant and refugee rights, reproductive justice, health, and safety. The youth members of KGA designed the study and carried out the research, collecting findings related to how young people in the Khmer community in Long Beach face harassment and discrimination, and how they are taking leadership to change...

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April 6, 2011

Celebrate 30 Years of CLPP’s “From Abortion Rights to Social Justice” Conference
by Melissa Gira Grant

This weekend Third Wave and our Reproductive Justice Network will be out in full force for the 30th anniversary "From Abortion Rights to Social Justice" conference, held by the Civil Liberties and Public Policy program at Hampshire College. For three days, social and reproductive justice activists from around the US converge on Amherst, MA for workshops and informal opportunities to network and build connections across the issues they're most passionate about. For those who can't attend, be sure to follow along with the conference liveblog....

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March 29, 2011

Chicago Abortion Fund: Anti-Choice Billboards Shame Black Women
by Melissa Gira Grant

Chicago Abortion Fund Opposes Racist Anti-Choice Billboard Featuring Obama's Face, Chicago (anti-choice billboard image via Feministing) Third Wave grant partner Chicago Abortion Fund released this statement today, denouncing a new series of anti-choice billboards targeting communities of color -- this time, in their hometown Chicago:

Chicago Abortion Fund (CAF) is against the billboard being unveiled at 58th and State Streets on the South Side of Chicago on Tuesday, March 29, 2011. The ongoing anti-choice movement to target women
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March 28, 2011

Reproductive Justice & “Political Southernization”: Paris Hatcher from SPARK on GRITtv
by Melissa Gira Grant

Earlier this month, Paris Hatcher of SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW appeared on GRITtv with Laura Flanders, where she discussed the recent surge of attacks on reproductive justice and responses led by young women of color activists. ...

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March 28, 2011

Coming Out of the Shadows: National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health Stands with Undocumented Immigrant Youth
by Melissa Gira Grant

Stephanie Alvarado, National Field Organizer at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), spoke in support of the activism of undocumented immigrant youth at the March 2011 Coming Out of the Shadows Rally in New York's Union Square. NLIRH has been a major force in bringing the struggles and triumphs of immigrant women to the forefront of the reproductive health and women’s movements. "We stand with the DREAMers," said Stephanie. "Your bravery will not be in vain."...

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March 10, 2011

Podcast: This Year’s Reproductive Health & Justice Initiative
by Third Wave Foundation

Grant Partners, 2010 RHJI Podcast From left: Paris Hatcher, Maria Elena Perez, Claire Simon, Gabriel Foster Here at Third Wave, we are inspired on a daily basis by the courage, creativity, and power of our grant partners across the country. Together they are organizing and building a more powerful movement for reproductive health and justice. This movement will ensure reproductive health and rights for young people, and give them the resources and tools they need to confront the racism, poverty, gender-based violence at the root of inequality. For a quick introduction to some of their work this year, listen to to this recent podcast featuring members...

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March 10, 2011

Why Comprehensive Sex Education is Part of Ending Violence in Schools
by Melissa Gira Grant

Gender JUST is a grassroots organization that seeks to build power and develop leadership among queer youth of color by organizing for racial, economic, and gender justice. Gender JUST has worked successfully within Chicago Public Schools to implement policy changes to ensure that all young people receive a safe and affirming education. With Third Wave’s support, Gender JUST will apply their successful organizing strategy towards winning comprehensive...

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March 8, 2011

No More Lives Erased: Young Women United’s Call to End Violence
by Melissa Gira Grant

Young Women United (YWU) is a Third Wave grant partner organization working to end violence against women with a two-fold campaign: calling attention to the deaths of young women in their community in New Mexico, and holding the media and public officials accountable for the ways these women's lives and power are erased, even in death. In the wake of the mass shooting at Rep. Gabrielle Gifford's town hall in Arizona, YWU's director Adriann Barboa shares a powerful remembrance and vision for "an America to be as good as these women needed it to be:"

Two years
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March 2, 2011

LAST NIGHT’S FEMINIST PARTY 2: Photos!
by Angelica Sgouros

Thanks to everyone for coming out last Thursday to our second ever last night's feminist party! Ever seen a Reproductive Justice photobooth?

Check out your great photos on Facebook and on Flickr. We look forward to more silly radicalism with you all in the future! If you'd like to share them with friends who couldn't make

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February 17, 2011

Why Are So Many Black Women Being Forced to Register as Sex Offenders?
by Melissa Gira Grant

According to the Center for Constitutional Rights, in Louisiana's Orleans Parish "seventy-five percent of the people registered as sex offenders for solicitation of a crime against nature (SCAN) conviction are women, and 80 percent of them are African American." What's SCAN, and why is it putting so many Black women on the sex offender registry? Louisiana's SCAN statute increases existing penalties on soliciting oral or anal sex in exchange for money, and classifies them as a serious sex crime. As a result, a SCAN conviction forces women to register as sex offenders, putting those women at risk for the loss of their jobs, children, and homes,...

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February 17, 2011

Announcing Reproductive Health & Justice Initiative Grant Partners
by Third Wave Foundation

We're proud and excited to announce that this year, Third Wave's Reproductive Health & Justice Initiative will support 23 organizations across the United States, representing an investment of over $500,000 in young people's innovative approaches to reproductive freedom. For Third Wave, reproductive justice work is premised on principles of self-determination and equity related to our decisions around bodies, sexuality, health and well-being, and reproduction. This expansive framework means that social justice work often includes a reproductive justice component. Our 2010 RHJI grant partners are: Multi-Year Grant Partners Different Avenues Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network, Inc. (JASMYN) Kalpulli Izkalli ...

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February 15, 2011

Moving Beyond “Pro-Life” & “Pro-Choice”
by Melissa Gira Grant

La'tasha Mayes and Bekezela Mguni of New Voices Pittsburgh (La'tasha Mayes and Bekezela Mguni of New Voices Pittsburgh, via NVP Facebook) At The Root La'Tasha Mayes, executive director of Third Wave grant partner New Voices Pittsburgh, breaks down the ways our beliefs around abortion go beyond the oppositional frame of "pro-life" vs. "pro-choice:

La'Tasha Mayes, executive director of the activist group New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice, says that
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February 14, 2011

Feminism Was Here: Choices in Childbirth
by Melissa Gira Grant

Feminism Was Here: Choices in Childbirth From Third Wave community member Kelly Ren!

I wanted to send you two photos of some feminism in action. Attached is a photo of the 2011/2012 edition of The Guide to a Healthy Birth NYC Edition. This guide is a free resource for the public and it is produced by Choices in Childbirth. The guide is to help expectant parents access education and resources regarding pregnancy, birth and postpartum and to help the public become more aware of maternity rights and choices in our society. I was present at their guide launch on December 20th, with President, Elan McAllister, Executive Director Lisa Malley, Program Manager Malorie Schecter and staff Julia Jolly and new admin assistant Debbie. Thanks for sending me the stickers,
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February 3, 2011

Smith Bill Update: Rape Redefinition Removed
by Angelica Sgouros

Chalk one up to the many activists, organizations and political commentators who took on Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) for their attempt to redefine rape as part of a new bill Smith introduced, the "No Tax Payer Funding for Abortion Act" [PDF]. As originally drafted, the bill proposed to narrow the Medicaid funding exception that currently provides coverage for abortions in the case of rape to only cover a new category of "forcible" rape. Now, after five days of whirlwind outrage, such as the #DearJohn Twitter campaign and Jon Stewart's segment on "Rape Rape" vs....

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February 1, 2011

Redefining Rape, Forcing Pregnancy: Push Back on HR3
by Melissa Gira Grant

This weekend, feminist activists ramped up their opposition to HR3, the so-called "No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act." Speaker of the House John Boehner has called passing this act “one of our highest legislative priorities.” With a coordinated campaign to call Congressional representatives quickly underway (organized over the Twitter hashtag #DearJohn), it's clear reproductive justice activists are determined to push back hard. If passed, HR3 would put the burden on survivors of sexual assault to prove their rape was "forcible" in order to qualify for any public assistance for abortion. As Mother Jones reported last week, this Republican plan to redefine rape isn't just a hateful attack on survivors of violence. It marks a shift in anti-abortion tactics with devastating...

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January 13, 2011

Three Open Positions at Third Wave!
by Angelica Sgouros

It's exciting times here at Third Wave Foundation, where we've got big changes happening and are seeking three fabulous activist-philanthropists to join our crew! As Third Wave enters the milestone of it's 15th year, we're looking for a few more movers and shakers who can help us empower young women, trans and gender non-conforming activists to create change in their own environments. (Edited, Feb 8 2011: thank you all for your interest. We are no longer accepting applications for these positions.) We promise, you'll get to meet some of the smartest, savviest and world-changing-est youth-led activist projects out there. We are looking for: External Relations Manager Third Wave Foundation is seeking a dynamic individual to help manage and grow our external relations (fundraising and communications) program. A new position in the organization, the External...

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December 10, 2010

So-Called “Freedom Rides”
by Angelica Sgouros

GRITtv examines the conspiracy tactics of the conservative anti-choice movement and the dangerous racist, sexist and classist implications of their attempt to limit reproductive health options for the people with the least access to health services.  Check out GRITtv Digs documentary series, Conspiracy Tactics, on just this topic. The most recent installment on this topic is an interview with Loretta Ross from SisterSong and Lynn Paltrow from National Advocates for Pregnant Women about the so-called "Freedom Rides" against abortion. Take a look:

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December 9, 2010

New Voices Pittsburgh: “Pregnancy Is Not a Crime”
by Melissa Gira Grant

Pregnancy Is Not a Crime This November, New Voices Pittsburgh, a reproductive justice and human rights organization and one of Third Wave's grant partners, held a speak-out in honor of Amy Lynn Gillespie, who died in the Allegheny County Jail in January. Amy had been sentenced to jail when she became pregnant while serving parole. While in jail, she was denied medical treatment for pneumonia by guards, and died three weeks later. Her family has since filed a lawsuit against the jail. In their campaign of support, New Voices states:

The recently filed lawsuit against
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November 29, 2010

“last night’s feminist party” was here
by Angelica Sgouros

A little more than a week ago, a crowd of New York City-area activists as well as Third Wave staff, board members from across the country and local grant partners met up for a (friendly) takeover of happy hour at Lolita. There was drinking, some dancing, and posing for party photos! It was an evening full of generous acts of trouble-making to support of youth activists. Thanks to Lolita for providing drink specials for our evening, including a festive feminist cocktail we named "Intersectionality on the Beach." Hot party photo credits to Mary Ellen Hitt. [gallery orderby="rand"] Check out more photos at lastnightsfeministparty.com where you can sign up for notices about the next LNFP and be sure not to miss out on a good time! Here are the LNFP/NYC Facebook album...

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November 29, 2010

Feminism Was Here: No Regrets
by Third Wave Foundation

Feminism Was Here: No Regrets "After Thanksgiving Regret?" No way. (Get your own "Feminism Was Here" sticker and show us where you put it.)...

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November 17, 2010

Feminism Was Here: Willard, Missouri
by Tahira Pratt

Feminist Baby Submitted to our  "Feminism Was Here"  action campaign. Greta Marshall in Willard, Missouri,  sent us this adorable photo of her baby. You're never too young to be a feminist!...

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November 17, 2010

Feminism Was Here: JASMYN
by Tahira Pratt

JASMYN member The Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network, Inc (JASMYN), is a community organization with a 14-yr history of education and advocacy by and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQQ) young people in the South. Through building empowerment, reproductive justice awareness, education, advocacy and support, JASMYN also works against bullying and harassment in schools. JASMYN is a Third Wave grantee. In the above photo, JASMYN member RJ shows that Feminism is at JASMYN! JASMYN members Auntie and Elmo...

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November 16, 2010

Nov 20th, 2010 / Sistas On The Rise Mic-a-Thon
by Tahira Pratt

Saturday, November 20th, 2010, 11am-12pm Location: 835 Dawson St (store front) Bronx, NY 10459 2/5 train to prospect ave or 6 train to longwood On November 20th, Sistas on the Rise, a long standing nonprofit organization dedicated to providing resources for parenting teens in the highest district of teen pregnancy in New York, will be joining forces with 50 performing artists throughout New York for the biggest Mic-a-thon to hit the Northeast- THE *SHOW YOUR LOVE MIC-A-THON*. SISTAS ON THE RISE houses the legendary SOUL*SWEET SANCTUARY, an Open Mic where we all embrace our creative selves and honor our ancestors. Normally an afterhours affair, Soul Sweet Santurary will be hosting a 12 HOURS of performances- 11AM TO 12AM, filled with food, fiyah, and revolution. All day access tickets are $20, and include food. Group Rates/Sponsorship/Program Journal Packages Starting At $60. For more information, contact Leslie Grant at sistasontherise@hotmail.com or call 718.991.6003 Purchase...

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October 25, 2010

Where’s Feminism? That’s Up To You!
by Tahira Pratt

feminsim was here, the list We've been sending your stickers as quick as you've been asking for them, and now we want to know, where are you going to put them to show your support for young feminists? What are some places in your community that feminism should be? We came up with the following quick list of some spots that could use some feminist action: 1. classrooms 2. police precincts 3. clinics 4. campaign offices/posters 5. billboards 6. construction sites 7. museums/art 8. public statues 9. mega chain stores 10. banks What places would you add to the list? Share with us by requesting some of our "Feminism was Here" stickers and sending us a picture of where you put feminism...

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October 25, 2010

The “Privilege” to Get Away with Rape?
by Wagatwe Wanjuki

We need to stop treating plagiarism as a more serious act than rape. When institutions are so willing to make excuses for rapists so they can remain matriculated, but do not think twice about expelling someone for cheating even if is just "one person’s word against another" we have colleges that have created yet another line of attack against reproductive justice. Gawker wrote a story uncovering a rape complaint filed against Republican California gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman’s son Griffith Rutherford Harsh V, who ended up graduating three years after the school’s investigation deemed that there was not enough "evidence" to hold Harsh accountable....

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October 25, 2010

Medicaid Is No Band-Aid: When Hospitals Discriminate
by Dashaya Craig

We're excited to have this guest post from Dashaya Craig of Chicago Abortion Fund, a 3W grant partner. There is a real scarcity of clinics in my community that are available to provide reproductive health care to poor people. The City of Chicago does have public health clinics that were designed to serve people that can't afford health care and don't have a private insurance or Medicaid. There are three public health centers on the south side of Chicago, but it usually takes months for someone to get an appointment. When a person does get an appointment it takes an entire day to get seen which could possibly be a day that they have to miss at work. Those conditions cause poor people to not utilize the public health centers and just not go to see a doctor. Now due to the current economical situation the City of Chicago is "cutting the budget" and two of those three clinics are going to close. So they are referring people to...

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October 22, 2010

Protect Our Communities from Toxic Chemicals
by Susana

Welcome Susana Almanza from our grant partner, PODER (People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources). In East Austin, Texas the Pure Casting Foundry is directly across the street from Zavala Elementary School and its playground for kindergarten children. At the Pure Casting Foundry, twelve metals have been documented that are known to possess toxic characteristics to humans -- especially for children, infants, and fetuses. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976 has principally failed communities of color. In the 34 years since TSCA was enacted, EPA has been able to require testing on just 200 of the more than 80,000 chemicals produced and used in the U.S. Communities of color are disproportionately exposed to toxic chemicals where we live, work and play from industrial polluters, consumer products and contaminated food supply. (Learn more about these products by visiting SaferChemicals.org...

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October 17, 2010

Feminism Was Here: New York in the 80’s
by Tahira Pratt

feminism was here, old time nyc Submitted to our "Feminism Was Here" action campaign,

"I put this sticker on a picture that my father took of an empty New York City street in the 1980s. Feminism walks the streets of this city, every day."

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October 14, 2010

Feminism Was Here: Women’s Philanthropy
by Tahira Pratt

feminism was here, women's foundation of minnesota The Women's Foundation of Minnesota has been a major player in women's philanthropy for over 25 years. Their core values of Justice, Social Change, Inclusion, Feminism and Hope, guide their investment in the advancement of equality for all women and girls in the areas of economic justice, safety and security, health and reproductive rights, human rights, and political power, centered in the state of Minnesota.  Check them out!...

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October 14, 2010

Feminism Was Here: At the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota
by Melissa Gira Grant

feminism was here, kai gurley of third wave and lee roper-batker Third Wave's Mia Herndon (our Executive Director) and Tara Ellison (Deputy Director) visited with the Women's Foundation of Minnesota to see from the inside how they do -- from visits with donors and grant partners to spending some quality time sharing stories and victories. Here's Third Wave's Board chair, Kai Gurley, hanging out with Lee Roper-Batker, WFMN's Executive Director -- and her amazing red lady hat....

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October 11, 2010

Home and Homophobia
by Angelica Sgouros

In the wake of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi's death, a freshman who died by suicide after his roommate and a friend taped his sexual encounters with an older man and broadcast them over the internet, pundits are yammering about internet privacy. I have been tormented by questions of privilege that have been unacknowledged. I grew up in Princeton Junction, New Jersey, an affluent town although relatively diverse, and share my origins here with Tyler's two harassers, Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei. I have always credited my upbringing in this community for my motivation to do social justice and equality work. As the daughter of an immigrant who was raised speaking my "second language" first, I grew up among an immediate group of friends in which at least six languages were spoken fluently, three or four world religions were represented, most of us were people of color and many of us were immigrants ourselves or...

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October 4, 2010

Become a Third Wave grant partner
by Third Wave Foundation

Our 2010 Request for Proposals and Application for grant partners is out now. Support is available for non-profit projects, organizations, and collaborations engaged in community-based work to achieve gender, racial, economic and social justice. In addition to reaching out to organizations that explicitly locate themselves within the reproductive justice movement, Third Wave also encourages applications from organizations that have not historically identified with reproductive health and rights movements, but that take an intersectional approach to their work. View our application, learn more about our funding priorities, and join us for a support call with your questions. Our deadline is November 5th, and we'll be making decisions in early...

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September 30, 2010

Facing Race 2010: On Power, Money, and Populism
by Melissa Gira Grant

"Total philanthropic spaces are at about $120 billion plus. Organizations led by people of color, or serving people of color, is less than 5% of that." - Maria Teresa Kumar, VotoLatino
We were sorry to miss Facing Race 2010 in Chicago this past week, but have been catching up with the videos posted by Colorlines. You can follow them on Twitter or YouTube for the latest. Here's a highlight from their closing plenary, with Rinku Sen, Tim Wise, Van Jones, and Maria Teresa Kumar: ...

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September 30, 2010

Feminism Was Here: “If You See Something…”
by Melissa Gira Grant

Submitted to our "Feminism Was Here" action campaign, on one of New York's "If You See Something, Say Something" billboards:

"It's hard to see these w/o remembering the panic after 9/11, harassment of people believed to be a 'threat' based on the color of their skin, their dress, their language, where they grew up, where people assumed they came from."
Want to take action? Breakthrough, a NYC based human rights organization, has just kicked off a campaign against racial profiling of people or color and immigrants in America, called "Face The Truth." It includes...

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September 29, 2010

“A movement has got to move”: on feminism’s future
by Melissa Gira Grant

We're still passing around a shared print copy of this month's controversial Harper's cover story, "Feminism's Ritual Matricide," by feminist author and critic Susan Faludi. The full text isn't available online, but a healthy debate over her analysis -- of how feminism divides along mother/daughter lines -- is heating up on the same feminist blogs that, according to Faludi's observation, some second wave feminists' view with "tolerance" and "bewilderment." Miriam Perez at Feministing offers this angle, in "A Movement has got to move," on why all of ways that feminism has only become broader is a sign of victory for those in the women's movement who have come before us, not a signal of our disapproval or resentment as the next generations:

It’s reasonable that we don’t all agree. If we did, it’d be totally fake, and then we’d be
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September 28, 2010

Choice USA & COLOR: Youth the Vote
by Melissa Gira Grant

Last week, Choice USA & COLOR collaborated with NARAL Colorado to bring together activists to defeat Amendment 62, which, if passed on Election Day in Colorado, would redefine a fetus as a legal person and effectively outlaw abortion. Their day-long training, Youth the Vote, covered voter registration and ways to get your community out to the polls. After, Choice USA shared this video on Facebook, showing some of the folks who turned out and why they are passionate about reproductive freedom: [flashvideo file=http://www.thirdwavefoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/576190772123_50031.mp4 width=600 height=360 /]...

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September 17, 2010

Part of the solution: youth engaged in sex work & the sex trade
by Melissa Gira Grant

Third Wave Foundation supports the work of young people to make powerful change in their communities.

As a progressive philanthropic institution, we are committed to strengthening organizations led by-and-for young women of color and transgender youth in low-income communities. Our grant partners work on a broad range of issues and employ myriad strategies, including challenging violence and gender-based inequity and claiming rights to economic opportunity, education, and health care. Through the work of our grant partners and through our philanthropic advocacy, we seek to shift historic and systemic forms of violence and oppression that are rooted in gender, race, and class inequity. We do not believe that sex work is a cause of that violence or oppression, nor do we believe that seeking to prohibit safe and consensual sex work or the demand for it is the solution to eradicating gender-based inequity or violence. In fact, these attempts to criminalize sex...

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September 14, 2010

Feminism Was Here: NYPL
by Tahira Pratt

Public libraries are accessible to all and hold our herstories. (Show us: where's your feminism at? We'll hook you up with stickers, and share your photos of where they end up here on our blog.) ...

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September 8, 2010

Making Movement With Our Stories: Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice
by Melissa Gira Grant

As the summer wound down and legislative season ramped up, two of our grant partners, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights, along with California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, teamed up to host the First Annual Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice. Over Facebook, Twitter, and on their own blogs, NLIRH gathered and published stories from their members and extended community about the kinds of power they have over their own reproductive and sexual lives -- and the times when they didn't get the care and information they sought out. We asked Miriam Perez and Maria Elena Perez of NLIRH to tell us more about their collaborative, online storytelling campaign. Third Wave: What was...

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August 28, 2010

Empowered FeFes: Sex, Disability, and Videotape
by Melissa Gira Grant

The Empowered FeFes are dedicated to honing the leadership skills of young women with disabilities. Third Wave has supported them to in training other grassroots...

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August 15, 2010

“Nothing About Us Without Us”: A Sex Worker-Made PSA
by Third Wave Foundation

People who have done sex work or been involved in the sex trades -- and their experiences and their expertise -- are all too often shut out of the places where the quality of their lives and their rights are...

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August 11, 2010

A Call To Weave Movements Together
by Melissa Gira Grant

We've been doing a lot of reflecting on the points of connection and intersection in our work: where reproductive justice meets and entwines with racial justice, economic justice, justice for LGBTQ people. This call from Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, could not come at a more perfect time. For her 80th birthday, she asks us to consider how we might become stronger by weaving our movements for justice together: (video:...

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August 10, 2010

NLIRH & COLOR Kick Off Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice
by Melissa Gira Grant

Third Wave grant partners National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights, along with California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, have teamed up to host the First Annual Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice on August 9-15. Over on the NLIRH blog, folks are sharing their stories about access to sex education and contraception. Here's Rita Martinez, writing on her "So-Called Sex Education":

Like many young Latinas, I never really felt comfortable talking about contraception with my parents; god forbid they think I was “active,” (shudder). This subject matter was only really appropriate among girlfriends and
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August 8, 2010

Leadership Revolution Girlstyle Now?
by Melissa Gira Grant

Kathleen Hanna, one of the original voices of riot grrrl and third wave feminism, reflects on what a new generation of feminist leadership needs to grow and sustain itself, in this recent GritTV clip:

I want more interesting leaders. I think the thing that um is really hard for feminist women who are also interested in challenging like all kinds of oppression is that we're freaked out about leadership, and so there's not more interesting leaders, and a lot of times we kill off our own leaders. I mean not because I think because we're women
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August 4, 2010

SPARK Counters Anti-Choice “Freedom Rides”
by Melissa Gira Grant

When anti-choice activists Priests for Life organized so-called "Freedom Rides" to Atlanta last week, members of SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW called a rally to counter the divisive rhetoric and actions of Priests for Life. SPARK, a Third Wave grant partner, along with SisterSong and SisterLove, gathered to speak out against the ways that the "Freedom Ride" activists use a history of racism in reproductive control as a way to blame and shame black women....

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August 4, 2010

What Happens After Your Abortion?
by Melissa Gira Grant

I say "this is Em from CAF, that's C-A-F, calling about your procedure in (month)" and it can take a minute- I like to wait for the moment of remembrance before I go on, just in case. Sometimes they get terse once the realize who it is. Sometimes they get excited. Most times, they just don't know what to expect. I don't blame them. Most of the women we help are used to uncaring workers or ridiculously bureaucratic government processes that aim to get them out of programs, not really to help them.

Vegan_Em at the Chicago Abortion Fund, a Third Wave grant partner, shares what it's like to get back in touch with the young folks the Fund has given emergency grants to for abortion procedures. How have their lives changed? What do they have to say about the process? She blogs it here....

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August 4, 2010

Thanks for taking a first look!
by Melissa Gira Grant

Hi, all. Just a quick note from Melissa (that's Tara up there in the stillframe, but we're all in the video -- look for me before Mia, our Executive Director, who brings it home at the end). I'm editing Third Wave's new blog, which borrows a name from one of our first publications, See It, Tell It, Change It. Now that you've had a chance to take a look around at our beta site, I'd love to hear back from you...

  • Is there a particular resource from the previous version of our website that you're missing that we should be sure to include here?
  • Has it been difficult for you to find information that was more easily accessible on our old site?
  • Is it clear how to get in touch with us and stay in touch?
  • What do you most want more of? There's definitely more videos

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June 4, 2010

CNN Misses the Mark on Third Wave Feminism
by Wagatwe Wanjuki

Carol Costello of CNN had a segment a few weeks ago that is supposed to explore "what could be the 'third wave' of feminism, and why that's troubling." They invited Jaclyn Friedman, the co-editor of Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape, to come in and interview for the video. Sadly, the end result is a very short segment titled "Bad Girls a Dangerous Trend?" complete with an inaccurate interpretation of a female pop artist's song that supposedly "celebrates promiscuity and drinking until you pass out in a stranger's bathtub." ...

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April 7, 2010

The Future of Feminist Blogging
by Wagatwe Wanjuki

Melissa recently pointed me towards a post titled “The fabulous future of feminism and social media” where the author of the post, Ronak Ghorbani, asks a panel of community-feminist workers about their opinions of feminist blogs and their inclusiveness. Jessica Yee (the executive director of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network) hosted the panel, which had of members of the Miss G Project as well as the YMCA Girls’ Council. Ronak asked the panel about their view of feminist blogs and whether they think the blogs are inclusive enough. The panelists did not shy away from expressing their views about the shortfalls of the feminist blogosphere. Jessica felt that feminist bloggers only speak to the same audience, which is problematic. Laurel Mitchel of the Miss G Project noted the “barriers and...

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March 25, 2010

Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day
by Wagatwe Wanjuki

Jahajee SIsters, Third Wave grant partnerMarch 24th is Ada Lovelace Day, which is “an international day of blogging to draw attention to the achievements of women in technology and science.” This day was created in honor of one of the world’s first computer programmers, Ada Lovelace. To learn more about Ada Lovelace Day and the woman herself, you can check out this blog pledge page and Wikipedia. I’m honored to contribute to this day and to acknowledge some unsung heroes that contribute to a field that is oft prone to leaving out women -- especially young women and women of color. For this celebration, I want to write a little bit about one of our grant partners,...

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February 1, 2010

Young Women’s Empowerment Project: Resistance & Resilience
by Wagatwe Wanjuki

The media and women's funding world is inundated with stories about girls in the sex trade, but how often do we get a chance to learn from girls in the sex trade themselves, about their needs, and about their whole lives? On Friday, January 29th, Third Wave grant partner Young Women's Empowerment Project came to New York and presented findings and recommendations from their groundbreaking participatory action research project, "Girls do what they have to do to survive: methods used by girls in the sex trade and street economy to fight back and heal." I had the opportunity to attend this event and to share some of the highlights. While YWEP’s research and work may concentrate on girls who are in the sex trade, it is easy to say that a lot of what they say could be easily applied to other groups and individuals in different points of their lives. By looking the tactics and methods of survivors, we can further improve the knowledge...

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January 8, 2010

I Spy Subway Ads: Sexism or Strength?
by Anita Stahl

Melissa spotted the following ad in a New York subway station and shared it with me: Oxford Health ad The ad for Oxford Health Plans features a woman’s body with no head, and encourages passers by to “look closer" -- and if you do, you'll see the following scribbles: “sexism,” “objectifies women,” “erotic,” “women can show off and be beautiful,” “don’t buy,” “no because then public viewing of sports would be sexist.” What do you think? Is that ad degrading and objectifies women, or is it showing a strong, athletic, female body? Use the comments to tell us what you would Sharpie on the poster....

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