June 22, 2011
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.
February 17, 2011
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 Khmer Girls in Action New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice St. James Infirmary Young Women's Empowerment Project Young Women United Discretionary Grant Partners Brown Boi Project Chicago Abortion Fund Colorado Anti-Violence Program Gender JUST Justice Now Media Literacy Project National Sex Worker of Color Network Power U Center for Social Change Sylvia Rivera Law Project Women with a Vision Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition In Partnership with the Catalyst Fund Choice USA Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR) National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW
June 13, 2012
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 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). Cole should be proud of this high-profile achievement! Her work to empower and train "masculine-of-center" young people, and to shape a radical new vision of non-oppressive masculinity certainly deserves this support. To read Cole's fellowship profile, click here.
March 25, 2010
March 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, Jahajee Sisters. Jahajee Sisters is a movement-building organization committed to building solidarity and fostering empowerment of women in the Indo-Caribbean community. They are working to introduce the concept of reproductive justice to young women in their community, and to cultivate the leadership potential of the next generation so they will work for change in the future. As a stepping stone to achieving this, they have held a Young Women’s Summer Leadership Institute, which includes media training for the participants to learn how to effectively use technology to raise awareness of reproductive justice within their community. With these skills, Jahajee Sisters wants their constituents to be able to stimulate dialogue around reproductive health and rights. I find this organization to be particularly amazing because this is a young organization that recognizes and addresses the needs of a marginalized community. In the 21st century, community organizing techniques have grown immensely to include new technologies for community engagement. I applaud Jahajee Sisters by not ignoring this facet of organizing and empowering their girls by teaching them how to be self-sufficient and learn how to use video on their own to reach justice in their community. They even provide the girls in their programs Flip Cams, giving them equipment which may have been inaccessible for them due to socioeconomic status. Technology is not just about sitting in front of computers and creating complicated code. We can make technology accessible for all women and use it to bring social change and justice for all.
March 29, 2011
(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 of color in cities across the country is both despicable and deplorable. Not only is the ad attempting to shame black women but placing a picture of the President Obama alongside the message stoops to a new low. CAF demands that elected officials and community leaders immediately reject this racist billboard campaign. Life Always, the organization responsible for the billboard, is just one of the many anti-choice organizations seeking shock value through a message that many don’t believe. These organizations and their billboard campaigns fail to address the social conditions that create the need for abortions, including poverty and a lack of access to contraception and reproductive health care. Says Gaylon Alcaraz, executive director of the Chicago Abortion Fund, “These people who insist on shoving down our throats their anti-women messages through lies and misleading information should be ashamed of themselves. Women have a legal right to access abortion services and should not be shamed regarding the personal choices they make. Abortion is a personal decision, not a political discussion. We will not be moved by this anti-choice attempt to hijack our communities. Only we, women of color, can speak for our communities. Only we, women of color, know what is best for our families.”Last year, similar billboards first began to appear in Georgia. Third Wave grant partner SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW successfully mobilized their community and allies in Atlanta to denounce the billboards and speak to the truth of black women's fight for reproductive freedom. For more on the network of anti-choice organizations funding these billboards, check out Miriam Zoila Pérez's investigation at Colorlines. Update (March 30, 2011): Gaylon Alcaraz on NBC Chicago, at yesterday's protest against the billboards:
September 28, 2010
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 /]
March 28, 2011
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."
May 30, 2012
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 queer, straight, and transgendered people of color to shape a radical new vision of masculinity." All 16 BMA finalists gathered in New York City on May 15th for the final selection event. Congratulations to Brown Boi Project for making it so far! We are glad your potential has been recognized by such high profile foundations as Echoing Green and OSF! To read more about the BMA Fellowship and the 16 finalists, click here.
May 12, 2011
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 benefits], we know women are being chained to beds to give birth."
September 28, 2011
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 and Advocacy (LOLA) trainings have been carried out in 11 cities across the country since 2003, and the new e-LOLA has been designed to accommodate the lives of busy young adults by allowing them access to the materials presented at our traditional, rigorous two and a half day LOLA Reproductive Justice Institutes. This webinar training will provide Latina activists with sessions on: the history of the reproductive rights movement, community organizing models and specific skills building tools to prepare participants with the knowledge and resources for launching a campaign. After the training, e-LOLA graduates will continue to be part of NLIRH’s larger network of Latina advocates and become part of the Alumni Network as well as become leaders on reproductive health issues in their communities. The e-LOLA webinar series will occur on October 25th, October 27th, and November 1st at 7pm EST and is free of charge. More information on how to apply is here.NLIRH's previous LOLA trainings were crucial to developing a reproductive justice network of young Latinas, whose work ranges from securing abortion access to reforming immigration policies. As NLIRH activist Diana Salas writes, “Past trainings provided by the Latina Institute have helped me frame the messages around reproductive health and have connected me with other NYC Latinas working on similar issues. These trainings have been instrumental for someone who does not work in the reproductive justice field.” Through e-LOLA, NLIRH is expanding this vital training to young activists nationwide and strengthening this critical activist coalition. To find out more, check out NLIRH's e-LOLA page and application.