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)!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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Not everyone knows what HIV stands for, but we all know about the shame that surrounds it. Let’s bring HIV out into the light and end the shame-based fears that alienate members of our community. How have you embraced your vulnerability and conquered your shame?
Cortez Wright is a Black Queer Femme feminist digital organizer and writer.
For over five yeas, they have devoted themselves to non-profit communications and development, working at the intersection of queer & trans liberation and reproductive justice in the South. They’ve worked on and assisted in crafting fundraising and communications strategies around a variety of issues, including, but not limited to, anti-shackling and the criminalization of Black mothers, abortion access and stigma, reproductive coercion, pop-culture and media representation of Queer & Trans youth of color.
Cortez previously worked as the Digital Communications & Development Coordinator of SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW, where they played an indispensable role in helping to establish the organizational infrastructure and developing the Fierce Youth Reclaiming & Empowering program. Currently, they are the Development Associate at the Southern Center for Human Rights, supporting all aspects of SCHR’s fundraising, social media strategy, and volunteer program.
Cortez is also a 2015 alum of the New Organizing Institute’s (Wellstone Camp) Digital BootCamp and a Ms. Foundation Public Voices Fellow through The OpEd Project.
For our latest episode of SPARK Off!, our Community Solutions Fellow, Mutebi Bwakywa sits down with Zina Age of Aniz, Inc. who shares her perspective on the intersection between HIV stigma and race. Listen to the episode with your friends & family and let us know what you think!
We can’t escape the daily grind – be it family or career, there’s no shortage of obligations and distractions that keep us too busy from mindfully engaging the world around us and the people we share it with. What are the barriers that keep you from exploring your empathy? What are the ways in which we subconsciously alienate each other? What can you do to make room in your life & your community for others? What can you do to make room for YOU?
HIV should not be a barrier for interaction and unity among us. Embracing the members of our community that are living with HIV expands our sense of our humanity as a whole and is one small way of saying we all belong – there is room for each and every one of us!
Join SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW for
The Second Annual
SPARK A CHANGE
A FUNDRAISER AND CELEBRATION
Friday, December 9, 2016
7:00pm – 9:00pm
HodgePodge Coffeehouse & Gallery | Atlanta, GA
This community centered event will feature delightful local bites, fantastic live music and performances, and a prize raffle. We will also be honoring our community youth leaders for exemplifying our vision of a world where all people are empowered, valued, and able to make liberatory decisions about their communities, families, and lives with our Vanguard of Change Award.
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Join SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW for The Second Annual SPARK A CHANGE: A Fundraiser & Celebration to uplift the work of some amazing local organizers and community projects in Atlanta. Featuring delightful local bites, fantastic live music and performances, and a prize raffle, this is sure to be an evening you won’t want to miss.
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To each of us is the equal benefit of sustenance. And to each of us should be equal opportunity to what our societies have to offer. Anti-RetroViral (ARV) treatment is but the additional sustenance that some people require; it should change nothing about the extension of dues owed to them by societies.