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
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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!
“Scared? Pregnant? We can Help.” If you have seen these billboards, then you have seen advertising for Crisis Pregnancy Centers aka Fake Women’s clinics. Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) have become a battleground between the pro-life and pro-choice movements. These centers falsely (yet legally) present as clinics in an attempt to lure in persons seeking an abortion and persuade them to carry their pregnancy to term …KEEP READING
This month’s SPARK Off! is a podcast about Navigating Harm and Healing featuring Dean Steed and Ashleigh Shackleford, of SNap Coalition. Listen and let us know what you think!
SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW! will be kicking off the first event this year for our Trans Leadership Initiative! Come out, have fun, kick-back and learn more about our amazing new program and the awesome things we have coming soon! Hope to see you there!
*This is a Trans and GNC centered space, all folx are welcome but please know this is a safe and inclusive space*
Food and drinks will be provided!
Bring a friend with you!
June 9, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
CLICK HERE for location details
Atlanta, GA, Tuesday, May 21, 2018: SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW! fervidly opposes any presidential action that unfairly targets a person’s right to access comprehensive care, including abortion services. This administration is continuing its trend of targeting reproductive health providers and services by affirming this unjust and unnecessary “gag rule”. This directive that will restrict federal funds from clinics that provide abortion or even refer patients to abortion providers is an attack on our right to make safe, informed decisions about our bodies and lives. Even if we ignore the absurdity of the federal government attempting to control and infringe upon private conversations between patients and their medical providers, we still must confront how on its surface, this directive is simply redundant. The Hyde Amendment of 1976 already precludes federal funds from being used for abortion. This gag rule is this administration’s way of further marginalizing already vulnerable patients seeking reproductive care and services. It’s a campaign to force providers to misinform their patients and force patients to avoid healthcare they are entitled to. If this administration is concerned about the rates of unintended pregnancies, then they should focus on helping patients retain access to birth control and comprehensive sex education. Evidence shows that when people have access to contraception and informative sex-ed programs, the rates of unintended pregnancies decreases. Clearly, the answer is not this exhaustive attack on reproductive health providers. It’s a waste of money and an affront to our human rights.
SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW! stands in resistance and calls on everyone to speak out against this gag policy.
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For more information contact:
Dr. Krystal Redman
SPARK Reproductive Justice Now!
Let’s SET THE STAGE for FYRE Media Justice Camp 2018!
SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for our 2018 FYRE Media Justice Camp! This year’s FYRE Camp, SCENE and HEARD, seeks to hold an intentional space for Queer and Trans young people of color and cis Black women in the South. We intend to hold this space for movement building and elevating our voices through theater. We believe we can act out during this political climate by asserting our voices and playing out our stories to hold center stage within the revolution.
Through this camp, SPARK aims to build a base of leaders who will reimagine and create artistic narratives for our resilience, our lives, and our communities. Leaders who will amplify the voices of queer and trans youth of color, and cisgender Black women.
The FYRE Camp participants will be a part of the 2018 Health Advocacy Cohort. This cohort will focus on issues surrounding abortion culture, stigma, and access; sexual health, such as HIV prevention and treatment, PrEP and PEP; health care coverage and access; and organizing and base building.
This year’s FMJC is scheduled to take place JULY 12 to JULY 15 in Atlanta, GA. All travel and boarding expenses are covered.
The APPLICATION DEADLINE to be a FYRE camper or a peer leader is JUNE 28, 2018. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW is pleased to announce that our annual FYRE Media Justice Camp is coming up this summer, and our theme is THEATER! This year’s FYRE Camp, “SCENE and HEARD”, seeks to hold an intentional space for Queer and Trans young people of color and cis Black women in the South. We intend to hold this space for movement building and elevating our voices through theater!
Applications open May 11th!!
#JoinSPARK at one or ALL of our many events happening this April!
MAY 4 – 6: the g[R]ay Boi World Premiere
The B-Complex – 1272 Murphy Ave SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
May 9: Get Lit with SPARK! Hosted by Jas and Kelli!
(location and time TBA)
MAY 15: AMPLIFY GA Press Conference
25 Courtland St SE, Atlanta, GA 30303
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
MAY 16: Get Lit with SPARK! Hosted by Jas & Kelli
Healium Center – 344 Candler Park Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
MAY 19: People’s Hearing: The Whole Women’s Health Act
Philip Rush Center – 1530 Dekalb Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
12:30 PM – 3:00 PM
May 23: Get Lit with SPARK!
(location and time TBA)
May 30: Get Lit with SPARK! (location and time TBA)
For more information about individual events visit sparkrjnow on Facebook or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
This month’s SPARK Off! The Podcast was centered around Arts & Activism. We featured Cyd, of the TINY theater, and Okwae Miller, of Okwae A. Miller & Artists! Tune in and let us know what you think!
SPARK OFF! Arts & Activism