Thursday, March 25, 2010

Take Action for Reproductive Justice! Billboard and HB1155 Action Update!

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Dear Moya,
Spring has sprung and power, liberation, and reproductive justice is all a buzz. As we enter Spring, there are so many exciting opportunities ahead for SPARK. We are still working hard to defeat HB1155 and now SB529 ("The Prenatal Discrimination Act" but we refer to it as "The OBGYN Criminalization and Racial Discrimination Act"), amplifying the voices of Black women in response to the false billboards in our neighborhood, and excitedly anticipating the release of the YRJ Zine, FIRE! Sparking the Flame in Each Other: An Art Resource Guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Same Gender Loving Youth of Color and Our Allies available early April! With all this ahead, we need your support more than ever. Participate in the action alerts below and events ahead and DONATE! Your monthly donations sustain this work and contribute to building the power, leadership, and the Georgia we need!
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Billboard Rally 3.2010

 SPARK Members Speak out Against the Billboards

Bring Those Billboards Down
The billboards haven't came down but our resolve is strong!  On Saturday, March 13th at the intersection of Boulevard and Edgewood, more than 25 reproductive justice activists came together to express their anger and frustration at anti-choice forces and CBS outdoor for those derogatory and shocking billboards targeting black women and their communities. We are collecting the stories and preparing for a photo campaign highlighting Black women speaking for ourselves and our communities. If you are interested in participating in this dynamic project, please email

I have some good and some bad news! TOMORROW is Cross Over DAY!  The bad news is we were not able to stop SB 529 Prenatal Discrimination Act (Senate Version of HB 1155) from being placed on the calendar for a Senate vote tomorrow.  That vote will take place tomorrow however we don't know what time the bill will be heard, debated and voted on.  I will be at the capitol all day "strongly encouraging" legislators to vote against the bill!  Unfortunately, we probably won't have the votes to prevent it from passing in the Senate but we believe we can still stop the bill on the House side but we still need your support. Email to find out where we are going to be during the day.  If you can't make it, follow us on Twitter at SPARKRJNOW! We will be tweeting all day!

The good news is that SPARK and YOU were relentless and refused to be silenced by Georgia Right to Life, the Radiance Foundation and Georgia elected officials.  None of these groups were interested or committed to improving the lives of women of color.  We were there, fighting, every step of the way.  We will continue to fight, build relationships, inform our base and mobilize for action!  More good news...we do have a commitment from a legislator to sponsor our anti-shackling legislation,"The Giving Birth with Dignity Act" next session.  Our work will never be done as long as people of color are under assault!

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