Roe v. Wade: Then v. Now

kijan44 years after the US Supreme Court made the landmark decision, #ROEvWADE is under attack. This is the latest in an ongoing effort to disempower women and further criminalize those most marginalized in society with restrictive laws. What can we do to protect our rights?

Join SPARK for a Facebook LIVE chat with Kwajelyn Jackson of Feminist Women’s Health Center, as we discuss how a repeal of the Supreme Court decision would impact women’s health and the fight for universal reproductive justice.

RSVP HERE.

This event is part of a national series with our partners from All Above All. We Will Be BOLD.

We #WontBePunished#sparkrjnow #reprojustice #BlackWomenLead #TrustBlackWomen #atl 

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Rustin Lorde Breakfast 2017 – You’re Invited!

marchJoin our very own Taylor ALXNDR and our partners at the Southern Unity Movement at The 2017 Bayard Rustin/Audre Lorde Breakfast and march TODAY at 10AM at the Loudermilk Conference Center (40 Courtland Street Atlanta, GA 30303). This year’s theme is Relevance and Artists who inspire positive change and illuminate paths toward liberation will be featured. Select works from the exhibit Living With, “a collection of multi-sensory, interactive installations” about the impact of AIDS will be displayed.

RSVP HERE.

Join The Spark Team!

sparkWe are seeking a creative, driven Director Of Programs to join the SPARK team!

This is a great opportunity for someone who recognizes the importance of uplifting and amplifying the voices of black women, and queer & trans youth of color living in the South.

This position is based in Atlanta, Georgia. The priority deadline to apply is February 13, 2017.

Click here to learn more about this position and how you can apply.

The Passport Project

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Do you need to change the gender marker on your passport? Do you need hands-on assistance and financial support to get your passport? Let SNaPCo help!

The Passport Project is a one stop shop for trans and gender non conforming people in Atlanta to support all of your passport needs including assistance with filling out the forms, providing needed additional documents, printing of your sexy passport photo, and paying for the process and passport!

You MUST schedule an appointment by contacting BT at 678- 732-7984 or bt@trans-forming.org. You MUST be available this Thursday 1/5/17 between 4-7 pm. Documents are only paper but they can be necessary to protect our dignity and our identities. We have 5 slots left- dont miss out!

Meet the 2nd Annual SPARK A Change Sponsors

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Alternate ROOTS is a regional arts service organization with 40 years of history. As a member-driven national resource for artists and cultural organizers, ROOTS seeks to champion social and economic justice and the work of people in our field. Alternate ROOTS provides the connective tissue for a distinct segment of the arts and culture field – artists who have a commitment to making work in, with, by, for and about their communities, and those whose cultural work strives for social justice. The nature of this work spreads us far and wide from each other, so collaboration, peer sharing and combined impact can be a challenge. Alternate ROOTS helps activist artists and cultural organizers sustain artistic development, increased visibility, and stability. Learn how you can support the work, here.

 

 

 

img_70119149166159Bedroom Kandi is an affordable line of luxurious, sex-positive products designed to bring pleasure to singles and couples alike. Named Best Overall Toy Line at the 2012 AVN Awards, Bedroom Kandi is a collaboration between Kandi Burruss, Grammy award winning artist and star of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta”, “The Kandi Factory,” and OhMiBod, an award-winning, female-owned and operated pleasure products manufacturer. To learn more about Bedroom Kandi, visit their online shop here.

 

 

 

 

lambda_legal_logoFounded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Lambda Legal receives no government funding and does not charge clients for legal representation or advocacy. Learn more about Lambda Legal and how to support their work, here.

 

logo_lockup_primary_blueIn October 2016, Planned Parenthood turned 100 years strong. Planned Parenthood was founded on the revolutionary idea that women should have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives and fulfill their dreams — no ceilings, no limits. Today, Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide. Learn more about how Planned Parenthood is creating a healthier world for everyone.

 

napawf_logo_type_black_white_redFounded in 1996, The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) is dedicated to forging a grassroots progressive movement for social and economic justice and the political empowerment of Asian and Pacific American women and girls. NAPAWF unites our diverse communities through organizing, education, and advocacy, and works to connect state and local programs with a national vision of change. Through great perseverance, commitment and volunteerism, NAPAWF has sustained its energy and vitality. Its founding sisters, board, chapter leadership, members and staff are the many women and supporters who have given their time and energy (many without compensation) to build and sustain an organization that represents them, their ideals and the issues that touch them dearly. NAPAWF is now moving from an all-volunteer organization to a staffed organization, and is one of the few staffed national women of color organizations in this country. Join in on NAPAWF’s efforts and become a part of a growing AAPI women’s movement, here.

 

nnaflogosqpurplegoldThe National Network of Abortion Funds builds power with members to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access by centering people who have abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic, and reproductive Justice. The National Network of Abortion Funds envisions a world where every reproductive decision, including abortion, takes place in thriving communities that are safe, peaceful, and affordable. Learn more about The National Network of Abortion Funds and how to support their work, here.

 

 

 

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TODAY AND LEARN HOW YOU CAN SPONSOR SPARK A CHANGE.

2nd Annual SPARK A CHANGE – MEET OUR VANGUARD AWARD RECIPIENTS

The 2nd Annual Spark A Change is only 9 days away! Get your tickets at www.sparkrj.org/change and read on to learn more about one of our Vanguard Award recipients, Solutions Not Punishment Coalition (SNaP Co)!

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SNaP Co is a Black, Trans led, broad-based coalition comprised of hundreds of organizations and individuals working to build the power of people most likely to be victims of violence and most likely to be arrested and harassed by police, particularly trans and gender non-conforming people of color, current and former sex workers, and formerly incarcerated people. The coalition envisions a vibrant, inclusive Atlanta that ensures the safety and holistically meets the needs of all the city’s stakeholders and residents and organizes to end the criminalization of our communities and transform the culture and institutions that affect our lives.

Purchase your tickets today!

Support The Work: GIVING TUESDAY

As you might remember, we’re a part of the CrowdRise Giving Tower and this week marks the start of the campaign. This means that you can start donating to our cause and watch the tower grow. In addition, we’ll be asking everyone to give next Tuesday, November 29th as part of the CrowdRise Giving Tower #GivingTuesday event. On that day, if we raise the most, we’ll get a $25,000 donation to our cause.

We kindly ask that you donate to SPARK today and help us reach our goal for Giving Tuesday.

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To date, SPARK has hosted 42 LGBTQQ youth of color at 6 FYRE Media Justice Camps producing a variety of media resources covering issues from coming out, bullying, and sexual health to healthcare access, violence, and abortion. We also organized the first LGBTQQ youth of color reproductive justice conference in the Southeast, IGNITE, which provided 15 workshops to 85 LGBTQQ youth of color from 13 southern states, and mobilized over 500 community members to the Georgia Capitol to advocate for sound reproductive health and rights policy.

Thank you so much for your support!

GIVING TUESDAY: SUPPORT THE WORK

Your support of our Speak Justice take Action! fundraiser is critical in helping us to raise the funds needed to continue to offer our innovative programs building the power and leadership of Black Women, Women of Color and Queer & Trans youth  of color in the South. As we continue this important work, especially now with the fight for reproductive justice has been targeted by the shift in our political administration, we need your support to build and sustain a reproductive justice movement in the Deep South that allows us to advocate for policies and practices that empower young families throughout Georgia and foster sustainable change. Your generous gift allows us amplify the voices of those often most marginalized in public policy conversations to shift policy, practice, and culture.

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Please give and join us in our call to action: SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW! SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW is the only statewide organization working toward reproductive justice in Georgia. SPARK organizes Black women and LGBTQQ youth of color to ensure their ability to make empowered decisions about their bodies, identities, sexualities, and families. SPARK prioritizes the voices of Black women and LGBTQQ youth of color to ensure that the experiences of those most marginalized in society are centered in the reproductive justice movement.

DONATE HERE AND SHARE THE LINK WITH YOUR FRIENDS!