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Apr 18 '14

Scarleteen Funding/Strike Update (and it’s a really good one!)

hellyeahscarleteen:

We — and you! — did it! 

WE SO TOTALLY DID IT!

We met the minimum goal we needed to to avoid a strike and having to shut down any of our services.  A strike will now NOT be happening.

We can’t thank the 1,000+ of you enough who have given a donation to help us do this, and who have made it possible for all the young people who need and use our services to keep on using them without interruption. same goes for all of you who retweeted, reblogged, wrote appeals and invested your time and energy and heart into helping us do this.  We appreciate all of you so much.

Better still? A generous donor who wants Scarleteen to have more than the minimum to work with, and do what they can to get us past surviving and into thriving, has offered up a $10,000 match for all donations given from April 15th to May 1st! So, anything you give now through May 1st will be matched, dollar for dollar, for up to $10,000 worth. If we can meet that whole match, that would shuttle us well out of our current crisis and into a better position financially than we have ever been.  Thanks so much to everyone who has already given to support us; thanks to you in advance for your gift, too!

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Please keep donating! Scarleteen does so much on so little - if they had more funding, just think of the possibilities!

Apr 12 '14
Mar 28 '14
Mar 25 '14

Want More Doulas?

Today, I blogged about doulas who work in all kinds of reproductive experiences. If you want to learn more about doulas and labor support, here are some blogs and people to follow:

Radical Doula

Doulas of North America (DONA)

Childbirth International

Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA)

Simkin Center

Ancient Song Doula Services (find them on Tumblr!)

Full Spectrum Doulas

The Doula Project

Bay Area Doula Project

Sound Birthing/Music Therapy-Assisted Childbirth

Midtown Doula

Be sure to search for doula services and organizations in your area! There are too many to list here, so some of these are examples of local groups.

@radicaldoula

@BADPtweets (Bay Area Doula Project)

@TheDoulaProject

@prisondoulas

@miriamzperez

I’ve blogged about doulas before, so my #doula tag is full of more information posted before today!

Mar 4 '14

Can’t get enough abortion rights activism?

I knew when I decided to blog about abortion rights activism that there was no way I could even begin to cover everything. So much affects access to abortion - income, location, race, sexuality, past experiences and trauma, family structure, stigma, education - there’s no end to what we can do to improve it!

If you want to know more about activism, get involved, or keep up with ongoing campaigns, here are some places to start:

Mar 2 '14
Feb 21 '14
Feb 21 '14

Thank You

provoicesupportblog:

I started this blog about a year ago and have since gained almost 430 followers. Many of you have had abortions, and we’ve talked, I see you like some of my posts, and I think of you all often. Others of you run Pro Choice blogs and were curious about my approach, you’ve reblogged my posts for the post abortive followers you know you have. Some of you are interested in Pro Voice, this blog makes you feel good, and you too believe post abortion support is crucial. Whatever the reason, thank you for choosing to keep these messages on your dashboard. Thank you for liking the personal experiences shared here, and offering your own support.

Everyone interested in reproductive justice should be following this person and learning about Pro Voice!

Feb 21 '14
ifundabortions:

Name: Renee Bracey Sherman (and Clark Fluffy Fluffington the Third the Cat)
Location: Ithaca, New York
Abortion Fund: Access Women’s Health Justice and New York Abortion Access Fund
Affiliation: Practical Support Volunteer and Donor
Why I Do This Work: I am proud to fund abortions, be an abortion doula, give rides to clinics, and provide housing to those who have traveled 4-5 hours for an abortion. I do this because I don’t want anyone to have to worry about where they’ll sleep when they travel across the state, decide whether to pay for their abortion or groceries for their family, or to not have anyone to hug them when they need it most. I don’t want anyone to feel as alone or isolated as I did. I want the people who stay with me to know they are loved, respected, and believed that they are experts in their own lives, making the best decision for themselves. I do this work because it’s simply the right thing to do.
To donate or learn more about Access Women’s Health Justice or the New York Abortion Access Fund, visit their websites.

ifundabortions:

Name: Renee Bracey Sherman (and Clark Fluffy Fluffington the Third the Cat)

Location: Ithaca, New York

Abortion Fund: Access Women’s Health Justice and New York Abortion Access Fund

Affiliation: Practical Support Volunteer and Donor

Why I Do This Work: I am proud to fund abortions, be an abortion doula, give rides to clinics, and provide housing to those who have traveled 4-5 hours for an abortion. I do this because I don’t want anyone to have to worry about where they’ll sleep when they travel across the state, decide whether to pay for their abortion or groceries for their family, or to not have anyone to hug them when they need it most. I don’t want anyone to feel as alone or isolated as I did. I want the people who stay with me to know they are loved, respected, and believed that they are experts in their own lives, making the best decision for themselves. I do this work because it’s simply the right thing to do.

To donate or learn more about Access Women’s Health Justice or the New York Abortion Access Fund, visit their websites.

Feb 17 '14

Want More Clinic Escorting?

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I hope you all enjoyed my day of clinic escort blogging! If you want to keep learning about escorting, here are some more resources.

Twitter:

LAforChoice

LouClinicEscort

ClinicEscort

WACDTF

Katie_Speak

ErintotheMax (read her Storify on protestors and reblog it here)

Tracie713

RachelG8489

KMSalguero21

abiodork

Find more using the hashtags #ClinicEscort and #ProtectTheZone

Blogs:

Every Saturday Morning

The Last Abortion Clinic

Abortion Clinic Escort Blog

KatieSpeak

JadenFitz (more escorting posts toward the first pages)

STFUFauxminists

Shit Anti-Choice Protestors Say

thisgingerisdonewithurshit

Find more pro-choice blogs here

Finally, join in the Abortion Chat tomorrow, February 18! Follow the hashtag #AbortionChat on Twitter to learn more about clinic escorting, protestors, and clinic access!

May 31 '13
Sep 28 '12

Pro-Choice Sites To Read

bebinn:

Guttmacher Institute - conducts research and provides education on sexual and reproductive health in the US and worldwide.

NARAL Pro-Choice America

RH Reality Check

Abortion Care Network

Planned Parenthood Advocate

Our Bodies Our Blog

Abortion Gang

Abortioneers

Every Saturday Morning - a group of clinic escorts write about their experiences at the only abortion clinic in Louisville, Kentucky.

I Am Emily X - stories by activists and staff at Planned Parenthood

Blog For Choice

Feminists for Choice

Pro-Choice Thank Yous

Thanks, Abortion!

Many Voices. Many Choices.

45 Million Voices

Project Voice

I Am Dr. Tiller

Radical Doula - a blog run by a doula of color who identifies as genderqueer and provides doula services at a low cost to people not only giving birth, but having abortions.

Sometimes I reblog myself, just for funsies. These are non-Tumblr websites, which is why many of your favorites aren’t on the list.

Sep 3 '12

jakeenglishscooch:

drdoofenshmirtz:

this website is so cute im gonna do one 

Everybody’s hugging meeeeee

(In case anyone needs this today)

(Source: drdoofenshmirtz-remade)

Aug 29 '12
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Birthing Justice – Saving Our Lives:

Black Women, Pregnancy and Childbirth

Edited by Julia C. Oparah, Shanelle K. Matthews and Alicia D. Bonaparte.

A project of Black Women Birthing Justice

Birthing Justice – Saving Our Lives will be an anthology of critical essays and personal testimonies that explore African American, African, Caribbean and diasporic women’s experiences of childbirth from a radical social justice perspective. We seek writings by midwives, doulas, natural childbirth advocates, reproductive rights activists, moms and moms-to-be, sociologists, feminist and Africana studies scholars, and historians that document state control and medical violence against black pregnant women, revitalize our birthing traditions, and honor and record empowering and sacred birth experiences. We are particularly interested in essays that document activism and resistance.

Women in Africa and the African diaspora have rich traditions of midwifery and “motherwit”, rooted in the Southern states of the U.S., and in Africa and the Caribbean, that have empowered many thousands of women to give birth naturally without control and supervision by (male) medical professionals. Yet almost a century of scapegoating of “granny” and immigrant midwives, and aggressive efforts to control childbirth by the medical industry, has left many black women in the U.S. unaware of these traditions and unable to access alternatives to a medicalized and often disempowering birth experience.

Far from improving maternal and infant health, the massive expansion of physician-supervised hospital births has arguably resulted in extremely poor maternal outcomes in the U.S., when compared to other industrialized nations. Black women in particular have maternal mortality rates 3 to 4 times that of white women. In Africa and the Caribbean, the adoption of a colonial obstetric model has also undermined women’s indigenous birthing knowledge. Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the world due to a complex mix of factors, however development approaches to this problem frequently involve training of midwives/sage-femmes in contested Western medical practices.

Black women’s experience of the medicalization and regulation of childbirth is unique, because it has been characterized by both malign neglect and by overt state coercion. Exclusion and control have not been met passively, but have spurred both grassroots activism and covert resistance within communities in Africa and the diaspora.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Granny midwives and black immigrant midwives stories
Indigenous midwifery knowledge in Africa and the Caribbean
Childbirth and midwifery knowledge in immigrant communities
The eradication of lay midwifery and granny midwives
Founding of Black women’s birthing centers
Doulas’ journeys
Black women and the homebirth movement
Black women and the natural childbirth movement
Black women’s political/legislative activism
Medical violence
Strategies for addressing maternal mortality in the U.S., Africa and the Caribbean
Personal testimonies of empowering and traumatic birth experiences
Medical homophobia and black LGBT experiences
Reproductive technology, surrogacy and the role of science in reconfiguring birth
Transmen’s pregnancy and birth journeys
Ableism and birth experiences of black women with disabilities
Teenage and older women’s birth stories
Birth mother and adoption “triad” birth stories
Health insurance/Health care activism and maternal health
Racism and classism in hospitals and the medical profession
Capitalism and the medical industrial complex
Globalization, poverty and maternal outcomes
Birth experiences of women in prison
Shackling of pregnant women
Grassroots organizing strategies, challenges and successes

Please send a short description of your essay (250 words) and biographical statement (150 words) by September 1, 2012. All submissions should be submitted to julia@bwbj.org.

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Aug 23 '12