Give BIG to SPARK on Give OUT Day!

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Greetings SPARK Community:

Today marks the 3rd Annual Give OUT Day! For 24 hours, the LGBTQQ community and our allies will come together to fund our movements on our own terms. We need YOUR help to continue working at the intersection of racial justice and LGBTQQ liberation in the South. Give OUT Day is the time to go in and GIVE big to SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW!

As SPARK celebrates 8 years of advocating against the violence, discrimination, and disenfranchisement that disproportionately impacts Black women and Queer and Trans people of color in the Deep South, we recognize that our work now is more important than ever. Based in Georgia, SPARK recognizes how essential it is to invest in movements that prioritize the experiences of Black women and Queer and Trans people of color, particularly youth of color, and this commitment is demonstrated throughout all our programming. Your support allows us to ensure that the leadership and voices of those most affected by the political conditions of the South are centered in the reproductive justice movement!

This year, SPARK seeks to raise $1,500.00 to support the work of our signature programs!

  • The Speak Justice Take Action program educates our constituency on the legislative process and offers policy analysis using a Queer political frame. From advocating for proactive anti-shackling legislation to closing the coverage gap, our “Legislate THIS!” Day of Action brings our community members to the Georgia State Capitol to lobby our elected officials and empower youth leaders to share their stories.
  • The Fierce Youth Reclaiming & Empowering program provides queer and trans youth of color with the skills and resources to generate their own media and strengthen their communities through peer support and community based-research published through blogs, editorials, social media, and television and radio interviews to combat mainstream narratives that overlook our communities. FYRE also organizes our annual Media Justice Camps.
  • The SPARK Organizing Institute trains queer and trans youth of color and young women of color on RJ issue advocacy, grassroots organizing, community mobilization, and strategic communications to foster the potential and leadership within our movements.

How Can You Help?

  1. Give! You have until 11:59PM TONIGHT to make your doantion.
  2. Fundraise with us! Create your own fundraising profile page to help us meet our goal by visiting our profile and clicking “Become a Fundraiser”.
  3. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay updated on our progress on Give OUT Day. You can use the hashtag #SPARKRJGIVING to follow our posts.
  4. Spread the word! Forward this email to your family, friends, and colleagues along with a personal note as to why YOU support our work and why they should give!

Make your donation TODAY and join SPARK in affirming that our bodies, our communities, and our futures matter!

Yours in community power,

SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW!

SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW! Announces New Executive Director

Krystal RedmanThe Board of Directors of SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW! is excited to welcome Dr. Krystal Redman as its new Executive Director. Dr. Redman brings over 10 years of experience in managing low-income and women focused public health access and community-based youth development programs. Previously, Dr. Redman served as the Senior Project Director, Maternal and Child Health, at the Georgia Department of Public Health, where she worked on creating greater healthcare access for women throughout the state of Georgia. She has worked as a Program Director and Administrator for organizations serving low-income youth and as a Clinical Director for a community-based addiction prevention program. Dr. Redman received her Bachelors of Science in Sociology from University of California, Riverside and a Masters of Health Administration from University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She received her Doctor of Public Health from Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California.

As we tackle some of our toughest reproductive justice challenges, including fighting for Medicaid expansion and removing abortion restrictions, Dr. Redman brings needed new energy to SPARK. Her background and experience in statewide women-focused health programs, community-based youth program design and management, and broad based collaboration will ensure that SPARK achieves its expansion goals and increases its impact throughout Georgia.

Her response to this challenge is clear: “I will build on SPARK’s legacy of standing firmly as an organization that educates and organizes the most vulnerable communities in the state of Georgia and works to ensure access to reproductive healthcare for black women and queer and trans youth of color. We will also aggressively work with elected officials to vote against any legislation that undermines our communities’ access to safe and reliable medical services and reproductive healthcare options.”

Please join The Board of Directors in welcoming Dr. Krystal Redman to SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW! and in wishing her the best as we move forward together in this journey. Her first day will be May 18th.

Sincerely,

Board of Directors
SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW!

Healthy Sex, Healthy Futures!

HSHF 2015 FlyerJoin Spark Reproductive Justice Now, in partnership with SisterLove, Inc and Georgia Equality as we expand the conversation on HIV prevention into a larger conversation around sexual health and reproductive justice to empower young folks to have honest conversations around their sexual health and wellness and build their AIDS Free Generation! This event is a part of National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day. Free HIV testing will be available.

When: April 8, 2015 – 5:30 to 8:00PM

Where: Phillip Rush Center – Annex, 1530 DeKalb Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

RSVP: Registration Form & Facebook

This event is open to young folks 16-25 and will center LGBTQQ young folks of color.