Trans Day of Remembrance Events

Are you looking for an amazing and fulfilling way to spend Trans Day of Remembrance? Here are some great events happening in Atlanta this weekend that you do not want to miss!

The World Premiere of: “i call him. he[r]”
The Bakery
11/16/18-11/18/18 7:30PM
Please join Okwae A. Miller & Artists for the World Premiere of I call him.he[R] this November 16-18 at The Bakery Atlanta. This fall, we will offer three evening-length performances of a succulent trio of dancers set to a dynamic score by Ulysses Chapman.
Each performance will be followed by a brief reception to mingle with the artists and learn of efforts of local organizations who represent the greater cultural community of Atlanta.
General Admission: $10

TRANS PWR Fest 2018
The Bakery
11/17/18 
Southern Fried Queer Pride presents TRANS PWR Fest – a one day, all trans, music + art + community festival! TRANS PWR Fest takes place on Saturday, Nov 17th at The Bakery Atlanta.
This event was created to uplift, empower, and bring together the trans/non-binary community by the trans/non-binary community. Cisgender people are welcome, but we ask you be respectful and don’t take up space.

To Freedom! Finding True Sexual Liberation for your GNC or Trans Body
The Bakery
11/17/18 1PM
Join Kelli and the Trans Leadership Initiative at SFQP’s TRANS PWR Fest!
We will be hosting a conversation titled, “To Freedom!: Finding True Sexual Liberation for your GNC or Trans Body”!

TDOR Sunday Brunch
2861 East Point Street
11/18/18 12PM-2PM
Join Spark Reproductive Justice Now! for music, collective conversation, commemoration of our Trans & GNC ancestors and also a celebration of one another.
*Trans and GNC folx will be prioritized*
Food and drinks will be provided

New SPARK Fellows

SPARK is so excited to announce our 2018/2019 Fellows!! Stay tuned in to our website and social media to learn about what these fellows are up to!

Ebony Short

Ebony is a nonbinary queer GSU senior at Georgia State University. Ebony is the co founding member of Panthers For Black Feminism, a member of Equality for Flatbush, Brooklyn anti-gentrification network, and has volunteered with Spark Rj in the past. Ebony identifies with black feminist anarchism and is passionate about decolonial and intersectional social justice as well as centering a trans analytic in their politics. Ebony enjoys advocating or their community and abroad by organizing protests, programs, and educational events that discuss a myriad topics and Ebony loves their solitude.

Tyeone Barner

My name is Tyeone Barner, I’m a Sophomore, Sociology major from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and I attend Morehouse College. My pronouns are he/him/they/them. I am an organizer and an advocate for minority groups and disenfranchised people. In the past, I have organized behind black people as well as non-black poc, women, queer folk, trans folk, and people of low-income communities. My passions and sense of purposefulness are in the work that serves to liberate the oppressed and uplift the disadvantaged.

At the forefront of all the things that I value is community. For me, community is a safe space where the inhabitants are loving, trusting, and respectful of everyone in the space. Harmful language and/or behavior is never tolerated. Differences create room for growth and understanding. The community functions through the contributions and support of those from within. If a community is to be successful and progressive, it must serve all its people unequivocally.

 

SPARK Responds to the Trump Administration’s Latest attack on the Trans Community

Atlanta, GA, Thursday, October 25, 2018
Policy affects our everyday lives, whether it be legislation written to help uplift our bodies and experiences or policies put into place to discriminate against our bodies. This week, The Trump Administration has been considering redefining gender as a biological, undisputable condition defined by assigned gender at birth and genitalia. As a Trans Woman, I was not shocked by the actions of this administration especially being a person living in a society that erases my experiences; I do believe that it still hurts to be reminded how hateful and problematic this administration can be.

Spark Reproductive Justice NOW!, Inc (SPARK) vehemently opposes and will do all in our power to dismantle the everyday oppressions and policies, like this one, that attempt to erase and harm Trans, GNC, and Intersex folx. Trans, GNC and Intersex people deserve to live their lives autonomously, free from fear, and free from the shackles of everyday oppression.

Spark Reproductive Justice NOW!, Inc is a grassroots organization that builds community and fights for the liberation of all bodies. We urge you to stand with Trans, GNC, and Intersex communities by attending SPARK’s monthly Trans Leadership Initiative (TLI) meetings, as well as our upcoming week of events around Trans Day of Remembrance.

Kelli Goode
Trans Leadership Coordinator
SPARK Reproductive Justice Now!

SPARK’s Trans Day of Remembrance Sunday Brunch- https://bit.ly/2D7UgA8
Southern Fried Queer Pride TRANS PWR Fest 2018- https://bit.ly/2O78IJT

For more information about SPARK and our Trans Leadership Initiative visit www.sparkrj.org

SPARK’s Statement on Brett Kavanaugh

Atlanta, GA; Thursday, October 4, 2018: SPARK Reproductive Justice Now, Inc, is dedicated to uplifting the well being of Black Women, Women of Color and Queer/Trans Young People of Color. Currently, the US Senate is debating on whether to confirm a nominee who has already been proven to be dishonest in his answers to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and who now is being accused of sexual assault by multiple accusers. SPARK believes in fairness and restorative justice; however, we see that this is not what is taking place during this whole process. The White House has made a sham out of this investigation and we are not confident in the report that was released to Senators this morning.

This nominee is problematic even without all of the baggage of multiple sexual assault accusations; Brett Kavanaugh would overturn Roe Vs. Wade, strip voting rights, and vote against environmental protections. Mr. Kavanaugh was overtly political when trying to defend himself against these multiple accusations; he has proven that he is not impartial, and he does not have the temperament to receive a lifetime appointment on the highest court in the land. Kavanaugh voted against an immigrant minor seeking an abortion and he refers to birth control as abortion inducing drugs which is patently false, so this man just doesn’t understand simple science. Please join SPARK in contacting your Senators and other representatives to tell them to vote No on confirming this dangerous nominee.

SPARK on the Hill

SPARK visited Washington DC for the In Our Own Voice Conference September 21-25 ! On our last day of the conference SPARK, along with our IOOV partners, went to Capitol Hill to speak with our legislators! Below are some pictures from the conference and from our day on the hill!

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SPARK Fellowship is Open!

The SPARK Fellowship is a leadership development, research, and organizing fellowship designed to introduce fellows to Reproductive Justice and the RJ Movement. SPARK will be providing fellows with all of the RJ trainings in our wheelhouse. Afterwards, SPARK Fellows will be working towards their own individual RJ projects or a bigger project they may decide to do together. The project(s) should fit SPARK’s mission. The project(s) will be required to have an advocacy/outreach component, an educational/facilitation component, and a program implementation component.

Duration: September 2018-May 2019

CLICK HERE for more information and application!

SPARK Responds to NIFLA v. Becerra Supreme Court Ruling

Atlanta, GA, Wednesday, June 27, 2018: In its ruling on National Institute of family Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra, the Supreme Court neglected its duty to uphold laws that protect the reproductive rights of all Americans. The Court ruled 5-4 against California’s FACT Act which required fake women’s clinics, also known as Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) to disclose to patients that they are not licensed medical providers (where applicable) and to provide accessible information as to the availability of state sponsored comprehensive reproductive healthcare, including abortion. The law was a common-sense response to the dishonest tactics used by CPCs to hinder persons seeking abortions.

CPCs are religiously backed organizations that pose as legitimate medical providers to lure persons seeking an abortion. Currently, CPCs legally lead patients to believe they offer abortion services, provide false statistics as to the risks associated with abortion, and emotionally strong arm those seeking help at a vulnerable time into making a decision that is at odds with their best interests. These fake clinics are a clear and direct threat to the reproductive health of the young, low income, and POC communities they target. Black women in Georgia are now three to four times as likely as white women to die in childbirth. We must focus on improving maternal health outcomes and that includes taking power from entities like CPCs that contribute to the maternal mortality rate for women of color by blocking access to reproductive healthcare.

Fake clinics argue that being required to give complete accurate information infringes on their freedom of speech. However, SPARK believes that the right to accurate information about healthcare options supersedes any ‘right’ an entity may claim to be maliciously dishonest.

SPARK commends California for standing up to fake clinics and pledges to continue combatting the harm these centers do to the communities we serve. In the face of this setback we will amplify our efforts to raise awareness of all threats to reproductive justice and freedom. We will work tirelessly with our allies in activism and grass-roots organizing to make ourselves a force against the growing reach of Crisis Pregnancy Centers.

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SPARK Reproductive Justice Now!
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